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Sigur Rós: Valtari

Sigur Rós: Valtari
The Restaurateur Makes His London Debut With a New Sex Shop Fronted Mexican Joint Chorizo, lobster and lime reveal their unexpectedly lascivious side in still life photographers Metz + Racine’s saucy homage to London’s newest hotspot, La Bodega Negra. Using a color palette and mini-sets inspired by the Mexican architect Luis Barragán, Metz + Racine enlisted ingredients from the eatery’s menu. What are the crucial components of an excellent Mexican meal? The heart of the cuisine is the salsa. The space has some really playful elements, but also lots of moody, dark alcoves. It’s a playful riff on a certain bohemian Mexican/Cali gypsy lifestyle. How does the restaurant scene here differ from New York? The food is very good in both cities. Do you see Bodega Negra as the London outpost of La Esquina, or as completely different institutions? I’m not involved with La Esquina anymore, so this is a new project with a strictly local site-specific focus. What are your favorite dishes on the menu? Related:  Art exhibits, illustration, photography...

This Heart's On Fire (for people who know almost everything cool already!) Fabian Baron Rugs The more I learn about Fabian Baron, the more I love him. I was at a friend's place last night trying to figure out how to decorate her new LES pad and she showed me some rugs by the French creative wunderkind that still have me drooling. The carpet collection is inspired by Liquid Light, a single-volume monograph assembled from the personal work of Fabien Baron. The process is complex, the wool is dyed and lightened by a slight percentage so the transition and fading of color is subtle. The collection is available in charcoal, stone grey, fire, grass green, ink blue, orange, olive, and gold. I need one of these now.

Kozar Dance Theatre - Journal The Gap: An Inspirational Video About How All Artists Struggle in the Beginning We’re not in the habit of reposting things we’ve covered before, even though at least once per week we run across some post or video from a few years ago that is going ‘re-viral’ and is being covered by everyone who missed it the last go around (and some who didn’t). For this video, however, we’re making an exception. And we beg your forgiveness for that but the truth is, our readership has more than doubled since 2012 and it would be an injustice not to share this with those new readers. Plus, those who have already seen it will definitely benefit from re-visiting this motivational message. The video above is a fresh take on an old snippet of interview that NPR’s Ira Glass of the show This American Life gave back in 2009 (it initially went viral in early 2012). It’s an inspirational ‘don’t give up’ message for beginners that describes what Glass calls ‘The Gap’ between your taste and your skill that exists when you first begin any artistic endeavour. (via Reddit)

- things i have seen A new housing project by Primus Architects is situated by the coast of the north of Zealand, Denmark. The plot is a partitioning of a larger plot belonging to an old thatched house and is partly enclosed by trees. The two buildings, inhabited by two generations, share the garden, and in the layout of the site plan attention has been given to providing both separate and common spaces. WeTheUrban PHOTOGRAPHY: Portraits of Soldiers Before & After War Photographer, journalist and filmmaker Lalage Snow realized some striking portraits of British soldiers, taken over a period of eight month before, during and after their operational deployment in Afghanistan. As usual a picture is worth a thousand words, and the signs of the war are clearly visible on the soldiers’ faces. Lalage’s project is named We are not dead, and on his official website ( you can read the caption written by each soldier.

Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes : Les ruptures fertiles - Design et innovation disruptive - De Nicolas Henchoz et Yves Mirande (EAN13 : 9782889150328) Le design joue un rôle essentiel dans l’appropriation par la société de toute technologie de rupture. Sa pratique peut transformer une performance technologique en innovation et, par conséquent, en usages inscrits dans le quotidien. Cet ouvrage, clair et accessible à tous, propose une vision nouvelle de cette discipline. Augmenté de contributions de personnalités tels le sociologue Michel Maffesoli ou les designers Yves Béhar, Jasper Morrison et Andrea Branzi, ce livre se nourrit des recherches menées à l’EPFL+ECAL Lab de l’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne en collaboration avec son partenaire fondateur, l’Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne, ainsi qu’avec le Royal College of Art de Londres, l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle de Paris (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), Parsons à New York.

