A Hotel Lamp Obsessed with Digital Detox Could Determine What Price You Pay for Your Stay in Sweden

A coiling snake-like lamp in Sweden is waiting to judge you or reward you greatly for your self control on Valentine's Day. It won't judge your overpacking, and it won't reward how well you've laminated the itineraries. No. This bedside-lamp connected to WiFi cares about one thing—human sacrifice, in the form of not using the Internet. Have self control for a single evening and the "Check Out Suite" inside Hotel Bellora is yours for free. Use the Internet for 2 hours (or for 30 minutes X 4 p...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Lighting, Gothenburg Sweden, Hotel Bellora

The Intimate Monumentality of Cheng-Tsung Feng's Hand-Crafted Installations

Straddling the line between architecture, art and handicraft, Taiwanese artist and designer Cheng-Tsung Feng’s bamboo installations are both monumental and intimate. Large in scale, rich in detail, and mysterious in function, his sculptural constructions invite visitors not only to step inside but also to determine what they are: oversized utility objects, conceptual shelters or unassuming traps?
Tags: Art, Cheng Tsung Feng


The bright colors of the mangrove leaves are always interesting and tempting to paint.  I started this one on my hotpress to get the colors to bleed and run and mingle.   (Not sure why the background looks violet because it's not - it's white paper:  Stonehenge Aqua hotpress paper, 10 x 14, 140#.) [Author: RH Carpenter]
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YD JOB ALERT: Join Teague as a Senior Interaction Designer

Founded in 1926 by design pioneer Walter Dorwin Teague, Teague’s portfolio spans many firsts: The Polaroid camera, the UPS truck, the Pringles canister, and even the Xbox. Along the way, Teague has designed the interior of every Boeing commercial airplane ever produced—including the revolutionary 787 Dreamliner and the new Boeing 777X. Today, the company is home to 300+ thinkers, makers and doers dedicated to designing experiences that move people and brands. Teague is looking for a Senior Inter...
Tags: Design, UPS, Boeing, Job Board, Product Design, EEO, Seattle Washington, Teague, YD Job Alert, Interaction Designer, Walter Dorwin Teague Teague, LOCATION Seattle Washington USA

Upgrading Canadian Stage – Starting From The Bottom Up

Toronto’s Canadian Stage has been a success in the theatre, less so in its financial fortunes. So with new leadership, maybe it’s time for a business upgrade rather than an artistic one. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Theatre, Toronto, 01.30.19

Shattering the stereotypes of motorbike-design

Following yesterday’s ‘unbikely B1 bike’, today we look at the B2, the next in Sedov’s series of motorbikes to crush one’s misconceptions of what a bike must look like. Unlike the simplistic B1, the B2 has a little more detail. Roughly the same capsule shape, the B2 can be broken into a few visual elements. The front and the back are two distinct and separate volumes, with hollowed out details that expose parts of the wheel. Even the seat is a separate visual element that just ever so slightly o...
Tags: Design, Sedov

When A Civil Rights Worker Takes Over A Performing Arts Center… New Things Happen

Doug Shipman — the founding CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights before taking over running Atlanta’s Woodruff Center — seems the right person to carry the momentum forward into a new era. In his 18 months at the helm of Atlanta’s mecca of high arts, he has taken steps to broaden the arts center’s reach. In his first months on the job, Shipman made a point of meeting with numerous smaller arts groups with a simple message: how can we help each other? His openness and desire to give Wood...
Tags: Art, Atlanta, Issues, Woodruff, Shipman, 01.30.19, Doug Shipman, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Woodruff Center

Aquaponic gardens bring life to an unused balcony in an architects' office

When a young architecture start-up in Vietnam went looking for office space, the Farming Architects team, led by founder An Viet Dung, looked to the local vernacular for inspiration. The result is the Urban Eco Balcony, a 376-square-foot office designed to showcase how it’s possible to bring new life to the empty and unused balconies found throughout Hanoi. The interior space is comprised of a unique steel grid system, which was installed with an aquaponic system to breathe new life and green s...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Urban Design, Vietnam, Aquaponics, Interior Design, Hanoi, Office Design, Indoor Gardens, Hydroponic Gardens, Farming Architects, Thach, An Viet Dung, Urban Eco Balcony, Viet Dung, Urban Eco

First Issue: When A Museum Wants To Be Relevant To Its Community – What Does Relevance Mean?

