List/Grid Monthly Archives: October 2011

Joy Cupcakes –  A Tasty Example of Successful Marketing

Marketing was always about serving the product right, making it fun, interesting and noticeable to the buyer. With great importance nowadays, as we live surrounded by tons of supplies, which are grabbing our attention to various showcases or online shopping pages. The question is which one will be the most unique to satisfy our demands; not only selling but also having a conversation with a customer through the little details. In this matter the style of the Joy cupcakes store/café in Melbourne, Australia, created by Australian firm Mims Design, was meant to be a total engagement between design of the place and its… Read more »

Naomi Campbell’s Eye of Horus House – By Luis de Garrido

A luxurious and spacious summer mansion, shaped like the ancient Egyptian Eye of Horus, is designed by Spanish architect Luis de Garrido. The home is fittingly located on the Isla Playa de Cleopatra in Turkey, was a birthday gift for famous model Naomi Campbell from her boyfriend. The home, that sports 25 bedrooms and 5 lounges, is said to supply its need of water and electricity making it completely sustainable and quite inexpensive for a home of its size and technology.  The eye’s black outline is made up of photovoltaic panels, which work in combination with a geothermal system to provide all the home’s energy needs.  Rainwater is… Read more »

Amazing Halloween Carvings by The Pumpkin Geek

Its this time of the year again! Halloween is about to come on the 31st of October along with costumes, trick-or-treating and, of course, jack-o-lanterns. If you are still deciding on the scary look of your pumpkin carving and searching for something more creative, I want to give you a fast overview on a very special carving artist. Alex Wer, also known as Pumpkin Geek, started his “Orange Empire” few years ago when his wife asked him to create a logo of the company she worked for on the pumpkin. He picked a craft pumpkin instead of the real one to save… Read more »

From The iPod Creator Comes NEST Learning Thermostat

Who would think that a thermostat maters, I mean the brand or its function, a thermostat is just a plastic box mounted on the wall with an on/ off/ high/ low/ auto switches and that is it! Its like turning the lights on and off on your way in/ out of the house. Tony Fadell, the the iPod’s lead designer, thought otherwise. After 9 years of iPod productions, three years of iPhones and 18 months of silence, he’s finally unveiled his next big product, Nest -the smart green energy efficient learning- thermostat! Nest is simply a  thermostat with an old-fashioned rotary dial… Read more »

The World’s Population to Hit 7 Billion This Week! Is Earth Ready?

The population of the World is reaching a staggering 7 Billion inhabitants this week, marking a critical time for us to consider the conservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations before sucking up all the good out of it. Experts are already releasing their estimates of the population growth till the end of the century. One forthcoming United Nations report estimates that the number may reach 15 billion – more than double current levels, and 5 billion more than what was previously predicted. So what does this mean for our planet and its resources? The first billion people accumulated over… Read more »

Dressed Up Furniture by KAMKAM

KAMKAM, a design group located in Seoul, Korea. Their Dressed Up Furniture looks like playful kids furniture with adults scale! The idea is to combine clothing and furniture, making the pieces soft and approachable, and also interactive using fasteners and buttons. Cham Cham is a storage cabinet in that opens and closes using a belt-like fastener with an inner magnet, keeping it more secure. It is named after the North Pole monster Cham, a character from a Korean novel. Dressed Up Stool These stools are upholstered with a special button detail that is also functional. You can unbutton the front of… Read more »

Atrium House by Mesh Architecture

An unnoticed, yet intriguing residence, Atrium House by MESH Architectures, located in Brooklyn, NY. A house with an unobtrusive front exterior leading you into a two-story space that is both modern and industrial. The house has an indoor/outdoor feel constructed with large floor-to-ceiling window panes and folding glass doors, giving an open feeling towards the central courtyard or the atrium of the house. By building the house around an atrium, it allows for much of the space to open up to the outdoors and allows for light to fill the home. The design of the house offers the tenants extreme privacy without the… Read more »

Pencil Bench by Boex

Stemming from a single conversation to see if an everyday office object into a piece of furniture could be incorporated, Boex designed this quirky bench. It ended up causing quite a stir across the design world, scooping two awards for Boex and being featured in a number of national design journals. The seat is made up of 1,600 pencils which are individually sprung. Each pencil can be removed and used. This goes along well with the back to school spirit. [Via DesignMilk] [Photos by Kirstin Prisk Photography]

LYTRO The First Focus-after-you-Snap Camera is Out [PICTURES]

