28 May 2010

Henry Lopez Photography

View more from New York City photographer Henry Lopez's painted photos portfolio at his website.

The Bakelite Lamp

The Bakelite lamp is made from the first ever heat and solvent resistant plastic, the material which stimulated the growth of the automotive industry and was also used in make the omnipresent black telephones during the early 1990s.
Buy it here

26 May 2010

East Mountain by Johan Berglund

Johan Berglund of London's 42 Architects has designed a restaurant that could be embedded in the side of a hill in Östersund, Sweden. The proposal includes wind-driven lights, a walkway and resting areas with views out to the surrounding landscape.

A note from the architect:

A new proposal for Östberget, a small mountain in the centre of the city of Östersund in northern Sweden, was recently presented by 42 architects. The project is commissioned by Färgfabriken Art Space, an art institution and gallery in Stockholm. The ideas that form the proposal are based on a discussion between 42 architects and Färgfabriken, which was initiated as Johan Berglund, founder of 42 architects, met Joachim Granit, artistic director of Färgfabriken.

The project is mainly aimed at the inhabitants of Östersund, which separates this proposal from previous development plans for the mountain, which have been aimed at tourists and therefore lost support from the local population. Here, Östberget is allowed to symbolise a modern and progressive city, which still exists in close relations to the surrounding landscape. The mountain represents a young and dynamic Östersund, but also an inclusive and sensitive place in which all can enjoy the spectacular views and scenery. The hyper-modern in symbiosis with a strong local heritage and culture.

Cactus Chair from Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers

Would you? I would. Read more on designer Valentine Gonzalez Wohlers at Designer's Block.

The Brooklyn Bridge

Did you know that Monday was the Brooklyn Bridge's birthday?

24 May 2010

The Costa Rican Sloth Orphanage

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

A note from the director:
I filmed this at the Aviaros del Caribe sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica - the world's only sloth orphanage. Baby 2 and 3 toed sloths, whose mother's have either been run over or zapped by power lines are brought to the sanctuary and looked after by legendary sloth whisperer Judy Arroyo. For more sloth photos and videos follow my blog pinktreefrog.typepad.com/ or twitter twitter.com/amphib_avenger. For more on the sanctuary go to slothrescue.org/.

My heart is melting. Sloths have orphanages? View more at Vimeo.

Flower Grenades

These flower grenades were created as a way to simply throw and grow! They come in a sets of three. Buy it here

The Solid Gold iPad (bling bling!)

From Stuart Hughes, the Solid Gold iPad is blinged up with 53 individually set flawless diamonds (25.5cts) and a back and side of a single solid piece of 22k gold. Called the iPad Supreme Edition, the tablet also features Wi-Fi, 3G, and 64 GB capacity and is available in a limited edition of only 10 for just over $188,000 each.

Serious Drawings by Mark Johns

These are pretty fantastic. Follow his blog and view more here!

20 May 2010

Yulia Gorodinski Photography

Stunning, a bit jarring and quite sexy- I simply adore Yulia Gorodinski's self-portrait photography. Enjoy more of the Belarus (USSR) artist's work at her website.

Clayton Junior Illustrations

South Brazilian artist Clayton Junior has an impressive client list including Business Week, Guardian UK and Blackberry. I love the simple graphics and soft palate. Learn more at his website.

Caught On Camera Tape Dispenser

19 May 2010

Station to Station

Station to Station is a project by Lisa Gidley reflecting the diversity of New York City. She put together her series of photos by riding the subway to emerge and snap a shot of the scene as she surfaced at each stop. I'm thinking of doing my own version of this! Pretty cool!

Book Lights from Myungseo Kang

These amazing book lights are from myungseo kang.

I'm Remembering!


hungry hungry hippos

scratch and sniff stickers

wax candy

Cool blog alert! I'm Remembering is a black hole! Peruse all the good stuff from 1980's and early 90's pop culture here.


This looks pretty good. Kudos to the cast.

17 May 2010

Inntel hotel by WAM Architecten

Delft studio WAM Architecten have completed a hotel that looks like a pile of houses in Zaandam, the Netherlands. Named Inntel Hotel, the structure is eleven stories high and features 160 rooms.
A note from the architect:

Wilfried van Winden envisages the hotel as a temporary home, alluding to that transience with the stack of houses. Visually speaking the structure is built up from a varied stacking of almost seventy individual little houses, executed in four shades of the traditional green of the Zaan region. The hotel is unique, familiar yet original and idiosyncratic. It is a design that could be realised only in Zaandam but at the same time transcends and reinvigorates local tradition. It was, moreover, specifically tailored to this site. ‘The Blue House’, inspired by the work Claude Monet painted at Zaandam in 1871, is the ultimate attention-grabber. The overall result is striking, the building exemplary for the Fusion Architecture that Wilfried van Winden champions. Fusion represents an inventive way of linking present and past, tradition and innovation, high culture and low. This generates a novel expressiveness that corresponds to specific local practices but is at the same time universal. ‘But architecture naturally makes a direct appeal to the emotions as well,’ notes Van Winden. ‘An acquaintance recently commented, “When I drive into Zaandam and see the building standing there a smile inevitably spreads across my face.” You could hardly ask for a more wonderful compliment.