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wooden bowls by hans-henning pedersen

Published on October 12, 2011, by in Art, Texture.

Hans-henning Pedersen in ‘wood boost’ at the galerie sofie lachaert , belgium now until October, 23 2011.
wide view of pedersen’s collection


Simon & Schuster moves up publication of Steve Jobs biography to Oct. 24

Published on October 7, 2011, by in Technology.

By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 10:45 AM EST (07:45 AM PST)

Publisher Simon Schuster has moved up the publication of its forthcoming biography of Steve Jobs by nearly a month after news broke that the Apple co-founder has passed away.

The authorized biography written by former Time editor Walter Isaacson became the top-selling book on Amazon.com Wednesday night after it was revealed that Jobs had died. Those ordering the book will now receive it with an earlier release date of Oct. 24, the publisher confirmed to The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

The book, entitled “Steve Jobs,” was previously set to come out on Nov. 21. This marks the second time the publication date has been bumped up; the authorized biography was originally scheduled to arrive in early 2012.

When the release date was originally bumped up to November, Isaacson said the change was not related to any decline in the health of Jobs. Soon after, Jobs announced he would step down as CEO of Apple, as declining health prevented him from continuing his job.

Jobs fully cooperated with Isaacson for the biography, participating in numerous interviews and granting the author full access. he has previously written biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

With the publication date now only weeks away, Isaacson last interviewed Jobs just four weeks ago. According to the Journal, Jobs knew at the time that he would die soon, and the scene will be included at the end of the book. In August it was revealed that the biography will also include details of his resignation as Apple CEO.

Steve Jobs biography

“Steve Jobs” will be available in both a Kindle version and a hardcover edition when it is released on Monday, Oct. 24. It’s also available for preorder on iBooks. The Apple co-founder placed no restrictions over what could be written and waived the right to read it before it was published.

“He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly — even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated,” the publisher’s description of the book reads. “Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system.

“His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.”


BERG: clocks for robots concept

Published on October 7, 2011, by in Art.

‘clocks for robots’ QR clock concept by studio BERG

proposed by london-based design consultants BERG, the ‘clocks for robots’ concept offers an authentication of date and time to the digital eyes of smartphones, cameras, and other devices.

we’re interested in the markings and shapes that attract the attention of computer vision, connected eyes that see differently to us,’ the designers reflect. ‘one of the things I find most interesting about this is how turning a static marking like a QR code into a dynamic piece of information somehow makes it seem more relevant: less of a visual imposition on the environment and more part of a system, embedded in time and space.’

authentication of date and time may become more important as services increasingly connect with or utilize smartphones for transactions, information exchange, and validation. of course these devices have built-in clocks, but not across a universally-verified standard; one can always alter the date or time on the device before taking a photo, thus maintaining false records.

the concept mockup shown in the video and images utilizes QR time, which generates a unique QR code for each second.

concept demo

use case example

example use with iPhone application


Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Published on October 6, 2011, by in Art, Technology.

image from apple.com

Apple has announced that the company’s co-founder steve jobs has died aged 56 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

A message at apple.com reads: ‘apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of apple.

if you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com


zaha hadid: form in motion exhibition

Published on October 1, 2011, by in Art.

philadelphia, pennsylvania, USA
on now through march 25, 2012

‘zaha hadid: form in motion’ exhibition at the perelman building, USA
image courtesy of the philadelphia museum of art

the philadelphia museum of art is holding its dfirst retrospective exhibition of the small scale objects and
furniture pieces created by london-based zaha hadid architects throughout the course of her career.
made out of polystyrene and vinyl graphics, it immerses visitors in the essence of hadid’s creations
as it mirrors the forms and curvatures often found in her work. to expand the height of the
perelman building, perspective lines were placed on the ground, giving the illusion of depth
and assisting the flow through the space. the works on display include everything from clothing
and jewelry to furniture pieces and lights, all designed by the architect herself.  

