Sunday, July 31, 2011

Marimekko X Converse - 13 Styles And Many Are On Sale!

Original Marimekko patterns from the 1960s created by the well-known Finnish textile mill are applied to some Converse favorites in this special collection. The signature prints are paired with such classic Converse styles as Jack Purcells and All Star Hi and low tops.

Right now, about half the Marimekko Converse kicks are on sale. Here's a look at the 13 shoes in the collection:

Each pair of the 13 different styles comes with a matching cinch bag made in the Marimekko pattern, like those shown below:

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korean designer jin-woog koo of nothing design group

Phugtal Monastery in northern India.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nestlé Chocolate Museum by Metro

It’s a mega structure for public viewing at the Nestlé factory, the architectural design and museology were in charge of Metro Architects and consists of two towers and an elevated runway, all composed of steel and glass, spread over an area of ​​1850 sq m. The structure calls attention of travelers on the highway that connects São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, the President Dutra, by their structural geometry. The factory is installed in Caçapava (near 110 km from São Paulo).Nestlé Chocolate Museum by Metro

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Travel Tools Keys

Now you can travel with your tools, no tool case needed! Super light and convenient, with this travel tools keychain in tow you'll always have a screwdriver when you need one. Includes Phillips Head and flat head. Heat treated steel. Measures .Travel Tools Keys

Parmesan Cheese Pencil created by Kolle Rebbe

“Shaped like oversized pencils, the “leads” contain three different flavors: truffles, pesto and chilli. With the sharpener included, the required amount of cheese can be sprinkled on the dish. A scale on the pencils and on the back of the packaging doesn’t just simply list how much of the Cheese Pencil is needed for each dish, but even how many calories the portion contains”Parmesan Cheese Pencil created by Kolle Rebbe

ESPA Spa by Hirsch Bedner Associates

HBA designed the spa on the 116th and 118th floors creating an urban escape in the skies and making ESPA the focal point of the city’s skyline and the jewel atop Hong Kong’s crown of lights.

Those who indulge in the 10,000 square foot ESPA have the unique opportunity to view Hong Kong from above including exquisite views of Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. The Ritz-Carlton spa by ESPA is more that 1,000 feet above the frenetic streets of Hong Kong. Guests simultaneously feel attached to the city with the breathtaking views, but yet totally insulated from the hustle and bustle below. To allow guests to feel “cocooned among the clouds”, HBA planned spaces without any sharp corners. All edges are rounded and the walls themselves are curved as in a protective embrace.

“The spa’s height provided HBA’s concept inspiration,” says HBA Principal Ian Carr. “To create a sanctuary of softness in a high and manic place we chose to make a spa cocooned and protected in the clouds. The silkworm’s cocoon is a soft, white pillow of finely spun silk making it an ideal metaphor for the spa – a place of peaceful, protected transformation.”
ESPA Spa by Hirsch Bedner Associates

Modular Furniture Design by Krisztián Griz

This modular furniture design is made of modular bent laminated wood to furnish an interior space. User can design various configurations using these modules, such as a table, sofa, side table, or even a bookshelf. VModular Furniture Design by Krisztián Griz

Designed by Qi Weijia.

The Charging Tap is a hub that charges your cellphones, digital cameras or others. You just hook up your gadget and turn the tap on. Designed by Qi Weijia.Designed by Qi Weijia.

A Luxury Watch That Looks As Though It Could Hop, The HM3 Frog By MB&F.

above: The newest HM3 Frog is the Chocolate frog. Red gold with Chocolate PVD coated titanium in a limited edition of 10 pieces

MB&F presents Horological Machine N°3 Frog. Haute horlogerie is (usually) a very restrained and serious business; however one of Maximilian Büsser main goals in creating MB&F was to bring a child's sense of awe and sense of playfulness into high-end watchmaking. There is no doubt that with the HM3 Frog, MB&F have certainly achieved that goal.

The protruding eyes of the (amphibian) frog enable it to see in many directions without having to turn its head. The bulbous domes of the HM3 Frog have the opposite, but no less important, feature of enabling the time to be easily seen from many angles without having to turn the wrist. The Frog differs substantially from HM3 in that it is the aluminum domes that rotate under the sapphire crystals in the Frog, whereas it is the hour and minute hands that rotate around their respective stationary cones on HM3.

The HM3 Frog is available in Grade 5 titanium with blued rotor, a limited edition of 10 in chocolate PVD-coated grade 5 titanium with red gold rotor, or a limited edition of 18 in black PVD-coated zirconium with purple rotor:

Rotating domes of this size and shape posed MB&F with a number of technical challenges. The hour and minute domes are machined from solid aluminium - chosen for its optimal strength to weight ratio. The domes weigh in at just over 0.5g. They are milled first from the outside and then the inside to arrive at a paper-thin wall thickness of just 0.28 mm, which reduces their energy requirements to an absolute minimum.

Even the fabrication of the semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes was incredibly demanding and only recently even possible at all. This is due to the fact that any slight imperfection in the sapphire might introduce a disconcerting magnification effect. The sapphire has to be shaped and polished to be perfectly uniform.

