As part of Clerkenwell Design Week clutch and tote designer Lulu Guinness (first photo) created this enormous pin-screen similar to the popular 80s toy. As an interactive art piece participants are invited to step up to the device and press their bodies into it, creating all manner of hilarious, touching, and inevitably obscene body portraits. See dozens more images on their Facebook page. (via notcot)
Toss the G.I. Joes and the Transformers in the trash. Japanese company General Research has created this limited edition set of polyurethane Mountain Men as part of their February Mountain Research series. And by mountain men they’re of course referring to German philosopher Karl Marx, Chairman Mao “a Chinese revolutionary and Guerrilla warfare strategist,” Vladimir Lenin a “Russian revolutionary and political philosopher,” and Henry David Thoreau the American writer and poet. So what do two communists, a German philosopher, and an American poet have in common? I have no idea whatsoever. And other than Thoreau I think it’s questionable whether any of these men had ever climbed a mountain. But these toys are totally geek-tastic, well designed, and are still in stock here. (via flavorwire)
Update:Spoon and Tamago was able to dig up some additional details about the set.
Check out these totally gorgeous torpedo scooters designed by Jerry Koza over at Prague Art & Design. While the form-factor and paint jobs are completely stunning, the paranoid dad in me puts the overall safety rating of these things on par with Jarts, at least in a hilly or mountainous area. Anyway, the hefty price tag will probably keep the majority of kids from ever hurling 90mph down a steep hill strapped to a $1,100 projectile with wheels. (via lustik and kickcan & conkers)
So you’re at the museum, and deep down in the sub-basement right next to the restrooms you happen to discover an enormous machine that looks like it was pulled from the Aliens II movie set. And then you notice you can insert a dollar, and suddenly the machine whirs to life and pipes hot, neon green plasticine into a mold in front of your very eyes as you inahale noxious fumes. Within moments you’re in the possession of a bona-fide neon green submarine, a memento of your visit to the museum that smells strange for days. Be Your Own Souvenir by Barcelona-based blablabLAB is just like that, except a trillion times more awesome. Using custom software developed using openFrameworks and openKinect, visitors film themselves in front of 3 kinect sensors for a full 360-degree scan and within moments a 3D printer known as a RepRap machine spits out a little army guy version of themselves. Every museum in the world should have one of these in their sub-basement, though they can probably install this by the front door. (via vimeo)
PLAMA Marble Run 2D is a magnetic marble game for both children and adults designed by Swiss firm Bernhard | Burkhard. The entire set consists of 12 magnetic planes that can be rearranged on a vertical surface resulting in a subtle groove that can be traversed by a marble. Via their web site:
There are thousand ways to create an individual path for the marble that can be reorganised shortly. [...] Plama may help to develop creativity and logical thinking. It can increase the understanding of two dimensional space and proportion. Using the outline of the shapes to build a well-functioning marble run is an easy way to focus on complex thinking. Marble run 2d has been produced in Switzerland in a first limited edition and is available in selected stores or on request.
And while you’re digging up your old comic books to start your next herb garden, check out these plastic toy dinosaur and animal planters by Plaid Pigeon. Awesome. With this morning’s thick layer of ice and my subsequent sidewalk face-plant, can you tell I’m itching for spring? (via space sinkhole)