Cathy Van Hoang (a.k.a. Petit Beast) is a Los Angeles-based designer and art director. Using sea urchin shells as planters, Hoang photographs the plants upside down to create what look like floating jellyfish (with the plant becoming the tentacles). See more images of Hoang’s air plants below!
Makerarm is a robotic arm that can ‘help its humans make just about anything.’ It can 3D print, laser cut, carve, mill, plot, and assemble. It can even feed your goldfish.
Multi-purpose and cost-effective, Makerarm is part of the Austin, Texas-based company’s broader belief that everyone should have access to the tools they need to create their dream projects. Learn more (and watch Makerarm build a custom laptop) in the video below!
The latest Kickstarter from London-based Studio Banana Things offers a futuristic headset that will allow you to “hear twice as much,” or at least stay connected to the world around you while privately enjoying your favourite podcast or Booooooom mix.
The proposed Batband device works by transmitting sound through the bones of your skull, as opposed to traditional sound-devices that plug/cover your ears.
I can honestly say that I would never wear this, but the idea is really interesting. Learn more below!
Even if this is just a prototype, the implications are insane! Futurecraft 3D (by Adidas) unveiled their first 3D-printed midsole, basically taking personalized products to an entirely different level. Check out the shoe prototype and video clip below! How long until I can just print out my own Yeezys?
I rarely post anything video game related but this one, being developed by Studio MDHR, may interest some of you animators out there! Cuphead is an action game featuring fantastic 1930s style cel animations (hand drawn and hand inked), with watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz music. It looks so fun to play!
Players control two characters, Cuphead and Mugman, who after losing a dice roll with the devil, are forced to do his bidding. The game is slated for release as an XBOX and PC title sometime in 2016. Watch the preview video of the game below!
While Egg Addiction may have started as a blog for sharing recipes and cooking techniques for California-based blogger Cindy Ho, it’s always been about creativity. After months of sketching and prototyping, Egg Addiction has perfected a way of cooking eggs that will make your morning routine a little more fun. Check out Cindy’s Kickstarter video and see more images below!
The design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery has been unveiled! Designed by acclaimed Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the proposed gallery will be 230 feet tall and have a total floor area of 310,000 square feet (85,000 of which will be dedicated exhibition space). There will be a library and 350-seat theatre, and it will all be primarily made of wood! While the design is impressive, the project is expected to cost $350 million. That’s not only $50 million more than expected but far from the $73 million raised so far.
I personally love the building design; the scale, the striking silhouette, and the carefully considered windows in the upper levels rather than yet another all glass addition to the boring Vancouver skyline. I just don’t know how our city is going to afford it (I hope we can). If it is indeed built, it will be Herzog & de Meuron’s first building in Canada. More renderings of the proposed design below!
“Caress of the Gaze” is a concept video for an interesting piece of 3D printed clothing that instantly reacts according to viewers’ gaze. The work was created by interaction designer, Behnaz Farahi, as part of Autodesk’s Pier 9 Artist in Residence program. Watch the video below.
Yoshiyuki Morioka has taken curation to the next level with this bookshop that only carries one title! Every week Morioka selects a single book to offer his clientele, along with special talks and meet-the-author style events intended to enhance readers’ engagement.
Takram, the design studio responsible for the branding of the shop, played a crucial role in Morioka Shoten’s conception. The idea won the support of Masamichi Toyama (CEO of Smiles Co. Ltd.) who gave a “New Business” lecture at an event held by the design company last year. Morioka attended the lecture, fittingly presenting his business plan with a single sheet of paper, which simply said: “Regeneration of Bookseller Atom → A bookstore with a single book.”
Morioka Shoten opened in Tokyo back in May. More images of the execution of this unique concept below!