The Frog's unusual method of indicating time necessitated the development of a new gear train for the HM3 engine. This was because the aluminum hour dome of the Frog rotates in 12 hours compared to the 24 hour revolution of the HM3 hour hand. And as the oversized date wheel is driven from the hours, the gearing driving the date had to be reworked as well.

The Frog may portray the time in a playful manner, but there is nothing but serious and meticulous attention to detail and care regarding the fine hand-finishing of the high-tuned engine purring within its lightweight high-tech titanium or zirconium case.

A close inspection of the case is rewarded with carefully thought out detailing including a figure 8 engraved around the domes that mirrors the form of the display back(revealing dual ceramic bearings); distinctive clover-head white gold screws; and an engraved arrow discreetly indicating the easy to read over-sized date.

above image courtesy of ablogtoread

If the viewer's gaze manages to break away from the obiculate indications, it is likely to be arrested by the brightly-coloured 22K gold battle-axe winding rotor or the intricacies of the thoroughbred movement beneath.

the original HM3 in Grade 5 titanium with blue rotor:

The limited edition of 18 in black PVD-coated zirconium with purple rotor:

a limited edition of 10 in chocolate PVD-coated grade 5 titanium with red gold rotor

Grade 5 titanium/blue 22K gold rotor; limited edition of 10 chocolate titanium/22K red gold rotor; limited edition of 18 black zirconium/purple 22k gold rotor
 Screwed-down crown. 
 Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs) 47mm x 50mm x 16mm
. Number of case components = 53.

Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor
. Powered by a Girard-Perregaux base. 
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph
 22K gold battle-axe shaped 'mystery' automatic winding rotor. 
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes. 
Number of jewels 36 (all functional)
. Number of components = 304.

Hour and day/night indicator on one dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours). 
Minutes on second dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
. Date around the movement.

Rotating aluminium domes, stationary hands
Sapphire crystals
Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces
. Domes for indications in aluminium, 0.58g

Price ranges from $82,000 to $100,000 USD

And you gotta love the Horolobot!:

all images and information courtesy of MB&F

Visit MB&F for more information

Friday, July 29, 2011

Fujisan Humidifer

Designer: Yuchen Liu
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Japan and see the majestic mount Fuji, then you understand why designers like Yuchen Liu are inspired by it. It’s perpetually surrounded by mist and that’s when it clicked for Yuchen Liu. The Fujisan Humidifer is an homage to mountain
Fujisan Humidifer

Mini Bamboo Spoon Set

Designer Richard Clarkson

Designer Richard Clarkson has created a cradle for adults, in collaboration with Grace Emmanual, Brodie Campbell, Jeremy Broker, Eamon Moore, Kahlivia Russell and Joya Boerrigter. "Cradle" is about creating a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment in which the user can dissipate the overstimulation of their senses. The design was heavily directed by a synthesis of research into Autism and children with Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD), as well as saftey, sustainability, function and aesthetics. The chair is designed for maximum relaxation, comfort and calmness." Designer Richard Clarkson

Pen Type-A

"The design is minimal, the construction is super solid, and indestructible to protect and cherish these coveted ink cartridges. The entire piece is milled and turned from a block of 304 stainless steel. The pen slides slowly into its sleeve, which doubles as a ruler. Designed by CW&T.Pen Type-A

Ferse Verse Rainbow Tip Pencil

Scotch Tape Shoe Dispenser

Wall Furniture by Jason Ramey

Jason L. Ramey is a graduate student pursuing an MFA in furniture design from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. His experimental furniture explores using the wall as a static form on which to build furnishings. Each piece is built using materials commonly used to build walls.

Wall Furniture by Jason Ramey

Data Clip and Data Hook by Nendo

If you’re heading into the wilderness, or just clipping things on to your cargo pants, their other design – Data Hook – may be perfect for you. The 4GB USB sticks are going on sale this month.Data Clip and Data Hook by Nendo

Oil prices down in Asia on US debt fears

Oil prices down in Asia on US debt fears SINGAPORE: The US debt stalemate continued to roil crude markets in Asian trade Friday as a vote in the House of Representatives on a Republican debt plan was postponed.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in September, fell 22 cents to $97.22 per barrel.

Brent North Sea crude for September delivery shed four cents to $117.32.

"Investors continued to worry about the stalled US debt talks," Phillip Futures said in a report.

US politicians were still wrangling over a compromise deal to stave off a debt default on August 2, with Republican lawmakers challenging their Democratic counterparts to vote for their debt plan on Thursday.

However, in a sign that the plan could not garner enough support even within their own party, the vote originally scheduled for the House of Representatives on Thursday was postponed.

The House was forced to recess while House Speaker John Boehner met one by one with Republican lawmakers to shore up support for his two-step plan to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling enough to avert default for at least six months.

With five days to go until the default deadline when the Treasury says it will run out of funds, IMF chief Christine Lagarde also piled on the pressure for a deal saying the dollar's status could be in doubt if the impasse continues.
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