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New York Fashion Week celebrated Barbie’s big birthday, with a fashion show that saw everyone from Vera Wang to Rag & Bone designing collections for the big event. Life-size dolls strutted the catwalk in designs that showed just how versatile and eclectic she really is. During her 50 years, Barbie has had as many as 70 designers contribute to her extensive  wardrobe, and has had careers that range from Astronaut to Doctor.  A true renaissance woman.

Happy Birthday Barbie!

via:  Colette 

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Koolhaas Houselife is the first in a series of films called “Living Architectures”.  The goal of the series is to ‘demonstrate the vitality, fragility and vulnerability of architecture through the observation of daily life…”  

The films’ main character is a housekeeper – Guadalupe Acedo – throughout the film, she points out the “complex world of daily life”.  10 years ago, Rem Koolhaas created  one of the most amazing houses ever built: the Maison à Bordeaux. The engineering is incredible – moving walls, lifting bedrooms, platforms and automated windows, designed to give freedom to the owner, a wheelchair bound, car accident victim.  The film’s intent is to ‘de-idealize’ architecture, to make it seem less precious and more personal. 

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s film sold out its 1st edition.  The 2nd edition DVD -book is now available.
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This transforming house was designed by dRMM Architects in the UK, as a retirement home.  The clients wanted to live in a glass house while having the ability to control the amount of light and privacy.  The solution?  3 buildings that line up, a garage at one end and the glass house at the other. When the timber structure slides over the other two it has the appearance of a barn. Flexibility to the extreme!  

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This is amazing stop motion video, beautiful images and music by Oren Lavie.

stairsStairs. Nothing but stairs. Even the jokes are about stairs.
I came across this random site tonight, anyone out there with a ‘stair fetish’, should be more than satisfied with this site. There are reclaimed wood stairs, stairs made from skateboard decks and  beautiful built in stairs.
 
While on this site, be sure to visit their two other blogs,  Materialicious, “just another shelter blog”, and Workaliciousthe modern workplace, its furniture, implements, and a bit of its culture”.

Inspiration a plenty!

thoughtA friend forwarded this link to me today and I wanted to share it (thanks Fred!).  It is called ‘The Thought Project’. For 3 months, Danish photographer, Simon Hogsberg stopped strangers – 150 of them –  in Denmark and New York and asked them to talk about what they were thinking at that exact moment. This site is a record of what 50 of those people said.  Some of the interviews are boring, mundane everyday stuff, some are deep and some kind of disturbing!  What I really like about this is that he interviewed them in person…not over the internet, and because of that I think they feel far more real and personal.  The site is as simple and striking as his images.

please visit my new address…

 

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This video demonstrates just how far technology has come in 28 years.  Imagine, reading news on a computer in your home. A far fetched experiment has become mainstream and a part of our dna. This demonstrates that no matter how crazy an idea seems, you should not discount it. It just might turn into something big.

via:  creative review

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SEED is a great magazine that combines design and science. In 2009 they are celebrating my two favourite things – curiousity & creativity, with a site that attempts to ‘give us reason for optimism’.  Reserve all assumptions and ‘pose better questions about the future’,  Welcome to The Universe in 2009. 

While I would never claim to have a scientific mind, I do have an intense curiousity for just about everything.  This exhibit has it all. It has a similar interface to the MoMa online exhibition Design and The Elastic Mind, curated by SEED magazine’s Paola Antonelli. It has the same addictive quality…once you go there prepare to stay a while.  I just scratched the surface tonight…i will be back!

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You really have to visit the website of Tokujin Yoshioka to fully appreciate his work.  His site sounds and looks as incredible as his work. My words could not justify the beauty and creativity of his architecture, installations, graphics and products.

“His work has been highly elevated as art works simply more than design works.”  The image above shows him  at work on Venus – A Natural Crystal Chair. A skeleton is formed from a substrate made of polyester elastomer, and is then submerged in a tank. And just like that experiment from grade 6, crystals then grow on the substrate. Unlike that experiment from grade 6, a beautiful piece of art is formed in the shape of a chair. The chair was part of an exhibition at the Japanese Gallery  21_21, the theme of the show – “Thinking about the future of design: Second Nature, from the depths of a sea of memories.”    

I think I have a new favourite designer. 

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