Remember LYTRO? it’s the new camera that allows you to snap pictures first than focus them later on your computer or on the camera itself. Well, it’s not just a nice idea anymore! LYTRO is expected to hit the retail shelves in early 2012 for a price of $399 ($499 for a more advanced version) See also: LYTRO Camera – Snap Photos First and Focus Later [TRY IT YOURSELF]  Lytro’s founder and chief executive, Ren Ng, recently announced the launch of his light-field camera in a small Silicon Valley event. Design-wise, Lytro takes more than a couple of lines from Apple. It’s small… Read more »

Ushanki Shelf-lamp from Ukrainian Design Studio decorkuznetsov

Old-stye soviet winter hat “shapka-ushanka” gave an inspiration and name to a new project by creative design agency – decorkuznetsov from Ukraine. Earflaps of the hat gave a shape to the modern “Ushanki” shelf-lamps; they come in different definition of shelf-dad, shelf-mom and shelf-son all in bulb shape and playful blue color. Each piece has a fluorescent lamp hidden inside, which transforms a regular idea of the shelf into the very comfortable yet stylish and functional night-stand. “Ushanki” is not the only outstanding project of the decorkuznetsov – it has been established in 1994 and became a winner of many exhibitions… Read more »

RE_VINYL: Cities of the World Carved on Vintage Wall Clocks

Estonian designer Pavel Sidorenko prolonged the life of old vinyl records turning them into stylish themed wall clocks – RE_VINYL. Each clock has its own idea telling a story of a worldwide famous city through their most known landmarks, landscapes, and attractions carved on the vinyl disc while keeping the grooves and record labels untouched. The author reached a few goals with his project – disposal reduction of the potentially useful material while saving on the consumption of new raw ones, and at the same time bringing memories and partly history of music back to life, through his vintage art. [Via:… Read more »

Crater Lake – Social Meeting Point Installation for Kobe Bienalle 2011, Japan

Crater lake – is a new concept of outdoors socializing meeting points designed and built by 24° studio. The project is one of the winners of Shitsurai Art International Competition organized by the city of Kobe, Japan; the installation is a participant of Kobe Biennale 2011. Crater lake is exhibited from October 1 till November 23 at the man-made Port Island of Shiosai park providing a view at the Kobe urban center, its surrounding mountains and seascape. The installation is inviting visitors to enjoy the social interaction while observing the beauty of the environment through 360° viewing vista. The design… Read more »

Google Maps Typography

Rhett Dashwood, an award winning Creative Director residing in Melbourne Australia, has spent some of his spare time searching Google Maps hoping to discover land formations or buildings resembling letter forms. These are the results of his findings limited within the state of Victoria, Australia. These are the locations: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z Check out some of the location links, while on Google maps, zoom out till you can discover where you are, and you’ll realise how hard of a job Rhett has taken upon himself to put together his Latin alphabet collection. Do you think it was worth the effort? at least someone… Read more »

NSC “Olimpiyskyi” – Stadium for Euro2012 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Less than a year is left till the European Cup of Nations Euro 2012 – the 14th European Championship for national football teams sanctioned by UEFA. The host countries, Ukraine and Poland, are in their last stage of stadium preparations.  5 games of the cup including the final match will be hosted in the National Sport Complex “Olimpiyskiy” in Kyiv, Ukraine. The sport complex’s stadium, built in 1923, has been through many reconstruction processes and name changes during its life span. The most recent renovations started in August 2008; the old sport complex had to be adjusted for the needs and requirements of the upcoming football cup according… Read more »

The World’s Biggest Barbie House in Shanghai, China is now CLOSED [PHOTOS]

Not all marketing moves are bringing the profit and development companies expect. Sometimes the company strategy could appear too outrageous for the new target. In March 2009 one of the world’s largest toy producers – Mattel Inc. (MAT) – opened the world’s first Barbie flagship store in Shanghai, China.  The opening was dedicated to 50 years anniversary of the world’s most-loved doll. The store, designed by New York’s agency Slide Architecture, consisted of 6 levels covering 3,500 square meters (37,700 square foot) with the world’s largest collection of Barbie dolls and connected products, along with other services and activities such as women’s… Read more »

The Leaning Tower of Big Ben!

It looks like London will soon catch up with Italian town Pisa for housing a leaning tower, the Big Ben is tilting! The London Underground and the Parliamentary Estates Department has revealed that the tower is leaning to the northwestern direction, a tilt that is far from dangerous, yet visible to the naked eye. At a leaning angle of 0.26 degrees, it is still a fraction of the tilt of the tower of Pisa, precisely 1/16 of it. The big Ben has been budging down in one direction since 1999 at an unnoticeable rate of 0.65mm per year, in 2003 the rate… Read more »

