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de Lama Lamina

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Went to the AA’s screening last night of Matthew Barney’s new piece de Lama Lamina. Rather than try to describe it - i’ll refer you to the artist’s own words in this article. It’s a collaboration with Arto Lindsay who introduced the film.

Shoe designers go the extra mile

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Marloes ten Bhoemer is the designer of a new range of shoes that

escape their archetypical form and function, but they still communicate what they are. The shoes brake [sic] down the traditional meaning of forms by introducing materials and ways of construction that are unfamiliar to shoe-design. By designing objects that do not instantly reveal their function or meaning, design is liberated and made less generic.

They are WILD. (thanks shumon)

More shoe news: For those of you who are uninitiated into the world of United Nude, they are the bomb. The first series was wildly uncomfortable but beautiful (beauty is pain, dahling) but since the launch of the second series with a softer range of leathers and other textiles, not only are the shoes comfortable enough to walk across town in (i have) but they add just the right amount of je ne sais quoi. What more does one want from a shoe? (I just counted and realised I have 5 pairs - can we say obsessed?) I first saw them when they were mere wax prototypes and now you can buy them in Harvey Nichols…..

UNITED NUDE (UN) is a new company co-founded by a Dutch architect (Rem D Koolhaas) and an English shoemaker (Galahad JD Clark). UN operates more as a design company than a fashion house, creating specific projects rather than broad seasonal ranges. The name UNITED NUDE (UN) represents the philosophy of the brand. The products evolve in projects from international teams (=united) in an open way with direct recognition (=nude). Through these collaborations, UN seeks out the essence in every project naturally arriving at an honest and naked minimalism in all products.

Shadow Maps, Ping Pong, and Shirt Folding

Monday, March 14th, 2005

If you’ve ever wondered how to cast the perfect shadow this video offers an innovative demonstration.
[via Maciej Woroniecki].

Ping Pong goes Matrix
It’s an old one - but thought it was worth re-linking. (be patient - it takes a little while to buffer.)

And for the perfect folded T-shirt, this link sent to me by Zak is the ideal resource.

Europan 8

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

The Europan 8 website has finally launched. (was supposed to launch on 7th, but was a bit delayed..) 75 sites are on offer in this year’s competition. The themes this year are dealing with urban fragmentation - and how to create a sense of urbanity within the ‘pieces of cities’ that are being used as testing sites for the competition. Submissions are due Monday 26 September 2005

Dulling Disney

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

Headline in the Los Angeles Times today announcing that Walt Disney Concert Hall will have to undergo mini-makeover to dull down it’s shine. The super polished steel panels have been clad in netting for the past year to protect neighbours from what was apparently a vicious glare. Love this quote from the times:

“Beams of sunlight reflected from portions of the hall have roasted the sidewalk to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to make plastic sag, cause serious sunburn to people standing on the street and create a hazard to passing motorists, according to a report from a consultant hired by the county to investigate the problem.”

…cause serious sunburn?!