New York – Blinky Palermo: “To the People of New York City” at Dia:Chelsea Through March 9th, 2018

Blinky Palermo, To the People of New York City (1976), via Art Observed One of his most iconic bodies of work, German artist Blinky Palermo’s To the People of New York City comes home this fall, placed on view at Dia: Chelsea.  Part of Palermo’s Metal Pictures series (or Metallbilder), the pieces reflect the artist […]
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Art Direction for the Web Experience of AXA

Art Direction for the Web Experience of AXA AoiroStudioDec 20, 2018 More and more designers weighed in on how sites are all looking the same and it's true. UX has been taking such a huge endeavor in our industry and surely becoming a standard in terms of priorities within companies and organizations who are building bigger teams to raise this effort. Providing the best experience is now more important than ever. That's why I truly think the importance of an A...
Tags: Design, Axa, Babel, Clement Merouani

Honda's Sound Sitter Lets You Lull Your Baby to Sleep with the Sound of 37 Different Car Engines

Why hire a babysitter when you can use a Sound Sitter? Honda's design team in Japan got to thinking one day, "I wonder if the sound of our revving car engines would calm babies down instantly." So, naturally, they sampled the sounds of 37 different Honda car engines, put the sound box in a plush car and gave it a go. According to the first 7 seconds of the video, the Sound Sitter is an overwhelming success with babies:  While it seems crazy, Honda might actually be onto something. Here's a ...
Tags: Japan, Design, Cars, Honda, Toy, Design News, Sitter, Keiichiro KidaYou

Trailer Released for Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic

The trailer for Mapplethorpe, the biopic of the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe, has been unveiled, starring Matt Smith as the photographer. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition.Watch the trailer here    
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Matt Smith, Minipost, Robert Mapplethorpe, MAPPLETHORPE

Squire & Partners Transform an Edwardian Department Store into their New Headquarters

London-based architecture and design practice Squire & Partners are no strangers at transforming centuries-old buildings into contemporary workspaces, so when it came to finding their new headquarters they had no qualms in choosing a dilapidated, four-storey Edwardian department store in Brixton.
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The Problem With Trying To Be Morally Perfect

Can the moral saint, if perfect, ‘waste’ time watching films and television? How about spending any money on fine food or travel? Or expending energy on sport rather than seriously important causes? Or going birdwatching or hiking? No time either for theatre or the pleasures of curling up with a good book. The problem with extreme altruism, as Oscar Wilde is reported to have said about socialism, is that it takes up too many evenings. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, Oscar Wilde, 12.17.18

This watch-face is made from the world’s blackest pigment

The world’s blackest pigment isn’t just some really dark shade of black. It’s so black it literally doesn’t reflect any light. Made from a substance that absorbs 99.9% of the light shone at it, this black is so insanely dark, the only thing scientists can agree is darker than it is a black hole, a cosmic entity so powerful that it ‘eats up light’.The idea of using the world’s blackest pigment on a watch face came to Chronotechna when they realized how difficult it is to read the time underwate...
Tags: Deals, UK, Design, Watch, Watches, Product Design, Diver, Anish Kapoor, Contrast, Surrey NanoSystems, Blackest Black, Vantablack, Chronotechna, Worlds Darkest Pigment

A stone barn is transformed into a modern, energy-conscious home in Verona

Milan-based architecture practice Studio Wok has revamped a historic stone barn into a contemporary country home using environmentally friendly materials and design choices. Located in the small parish of Chievo in the west of Verona, Italy, the adaptive reuse project carefully respects the architectural heritage of the site while tastefully bringing the residence up to modern living standards. The result is a charming dwelling filled with natural light, warm timber surfaces and framed views of...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Italy, Verona, Vicenza, Countryside, Chievo, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Adaptive Reuse, Larch, Verona Italy, Stone, Locally Sourced Materials, Stone Barn

The Phenomenally Successful School That Exposed A Major Flaw In Higher Ed

Even taking the alleged fakery into account, how did T. M. Landry school seem to fool so many of America’s most prestigious universities for years? The work of admissions officers is notoriously secretive, but what little is known about the Landry affair threatens foundational assumptions about American higher education. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Landry, 12.18.18

