art: the Clayton brothers, for something truly unique.

18 Jun

Their CV states that the brothers draw inspiration from their immediate environment, incorporating local businesses, neighborhood regulars, and snippets of overheard conversations as subjects for their paintings. We’re not sure what sort of conversations happen in California but we sure wish we were party to them, cos that must be one hell of a conversation . . .

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topshop: Puma AG takes on Paris. Totally wins.

17 Jun

 

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The redesign of a Parisian Puma store infuses a retail environment with sustainable and innovative design, including iPad walls, reconfigurable walls and illuminated shoe displays. Inspired by Puma’s four key philosophies – fairness, honesty, positivity and creativity – the shop’s décor engages customers through interactive experiences with high-tech gadgets.

iPads are scattered throughout the two-storey shop and are connected to the ‘Puma joy pad,’ a huge iPad wall framed by red transparent glass. Customers can interact with the wall using specially developed apps; in the future, this will be connected to other Puma stores via live streaming.

Inside the 200-sq-m shop, products are displayed as though ‘heroes.’ According to designers at Berlin-based Plajer & Franz Studio, this concept not only enhances the display of products, but intentionally creates a navigation system for shoppers.

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video: hard rock cafe: the rockwall.

17 Jun

For a totally immersive experience giving you access to the entire back catalogue of Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia – a totally interactive multi-user experience that offers iPad like user interface.  Yup, we’re not entirely sure what that means either, but hey . . . we want a go . . .

design: APAP Open School / LOT-EK

16 Jun

Infamously known for their work with shipping containers (be sure to check out their Puma City check it here), American-firm LOT -EK has nearly completed the , in .  The containers are perched atop each other creating spaces beneath them for a public amphitheater, within them for educational functions and even on top of them for a long decked roof offering great views.

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Looks like we’ll be enrolling for summer school real soon . . .

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Design: what’s in a tap? Ask Zaha Hadid!

16 Jun

Call it a tap, faucet, spigot. One thing you’ll certainly NEVER call it is a work of art. Well Zaha Hadid is about to change all that. Working with Triflow for a new range of taps that retail at £5200 upwards these aren’t for everybody, but boy – it’d sure make washing up far more interesting!

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video: return of the event video? $1m buys you that much surely?

16 Jun

In the epic $1m video for Run the World (Girls), Beyoncé and her female army bludgeon a squadron of grim-faced riot police into submission with nothing more than the power of their glamour and some highly choreographed dance routines. An apocalyptic landscape is the backdrop for this act of insurrection, although luckily there is no shortage of designer outfits in the post-nuclear world.

The video, featuring 242 dancers, one horse, one lion, two oversized hyenas on chains and myriad costume changes, was shot over three days in the California desert and confirms Beyoncé’s position as the blowdried warrior queen of pop.

It also marks the return of something not seen since Michael Jackson led an army of the undead in Thriller and Simon Le Bon swanned about on a yacht in Rio: the mega-budget pop video.

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art: nobody needs art. nova.

16 Jun

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