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The New Pathe Foundation Headquarters by Renzo Piano Squeezed Into a City Block in Paris

June 10, 2014

Johnny Waldman

all photos copyright Michel Denancé For the last 8 years the Pathe Foundation in Paris has worked with Pritzker-winning architect Renzo Piano to design and construct their new headquarters. Slated for a grand opening this September, photos have emerged that reveal, in the architect’s own words, “an unexpected presence”: a curved bulbous structure that looks like it’s been squeezed into an opening within a historic Parisian city block. “The art…

 

 



Design

A Retired Boeing 727 Converted Into a Home in the Woods

June 9, 2014

Johnny Waldman

photo courtesy airplanehome.com When most people board a plane they’re usually leaving home. But not if you’re Bruce Campbell, an innovative engineer who rejected the standards of traditional housing and decided to engage his flight of fancy. He purchased a retired Boeing 727, complete with wings and landing gear, for about $220,000 and situated it in a suburban wooded area outside Portland, Oregon. After many years of work the plane is now a…

 

 



Art

Beautiful Fordite Stones Created from Layers of Automotive Paint are a By-Product of Old Car Factories

May 22, 2014

Johnny Waldman

image via talyer jewelry Old car factories had a harmful impact on the environment, releasing toxic chemicals into the air, land and water. But it wasn’t all ugly. Oddly enough, one of the by-products of car production was Fordite, also known as Detroit agate. The colorful layered objects take their name from agate stones for their visual resemblance. But instead of forming from microscopically crystallized silica over millions of years,…

 

 



Design

Ultra Small Bonsai Plants Give New Meaning to the Word Miniature

May 19, 2014

Johnny Waldman

What happens when you apply of love of small things to an art form that’s already all about small things? In recent years Bonsai—Japan’s art form of growing miniature trees in miniature planters—has undergone a miniaturization trend. Industry experts consider bonsai plants less than 3 cm (about 1 inch) to be particularly difficult, but artists have taken on the challenge, creating tiny plants and tiny planters that, literally, are at your…

 

 



Photography Science

A Single Drop of Seawater, Magnified 25 Times

April 30, 2014

Christopher Jobson

You know when you’re horsing around at the beach and accidentally swallow a nasty gulp of salt water? Well I hate to break it to you but that foul taste wasn’t just salt. Photographer David Littschwager captured this amazing shot of a single drop of seawater magnified 25 times to reveal an entire ecosystem of crab larva, diatoms, bacteria, fish eggs, zooplankton, and even worms. Read more about what you probably don’t want to…

 

 



Art

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112-Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light

April 18, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Thomas Wolf © 2014 Thomas Wolf © 2014 Gasometer Oberhausen / Wolfgang Volz / Urbanscreen Thomas Wolf © 2014 Thomas Wolf © 2014 Thomas Machoczek © 2014 German creative studio Urbanscreen have just unveiled ‘320 Licht,’ a massive light projection inside the cathedral-like interior of the 20,000 square meter Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany (the same space that housed Christo’s Big Air Package last year). Urbanscreen utilized…

 

 



Art

Labyrinthine Drawings of Interconnected Rooms by Mathew Borrett

March 31, 2014

Christopher Jobson

For this spectacularly detailed series of architecturally influenced drawings, Toronto-based artist Mathew Borrett labored with 005 Pigma Micron pens to create networks of compartmentalized dwellings that appear to be carved into the face of a cliff or dug into the ground with isometric perfection. Titled Room Series, the drawings were created in 2003, and Borrett continues to explore imaginary landscapes that appear gently influenced by…