Sunday, April 20, 2014

STOP and read.

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The site you are now on serves as an archive of the posts written from 2007-2014. It is still a great resource, and just plain surfing fun, with over 4000 posts and over 82,000 images.

We will continue to bring you original and hip content at the new address www.ifitshipitshere.com (and now you don't have to remember

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Eye Candy. Art and Pics of Peeps, Bunnies and Modern Versions of The Last Supper.



For years now I have been blogging at this time of year about Easter related art and design. Some of my most comprehensive and popular posts have been sharing modern interpretations of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, Peeps art and products and Everything Bunny. I have since made large Pinterest board compilations of them, so you can view them all without that pesky informative copy, lol.

An Eggstraordinary Pop Culture Compilation for Easter

 


Enjoy this special animated Easter video that turns the main characters of popular cult TV favorites such as Game Of Thrones, Star Trek, Breaking Bad and The Big Bang Theory into, you guessed it, eggs. Created by Easy Explain Video, a company that creates animated videos for companies and agencies.




I took it upon myself to create little individual images for each show by compositing

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hats Off To Thom Browne and Stephen Jones For Some Seriously Strange Headwear.




Thom Browne's menswear collection for Fall Winter 2014 is both sartorial and satirical, to say the least. Ragged edge plaids, giant fat silhouette suits and autumnal leaf camo face make-up are topped off, literally, by unusual grey flannel and plaid hats and headgear in the shapes of animals. Rabbits as top hats, masks, caps and eyepatches, elephant heads, badger and frog caps, pinstripe

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A-Z of Dance Video Promotes A New Hybrid Denim from Diesel.

 


To demonstrate the flexibility of Diesel brand's new Jogg jeans, director Jacob Sutton captured some of the world's hottest dancers on the streets and rooftops of Los Angeles wearing the Jogg Jeans and cut-offs made of Diesel's new hybrid denim: a combination of denim, jersey and 360° stretch.




The collaboration between the Diesel brand and i-D features the talented dancers Ballet, Harlem

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Six Sweet Rides From Hot Wheels and Just Born.

 


Just Born, Inc., the makers of Easter Peeps and such candy favorites as Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales, has teamed up with Mattel's Hot Wheels for a limited edition collection of six super sweet rides. The miniature vintage cars and trucks feature the candy company's products and logos.



Peeps Custom '60 Volkswagon Squareback:



Peeps '56 Chevy Nomad:



Mike and Ike 85 Chevy Astro Van:



A Home Whose Driveway Is Functional Indoor Space: The Autofamily House.

 


Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes, the architecture firm behind The Safe House, a wild fortress-like house with moving walls, continues to integrate unique thinking into their designs.





Konieczny says of this project "Autofamily house represents a new way of thinking about the entrance area in a suburban residence. We usually enter the house by a car, using the garage integrated in main solid.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Street Art Easter Eggs That Would be Perfect For Banksy. Or Any Graffiti Fan.

 


So, what would be the perfect Easter Egg for Banksy? Definitely one of the Edible Easter Eggs from this collection of Street Art Easter chocolates from Paris-based Jadis et Gourmande.


above: the window display for the Street Art Easter Egg collection at Jadis et Gourmande.

Delicious dark and milk chocolate creations filled with fruits, bon bons, pralines and more take on an urban edge

The Globe Storage Cabinet by Studio Job for Gufram.



This freestanding whimsical piece of storage furniture was created by Studio Job for Gufram of Italy, who is known for their playful polyurethane foam furnishings. The armoire or wardrobe cabinet is set with a soft polyurethane foam globe in the center which stays in place whether the doors are open or closed.




Made in a limited edition of 50, the piece, made of lacquered MDF, measures 95

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pierre Hermé Creates An Edible Easter Homage To Artist Beat Zoderer

 


Swiss Artist Beat Zoderer is best known for his multi-banded colored metal sculptures which spherical ones resemble rubber band balls, globes and eggs. When Paris based confectioner Pierre Hermé first encountered Zoderer's work, he admired his paintings before discovering the singular power and grace of his metal sculptures. This led Hermé to the idea of paying tribute to the sculptor by freely

Paul Flowers' Funky Nomad Bathroom Furnishings Mix Corian With Wood.

 


At the 2014 IMM Cologne international Furniture Fair DuPont™ Corian® exhibited the concept study for bathroom furnishings, "Modern Nomads", with designs by Paul Flowers, chief designer of Grohe AG. The collection of four pieces combines Corian® Glacier White and Corian® Deep Nocturne with Oak, textiles and chrome details.







A design influenced by nature, interpreted in a socially relevant

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld Brings Greek History To The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo With His ODYSSEY Pool.

 


You may never get to the The Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, so I thought I'd share this lovely pool, art, furniture and outdoor area created for them by fashion designer and icon Karl Lagerfeld with you. The French designer's concept, ODYSSEY, features the hotel's new swimming pool with a stunning fresco-style installation made up of 15 glass panels portraying Ulysses’ journey, gardens and

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trip Pixel Furniture by Studio Badini Createm for Seletti.



Studio Badini Createam and Selab teamed up for this collection of three pieces, an armoire (or wardrobe), a two drawer and a three drawer chest from Seletti. The classic furniture pieces are decorated by hand with a pixelated image of a woman's face, melding the traditional with the modern.







The Trip Wardrobe
dimensions: 40.9" x 22.8" x 82.7" (104cm x 58cm x 201cm), Price: €1,780.00


The

Friday, April 11, 2014

'La Piedra' House of 700 Tons of Hand-cut and Placed Quartz Stone With Incredible Pool Is For Sale



"La Piedra" is the name given to this 7,500 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, stone hilltop home with breathtaking swimming pool that is presently on the market for just under $8 million.




This unusual home is located on the historic and famous Southridge Drive in Palm Springs where the Elrod house and Bob Hope's Lautner home both stand. Perched atop a knoll and offering incredible views,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wild New Transparent Glass Faucets from Hansgrohe -The Axor Starck V Collection.



Presented at Salone del Mobile 2014 in Milan is this unusual and beautiful new collection of water faucets for the bath or kitchen. A collaboration between Axor and designer Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe, the Axor Starck V collection serves the technical function of a faucet and combines it with the visual experience of watching water form a swirling vortex and "free-fall" into the washbasin.

Few Do Weird, Wonderful and Wearable Like Gareth Pugh. His Complete 2014 Fall Winter Collection.



A look at the new Fall/ Winter 2014 Ready-To-Wear Women's collection from irreverent fashion designer Gareth Pugh. It's a bit of "Snow-Babies-Meets-The-Kitchen-Drawer" (you know, the one that holds plastic wrap and foil?) but it's truly unique and there's something beautifully clean and elegant about the structured pieces of white and cream.








Leathers, furs, metallics, plastics, silks,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Whimsical Table Lamps by Ingo Maurer Are A Nod To Mickey Mouse and Disney.

 


Ingo Maurer always has such imaginative ideas when it comes to lighting at witnessed by such unique designs as his LED wallpaper and his stunning butterfly lamps.


At this year's Salon del Mobile, he has introduced yet another clever form of illumination - The I Ricchi Poveri - Toto. Clearly inspired by the world's most recognizable mouse, Mickey, the decorative limited edition table lamps

EGOFACTO: 7 Scents, Beautifully Bottled With Caps of Crystal.



EGOFACTO is one brand with 7 unique perfumes, all beautifully bottled with real crystal caps and polished metal pendants on ribbons.




EGOFACTO was created by Pierre Aulas, a free spirit in French perfumery and internationally recognized olfactory expert. No newcomer to the business, Aulas is an olfactory consultant for major brands such as Thierry Mugler. Aulas created a brand placed under

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Evil Clutching Cuteness Gives Dictators A Soft Side.