Oslo Moves to Make Its City Car Free

In an effort to make its downtown more pedestrian and cyclist friendly, Oslo will remove the couple hundred remaining parking spots left in its city center. The development aims to turn the most heavily trafficked areas into to car free zones to limit congestion, reduce pollution and make the city more walkable. Other cities have launched similar initiatives with slight public resistance but quite positive …
Tags: Design, Cars, Culture, Air Pollution, Urban Planning, Pedestrians, Urban Development, Norway, Oslo

English National Opera Makes Its Saturday Shows Free For Under-18s

“Removing cost as a barrier to entry for under-18s is a seismic leap forward for ENO and for opera as a whole, and we hope to entice as many under-18s as possible, from the musically obsessed to the just plain curious.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Eno, 12.18.18

Literally reading the time

Quirky, and extremely elongated, the Texttime clock by Cloudnola has a pleasant demeanor as it literally tells you the time. Not in numbers, but rather in the form of a sentence!Designed with a silent flip-board mechanism on the inside, individual cards give you a reading of what the time is by literally spelling it out. The long, flipboard layout helps the clock spell out words like “It’s Eleven : Thirty Two”, an experience that would require a decent amount of horizontal space. Available in bl...
Tags: Deals, Design, Words, Popular, Flipboard, Clock, Product Design, Cloudnola, Texttime

The Most-Popular Poem Of 2018

More than 250,000 people in 2018 clicked on the poem, which features such lines as “It is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes.” – Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Words, 12.18.18

Why There Are So Many Of Those Cheesy Christmas Movies

This, when uttered in the context of a Hallmark holiday movie, is a beacon to the Christmas spirits, who know one thing, and pretty much one thing only: No one should simply muddle through the holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not—however you find meaning in the time of year that these movies shorthand as “the season”—the ideal, these films insist, is unmitigated joy. 
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, 12.17.18

LEED-targeted Monroe Blocks breaks ground in the heart of Detroit

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has just broken ground on its first U.S. project, Monroe Blocks, a masterplan that the international architecture firm has described as “downtown Detroit’s most significant mixed-use development in decades.” Located in the heart of Detroit’s Central Business District, the project will span two city blocks and feature a striking high-rise office tower that will not only be the first of its kind in the downtown area in more than 25 years, but it is also expected t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Michigan, Brussels, Detroit, Sustainable Design, Masterplan, High-rise, Urban Revitalization, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, SCHMIDT, Monroe, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Greektown

Warhol’s Warhorses at the Whitney: Insert Your Own Meanings Here

What most transfixed me about Mustard Race Riot was not the grim subject matter (which I saw anew through the perspective of our current racially charged moment), but Warhol’s uncanny prescience about our media-saturated world. — Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Warhol, Whitney, Ajblogs, 12.19.18

Design Job: Rux Studios Is Seeking a Design Intern in Queens NY

We are looking for an exceptional product design intern to work alongside our Creative Director and Product Design Director developing products for our two in-house brands: STICKBULB, founded in 2012, is an award-winning collection of modular LED lights made from reclaimed wood. GRADUAL, View the full design job here
Tags: Design, Jobs, Lighting, Queens NY

Falla and Flamenco — “The Birth of Spanish Music”

According to my friend the remarkably loquacious Spanish pianist Pedro Carboné, the “birth of Spanish music” occurs during the third of Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. — Joe Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Falla, Manuel de Falla, Gardens of Spain, 12.19.18, Pedro Carboné

Tate Britain to Rehang Galleries with only Women Artists

Tate Britain will rehang the last 60 years of its gallery displays with only female artists including Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread, and mroe the Guardian reports. “This presentation, 60 Years, will offer a significant moment to recognise and celebrate a selection of Britain’s most important artists working from the 1960s to the present day,” says […]
Tags: Art, News, Britain, Tate Britain, Art News, Minipost, Bridget Riley Rachel Whiteread

This conceptual observation tower also filters Central Park’s ponds

Designed to be the world’s tallest timber structure, and built with its own filtration system, the Central Park Observation Tower concept by DFA aims at doing two things. Increasing public interaction by giving them a centrally located bird’s eye view of the entire park, while also filtering the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a polluted water-body that accounts for 1/8th of the park’s area.The proposed Observation Tower would be constructed using Glulam (glue-laminated timber) technology,...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Manhattan, Central Park, Timber, Water Filter, Observation Tower, DFA, Central Park South, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, German Design Award, Central Park Observation Tower

