Take a Virtual Vacation on Vera van Wolferen’s Animated ‘Thought Hopper 3000’

July 5, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

The Thought Hopper 3000 is a new project from the mind of Dutch paper craftsman and stop-motion animator Vera van Wolferen (previously). The interactive website presents the viewer with a five-minute vacation programmed inside of a quaint mobile camper made entirely from paper. Players are encouraged to click around for “hot spots” hidden throughout the site which spring to life when selected.

The game is currently in its first demo version and is condensed to around five minutes of play. Van Wolferen hopes to expand the Thought Hopper 3000 universe to include several other animated components and add more rooms for the user to explore. The short game’s scenes are animated by Raymon Wittenberg, the sounds were produced by Flavia Faas, and interaction design, graphics, and programming were done by Floris Douma.

You can learn about new additions to the project by visiting its website, and follow van Wolferen’s paper and balsa wood-based sculptures on Facebook and Instagram. If you like this interactive game you might also enjoy playing Short Trip, another animated paper world designed by Alexander Perrin.

 

 



Dodgy Dogs Chase, Beg, and Bark Their Way to the Top in a Humorous Card Game Illustrated by Jean Jullien

July 5, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Part of the unending charm of the human-pet bond is our tolerance for all sorts of annoying, destructive, and disruptive behavior from our domesticated animal pals. Illustrator Jean Jullien captures the range of bad dog habits from stealing and chasing to begging and biting in a new card game, Dodgy Dogs. The project was created in partnership with Yolky Games, and is currently funding on Kickstarter, where it reached its funding goal in under six hours.

 

 



Design

Japanese Design Studio Turns Traditional Cuckoo Clocks on Their Head With Three Minimal Designs

July 3, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Japanese design studio Nendo has turned the cuckoo clock on its head with three modern versions of the traditionally German-crafted object designed for clock company Lemnos. The minimal designs combine naturally finished wood with white painted faces, and each include a motorized bird that pops from the bottom, top, or side of the straight-edged works.

Nendo’s bookend design splits the clock’s face so the two parts of the piece can nestle around one or several books. The tilted version is shifted to rest on its roof rather than base, and the dented clock is carved from a single block with its negative space forming the same birdhouse shape of the other works. You can see more objects by Nendo, including this cuckoo clock watch and stand created for the Swiss watch brand Maurice Lacroix, on their website. (via The Design Journal)

 

 



A Kinetic Sculpture Twists and Morphs Based on the Fibonacci Sequence

July 3, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Wales-based sculptor Ivan Black creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that are inspired by mathematical formulae and minimal design. One of his latest pieces, Square Wave, is smaller than his typical works and was designed in response to the Fibonacci sequence. The mobile-like object is made up of several metal bands which curve and flatten as the work twists, creating a mesmerizing movement that is at once fluid and strictly geometric.

The sculpture is included in the group exhibition In the Manner of Smoke at Alice Black Gallery in London through July 7, 2018. You can view more of Black’s interactive designs based on mathematical structures on his website and Instagram. (via Design Milk)

“Square Wave,” images via Kinetica Museum

Installation view of Square Wave in the exhibition "In the Manner of Smoke" at Alice Black Gallery

Installation view of Square Wave in the exhibition “In the Manner of Smoke” at Alice Black Gallery

 

 



French Bookstore Invites its Instagram Followers to Judge Books by Their Covers

July 2, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

In addition to laying claim to the title of France’s first independent bookstore, Librairie Mollat has carved a unique niche on Instagram with its #bookface portraits. The Bordeaux-based bookstore regularly features photographs of book covers held up in front of perfectly scaled, dressed, and nose-shaped people (presumably, some are customers, though some repeated faces seem to indicate a few photogenic employees). You can see more from Mollat—and perhaps even get your next book recommendation—on Instagram. If you enjoy this, also check out Album Plus Art. (via Hyperallergic)

 

 

 



A Multi-Story Metallic Splash Sculpture by Pere Gifre Drops Through the Center of a Madrid Hotel

July 2, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

For the last 15 years artist Pere Gifre has specialized in producing water-based sculptures through a process linked to visual effects engineering. His technique transforms the natural movements of water into works imbued with its natural form, allowing the sculptures to remain “alive” despite their metal composition.

The most recent installation by the San Francisco-based artist is an 80-foot waterfall that cascades down the center of the VP Plaza España Hotel in Madrid. The metallic multi-level drip descends from the hotel’s 12th floor glass bottom pool into the atrium below with a dramatic splash. Lighting is projected onto the work, shifting the silver sculpture through several colors throughout the day.  You can see a video tour of the included installation on Youtube, and browse some of Gifre’s small-scale gastronomy-inspired pieces on his website.

 

 



Incredible Architectural Designs and Fantastical Flowers Made From Chocolate by Pastry Chef Amaury Guichon

July 2, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Amaury Guichon is an international pastry chef and consultant based in Las Vegas who has sculpted unbelievable chocolate creations during the last decade of his career. Recently the talented confection artist completed a Greek Atlas with an armillary sphere on his back, a detailed gramophone, and a nearly life-size cherry blossom tree, all made entirely from the malleable material. Guichon started his career at the age of 14, with apprenticeships throughout Switzerland and France, and at age 21 he was hired as the youngest executive pastry chef in Paris.

As of late last year, Guichon is the most followed pastry artist on Facebook and Instagram. Recently he has developed a master class to teach and consult pastry chefs from around the world. You can see a time-lapse video of his sculpted chocolate gramophone (with functioning drawer and gilded “metalwork”) in the Instagram video below.