Chunlong Sun, a photographer and digital retoucher from Beijing, China had some fun with this little personal project. A series of images featuring world-renowned dictators clutching plushies gives them a tender side we all wish they truly had. The juxtaposition between the face of evil and a cuddly stuffed animal makes these serious portraits instantly humorous.


Muammar Khadafi (aka Muammar

The Lovefish Tank by Dean Zeus Coleman (and How It Was Made).

 


Artist Dean 'Zeus' Coleman likes to create unusual fish tanks* as well as compelling 3D Graffiti sculptures and other wonderful fine art. His latest is the Lovefish, a tank made of heated and curved glass pieces that literally spell out the word LOVE.





The Making Of The Tank:
Creating the tank required curved wood forms hand-crafted by Dean and protected with aluminum upon which heated

Monday, April 7, 2014

Meet Zoey and Jasper, An Adorable Pet Project by Photographer Grace Chon.



Art director turned commercial photographer Grace Chon specializes in animals, lifestyle and celebrities with their pets. Grace, who confesses to having dressed her dogs in ridiculous clothes for years, turned into a baby-hat fanatic once she gave birth to her son Jasper. It wasn't long before she realized that, not only do the hats look cute on her adorable child, but they looked pretty darn

Brandalism. Fashion Branded Spray Paint Cans by Antonio Brasko.

 


Designer Antonio Brasko's project, Brandalism, is a study on the influence of street art and graffiti in the fashion world. Through the use of brand marks (logos and logotypes), iconic colors, and spray cans, Brandalism seeks to reintroduce the ideology of vandalism, branding and fashion from an experimental design perspective.


Fashion labels from surf brands like Stussy to luxury brands such

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cray Cray Cantilvered 7" Tall Platform Biopiracy Boots & Shoes From Iris Van Herpen X United Nude



United Nude collaborates with fashion designer Iris Van Herpen for their wildest shoes yet. This is Van Herpen's 9th consecutive collaboration with the brand and this is the first time that two, instead of just one, designs that graced the runway are being offered by United Nude.


In the following images the shoes are shown alongside the beautiful fashions from Iris Van Herpen's 2014 Fall/

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Entertainment Robot That May Just Transform Your World: The Keecker.

 


Created by former Google employee, Pierre Lebeau, it looks like a Roomba on steroids and acts like a mobile projection theater, security camera, concert hall, internet and wireless game console all in one. It’s like having your own little Robot that provides you with Google services, streaming entertainment, gaming apps, web-cam and more - it's a Keecker.



above: Pierre Lebeau and his

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Hippest Hockey Puck Ever - The Aalto Puck.

 


Since the middle ages ice hockey has been played with round pucks. Until now. Inspired by the free forms of the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto and a small reminder that not everything has to be as we’re used to, the Nordic Society for Invention & Discovery (NSID) and Iittala collaborated to create the first non-round hockey puck in the history of mankind, the Aalto puck.







Thursday, April 3, 2014

Graff Unveils The Most Valuable, And Quite Possibly The Ugliest, Watch In The World.



At this year's Baselworld, the annual horology show, Graff unseated Hublot as having the world's most expensive watch.



above: The $5 Million Hublot above previously held the title for the World's Most Expensive Watch

Graff Diamonds, who prior to this year has never before participated in Baselworld, unveiled the Hallucination, a 110 carat multi-colored diamond Ladies wristwatch valued at $

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Apple iCup. I Would Buy This In A Heartbeat.

 


Designer, illustrator and 3D Artist, Tomislav Zvonaric (aka DevianTom) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has conceived an homage to the Apple brand by designing the Apple iCup.






The concept of a coffee cup and warmer powered by a USB is not new, but this incarnation is damn desirable for Mac loyalists such as myself. An Apple-shaped coffee cup, warming saucer and even an apple-shaped

A $16.3 Million Solid Gold Bassinet and Luxury Cribs For The Insanely Indulged Infant.

 


Dear Celine Dion... just kidding. But clearly I'm hanging out with the wrong crowd because I don't know many -if any- parents who can spoil their kids with products like these. Baby furniture and accessories company Suommo, who I first introduced you to in 2010 with their modern white baby furnishings, is now touting themselves as 'luxury for baby' with fewer products, but far fancier ones- all

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

These Are PAINTINGS And No, I'm Not April Fooling You.

 


I thought this would be the perfect post for the first of April, a day when most people are punking, pranking, and just plain joking, because this artwork is pretty hard to believe. But it's for real.


above: Eloy Morales working on his 9th Paint In My Head portrait

At first glance, Eloy Morales' "Paint In My Head" series looks like an exploration in photographic self-portraiture, but what

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Perfectly Powerful Peanut Expressed in 12 New Ads From The National Peanut Board.

 


A new print, online and transit campaign by Atlanta ad agency Lawler Ballard Van Durand for the National Peanut Board combines the people photography of Chris Crisman with botanical illustrations by Wendy Hollender and Rose Pellicano.




According to The National Peanut Board people love peanuts, but they may not have always associated peanuts with the nutrition credit they deserve. So they

Hand Cut Illuminated Paper Art by Hari & Deepti




Harikrishan Panicker and Deepti Nair, who both hail from India, go by the duo artist name of Hari & Deepti. Together they create small and large diorama artworks made of intricately cut layered paper lit by LED lights.

Tree of Light, unlit and lit:

Spirit of the Forest (lit and unlit):

The Protector (lit and unlit):

Spacedust:

Fire Wolves and the Lone Warrior:

When Life Gives You Lemons

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kit Kat's Tribute To Lego

 




Kit Kat continues to engage people and set social media sites abuzz with their fun guerilla marketing projects. Their latest is a tribute to Lego. They created their own unofficial Lego Kit Kat kit, if you will, to encourage people to "Build Their Own Break"- a play on the candy's long time tagline. The boxed set is numbered 27325 and has been named #LEGOKITKAT.




Yesterday, they sent the

Alas, My Knight In Shining Porcelain. Eleven Of Them.

 



11 suits of armor, each measuring 1.6 meters tall and made of transparent glazed porcelain, flank the public area of the Provincial building in Leeuwarden. Designed by Hans van Houwelingen in collaboration with Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum who produced the pieces, the 11 porcelain knights were part of a triptych of works commissioned by The Province of Friesland whose common theme involves the

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Giant Floating Skate Ramp In Lake Tahoe For Bob Burnquist.

 



Pro-skater Bob Burnquist has skated on almost every surface imaginable. Now he can add the surface of the water to that list. As part of California's Dream 365 Project, a collection of inspiring videos, photos, memes, tweets and more designed to increase tourism to California, Burnquist proves he can Dream Big and builds a large floating skate ramp in the waters of gorgeous Lake Tahoe.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Marge Simpson Is Brought To Life.

 



Photographer Alexander Khokhlov has brought Matt Groening's cartoon character Marge Simpson to life through the art of make-up.


above: Marge’s hair was created with the real chrysanthemums painted in blue.


Here’s a backstage video from the shooting of Marge Simpson image.


Credits:
Face-art: Veronica Ershova
Hairstyle, flowers: Mikhail Kravchenko
Model: Kate Moukhina
Photographer:

The Silence Of Dogs In Cars Photographed by Martin Usborne

 



Most people balk at leaving a dog alone in a parked car for many a good reason; dangers of overheating or freezing, dog-napping, and yes, loneliness. London-based fine art photographer and animal lover /activist Martin Usborne, captures the forlorn and melancholy beauty of these poignant animals in his 96 page hardcover photo book The Silence of Dogs in Cars




"I was once left in a car at a

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Micro Compact Home Is Proof That Good Things Come In Small Packages




The micro compact home is a high quality compact dwelling for one or two people. Its neat dimensions of a 2.66m cube adapt it to a variety of sites and circumstances, and its functioning sleeping, working/dining, cooking and bath spaces make it suitable for everyday use.




