Archive for September, 2013

Box


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Box is an amazing video produced by Bot & Dolly & directed by Tarik Abdel-Gawad. Box is about motion design, 3D animation and digital space use thanks to projection mapping. The whole thing is quite stunning.

Samsung Galaxy Gear


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Smartphone is not dead, but smartwatches are here, and enters the Samsung Galaxy Gear. This brand new product made by Samsung is the up & coming technology gadget that all geeks will get. Conceived with an elegant and classy design, the gear will allow you to check your texts, calendar, pass some calls, take notes, and of course check out the time.

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Naturally Clicquot Bottle Cover


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Veuve Clicquot has come up with a new form of innovative packaging made with potatoes and recycled paper that can keep the bottle chilled for up to two hours. Created by French designer Cédric Ragot, the Naturally Clicquot bottle cover is made from potato starch and recycled paper, and is likewise recyclable. The cover can keep a bottle of the brand’s Brut Carte Jaune cold for up to two hours once it’s been chilled in the fridge beforehand. A user-friendly handle allows for easy transport. In 2011, Belgian designer Mathias Van De Walle created a foldable origami-style champagne bucket for Veuve Clicquot that could be reused up to four times.

Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home


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Drake dropped the visuals for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” on the same day “Nothing Was the Same,” the album that features the song, hits stores. The clip starts with Drake, A$AP Rocky and friends celebrating in a lounge of sorts. That gives way to candles, a kidnapping and lots of “Scarface”-like elements

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery


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Check out the Serpantine Gallery’s new extension designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Located just across the Serpantine river from the main building, the 900 square meter Serpentine Sackler Gallery occupies a 200-year-old former gunpowder store which was renovated into gallery spaces. A swooshing cafe and events space has also been added to one side of the structure, constructed in a way that makes it look like an organic growth on the side of the original brickwork. The extension has been designed to to complement the calm and solid classical building with a light, transparent, dynamic and distinctly contemporary space of the twenty-first century. The synthesis of old and new is thus a synthesis of contrasts. The new Gallery is named after Dr Mortimer and Dame Theresa Sackler, whose Foundation has made the project possible through the largest single gift received by the Serpentine Gallery in its 43-year history. Major funding has also been awarded by Bloomberg, long term supporters of the Serpentine as well as sponsors of the opening exhibition. The first exhibition at the gallery will also be the first UK exhibition by Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who creates bold and striking installations from concrete, clay and stone. At the same time, in the Serpentine Gallery, there will be a major retrospective by Italian sculptor Marisa Merz, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

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Rob Scott – Run Around


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There have always been different types of artists in the industry. Some over-saturate the market with tracks and features to avoid feeling less relevant, and other who wait strategically in hopes that the timing of their release boosts the reach of a track. Robb Scott seems to fall into a different category all together, because no matter when he releases a song, people flock to it because of it’s quality, not simply because it showed up on top of a twitter feed at the right time. The consistency of which Mr. Scott continues to put out unique, memorable, and innovative songs is a testament to the résumé behind him as well as the incredibly promising future ahead of him. Check out the newest edition to his musical collection titled “Run Around”.

All The James Bonds Combined


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[Top left] Daniel Craig (2006-present) [Top middle] Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002) [Top right] Timothy Dalton (1987-1989) [Bottom left] Roger Moore (1973-1985) [Bottom middle] George Lazenby (1969) [Bottom right] Sean Connery (1962-1967, 1971)

By combining all six James Bond actors into one single face, which could be considered the perfect aesthetic for the role. Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig have each portrayed 007, starting with Connery in Dr. No (1962) all the way to the present day with Craig in Skyfall (2012). To create the final face, they combined the three early Bonds (Connery, Moore, Lazenby) and then combined the three more recent bonds (Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig). The two resulting images were then combined to achieve the finished look.

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Space-Saving Suspended Bed in a Modern London Apartment


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Good urban architectural design takes space and aesthetic into account, allowing them to work in unison, much like this efficient London apartment in Camden. While some compact residences use a modular design to create the visual effect of more space, this particular English home opts to design vertically by featuring a suspended bed overhead. This innovative apartment allows inhabitants to have more walking room on the ground floor without disrupting the tastefully modern design. The bed hangs above the living area like an elegant, simple balcony with a equally complementing staircase leading up to it. The bed is also situated below a retractable glass skylight that leads to a 500-square-foot rooftop garden. It proves that smaller living spaces don’t mean cramped, unattractive environments.

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The Fantastical Worlds of Tim Burton at the LA County Museum of Art


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The Nightmare Before Christmas has arrived in Los Angeles’ County Museum of Art…well not exactly, but the museum did a retrospective of the career and works of the film director Tim Burton. The exhibition features over 700 pieces of art associate with Burton’s movies including puppets, storyboards, costumes, photographs, and more from both popular and little known projects from the director.