“Our breakthrough moment was when we took ownership of the fact that we didn’t need to write a “social impact statement” (which might be seen as competing with our mission statement). Rather, we simply needed to articulate the problem our community is facing that we are uniquely suited to address, the best solution we believe exists for that problem, and the concrete and tangible outcomes we’re going to measure that will demonstrate our positive social impact.” – Medium
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Sj1, 01.23.19

China’s Spectacular Molten Metal “Fireworks”

A 500-year-old Lunar New Year ritual in Nuanquan, China (a short span, considering the nation has celebrated the holiday for 3,800 years), Da Shuhua involves Chinese blacksmiths tossing molten iron at an icy door to create a riveting shower of sparks. The name translates to “beating down the tree flowers,” which refers to an agricultural practice that stimulates growth in fruit-bearing plants. It was developed as a …
Tags: Metal, Design, China, Celebration, Fireworks, Linkaboutit, Chinese New Year, Blacksmiths, Nuanquan China, Da Shuhua

How Story-Sharing Platform Wattpad Became A Hollywood Player

Beyond its handful of higher-profile productions, including a feature film coming this spring, Wattpad estimates that nearly 1,000 of its stories have been turned intotraditional books, TV shows, films and other digital content. It’s partnered with NBCUniversal, SYFY, CW Seed and others around the world to develop film and television projects, and last week it announced that it’s launching its own publishing imprint, Wattpad Books.  – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, 02.01.19

Art Newspaper Charts Challenges of L-Train’s Possible Shutdown

A piece in Art Newspaper this week charts the ongoing drama over the proposed L-Train shutdown in North Brooklyn, and how its potential shutdown has affected galleries. “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” says Celine Mo, of Victori & Mo. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, North Brooklyn, Celine Mo of Victori Mo Read

New guest home in Estonia uses a weathered metal facade to blend into ancient castle ruins

Visitors to the the ruins of a 14th-century castle in Vastseliina, Estonia will now have a beautiful place to stay in this beautiful guest home by Estonian architects, Kaos Architects. The Pilgrims’ House was clad in a weathered steel to compliment the ancient ruins of a 14th-century castle. Located in southeastern Estonia, the complex is a medieval setting with the ruins of a 14th century castle and an old pub house tucked into the rolling green hills and valleys adjacent to the Piusa river. ...
Tags: Design, Australia, House, Estonia, KaOS, Maris Tomba, Pilgrims House, Vastseliina Estonia, Kaos Architects The Pilgrims House, Piusa, KAOS Architects Via Archdaily Photography, Terje Ugandi

Does Ireland Have A Cultural Inferiority Complex?

“We can’t have it both ways. We can’t keep saying we’re a wonderfully endowed cultural nation and boast about our artists and our poets and our writers and everything on the one hand, and then turn around and say we’re not good enough.” – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.01.19

Powder Dogs

Beautiful photo series features cute dogs jumping through colored powder. “Powder Dogs” by Toronto based artistic animal photographer Jess Bell. Also check out: Dogs Shake Off Wate
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Toronto, Jess Bell

Puma’s self-lacing sneakers come with a touch-sensitive control panel

Puma’s FI (Fit Intelligence) sneakers are here, and they look slightly different. Where you’d expect the laces to criss-cross on the front sits a grey block. Inside it lies Puma’s self-lacing tech. A motor that operates the laces, and a control panel on the top that lets you slide upwards to tighten and downwards to loosen the footwear.“PUMA was the first to craft a laceless sports shoe with Velcro™ straps in 1968, the first to put a computer inside a shoe in 1986 and the first to introduce a ...
Tags: Design, Shoes, Nike, F1, Puma, Shoe, Product Design, Sneaker, Self-lacing

Korean Ingredients at NYC’s Reception Bar

The zero-proof section of the cocktail menu is a particular reason to visit From the outside, newcomer Reception Bar looks like yet another drinking hole in NYC‘s Lower East Side—fitted with floating orb lights, shades of peach and timber, plants in the circular windows and curved doorways. But one night exploring the menu proves Reception Bar is a sanctuary for people tired of classic cocktails or even alcohol …
Tags: Design, NYC, Alcohol, New York City, Bars, Cocktails, Korean, Les, Food + Drink, Lower East Side, Alcohol-free, Korean Cocktails

The Perfection of Eggs as Packaging

Because we have free-range chickens, we often find eggs laid in random places around the farm. Every day is like Easter here. These become breakfast, courtesy of the missus. When a chicken's diet consists primarily of bugs and grass (supplemented by feed in the colder months), the yolks are extremely orange-ish and delicious. It's hard to tell from the photos above, where eggs match. For contrast, below is a photo of a store-bought egg alongside an egg from our farm. I believe y...
Tags: Design, Packaging

USPS Military Working Dogs Stamps - designed by...

