Archive for August, 2011

Herrlicht Wood Glasses

German craftsmanship meets Japanese technique to create the most impeccable wood glasses we’ve seen yet

There’s something wonderfully tactile with wood frames, and recent designs by Drift to Shwood offer great style at a reasonable price. A recent discovery, Herrlicht‘s hand made wood frames have upped the ante, defining the epitome of craftsmanship in wood eyeglass frames.

Advancing the accessory beyond novelty, Berlin-based designer Andreas Licht spends about a week handcrafting each pair of eyeglasses—from the lens holder to the signature four-pronged pin that enables the ease of swapping out lenses. Due to the high demand and limited run of the collection Herrlicht is exclusively sold at 1010 Optics in New York City and Brillenschneiderei Yves in Berlin. Each pair is pressed to indicate style, wood-type and serial number. Prices start at $1,500.


Parkour in Mardin

Follow one of the world’s most creative and innovative free runners and parkour artists, Ryan Doyle, as he takes his skills to the next level in Mardin.


Cineskates Portable Tripod Dolly

A couple of MIT students came up with an interesting idea and developed the Cineskate Portable Tripod Dolly. The wheels that they developed attach to the GorilliaPod tripod for DSLR’s and thus allow for slow tracking shots and smooth rotation. For $275 you get the full kit including the GorillaPod Focus and the ballhead. $150 just gets you the little skates. The project is now up on Kickstarter and and if you believe in the idea or would want to use something like this, you can support it here.


Land Rover Defender – Vilner Edition

Bulgarian-based tuner, Vilner (named after a Lithuanian city) recently put some heavy-duty touches to a utilitarian Land Rover Defender with some impressive results. The overall package exudes a much more luxurious outlook with contrast leather seating, in-cab entertainment systems and a sleek black paint job. Putting a Vilner-custom Defender through its paces in the wild seems a little easier said than done.

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Wunderland Theme Park

Wunderland near Kalkar, Germany, cleverly combines a never-been-used multi-million-pound reactor with classic fair rides, including a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, carousel and log flume.A swing ride has even been fitted inside the old cooling tower, while a 130ft-high climbing wall features on the outside.

When it was originally built in 1972 the construction – dubbed the SNR-300 – was destined to be the world’s most technologically advanced nuclear power plant and Germany’s first fast breeder nuclear reactor.But 12 years and more than £3 million later, the project was eventually cancelled after a series of public protests and nuclear disasters elsewhere, including Chernobyl.

By 1996 there were a few hotel rooms on the site, which gradually expanded to several hundred – as well as bars and restaurants.Since 2002, the park has seen the addition of more than 40 rides and a museum as well as a miniature golf course and tennis courts.


No Steve No Stock

Steve Jobs’s resignation as Apple chief executive has wiped billions of dollars off its stock market value as traders fret over the company’s long-term future without its visionary leader.

The news of Jobs’ departure came after the close of New York trading, but Apple shares fell 5% in after-hours trading on Wednesday night. Apple shares traded in Frankfurt dropped 4.5% in early trading on Thursday.

A 5% decline wipes more than $17bn (£10.3bn) off Apple’s stock market value, sending it down from $348bn to $330.5bn, just two weeks after it briefly became the world’s most valuable company.

Tim Cook: the man taking over from Steve Jobs at Apple

Steve Jobs’s decision to resign from the company and recommend Tim Cook, formerly its chief operating officer, as its chief executive thrusts him into the spotlight.

Cook, a small-town football fanatic turned chief executive of the world’s largest technology company, has long faced the question of whether he had the same remarkable vision as his predecessor.

He now must prove that his technology instincts are as sharp as when he joined Apple in 1998 after leaving the once-mighty Compaq, then the world’s top PC maker. At the time Apple was barely afloat.

But as far as i am concerned I can’t see Cook dressed in a black long-sleeved mock turtle-neck presenting the future apple products.


Adidas Originals Crazylight Top Court

Seen first during the photoshoot for adidas Originals ST Collection, the Crazylight Top Court is an integration of up-to-date performance tech with tried-and-true classic form. Lighten by new SPRINT WEB welded mesh upper, its eye catching Sharp Blue and Indigo colorways aggregate nicely with the vulcanized white sole. Inspired by both adidas‘ past and present, adidas Originals Crazylight Top Court for Fall/Winter 2011 will be available at  retail locations starting next Thursday, September 1st.


If Web Browsers Were Celebrities

Infographic is a great laugh! Since the rise of the Interweb, the variety of Internet browsers that have become available offer something different for every computer and owner’s taste. From Netscape to Internet Explorer (all hundred versions of it), to Firefox and Google Chrome, the browsers of the moment each top the one before in speed, design and accessibility.


500 People in 100 Seconds

Here’s an excellent video from Eran Amir that features 500 people holding 1500 photographs in a mere 110 second clip.

What’s interesting about this film is that it’s a stop-motion video within a stop-motion video.

 


From London to Sydney… in a black cab

Three friends are driving 32,000 miles half-way round the world from London to Sydney – in a black cab.

Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell, both 23, and Johno Ellison, 27, have so far clocked up more than 17,000 miles since they set off from the capital on February 17.The mammoth journey has seen them drive through herds of sheep in Armenia and get stuck in a snow-covered ditch in Finland.

If the meter was turned on, the bill when a passenger reached the Australian city would be a staggering £70,000. The three explorers from Aston University are hoping to set a new record for the longest taxi trip and raise £20,000 for the Red Cross. Mr Ellison said that their specially adapted black cab, nicknamed Hannah, was strong and they were expecting to reach Sydney in one piece.

