NASA plans to use mushrooms to build sustainable housing on Mars like this one!

Let’s accept it – climate change is the biggest design problem of our lifetime. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, every brand from fashion to mental health and even construction is incorporating sustainable solutions in their work. In fact, a recent exhibition in Somerset, London was dedicated entirely to “the remarkable mushroom” showcasing its versatility. I am curious how mushrooms are used for construction given that that particular industry contributes to 39% of the world’s carb...
Tags: Energy, Home, Design, Living, Nasa, Earth, Architecture, Biodegradable, Green Building, Packaging, Construction, Mars, Sustainable, Product Design, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design

Introducing Online Sheet Metal Laser Cutting And Engraving

USA Materials Expands With Laser Cut Metals For Making Low-Cost Functional Parts While we talk a lot about using laser cut acrylic and wood for building engineering projects, making robots and designing signs, sometimes you simply need strong, functional parts for internal construction—no pretty finish needed.  Hello laser cut and engraved metal. We’ve expanded our USA materials lineup to include three new metals—standard aluminum, carbon steel and stainless steel—that can be laser cut and engra...
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Photo Flash: Inside the 9th Annual ARTISTS FOR WORLD PEACE ON BROADWAY

Artists for World Peace, a nonprofit organization, hostedits 9th annual ARTISTS FOR WORLD PEACE ON BROADWAY, [Author: BWW News Desk]
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Fritz Hansen Releasing 50th Anniversary Edition of Arne Jacobsen's Last Chair Design, the Lily

Personal question: As you get older, do your designs get more simple, or more complicated?Arne Jacobsen designed his iconic Egg and Swan chairs in 1958, in the middle years of his career. But the last chair he ever designed, called the Lily, was "perhaps his most elaborate," says Christian Andresen, Fritz Hansen's Head of Design.Originally designed without armrests for the Danish National Bank in 1968, Jacobsen followed up with an armest-equipped variant in 1970. This posed some manufacturing ch...
Tags: Design, Lily, Furniture Design, Jacobsen, Fritz Hansen, Arne Jacobsen, Christian Andresen Fritz Hansen, Danish National Bank, Andresen Jacobsen

How a 100-year-old French Army design outperforms today's U.S. helmets 

According to a recent research project it appears that the form – the shape and surface detailing – of the French "Adrian" helmet, a design used over a hundred years ago, is better at deflecting blast shocks than its more plainly shaped modern counterparts. An author of the study, Joost Op ‘t Eynde, a PhD student at Duke University, says "we were surprised to find that the 100-year-old helmets performed just as well as modern ones,”He and his co-authors hypothesize as to what elements play a ro...
Tags: Design, Washington, Tech, Normandy, Manufacturing, Adrian, Duke University, French Army, Military Design, Brodie Helmet, Louis Auguste Adrian

Bizarre Ad Strategy: Burger King Shows You Their Burgers Going Moldy, to Highlight Lack of Preservatives

"The beauty of real food is that it gets ugly," reads new ad copy for Burger King, who is now "rolling out a WHOPPER that is free from artificial preservatives."To prove it, I guess, they've released what you see below with the tagline "Isn't it beautiful?" The video was shot with an actual "stock" burger in Stockholm, Sweden (BK has already gone preservative-free in Scandinavia and Europe), and the campaign is meant to highlight that the U.S. is getting the preservative-free treatment next.Sti...
Tags: Food, Europe, Design, Scandinavia, Burger King, Stockholm Sweden BK

Call for Entries: £25,000 John Moores Painting Prize 2020 + NEW Prize

The John Moores Painting Prize is a PAINTING competition  This week it opened for entries for the 2021 exhibition The deadline for an entry is 24 March 2020 It's open to all UK-based artists... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Making A Mark]
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Little wren  upon a limb. A mourning dove on a  cold and blustery day. [Author: RH Carpenter]
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Yea or Nay: Would You Want to Live in a House with No Conventional Storeys, But 16 Micro-Levels?

Dezeen has been following the work of Japanese architect Yo Shimada, and his penchant for multi-level interior construction, for quite some time. Shimada's Kobe-based firm, Tato Architects, made a splash in 2013 with their House in Itami, which features an interior composed of multiple differing-height platforms, often using furniture to double as stairs between levels, like this:House in Itami House in Itami Their subsequent House in Miyamoto took the concept even further, essentially going ope...
Tags: Design, Architecture, House, Interior/exhibition Design, Kobe, Dezeen, Yea, Miyamoto, Shimada, Itami, Yo Shimada, Takatsuki, Tato Architects, Itami House, Itami Their, Miyamoto House

An Architect's Sketch-and-Sculpt Tactic for Breaking Creative Block

What do you guys and gals do when you encounter Designer's Block?Mexico-based architect Alejandro de la Vega Zulueta, who designed the Antigua high-rise apartment building you see above, has a go-to trick that he presumably picked up in Foundation: He starts free-sketching random patterns, applying lighting and shadows to wring form out of them. Occasionally he digitizes these sketches into parametric diagrams, then realizes them as full-blown sculptures with a 3D printer."My inspiration is ofte...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Antigua, Alejandro de la Vega Zulueta, De La Vega Zulueta

