Kinetic Sculptures by Mihai Bonciu

June 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I love that these wiry automata by Mihai Bonciu require complex components to make such simple actions. They also seem so incredibly delicate, like winding them the wrong way could cause the entire contraption to collapse. More please!



An Animated Embroidered Dog

June 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

I can say with absolute certainty that in over 1,100 posts on Colossal this is the first featuring an animated gif. This is the work of Atlanta-based Aubrey Longley-Cook who created this animated dog by photographing the backside of the embroideries that it’s made from. (via lustik)



Concrete Lamps

May 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

These three concrete lamps by Henrik Karlsson are truly exceptional. Via his web site:

This is the first prototypes of 3 lamps I’ve made. I wanted to work with the contrast of the clean Scandinavian design and the rough imperfect concrete. The plan is to start producing and sell these in limited edition of each design. Each lamp will be numbered and signed. Since the are handmade, all lamps will have an unique look to them. [… ] This is a personal project and I’ve done everything from design, to the fabrication of the moulding shapes as well as the moulding of the lamps myself. I’ve also taken the product photos.

The heavy, utilitarian use of concrete is an interesting take on something that is generally designed to appear light or weightless. I really hope this project comes to fruition. Click images above for details.



Aquatic Origami

May 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Don’t let the rather simple geometric images above fool you, watch the video. Using small pieces of paper (just 2-3cm wide) artist Etienne Cliquet has created delicately folded origami pieces that once placed in water begin to bloom, the result of capillary action as the paper absorbs water. Beautiful. (via reddit)



Coffee Time Stop-Motion Animation

May 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This is designer Ching-Wen Wu’s first foray into stop-motion animation. She was inspired by the SNASK stop-motion short by Mike Crozier, and indeed many of the shots, sequences, and effects are almost identical shot for shot. However Wu’s seems more refined and perfect, it’s hard to believe this is her first attempt at something like this. Some making-of shots here.



Papercraft Audi

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Although not to scale, this 2012 Audi A7 is still the largest papercraft model ever produced using 285 sheets of paper and over 750 individual parts. (via designboom)



Machine’s Waltz: A look inside the Paramount Têxteis textile plant

April 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A short film showing the assorted machines used to create fabric inside the Paramount Têxteis textile plant. The film was created and produced by Grafikonstruct, and the music was composed by Lucas Lima.