Beautiful pieces; pity about the table legs…
‘Six Tables on Water’, is an exhibition by Italian designer Gaetano Pesce at David Gill Gallery in London, each piece conjuring the surface, depth and density of six expanses of water - oceans, lagoons, rivers, lakes, ponds and puddles.
‘my materials are liquid,’ he says, ‘and fit with the nature of our time. to me beauty means being unique, to be different, –
I like beauty full of mistakes because we are human. perfection is for machines, it is obsolete, gone.’
[Fun fact: Gaetano Pesce is a collaborator of Melissa Shoes]
Clever 4-faces-in-one watch or a bit redundant? And you have to charge it up? As we read recently about the direction design is going (from a design website or blog) - Design is becoming, and needs to be, more useful than engaging. We think it needs to be both.
Interesting development - Aston Martin Designs Limited Edition ‘Superbikes’. If it works as it should, this bike is the perfect marriage between sports technology and craftsmanship.
“In a collaboration with bike company Factor Bikes, Aston Martin has designed a limited edition ‘superbike’ called the ‘One-77 Cycle’—that has been given the same name as the sports car maker’s most advance car model, the ‘One-77’.”
Creativity is valuable novelty…
A slow start to 2012 and a step back from blogging: getting caught up in the rat-race and the connectedness of our world... a sick-day allows me to observe and digest a growing trend: what does being hooked up to the mainframe mean to us and our reality, and what are some observers saying about how we deal with it?
I had a conversation with a design-collegue about his 3 year-old nephew’s prowess in iPad problem-solving games… he noticed that children are not actually nurturing problem-fixing skills but algorithm-solving observation, where they find patterns in the games that they recognise to follow or beat it - this means that children might end up being lost if they have to start from scratch (no pre-existing pattern?!), to create, invent or fix something that sets new rules or isn’t based on pre-existing parameters: this is what entrepreneurship and game-changing design/business is all about.
A design workshop with a group of 18 year-olds last year in Singapore posed the same problem: when asked to imagine and envision “The Industrial Park of the Future”, they found it hard to free themselves from in-expertise, and the uncertainty of what “the future” held, playing it safe and basing ideas on precedent. While research and general knowledge (now so readily available on the inter-web) was strong amongst participants, and gives foundation to concepts, most of the resulting masterplans seemed a bit similar, while 1 out of the 10 groups decided to throw out the competition rule-book and suggested a programme to create a forest-reserve on the site now, with the reasoning that in 50-100 years time, we’ll need all the help (as raw material, environmentally and psychologically) from nature that we can get - a bold suggestion for an industrial park.
What does this mean in the age of the geek, and do the ones rejecting our connectedness to the rest of the world doing enough to find balance?
The surrounding posts deal with this - below is a link chock-ed full of Technology Trends and coming up is a snippet from an article by Pico Iyer of The New York Times’ Sunday Review (Thanks Kennel) telling us that the most connected + media-savvy of us are feeling the need for balance and prioritization in their lives.
Image via frog: Technology Trends For 2012 on PSFK
Tiffany Shlain’s feature-length documentary Connected is an intensely personal exploration of what human connection means in our modern, technology-obsessed world. In anticipation of the film’s release in New York next week, she shares an excerpt that looks at how our brain chemistry compels us to reach for our gadgets 24-7.