The m-ch is the outcome of a research project at Technical University Munich to design a 2.6m cube dwelling. The project

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Anderson, Kubrick and Tarantino's Directing Styles As Seen by Kogonada.

 



Kogonada is a filmmaker and regular contributor to Sight & Sound. His projects have been featured on NPR, The Atlantic, Canal+ and Der Spiegel, and have screened internationally. He was born in Seoul, Korea.

His videos posted on Vimeo are almost always “Staff Picks’ and that’s because they are both informative and entertaining for film buffs as well as the general public.

I’m sharing with

High Tech Desk With High Price Tag Has High Hopes: The Stir Kinetic Desk




Many of us spend a good portion of our waking hours at desks, using computers and other devices to communicate and collaborate with the world around us. The folks at Stir felt that there was an incredible opportunity to re-imagine the desk as something powerful, life-changing and even lovable and that's how they came up with the pricey $3,890 Stir Kinetic Desk.



The people behind Stir are

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Artist Decorated Surfboard Auction Benefits Waves For Water.

 



With only five days left to bid, Juxtapoz Magazine, California-based shop UNIV and San Francisco's Chandran Gallery's benefit auction for Waves For Water feature 19 uniquely decorated surfboards by various and respected artists. Waves for Water is an organization on the ground in the Philippines, mobilizing an urgent clean water disaster relief initiative in the aftermath of Super Typhoon

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Incredible Whimsical Steampunk Sculptures of Stephane Halleux.

 



You may not be familiar with the name Stéphane Halleux, but if you saw the Oscar-winning animated short, Mr. Hublot, you've already seen some of his work. I'd been following his talents for awhile and was thrilled with the recognition Mr. Hublot received at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Stephane crafted the main character for Mr. Hublot, whom he affectionately called "Mr. Cinema" during his

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Tub For Two Prescribed By Agape: The DR Tub

 



Brazilian designer and architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK2 and Mariana Ruzante designed this new organically shaped bathtub for two for Agape. The DR Tub (pronounced "Doctor") was unveiled early this year at the IMM Cologne fair and was the most talked about new product from Agape.



To quote the designers, “The intention is to create a friendly, sensual and charismatic object. The smooth,

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kevin Bacon Recreates Footloose Entrance on Tonight Show 30 Years Later

 



This is epic. The fabulous Kevin Bacon recreates, step by step, his 'Footloose' entrance on NBC's The Tonight Show after Jimmy proclaims that dancing has been outlawed by NBC. In addition to sharing the 3 and a half minute video with you, I simply had to make some screen grabs so you can see the details, because the whole thing is so hilariously done.



Beginning in the dressing room Kevin

Crazy Counters: Caesarstone presents 'Islands' by Raw Edges

 



As part of their ongoing commitment to creating new platforms for design, Caesarstone has collaborated with London design studio Raw Edges to produce Islands. The brief was to re-examine the domestic environment and the use of surface. With their signature creativity, Raw-Edges transforms the surface into the structure itself. Available in a range of sizes and proportions, Islands is designed

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Electric. it Folds. And It's Smarter Than You. The Awesome Gi Bike.



The new Gi Bike is a full-sized folding electric bike with wireless smartphone integration. Weighing a scant 15.4 lb (7kg)*, the aluminum frame bike is loaded with features, looks futuristic and comes with its own app and USB port for both Android and iOS phones.




Folding in a mere 3 seconds with a single-motion operation, the Gi Bike can run 40 miles on one battery charge and reaches speeds

Thursday, March 20, 2014

True Detective a la Hardy Boys Book Covers by Todd Spence

 



Self-proclaimed Geek art illustrator and editor of Break.com, Todd Spence, created these fabulous mash-ups of the two main characters from HBO's True Detective, Rustin Cohle (Matt McConaughy) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) with vintage Hardy Boys Detective novels.

The results are friggen' fabulous.







A shout out to my friend Fred Dekker for turning me onto these.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Magritte Surrealist Collection For Men and Women at Opening Ceremony.





For the past two months, there's been some media buzz about the Surrealist capsule collection of 'wearable art' inspired by Rene Magritte for men and women from hip retailer Opening Ceremony set to launch in May. Now the apparel pieces are in and available for pre-order and I've got a look at all of them here for you.


clockwise from upper left: Many of Magritte's well-known works are

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

100% Natural Hand-Crafted Wood Watches From JORD.



Wristwatches so often fall into two distinct categories: High-end titanium, ceramic, stainless and gold watches that cost a fortune or cheap plastic, rubber and metal trendy watches. Finally, there's an alternative and it's perfect todays' fashionable yet eco-conscious consumer: premium timepieces hand-crafted from natural woods in multiple styles suitable for men and women.



The first

Monday, March 17, 2014

Packaging For The Happy Show's Typographic Films by Sagmeister & Walsh




These beautifully designed limited edition Blu-ray packages for three of Sagmeister & Walsh's typographic films, currently shown as part of the traveling exhibition "The Happy Show", each contain a unique earthenware USB drive (specific to each film), the disc and a certificate of authenticity. All the black boxes were individually written on by Stefan.








Centered around the designer's

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Aston Martin Unveils 2015 Black and White Carbon Editions Of The DB9.



When it comes to pure car body styling, the Aston Martin DB9 has always been one of my favorites. Now, it's even sexier in two new special editions, Carbon Black and Carbon White.

Style and visual drama are the special editions hallmarks as they perfectly emphasize the timeless GT’s sporting nature.






The new Carbon Black accentuates the 183 mph DB9’s 6.0-litre V12 potential through a

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nendo Designs Coffee Mugs For Starbucks That Never Need A Refill.

 



Okay, so they do actually need a refill if you'd like a second cup. However, when turned upside down, these three new mugs designed for Starbucks in Japan appear as a full Americano, latte and caramel macchiato.



Japanese design firm Nendo took Starbucks’ classic white coffee mug and added a graphic to the base that looks like the surface of a coffee drink, so that when the mug is drying or

2014 Runway Fashions Depicted In Embroidery by Jenifer Corker





Artist, jewelry designer and embroiderer Jenifer Corker depicted some of the latest fashions to walk the runway in embroidery for SHOW Studio.


above: Jenifer Corker, Embroidery, Hussein Chayalan FW 2014 (detail)

Her recreation of pieces from the 2014 Fall Winter collections of fashion designers Hussein Chayalan, Chanel, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Haider Ackerman, Celine, Yojhi Yamamoto,

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Self-Sufficient Energy Neutral Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter





Taking six years to create and construct, the design of Villa Kogelhof is based on complete autarky: the house is energy neutral. By utilizing several techniques, the villa maintains a comfortable climate all year long, while being extremely energy efficient. The goal for the villa was to be self-sufficient; to generate its own energy, to heat its own water and to recycle its own garbage.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tasty 3D Type Design by Chris LaBrooy.

 



If you ever need some dimensionalized type for a project, 3D artist Chris LaBrooy is your man. With a portfolio full of inspiring personal projects and commissioned work, the freelance UK designer (whose architectural typography I have shared with you in the past) is hard to beat. Take a look at some of his terrific work.

Personal Projects

A personal project experimenting with different 3D

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dick Pics - Groin Gazing By Photographer Claire Milbrath.

 



An equal opportunity exploiter, it's only fair I share some sexy male pics with my readers after having had posted the 2014 SI Swimsuit Models wearing nothing but body paint.

Vice Magazine's Groin Gazing fashion editorial gives us a look at... well, groins. Twenty-one of them to be exact, each dressed in a various fashion stereotype. The male member is sexily implied and outlined in men's

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Edible Instagrams! Your Pics On A Marshmallow Are A Sweet Idea from Boomf.

 




Thanks to my friend Scott, I now know that London company Boomf has come up with the idea of printing your Instagram photos on sweet, squishy completely edible marshmallows!



