Gazing down at foamy-looking swirls of white on black from a niche in an ancient castle, you almost feel as if you’re an astronaut watching a hurricane form above the ocean on the distant Earth.
Almost no space is too small to live in when you’ve got furniture that lowers from the ceiling, pulls out of the walls, transforms for multiple functions or even folds up flat to hang in the closet like clothing.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] Virtual reality is not just about interacting with people at distance, or engaging with static worlds designed by others – it can also be a place where users are invited to create their own works of art and design.
[ By SA Rogers in Boutique & Art Hotels & Travel. ] Master of minimalist architecture Tadao Ando has remodeled a small boutique hotel on Japan’s Shikoku island in a refreshingly spare yet luxurious aesthetic, with few distractions to break up his trademark expanses of concrete and glass.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ] Imbued with a sense of reverence, not to mention all those beautifully vaulted spaces, cathedrals and other sacred spaces can be stunning settings for art installations of all kinds, from ethereal light projections to complex arrangements of string.
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Presented at the 2016 Venice Architecture Bienalle, these new communities are designed to be entirely self-reliant, recycling their own waste, generating their own energy and producing their own food.
[ By Steve in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] The red & white Campbell’s Soup can has been a huge pop culture (and occasionally pop art) icon for decades.
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Like tableware or sliced bread, the umbrella is the subject of many reinvention attempts but few approach the sheer cleverness and ingenious simplicity of this design solution, which tackles drips, winds, crowds and compactness in one product.
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] A giant metallic head splits into segments and rotates in a ‘metamorphosis’ worthy of its subject, author Franz Kafka.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Culled from paint deposits in old car factories, these may look like exotic gemstones, but their colors reflect years of layering and hundreds to thousands of assembly-line stops.
[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Could ‘superblocks’ help Barcelona return to its late-19th-century vision of urban utopia, clearing out the snarled streets so mini neighborhood blocks can literally breathe?
[ By Steph in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Though typically seen as eyesores obscuring architecture and blocking sidewalks, scaffolding is more than its most basic function, with its modular network of pipes reclaimed for parasitic architecture, temporary pavilions, retail displays and sculptures.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ] As they evolved, illustrated figures in architecture (sometimes called ‘scalies‘) have grown to have more personality, color and life, serving as more than a means to measure relative distances, heights and widths in renderings.
[ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Here’s one UFO you won’t be seeing in the skies, but rather on the surface of the sea, half of its iconic shape disguised beneath the waves in the form of an underwater viewing dome.
[ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Ultra-strong and incredibly versatile carbon fiber can be woven by robots in a scale as small as furniture and as large as a stadium, a technological advance that could represent the fourth industrial revolution.
[ By Steve in Culture & History & Travel. ] Drive-thru is all about fast food, fast service & fast company though getting what you want without ever leaving your ride can get a little weird at times.
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ] Like door swings on architectural blueprints come to life, these works of metal-framed wood furniture express their embedded potential in physical space.
[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ] There’s a good chance that no one, other than an errant worker, will ever even see these highly symbolic (not to mention illegal) installations hidden far beneath the streets of Paris.
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ] A lone artist is on a mission to restore some of the 70,000 books from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad that were reduced to ash during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
[ By Steph in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ] Even crueler than a real mirage, this convincing illusion continues to look like a real body of water until you reach down to touch its surface, only to find that it’s as solid as anything you’ve ever touched.