Archive for October, 2012

Jessica Szohr Skinsuits For SoBe Lifewater

It’s a jungle out there. And to tame it, ‘Gossip Girl’ actress Jessica Szohr sheds her inhibitions—and unleashes her inner lizard — in Costa Rica, wearing nothing but a pair of SoBe Lifewater  skinsuits to launch new SoBe Lifewater with electrolytes. The sultry photo spread, the second installment of the SoBe Lifewater skinsuit series,  appeared exclusively in the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Wearing nothing but her SoBe Lifewater skinsuits, Jessica explores the danger and delights of the Costa Rican jungles, from the indigenous lizards of the tropical jungle to the graffiti lizards of the urban jungle as brought to life by celebrated street artist Gualicho. Jessica lights up the tropical jungle in an electric SoBe Lifewater skinsuit inspired by the bottle of  Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade. Meanwhile in San Jose’s urban jungle, Jessica becomes part of the pulsating energy of the street scene, with bold hand-painted scales designed to reflect the bottle of SoBe Lifewater Macintosh Apple Cherry. Always blending the unexpected, Jessica’s SoBe Lifewater skinsuits show just how tempting SoBe Lifewater with electrolytes can be.

Tokyo’s Capsule Hotel

The capsule concept has been around for at least 30 years, starting out as lodging for businessmen working or partying late who missed the last train home and needed a cheap place to crash.

Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

All featured art work were created by sculptor Ray Villafane, who uses common clay carving tools to create terrifyingly cool carved pumpkins with faces.  As an art teacher in high school, Ray was asked to carve a pumpkin for the upcoming Halloween. He decided to look at it as working with his well-known clay, instead of a big vegetable. As the kids loved the result, they started bringing him more and more pumpkins to carve, and Ray started getting even more creative with them.

Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm

Disney announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Lucasfilm LTD, including the Star Wars franchise, for $4.05 billion in stock and cash. In a press release announcing the acquisition, Disney announced that Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for a release date in 2015 and that “more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.” On a conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that in addition to Episode 7, episodes 8 and 9 are also in the works. The goal, Iger said, was to “release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years.” This is Disney’s third major brand and studio acquisition in the last ten years. In 2006, the company acquired Pixar for $7.4 billion. In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel for $4 billion. Lucasfilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy will become president of Lucasfilm under Disney and serve as Star Wars brand manager. George Lucas will serve as a creative consultant. The other subsdiaries of Lucasfilm, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic and SKywalker Sound are also moving to Disney. The plan is to keep all Lucasfilm employees at its current San Francisco headquarters. What do you think of this merger between two of the biggest entertainment brands in the world?

Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Concept

Lexus has unveiled an updated version of its Lexus LF-LC hybrid concept. The biggest change to the design is the new Opal Blue exterior color – according to Lexus, the new shade is inspired by the lustrous color found in semi-precious opal stones in the Australian Outback. The hybrid concept system named Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, features an Atkinson cycle engine which is mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack that is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus’ range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept’s hybrid powertrain packs 500 horsepower, which is more than any other Lexus hybrid. LF-LC Blue is a preview of what the future may hold for sports cars.

Wooden Mosaic Sculptures By Haroshi

Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece. Being the big fan of skateboarding Haroshi began to make art pieces (i.e. recycling) by using skateboards. The most important style of Haroshi’s three-dimensional art piece is the wooden mosaic. In order to make a sculpture out of a thin skateboard deck, one must stack many layers. But skate decks are already processed products, and not flat like a piece of wood freshly cut out from a tree. With his experience and almost crazy knowledge of skateboards, Haroshi is able to differentiate from thousands of used deck stocks, which deck fits with which when stacked. After the decks are chosen and stacked, they are cut, shaven, and polished with his favorite tools.