Banksy's latest street art comments on town's steel industry

This Banksy artwork was painted late last night a on a steelworker's garage in Port Talbot, South Wales, UK. From CNN: The art, which appears to pay homage to the town's industrial past, depicts a child playing in what looks like snow. But viewed from another angle this appears to be embers and smoke from a skip fire.... Properties and cars were covered with black dust from the town's steelworks in July, which has been suggested as a potential inspiration for the work... A Neath Port Talbo...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Cnn, Banksy, Street Art, Graffiti, Neath Port Talbot Council, Port Talbot South Wales UK

Manifesta Names Artistic Team for 2020

European biennial Manifesta has named the artistic team for its 13th edition, comprised of Katerina Chuchalina, Stefan Kalmár, Marina Otero Verzier, and Alya Sebti. The event will open in Marseille in 2020. “Marseille, with its great port city multiculturalism, and all its complexities and struggles, is for us maybe the ultimate test of how Marseille, […]
Tags: Art, News, Marseille, Art News, Minipost, Alya Sebti

Loic Gouzer to Leave Christie’s

Loic Gouzer, who has served as Christie’s co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art for the past seven years, has announced he will depart from the auction house at the end of the year. “Those who know me best know that my two great passions in life have always been art and the environment,” he said […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Loic Gouzer

Salvador Dalí Lobster Telephone to Remain in UK

Salvador Dali’s Lobster Telephone will remain in the UK after being purchased for £853,000 by the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS). “This major acquisition cements our position as one of the world’s greatest collections of surrealist art,” says Simon Groom, NSG’s director of modern and contemporary art. “Before this acquisition we had nothing of this […]
Tags: Art, UK, News, Salvador Dalí, Art News, Minipost, NSG, Salvador Dalí Lobster Telephone, Lobster Telephone, National Galleries of Scotland NGS, Simon Groom

Cannabis Botanical Kit

Turn this Meditation Tree stencil into a piece of art with paint-by-numbers guidance. Accompanied by four shades of green paint and a fine-tipped paintbrush, the entire art set will result in a glorious rendition of an indica plant.
Tags: Art, Design, Painting, Cannabis, Stencils, Cannabis Botanical, Meditation Tree, Paint by Numbers

Krampus The Christmas Demon Joins The 21st Century

The half-goat-half-devil has been St. Nicholas’s sidekick and enforcer for hundreds of years, warning little Austrian children that they’d better not be naughty. Traditionally he’d only appear once a year and his mask and costume would be more-or-less homemade, but today’s masks have things like glowing LED eyes, and there are Krampus shows with heavy-metal accompaniment that “feels like a rock concert mixed with a rodeo.” — Public Radio International
Tags: Art, Krampus, Issues, St Nicholas, 12.18.18

Babu Floor Chair

Floor chair inspired by desert adventures allows people to sit close to earth. Babu chair designed by Jordi Ribaudi from Igualada, Barcelona, Spain. Also check out: Samurai Chai
Tags: Design, Tech, Babu, Jordi Ribaudí, Igualada Barcelona Spain

LogOX's Brilliant Back-Saving Forestry Multitool

Out here in the country I've worked alongside three guys in their 50s, 60s and 70s, and they all seem to have bad backs. Bending over to pick up dropped fasteners and tools turns into an excruciating slow-motion task for them. Doing manual labor to keep your farm or homestead going is hard on the body, and an area where design is sorely needed to make hard tasks easier.The processing of firewood is a particularly arduous job. Heavy, fallen logs need to be rolled over so that crosscuts can be com...
Tags: Design, America, Vermont, Eric, Kudus, Tools & Craft

Improving the Ergonomics of Carrying Awkward Items: The WoodOX Sling

Here's another problem that would be a perfect industrial design school assignment: How to carry firewood. Because while there are hundreds of backpacks on the market designed for carrying laptops, tablets and digital camera gear, I consider those problems largely solved; the design differences in that category are really focusing on that last 10% of increasing convenience (for example, how quickly can you whip your iPad Pro out at the airport security line).The carrying of firewood, on the othe...
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Women-Only Music Festival In Sweden Found Guilty Of Gender Discrimination

A new ruling said that although festival organisers did not enforce the “man-free” rule, since “no differentiation based on sex was made between visitors at entry”, the statements the company issued prior to the event “discouraged a certain group from attending the event”, breaching a law banning gender discrimination. – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Music, 12.17.18

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