Each Boomf is a 24 calorie bite-sized 4cm by 4cm square treat printed with edible ink that will last for 6 months in their packaging or 3-5 days once opened. They come nine to a box for £12 (approximately $20) and

J&B Commissioned A Tattoo Artist To Ink 25 Limited Edition Bottles of Scotch.

 




The idea to tattoo the bottles was devised by French design studio Button Button as an unusual way to commemorate J&B's heritage.





J&B Rare scotch blend whisky was born in London second part of XIXth century from famous wine and spirits merchant Justerini & Brooks willing to create its own house whisky. It is exactly at the same period that tattoo started to spread through London, after

Monday, March 10, 2014

Milton Glaser Designs Season 7 Poster For Mad Men - a Q&A With The Designer.

 



At 84 legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser is still creating and was enlisted to design the promotional ads for the upcoming season of AMC's Mad Men. As the advertising drama moves into the late 60's, the show's creator, Matthew Weiner and the Mad Men promotional team began thinking about the appropriate advertising aesthetic as the show approached its final two years.


above: the final

You May Know Her as Jessa on GIRLS, But Jemima Kirke Is Also A Talented Artist.

 


above: Jemima stands in front of two of her works (image cropped, courtesy of Warholian)

above left: Jemima on GIRLS and above right: a 2010 self-portrait in oil (SOLD)

London-born actress Jemima Kirke, who you may know as the selfish, self-destructive but likeable Jessa on the HBO series GIRLS, also happens to be a fine artist. The 27 year old, who was born hip with a drummer as a father

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Must-See TRUE DETECTIVE Facts, Photos, Quotes, Art, Parodies and Links.

 




Tonight airs the 8th episode and season finale of HBO's True Detective. An addictive new series that premiered January 12, 2014 starring Matthew McConaughey (as Rustin Cohle) and Woody Harrelson (as Marty Hart) that has caught on like wildfire and spurred numerous online discussions, fan sites, theories and of course, satire.




Great acting coupled with intense writing that contains

A Dog-Shaped Children's Desk, Le Chien Savant, by Philippe Starck.





A recent addition to the Magis Me Too Collection, the children's arm of Magis Design, is Le Chien Savant.





Designed by Philippe Starck, Le Chien Savant is a children’s combination chair and desk in the shape of a dog that was inspired by C. Bavaud

"As a child I never liked school, but I loved dogs.
Should I had met this learned dog at that time, I would have become a scholar, too.
But I

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Best Time To Go Pee During A Movie? There's An App For That.

 



Yes, there really is an app for just about everything. And RunPee is proof of that. The app, which is downloadable for the iPhone, Android and Windows phones, is pretty damn genius. Not only has Dan Florio come up with a wonderful idea for movie watchers with small bladders or enlarged prostates, but he has also created and implemented the app in such a way that it is truly helpful and more

Drug Lined Coasters by Artist Nir Hod Will Get Any Party Started.




Inspired by artist Nir Hod's series of oil on mirror paintings entitled The Night You Left, Hod bottles the recurring themes of introspection and longing contemplated in this body of work into a functional object: a set of four mirrored coasters, lined with digitally printed white powder.




The paintings that inspired the coasters:


above: Nir Hod, 2007 and 2001, The Night You Left, oil on

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Polish Embassy In Paris Has Its Own 2014 Calendar. And It's Beautiful.

 



That's right, an Embassy that has its own calendar - and a good one to boot. This year fashion photographer Piotr Stoklosa shoots his third calendar for the Polish Embassy in Paris. For the 2014 Calendar Piotr joined forces with stylist and editor-in-chief of Polish magazine VIVA! Moda, Agnieszka Scibior, for the fashion centric calendar.


above: model Patrycja Gardygajlo

Stunning beauty,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Louis Vuitton Designs Carbon Fiber Luggage for the Revolutionary BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid.




Buy a BMW i8 and you not only get a sleek, sexy, plug-in hybrid with gullwing doors, but also a trunk full of luxurious luggage. Louis Vuitton has teamed up with the automaker to create a tailor-made set of luggage for the new revolutionary vehicle.


above: The revolutionary BMW i8 plug-in hybrid features gullwing doors

The innovative collection of luggage comprises two travel bags, a

A Moody Miley Stars In Marc Jacobs New 2014 Ad Campaign Shot By David Sims

 



Wearing the latest fashions and accessories, and pretty much the same pouty expression in all the photos, Miley Cyrus is the star of Marc Jocob's latest ad campaign for his SS14 Ready Ready to Wear Collection.

My Moody Miley Montage:


The 8 print ads, beautifully shot by photographer David Sims, also include models Natalie Westling and Esmerelda Seay Reynolds, are styled by Katie Grand and

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A 'Snow Beasts' MINI and Custom Burton Snowboards by Illustrator Andreas Preis.

 



A creative collaboration between MINI, Burton Snowboards and urban artist Andreas Preis resulted in hand-painted Burton snowboards and a decked out MINI Paceman, all created for the Burton European Open in Laax.








A matte white MINI Cooper D ALL4 Paceman was given to Preis to use as a blank canvas. Left to the creative devices of Andreas, the car was transformed into the MINI Paceman

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Wearing Nothing But Body Paint.

 



I shouldn't be surprised that my post on 2013 SI Swimsuit models wearing nothing but body paint is one of my most popular. That said, I've got a new one for you. Once again, as part of their annual Swimsuit Issue, Sports Illustrated painted some of their sexy models with nothing but body paint. Photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. on St. Lucia, models Cris Urena, Emily Ratajkowski, Samantha Hoopes

Limited Edition Kodewa Performance Motorcycle, The Lotus C-01, Designed by Daniel Simon.

 




Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.




Kodewa has been granted a license to produce the motorcycle by Group Lotus plc the world renowned sportscar manufacturer and engineering consultancy. The C-01

Monday, March 3, 2014

The 30 Most Stunning 2014 Oscar After Party Dresses And The 10 Ugliest.

 



By now you've seen the multitude of 2014 Oscars' Best Dressed and Worst Dressed posts from fashion blogs, gossip blogs and magazines. But many of the gowns and dresses worn to the Vanity Fair after party and the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party event were even more beautiful than those worn to the award ceremony. And some, not so much.

The following are my own 30

Louis Vuitton Brings Charlotte Perriand's 1934 Modern Beachside Home To Reality.





This is not the first time an old design concept of pioneer Charlotte Perriand's has been realized.  I have already shared with you her 1938 Mountain Refuge concept which was constructed by Cassina in 2012.



Originally conceived in 1934, Charlotte Perriand's chic beach front holiday home was a second prize winning project at a design contest held by “L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui” magazine.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Beautiful Interactive Books Introduce Kids To Artists Picasso and Calder.




The other day I received two new wonderfully designed educational and interactive books for kids. Pablo Picasso: Meet The Artist and Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist are the first ever children's books published by Princeton Architectural Press and they are wonderful hands-on introductions to the works of these two legends.

Filled with imaginative pop-ups, cut-outs, pull tabs, flaps, masks,

Best Picture Nominees As Coffee Art by Michael Breach

 




In anticipation of The Oscars, Coffee Artist of the stars Michael Breach, has created this year's Best Picture nominees in coffee.

Gravity:

12 Years A Slave:

American Hustle:

Captain Phillips:

Dallas Buyers Club:

Her:

Nebraska:

Philomena:

Wolf Of Wall Street:

Follow Michael and his Bartistart on tumblr.

Tune in tonight to see the Oscars:




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Every Single Official Oscar Poster Since 1960.

 

This is an original post, please do not copy it, but by all means, share it!


Here are all of the Official Academy Awards Posters from 1960 through 2014. Although the Oscars go back 85 years, they didn't begin producing promotional posters until 1960. You may have seen others, but these are the "official" posters as stated by The Academy.  As you can see, some are hideous and others are

Friday, February 28, 2014

These Will Wipe Anything But the Smile From Your Face. Crazy Beautiful Wet Wipes.

