Category: Photo & Design

urbach tower is a 14-meter-tall landmark built from self-shaping wood

the university of stuttgart’s institute for computational design and construction (ICD) and institute of building structures and structural design (ITKE) have joined forces to create a 14-meter-tall (46 ft) structure in southern germany. uniquely, ‘urbach tower’ has been constructed using curved wood components that have been ‘self-shaped’. instead of the elaborate and energy-intensive mechanical processes […]

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braun BN0265 chronograph — the iconic watch gets a sleek contemporary makeover

characterized by their pure, highly functional and timeless design, braun’s timepieces have no superfluous details. coming from over half a century of modern design, the BN0265 chronograph represents the brand’s core values of functionality, quality and aesthetics — here every feature directly reflects a function. all images courtesy of braun clocks by embodying braun’s design […]

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minecraft earth uses augmented reality to let players build in the real world

a new minecraft game is being developed for mobiles which uses augmented reality to let users place virtual creations in the real world. the new version, titled minecraft earth, marks the 10th anniversary of the original version, which has since become a gaming phenomenon. images courtesy of minecraft building on the success of other location-based videogames, […]

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seaweed green and bamboo-esque walls clad masquespacio’s newest kento restaurant in spain

masquespacio brings its geometric and colorful aesthetic to yet another restaurant tucked away in the streets of valencia, spain. the studio recently completed its third venue for kento shop, a spanish chain specialized in japanese take-away and sushi. the designer’s signature bold color palette and retro vibe shine through the 100 sqm (1076 sqft) of […]

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plastique fantastique creates a dream-like space at venice art biennale 2019

as part of 2019’s venice art biennale, plastique fantastique has formed ‘blurry venice’ – a site specific installation that invites visitors to experience an ‘imaginary landscape’. designed for the venice pavilion situated within the giardini area, the work intends to blur the boundaries between different environments. upon entering the passage, people are met by a […]

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FLEXFORM outdoor collection combines elegance and comfort with durability

the outdoor space is worthy of the same careful design consideration as the indoors, states FLEXFORM. for the first time in their 60 year history, the italian brand debuts an outdoor collection that not only continues their renowned blend of elegance and comfort, but does so with high performance and durability to match. from designs […]

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this ultralight teardrop trailer is made from chicken feathers

new mexico-based startup earth traveler has revealed its latest teardrop trailer using an ultralight composite made from chicken feathers. featuring a skeletal archway, designed to put minimal strain on the engine and wallet, the ‘T250LX’ weighs only 298 pounds and can be towed by fuel-efficient vehicles including electric cars. images courtesy of earth traveler earth traveler […]

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experimental house concept by atelier FCJZ lets light pass through its façade

as part of china house vision, an exhibition in beijing curated by japanese designer kenya hara, atelier FCJZ designed an experimental house titled ‘concrete vessel’. conceived as a contemporary version of a traditional courtyard house, the structure seeks to embrace the natural world, while ensuring that the dwelling maintains the privacy required by domestic life. […]

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‘we are the baby gang,’ playful polar bears that grew feathers to beat climate change

on the top floor of galerie perrotin in new york, seventy baby polar bears cartwheel and cuddle. they were created and positioned precisely by their artist-mother, paola pivi. with no concern for anything but elation, her little bears dance and swing though the air, flashing their colorful fluorescent feathers, like a crowded forest of can-caning […]

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mechanical artwork by jo fairfax generates japanese zen gardens

artist jo fairfax created automated drawing machines inspired by japanese zen gardens. the artist’s programming experience coupled with his appreciation for the sensibility of zen gardens, led him to design this mechanical artwork.  iron filings charge as magnets rotate the artist took inspiration from a TV program that featured a walkthrough of japanese zen gardens. […]

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shoplifter creates hypernatural environment of colored neon hair for the icelandic pavilion

for the pavilion of iceland at the venice art biennale 2019, artist hrafnhildur arnardóttir / shoplifter has transformed a warehouse in the island of giudecca into a multi-sensory, cavernous environment, made of her signature material: synthetic hair. titled ​chromo sapiens, the exhibition combines color, sound, and textures that immerse visitors in an audiovisual experience. all […]

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santos bolivar architects scatters rammed-earth hotel across mexican landscape

mexico-based studio santos bolívar presents a reimagination of the hotel typology, entitled ‘santulan.’ meaning ‘balance’ in hindi, the concept of santulan initially drove the project’s development. the space introduces both a tourist destination as well as a beacon to foster a culture of respect for the site’s natural ecosystems. unlike traditional hotel organization which houses […]

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impuls camouflages custom motorcycle and e-bike with reflective print

camouflaged bodywork is typically spotted on development cars in the aim of using confusing patterns to hide their form. taking inspiration from this practice, especially that of ford, florian huth creates ‘V /’ artwork for impuls’ latest two-wheelers. adorning on both an electric bicycle and motorcycle, the print goes one step further by using foil […]

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carolina penna architects designs a training center around existing trees in brazil

the são paulo-based practice, carolina penna architects, forms the ‘training center for education professionals dr. zilda arns’ on a site in the brazilian city of são caetano. more than just a school, the center is designed to promote discussions about education and properly train educators. the project provides a space of collective use where there […]

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A6A constructs self-contained 20 sqm prefab cabin in southwest france

french architecture studio A6A has constructed h-eva, a a self-contained and movable prefab cabin that combines modern comfort and traditional materials. located in ustaritz, southwest france, the 20 sqm residence is built entirely out of wood, using local species of controlled origins such as douglas fir, which has been burnt to protect it from insects […]

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MAPA drops minimal dwelling within lush brazilian forest

uruguay and brazil-based studio MAPA presents its latest iteration of MINIMOD, nestled in the dense forestland of santa catarina, brazil. through the development of this minimal typology, the design team continues its investigation of the experiential dichotomy between landscape and technology. the residential project is formalized as a contemporary interpretation of the primitive retreat, expressed […]

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the concrete façades of LAN’s student residences in paris relay stories of greek mythology

the ‘grand paris’ project aims to transform the french capital’s metropolitan area into a 21st century city, while confirming its ranking among competing international megacities. as part of the ambitious masterplan, LAN (local architecture network) has designed a residential complex for students that contains 900 units. spanning two urban development zones, the école polytechnique district […]

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