If Optimus Prime and The Terminator had a child, it’d be the Terminus by M55. Founded in 2006, the Hungary-based M55 Hybrid Bike company builds cutting edge hybrid electric bicycles using the best technologies and materials available. Titanium, carbon fibre, custom airbrushing and even Swarovski crystals are used in the construction of these mean-looking electric machines. And at a price of $36,000 – $39,000 per bike, these are made for a discriminating, and wealthy, bunch. Read more
The practice of leaking Super Bowl spots before the actual Game Day is growing. And at about $3.5 million dollars a spot, it’s no wonder big name brands are trying to get as much bang for their buck as possible. Read more
The Fall/ Winter 2012/13 collection of menswear from Belgium fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck, Lust Never Sleeps, is a bizarre blend of Friday The 13th’s Jason, A Clockwork Orange’s Droogs and the artwork of Ellsworth Kelly. And like a car wreck, it’s virtually impossible to look away. Don’t get me wrong, the collection is far from a tragic accident. Impeccably crafted and finely tailored, the bizarre pieces are made with very high quality materials and the overall look is imaginative, if not artful.
above: the invitation to the show
Leather face masks, bowlers, knit caps, fedoras, caps, cowboy hats, hip waders, coveralls, thigh high boots, and gloves are paired with tailored suits, color-blocked sweaters and vests in bright, graphic Pez-colored combinations. Mohair, plaids and other interesting textiles blend into the collection of Pop Art-like suits.
Fetish references punctuated the line of whimsical and macabre menswear, such as whip-like canes, black rubber padlock necklaces or tufted fur fingernails on leather gloves.
But frankly, nothing speaks like pictures.
The designer, Walter Van Beirendonck:
images courtesy of Fashion Mag and WWD
Walter Van Beirendonck
This latest print campaign for the Germany based organization Plant For The Planet was created by Legas Delany of Hamburg (who was also responsible for their large “Stop Talking, Start Planting” campaign) and utilizes the talents of artist Lorenzo Duran. Read more
These colorful images are long exposures from cameras on tripods following the light of robotic vacuums, the Roomba by irobot, giving the illusion of a room painted with light. And you thought those Roombas were only good for Cat Rides and sucking up dirt. Read more
This falls under the “Now, why didn’t I think of that?” category. Mother and daughter fashion and design team from Iceland, Dimmalimm, did and call them “Stay On Coasters.” Cute felt coasters that attach to the bottom of your wine glass, attractively absorbing any condensation the glass may leave on a surface. Read more
When I first came across these, I found it so hard to believe they were actually wood burnings. The intricate rendering of texture, the detail and the overall appearance seems as though it’d be virtually impossible to create with a pyrographic tool. Julie Bender has shown me otherwise. Read more
Santambrogiomilano, the brainchild of architect and ideator Carlo Santambrogio, is an entrepreneurial reality which realizes projects in glass with an exclusive character, unique pieces that can integrate themselves in all environments of daily life. Read more
Georg Jensen has taken an artsy risk by re-releasing a previous photographic ad campaign for their Scandinavian jewelry and housewares, only now the photos have been embellished with the handiwork of artist Inge Jacobsen. Read more
above: The Piet Mondrian Sandwich by Brittany Powell
Brittany Powell’s project, Sandwich Art, turns the classic sammy into interpretations of pieces by famous modern and contemporary artists. From Marcel Duchamp to Damian Hirst, cheese, lettuce and condiments are the medium and the bread is the canvas. Read more