Sunday, October 31, 2010
At the Home Fair Exhibition earlier this month in Stockholm, the Swedish Aquarium Leasing (Akvarie leasing) company debuted something very unique - a spectacular modern aquarium, designed by Karl-Oskar Ankarberg, known for his collaborations with Orrefors glassworks.
The new aquarium named Archiquarium is something really special for both aquarium and design enthusiasts. The spectacular aquariums are reminiscent of ultra-modern architecture, rather than traditional aquariums. The clean rectangular shapes and surfaces are hallmarks of modern Scandinavian design.
above: the frame is made of solid sawn wood, aquarium glass and Corian®.
Archiquarium is the work of increasingly high-profile designer Karl-Oskar Ankarberg. When the sketches were presented to the Aquarium Leasing AB, they quickly decided to go ahead and produce a prototype - which was presented to external design agencies in Karl-Oskar's booth No. AO4: 53 on the Home Fair, 7-10 October.
Aquarium Leasing AB leases and operates aquariums in over 2000 workplaces in industry and public sectors so that people can enjoy the serene spectacle that is the aquarium's signature. The company is based in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Copenhagen.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Vac from the Sea is a project initiated by home appliance maker Electrolux, aiming at raising awareness about the immediate need for the world to take better care of plastics and support the heroes that do.
The environment is a concern and responsibility of everyone and marine plastic pollution is an issue much too big to just leave to politicians. Electrolux is in the homes of millions and can help raise awareness and affect many consumers. Plastic is the main raw material when making a vacuum cleaner. From a sustainable business point of view, Electrolux relies on an increased global supply of recycled plastic.
A limited number of vacuum cleaners will be made from marine plastic debris – harvested from the Pacific and other sites where the plastic problem is immense.
Below is the "green" Ultraone vacuum by Electrolux followed by 5 of the vacuums produced with the debris garnered from the aquatic environments (individual images below courtesy of inhabitat)
Depending on the local plastic situation the gathering of plastics will vary – from diving among coral reefs, clean-ups closer to shore to scooping up plastic directly from the water surface. The vacuum cleaners that are to be produced from the material gathered will be put on display for the world, decision makers and consumers to see.
At this point, there is no plan to actually sell the units produced. Separating the plastic cocktail is a great challenge and plastics in the ocean tend to act like sponges for other toxins.
The locations where plastic will be collected are in the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
The gathering of material will be documented on their site.
Framegeek.com, a blog about Men's eyewear, sunglasses and glasses, has just issued a series of posters celebrating 'Eyewear Made Famous' by Moxy Creative.
The collection consists of six different aesthetically pleasing graphic art posters. Five of the posters each feature one iconic outline of recognizable eyewear frames on the subdued colored silhouettes of Andy Warhol, Johnny Depp, Mahatma Ghandi, Kanye West, and Yves Saint Laurent respectively. The sixth poster is a compilation of iconic white frames with call-outs beneath each of the face to whom the glasses belong.
The Frameworks poster:
01. Woody Allen 02. Kanye West 03. Buddy Holly 04. Michael Caine 05. Kurt Cobain 06. John Lennon 07. Geordi LaForge 08. Malcolm X 09. Johnny Depp 10. Dame Edna 11.Stephen Colbert 12. The Blues Brothers 13. Austin Powers 14. Yves Saint Laurent 15. Elton John 16. George Costanza 17. Bootsy Collins 18. Elvis Costello 19. Terry Richardson 20. David Hockney 21. DMC of Run DMC 22. Andy Warhol 23. Mohandas Ghandi 24. Steve Urkel 25. Napoleon Dynamite 26. Clark Kent 27. Shock G of Digital Underground 28. Truman Capote
Each of the six 11.75" x 15.5" prints costs $30 and is limited to a run of 50.
Buy them here.
Friday, October 29, 2010
above: Keyhole and detail, by horror photographer Joshua Hoffine
In honor of Halloween, here's a reprise of some (there are many more) of my spookiest posts from the past few years in the areas of photography, fine art, fashion, furniture and design.
Beautifully Creepy Photography:
•Joshua Hoffine Brings Your Nightmares To Life In His Beautiful Horror Photography
•The SAW Blood Drive Posters I-VI
•More Ghoulishness From Photographer Joshua Hoffine
•Nina Levy's Family Portraits Make Yours Look Less Frightening.
•The Puppet Show By Photographers Winkler + Noah
•Gottfried Helnwein's Controversial Photos
•Meet Russian Photographer And Artist Oleg Dou
•Jason Clay Lewis: Drop Dead Gorgeous And Ammo Art
•An Inside View of Jason Freeny's Unusual Art.
•Barbie Gone Bad. Works From The 7th Annual Altered Barbie Exhibit
•Bela's Dead: The Dark Side Of Sexy Lingerie
•A New Fashionista Favorite: Designer Iris van Herpen
•Some Spooky Skull Shoes & Boots From Martin Margiela
•Limited Edition Bell & Ross Skull Watch: Instrument BR 01 Airborne Talisman Watch
•Showtime's Serial Killer, Dexter, Inspires Some Bloody Interesting Items
•Rock a Bye Deadly Baby: The Ne Zha Works of Shi Jinsong
•Modern Mementos Of Macabre Moments in History
•Ordinary Life: Disturbed by Nika Zupanc
•The Sensory Deprivation Skull & The Wellness Skull
•This Is The Furniture Your Mother Warned You About: Ted Nemeth Designs
•Make No Bones About It, Stephen Einhorn Is Much More Than A Jeweler.
Modern Coffins & Urns
•The Best Modern Coffins. When You Want To Go Out In Style.
•Modern Cremation Urns
To see over 160 purchasable items I've chosen with skulls or skull-related imagery and design, check out my "Death Becomes You" list here. Or simply use the left and right scroll arrows on the widget below to see them all.