USPS Military Working Dogs Stamps - designed by Greg Breeding with artwork by DKNG Studios featuring a German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd. (Want more? See and [Author: submitted]
Tags: Design, Submitted, Labrador, Greg Breeding, USPS Military Working Dogs Stamps, DKNG Studios

DIY Fix for a Snap Hook Failure

On yesterday morning's walk my fox-colored dog, Betsy, suddenly became free of the leash. Luckily I managed to capture her before she went too far. (My fear is that she will wander onto a nearby farm and get shot, being mistaken for a fox. Everyone around here owns a rifle and you hear gunfire often.)  Back in the house, I examined the leash to figure out what happened. The snap hook failed. Not the bolt-spring mechanism, but the eyelet that captures the thicker part of the stem and all...
Tags: Design, Diy, Betsy

National Opera House Boss Fired For Allowing Computer Game Tournament In Building

The Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theatre is funded from the always-strapped budget of Kyrgyzstan, a small and mountainous ex-Soviet republic wedged between China, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. So director Bolot Osmonov took the opportunity to make some extra money by renting the premises out for a national tournament of Dota 2, a notably violent online video game. Alas, pearls were clutched in horror and Osmonov lost his job. (And this wasn’t even the first time that sort of thing happened.) ...
Tags: Art, Music, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Dota, China Kazakhstan, National Opera House, 01.31.19, Kyrgyz National Opera, Bolot Osmonov, Osmonov

Daily Design Inspiration

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudioFeb 01, 2019 The unfamous Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. Where you'll find the most interesting designs/artworks/concepts curated by one of us to utterly inspire your day. Besides that, it's an opportunity to feature work from other designers, artists, and creators in general that we haven't had the chance to write or featured. For this Daily we are selecting in graphic design, branding, ...
Tags: Design

EU Puts Pressure on Luxembourg Freeport

The EU Commission has put increased pressure on the Luxembourg Freeport over accusations of money laundering, with German MEP Wolf Klinz calling on European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to close loopholes that welcome financial crimes, and Juncker relaying the request to European commissioner for economic and financial affairs. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Eu, European Commission, Art News, Minipost, Jean Claude Juncker, EU Commission, Juncker, Luxembourg Freeport, Wolf Klinz

New York – Richard Artschwager: “Primary Source” at Gagosian Through February 23rd, 2019

Richard Artschwager, Excursion (2001), via Art Observed Currently at Gagosian Gallery’s 980 Madison Space, the mega-dealer has launched a show of works by the late artist Richard Artschwager. Titled Primary Sources, the show compiles a series of key paintings and drawings alongside materials from his personal archive, research documents, sketches and other elements that underscore […]
Tags: Art, New York, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Gagosian Gallery, Richard Artschwager

Polar Vortex Shutters Midwest Museums

Art News charts the problems caused by the polar vortex sweeping across the Midwest, noting the closures of a number of art museums to protect against the bitter sub-zero temperatures, save Minneapolis’s Walker Center, which remained open for its usual free Thursday admission.  Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Minneapolis, Art News, Minipost, Midwest, Walker Center

Van Gogh Painting in FAMSF Authenticated

A still life painting in San Francisco many experts had written off as a fake Van Gogh has now been authenticated, Art Newspaper reports.  Held by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the work has been dated to 1886. “Van Gogh’s experimentation with techniques learned from studying Flemish old masters as well as the Impressionists,” says museum […]
Tags: Art, News, San Francisco, Van Gogh, Art News, Minipost, Art Newspaper

A Desktop Machine That Lets You Make Your Own Bubble Wrap

Bubble Wrap obviously takes up a lot of space; indeed that's kind of the point. So for businesses that go through a lot of the stuff, it would reduce their warehousing and shipping demands if they had a way to produce Bubble Wrap on-site.Which is why Sealed Air Corp. sells the Bubble Wrap Inflator Nano, a desktop machine (28" x 17" x9") that lets you do just that. You load in a roll of flat film, press the button, and it starts churning out everyone's favorite packaging material: The machin...
Tags: Design, Packaging, Sealed Air Corp

Review: Connect Art Fair at the Mall Galleries

I visited Connect – The Independent Art Fair on Wednesday (see Two new art fairs in London plus goodbye to a popular old one) - and was rather glad I wasn't there for the Private View on the Tuesday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
Tags: Art, London, Making A Mark

Damage to Joshua Tree during the government shutdown could take centuries to repair

The recent month-long government shutdown may have caused “irreparable” damage to Joshua Tree National Park, according to former superintendent Curt Sauer. During those 34 days, visitors ruined trails, cut down trees and vandalized the park, and when workers returned, they found absolute chaos. “What’s happened to our park in the last 34 days is irreparable for the next 200 to 300 years,” Sauer — who ran the park for seven years — told the Desert Sun. The shutdown reduced ranger supervision, wh...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Park, National Parks, Smith, Government Shutdown, Environmental Destruction, David Smith, Joshua, Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park, George Land, Sauer, John Lauretig, Friends of Joshua Tree

Green-roofed home cantilevers over a remote mountainside in Argentina

Córdoba-based firm Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos has just unveiled a stunning, green-roofed vacation home in Argentina’s remote Calamuchita Valley. The rocky, sloped landscape drove the inspiration for Casa FM’s design, which is a massive concrete 3,444-square-foot structure with a rectangular shape that juts out over the mountain ledge, offering dreamy views of the valley below. The architects chose to use concrete as the primary building material mainly for its low maintenance properties. Using...
Tags: Design, Argentina, Ontario, Federico Cairoli, Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos, Casa FM, Calamuchita Valley, Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos Via Dwell Photography, Federico Ferrer

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