installation design of furniture and lamps

image courtesy of the philadelphia museum of art

installation within the exhibition gallery of perelman building

image courtesy of the philadelphia museum of art

‘mesa table’ 2007
image © eduardo perez

‘z-chair’ (2011)
image © zaha hadid architects

‘crater table’ (2007)
image © michael malloy

‘crevasses vases’ (2005)
image © zaha hadid architects

‘coffee and tea set’ (1995-1996)
image © the philadelphia museum of art

‘melissa shoes’ (2008)
image © david grandorge

‘lacoste shoes’ (2008)
image © lacoste

‘z-car I prototype’ (2006)
image © zaha hadid architects

‘WMF flatware, 5 pieces’ (2007)
image © zaha hadid architects


cayce zavaglia: embroidered portraits

Published on September 30, 2011, by in Art, Texture.

hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
12 x 34 inches

american artist cayce zavaglia considers herself a painter, yet has difficulty considering her work of embroidered portraits as painting themselves.

her realistic impressions of people are executed using crewel embroidery wool, for which over time she has created a system of sewing threads in a sequence that gives the appearance of a particular color or tone – her method of ‘mixing’ colors. threads are sewn in precise directions in order to mimic the way lines are layered in a typical drawing an allusion of depth, volume and form. throughout her series of work, the stitches have become tighter and more complex. each piece is hand embroidered and in total zavaglia has a developed 14 portraits thus far.


oleg dou: cubs

Published on September 27, 2011, by in Art.

‘cubs’ by oleg dou
all images courtesy oleg dou
(above) ‘fawn’, 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou

a modern interpretation of an old practice, ‘cubs’ by moscow-based photographer oleg dou is a series of images that draw from the aesthetic and ambience of child funeral portraits.


veev: eel self-heating bench at seat, san francisco

Published on September 23, 2011, by in Art.

‘eel’ installation by veev for the two-year ‘seat’ urban furniture exhibition in san francisco.

‘eel’ is a sculptural installation that responds to environmental conditions and the presence of visitors, shifting its colour and light and generating heat upon its surface. the project is the work of veev, the experimental design studio of thailand-born, US-based architect raveevarn choksombatchai.

usable as a seat, the surface of ‘eel’ releases heat only when the sculpture senses that visitors are nearby,
emitting a range of colour and intensity of light in response to environmental stimuli. the project investigates the performative and transformative quality of architecture in response to changing conditions in the environment, raising parallels to questions of climate change and drawing attention to fluctuations in our living environment.

‘eel’ is on exhibition at san francisco’s fort mason center through june 2013 as part of the ‘seat‘ exhibition.


1950′s Coke Commercial

Published on September 23, 2011, by in Typography.

Check out the awesome old coke logo.


yaohua wang architecture: beijing house II

Published on September 22, 2011, by in Architecture.

yaohua wang architecture: beijing house II

‘beijing house II’ by yaohua wang architecture, beijing, china.
Images courtesy of yaohua wang architecture.

During the modernization of Beijing, except for some historical houses, independent housing typology was almost eliminated. Afterwards, the new model became huge, stacking commercial residential buildings.

Thus, with the support of the client, project Beijing House II is trying to seek new methods of bringing the independent housing typology back to Beijing’s contemporary city life. This design scheme adds a new house onto the exterior of an obsolete factory building. Inside the house there are bedrooms, a studio and a green room. By doing this, the design uses the empty city space in the air and rediscovers the typology of independent housing in Beijing city.

Meanwhile, this scheme also brings about new challenges because Beijing has frequent earthquakes and this design scheme suggests a big cantilever house, which is attached onto the exiting building. Therefore, to keep this in mind, a mechanical system is introduced to counteract a potential earthquake.

The design attitude of this scheme is very honest when dealing with the fluid geometry and the mechanical system. This scheme tries to mix and merge these two different styles together instead of hiding any one of the two different systems. This becomes one of the main features of the design.

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