You know when someone's fashion line is inspired by "liquid geometrics and light paintings," it's going to be good. Or at least fantastically weird.
The Danish Arts Foundation recently announced the winners of its competition to design furnishings for the UN's Trusteeship Council Chamber, originally designed by the famed Danish architect Finn Juhl and now undergoing a restoration as part of the major renovation of the UN headquarters scheduled to be completed next year.
Here are two statistics that are interesting on their own but scary together: 40% of the world's population relies on fish for food, but every year, 7 million tons of dead fish are tossed back into the ocean because they were too young (i.e., small) to be marketable, or simply because they weren't the species the fishermen were after. These factoids come from a video promoting a product designed to solve these problems called SafetyNet.
Everyone's accustomed to seeing text on the walls of an art gallery. But not text that's itself the work of art. And certainly not text that fills as much space as would a cement truck.
CNJPUS TEXT, by Japanese artist Ryo Shimizu, is a 15-foot-by-41-foot "painting" rendered in nothing but typography. Letters forming some 2,500 words cover an entire gallery wall, then scatter onto the floor helter-skelter like a spilled bag of ABCs.
In its ongoing efforts to bling up every major industry event, Swarovski debuted its latest design collaboration at this year's Design Miami: "Iris," four dramatic, crystal-based representations of the human eye, by the London-based duo Fredrikson Stallard.
No chance of burying the lede on this one: Yes, Royal College of Art student Julijonas Urbonas has designed a roller coaster that kills people on purpose. No, it's not real (yet). Is it a joke, a reductio ad absurdum of the arguments for assisted suicide, or a thought-provoking piece of conceptual art? Our guess: all three.
I never thought, ever since I expressed my unique childhood wish to become a veterinarian, that design would ever figure on my list of things to do.
Stories are told primarily by the things we surround ourselves with.
Remember the Stuxnet computer virus? Initially found to have infested big-time control systems around the world, its true purpose quickly emerged: to attack and destroy the nuclear centrifuges at Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment facility.