Colorful Bridge “Slinky Springs to Fame” in Oberhausen, Germany

Slinky – the toy created in 1940s in USA and loved by many kids worldwide has got its honor in Oberhausen, Germany. It was implemented in a bright footbridge named Slinky Springs to Fame which goes across the Rhein-Herne canal connecting two existing parks. The design of a swinging spiral wrapped around a colored band belongs to German artist Tobias Rehberger. The bridge was opened in August 2011 as a part of the local project “EMSCHERKUNST 2010″. Brightness of the springy synthetic finishes of the walkway is presented in 16 different colors produced on 2.67 meters of bridge width with… Read more »

Sony’s Colour Like No Other – UK [VIDEO]

In 2009, Sony UK launched a new ad campaign for their new line of Bravia LCDs, the concept of the ad was colors, lets show the consumer how good real life colors will show up on their screens. A prinicipal that was presented in its most primative meaning, a blast of colors and the resulting rainbow-like mess on its urban surrounding. They used thousands of gallons of paint and fireworks to blast it across a multi-storey high rise in Queen’s Court, Toryglen, in Glasgow. The following specs were used to produce a one minute video: 70,000 litres of paint 358 single bottle… Read more »

Norman Foster’s Tribute to Steve Jobs

Today Lord Norman Foster issued a tribute to Steve Jobs , who passed away yesterday at the age of 56, after losing the battle against pancreatic cancer. Foster + Partners is working on the new Apple Campus in Cupertino, California, scheduled to be completed in 2015. 06/10/2011: Tribute to Steve Jobs 1955-2011 With my colleagues I would like to pay tribute to Steve Jobs. Like so many millions our lives have been profoundly and positively influenced by the innovations pioneered by Steve and Apple, names which are inseparable. We were greatly privileged to know Steve as a person, as a friend and in every… Read more »

In Memory of Steve Jobs: The Apple Inc. Product Timeline

The Silicon Valley icon, a magnificent man, has left our world today, after becoming the most successful and innovative businessman of his era. Steve Jobs is the man that co-founded Apple Computers from a silicon valley garage in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak, his vision through out the Apple product lines started with an aim of bringing the personal computers to the masses and arriving to products like the iPhone and iPad that changes people’s lives. Time after time, he sold people on a product they didn’t know they needed until he invented it, along with the expertise of the perfect… Read more »

Sagrera Linear Park – new “green lungs” for Barcelona, Spain

Development of new railway connections in Barcelona, Spain, dug in the ground a new tunnel route for the trains, emptying plenty of space above ground for something new and fresh in the heart of the city. Winners of 2011 design competition in Spain – Alday Jover, RCR and West8 – suggested covering around 40 hectars of land with a “green lung” – La Segrera Linear Park or Park del Cami Comtal, a slim garden strip slicing through the city. Construction period is expected to take 14 months of work, when complete, the new diagonal axis will be the connection between Catalan Pyrenees, the seashore,… Read more »

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth From Above

Earth from Above: a collection of aerial photography produced by Yann Arthus-Bertrand The collection is the result of the French aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand‘s five-year airborne odyssey across six continents. It’s a spectacular presentation of large scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing planet and its inhabitants.

The Elevated Bar and Terrace at the 9 April Garden in Lisbon, Portugal

The Bar/Terrace at the 9 April garden, is the optimum example of benefiting from a vantage point with the perfect panoramic horizon over the Tagus River and the surrounding historical buildings of Lisbon, Portugal. It lies at the edge of the elevated park on the roof of an existing building which anchors the level change between the garden and the lower plane of the adjacent street below. The garden of 9 April -also known as Alberta or rock garden of Count Obidos, a promontory appears as a green space surrounded by tradition, open to the river and ships. Designed by aspa, the bar/terrace… Read more »

New Photos Surface for ‘The Pearl’ Island-City in Qatar

The dream island master-plan that was unveiled in February 2008 is starting to shine out as a reality off the coast of Doha, Qatar. The Pearl, designed by Callison architecture firm, is the new island-city that covers nearly 1,000 acres in the Arabian Gulf near the Qatari capital, a multi-billion-dollar venture that will house some 30,000 people within the next few years.  It is the rare architectural project that requires two three-ton trucks to deliver plans. The island is developed by United Development Company (UDC), as Qatar’s biggest real estate project, the country’s economy is booming; investor interest was so strong during… Read more »

The WikiLeaks Den

The controversial WikiLeaks, an international non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified information from anonymous news sources,news leaks, and whistleblowers. It has received many praises as well as criticism to the info they unveil and its sources, and has won a number of publishing awards from the likes of the The Economist‘s New Media Award in 2008 at the Index on Censorship Awards and Amnesty International‘s UK Media Award in 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News listed WikiLeaks first among websites “that could totally change the news”, and much more. Considering the character of the organisation, the location they work from is expected to reflect an image of their… Read more »

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