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Dinos Chapman: Luftbobler: Sounds designed to penetrate the deepest corners of your mind in a visual artist’s first music album

Dinos Chapman: Luftbobler

by Sabine Zetteler Created after a decade of audio experimentation, visual artist Dinos Chapman has emerged from his basement of beats with a new album that delights and disturbs in almost equal measure. His first foray into music production is unconventional and peculiar, providing an infinitely enigmatic landscape of surreal…

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Myo Muscle-Reading Gesture Interface Device Looks Freaking Amazing–and Can Be Worn On-the-Go


Well folks, looks like 2013 is shaping up to be the year gesture control finally becomes available to the masses.

First up, the Leap motion controller that caused such a blog stir (we covered it here and here) will start shipping on May 13th, just about a year after they began taking pre-orders.

Hot on their heels—or forearms, I should say—is the Myo controller pictured above, an arm bracelet that you wear well above your wrist but below the elbow. Why the weird position? The Myo actually reads the electrical activity in your muscles, rather than relying on a camera.


This seems like a pretty smart approach, as the Myo can decipher complex finger gestures, flicks and rotations without requiring line-of-sight. That suddenly opens up a new world of interactivity that doesn’t require the user be sitting in front of a camera-equipped computer, or dancing around in front of a Kinect. Peep this:

Looks amazing, no? If it works as advertised, it will have a much broader range of applications than the stationary Leap, and the Myo’s price reflects that: The Leap’s going for $80, while the Myo will run you $150. It’s up for pre-order now and they’re claiming it will ship later this year.



This is My Court

Voici « This is My Court », le nom de cette vidéo de Jonathan et Josh Baker (collectif Twin) sur la culture du basket-ball de rue aux USA. Parfaitement maîtrisée, cette création en noir & blanc est une déclaration d’amour à la culture streetball. L’ensemble est à découvrir dans la suite de l’article en vidéo.

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Blaffer Art Museum renovation by WORKac

New York architecture studio WORKac has reorganised the galleries of the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Texas, by adding a glazed entrance pavilion in front (+ slideshow).

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Located on the campus of the University of Houston, the original 1970s building was planned with its entrance through an inner courtyard and it struggled to attract visitors. Another problem was that the two main gallery spaces were split apart by a central staircase and the route to a third trailed past the museum’s administration areas.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

WORKac attempted to solve both issues with one solution. The architects designed a glazed extension that would relocate all circulation to the facade, whilst also creating a glowing entrance foyer.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

“[Our] design gives the museum striking presence and public connectivity through a series of imaginative and economical interventions to the building’s facade, circulation patterns and exterior spaces,” explain the architects.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

The new pavilion has an asymmetric shape that frames and shelters the new entrance within a long triangular void.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

A matching triangular wall thrusts out to one side of the opening, creating a signage board that appears to have swivelled into position. The architects call this the “wallumn”, as a combination of wall and column.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Glass planks give the extension a variety of transparencies, so anyone passing can catch glimpses of the activities inside.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

A new cafe is inserted beyond the galleries and opens out to a courtyard at the rear, which is set to be re-landscaped as the next stage in the refurbishment.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

The Blaffer Art Museum reopened in autumn 2012 with an exhibition dedicated to American sculptor Tony Feher.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

WORK Architecture Company is headed up by architects Dan Wood and Amale Andraos. Past projects include the headquarters for fashion label Diane von Furstenberg Studio and a temporary urban farming project outside the PS1 Contemporary Art Centre in New York.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

See more art gallery design on Dezeen, including a ridged steel art gallery in Korea and the Louvre Lens in northern France.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Photography is by Iwan Baan.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Here’s a project description from WORKac:

WORK Architecture Company’s Blaffer Art Museum Opens

WORKac’s dramatic new addition and renovation of the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Texas has opened to the public with a twenty-year survey dedicated to influential American sculptor Tony Feher.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Founded in 1973, the Blaffer Art Museum is a preeminent contemporary art museum without a permanent collection set in the midst of University of Houston’s enormous central campus. With high-profile exhibitions that are free and open to the public, as well as extensive educational programs, the museum has the potential to act as a gateway between the university and the city.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