If you want to follow the guys – itsonthemeter.com


Duracell Promo Packaging

Spencer Bigum’s concept packaging for Duracell batteries is brilliant in its simplicity. The geeky covers should be a hit with consumers looking to power their game controllers and remote controls.

The new package is made of 100% recycled cardboard and uses the back of the “original” battery package as the front for a larger canvas, which is why there isn’t a need for a clear plastic case to hold the batteries anymore.  A few other ideas for other pop-culture references were included to see how the system could work.


Tom Cruise – Red Bull F1

Tom Cruise, producer and star of “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol”, which comes out in theaters on December 21, tested the Formula 1 Red Bull Racing in Southern California, having David Coulthard as instructor.

Cruise, a fan of motorsport, who has driven many racing cars over the years, but never a Formula 1 car, reached a top speed of 291 km / h, with only 4 km less than the maximum speed reached by Coulthard, after driving a 850-horsepower car around the 4 km  circuit at Willow Springs, in Rosamond,California.

“Tom really knows his way. I was surprised that he learned so fast and he really is a perfect driver, ” said Coulthard.” His reactions were incredible, considering how complicated it is to drive aFormula 1 car. He’s a driving his car to the limit in daily life. Today was not monotonous. Tom really impressed me. “

 


Ferrari 458 Spider

Yesterday  Ferrari announced their 458 Spider, a convertible version of their 458 Italia sports car. The 570 horsepower racer comes with a foldable aluminum hardtop roof, which folds into a space in front of the engine in just under 14 seconds. That of course seems long, considering that this beast goes from 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Except for some other minor design changes and upgrades, the car looks pretty much the same as the 458 Italia. A release date has not been announced yet.


Bouncy Kids Camera

It’s an ordinary camera lined with Sugru silicone rubber, which is kind of like clay but also sorta like duct tape. Once attached to something, Sugru sets itself permanently. Like this camera. Watch it roll around on the street.


Waste Landscape

It’s amazing what creative concepts can be derived from basic items we use everyday. Artist Elise Morin in collaboration with architect Clemence Eliard (of SMALL MEDIUM LARGE) and the 104.fr present the Waste Landscape. Consisting of 65,000 hand-sewn CDs, this shiny mound looks creates the illusion of standing on bubbles. The work is housed at the Halle d’Aubervilliers in Paris, measuring in at over 500 square meters


Celebrity Caricatures

Focus on the work of the artist Stanley Chow based in Manchester. Portraits and caricatures of many celebrities and personalities such as Muhammad Ali, ClarkKent, Messi, Dexter or Natalie Portman. Hover over the pics for names

-Full Gallery inside->


Animal Series – Morten Koldby

Danish artist Morten Koldby happens to capture the intense gaze of animals. A series of photographs immortalizing a gallery of wildlife photographs with high quality.

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Alexa Meade – Human Canvass

Artist Alexa Meade’s technique involves painting directly onto the physical subjects that she is referencing, rather than using a canvas. Once the paintings are complete, she then photographs both the subject she had painted onto and the background. The effect creates an optical illusion as the 3D effect of her scenes is compressed into a 2D plane.


Hublot Chukker Bang

This year, Hublot will be revealing their new Chukker Bang watch at the Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad. Inspired by the world of polo and in conjunction with polo player Facundo Pieres, the Chukker Bang is a 44mm Big Bang watch, equipped with a titanium grill, affixed to its bezel, in order to further protect the sapphire crystal. The grill can be removed though and put back on when needed. Only 500 numbered pieces of the watch will be produced and it also comes in a version with a diamond encrusted grill.


Ignacio Torres – Stellar

Take one look at these multidimensional photos and you’ll think there’s magic afoot, but there’s a reasonable explanation for this. Artist/photographer Ignacio Torres used conventional digital SLR cameras and a bit of fairy dust to create a series of photos that give you a peek into the third dimension.


Gaby Herbstein

Gaby Herbstein is a well-known personality in the world of photography. She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her 17 years of journey in photography, Gaby has worked for different national and international brands. These include but are not limited to just L´Oreal, Canada Dry, Procter & Gamble, Garnier, Sony, and Telcel.

For a real experience of Gaby Herbstein’s surrealistic photographic images, you can flip through this year’s calendar designed for raising awareness about ecology


Strand Craft 122

If you can find a way to not spend any money and live to the age of 150, you stand a decent chance of one day being able to afford the Strand Craft 122, the incredibly luxurious and mouth-watering concept yacht that comes with a custom supercar. But if not, chances are you’ll enjoy these renderings anyway, especially since they’re slated to become reality: Designer Eduard Gray has announced that the 122 will be built in the near future.

The 122, to be built by the Ned Ship Group, measures 38 meters (125 feet) from bow to stern,  features a Rolls-Royce engine, pumps out 14,000hp and hits a top speed of 55 knots (about 63mph). And then there’s the interior: four large staterooms, reception and salon areas, crew cabins, 52″ LED televisions and Bang & Olufson sound systems in every room.


Where’s Wall-e?

Richard Sargent  created this robot-laden illustration, filled with bots from R2-D2 to Rosie the Robot to Bender to Woody Allen in Sleeper.


Couple’s zombie-themed shoot

California couple made sure the special moment as they announced their nuptials was completely unique- by arranging for a zombie to crash the photo shoot.

And when Juliana Park and Ben Lee posted their quirky horror themed engagement shoot online it became an overnight internet sensation.


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