Mirror, Mirror: Treehotel, Sweden

OK, I know it’s been covered already but the sheer beauty of the concept and execution merits another posting. The mirror cube at the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden is a 4x4x4 of reflective glass with a pale plywood interior that is simple and cozy. With incredible views, it has a futuristic yet harmonious monolithic quality hovering amongst the trees…book at TREEHOTEL


Cut From a Different Cloth: Grayson Perry

Like a blind spot, I have overlooked one of my favorite artists,Grayson Perry (or more affectionately,Clare). His is a world of wild artistic syntax and blindingly good art. In London he transforms the craft of ceramics, sculpture and tapestry into otherworldly dialogues with himself and the modern consumer world.
He’s so good, I just want to keep him for myself…oh well, here you are, one of Britain’s national treasures. I’ve included an intimate moment in the kiln studio rather than the glam potter we’ve all come to love. Sorry, he doesn’t do websites.






The Urban Oasis: Ha House

Nestled in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, architects Vo Trong Nghia Co., Ltd have created another in the series of vertical gardens, this time as a private house. This lithe white tower is 4-storeys, 20m deep and imbued with complete privacy and yet feels like it is immersed in nature, a fine combination for urban living. See other equally fine projects at: Vo Trong Nghia





A Dream Within a Dream: Gregory Euclide

Gregory Euclide is an American contemporary artist and teacher who currently lives and works outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has recently collaborated with Bon Iver for album and singles covers and possesses a distinct gallery of work. I find his sculpture (or relief work as he calls it) particularly unique.





See plenty more at: Gregory Euclide

Where’d you get those googles?

Google has sold interactive glasses for $1500 (only) during its annual software conference in San Francisco to first adaptors. If all goes well, a less expensive version of the glasses is expected to go on sale for consumers in early 2014. While wearing these glasses, directions to a destination or a text message from a friend may appear directly before your eyes. Conversing with friends in a video chat, take a photo without taking out a camera, phone or even buy a few things online as you walk around. JUST DON’T DRIVE DOING IT.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer of Google’s Project Glass, talks about the design of the Google Glass during the keynote at Google’s annual developer conference

The Sharp End: The Shard London

Although it has opened to mixed reviews, there is no question the skyline in London has changed dramatically with the new 310m high Shard building by starchitect, Renzo Piano. Western Europe’s tallest building, it is a vertiginous vision of gleaming glass with the inclusion of the UK’s first Shangri-La hotel alongside residences, office space and the top floors designated for public viewing. A dynamic addition to the centrepiece of futurist architecture that is the city center. See TheShard.com



Apocalypse 101: The Orsos Island

The world may end but why suffer? If you shell out a cool 6.5 million dollars, you too can be the proud owner of an Orsos island. Made for private use and ready to ship later this year, it can be moved at will thus avoiding any political, economic and infrastructural breakdown. In style.
The Island is over 20 meters wide and more than 37 meters in length, offering excellent potential for a very spacious layout. With about 400 m² on each floor, the Island offers up to 1,000 m² of living space. Equivalent to six double rooms, the Island offers plenty of residential room for up to you and 11 of your closest and up to 80 for your final bon voyage…


Order yours now! at: ORSOS

Leggo My Eggasus: Kiss The Future


In my ongoing quest for inter-urban zero-emission vehicles (that protect from the elements), I’ve run across this little charmer with retro-futurist aesthetics, the ‘EGGASUS’. Another little jewel to come out of California. This one is being launched in North America this fall.
It reaches a range of up to 50 miles (80.4 kilometers), with a top speed of 25 mph (40.23 km/h). Underneath the shell is a three-wheeled electric vehicle, fitted with an electric hub motor in the front wheel, enclosed cab, tinted windows, a seat, and instrument display panel. Pre-production models come with a price tag of US$5,000 a piece. Really, it would be an ideal replacement for all those rascals…
See on in motion below:

More at EGGASUS

Kiss The Future 101: Dream a Little Dream of Me


Brooklyn’s own Bitbanger Labs is the brainchild of photographer meister Duncan McCloud Frazier and his compatriot jack-of-all-trades genius Steve McGuigan.
They’ve invented a remarkable eye mask that presumably helps trigger lucid dreaming (or rather the ability to control yourself and your surroundings as you dream!). Remee (REM Enhancing Eye Mask) is the specialized eye mask that is equipped with a microcontroller that flashes a series of six customizable LED light patterns when you are at the peak of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. These dim flashes appear as visual anomalies as you sleep, helping you recognize that you are dreaming and subsequently trigger lucidity. Remee’s performance can be customized and adjusted by placing its built-in light sensors in front of your monitor on their official site while you set your configurations. Oh, so MODERN!
It sounds like a portal to limitless creativity.

Kickstarter once again is proving a fertile ground and is crowd-funding this project where the two bright boys have surpassed their initial goal of $35,000 with $573,000 and counting…
Pre-order yours (for 95$+ 15$international orders) at: www.sleepwithremee




http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bitbangerlabs/remee-the-rem-enhancing-lucid-dreaming-mask/widget/video.html

The Goods are Always Greener: Biocouture

An innovative approach to textile technology is unfolding with this technique that harnesses nature’s forces.
“BioCouture is a research project harnessing nature to propose a radical future fashion vision. We are investigating the use of microbial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. Our ultimate goal is to literally grow a dress in a vat of liquid…The material is nearest in feel to a vegetable leather and, like your vegetable peelings, it can be safely composted when you no longer want it.”

Suzanne Lee is Director of the project and a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is collaborating with scientists to unite design with cutting edge bio and nano-technologies.

BioCouture is investigating the use of microbes to grow a textile biomaterial. Certain bacteria will spin microfibrils of pure cellulose during fermentation which form a dense layer that can be harvested and dried. To a sugary green tea solution they add a mixed culture of bacterial cellulose, yeasts and other microorganisms to produce a flexible cellulose mat. The bacteria feed on the sugar and spin fine threads of cellulose. As these start to stick together they form a skin on the liquids surface. After two to three weeks, when it is approximately 1.5cm thick, they remove the cellulose skin from the growth bath. They can then either use it wet to mold onto a 3D form, like a dress shape, or dry it flat and then cut and sew it into a garment.
Lee is the author of ‘Fashioning The Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe’ published by Thames & Hudson.http://www.biocouture.co.uk/