However, its visibility and identity were previously hampered by the fact that its entrance was hidden and accessible only through an internal courtyard. Within, its galleries were excessively impacted by circulation, including a stairway in the middle of two galleries, and another gallery only accessible by a hallway through the administrative offices.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

The project represents an important shift in the approach to museum design in the post-recession age. In order to concentrate only on their core missions, the Blaffer and the University of Houston engaged WORKac to strategically rethink the building’s existing features. WORKac’s design gives the museum striking presence and public connectivity through a series of imaginative and economical interventions to the building’s facade, circulation patterns and exterior spaces.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

To begin, WORKac opened the previously blank north side of the building with a new entrance pavilion. The projecting volume, clad with channel glass in a gradient of semi-transparent and translucent sections reveals a new grand staircase that reroutes all of the problematic circulation routes from the center of the building to the façade, providing street-level views of the museum’s interior activities, while also allowing for the expansion and diversification of the museum’s gallery spaces. A new entrance zone with a café becomes a commons area that connects the front pavilion with the back courtyard, allowing the public to freely move between city and campus via the museum.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Unable to afford a cantilever and reticent to simply support the projecting volume of the entry pavilion with a column, WORKac invented the “wallumn”, a triangular concrete wall that acts as a column while graphically emphasizing the new entry condition. The existing rear courtyard will soon receive its own upgrade, to provide a flexible and dynamic setting for a continuous program of music, film screenings and other art-related events. New landscaping throughout the exterior area, conceived in partnership with SCAPE Landscape Architects, gives the museum an invigorated sense of place and adds to the rhythm and scale of the pedestrian experience.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

The Blaffer Art Museum is WORKac’s first commission in Texas and was completed in association with Gensler Houston as local architect, Matrix Structural Engineers, Shah Smith MEP Engineers and Wade Getz Civil Engineers.

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Above: concept diagrams

Blaffer Art Museum by WORKac

Above: concept model

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Tyvek Sneakers: Wrap Your House / Wrap Your Feet


Designers always seem to be on a constant quest for the next big material innovation. From the the first application of steam bending in the Thonet chair to things like Glass Snowboards, material exploration is forever married to object design. One of the materials making a minor resurgence in design projects is Tyvek—you know, the stuff you wrap around houses.

Made from polyethylene fibers, the synthetic sheet material is surprisingly strong and waterproof with a paper-like appearance. It would seem there are endless possibilities for what essentially acts like waterproof paper (such as Jiwon Choi’s Vases), but among an incredible number of wallets and envelopes there are few other notable products on the market that incorporate Tyvek. At risk of inciting a Tyvek revolution, one might question where are all of the great design projects that make use of Tyvek? One of the cooler applications in the last few years is from New Jersey-based Civic Duty Shoes in the form of Tyvek sneakers.


Civic Duty has been around since 2009, headed by Steven Weinreb. The Tyvek uppers are dyed a variety of colors, allowing a bit of visual distance from their close relatives, the FedEx envelope and disposable work suit. While durability of the Tyvek isn’t quite on par with traditional canvas or leather, they do offer extreme lightness and recyclability. While perhaps the perfect application would be a Tyvek portyanki—hard to deny that this is bold sneaker-vation.

The design of the shoes include a nod to classic high top, low top and slip-ons sneaker designs, but the material appeal of Tyvek might not extend too far beyond the design geek demographic. Either way, when you decide to invest in a new pair of kicks, remember that Converse high-tops don’t employ the same technology as the construction site down the road.



Arrf Scarf Ice Cream for Dogs: Frozen yogurt and whole food dog treats from a Chicago-based company

Arrf Scarf Ice Cream for Dogs

Beef Brisket, Peanut Butter Bacon and Gouda Burger probably aren’t the flavors that come to mind when you think of ice cream. But then again, you probably don’t have four legs and identify with a certain type of breed. Leo Emerson—a Brussels Griffon who is subbing in as office…

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