Art, Culture, Design, Fashion, Literature, People

Fontanel launches Dutch Design Talents 14 at MENDO

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Launched at Amsterdam book boutique MENDO, online magazine Fontanel‘s new collection of Dutch Design Talents is now available for sale. The book is the definitive showcase of the best design talent in the Netherlands last year. In 208 pages, the hardcover packs 19 talents, studio visits, columns and an inspiring dialogue with leading creatives on “the gap” between work and education. The book features 19 talents that graduated from renowned art schools in the Netherlands, from Design Academy Eindhoven and Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam to The Hague’s Royal Academy of the Arts. Each of these creatives are remarkably distinct although they share something special: a combination of unadulterated creative thinking and an auspicious attitude.

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Art, Photography

Jaime Travezan and David Tortora present ‘Galatea’

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A fashion shoot has helped Jaime Travezan to flee the repression in his homeland Peru in the 1980s and embark on a career filled with wards, such as the International Photography (IPA) Award for Advertising for his Galatea series. Galatea is a homage to artist Tom Wesselmann who was mainly associated with the Pop Art movement. The art direction for the colourful series was done by David Tortora with whom Jaime Travezan often works together. The series also won the 2014 Prix De La Photographie Paris, Fine Arts, and the Second Prize at the 2014 MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards), Beauty Category. Read More »

Culture, Design, Fashion

Naomi Kizhner designed a piece of jewellery that harvests energy from your veins

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As the world’s fossil fuels are becomingly increasingly scarce and hard to extract, it’s time to develop new technologies in harvesting energy. Naomi Kizhner, industrial designer and graduate student from Hadassah College in Jerusalem, has created a piece of jewellery that theoretically harvests energy from the wearer’s own body. Kizhner, who describes herself as “a trend theorist that is looking to define the new black — practicing everyday escapism” has made this ‘speculative’ jewellery that is embedded into the person’s veins and uses their blood to turn small wheels inside the device. The piece called Energy Addicts is her final year project and as she explained to Wired “seeks to deal with questions of how to see the world, based primarily on biological energy and what the meaning of biological capital is when the accrual is contingent on biological data”. It is however not meant as a practical source of energy but rather as a discussion piece “about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in the world of declining resources.” Read More »

Architecture, Art, Design

FCB Studios installs mobile ‘observatory’ residences aimed at artists

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British architecture firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have commissioned four of their graduate students to design mobile artists’ residences titled ‘The Observatory’. Installed on the chalk hills of South Downs, the residences are built on portable foundations and are set to visit three other locations over the next two years. The first two are called the ‘Study’ and ‘Workshop’. The project combines architecture, art and lanscape through functionality and design. Two small timber structures – that are designed to fit a flat-bed truck – sit on prefabricated pivoting bases that allow the residents to create their own view, while also determining the relationship to one another based on their orientation. The residences are built with sustainable materials, such as locally grown and harvested Siberian larch and Shou Sugi Ban that is used to create a naturally protected exterior cladding. On the inside we find durable and virtually maintenance-less Accoya wood. Each structure is also designed to produce or harness energy: the ‘Study’ produces and stores electricity by use of a solar roof panel while the ‘Workshop’ stores rainwater for consumption and cleaning the artists’ supplies. Read More »

Design, Fashion, Technology

Social Textiles is a piece of social media you can actually wear

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Fashion always offered the ability to break the ice by complimenting a stranger at a party who wears something you like. This new project called ‘Social Textiles’ is aimed at turning fashion into a wearable social network that alerts you when a friend is in the neighbourhood and lights up among the like-minded to attract their attention. It’s the latest instalment of MIT’s Tangible Media Group and Fluid Interface Group, a design team that creates everything from shapeshifting displays to reinvented power cords. The Social Textiles project began when a group of MIT students – Viirj Kan, Katsuya Fujii, Judith Amores, and Chang Long Zhu Jin – questioned how tech could make social media more tangible: “If you think about it, our Facebook and Twitter profiles reach and even impact thousands of people every day, but it doesn’t feel like it,” Kan explained to Co.Design. “But while the way we represent ourselves in social media is intangible, what we wear isn’t. We wanted to see if we could merge the two to create social catalysts.” Read More »