Posts Tagged ‘ Old ’

‘Unbounded’… Who Thought Scaffolding Could Be This Cool?

Ben Butler is fascinated by the complex structures that emerge from simple and delicate processes. This phenomenon can be found in the elaborate systems produced by ant colonies to human cities, small quotidian actions accumulating into overpowering structures. Unbounded, Butler’s installation on display at Rice University Gallery in Houston, Texas, uses this same idea by assembling over 10,000 pieces of poplar wood into a matrix-like structure. This massive arrangement coalesces into an unexpectedly mesmerizing array of grids that stretch to fill the gallery space. Butler approached this installation, as he commonly does within his practice, without initial sketches or ideas of what he would like the structure to look like. He played with the materials, discovering configurations on the spot.

Although the grids within Unbounded were pre-made in his studio, the way they were configured and connected horizontally was all in response to the space. This way of acting in the present ensured that the structure’s outcome would be organic, and not purely responding to a preconceived shape.  Poplar wood was chosen for the installation because of its malleability and abundance, which gave Butler the ability to fiddle with a material that seemed endless. This idea of endlessness also tied into the title he chose for the piece. Butler wanted the piece to have no defined boundary or vantage point, but encourage the audience to walk around and within the structure, discovering it from all angles.

You’d Never Believe Airlines Look Like This…

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Why is the main course in our in-flight meal usually swimming in sauce? And why is there never enough leg room in economy class? These, and other more serious questions regarding modern day air travel are just some of the questions addressed in a recent book from Laurence King Publishing titled ‘Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet’, written by designer and author Keith Lovegrove. Published in August 2013 as a second, ‘mini’ edition of an older title dating back to 2000, the book sets out to ”illustrate and analyse the successful – and occasionally not so successful – results of the airlines’ relentless quest to vie for attention.” Written honestly and eloquently with a healthy dose of humour, ‘Airline’ is peppered with personal accounts of travelling experiences and anecdotes. Providing an engaging if not rather causal overview of airline travel, the book describes the evolution of airline-related design in four chapters that focus on fashion, interiors, food and branding. Along with the history of commercial aviation, Lovegrove also comments on air travel from a cultural, technical and social point of view, thus putting the whole subject into a wider perspective.

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Anno Badges

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Anno Badges stumbled across old magazines from the 50s & 60s in a dusty attic. They use the original magazines to create the badges, that’s why every button is unique.

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Super Old Men Art Series


Superman was born in 1933. Batman was hatched in 1939. Captain America got his shield in 1941. These guys are old, that’s where we’re going with this. And that’s also where Cairo, Egypt-based designer A Morshedi has gone with these eye-grabbing minimalist illustrations. Super Old Men showcases three of the oldest tight-wearing tough guys the world has ever seen, complete with salt-and-pepper hair, beards, and mustaches.


The Life Of A Superhero.


When it comes to photo-realistic painting, life-like works of art, or pieces that suspend disbelief, Andreas Englund’s “The Life Of A Superhero” collection stands in a class of its own.  It’s almost needless to say that his talent with a paintbrush is incredible given his style of art, but his ability to tell the story of an entire life with his works is even better.  Check the method below.


Throwback Music Video: Angie Martinez ft. Q-Tip – Dem Thangs.

irGrowing up in Jersey, Hot 97 was always the station playing in the car, or on the radio at home.  Anyone who’s familiar with New York’s biggest radio station knows that you can’t listen for too long without hearing the voice of Angie Martinez.  She’s blessed the radio with her talent for years, but in 2001, she took to making music of her own, and put out the single Dem Thangs, featuring Q-Tip.  No matter where in New York you go, if the people you’re with are of the right age, they’ll know this track as soon as it starts.

Paradise Parking by Peter Lippman

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American artists Peter Lippman spent two years to find out places in forests where old cars rusts. In the series Paradise Parking photographer shows how nature takes over abandoned creations of human hands, how lying for decades old cars, overgrown with moss and ivy entangled, become a harmonious part of the surrounding space.

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Famous People Hanging Out.

Many people consider being a celebrity like being in some sort of elite club.  An upper echelon of a big circle of friends.  In some respects that may be true, but there are still certain people in the “celebrity community” that you may not necessarily expect to spend time with each other.  Check out the series of photos below.

