Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

Alexander Lervik’s Chocolate Lamp

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Now here’s a delicious—and illuminating—idea: Swedish designer Alexander Lervik’s Lumière au Chocolat (Chocolate Lamp), which was conceived to reflect the phases of the sunrise. Exploring the contrast of light versus darkness—inspired by the polar nights of his native country, when a dim glow permeates the sky—Lervik collaborated with LED specialists Saas Instruments to create the edible lamp. When it […]

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Bali: A Wonderland Built of Bamboo

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An extraordinary development in Bali is taking the idea of sustainable living to the next level. Crafted entirely of bamboo—the indigenous species of grass that has the strength of wood—Green Village is the brainchild of Elora Hardy, daughter of jeweler John Hardy and former print designer for Donna Karan. “Even sustainable timber can’t begin to […]

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France: Explore Mirazoz by Architects of Air

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British firm Architects of Air invites visitors to experience the surreal setting of their traveling structure Mirazoz as part of their ongoing project, Luminaria. Described as “somewhere between a womb and a cathedral,” the inflatable design’s interior roams through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, all illuminated with vivid hues of color that are projected onto the PVC […]

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A Christmas “Tree” Crafted of 5,000 Pieces of Porcelain in Belgium

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While major capitals across the world have erected large Christmas trees adorned with glistening lights and brightly colored bulbs, Hasselt’s main square in Belgium has reinterpreted the classic iconography. In collaboration with local residents of the city known as “the Capital of Taste,” Inge Vanluyd and Stefan Van Bergen of the creative agency Mooz have designed The Taste Tree, a Christmas symbol […]

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Abel Barroso’s Playful Show at Miami’s Pan American Art Projects

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The satirical work of Cuban artist Abel Barroso is currently being showcased in a new exhibition at Miami’s Pan American Art Projects. “A Country, An Illusion (Un Pais, Una Ilusión)” features pieces dealing with the themes of borders, geography and emigration, all filtered through the artist’s signature wry sensibility. The centerpiece work, The Emigrant’s Pinball Machine […]

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Step into a Brilliant Tunnel of Light in a Japanese Botanical Garden

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The holiday season light shows are upon us, and while theme parks across the country may compete to outshine one another, perhaps there is no greater example in the world than Japan’s “Winter Illuminations” at Nabana no Sato Botanical Garden, located on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana. Millions of LED lights cover the garden’s broad […]

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Gilbert and George for the Edgy Table

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You may remember a few months ago that we introduced you to some extraordinary Limoges plates featuring the images of Robert Mapplethorpe. Now, that same company, Ligne Blanche Paris, is releasing a set of four vessels celebrating the high-concept photo works of the English art duo Gilbert and George. Known as well for their fastidiously […]

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The New Yorker Festival Hosts Writers, Musicians and Chefs

Appearing at the New Yorker Festival, clockwise from top left: Ruben and Isabel Toledo; Christian Louboutin, by Stephan Galdieu; Norah Jones; Rene Redzepi, by Sara Galbiati/Polfoto.

From novelists to designers, musicians to chefs, the 13h annual New Yorker Festival will include an eclectic array of talent to suit the myriad interests of the magazine’s culturally diverse namesake. Naturally, the series, which kicks off on October 5th and runs through the 7th, highlights world-renowned authors and long-time contributors to The New Yorker. Novelist Zadie Smith, […]

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