Philips DesignLine 2013

Coming to Europe and Russia later this year, the new Philips DesignLine 2013 TV comes in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, has a LCD display sitting behind the front glass sheet with active 3D technology for Full HD 3D, wifi and smart capabilities. It also sits casually on the floor, floating above the ground in a sleek display with ambient background light for added mood. No price has been disclosed yet, however…
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Instant 3D dress: Just add Dita!

Stars came out to see the unveiling of the world’s first 3D printed dress (well, Deborah Harry anyhow…) Designed by Michael Schmidt of Lady Gaga/Cher fame (ok?) in collaboration with SHAPEWAYS, the resulting linked nylon was sprayed black, sprinkled with Swarovski and poured over the VERY beautiful Dita Von Teese. Oolala!
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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$1,500 and will go to market in 2014.

Ma Petite Maison: BLDG Workshop/608 Design

This micro dwelling,The Bunkie, caught my eye. Yes, it’s small but charming with 2 beds that unfold from the wall AND ceiling (see pic). By BLDG Workshop/608 Design of Ontario, Canada. A little place to get away…at least at the foot of the garden.
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X Marks the Spot: Cadaval + Sola-Morales

Cadaval & Solà-Morales was founded in New York City in 2003 and moved to both Barcelona & Mexico City in 2005. The studio operates like a laboratory to create intelligent design solutions at many different scales. The studio has won numerous awards including the prestigious Bauwelt Prize (Munich 2009), the Young Architects Prize from the Catalan Institute of Architects (Barcelona 2008), the Design Vanguard Award (New York 2008) a Mention of Honour for Young Architects from the IX Spanish Architecture Biennale (Madrid 2007), The Silver Medal of the XI Mexican Architecture Biennale (Mexico 2010) and the Prize of the Ibero American Architecture Biennale (Cadiz 2012).
With echoes of Norman Foster’s 1968 house, this x-shaped concrete house with a rooftop pavilion hangs over the edge of a hillside in Barcelona, Spain, maximizing natural daylighting on the interior as well as the view. X House is a two-story home with four glassed-in triangular recesses that create its distinctive shape.
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San Manncisco: Jeremy Mann, Painter

Soaking up the atmosphere of San Francisco and infusing his paintings with the city’s energy, Jeremy Mann manages to distill all of this and more with style.
Graduating Cum Laude in fine art painting from Ohio University, he then earned Valedictorian honours from the Academy of Art Uni in San Francisco where he has been based ever since. Working on wood panels, the pieces are large scale and use a myriad of clever painting techniques and a moody yet vivid colour palette.
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Sensual Allure: Lee Horyon

Born in Seoul,Korea,Lee graduated with a BFA in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Hannam University and an MFA in painting from Hong-Ik University. He has held two solo shows in Seoul and participated in a variety of group exhibitions in Seoul,Toyko and Beijing. He was awarded the Second Award for the 2006 Seoul Fine Art Award and the Third Award for the Korean Fine Ar t Award in both 2005 and 2006.
Lee Horyon uses overlapping and interlocking images to weave a voyeuristic allure into his oil paintings. Always maintaining a fixed distance from the model, Lee’s work separates the relationship between image and desire. Though the subject itself is revealing and seducing, the intimately intertwined images weave the viewpoint and gaze in an elegant manner.
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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 into the environment. While the technology may seem fantastic, the company insists that they have the backing of the U.S. Pentagon and the Canadian military. Watch for it.
http://www.hyperstealth.com/
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Big is More: David DiMichele, Artist

This californian artist has just received a grant from the Long Beach Arts Council to create a piece of public art in downtown Long Beach. The piece will be part of the Mobile Arts Program, and will be a piece of installation art created to be viewed through large windows in a downtown space.
The artist: “My work has always focused on abstraction, initially with non-objective imagery, and later by examining the concept of abstract art in various ways, questioning its conventions and traditions. These works took the form of painting, painted relief sculpture, drawing and installation.”
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Kiss The Future: Hiriko Urban Mobility

HIRIKO is a refreshing concept in urban mobility from Spain. Focusing on the relationship between the city, its citizens and their vehicles making things easier and more accessible. It is technologically very advanced being a 100% electric vehicle.Sustainable, social and smart.

Clip HIRIKO from HIRIKO Driving Mobility on Vimeo.

Dark Hand: Maskull Lasserre, Sculptor

Maskull Lasserre was born 1978 in Calgary, Alberta. He spent his early childhood in South Africa and
later returned to Canada. He studied visual art and philosophy at Mount Allision University (Sackville, NB), and sculpture at Concordia University (Montreal, QC). He now lives and works in Montreal,QC.
Lasserre’s drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday and its associated structures of authority, class, and value. Elements of nostalgia, allegory, humor, and the macabre are incorporated into works that induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected. Lasserre has been awarded several public sculpture commissions and has exhibited work across Canada and in the USA. He is represented in the collections of the Musée Des Beaux Arts (Montreal), the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Ottawa. MASKULL LASSERRE
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Lofty Ideals: Church Redesign

From the Netherlands, Leigh, Kappelhof, Seckel, van den Dobbelsteen Architects (or www.lksvdd.nl for short) have renovated a little 1928 church in Haarlo with a whimsical and clean approach that is quintessentially Dutch.
Gutting the structure, they have placed a tub on the mezzanine, a staircase using the original flooring and a host of other charming treats like a roof lawn and faux grazing sheep. I admit, I have a weakness for high gables, steeples and gothic arch windows…
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