WeTheUrban ART: Incredible Finger Drawings by Judith Braun As strange as it sounds, New York-based artist Judith Braun creates all these wonderful landscapes and abstract patterns using nothing but her fingers dipped in charcoal dust. Braun says that she often uses her both hands simultaneously to the extent of arms’ reach as this allows the inherent symmetry of the body to generate a gestural vocabulary of mark making.

Interaction Design in the Corporate World: Creating Tame, Captive Designers | Keyvan Minoukadeh I presented my paper today at the Student Interaction Design and Research Conference (SIDeR 2010) at the Umeå Institute of Design (UID) in Sweden. It’s part of my master’s thesis work looking at business influence on design and the effect it has on students and the types of projects we end up working on. Thanks to everyone who listened, asked questions and showed support, and especially the UID students for working so hard to organise the event. Thanks also to Olof Torgersson and Chalmers University for support and travel funds. After the presentation a few people suggested areas I could look into and books and articles to read – I’ll try and post those suggestions up soon. The paper is copied below but a downloadable version is also available: Interaction Design in the Corporate World: Creating Tame, Captive Designers (PDF link). Abstract Keywords Design, professionalism, student activism, conformity, responsibility, ethics, corporate interests Introduction From Activism to Conformity

Top 10 Collage Artists: Hannah Höch to Man Ray - In Pictures From its roots in European Dadaism in the early years of the twentieth century, shadowing modernism and tracing its way through photography, collage is a medium as diverse as it is politically charged. Emerging as a reaction to the First World War, collage allowed artists to interact with existing materials – anything from newsprint and magazines to maps, tickets and propaganda and photographs – to rip them apart and then reassemble them, creating visually dynamic hybrids. Coined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, the term ‘collage’ points towards a medium simultaneously serious and tongue-in-cheek; a technique that is deeply referential of the political world in which the works were produced. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

La destruction créatrice - Dikéo Pour Schumpeter, l’innovation est majeur car elle va se diffuser dans l’activité économique. Elles affectent les branches vieillissantes qui ne peuvent plus les mettre en œuvres. Dès lors, en période de progrès technique surviennent des crises sectorielles. Il y a donc un phénomène de cycle. Selon lui les innovations apparaissent en grappes « grappes d’innovations », elles entraînent des cycles dans l’activité économique (phase de hausse et phase de baisse). Les branches innovantes nécessitent des investissements massifs et les entreprises vont abandonner les secteurs d’activités vieillissants d’où la « destruction créatrice ».

Photos of the Real World: Amy Powell’s Family Album When Amy Powell’s open, heartfelt email below landed in my inbox, as an introduction to her pictures, it brought home to me — in an unexpectedly powerful way — how indispensable a medium like photography can be: intrinsic to one’s being, a bond between loved ones, and a way of representing the complexities of life that, as Amy puts it, are “hard as hell for some people.” It was through a camera, she notes, that her mom “showed me affection as a child. When she took pictures of me I felt loved and special, like something to treasure.” The story behind Amy’s exceptional pictures—the relationship with her family and the collaboration with her sister, Erica—reveals that photography has always been central to Amy’s identity. “Growing up shy and not having anyone to talk to, the camera was the perfect thing to have in my hands,” she writes. “It has helped me deal with feelings of stress; show and contain my worry; connect and have intimacy with family. . . . – Phil Bicker My name is Amy.

Victor J. Papanek Social Design Awards 2011: Design for the Real World Redux Winners Posted by core jr | 23 Aug 2011 | Comments (0) The Museum of Art & Design is pleased to announce the four winners and 13 competition finalists of the 2011 Victor J. Papanek Social Design Awards. Design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical in the truest sense. The projects that follow will be featured in forthcoming Exhibitions at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (November 2011) and the Museum of Arts and Design and/or the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (March 2012). Open Green Map 1.) Description: Merging Green Map Icons, Google Map and local knowledge, Open Green Map has received 8 international honors. Materials: Drupal, Google Map, Green Map Icons Technique: Green Map System Dimensions: 4.70 × 6.10 inches Year: 2009 2.) Description: The 10 pack, and single pack of Jani sanitary pad version 1 Materials: Water Hyacinth paper, Beeswax, regular paper Dimensions: 1.00 X 10.00 X 10.00 centimeters Year: 2009 3.) Year: 2011