Applications for the Annual Be Original Americas Design Fellowship are Open

Since launching in 2016, the student fellowship run by Be Original Americas has immersed two undergraduate students in the real world of design practice each summer. The month-long program seeks to expand on the nonprofit's commitment to preserving original design by giving the next generation of talent a firsthand look at how the process unfolds in the real world. From June 15 to July 17, selected fellows will travel to the showrooms, headquarters, and factories of participating studios, all of...
Tags: Design, United States,, Vitra, Bernhardt, Emeco Herman Miller Ligne Roset, Be Original Americas

Study: Does A Company’s Political Advocacy Affect Consumer Behavior? Yes. But…

That a company engaged in conservative or liberal political activity did not affect Republicans’ opinions of that company, but it did for Democrats. (As previously reported, Democrats didn’t care one way or another if a Jones Corp engaged in liberal activities.) That means the 33% drop in opinion when Jones Corps engaged in a conservative agenda was entirely driven by participants who identified as Democrats. – Harvard Business Review
Tags: Art, Jones, Issues, 02.17.20, Jones Corp

Tory MPs Warn Boris Johnson Not To Attack The BBC

“This is not a fight the BBC is picking nor a contest my party promised if we got elected. If the BBC ends up in decline, it will be the government which will be accused by the very people we will rely on for support at the next election.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, Boris Johnson, 02.17.20

The doqo case turns your iPad Pro into a MacBook… with a trackpad and multiple ports!

One could argue that doqo’s case does something that even Apple couldn’t seem to do… it gives you a MacBook with a great keyboard.Designed to give iPad Pro users the laptop experience, doqo’s case design transforms your tablet into a full-fledged MacBook. Slip the iPad Pro into the doqo and there’s little difference between this setup and any of Apple’s laptops. The case comes with a gorgeous aluminum design, a full-sized keyboard, a functioning trackpad, and enough ports to make a MacBook Pro...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Ipad, Gadgets, Design, Usb, Case, Keyboard, Macbook, Laptops, Ipad Pro, Macbook Pro, Product Design, Brydge, Doqo, MacBook Slip

Meet The Workers Who Inspect The Sistine Chapel’s Frescoes

The BBC was given rare access to the preparations and spoke to three experts involved. – BBC
Tags: Art, Bbc, Visual, 02.18.20

Revealed: YouTube’s Most-Watched Gaming Channels Are Infested With Bots

In January, all seven of the most-watched YouTube Gaming channels weren’t run by happy gamers livestreaming the game du jour. They were instead recorded, autoplaying videos advertising videogame cheats and hacks, sometimes attached to sketchy, credential-vacuuming websites, according to one analytics firm. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Youtube, Youtube Gaming, Audience, 02.18.20

Electronic Portable Drums

Japanese traditional Taiko drums infused with digital sound technology make playing percussion instrument more fun and easier than ever before. TAIKO-1 electronic portable drums designed by Roland and Kodo for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Modern technology helps people play a wide variety of Taiko percussion sounds with one drum instrument carried with […]
Tags: Design, Tech, Roland, Tokyo Japan, KODO, TAIKO

The Future Perfect’s Casa Perfect Los Angeles 3.0

An untouched architectural gem from 1971 transformed into a showcase for contemporary design A walk up the pathway to LA’s new Casa Perfect—an architecturally stunning showroom for art and design gallery The Future Perfect—hints at what will be inside. Lush foliage, with both California and Japanese influences, leads to a massive ’70s-style front door, crafted from elegant dark wood. Push one of the large vertical …
Tags: Japan, Design, California, La, Los Angeles, Furniture, Homes, Exhibitions, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Casa Perfect, David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect, Casa Perfect Los Angeles, Interior Designs

Allentown Museum Painting Discovered To Be A Rembrandt After It Was Sent Out For Cleaning

The scientific analysis “showed brushwork, and a liveliness to that brushwork, that is quite consistent with other works by Rembrandt,” said Shan Kuang, a conservator at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts who restored “Portrait of a Young Woman.” – Toronto Star (AP)
Tags: Art, Rembrandt, Visual, Allentown, New York University 's Institute of Fine Arts, Shan Kuang, 02.18.20

Farewell to Cut, Copy, and Paste Inventor Larry Tesler

An Apple, Xerox, Amazon, Yahoo, and 23AndMe alum—and an early researcher in the field of artificial intelligence—Larry Tesler may not be as well-known as early computing icons like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Steve Wozniak, but his impact on the industry remains important today. Tesler popularized the tools cut, copy, and paste while working on Xerox PARC’s mouse-driven user interface—specifically an app within it called …
Tags: Apple, Design, Tech, Computers, Obituaries, Xerox, Computing, Rip, Paste, Linkaboutit, Cut, Steve Jobs Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Copy, Tesler, Larry Tesler

