Here is this week's three. From sportswear to emojis.
Picked this one up via my textile obsessed friend Angelica Warchal. This eco-friendly fabric treatment made with real gold particles makes fabrics dry up to 3x faster, lasts 3x longer, is UV protective and permanently controls odor.
Plus how cool is the thought of wearing gold when you train? See their indiegogo campaign.
2. The Touch Bar
It must be difficult to be Apple at the moment, the pressure to innovate must be insane.
This week they launched the new MacBook Pro (it's been a while), and it features now a strip of glass on your keyboard that is touch enable for you to easily access everything from phone calls to color palettes.
Look pretty, time will tell if it is enough to please the mob.
3. MoMA acquires Emojis
The Museum of Modern Art, New York has acquired the original 176 emojis designed in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita. He created them for Japanese firm NTT Docomo for use on phones and pagers.
Paul Galloway, architecture and design collection specialist for MoMA, says these “humble masterpieces of design planted the seeds for the explosive growth of a new visual language”.
The acquisition by one of the world’s most important galleries speaks volumes of the importance of emojis to contemporary culture. The collection will go on display at the museum in December shown using animations and prints.
This week I want to bring you some powerful imagery, some might be inspiring, some hard to look at, and some just plain strange to some eyes.
To me they are all beautiful, they play between the ordinary and the extraoridinary, creating life from death perhaps?
I hope you enjoy this week's curation.
have a great weekend, and go and make awesome work.
Cai Guo-Qiang's explosive art
Cai Guo-Qiang creates his massive artwork using gunpowder, from igniting it on cavasses to capture the burn, to massive fireworks displays, he is one of the hottest (literally) artists on the contemporary scene. Netflix released a documentary on his most monumental installation, where he design a 500m ladder to connect the earth to the universe (Preview below).
Ironically gunpowder was discovered by Chinese alchemists looking to immortality. It is from this tension that the artist creates.
Madeaw, one of the Next Generation leaders in this month's TIME, is a 17 year old fashion designer that has caught the eye of the fashion world. He comes from an impoverished district in Thailand, Isaan. Where he grew up flipping through the old fashion magazines at the barbershop.
Madeaw creates from everyday found objects, chicken wire, grass, cabbage leaves, whatever he can find.“I want people to see that ugly things that don’t seem to go together can become something beautiful,” he says
3. One Source
“Everyone obviously thinks Africa is this heart of darkness but I think it’s a heart of lightness,” says Zimbabwean commercial and film director Sunu Gonera.
"Gonera and Khuli Chana partnered with Ghanaian hip hop star Sarkodie and group VVIP to create a video that is not only vivid, but also captures the raw intensity of African creativity." Design Indaba
This video has some intense and great imagery, not too mention an awesome sound.
This week's three
have a good one!
1. The World's first Bionic Olympics just happened
in Zurich over the weekend. Some 66 teams from around the world competed in six events, including power wheelchair races, exoskeleton walking, and mind-controlled computer games.
The Cybathlon competitors, called 'pilots' used tech to compensate for disability.
We live among cyborgs, we have for a while, everyone with a pacemaker or a hearing aid is technically a cyborg.
It beckons the eventual question, what makes us human? What differentiates human from machine, and from AI?
2. VR in a Cathedral
During the latest edition of the Nuit Blanche in Paris, on October 1st, the artist Miguel Chevalier used the Sainte-Eustache Church in order to project starry skies and geometric shapes on the vaults. The projections react to the viewers below changing to skies, geometric design and such.
3. BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 Concept Motorcycle
The concept bike that could go into production in a decade or so it truly something else.
It balances itself. The flexframe itself changes shape when steering rather than having moving joints. It’s powered by an emissionless drive “engine” that changes shape while driving. It’s apparently so safe won’t need to wear anything other than a connected visor that serves as a combination of HUD and gauges.
Thanks for reading, a friend referred to this little blog as a three course meal, so thank you for sitting around my table every friday!
Have a good one.
1. Made by Google
So Google launched their new phone this week, PIXEL, even though it looks like the iPhone 6 at first glance, the inside is pretty exciting stuff. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is exactly right when he said at the keynote:
"When I look ahead at where computing is headed, it's clear to me that we are heading, evolving from a mobile first to an A.I. first world"
And that in short is what Google is banking on with its new phone. Being able to control the entire process from software to hardware has its advantages, as Apple has taught us. Pixel is packed with AI and optimised for VR, arguably the two hottest trends in tech today.
Watch their cheeky ad below
2. More skin tech
Last time I showed you some tech stick on tattoos, that allow you to control devices etc. This week is another skin tech wearable, thingy. How our devices communicate to us needs to change, in my opinion, they are too disruptive and need to be gentle nudge-ers, rather than screaming infants with LED lights for eyes (that'll stick in your head).
In response, the Interactive Architecture Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture created a project called Sarotis. It’s a provocative proof-of-concept of what our world could be like if our bodies could feel data rather than simply see it.
It's pneumatic, meaning it can be triggered to inflate and deflate based on how it is programmed to respond to the world around it. The soft material gently pushes against the wearer's own body, acting almost as a second skin that reacts to the invisible waves of communication around us.
read more here
3. The Red Addidas
And just because I am a mad fan of sportswear at the moment, the new red adidas ultraBOOST. Enjoy.
This is by me, Pierre, each week I post three things that grabbed my attention, and that I like. You can also sign up for the newsletter version here