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Caterham AeroSeven Concept Car


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Check this exciting new performance concept road car – the Caterham AeroSeven Concept – that Caterham Cars has unveiled at the 2013 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The Caterham AeroSeven Concept, which draws heavily on methods used by the F1 team, will be the first ever Caterham model to be fitted with traction control. Thanks to a newly developed Caterham Engine Management System, drivers will be able to enjoy fully-adjustable traction and launch control functionality. Based on an updated interpretation of the highly acclaimed Seven CSR platform, the carbon-fiber bodied concept vehicle, which will reach 100km/h (62.5mph) in under 4 seconds, will initially draw its power from the normally-aspirated, EU6-approved, 240ps (237bhp) engine developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation for the recently launched Caterham Seven 485. The AeroSeven Concept is stacked with race car-inspired features, including aerodynamic styling, an exclusive steering wheel with driver-focused functionality, and an intuitive fully active Graphical Display Unit (GDU). Production will remain at the Caterham Cars factory in Dartford, UK. Delivery of the production version of the concept model will begin in Autumn 2014.

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The Romain Jerome’s “Tattoo-DNA” Collection


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Romain Jerome’s “DNA” watches have been inspired by fascinating events and achievements from human history, regardless of whether they happened on land, at sea or in the skies. For the new “Tattoo-DNA” collection they spiced up this idea with a unique collaboration, as the brand worked together with Mo Coppoletta, founder of world-famous London-based tattoo studio The Family Business. The Tattoo-DNA collection will consist of four models, each issued in a limited series of only 25-pieces. All of them will be dressed in typical Romain Jerome fashion. That means a 50mm stainless steel case with four “paws” and a black PVD-coated, oxidized bezel that provides a rugged, ‘used’ look to the watch. Of the 100 watches in total, 50 will have black PVD-coating on the four “paws”, the crown and the lugs and these will come on a black fabric strap. The other fifty will have more bare stainless steel elements and a skin-colored leather strap, tattooed by the artist himself. The movement inside is the self-winding RJ001-A (basically an ETA 7750 with no chronograph or date function), beating at 28,800 with 42 hours of power reserve.

Sony Introduce Hi-Res Music Player


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If you’re looking for a sound system that offers something a little bit better than a smartphone speaker dock, Sony have released a new Hi-Res Audio plater that comes complete with between 500GB and 1TB of storage, allowing you to play large lossless audio files in virtually any format. The player is available in two models, with the 1TB HAP-Z1ES ($1,200 USD) coming with an Analog FIR filter, low-phase noise liquid crystal oscillator, and large capacity twin transformers while the 500GB HAP-S1 ($999) coming with a 2-channel Class AB amplifier. Both have the ability to sync with your music library on your desktop and can be controlled using either Sony’s Android or iOS remote app.

Foster + Partners’ Atrium Awarded Best Bar


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The nine-story Atrium Champagne Bar in London, designed by Foster + Partners, has been awarded “Best Bar” at the fifth UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Arriving guests pass through the ground floor lounge, and ascend to a dedicated hotel lobby (The ME Hotel) and champagne bar on the first floor, housed within the hotel’s main spatial event – a nine-storey high pyramid, clad entirely in white marble, with a highly reflective, black polished granite floor.

“The project is the first hotel in which everything, from the shell of the building to the bathroom fittings, has been designed by Foster + Partners. As a result, the drama of the interior spaces is provided by the bold geometry of the structure – the challenge for the design was to complement and not detract from, the 80 foot high top-lit space. The minimal furnishings were custom-made and include a 30-metre long curving bench, sleek black reception desks and a freestanding triangular champagne bar. Rather than works of art that interrupt the space, the projections celebrate its scale – giant jellyfish rise upwards as if from the depths of the sea, and the triangulated panels of the marble cladding are illuminated and animated like origami.” say the UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
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Sky Ferreira – You’re Not The One


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Sky Ferreira has unveiled the music video for her new single “You’re Not The One”. Directed by Grant Singer, the visuals see the singer performing in a club-like environment before waking up confused and bruised in a field the next morning. The track comes from Sky Ferreira’s debut album Night Time, My Time, which is currently available for pre-order in the lead up to its official release on 29 October, 2013.

Volcom’s Floating Mini Ramp


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French skate, surf, and snow culture magazine Desillusion have unveiled some behind-the-scenes photographs from the making of Volcom’s latest advertisement. The incredible floating mini ramp was built by Volcom for their upcoming full length movie “True To This”, which aims to capture the “energy and artistry of board-riding in its purest forms” and will feature skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding.

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Asking Guys For Sex (Social Experiment)


 

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The Whatever YouTube video team has done a social experiment to take this research into the field. In a video, college dudes are suddenly approached by an attractive co-ed, who asks if they want to have sex with her. It started off with one man calling the police. Other responses included “Have you been drinking?” and “Are you … what?” Guessing that every guy said yes? Think again.

 

Heroes and Villains


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Check out these amazing drawings of heroes and villains created by Josip Kelava.

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True Male Friendship from Guinness


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Irish brand Guinness has shown that male friendship – it’s not just to drink beer together. True friendship is tested by time, tests and actions. As a part of multi-year campaign “Made of more” Guinness created 60 seconds video where using only 20 words they were able to show the true nature of human relationships. This video has it all: competition, failure, fall, and pain, as well as dedication, loyalty, strength of the human spirit and the friendship of these men. And as a finishing touch – composition Cinematic Orchestra “To Build a Home” sounding on a background.