Sorel And Concepts Combine For Line of Exclusive Boots

Boston-based concept label Concepts (CNCPTS), part of the The Tannery of Boston and Cambridge, has worked with traditional outdoors label Sorel to create a new line of two exclusive winter boots, the Kitchener Caribou and the Sentry Leather & Tweed. Since 1962, SOREL has been producing high-quality technical footwear designed to stand up to the worst of conditions. The Sentry boot is apparently inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s outdoor experiences at Walden Pond, later summed up in his famous transcendetalist tome Walden. The Kitchener Caribou mixes a more urban feel with a camo print, and is designed to be as easy to wear as a sneaker, while also being fit for the wilderness.

Fascinating Manipulations by Christophe Huet

Take a look at fascinating images created by genius Photoshop retouch master from France, Christophe Huet. He is the one who creates the famous advertising for Playstation, Nike, Motorola, Surfrider Foundation, etc. His work is a perfect fusion between old-school photography and digital created composites. Somehow, he melts the thin barrier between reality and his own tortured imagination resulting in viscerally surreal images.

Meek Mill feat. Kirko Bangz – Young & Gettin It

The track finds Meek linking up with Kirko Bangz for something rather infectious, and a matching video. The clip opens up with the fellas getting on a boat on the blue water of Miami where they are surrounded by well built females, bottles, and money. After a day of rapping, counting money, and chilling on the boat they hit the Miami streets in some nice whips before invading the club. The track, “Young & Gettin It” can be found on Meek’s upcoming album, Dreams And Nightmares.

Nadie Parshina

As a part of launching a new trademark of high-quality finished ingredients for cafe and restaurant chefs, a large-scale design concept was developed for more than 250 items of products of Soyuzsnab HORECA. The packaging design tackles the tasks of simplicity and clarity at the same time: the product should be noticeable on professional kitchen, and its inner content should be clear from the look of it, at first glance. It was also necessary to develop the system of visual differentiation of ingredients – their purpose for various dishes and correspondence to this or that group of products. Packaging design was by Nadie Parshina (in collaboration with Marina Alieva) for Soyuzsnab.

Meat Balloons

Balloon Factory (a project by Object Design League) was invited by Sight Unseen to design a window installation for Japan Premium Beef as part of the NoHo Design District, a recurring gathering of off-site design events during the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York each year.

The Balloon Factory project started as a performance, but it has persisted as a factory. They produce balloons for special events and by request. For Japan Premium Beef, they made a set of butcher-themed balloons (in the tradition of Sam Baron’s sausage installation there in 2010). A selection of uninflated steak balloons were displayed on butcher trays, framed by an installation of hanging sausage balloon links. This iteration extends the original Balloon Factory project and carries a strong reference to the intricate fake food prevalent in restaurant windows in Japan.

Sliced Watermelons By Sakir Gökçebag

Turkish photographer/artist Sakir Gökçebag uses real watermelons to create this striking series of artwork.

HYUNA – ‘Ice Cream’ (Official Music Video)

4Minute member HyunA premiered the music video for her song, “Ice Cream”. The singer made a cameo in the viral “Gangnam Style” clip back in July and fellow K-pop star Psy returns the favor in her sexy, sweets-filled video. “Ice Cream” ups the sex factor, but not before a funny cameo from Psy. The South Korean rapper infiltrates HyunA’s ice cream truck for a sweet treat, but ultimately is caught by the 4Minute singer. She rocks an urban look in the video with bright outfits and faux tattoos to match the pop song’s hip-hop lean. HyunA’s dance choreography is more suggestive than “Bubble Pop!” as she embraces a shirtless guy and moves around in bath bubbles.