 



10  wet wipes to a pack, 11 packages to choose from. Beautifully designed with hilarious copy.









Crazy Beautiful Wet Wipes, $3.99 a pack, buy them here

Kate Moss (and That Wacky Little VooDoo Doll) For Alexander McQueen by Steven Klein.




With bright yellow hair, lots of cuffs and clutching a doll in her likeness, Kate Moss is the star of the 2014 Spring Summer ad campaign for Alexander McQueen - her first time appearing in ads for the brand. Shot by the fabulous Steven Klein, the images are accompanied by a short film (shown further down in the post), also directed by the photographer.



In the majority of the dark and moody

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fashion You Can Sink Your Teeth Into. Moschino's 2014 Flavorful Fall Winter Collection by Jeremy Scott.

 



Whether you call it Fashion with Flavor or Culinary Couture, the 2014 Fall Winter RTW collection from Italian brand Moschino has zero trans fats and lots of humor. Processed and packaged goods are turned into couture gowns and dresses, McDonald's and Milk are the inspiration for suits, handbags and shoes. In his typically irreverent style Jeremy Scott's designs mock the fast food industry

The Perfect Oscar Party Accessories. Shoes & Bags For The Movie Lover.




The following heels and clutch bags by Charlotte Olympia make great accessories if you're attending the Oscars or simply an Oscar party.

Girls On Film Sandals:

Girls on Film is a cinematic silhouette with film reel straps and a gold buckle in soft sepia. Made from pvc and silk satin, this beautiful sandal emulates a classic film roll.



Take 110 Sandals:

Crafted from lustrous silver

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Art Fund Cooks Up A Clever Way To Help UK Museums and Galleries

 



above: Photographs by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun

A new fundraising initiative from the Art Fund encourages art lovers to create edible masterpieces with all funds raised going toward helping UK museums and galleries.



Asking the public to combine their love of food and art, they are encouraging you to get together with your friends, family or

Water-Cooled House in Singapore by Wallflower Architects





Located in Bukit Timah, Singapore amongst the verdant landscape lies a two-story modern home of wood, concrete stucco, flagstone, limestone, granite, marble and lots of shallow ponds.








To unconsciously guide visitors to the living pavilion above, a minimal spiral staircase touches down within the entrance foyer.





An oculus within the pond highlights the main entrance, the circle of

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nice New Honda Civic Tourer Spot from Wieden+Kennedy London Highlights The Inner Beauty.






From the Honda Newsroom:
Honda finds the ‘Inner Beauty’ with TV campaign for all-new Civic Tourer

The creative team behind Honda’s recent smash-hit viral film ‘Hands’ is aiming for further success with a new TV advertising campaign to welcome the Civic Tourer into Honda dealerships across the UK.

The campaign celebrates the idea that beauty is about much more than what appears on the

ATMs become GAYTMs for The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

 



In their 8th year supporting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, sponsor and partner banking group ANZ celebrated by turning 10 ATMS into GAYTMs and are donating the ATM operator fees for non-ANZ cardholders to non-profit organization Twenty10 for the duration of the campaign.



The GAYTMs even dispense rainbow receipts:



Created by Whybin\TBWA Melbourne, each of the ten GAYTMs is decked

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Hennessey Venom GT Nabs The Title Of The World's Fastest Production Car - For Now.

 



Bugatti has a little catching up to do - 0.63 mph. to be exact.


above: previous record holder for the world's fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Grabbing the title away from Bugatti for the fastest production car in the world, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new world speed record for 2-seat sports cars by reaching a top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h), beating the

Kartell's Bourgie Lamp Reimagined by 14 Designers for the 10th Anniversary.

 




It's been ten years since Kartell introduced Ferruccio Laviani's Bourgie lamp to their collection. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Kartell dreamt up a unique initiative for the January edition of Maison&Objet in Paris to celebrate the special occasion and invited 14 designers to re-imagine the now classic table lamp.



The Bourgie Lamp, in its first classic clear iteration of transparent

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Paragon Of Modern Organic Architecture, Ken Kellogg's Desert Home, Is On The Market for $3 Million. (60 Photos)

 






The Joshua Tree House - or Desert House as it's been called - is owned by Jay Doolittle, who started building the house in 1987 with his wife, Bev. Completed in 1993, this 4,643 square foot modern estate tucked away in Joshua Tree has been carefully designed, elaborated upon, crafted and finessed for 27 years and is now on the market for the first time.





The 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home,

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Modern Luxury Living - The Architecture & Interior Design of the Balance Hill House.





The Balance Hill home by Kirkpatrick Architects, with interior design by Antonia Hutt & Associates, is situated on a dramatic hillside terrace, high above the LA basin. In addition to the home's dramatic exterior design, inside it has regulation size bowling lanes, a glassed in wall wine storage, and a home gym in addition to the bedrooms, bathrooms, a formal dining room, kitchen, casual

Friday, February 21, 2014

Artists & Illustrators Draw On Their Love Of Animals For The Creative Pet Project.

 



I know there are many wonderfully innovative and creative projects out there asking for your funding on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. But this one is truly worthwhile and supports two causes close to my own heart - Animals and Art. Rob Snow and the artists put a ton of work into it and the rewards for contributing are terrific (shown further down in the post), so I hope you will

All 5 Of The Brian Williams Rap Mash-Ups Including The Epic Rapper's Delight.

 



I posted this on Faceboook a few minutes after it aired Wednesday night because I was so impressed with it. Apparently, I'm not alone -  it was the number one trending item on Facebook all day Thursday. So, for those of you who have not been watching Jimmy Fallon's first week as host of The Tonight show, I will share it with you.

You may not know that this was not the first mash-up with NBC

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mary Katrantzou's Wild 2014 F/W Collection Is A Big Departure for The Greek Designer.

 



When I first introduced you to fashion designer Mary Katrantzou in 2008 - 2009, she had barely broken into the fashion world. At that time her clothes had printed textiles which emulated chunky jewelry and perfume bottles and were accompanied by jewelry of her own design:


In 2011 I showed you that Mary's work had progressed to combine her digitally printed textiles with lots of

Darth Vader Appears At London Fashion Week - On Dresses and Blouses By Preen.

 



In the Fall/Winter 2014 Ready-To-Wear collection from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, there was an unexpected appearance from Luke's Father on the runway during London's Fashion Week. The image of Darth Vader's head was integrated into 7 pieces from the new collection, appearing printed on geometric print dresses, atop dark busy patterns and on one crisp white blouse amongst the orange, lace,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kate Upton In A Bathing Suit In Zero Gravity For 2014 Sports Illustrated - 15 Pics and Video.

 



As part of the enormous 50th Anniversary Edition of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, the buxom and beautiful Kate Upton was photographed at Cape Canaveral in their zero gravity chamber by James Macari.



In the following photos the bountiful model is wearing swimsuits by Delfina, Micoh, Beach Riot, American Apparel, Lolli Swim and Target's Limited edition Swimsuit Collection.












Meet Angela Clayton, An Impressive 16 Year Old Who Has Cosplay All Sewn Up.

 



16 year old Angela Clayton is blowing away the world of Cosplay with her impressive costume-making skills. After having designed, dressed and styled herself at Frozen's Queen Elsa (complete with photo shoot in a snowy forest), she's being cited as 'having raised the bar' by sci-fi and Cosplay fans alike.





above: Angela as Disney's Queen Elsa from Frozen in her own costume, makeup and

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A $2500 Terrific Tome From Taschen of Annie Leibovitz' Awesome Photography.




UPDATE: My sincerest apologies to my readers, but the PR rep from TASCHEN contacted me this morning and asked me to remove the images that appear inside the book, telling me are copyrighted images owned by Annie Leibovitz and are not permitted to be used on this blog without explicit permission.