Woody Allen and Michael Jackson

Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein

Colonel Sanders and Alice Cooper

Barack Obama and George Clooney

Elvis Presley and Tom Jones

George Lucas, David Bowie and Jim Henson

Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson

Dave Grohl, RuPaul and Kurt Cobain

The Beatles and Mohammed Ali

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart

Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas

Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi

Prince and Prince Charles

Stephen Fry and Lady Gaga

Nancy Reagan and Mr. T

Eartha Kitt and James Dean

Bob Marley and the Jackson Five

Dustin Hoffman and Lawrence Olivier



Dissecting The Successful Business Card.

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How To Kiss A Woman.

Weather your a fan of the classic James T. Kirk, or the new addition to the Star Trek family, one thing is for certain… Kirk is a boss.  Out of nowhere earlier today I received an urgent message from assistant that said nothing but “How To Kiss A Woman”, at first I was a bit perplexed, but once I saw the video, I was reminded of the raw, unadulterated, badassery that IS Captain Kirk.  Check out Kirk’s example of how to properly kiss a woman.

Sexual Innuendos In Popular Cartoons.

Everyone knows that certain cartoons are riddled with sexual content.  Family Guy, and South Park both warn viewers that although they’re cartoons, there’s nothing childish about their themes.  But every so often, (like in the case of Disney) people have peeped some below the radar innuendo that might be a little frightening to parents.  My intent of this post isn’t to warn the parents that the cartoons their children may be watching have subliminal themes hidden deep below their fluffy exterior… It’s to point out how absolutely hilarious it is to think that I watched some of these shows, and had NO idea how good the jokes they threw in were.

Real Life Vintage Mugshots.

I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence by putting the words “Real Life” at the beginning of the post, but some of these photographs are so striking that many people may have thought they were designed to look this way.  From the writing on the photos to point out attributes of the criminals, down to the lighting and background of all these incredible pictures… one thing stands out to the most to me.  Back in the day, there weren’t too many black people getting locked up… (INTERESTING.)

The Bent Forest.

In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks – all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or “Crooked Forest,” is a mystery.  Planted around 1930, the trees managed to grow for seven to 10 years before getting held down, in what is understood to have been human mechanical intervention. Though why exactly the original tree farmers wanted so many crooked trees is unknown.  Several possibilities come to mind.  It’s obvious that the trees were bent when very young, then recovered.  Those who live near large lakes with prominent ice heaves will have seen trees affected in this manner, and a similiar effect could occur after a blowdown by straightline winds.  However…  I get the sense that this forest is a tree farm, because of the uniformity of age of the trees, and I suspect this is a man-made curvature, because of the similarity of all the trees involved.  If that’s true, then my best explanation would be that these trees were trained as “compass timbers” for shipbuilding or as material for other woodworking.

HDR Is Marvelous.

In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.The two main sources of HDR imagery are computer renderings and merging of multiple low-dynamic-range (LDR) or standard-dynamic-range (SDR) photographs. Tone-mappingtechniques, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect.

Dope Vintage Reupholstery From Colorful Fabric.

Forget fabric stores, some antiques are just too boring to bother re-covering with traditional patterns. These hodgepodge pieces use patchwork scraps to create fresh new themes within stodgy old frameworks. (Re)fabric(ation) can be fun.  Design by Leftovers takes old and often overly-ornate furnishings that would hardly fit in a modern home, and remakes them to look creative, contemporary and strangely more timeless.  If you are at a loss for how to reupholster some household items, look no further for inspiration.

Vintage Coke.

I was out with a client the other day for a dinner meeting, and while we were eating, she noticed a sign for Coca-Cola that listed the price as 5 cents.  Immediately after I reassured her that EVERYTHING that far back in time was that cheap, I began to wonder what exactly they must have spent on advertising if their product was priced at 5 pennies.  So I did some digging, and came across a library of vintage Coke ads.  Fantastic, colourful, wholesome, and memory provoking are just a few of the words and phrases that can be used to describe them all. Check the method for your inspiration.

World Class Churches.

Although I’m quite notorious for not being a religious individual, I have to respect the beauty of churches.  Churches  have been carved and built so magnificently, in a way that they make everyone simply stand and marvel at their great architecture. Today I present a showcase of some quite beautiful and breathtaking churches around the world, I couldn’t find the names and locations of ALL the churches on the list, so in fairness, I left them out.

The New Oriental Warehouse.

