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Posted by Sebastian on Jan 15, 2009
Humongous knits, used as decorative sitting objects. Looks very comfortable.
Simple DIY hack that solves a classic problem.
Posted by Sebastian on Nov 17, 2008
The Danish Design Center in Copenhagen is currently showing the traveling exhibition Sauma [Design as Cultural Interface], a presentation of innovative contemporary design from Finland.
The exhibition - produced by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York - contains around 20 projects that on different levels experiment with themes such as usability and user-experience.
My favorite projects has to be the most experimental ones. Like the Dance Shoes and Jacket for Lonely People by Aamu Song & Johan Olin as well as the intriguing roller blinds Better View Blind by Elina Aalto.
For some reason, the Design Center changed the exhibition-title to [User Driven Design], which is somewhat misleading if that is what you are looking for. Besides, an exhibition featuring user driven design from Finland would surely include Nokia and Linus Thorvalds who took a user-driven approach long before the term became popularized (neither are included).
In any case, if you can't make it to the physical exhibition space, SAUMA is accessible and well presented on the web too. It's worth a visit.
Posted by Sebastian on Aug 31, 2008
"Ur" (clock) is a time-consuming performance by the artist Mads Lynnerup, recently held at Karriere Bar in Copenhagen in conjunction with the U-TURN quadrennial for contemporary art.
From seven in the morning till midnight, the artist, supposedly, acted as a 'live clock' by manually changing numbers on a hand-held sign every single minute.
Posted by Sebastian on Aug 31, 2008
The artist Elke Veltman turned an elevator into a living room and stayed there for a whole day.
The event was recorded on the elevators' security cam and the footage shows how people (guests) enter and leave the elevator (living room).
Semi-Related: Random Lift Button.
A physical representation of the computer desktop metaphor, which in the first place, is a representation of the physical world.
The image is from a project called Empty Trashcan by Monique Gofers and Hans Gremmen.
Related: Physical Scrollbars
Platform21, BRIGHT and Superuse has a call for creative IKEA hacks.
Hack an IKEA flat pack – a product you buy in a package and have to assemble at home. Make small alterations, or forget the instructions – let your imagination run wild and make something totally different out of it.
Deadline = september 15.
The winning design will be exhibited at the 2009 Montreal Biennial and at the BRIGHT stand during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.
Check out ikeahacker.blogspot.com for inspiration.
Here's a subtle alternative to the explicit nature of tattoos.
As the name suggests, Birthmark Tattoos, are fake - but permanent - birthmarks that you can add to your body. Aside from its decorative potential, birthmark tattoos makes it possible for your and your partner to 'exchange' birthmarks or to imprint your body with a secret message in braille.
Birthmarks Tattoo is a concept by Dutch designers Julia Müller, Arjan Groot and Menno Wittebrood who were commissioned by the magazine Identity Matters to come up with an idea for new ways of tattooing.
Posted by Sebastian on Jul 30, 2008
Langs De Lijn (From the Sidelines ) is a community project by the Dutch artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk dated back to 2003.
As a part of the cultural event 'Kleurrijke Wijken" in Gorinchem, Jeanne Van Heeswijk set up a workshop space at a sports ground and invited people from different neighborhoods to meet and share stories and memories about games.
Based on the workshops, a series of new and alternative games characteristic of Gorinchem were developed and included in a tournament. Examples of the games are: 3-sided football (3 goals/3 teams play against each other), Elastic Wrestling (2-player sandbag game) and Besides The Water (canoe contest in sand instead of water).
Posted by Sebastian on Apr 10, 2008
Between April 9-12, the Flemish cultural institute Brakke Grond in Amsterdam celebrates 'Don't-Do-It-Yourself Days' during which creative minds get together to help each other solve problems instead of trying to do everything themselves.
At the first evening, participants will be going through a series of speeddating sessions in order to match the perfect couples. All sorts of problems and questions are welcome - a huge problem for a designer might be an easy task for a project manager and vice versa.
DDIY is organized by Marcel Van Der Drift and held in conjunction with the Victorian Circus Festival.