Chris Labrooy Gives Cars a Little Yoga-Inspired Flexibility in His ‘Auto Aerobics’ Series

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It’s been too long since we’ve visited Chris Labrooy and his ultra realistic/completely improbable 3D graphics. You may remember his far-fetched work from when we gushed over his typography posters a couple of years ago. At the time, we described his style as “overly perfect”—which is still a perfect description for his work.

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Much like our previous coverage of Fabian Oefner’s exploded exotic cars, Labrooy’s “Auto Aerobics” series features cars in his signature puzzle-like positions.

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SIHH 2014: Panerai Pocket Watch 3 Days: One of the most innovative brands in watchmaking debuts pieces not for your wrist

SIHH 2014: Panerai Pocket Watch 3 Days


Following the success of last year’s introduction of the Panerai Pocket Watch Tourbillon GMT Ceramica—a unique, gorgeous stealthy black ceramic watch with a skeleton movement—Panerai caught our attention with the introduction of two new 50mm pocket…

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Peter Smart’s Better Boarding Pass Redesign

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We spotted creative director Tyler Thompson kicking off a boarding pass conceptual redesign frenzy back in 2010, and it was fun to see different designers’ takes on what that little scrap of paper should look like.

The latest designer to throw his hat into this (suffe)ring is Peter Smart, who famously tried to solve 50 Problems in 50 Days using design. That project necessitated a lot of travel, meaning Smart dealt with a lot of boarding passes, and eventually stretched his design muscles during a long layover.

Smart had at least one brilliant, simple insight: A boarding pass contains multiple bite-sized chunks of information, and you don’t need them all at once. But you do need them in a particular order—figuring out which gate you need to head to is an earlier priority than locating your seat on the plane. And by turning the boarding pass sideways, Smart instantly reduces the visual clutter to a series of easy-to-read lines, like the way a movie script reduces the width of dialogue blocks to make it easier on the eyes.

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You can read Smart’s full analysis of existing boarding passes and explanation of his redesign here. (Unsurprisingly, the web page is presented in an extraordinarily clear, well-designed manner.)

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The Rover Trailer

Voici le teaser du prochain film du réalisateur australien David Michod : The Rover, avec Guy Pearce et Robert Pattinson. Après avoir tout quitté pour vivre dans le désert australien, Eric se fait attaquer par un gang. Un des membres du gang, abandonné pendant l’attaque, va aider Eric dans son désir de vengeance.

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Tiny Atlas Quarterly: An aesthetically driven travel magazine that incites adventure in all forms

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Wanderlust, adventure, lost, found; these words evoke different feelings, memories and ideas in all of us. While universal, the need to explore our surroundings is deeply personal. For some, it means seeking rest and relaxation, be that lying on a tranquil beach or…

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Playground Design of Yesteryear and Its Much Prettier Modern Counterparts

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Playgrounds are meant for fun, not broken bones and tetanus shots. Looking through the archives, images of, say, poorly fused metal monkey bars might seem more suited to heavy industry than family-friendly recreation stations. Recently, I came across a park that makes me wish it were socially acceptable to barrel down communal slides past the age of 11. A design featuring massive owls and wooden bugs at the Kristine Slott Park in Stockholm from Danish design firm Monstrum (pictured below) set me off on a search for the coolest playground equipment. From giant literature-themed jungle gyms to climbable monsters made of reclaimed material, here are four playgrounds you’ve got to see whether or not you have kids in tow.

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CH Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day 2014: From the provocative to the romantic, an array of goods sure to warm the heart

CH Gift Guide: Valentine's Day 2014


It may take a muscle to fall in love, but bestowing someone you care about with a token of your affection on Valentine’s Day is sure to help keep romance in the air. It’s one of the more difficult holidays to shop for, but we’ve pulled together a handful of…

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Forgotify: Underdog Radio

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Are you tired of recognizing and enjoying your background jams? Do you strive to have a sonically obscure yet socially sharable music collection? This weekend give a listen to songs literally no one has tried out on Spotify. Forgotify is dedicated to bringing songs with zero plays to an audience of at least one.

The offerings are understandably wide-ranging—apparently there are a lot of stray songs in the world, 4 million if you ask the guys at Forgotify! You’ll find off-brand covers of yesteryear pop hits, symphonic arrangements of classical classics, and truly difficult to explain foreign soundtracks. Something is bound to strike your fancy, or at least raise an eyebrow.

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Architecture photography award-winners go on show in London

Views of Peter Zumthor‘s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel and a rippled timber reindeer observation pavilion by Snøhetta are among the 16 shortlisted photographs for the 2013 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, a selection of which go on show in London next month (+ slideshow).

Exterior: Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor - photographed by Tim Van de Velde

Exterior: Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor – photographed by Tim Van de Velde

Organised by architectural stock photography website Arcaid Images, the awards were divided into four categories – exterior, interior, sense of place and buildings in use – and the winning images were selected by a panel of judges including architects Zaha Hadid, Eva Jiřičná, and Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Winner: Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekten - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

Winner: Trollstigen by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekten – photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

The overall winner was a shot of the viewing platform perched high above a fjord at the Trollstigen Tourist Route in Norway by Berlin photographer Ken Schluchtmann, who has a total of four images shortlisted.

Runner-up: Dalian International Conference Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au - photographed by Duccio Malagamba

Runner-up: Dalian International Conference Center by Coop Himmelb(l)au – photographed by Duccio Malagamba

Italian photographer Duccio Malagamba was named runner-up for his image depicting the contorted steel form of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Dalian International Conference Center in China, and was also shortlisted with an internal view of the same building and a shot of Herzog & de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium in Beijing.

