Iris van Herpen – Seijaku – YouTube

See the evolving genius of futurist Iris van Herpen and her poetic, futurist designs – The collection is entitled, “Seijaku” or finding calm amidst chaos.

Keiichi Matsuda’s Hyper-Reality film blurs real and virtual worlds

Watch the future with augmented reality as realized by London designer, Keiichi Matsuda. Either it kills you or makes you stronger…. HYPER-REALITY from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo. via Keiichi Matsuda’s Hyper-Reality film blurs real and virtual worlds

ADAPTIV: THE CUSTOM 3D PRINTED BOOT

Brought to you by SOLS, this 5 layer boot is custom scanned and printed as an exoskeleton with the remaining inner layers utilizing air bags, sole and leather finishings. It will expand and tighten according to motion to optimize fit and is certainly a foot in the right direction…

Kiss The Future: The Kinematic Dress

3D printing continues to take small leaps and bounds as adventurers literally spin out innovative adaptations like that of Nervous Systems, Massachusetts  and their kinematically designed frock. Made from over 2200 modular, triangular pieces that move individually allowing fluid, fabric like motion. 21st Century chainmail. So wonderfully innovative that MoMa NYC has bought it toContinue reading “Kiss The Future: The Kinematic Dress”

Future Tense: TMS Mind Massage

Northwestern University in Chicago has announced results in electric brain treatment that may hold the key to rehabilitating memory disorders stemming from alzheimer’s, aging, brain injury, schizophrenia, stroke and just plain ole’ forgetfulness…Results showed substantial improvement of memory tests after the 3rd day of 20 minute cranial massages for 5 consecutive days using electric impulsesContinue reading “Future Tense: TMS Mind Massage”

Digital Makeup Projection Mapping: Nobumichi Asai

Nobumichi Asai is known for his CGI work in various industries like cars and architecture but lends his hand here to the human face: OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING. from something wonderful on Vimeo. NOBUMICHI ASAI (PLANNER / PRODUCER / TECHNICAL PRODUCER – P.I.C.S.) HIROTO KUWAHARA (ART DIRECTOR & MAKEUP) PAUL LACROIXContinue reading “Digital Makeup Projection Mapping: Nobumichi Asai”

Janet Echelman Aerial Sculpture: TED Conference Vancouver

The TED conference happening this week in Vancouver has not only notable speakers but innovative artwork like that of Janet Echelman. Her”Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is monumental in size and purported to be one of the biggest sculptures ever. It spans 227 x 145 x 53 m, suspended between a 24-story skyscraper and theContinue reading “Janet Echelman Aerial Sculpture: TED Conference Vancouver”

The Jelly Moth: Micro Flying Robot

Taking a rather novel approach to drones, this prototype for a new breed of tiny flying robots could hail a new chapter in stealth use that mimic the insect world. These “MAVs” (micro aerial vehicles) have been difficult to control and are weighed down but New York University has developed one that is featherweight andContinue reading “The Jelly Moth: Micro Flying Robot”

Logic + Geometry + Space = Maiko Takeda

Working in a particularly unusual void between sculpture and millinery, Maiko Takeda explores new volumes and innovative, spontaneous spins on everyday inspirations. With a BA honours in jewellry from St. Martins and a masters in millinery from the Royal College of Art, she has also worked with the phenomenal Stephen Jones, Phillip Treacy, Erickson BeamonContinue reading “Logic + Geometry + Space = Maiko Takeda”

The Poetic Power of Tokujin Yoshioka

Using the fluctuations of musical vibrations from pieces like ‘Swan Lake’ to alter the form of crystals blends two disparate elements into one uniquely special event. The work of Yoshioka can be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. An innovative process that documentsts the relation between nature, science and human sensitivity. See more:Continue reading “The Poetic Power of Tokujin Yoshioka”

Entomology Elegance: Hirst & Prada Collaborate

I’ve always been one for all things entomology, or rather, Ethnoentomology (the study of the relationship between insects and people). So it’s natural that this new collaboration between Damien Hirst and Prada should catch my eye. With only 20 bags made, they are in tandem with Hirst’s first exhibit in Qatar called, “RELICS”. Most beastiesContinue reading “Entomology Elegance: Hirst & Prada Collaborate”

Zaha Hadid vs. UNITED: Let the Games Begin…

Recalling the work of italian futurist Umberto Boccioni, these creations are visionary. Hadid states: “I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions”. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.” Indeed. Made of chrome vinyl rubber and linedContinue reading “Zaha Hadid vs. UNITED: Let the Games Begin…”

Through the Looking Glass: Google’s “Explorer”

With the race on for wearable technologies such as smartwatches by Apple and Samsung, Google is forging ahead with it’s glasses that incorporate augmented reality, straight out of William Gibson’s novel, “Virtual Light” from 1993. Here you can have a sneak preview what this will look like… Google Glass “Explorer” will retail for approx. US$1,500Continue reading “Through the Looking Glass: Google’s “Explorer””

Invisibility Cloak: Hyperstealth

British Columbia-based Hyperstealth Biotechnology claims to be working on an extraordinary “invisibility cloak” that would render its wearer virtually invisible. Citing security concerns, the camouflage-design company has yet to provide anything beyond mock-ups of the Quantum Stealth cloak, but explained that the fabric works by bending light around a person, enabling them to disappear intoContinue reading “Invisibility Cloak: Hyperstealth”

Miles and Miles of Piles: Stacked Structures

Why settle for one building when you can have a dozen seemingly piled on structures that entertain as well as take advantage of differing views and interesting inner spaces? The following are a round up of contemporary examples from some rather distinguished architectural firms. Dutch studio MVRDV’s proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Jakarta. VitraHausContinue reading “Miles and Miles of Piles: Stacked Structures”

The Empress’ New Shoes: Andreia Chaves

Working between Europe and Brazil, Andreia Chaves is a design consultant for several international companies. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreia Chaves’ work captured the attention of international media even before her graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 with her 3D printinvisible shoe series. That is not a surprise…

Ride On!: The Hoverbike

Aerofex, an aerospace company from California, has developed a working prototype hover bike. According to the website Innovation News Daily, rotors on the underside of the vehicle provide lift, and the pilot controls the bike by leaning to the left and right. Aerofex has no immediate plans to commercially launch the vehicle to the publicContinue reading “Ride On!: The Hoverbike”

Brain Hacker: Emotiv BCI Technology

Like a scene out of Total Recall, the BCI (brain-computer interface) has been developed to the point where they can be found in novelty or spywear stores. Scientists have taken an off-shelf version and shown it has the capability of hacking the brain and pulling details straight from your mind. University of Oxford, California BerkeleyContinue reading “Brain Hacker: Emotiv BCI Technology”

I Can See Clearly Now: SantambrogioMilano

Milan’s architectural firm, Santambrogiomilano, has come up with a new line aptly named, Simplicity. It is a collaboration between founder Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio that features iconic furniture pieces, beds, sofas and bookcases, all encased within an amazing concept home complet with architectural elements such as staircases and kitchens, all executed in ‘extraclear’Continue reading “I Can See Clearly Now: SantambrogioMilano”

Organically Modified: Janina Alleyne

Nominated for the 2012 Mulberry Accessory Award, these exoskeleton inspired- 3D Printed shoes by footwear designer Janina Alleyne are in a class all their own. Drawn from the intricate structure and silhouette of external skeletons of marine invertebrates, creatures and insects, the designs also expands the full capacity of 3D printing to incorporate the elaborateContinue reading “Organically Modified: Janina Alleyne”