 

 

Future – Honest (Official Video)


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Future releases the official music video for his new single “Honest.” The song serves as the title track off of his forthcoming sophomore album, which will be released on November 26th. Video directed by Colin Tilley. Song produced by Metro Boomin and DJ Spinz.

Porsche Design 24/7 Billiards Table


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It seems that German luxury brand Porsche Design seriously engaged in the creation of items for home comfort. Recently they has released 24/7 Billiards Table. This is a top-of-the-line design made with the highest quality materials and the sleekest design. The design is clean with defined lines that create a stylish piece. The table is made of tulip-wood and aluminum with a shiny lacquer finish. The design is a minimalist design that carries the chic appeal of Porsche Design Studio products. The table is handmade in Austria so delivery can take as long as eight weeks. The table comes fully equipped for players to get their game on. A triangle, an ARAMITH Billiard ball set, a cue rack, a bridge stick and two premium cues are included in the package.

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Busta Rhymes Ft. Nicki Minaj – Twerk It (Official Video)


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Check out the official music video of Busta Rhymes Ft. Nicki Minaj – Twerk It.

Star Wars 1313 May Create A New Force Of Cinema.


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Announced last summer, plans for Star Wars 1313, a state-of-the-art video game take on the Star Wars universe, are now on hold following the closing of LucasArts earlier this year. Today, however, The Inquirer managed to get a sneak peek at the work that went into the development of 1313 when Lucasfilm’s chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri spoke at a BAFTA event in London.

“Everyone has seen what we can do in movies.  …We think that computer graphics are going to be so realistic in real time computer graphics that, over the next decade, we’ll start to be able to take the post out of post-production; where you’ll leave a movie set and the shot is pretty much complete.”

Libreri theorizes that the advancement of digital technology could lead to a point where big screen filmmaking could eschew post production, effectively providing directors with a finished VFX shot immediately after they shoot it.

“If you combine video games with film-making techniques, you can start to have these real deep, multi-user experiences.  Being able to animate, edit and compose live is going to change the way we work and it’s really going to bring back the creative experience in digital effects.”

It remains to be seen precisely how new technology might affect J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII or any of the other live action films in the Lucasfilm pipeline but, as you can see from the video below, the video game landscape is expanding rapidly.

2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series


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According to some recent reports in the German press, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has seemingly come to the end of the line. The production of the big super-coupe and convertible – which was unveiled in 2009, and launched in the markets in 2010 – will reportedly end in January 2014. However, buyers looking for a brand-new SLS after the end of the vehicle’s production in January will still be able to go in for the top Black Series model, which will probably continue to stay in production till June. Despite the fact that the media reports about the impending discontinuation of the SLS have, thus far, not been confirmed Mercedes AMG, it is widely speculated that the automaker is seemingly preparing to commence the production of its next hero car — likely to be dubbed SLC. The new SLC model – which is internally known at Mercedes AMG as the C190 – will probably be a smaller and lighter vehicle than the SLS. The reason behind the move is the fact that Mercedes AMG is possibly looking to offer a more nimble model which can challenge the Porsche 911. Other than being smaller and lighter as compared to the SLS, the new SLC model will also reportedly be offered with notably different powertrain options; so that a more affordable base model of the car can be provided to the customers.

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Kate Moss To Cover Playboy’s 60th Anniversary Issue


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Legendary British model Kate Moss has been confirmed as the cover star of Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue and apparently has posed nude for the edition. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Playboy’s editorial director Jimmy Jellinek said:

“This is a massive global brand. You need a global icon in order to celebrate that — that was the impetus. You’re talking about the face of Burberry, the biggest supermodel in the world on the cover of Playboy. She’s the perfect partner for us to help launch the next 60 years. This creates a heat for the brand globally. It started with Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Playboy 60 years ago, an icon for her time. Now we’ve got Kate Moss!”

The shoot was reportedly helmed by fashion photographers Marcus Pigott and Mert Atlas, who opted to dress Moss in classic Playboy attire such as velveteen bunny ears, French cuffs, and silk stockings. Previous famed models to have graced the cover of the American periodical include Naomi Campbell, Elle MacPherson, and Stephanie Seymour. The 60th anniversary issue of Playboy is due out this December, 2013.

Grand Theft Auto V Made $800 Million in 24 Hours


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Rockstar Games have announced that their latest game, Grand Theft Auto V, has netted over $800 million USD  in revenue in just 24 hours. The game will become the fastest selling in history when it breaks the $1 billion mark, a feat which took Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 fifteen days when it was released last November. Rockstar are reported to have spent $265 million creating and marketing Grand Theft Auto V, making it the most expensive game in history, but figures like these mean they’re even smashing the Hollywood movie box office. Compared to the blockbusters of 2013, GTA V is already ahead of films such as as Fast and Furious 6, World War Z, Man of Steel, and the year’s highest grossing film, Iron Man 3, which took home $200 million USD on its opening weekend.