Posts tagged "Art & Design"

Pop Up Coffee

Design group Nendo conceived its first ever Pop Up Starbucks in Tokyo Japan which was open Sept 9- Sept 30.  For those unfamiliar with the term “Pop Up Shop”, it is simply when a company or brand takes over an existing space.  In this case Starbucks, the well famed coffee brand occupied an art gallery.

The two story space was called “Starbucks Espresso Journey” and was designed to resemble a library.  The clean neat design was lined with a gradient of brown tone books.  The second floor was a open area for customers to sit and enjoy their coffee.  The concept was to mesh the two pleasures of reading and drinking a cup of coffee.

Upon entry the customer is encouraged to explore the 9 different books, each color coded to represent a 9 different drinks sold.  Once the customer is educated and has selected the perfect book (coffee), it is then brought to the counter in exchange for the drink.  The reverse of the book covers also double as an insert foe a short or tall tumbler, should you want a souvenir of your experience.


images from Designbloom


Living In The Digital Underground?

Due to my affinity for music and all things odd, I found the construction and abandonment if the live in sculpture of The Digital Underground’s, Humpty Hump astounding and rather comical.

In 1993, The Digital Underground commissioned a $50,000 head of Greg Jacobs (aka Humpty Hump) from FM Productions (of Pink Floyd’s pig fame).  The head was used in the groups video to promote their single “Return Of The Crazy One”.

The sculpture stands 12ft tall and 16ft wide and comes equip with a dressing room, green room, elevator, light up glasses and lip/chin that doubles as stairs.

Humpty sit abandoned in an Oakland prop warehouse and has only had one former tennant, a man evicted from his apartment, who lived in the head fro several weeks.  So Humpty Hump is up for grabs, but buyer beware, the real Humpty is looking to buy it back or rent it should he need it again.

image from Gizmodo

Art & Design: David Byrne Bike Racks

Ex Talking Heads front man, David Byrne has found a new livelihood in bike rack design.  New York’s Department of Transportation held a design contest for both indoor and outdoor bike racks.  As an avid bicyclist, they asked Byrne to judge the contest.  Feeling inspired, Davis submitted his own sketches.  Each rack was designed to represent different neighborhoods, a dollar sign for Wall street, an abstract shape to represent MoMA, and a high heel in front of Bergdorf’s.  The DOT loved it and told Byrne to make them so they could put them up!  The racks are installed in eight locations in Manhattan and one in Williamsburg Brooklyn.  They were installed under the city’s temporary public art program but has since been voted by the city’s Design Commission to remain permanently.

(from l-r:) The Ladies Mile loated in from of Bergdof’s, The Hipster located in Williamsburg, The Villager located in front of AIA

Recently, David was invited by The Brooklyn Academy of Music to design their new bike racks.  This time for BAM, with the help of Dero Bike Rack, Bryne will use typography to spell out words like “Pink Crown” and “Micro Lip”.  The bike rack words will change periodically and could have the ability to advertise productions at BAM or just random messages.

           (“Pink Crown” bike racks at BAM)

Art & Design: Afangar

Afangar exhibits all of the design themes in some capacity. Activation of ground is activated by both contrasting orientation of the elements and the uniformity of the material. The landscape is vast and barren. The pillars act as contrasting, tall, vertical elements that interrupt the enormous horizontally of the space. The Pillars however, possess a sense of belonging, because of their material. They are made out of quarried basalt stone similar to that of the island in which they stand.

This leads to both site contextuality and scale and proportion of the landscape and nature. This instillation has a strong sense of proportional isolation. The island, where the site is located, is isolated from the main land and civilization in a way. Although it is a tourist site not many people regularly visit the island making the island remain in its undisturbed state. The idea of isolation also exists on a smaller scale between each of the nine groups of two. The groups are arranged based on the topography of the land and creates separation of each set from another and also determines the distance between each of the pillars. It creates a tension of longing to not be alone in some of the further apart examples.

The role of movement in spatial experience is a tricky one because the way it is used by Serra is not used in a way that the piece is in motion or has an implied movement but it encourages the viewer to walk around to seek out different arrangements of the pillars and views framed by each set. Serra himself has created a series of twenty-nine or so prints based on this very experience. Afangar doesn’t have much of a sense, or really any sense of enclosure but there is something to be said about occupation. The pillars are occupying such a small portion of the vast wasteland, which strengthens the sense of isolation by allowing the landscape to dwarf the fairly large pillars.

Serra’s use of material and tectonic strategy is an important theme here. It is what makes this instillation so striking. The use of basalt stone gives the pillars a sense of belonging but their tectonic eludes the fact they are not a natural occurrence and were placed there. Finally, the theme that absolutely cannot be overlooked is the module used in Afangar. Each set of the pillars has one that is three meters and one that is four meter. They are both embedded in the ground until they are level with each other and each set is arranged in this fashion. This creates a connection between them that strengthens the pair.

Art & Design: Diving Helmet

To me this is exactly what we have been seeing in video games and futuristic movies. It’s a helmet used for diving that allows the diver to see everything in a panoramic view, has a flash light, and a identifies all types of aquatic life. Recently I had a discussion with a friend about technology similar to this. In many video games, when you play online with a team, if u look around for your team mates their call sign or gamertag appears so you know who is around you and roughly how far they are from you. I was saying how it would be a good idea to have goggles that had this technology so you can see where everyone is when driving at night for instance. My friend and I were driving home from a car meet when the conversation came up and we were having a hard time seeing who was with us. I think if they could get this technology to work similar things like my idea could work as well.


Art & Design- Archipod

The London based Archipod is a brilliant idea, finally a place to run to get your work done at home. No more sheds, basements, or cluttered rooms down the hall. Now you have a quiet place out in your backyard you can go to get away from all the noise and distractions. Each pod is 3 meters in diameter and equipped with a semi-circle desk, electrical heater, window, smoke alarm, and data ports. Everything you need to get your work done comfortably and quickly. 


Art & Design: Skull


This skull made of recycled skateboard decks is exactly what I have wanted to see for quiet some time. Being a pretty avid skater and long boarder I have been trying to figure out a way to use them in my art. It appears someone has beaten me to it and has done a very good job. I am amazed on how well they were an able to use the contours of the desk to create the shape of the skull. Using a variety of shape and color they were able to create a great sense of rhythm that make this piece so interesting to look at.


Art & Design: Mypressittwist


Finally we don’t have to depend on Starbucks, we can make espresso when ever we want and where ever we want. The new Mypressitwist allows you carry and prepare espresso in just 30 seconds. You can use both fresh beans or the pod from they have recently flooded the market with. All you need is a little bit of hot water and you are ready to go. I feel that the design is brilliant because it is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. The small size makes it easy to carry with you and the small stand under the bowl part allows you to set it up in seconds.