Designer Choice | Art
When you've come so far, sometimes the only place left to go is backwards.
In a world where 20 mega pixel, mammoth, digital images with crystal clear quality and fully automatic settings is the norm, it seems there is more than just a passing nostalgia associated with retro style 110 film and 8mm home movies. A growing trend is developing towards toy cameras, designed to take unpredictable images with the character and raw qualities of these older film technologies.
Now introduce the the Digital Harinezumi, a new camera from Superheadz. Superheadz is a company made famous for their fantastic toy cameras, but now they have leaped into the market with a digital camera, an area as yet unexplored by (and somewhat contradictory to) toy camera makers.
Cleverly designed, the palm sized camera takes both images and video, and captures the mystical feeling of older-style cameras. The size and quality of the images makes it perfect for use as a journal-like device, allowing you to capture a days events and instilling a nostalgic atmosphere that the mind may ordinarily invoke.
The Gaudi Stool by Bram Geenen, inspired by work of architect Antoní Gaudi, bears similar surrealist qualities to many of Gaudi's gothic-esque works. The stool appears to defy gravity, but is surprisingly strong due to the beam-grid sub structures that Guadi often employed. By using modern rapid prototyping technology the stool can be made of thin carbon fibre. This technology also makes the product surprisingly affordable to manufacture.
Keep an eye out for this at designer stores, the Gaudi-chair is being develepoded as we speak as part of a collaboration with Dutch research institute, TNO.
Nikki Graziano is both a photographer and a mathematician. Math has neve looked so sexy! Nikki's collection of photographs document the hidden logic of nature.
I just love terraiums. A landscape in a bottle, there's just nothing more magical! These easy to make, found terrariums, are made entirely out of plants and materials you can find around the home. It really couldn't be easier, and their rustic nature is so geourgeous!
WOW. I can't work out whether some of these images, by Italian Photographer Franco Fontana, are alterered or not, but either way they are beautiful, graphically strong and inspiring.
Desinger Kwangho Lee creates beautiful lighting fittings and furniture through knotting and knoting. His Knot-beyond the inevitable series cleverly explores a range of light fittings using electrical cabling. He explains that the works are an exploration of the beauty of imperfect objects created by hand, "beyond the pleasure of a precisely calculated form".
It's a while ago now, but Stella McCartney's installation at Belsay Hall - a 10ft horse-inspired chadeleier - is pure magic.