Suntory Rolling Stones special Whisky

Japanese distillery Suntory will release a special-edition blended whisky to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Rolling Stones. The whisky will go on sale on Oct. 30 and will come in a bottle shaped in the band’s familiar tongue and lips design. Only 150 bottles will be offered. Six whiskys will be blended for the limited edition version, and each ingredient will come from a year of special significance to the Stones. A 1962 Yamazaki represents the year the band was formed, while a 1971 pays tribute to the introduction of the tongue and lips logo. A 1972 Yamazaki malt has been chosen as the year that “Exile on Main St.” was released (the album is significant to Suntory because it includes “Rocks Off,” a song used in its commercials). The other whiskys in the blend will be a Hakushu malt and a Chita grain, both from 1990, when the Stones made their first trip to Japan. Like tickets to the Stones’ concerts, the whisky will not come cheap. Suntory is planning a retail price of 500,000 yen ($6,300) for each 700-ml crystal bottle.

Cartier ID Two

Cartier is back in the concept business with the Cartier ID 2. ID stands for idea, ID for Innvoation & Development, and ID for Inspiration & Design. The Cartier ID two, will offer a transparency case to make the wrist that is wearing it to goes along with its mechanism and make it an extansion of self.

Josh Adamski

Josh Adamski is an English photographer born in 1948. His beautiful pictures of landscape, seas & sunsets, have a certain surreal aura thanks to the artist retouches. This time it is a series of urban buildings in cons-diving and black and white, Urban minimalism.  Check out his work.

The Academy Of Villains.


It’s not always likely that you’ll run into someone from a TV show on the street.  But when you’re environment is often populated by talented individuals, you might just run into someone unexpected.  The other day at work, I unknowingly met a member of the dance squad ‘Academy Of Villains’, who had recently blow away the judges on ‘America’s Got Talent’.  After watching another video of theirs for Disney’s ‘The Haunted Mansion’ I was fascinated by their skill and talent.  Check the method below.

Kareem Black

From Elijah Wood to Jenna Jameson, passing by Amanda Lepore, Kareem Black shot a lot of celebrities for different editorial purposes. But Kareem Black is more than just a celebrity portrait-er. The pictures of the new yorker photographer show a real investment in aesthetic, making him work with brands & magazines such as Vitamin Water, GQ, Vibe, Verizon & Burger King.

The Best Robot Dance

‘The Robot’ has been around for almost 50 years, but some dancers just do it better than others.  Take a look at an incredible dancer doing a dance rendition of Wall-E.

Brick Loft In Vancouver

One of the main goal behind the new re-design of this Vancouver based loft was to give more lightings to have a better place to live. And besides having a main courtyard to which everything lead, Omer Arbel had the idea of combining wood & brick to create a certain tension between the two elements, highlighting light and diversity in the same rooms. The rendering is particularly impressive.

“Soft in the Paint”.

The term “Homo-Thug” tends to refer to homophobic gangsters that refuse to come to terms with their sexuality.  That being said, the guys in this skit must be extremely secure, because they do a great, and incredibly hilarious job of joking about a topic so many urban youth are weary of.  Check the method.

Fjaril Drawer By Jakob Jørgensen

Fjaril is a drawer. It expands rhythmically and during this movement changes itself from a simple box into a functional sculpture. Fjarill is sold as a limited edition at Galerie Maria Wettergren in Paris.

Luxury High View Manor, Oxford, England

High View Manor is a luxury English country home. An architectural jewel set in the grounds of the former Warnborough College, it is believed that this was the very first mansion to be built on Boars Hill. With commanding views to the north over the Preservation Trust land towards the Oxford Spires and to the south backing onto ancient woodland and to the Downs beyond. This inspired Georgian style mansion is set within south facing grounds approaching two acres. The luxury English property is combined of a traditional country house with a modern, contemporary elegance. Although the accommodation; set over four floors is large and spacious; the feeling that exudes is one of extreme comfort and relaxation. The luxury English property comprises: a drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen, family room, orangery/breakfast room, games room, five bedrooms and five en-suites, an indoor swimming pool, leisure zone, gymnasium, all weather tennis court and pavilion, four car garage and courtyard. Highview Manor also benefits from a detached cottage with kitchen/breakfast room, living room and two bedrooms.

Matthew Shlian

Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design, though he frequently finds himself collaborating with a cadre of scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding at microscopic and nanoscopic scales.