I figured since it was free advertising for their publication and that many of these images are

Whimsical Entrance Gates Designed For An Amsterdam School Garden by Tjep.

 




Two stunning entrance gates serve as portals to nature in the historical Amstel Area. Frank Tjepkema (aka Tjep), along with Leonie Janssen, crafted two colored galvanized steel gates coated with epoxy and on a concrete foundation for the Aemstel Schooltuin (school garden).






The new working-garden, where over 500 school children aged 9 to 11 will learn about nature and grow their own

Monday, February 17, 2014

Jeffrey Darling's Ad Campaign For South Australian Tourism. (All 3 Spots)

 




The third but no means final installment of the ads by KWP! for South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) launched earlier this month. Following on from the highly successful Kangaroo Island, Let Yourself Go and Barossa, Be Consumed (both shown in this post) campaigns comes Adelaide, Breathe.

All three have been the result of a partnership between the South Australian Tourism Commission,

25 Body Art Illusions Done With Acrylic Paint By Hiraku Cho.





An illustrator and graphic designer by trade, Tokyo-born artist 趙 燁(ちょう ひかる) Hiraku Cho, plays with applying acrylic paint directly on the skin, giving the illusion of human forms invaded by technology, fruit and even other humans.






Admitted to Musashino Art University, Department of Visual Communication Design in 2012, these images reflect the theme of Unusual Art, in which she was

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Eat Fit Cutlery - A Workout With Every Bite.

 




Eat your way to bigger biceps as you shovel food into your pie-hole. Eat Fit Cutlery is a stainless steel knife, fork and spoon with a dumbbell as the handle. The flatware tips the scales at 1 Kilogram or 2.2lbs each - the equivalent of a bag of sugar.





The utensils are expensive as they are handmade. Knife and fork set is $125 and the set with dessert spoon weighs in at $149.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Don't Know What To Make For Dinner? Daily Menu Dishes Will Decide For You.

 



The Kahla Daily Menu Plates project by  5.5 Design Studio is a collection of biomorphic dishes designed to fit specific meals for each day of the week. The plates function as meal suggestions when one suffers from a lack of inspiration.

"Daily Menu"

Sunday: pork loins / cauliflower




Monday: chicken / fries




Tuesday: chops / peas




Wednesday: Sausage / puree




Thursday: hamburger /

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Valentine To You: The Evolution Of The Kiss In Art.

 



Ah, the kiss. The most romantic expression of love and tenderness. You may think that kissing as a subject in fine art is trite or cliche, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been depicted beautifully by many of the world's most well-known and respected artists. As my Valentine to you, I have rounded up some of the most interesting and iconic expressions of "The Kiss"  (Le Baiser, Der Kuss) by

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sony Bottles Their Waterproof MP3 Players And Sells Them Via Vending Machine.

 




DraftFCB of Auckland has created a marketing first - The Bottled Walkman. To illustrate the waterproof properties of Sony's W Series MP3 player, they cleverly packaged the device in bottles full of water and then hijacked a vending machine in a gym and transformed it into a product display, distribution channel, and talk piece.







Targeting swimmers specifically, the unique idea removes

A Look At The Barbie Shoot For The 2014 SI Swimsuit Edition.

 



News has broken that this year's cover model for the annually anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is none other than the disproportionately endowed blonde we know and love as Barbie.



For the 50th Anniversary issue Mattel teamed up with SI for the cover shoot and 4 page interior article which features a 1959 vintage Barbie doll in her classic black and white chevron suit, a new

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Tiny But Terrific Prefab Home In Brazil by Architect Alex Nogueira





House 12.20 in Campo Grande, Brazil by Alex Nogueira







Copy is courtesy of the architect:
In a 9-meter-long (29.5') and 5-meter-wide (16.4') rectangular space, totaling 45 square meters (about 148 square feet), the orthogonality and the rigidity of the architectural environment create a contrast with the light and stripped atmosphere brought by the colors, by the furniture, by some of

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Baby Has Taken Her Last Bow. The Life of Shirley Temple Black As Told Through 85 Photos.

 



By now, most of you know that child star, actress, breast cancer survivor, mother and politician Shirley Temple Black has passed away of natural causes at the age of 85. The adorable, curly-topped redhead tap-danced her way into our hearts as a toddler and never left. Until now.



above: Shirley with Carole Lombard and Gary Cooper on a movie studio lot in 1934

Instead of an obituary or full

The Shining, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski And More As Old School Arcade Games.

 



David Dutton of Dutton Films "gamifies" your favorite Hollywood Blockbusters into 80's arcade and NES inspired action for his own CineFix 8-Bit Cinema. With music by Henry Dutton, the results are a series of awesome Old School fun with no quarters necessary.



Check them out.

Pulp Fiction:


The Big Lebowski:


The Shining:


See more of CineFix's 8-Bit Cinema movies (they have 17 to date)

Monday, February 10, 2014

UPDATED: Dumb Starbucks Opens In Los Angeles, Making A Latte Fun Of The Original.

 





UPDATED 2/11 : Despite earlier reports that graphic designer and artist Marc Horowitz was behind the pop up parody coffee shop, the Los Angeles Times reports that it is actually the brainchild of comedian Nathan Fielder.

Yes, it's true. A faux Starbucks coffee shop named Dumb Starbucks opened in the hipster hood of Los Feliz yesterday to long lines of curious coffee-craving crowds.



With

Rocking or Rolling, Gloria Lavi's Bassinets Are Beautiful For Baby.

 




Hand made in Germany, the Cruiser and the Dreamer bassinets designed by Gloria Lavi represent a synthesis of organic design and excellent craftsmanship.



The Lavi Cruiser
The Lavi Cruiser has a shell made of solid 3D molded beech wood and an oiled undercarriage of solid light oak. It has extra quiet locking brakes, is super simple to put together using only four screws, and comes with a

Sunday, February 9, 2014

And Then There's These - Strapless Panties by Shibue Couture.




After dominating the Salon de La Lingerie runway in Paris and making headlines in the UK's largest daily publication "The Sun", Shibue® Couture unveiled that it's the only trusted Strapless Panty worn on the runway during Fashion Week and keeps designer collection debuts "panty-line free." Next, Shibue® Couture will grace the runways in New York during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.


above:

Pininfarina & Napkin Collaborate To Create A Pen That Never Needs Ink. Ever.




Italian design and engineering firm, Pininfarina, combines their seductive styling with Napkin's technology to introduce the 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano, a revolutionary writing instrument. The pen was made in conjunction with Napkin, who created the first stylus made of aluminum with a tip made of Ethergraf®, a particular metal alloy patented by Chic Trading. With this special metal alloy,

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Simple Add-On Helps Turn Any Flat Surface Into A Table: The Floyd Leg.

 




UPDATE: Congratulations to Kyle and Alex, the Floyd Leg has been fully funded via Kickstarter as of about 16 hours ago!



So, what is it?

It's so simple, it's a wonder no one has created this before now. The Floyd Leg is like a C-clamp with a long, tapered, powder-coated steel attached leg. A tool that gives you the framework to take be the creator of your own furniture by utilizing wood

Friday, February 7, 2014

I Think I Am In Friend-Love With Yumi Sakugawa's New Book.




I have a confession to make.
I think I am in Friend-Love with you.

What's friend-love?
It's that super-awesome bond you share with someone who makes you happy every time you text each other, or meet up for an epic outing. It's not love-love. You don't want to swap saliva; you want to swap favorite books. But it's just as intense and just as amazing.



I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You is

Thursday, February 6, 2014

William Wegman Trades In His Weimaraners For Greyhounds In Trussardi's Spring Ad Campaign.

