The TED conference happening this week in Vancouver has not only notable speakers but innovative artwork like that of Janet Echelman. Her”Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is monumental in size and claims to be one of the biggest sculptures ever. It spans 227 x 145 x 53 m, suspended between a 24-story skyscraper and the Convention Center. Made from Honeywell Spectra fibre, it is a massive, billowing Google Chrome Eye floating high above the city with stunning light show at night.

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This sleek monster by Spike Aerospace is an 18 passenger supersonic business jet that will glide along at 1100mph (Mach 1.6). This will halve the current times between points like NYC to London in 3 hours. The streamlining is aided by the omition of windows. Yes, windows. In it’s place, the walls will act as video monitors of the outside in real time and can dim on demand. Sweet.
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Created by the late, great swindler James Whitaker Wright (9 February 1846 – 26 January 1904), this underwater ballroom was part of his estate at Lea Park, Surrey, England. One of the great Victorian magnates, he tragically died swallowing cyanide, whisky and a last cigar at his trial for fraudulently floating stocks and bonds. An incredible space that evokes as much mystery today as it must have back in the day when he hid from the authorities…
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I’ve always had a soft spot for dutch design like the group Drood. This work by Alex de Witte reinforces that affection. Having studied at the Artemis Academy, his approach diverges the process in turn creating something unique and innovative yet very ‘light-hearted’.
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Alex de Witte

With a youthful appeal to 20-30 year olds, this colour will rejuvenate everything from home-wares like coffee makers to cars and naturally, clothing and accessories.

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Taking a rather novel approach to drones, this prototype for a new breed of tiny flying robots could hail a new chapter in stealth use that mimic the insect world. These “MAVs” (micro aerial vehicles) have been difficult to control and are weighed down but New York University has developed one that is featherweight and remains stable due to its petal propulsion which is a cross between a jellyfish and moth and is not much bigger than a dime! Would make a great art installation with a few dozen too….

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Working in a particularly unusual void between sculpture and millinery, Maiko Takeda explores new volumes and innovative, spontaneous spins on everyday inspirations.
With a BA honours in jewellry from St. Martins and a masters in millinery from the Royal College of Art, she has also worked with the phenomenal Stephen Jones, Phillip Treacy, Erickson Beamon and Issey Miyake no less. It certainly shows.
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Fast approaching the film debut of the Yves Saint Laurent film due out January 8,2014. It is directed by Jalil Lespert, stars Pierre Niney and has the blessing of Pierre Bergé himself. Have a glimpse here:

Using the fluctuations of musical vibrations from pieces like ‘Swan Lake’ to alter the form of crystals blends two disparate elements into one uniquely special event. The work of Yoshioka can be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. An innovative process that documentsts the relation between nature, science and human sensitivity.
See more: http://www.tokujin.com/en/
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Collaborative Plexi bags

Collaborative Plexi bags


I’ve always been one for all things entomology, or rather, Ethnoentomology (the study of the relationship between insects and people). So it’s natural that this new collaboration between Damien Hirst and Prada should catch my eye. With only 20 bags made, they are in tandem with Hirst’s first exhibit in Qatar called, “RELICS”. Most beasties are encased while others are encrusted with gems on the outside. Not for the squeamish…

Taking height to the absolute limit, Seoul is proceeding with the 450m infinity tower, the world’s first “invisible” tower. Designed by GDS architects, it will feature various cutting edge Korean technology such as 18 weatherproof optical cameras that will generate an invisible viewpoint for pedestrians and an elaborate LED System for flashing away birds or appearing to passing planes as it will be situated near the Incheon airport. Emissions of low frequency will also do the same job. The facade will be made of 28m triangular structures.it will feature open air sections to relieve wind resistance and other treats include photovoltaic cells, a wind turbine and geothermal energy. Not bad!GDSinfinity-1

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Showing us new aspects of light by displaying it via surfaces and space that reflect it, Soo Sunny Park’s abstract work is based on an interwoven series of 37 metal and glass sculptures in one gently twisting movement of ephemeral beauty. Watch some of the process below. For more, check out: Soo Sunny Park.

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Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light from Walley Films on Vimeo.

A few examples how the introduction of 3D printing is quickly transforming our contemporary aesthetics with almost no limits to the imagination…

3D print shoe collaboration with Iris Van Herpen and Rem Koolhaas

3D print shoe collaboration with Iris Van Herpen and Rem Koolhaas


architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger produce world's first 3D printed room

architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger produce world’s first 3D printed room


3D cake decorations.

3D cake decorations.

Recalling the work of italian futurist Umberto Boccioni, these creations are visionary.
Hadid states: “I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions”. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.” Indeed.
Made of chrome vinyl rubber and lined in Nappa with fibreglass platform and heel, no amount of comfort is lost. Available in bronze, gold, black and silver. zaha Hadid for United

Glaswegian treasure, Tracyanne Campbell, seduces with her effortless vocals in this new release, ‘Fifth in line for the throne”. Coming to San Francisco June 19 and Vancouver June 23. Sit back and relax.

This poetic structure is in the bustling Hiroshima centre and is the work of Hiroshi Nakamura, a disciple of Kengo Kuma. It has a 92 sq.ft. optical glass brick wall supported by steel frames that acts as an acoustic barrier and backdrop for internal drama. There is a garden pond with glass bottom that over looks the entry, allowing fluid light into the downtairs area. An entire wall is hung with a sputter coated metal curtain. Pure poetry.
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The artist says it best:
“Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction”.
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I believe Herr Karl says it best…

Karl Lagerfeld: Zillions on Nowness.com.

Well said.

Wise words.

Wise words.

Coming to Europe and Russia later this year, the new Philips DesignLine 2013 TV comes in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, has a LCD display sitting behind the front glass sheet with active 3D technology for Full HD 3D, wifi and smart capabilities. It also sits casually on the floor, floating above the ground in a sleek display with ambient background light for added mood. No price has been disclosed yet, however…
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