“No matter what happens tomorrow”

It struck me the other day that ever since Mrs. T went into the hospital, our life has come to resemble Groundhog Day, an endless succession of repeat performances. I am, like Bill Murray, stuck on hold, the only difference being that I know what has happened to me — and that, sooner or later, it will end. In the meantime, we’re clinging to our memories, but we’re also doing our best to get what’s to be gotten out of the slow-moving present. – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Bill Murray, Ajblogs, 02.18.20

Radical Empathy

For many, many people going to a concert hall or a museum is a foreign, anxiety-producing prospect. If we want new communities to take advantage of what we have to offer, we need to develop the capacity to imagine what doing so might be like for them. We need empathy. And since the experiences of the arts can be so unfamiliar the empathy must be extreme. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 02.19.20

One Of Britain’s Top Dance Companies, Tired Of The Money Struggle, Gives Up And Packs It In

Marina Harss: “Imagine if one of America’s most respected modern-dance companies realized that its funding model was no longer sustainable and had to cease operations. This despite having name recognition and a highly identifiable style, and still regularly producing new work. That, in a nutshell, is what has happened to the Richard Alston Dance Company, in England.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, America, Dance, Britain, Richard Alston Dance Company, 02.18.20

Has Netflix Reached Its Max Audience?

“Our research shows that most pay TV households already have Netflix so even if cord-cutting accelerates, Netflix won’t get a whole slew of new customers. In [other] words, people are cutting the cord because they have Netflix. They don’t cut the cord and discover Netflix for the first time.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Audience, 02.18.20

Best shows to see in London in 2020

Putting on the world’s greatest shows since Shakespeare made his mark in the 1500s, London is right up there with Broadway as the most iconic place in the world to watch theater. If you’ve made your way through the long list of West End giants like The Lion King and Mamma Mia, don’t worry — you’re not done just yet. From the dark, heart-wrenching melodrama to the all-singing, all-dancing musicals, here’s our pick of London’s hottest new shows for 2020. 1. Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe...
Tags: Travel, Elsa, Jessica Chastain, UK, New York, Hollywood, London, Theatre, Disney, Bbc, Julia Roberts, Jake Gyllenhaal, New York Times, Stephen Sondheim, Yann Martel, Broadway

Pirelli HangarBicocca Names Alessandro Bianchi as General Manager

Milan’s Pirelli HangarBicocca has tapped Alessandro Bianchi as its general manager. He previously worked at Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in Milan, the Teatro Regio in Turin, and the Fondazione Nazionale per la Danza in Reggio Emilia. Read more at Artforum  
Tags: Art, Milan, News, Turin, Art News, Minipost, Pirelli, Danza, Alessandro Bianchi, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Teatro Regio, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Fondazione Nazionale

Photo Coverage: The Cast of MRS. DOUBTFIRE Meets the Press

The cast and creatives of Broadway's upcoming new musicalMrs. Doubtfirecame together for a special preview performance and meet and greet. [Author: Genevieve Rafter Keddy]
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Mrs Doubtfire, Genevieve Rafter Keddy

LomoChrome Metropolis Reloadable Film Camera

Lomography’s preloaded “disposable” camera looks and functions like a simple, convenience store option—and can fit in a pocket, too—but it produces better and arguably more interesting photos. With LomoChrome Metropolis ISO 100-400 film inside, shots will tend toward the grungier and more contrasty end of the analog spectrum. Once you’re finished with this film pack, the camera can be refilled with any of Lomography’s 35mm …
Tags: Photography, Design, Film photography, Cameras, 35mm, Lomography, Disposable Cameras, Film Cameras, LomoChrome Metropolis, LomoChrome Metropolis Reloadable Film Camera

Photo Flash: See Katie Rose Clarke and Noah Weisberg in DATE OF A LIFETIME

Abingdon Theatre Company Chad Austin, Artistic Director presented a one night only benefit performance of 'Date of a Lifetime' on February 17th a new musical with book and lyrics by Carl Kissin, music by Robert Baumgartner, Jr. with musical direction by Isaac Harlan and directed by Nathan Brewer. The performance starredKatie Rose Clarke Wicked, Light in the Piazza and Noah Weisberg South Pacific, Legally Blonde. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Piazza, BWW News Desk, Katie Rose Clarke, Nathan Brewer, Noah Weisberg, Isaac Harlan, Carl Kissin, Robert Baumgartner Jr

Art Newspaper Profiles Competitive Push by African Art Collectors to Keep Works on Continent

A piece in the Art Newspaper this week charts a group of African collectors working to keep art on the continent by buying it themselves. “The African creative industry is experiencing a solid renaissance … as a result of the growth in the local auction market, which heightened buyer confidence,” says Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, a […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Sandra Mbanefo Obiago

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