 



Italian brand Trussardi asked artist and photographer William Wegman to create its spring/summer 2014 advertising campaign. For the first time in his career, the American photographer famous for the photos of his gorgeous Weimaraners will be working with a new subject: Trussardi's greyhound, which he photographed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the brand logo.



"I dedicate this project

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Modern Oasis In the Middle Of Yucca Valley: The Black Desert House Is Stylish Inside and Out.






The “Black Desert House” is a modern architectural home available to rent for professional Fashion, Editorial, Film and Advertising photo shoots, movies and commercials. Sadly, it cannot be rented as a vacation home. The 1,570 square foot home is fully furnished with designer decor and lighting and located about 2 hours outside of Los Angeles in Yucca Valley.







The secluded site offers

Vanity Fair's 2014 Hollywood Issue Cover, Close Up & Behind The Scenes.




On February 11th, The 20th Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair hits the newsstands. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the magazine celebrates a year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors on the cover as it has done annually for the past two decades.

Left half of the full shot:

Right half of the full shot:


This is the most racially diverse cover ever for the annual Hollywood

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Angela Nocentini Creates Couture Made With Magis Adhesive Tape.

 



Angela Nocentini, a sculpture teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, is known for her fashions made with recycled trash and waste to emphasize her environmental concerns. To illustrate the use of tape as a reusable resource, she collaborated with eco-conscious Italian adhesive tape company Magis S.p.A. (not to be confused with Magis Design) to create these fashions using their

Monday, February 3, 2014

Amazing Photographic Art Installation For The NYC Ballet & How It Was Done.




French artist JR was recently invited by the New York City Ballet to create a large-scale art installation, in collaboration with the dancers of the Company, for their 2014 Art Series.





The artist, who is known for exhibiting his works outside of museums and catching the attention of the public by freely placing his art on buildings and walls all over the world, has created an homage to

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Remembered Through His Films, Quotes and Photos.

 


above photo by Mark Abrahams

All of a sudden my blogging about Super Bowl spots seems so shallow and insignificant. That's because we lost one of the greatest actors of all time this Sunday Morning.



above: Philip Seymour Hoffman at the 2014 Sundance Film festival in a tintype photo by Victoria Will for Esquire Magazine

Now I'm not one who gets 'crushes' on movie stars, nor do I pretend to

American Football As Seen By Photographer Elvis di Fazio

 



A little Terry Richardson, a little Marc Van Dalen and a little vintage Helmut Newton, Elvis di Fazio's photography style is sexy and raw. Combining a little smut with a lot of beauty, he describes his own work as Kitsch Erotic.

As an alternative - or supplement - to today's macho NFL Championship game, aka The Super Bowl, I wanted to share with you his great shots of women depicting (not

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Celebrity Cavemen. 20 Famous Folks As Neanderthals.

 


above: Caveman Willem Dafoe

While most sports fans will be busy watching large men grunt as they play the NFL Championship game tomorrow, I thought I'd introduce you to a different sort of Troglodyte today: the celebrity caveman.

The following images are entries by various computer artists from six different Worth1000 Effects contests in which they were asked to combine Celebrities with

Friday, January 31, 2014

Turn Your Genetic Profile Into Jewelry, Furniture and Home Accessories.

 



Call it a literal expression of life. Or just a very unique way to create an object that reflects your genetic makeup. Whatever you choose to call it, the customized products designed by Dutch DNA and created by by Frank Tjepkema's Design House Tjep., make the world's most personal gifts.

Dutch DNA has a creative process that samples a person’s life-code using a DNA profiling test and,

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Newcastle's Mega Huge Super Bowl Ad Campaign For The Mega Huge Super Bowl Ads They Didn't Make.




In a clever twist on being clever, Newcastle Ale (which is owned by Heineken) has launched a Mega Huge anti-Super Bowl Ad campaign mocking the fact that they didn't create a mega Huge Super Bowl ad campaign.  With tongue-in-cheek banners, a website and a series of videos, they manage to make fun of everything related to Super Bowl advertising through the creative process, the focus group

HOM's 2014 Collection for Men (or My Excuse To Post Some Very Hot Men In Undies).

 



To be perfectly honest, I have featured this new 2014 Spring Summer collection from HOM for the gorgeous models and photography as much as for their well-designed underwear and briefs. So, if you're not in the market for new underwear, think of this as a gallery of abs and eye candy.



Born in 1968 in Marseilles, the HOM brand was innovative in the men's underwear world by creating and

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Silverball: Re-Purposed Vintage Pinball Machines As Furniture And Home Decor

 




Furniture maker Michael Maxwell of Virginia is the man behind Silverball, a company which re-purposes vintage pinball machines as coffee tables, side tables, bars, consoles, wall mirrors and more. Using the back glasses and playing fields from old pinball machines, and combining them with his woodworking and crafting skills, he creates one of a kind collectibles.



above: Michael Thomas

NFL Haute Couture Helmets by 48 Top Fashion Designers Up For Auction




Together with the NFL and CFDA, Bloomingdale's enlisted 48 top fashion designers ranging from John Varvatos to Diane von Furstenberg to create their own version of Haute Couture Football Helmets which are now being auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the NFL Foundation*.





The auction began January 15th and continues through February 4th. Bid on your favorites here

*The National

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Very Moving Olympics Ad You'll Probably Never See, But Ought To.





This simple but powerful minute long Olympics commercial created by BBDO New York for their client Guinness Beer, illustrates the power of words. Visually, hardy anything is happening - a slow push-in on a still black and white photograph of biathelete Tracy Barnes and her twin sister Lanny. But coupled with the supers that appear, it tells an inspiring story of perseverance and sacrifice.

Not For Metrosexuals or Euro Trash, The Duke Cannon Supply Co. Caters To The Manliest of Men.

 



I'd never heard about the Duke Cannon Supply Co. until my friend Joel posted one of their "Big Ass Bricks Of Soap" on Facebook. Intrigued and amused by the "Smells like naval supremacy."  line and the great bold package design, I did some research. I was thrilled to find their site peppered with a great sense of humor as well as some very fun, albeit über-Macho, Military-inspired grooming

Monday, January 27, 2014

Modern Desert Villa Retreat by Weinstein Vaadia Architects Brought to Life by Studio Aiko.






This Desert Villa Retreat was created for an architecture competition by Tel Aviv based Weinstein Vaadia Architects.











The project was then brought to life by Studio Aiko through 3D computer visualization.

Weinstein Vaadia Architect's general brief was to create a peaceful and calm surrounding in which the villa is located. This desert scene was created by Studio Aiko and merges

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stack and Scare by Invisible Creatures. From Product to Packaging, Blocks Don't Get Much Cooler Than These.





Over a year in the making, Stack And Scare™ is a new series of 4 stackable wooden monster block sets designed by Invisible Creature and produced by the coolest toy blocks store ever, Uncle Goose.



Each of the four sets contains 14-18 pieces in various shapes and sizes. Featuring eyeballs, teeth, horns, arms, rounded shapes for shoulders and eyes, monster heads, hands, feet, legs, torsos,

Saturday, January 25, 2014

'Dumb Ways To Die' Characters Stay Alive As Plushies.

 



A marketing move to keep the momentum going for the award winning animated campaign, website and app for Australia's Metro Trains, has spawned a line of plush toys based on the cute characters in the twisted and lovable Dumb Ways To Die.



The public safety campaign, which went viral thanks to a catchy song for its PSA ads, online game and addictive mobile app, took home top honors at Cannes

Inspired by Hefeweizen, Jelly Belly Introduces DRAFT Beer flavored Jelly Beans.

 



The following is the press release:
When candy makers at Jelly Belly Candy Company set out to create the world’s first beer flavored jelly bean, the question wasn’t how; it was what. Ale or Lager? Stout? Lambic? Pilsner? In the end, the company opted to pay homage to its German ancestry with a Hefeweizen-inspired ale flavor, and Draft Beer Jelly Belly® jelly beans took shape.