The historic Oriental Warehouse Loft Building sits nestled within San Francisco’s south beach neighborhood. Leave it to local architecture team Edmonds & Lee to spearhead a complete reconfiguration and renovation of the space. The team explained, “in order to maximize the spatial experience of the loft, traditional notions of domestic privacy were abandoned in favor of open and transparent relationships.”

Edmonds & Lee brought their concept to fruition by replacing opaque guardrails at the sleeping mezzanine with transparent glass rails, providing a direct visual connection to the space below. Edmonds & Lee also let the bathroom breathe by using an oversized sheet of transparent glass at the restroom instead of a closed off wall, allowing minimal privacy in order to maintain the open and lofty atmosphere.  The original shell of the space was compromised of heavy timbers and rustic old bricks.

The architecture team added modern and sleek new fixtures in the restroom and kitchen areas, and a new cantilevered steel staircase, which leading to the sleeping quarters. New age elements were added to the design of the space including a set of spherical reflective lights hanging over the living room, gallery style canvas art hanging from the walls, and polished oak wood floors to contrast the existing timbers.

Keep Your Wi-Fi To Yourself.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have created a special paint which can block out wireless signals. The paint, which could cost as little at £10 per kilogram, contains an aluminium-iron oxide which resonates at the same frequency as wi-fi – or other radio waves – meaning the airborne data is absorbed and blocked. While paints blocking lower frequencies have been available for some time, this new technology is the first to absorb frequencies transmitting as high as 100GHz (gigahertz). Signals carrying a larger amount of data – such as wireless internet – travel at a higher frequency than, for example, FM radio.

The paint has a number of interesting potential applications including: keeping wireless networks secure, blocking phone calls during movies, shielding hospital rooms from unwanted electromagnetic radiation, and making clothes that protect people from electromagnetic waves.

High School Fashion… Then And Now.

We all know that fashion changes from week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year. The entire process seems a bit mellifluous but taking a look at certain fashion trends from generation-to-generation can lead to seeing se pretty big gaps. I came across a series of photos who’s main focus was high school student in the 1907’s, I compared the high school students around me, and couldn’t help but throw the pics of the old school students up. Simply put, it’s wild to see what people considered fashionable back them. Check the method below.

The Artwork of Gene Guynn.

Gene Guynn is one of the most ridiculous skilled painters I’ve seen in quite some time.  (That’s probably because I studied at my old school, The Academy Of Art University.)  With a painter for a mother and a musician for a father, his world was always one of creativity and expression. Gene takes inspiration from the thriving urban, outsider, and lowbrow art culture of SF, LA, and NYC, and combines it with a fine art sophistication, especially taking influence from contemporary masters such as Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud. After graduating with a BFA in painting in 2008, Gene moved from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area, where he continues to paint and further evolve his personal style and exhibit in galleries all over the world.

Parkour… In The 1930’s.

Parkour – The non-competitive sport originating in France of traversing mainly urban landscapes by running, climbing and jumping. Free Runners run along a route, attempting to navigate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only their bodies. Skills such as vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall scaling are employed. Parkour can be practiced anywhere, but areas dense with obstacles are preferable and it is most commonly practiced in urban areas.

This athletic art form is what most people would consider a fairly recent “trend”.  But when I came across this video, I realized that the physical acts involved in Parkour have been practiced as early as the 1930’s in the U.S.  Check the method below.

Old School Gems.


It seems like ever since I put up the post about odd photos from the past (Parts 1 and 2), I’ve been getting recommendations about places to procure vintage photos of all different types.  I’m NOT trying to say that any suggestions from the fans were disregarded.  But one collection in particular, consisting of 16 retro photos caught my eye in a unique way.  Each of them has such an individual and intriguing element about them that I just can’t put my finger on.  Check the method.

The Past Bleeds Into The Future.

These amazing images of St. Petersburg show the past bleeding into the future. Images of modern day St. Petersburg are meticulously matched to wartime images of the city during the Siege of Leningrad.  Instead of a slippage between two spaces. these photos show a timeslip, the exact same location caught at two moments in time. The creator describes the photo series by saying “A wormhole opens, we cannot help but fall into it.”

Insane Architectural Photography Pt. 1.

After my posts about the photographer “Dangerously Dolly” I realized I didn’t have to ignore vast amounts of content on a post, I could just split it up into different parts, and display it like that, so after finding a collection of pictures displaying architecture from all over the world, I knew if I didn’t what to leave anything out, I had to break it up.  Here I bring you part 1. of my finds on unique architectural Photography.