Great still life film for Hermes…
Great still life film for Hermes…
The first of a series into the world’s best artisanal workshops to catch a glimpse of the elaborate craftsmanship that continues to evolve unabated by mass production methods and robotics. Visual poetry.
Aerofex, an aerospace company from California, has developed a working prototype hover bike. According to the website Innovation News Daily, rotors on the underside of the vehicle provide lift, and the pilot controls the bike by leaning to the left and right. Aerofex has no immediate plans to commercially launch the vehicle to the public (yet?) but instead sees the technology as a test platform for military unmanned drones. Why does the military always get all the toys?
Cool, calculating fembots. Mmmhh…what does it all mean, Miuccia?
The mother of all forecasting discusses her latest insights which reveal some very interesting ideas such as:
*Everyday Spirituality: Not in a Buddhist mode, but to something that celebrates life on a small, day to day level.
*The loss of individual behavior: Collaborative efforts and groupings. Terrace style organization.
*The young father: The nurturer which gives new perspective on parenting.
*Fluidity: The creative elite is envisioning a borderless world, against what is happening nationally and politically, where each person incorporates another profession in their work. Something akin to a new renaissance (wo)man.
*New couples are like teammates,buddies, comrades, lovers.
*The rite of the blogger (future editor-in-chiefs?): By creating their own sphere of influence, sharing innate passions for their subjects and reinvigorating the written word.
Naturally, she says it all with casual conviction and succinct wording…
Like a blind spot, I have overlooked one of my favorite artists, Grayson Perry (or more affectionately, Clare). His is a world of wild artistic syntax and blindingly good art. In London he transforms the craft of ceramics, sculpture and tapestry into otherworldly dialogues with himself and the modern consumer world.
He’s so good, I just want to keep him for myself…oh well, here you are, one of Britain’s national treasures. I’ve included an intimate moment in the kiln studio rather than the glam potter we’ve all come to love. Sorry, he doesn’t do websites.
In my ongoing quest for inter-urban zero-emission vehicles (that protect from the elements), I’ve run across this little charmer with retro-futurist aesthetics, the ‘EGGASUS’. Another little jewel to come out of California. This one is being launched in North America this fall.
It reaches a range of up to 50 miles (80.4 kilometers), with a top speed of 25 mph (40.23 km/h). Underneath the shell is a three-wheeled electric vehicle, fitted with an electric hub motor in the front wheel, enclosed cab, tinted windows, a seat, and instrument display panel. Pre-production models come with a price tag of US$5,000 a piece. Really, it would be an ideal replacement for all those rascals…
See on in motion below:
More at EGGASUS
With a mesmerizing sense of absinthe induced hallucination, Van Gogh’s ethereal 1889 masterpiece,”Starry Night” comes magically to life, its haunting swirls set alight with interactive beauty. See example below.
Get it for $1.99 @ the APP STORE
Although I’m not one to post fashion shows (as there are many other sources) I thought it was fitting to show Stefano Pilati’s last show before the return of Hedi Slimane to YSL (albeit for the first time for women).
The show is IMMACULATE and definitely the best from the house under his watch. From the stunning makeup to the sinuous chainmail dresses and vertiginous metallic heel shoes. It’ll be interesting to see how this is topped next season…
NIKE has come out with various innovations this past week, one of which is the astonishingly minimal series, FLYKNIT, utilizing the most homespun of concepts: CROCHET.
Not your ordinary needle and thread, this is a micro-engineered upper utilizing resistant yet pliable material ideal for continual wear. Four years in the R+D phase, it is a masterful innovation in minimalist footwear, not quite as reductionist as the Swiss protection sock but certainly perhaps more practical. The single layer construction whittles the weight down to just 34 grams for the upper for a total of 160 for the entire shoe! Now that’s FLY.
It took 300 man hours to perfect this luminous night suit by Flat Cat productions.Pro snowboarder, William Hughes took to the slopes to demonstrate it while fashion photographer/filmaker, Jacob Sutton took to behind the camera to document it. The result is ethereally captivating.
See: NOWNESS + JACOB SUTTON
On the heels (excuse the pun) of the barefoot trend such as Vibrams 5-fingers shoes come the Swiss Protection sock developed with Kevlar (of bullet proof vest origins) and laminated with PVC for further protection. Not for everyone but possibly the solution for a variety of water sports and such. Running on tacks and glass is probably not recommended.
It brings new meaning to casual and “socks with sandals” notoriety and may become as annoying as the ubiquitous Croc but comfort is obviously the new black. Enjoy.
See more at:Swiss Barefoot Co.
I’ve always admired free spirits as the ultimate expression of life. Perhaps because I often feel the conservative constraints imposed on all of us rather acutely. Take for example the incredible fusion of Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, locked in, creatively and as a whole. A fascinating look at their dynamics and of course, their incredible works.
I have included some stills as I was not able to insert this video from “Another Mag” but have this full screen link here:
More: Rick Owens
I haven’t been this excited about an urban vehicle since the BMW C1 covered motorbike 10yrs ago (it was dropped for the North American market and simply vanished)…Now comes the C-1 from LIT MOTORS in San Francisco.
Fully enclosed with gyro stabilizer wheels and sunroof, it is quite the machine. Different versions of the C-1 will be available for different markets. The model aimed at First World countries will have an 8-10 kilowatt-hour battery pack. The vehicle will incorporate electric hub motors in both wheels, at least one of those motors being a high-performance Remy HVH unit. The top speed should be at least 120 mph (193 km/h), with driving range for the higher-end model expected to sit at around 150 to 220 miles (241 to 354 km) per charge.
The price is, however, very high still. They are now working on a hand-built steel uni-bodied working prototype, which should reportedly be complete within about three months. Plans call for an initial run of production vehicles to be available at a price of about US$24,000 by late 2013, with that price going down to $16,000 once full production gets under way in 2014. The BMW scooter was only 4-5000$. It should ideally be 7-8000 IMO.
Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service – she has since become “a huge proponent” of the vehicle. The MIT Media Lab also provided assistance in its design.
Should you be interested, LIT is accepting deposits…
See it in motion here:
The delectable Marion Cotillard shows how it’s done here on the new Dior campaign trail. Slugging it out in LA never looked better.
In a very poetic interpretation of flowers and their power to inspire and mesmerize, Nick Knight elevates his metier to an extraordinary level. Like a page from Li Edelkoorts’ Bloom magazine come alive, Nick Knight’s genius let’s it all unfold elegantly.
Photography: Nick Knight
Models: Jac at IMG and Ben
Styling: Alister Mackie
Hair: Brent Lawler
Make-up: Petros Petrohilos
Tailor: Paul Strotton
Photographic Assistance: Zoe Hitchen, Laura Falconer, James Robotham and James Nicholson
Styling Assistance: Ellie Cumming and Melissa Thompspn
Runner: Shaun James and Andrew Smith
Production: Charlotte Knight
Sometimes you don’t need a multi-million dollar production to get the idea across…
It is only fitting I pay my own respects to Steve Jobs by showing his unveiling of the very first personal Macintosh computer, especially as I am using one of its descendants as I write. It’s quite the moment.