Beer has been

Friday, January 24, 2014

Flat Shoes, Funnel Necks and Fanny Packs? A Look At Chanel's 2014 Haute Couture Collection.

 



It was a bold move by Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL to put all their runway models in flat tennis shoes for their 2014 Spring Summer Haute Couture show, but it was a bad move.



Attempting to play up the 'sporty' aspect of the largely sparkly haute couture collection for Spring/Summer 2014, many of the models look like those dreadful commuter women who carry their heels in a bag while they take

The Echappée Aquarium by Sébastien Cordoleani and Vincent Breed




This structure was designed by Sébastien Cordoleani and built by glass artist and craftsman Vincent Breed, to invite fish to “take a breather,” extending the limitations of the usual tank or aquarium.



above two photos © Erick Saillet

The Echappée (or Extension) was created for the show 15 Designers, 15 Artisans held in Saint-Etienne in December 2010. Each pair had about 2 months to meet

Thursday, January 23, 2014

100 Diagrams Represent 100 Great Lines From Movies In One Poster.




The most memorable movie quotes, as selected by the American Film Institute, have been turned into 100 simple black and white diagrams by designer Nathan Yau of Flowing Data.



Venn diagrams, pie charts, bar charts, stick figures and other simple glyphs illustrate such well-known line as "We're gonna need a bigger boat." from Spielberg's JAWS to Scorcese's famous line from Taxi Driver, "You

The Beautifully Twisted Photography of Nikita "Nikitzo" Zolotarev.

 




Russian born Nikita Zolotarev (aka Nikitzo) is both a make-up artist and commercial photographer who works and lives in Leipzig, Germany. With food, fashion and tabletop work and his credit, it is his stunning ballet and contortionist photos that I find the most compelling.




Zolotarev is best known for the calendars he has shot of world-renowned contortionist Julia Gunthel, who goes by the

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Car Max Super Bowl "Slow Clap" Ad is Well Done... And Then Done Again With Puppies!





Car Max has released a nice new spot that will air in the upcoming Super Bowl. Then, as a bonus, they then went ahead and recreated it with puppies - claiming that if the Super Bowl has a "puppy version" then why not their ad?



The premise is the same for the two versions: A customer leaves the Car Max lot and during his drive home receives the "slow clap" from everyone he passes. Even the

Your First Look At The Upcoming Peter Pilotto Collection For Target.

 



On February 9, 2014, the year’s most anticipated Target collaboration arrives. Teaming up with fashion brand PETER PILOTTO (designers Peter Pilotto & Christopher De Vos) Target will be featuring the London brand's innovative, complex & colorful prints. A blend of classic ideas and modern vision, PETER PILOTTO has already won over a devoted following - and this fun collection at Target will

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

12 Months Of Illustrated Aliens And Their Animated Planets - A Project by Andy Martin

 



Begun in January of 2013, illustrator, animator and music maker Andy Martin (Handymartian) has just completed his wonderful year long project - "The Illustrated Aliens."

Each day for a month Martin created an alien and, at the end of each month, he revealed the planet upon which they live via an animated short. He did this for an entire year, culminating in 12 different alien species, 12

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Elio: An Eco-Friendly, Revolutionary 3-Wheeled Vehicle Hits The Road.




It's green, It's lean. It's got three wheels and can be ordered now. Introducing the Elio.




Founded in 2008 by Mr. Paul Elio, Elio Motors set out to provide affordable transportation to those commuters seeking an alternative while providing vital American jobs.

The result is a street legal three wheeled environmentally friendly vehicle that goes from 0-60 in under 9.6 seconds and gets 84

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Classic Romantic Paintings Get Subtly Animated in BEAUTY Video by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro

 




In this 10 minute video, BEAUTY, director Rino Stefano Tagliafierro takes 116 classic romantic paintings (all of which are listed at the end of this post) and slowly and subtly animates them, bringing the beauty in them to life. A slight tilt of the head, a dress raising ever so gently, petals falling from flowers - tiny, almost imperceptible movements, are expertly executed without changing

The Five New Celebrity Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz - And A Look Behind The Scenes.





In the past, I had shared all the Disney Dream Portraits (wonderful photographs of celebrities portraying Disney characters by photographer Annie Leibovitz) up through 2011 here.


above: Annie at work

Now there are five wonderful new ones to share with you. Once again, created by the amazing Annie Leibovitz, the new images feature celebs Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Jack

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ceramic Sculptures That REALLY Look Inflated by artist Brett Kern.

 




I discovered Brett Kern's fabulous ceramic sculptures while reading about them on io9. The sculptures look remarkably like inflatable vinyl toys, but are made of glazed ceramic, complete with blow-up tab glazed in gold or silver and featuring the artist's stamp. I couldn't help myself and did something I rarely do. I bought one immediately - a large yellow T-Rex.


above: Brett's work on

Little Flags Of Awesome - Designers Go Retro for The People's Pennant.




Elevating the classic pennant from sports memorabilia to a celebration of the everyday - that's the concept behind The People's Pennant.



Launched in March of 2012, the Pennant People (Jessica, Tim and Eric of Greenpoint, Brookyln) enlist various graphic designers, typographers and illustrators to create a different wool felt blend pennant that is then sewn and printed by hand. Made in a

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Grisly Grizzly and Other Bare Bears by Deborah Simon




Artist Deborah Simon's series of Flayed Bear Sculptures combine taxidermy, science and embroidery. Her three unusual bear sculptures have faux fur partially pulled back to reveal the anatomy underneath.

Deborah created the project both prior to and during her residency at New York's Sculpture Space and describes the process as follows:



"The bears play with ideas around stuffed toys,

Emoticons, Creepily Brought To Life, Warn Against The Dangers Of Online Sexual Predators.

 



Paris ad agency Rosapark has turned the emoticon (or emoji) into creepily stylized humans in a new print ad campaign for the international non-profit devoted to fighting the sexual abuse of children, Innocence en Danger.



"The goal of this new campaign is to educate parents and children on the dangers of the Internet, the hazards of children and adolescents talking to people they do not

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Introducing The Ponysaurus Brewing Co. And Their Beautifully Branded Beers.





Launched just 2 months ago by David Baldwin, Keil Jansen and Nick Johnson, the Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in Durham, North Carolina touts itself as a 'forward-thinking, backward-tasting brewery based in Durham, NC, creating beers that are meant to be savored, appreciated, contemplated, philosophized, studied, nuzzled, and mindfully guzzled.'



above: David Baldwin, Keil Jansen and Nick Johnson

20 Pairs Of Witty Socks Give You A Leg Up On Attitude.

 


20 new wickedly fun pairs of cotton blended socks say what you probably can't. Sarcastic and mostly bitter, the colored socks come in designs broken into 4 different general styles, with 5 styles in each category. Retro illustrated socks featuring people with fun sayings, bright colors with graphics and fun sayings, plaid floral socks with the sayings on a hang tag, and socks that mix tools

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pearls That Purr: Mikimoto X Hello Kitty Collection




Mikimoto is known to have the finest pearls in the world. What is known as a "Mikimoto Pearl" has been selected from only Akoya pearls of the finest quality, determined by the beauty of the pearl's luster, form, size and color.

The Japanese company has teamed up with Sanrio to bring us a small collection of Hello Kitty inspired pearl pieces. A multi-strand necklace, a pair of earrings, a

A Driveable Truck Made Of Ice Makes For One Cool Product Demo.

 






Here's a product demonstration that will leave you cold...  -49°C to be accurate. Canadian automotive parts retailer and manufacturer, Canadian Tire, constructed a completely drivable truck made of ice on the frame of a Chevrolet 2500HD to test the limitations of their MotoMaster Eliminator AGM battery. The truck was then used in a Canadian television commercial (shown at the end of this

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