Buildings in Use: Shangri La at Glastonbury Festival by An-Architecture - Jim Stephenson

Buildings in Use: Shangri La at Glastonbury Festival by An-Architecture – photographed by Jim Stephenson

A view of the Shangri-La tent at Glastonbury Festival by UK-based Jim Stephenson made the list, as did a view by Belgian photographer Tim Van de Velde of a market hall in Ghent with a zigzagging roof.

Buildings in Use: Market Hall Ghent by Marie-Josee van Hee and Robbrecht & Daem Architects - photographed by Tim Van de Velde

Buildings in Use: Market Hall Ghent by Marie-Josee van Hee and Robbrecht & Daem Architects – photographed by Tim Van de Velde

Other well-known projects pictured include 3XN’s whirlpool-shaped Blue Planet aquarium, photographed by Denmark-based Adam Mørk, and MAD’s twisting skyscrapers, captured by Canadian photographer Younes Bounhar.

Exterior: Reindeer Pavilion by Snøhetta - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

Exterior: Reindeer Pavilion by Snøhetta – photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

The winners were first announced at the end of 2013 and a selection of nine will go on show inside a renovated factory at 7–9 Woodbridge Street, London, from 28 February to 25 April.

Exterior: Absolute Towers by MAD Architects - photographed by Large + Bounhar

Exterior: Absolute Towers by MAD Architects – photographed by Large + Bounhar

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The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards at Werkstatt

Sto presents Werkstatt – meaning workshop in German – a showcase for the whole Sto Group and a new East London cultural establishment with a lively program of exhibitions, talks, workshops and consultations. The inaugural exhibition is Building Images: The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2013 which shows the breadth and invention in both architecture and photography today.

Sense of place: Tungeneset by Code Arkitektur - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

Sense of place: Tungeneset by Code Arkitektur – photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

Arcaid Images is a photographic resource representing images from all aspects of the built world, ancient and modern, iconic and ordinary. The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards started in 2012. This year’s judges were: Zaha Hadid, Ivan Harbour, Catherine Slessor, Eva Jiricna and Graham Stirk.

Interior: Shanghai Museum of Glass by Coordination - photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

Interior: Shanghai Museum of Glass by Coordination – photographed by Ken Schluchtmann

The exhibition will present nine shortlisted photographs including The Awards’ winner Ken Schluchtmann’s photograph of ‘Nasjonale Turistveger’ Trollstigen, Norway. A building suspended in clouds next to a waterfall, which highlights the magical nature of architecture and its power within a landscape.

Interior: Liverpool Central Library by Austin-Smith:Lord - photographed by Keith Hunter

Interior: Liverpool Central Library by Austin-Smith:Lord – photographed by Keith Hunter

Friederike Meyer: “Described as much more than mere reproductions, Schluchtmann’s images penetrate to the very essence of his subjects. They distil light and colour in a long process involving both analogue and digital techniques, imbuing photographs with an unusually sculptural depth. Some say they create incarnations of design in the way that other photographers create incarnations of fashion.”

Buildings in Use: Pátio des Escolas by José Barra and Gonçalo Byrne - photographed by Fernando Guerra

Buildings in Use: Pátio des Escolas by José Barra and Gonçalo Byrne – photographed by Fernando Guerra

Other remarkable photographs being shown in large scale c-type prints beauty include Adam Mørk’s ‘exterior shortlisted’ photograph of The Blue Planet, Denmark and in ‘the buildings in use category’ Fernando Guerra’s striking image of Pátio des Escolas, Portugal.

Interior: Dalian Congress Centre by Coop Himmelb(l)au photographed by Duccio Malagamba

Interior: Dalian Congress Centre by Coop Himmelb(l)au photographed by Duccio Malagamba

The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award aims to put the focus on the skill and creativity of the photographer.

Interior: Citta del Sol by Labrics - photographed by Fernando Guerra

Interior: Citta del Sol by Labrics – photographed by Fernando Guerra

The judges and the viewers are asked to look beyond the architecture to the composition, light, scale, atmosphere, sense of place and understanding of the project.

Buildings in Use: Olympic Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron - photographed by Duccio Malagamba

Buildings in Use: Olympic Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron – photographed by Duccio Malagamba

The exhibition mirrors the innovation available in this three-storey renovated factory in the heart of Clerkenwell. A full range of Sto Group’s products are at Werkstatt for architects to play and create with, including glass and rendered rainscreen cladding, seamless acoustics, facade elements and photo catalytic interior paint coating.

Sense of place: exterior approach to the Shanghai South Railway Station - photographed by James Leynse

Sense of place: exterior approach to the Shanghai South Railway Station – photographed by James Leynse

Werkstatt also extends out from its hub in Clerkenwell to offer connections to Sto’s international network of technical experts with local and global knowledge. Werkstatt is a workshop for international designers and architects to meet, hear, see, be inspired, photography in relaxed surroundings with a backdrop of Sto innovation.

Exterior: The Blue Planet by 3XN - photographed by Adam Mørk

Exterior: The Blue Planet by 3XN – photographed by Adam Mørk

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Frozen Photography in Lake Superior

Focus sur les photos incroyables qui ont été faites du Lake Superior au Nord des Etats-Unis. Le lac a tellement gelé qu’il est possible de faire des excursions en tout sécurité dans les caves de l’Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Des photos de cascades figées et de stalactites à découvrir dans la suite.


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