Category: Photo & Design

ko/ok architektur adds contemporary restaurant to historical german inn

ko/ok architektur added a new building to the medieval old town of kirchheim near stuttgart, germany. in the village, characterized by small-scale houses, was the ‘gasthof waldorn’, a run-down ancient inn. the antique hotel was demolished and a contemporary new building, hosting the waldhorn restaurant and hotel extension was to take its place. ko/ok architectur […]

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tens sunglasses: see the world through wes anderson film filters

following their first instagram-filter-like shades in 2014, tens sunglasses has created a limited edition range of eyewear that, once worn, visually takes wearers back in time. called ‘spectachrome’, the sunglasses feature filter lens inspired by the colors of wes anderson films. ‘it’s been five years since we launched our original filter lens, so we wanted […]

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winning designs for abu dhabi flamingo observation tower include a pixelated cube

bee breeders has announced the winners of the abu dhabi flamingo observation tower competition. the winning entries include a winding boardwalk that resembles a birds nest and a birdcage-like pixelated structure with multiple openings. the observation tower has been imagines for the al wathba reserve, 40 kilometers southeast of abu dhabi. the competition site oversees […]

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christian boltanski exhibits his ‘lifetime’ retrospective at the national art center, tokyo

marking one of the largest retrospectives ever held in japan of christian boltanski, the national art center, tokyo presents lifetime, displaying work from the french contemporary artist’s 50-year-long career. designed by boltanski, who describes himself as a ‘spatial artist’, the exhibition is arranged not in chronological order, but as one large-scale installation combining individual works […]

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benedict redgrove launches NASA photography book with unseen spatial artifacts

after nine years and 200 images of space exploration, british photographer benedict redgrove will release ‘this is NASA: past and present dreams of the future’. the book depicts his lifetime obsession with space and the achievements of NASA, and launches on the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 moon landing. with unprecedented access to NASA’s […]

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witherford watson mann builds a theater inside a 17th century stable block in the UK

located in the english county of leicestershire, ‘nevill holt opera’, designed by witherford watson mann architects, has been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA stirling prize – the award for the UK‘s best new building. the 400-seat theater has been delicately inserted within a 17th century stable block on a grade I listed estate. using a rich material […]

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exhibition seeks to view the world of insects as models for design at 21_21 design sight

from july 19 to november 4, 2019, tokyo’s 21_21 design sight museum holds an exhibition titled insects: models for design. directed by graphic designer taku satoh and supervised by anatomist and insect-lover takeshi yoro, the show seeks to view the mysterious world of insects as models for design. from their richness of color to their […]

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NUDES proposes a flamingo observatory built from ‘twig’ like components in abu dhabi

as part of a competition to design a flamingo observatory, NUDES has developed ‘nest’ – a concept that celebrates the unique and diverse ecosystem of wetlands located in the heart of abu dhabi. becoming an oasis of animal and plant life, the wetlands area has attracted numerous different species to settle. this includes abundant plant […]

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apollo: the forgotten films features never-before-seen footage of 1969 moon landing

fifty years ago, on july 20th, 1969, the world watched neil armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, becoming the first person to set foot on the moon. to commemorate the anniversary of the historic apollo 11 moon landing, discovery channel has aired a documentary dubbed apollo: the forgotten films. the film features never-before-seen footage of the […]

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mohammad hassan forouzanfar introduces skyscrapers to iranian villages

from the designer who brought us the dreamy iranian monuments that look as they come straight out of movies, his new photomontage series in the ‘retrofuturism’ collection, depicts imaginary skyscrapers within the arid context. once again, mohammad hassan forouzanfar experiments with the lack of verticality in traditional iranian architecture and imagines how tall buildings would […]

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pampers launches ‘lumi’ smart diapers that track baby pee

google’s sister company verily has partnered with US consumer goods giant procter & gamble (P&G) to sell ‘smart diapers‘ that monitor baby’s sleeping patterns and track their pee. the new product, called lumi, will be sold by pampers and comprises an all-in-one connected system that includes two activity sensors for diapers, a logitech camera that […]

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hayri atak envisions a boutique hotel suspended over a cliff edge in norway

for the design studio’s latest project, hayri atak proposes to construct a boutique hotel sitting precariously on the edge of norway‘s preikestolen cliff.  the idea sees the hotel built into the side of the rock, appearing almost as an extension of the cliff itself. characterized by the series of balconies that delicately cantilever over the precipice, […]

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nh village architects includes rainwater collection system in vietnamese house

nh village architects’ rainfall house is located in a small town in hung yen province, 80km away from hanoi, vietnam. the project sits on narrow tubed plot sized 5x14m typical of viet nam, and in an area with a deep connection to the culture of rainwater use. rainwater tanks in the yard corner of old […]

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coolnvintage and deus ex-machina present a restored, motorcycle-hauling land rover

specializing in vintage land rovers, portuguese studio coolnvintage presents a complete restoration for the world famous motorcycle brand deus ex-machina. carby tuckwell, co-founder and creative director of deus ex-machina, had admired the work of coolnvintage with its distinct builds, attention to detail, and clean use of color. deus has historically aimed to challenge the motorcycle […]

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female surfers star in this fantasy-inducing infrared film and photo series by billabong

entitled ‘creatures of color,’ the latest campaign from billabong is shot entirely in infrared. a modified camera transforms the lush setting into a surreal, fictional land. professional surfers — hawaiian-born alessa quizon and australian-born felicity palmateer and laura enever — are depicted as surfing creatures living within their vibrant, abstract world. the billabong ‘creatures of […]

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chiharu shiota’s ‘the soul trembles’ exhibition opens at tokyo’s mori art museum

from now until october 27, 2019, the largest-ever solo exhibition by chiharu shiota will remain on view at the mori art museum in tokyo. the berlin-based international artist is known for performances and installations that express the intangible: memories, anxiety, dreams, silence and more. often arising out of personal experience, her works have enthralled people […]

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jacobsen arquitetura plans the FL house as slender transparent volume in brazil

located in bragança paulista, brazil, the FL house by jacobsen arquitetura is built as a long, slender volume with wide and slim edges forming generous balconies, completely open and transparent. the residence comprises two levels: a lower floor camouflaged by lopes with vegetation and stone walls, where the garage, technical areas and employees are located; […]

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n.yamada architect and associates clads japanese residence in dark cedar exterior

located in the miyazaki prefecture of japan, n.yamada architect and associates designed house shimokitakata, examining the relationship between the building’s interior and exterior identities. the small house was thought for a couple and potential children, making spaces small and quaint yet also functional and comfortable. the architects aimed for the construction of the house to […]

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tadao ando’s early drawings and hand-drawn plans go on view in tokyo

50 years ago, a self-taught japanese architect by the name of tadao ando established his own atelier. since then, ando — who is now recognized as one of the world’s most famous contemporary architects — has built projects across the globe, been featured in numerous exhibitions, and delivered countless lectures. image © national archives of […]

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