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September 20th, 2010

National Geographic photo’s selection

Photograph by Kent Miller

Landing at Princess Juliana International Airport, a looming 747 thrills visitors on Mahó beach, a famous plane-watching spot.

Photograph by Steffen Binke

A dwarf minke whale cuts through the water, its many throat grooves clearly visible.

Photograph by Cesare Naldi

Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim at Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands.

Photograph by Rhys Logan

Driving home over the Waterville Plateau, a waxing sliver of a moon that fell early below the horizon made for a perfect moment of stargazing. What was even more eerie though, was that the wind had completely stopped also. Even from about 30 feet up a small embankment I could hear my shutter trip for a 25-second exposure. The lights on the horizon, shining from over 70 miles away, were the city lights of Ephrata and Moses Lake, Washington.

Photograph by Michael McDermott

Driving back from Moab, Utah, an impending tornado made us exit the highway and wait at the gas station. These two sat out on the curb watching the tornado come closer and closer until they couldn’t remain exposed for any longer.

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September 20th, 2010

Cartoon about kindness.

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September 20th, 2010

Icicle Icecube Tray

Icicle shaped ice cubes, design by Ramon Middelkoop

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September 20th, 2010

Aeolus – Acoustic Wind Pavillion

Aeolus is a new architectural space designed for the public to contemplate the UK landscape; to make audible the silent shifting patterns of the wind and to visually amplify the ever changing sky. An investigation into acoustics, wind, architecture and light, Aeolus was inspired by Luke Jerram’s research trip to Iran where he explored the mosques of Esfahan and interviewed a Qanat desert well digger about his life. The well digger spoke of the wells singing in the wind.

Aeolus is designed to resonate and sing with the wind without any electrical power or amplification.

Once completed, the temporary building will tour the windy hill tops of the UK, before being installed as permanent artwork, somewhere in the UK. Unlike the prototype (see images above) the final artwork will have a steel internal structure that can be quickly assembled and disassembled on site. The tubes will then slot into this underlying framework.

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September 20th, 2010

iPad Cutting Board

Cut some apples on this nice-made iPad Cutting Board .

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September 19th, 2010

Russ Chimes – Midnight Club EP (Part 2: Tertre Rouge)

Russ Chimes – Midnight Club EP (Part 2: Tertre Rouge) from Russ Chimes on Vimeo.

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September 19th, 2010



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September 19th, 2010

Ashtray Factory

Ceramic ashtray.
Designed by Ramon Middelkoop and Chris Koens .

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September 17th, 2010

the art of chess

‘modern chess set’, rachel whiteread 2005 – all images courtesy of RS&A, london

‘the art of chess’ is an exhibition of seven chess sets created by a group of contemporary
artist including tracey emintom friedmandamien hirstbarbara krugeryayoi kusama,
alastair mackie and rachel whiteread. each artist infused their own interpretation of the board
game in real dimensions.

the exhibition is set to open on the 49th edition of milan furniture fair on april 14th
at project b gallery, in milan. this event which is part of the fuori salone will be on display
until the may 14th.

‘modern chess set’, detail of chess pieces

‘modern chess set’, detail of chess pieces

‘untitled’, barbara kruger 2006


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September 17th, 2010

9 Hours Hotel

The 9 Hours is a capsule hotel: a Japanese hotel concept with sleeping pods instead of rooms, and shared bathrooms. They target hard-working business people and travelers.

Usually, these capsule hotels are far from well-designed. The 9 Hours is nothing like that. Instead, it’s an amazing example of applied minimalism.

The 9 Hours is managed by Tokyo-based Cubic Inc., and designed in a collaboration with designer Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S.

Monocle recently did an excellent report on the hotel, which we have embedded here. (Thx, Peter!)

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September 16th, 2010

Hermitage Plaza

Foster + Partners released their first video scheme for the Hermitage Plaza in La Defence, Paris. Dripping in class futuristic skyscrapers gleam over the Parisian skyline. Imposing yet necessary they give Paris a much-needed modern feel.  The two towers will be the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe at a monumental 323 meters (1,060 ft). The buildings will likely be completed by 2016. Costing over €2,500,000,000 this modern wonder will have 93 floors, 534 apartments, 18 levels of offices, 201 hotel rooms along with other luxuries like cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries.


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September 16th, 2010


“Spout” is a concept for minimalist bathroom basin design that merges technology and style. The user simply places their hands in the bowl to activate the water with the desired temperature set via a small dial. There is also a manual override button housed in the centre of the dial that can be pushed for continuous water if you would like to fill the sink.

INNOVATION by Charlwood Design

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September 16th, 2010

Apple posts iOS 4.2 beta for iOS

Apple today released a beta version of iOS 4.2 to developers that adds support for AirPrint, its new name for the wireless printing feature unveiled with iOS 4.2 at the start of the month. The feature finds any printers connected to the local Wi-Fi network and, when supported, prints without needing any special setup. The approach also allows for printing from a printer shared from a Mac or Windows computer.

AirPrint will work with any iOS device that already supports iOS 4 and is still slated to arrive in November.


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September 16th, 2010


The biggest winner in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition is not an electric car, but a car that weighs less than 1,000 pounds and is powered by an internal combustion engine. The car is known as the Very Light Car #98, and it won the $5 million prize in the “mainstream” category, which required cars to seat four people, run on four wheels and have a driving range of at least 200 miles. It was built by a team known as Edison 2, led by a German-born entrepreneur named Oliver Kuttner and based in Charlottesville, Va.


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September 16th, 2010

Woodpecker Alarm Clock

This alarm clock is designed by Natalie Duckett to enhance your waking experience by improving your sleep rhythm.


September 15th, 2010

Future of Screen Technology

This is the result of TAT’s Open Innovation experiment. It is an experience video showing the future of screen technology with stretchable screens, transparent screens and e-ink displays, to name a few. Courtesy of gizmodo.com

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