Automated Alice


I scored a 1st edition signed copy of Automated Alice yesterday. If you haven’t read any of Jeff Noon’s book i highly recommend it.

Cinema Paradiso

If movies offer us a rare form of modern day magic, the spell is cast in part by the special charms of the movie theatre.

Giuseppe Tornatore’s Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988) is a loving celebration of a small town cinematheque, told through the lens of a fimmaker’s childhood memories. A sweet, nostalgic romance, Italian-style.

Core77 Forum Topic: casting of flatware – prototypes

Featured Forum Topic of the Day:
casting of flatware – prototypes
by jGray in materials and processes

Anyone have any good sources for casting something like flatware? – I would prefer the precision and ease of finish of say investment cast aluminum, however I am having a hard time finding anyone with the equipment capable of doing this. Perhaps there is somewhere overseas i should look? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hot In The Hive: Jules Smith Twilight Jewelry

imageGet your wallets ready, Twilighters! Jewelry designer Gina Nigrelli of Jules Smith designs has recently released a vampire-inspired collection in the light of the upcoming release of Twilight’s sequel. As of now, the New Moon collection features an Edward’s Smile necklace, a Jacob’s Nemesis bracelet, and a Bella’s Good Luck Charm bracelet, each bearing a toothy vampire grin charm of either silver, gold, or gunmetal. Unfortunately for Team Jacob fans like myself, hand-carved wolves are nowhere in sight (though I guess there’s no point in wearing a wooden charm unless Jacob’s the one fastening it to your wrist), but the collection’s current pieces are still pretty sweet — edgy, yet dainty enough to avoid being too tacky (or too creepy).

Price: $20-$65
Who Found It: xgalexy was the first to add Jules Smith New Moon Collection to the Hive.


Un clip musical intrigant, dans un style très pixel art et créatif. Un travail qui a été réalisé par l’artiste spécialiste du genre Siggi Eggertsson, pour le musicien Lawrence Cepstral. A découvrir en vidéo dans la suite.


Afterparty by MOS at P.S.1


A pavilion consisting of thatched, conical towers designed by MOS architects has opened outside the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre in New York. (more…)

Luggage Fit For A King (Or Queen!)

imageMCM is a brand synonymous with classic luxury travel pieces. They followed on the heels of modern travel and were carried by royalty and celebrities alike. Style, quality and durability were the main goals and after decades, these pieces are still cherished and revered by the fashion press and customers the world over. They are even tested to make sure they are up to the task of being thrown in and out of 747 jets! This season’s totes will be sure to stand out among the crowd in “eye-popping colors” such as bright blue hues. Their iconic prints will get spiced up with contrasting piping and yummy crocodile and snakeskin will make a wonderful addition to the leather as they adorn purses and hobos in shades of purple and orange. To read more on MCM luggage, click on over to WhatsWear!

Olsens, Maria Pinto, and Jason Wu Top List of 31 Invited to Join Council of Fashion Designers of America


Yesterday, we briefly mentioned the Council of Fashion Designers of America in regards to their support of the proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act. Now we return to the CFDA to check out their just-released list of the 31 new designers they’ve asked to join their ranks in October. Among them, perhaps the two most-discussed designers of recent days for their dressing of Michelle Obama, Maria Pinto and Jason Wu. Also, and what will probably land the CFDA the most press, is their invitation to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for their Elizabeth & James and The Row clothing lines. As mentioned by the NY Daily News, it certainly doesn’t hurt that the twins had been cozying up to Diane Von Furstenberg, the CFDA’s president, for the past little while.

The Architecture of Parking


If architecture is, as Mies van der Rohe held, “the will of an epoch translated into space,” then it’s no surprise that a rabid proclivity towards parking structures marks the last century. Born out of an increasing reliance on cars, the design of parking garages range from the mundane to profound. Oftentimes, though, they’re mistaken as purely utilitarian structures that have nothing to add to the architectural conversation. Simon Henley’s 2007 book “The Architecture of Parking” (which was recently released in paperback) debunks this thinking by cataloging the most iconic and influential examples and detailing their unique contributions.

With the help of 568 images the book examines scores of different case studies, from canonical examples like Chicago’s corncob-shaped Marina City towers to less-heralded car parks, like the one on Pydar Street in Truro, England (both pictured below). The book separates case studies into groupings marked by unique aesthetic influence, matter, elevation, light and obliquity.

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In addition to these examples, extras include an introduction by the clearly car park-smitten author and photo essays by Sue Barr. Purchase “The Architecture of Parking” from Amazon or Thames & Hudson.

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Workspace of the Week: Emergency

This week’s Workspace of the Week is V@g0$’s office in red:

The color of the wallpaper reminds me of a fire truck. Everything is organized, similar to how it is on a fire truck, and in its place. I wonder if the colored magnets on the front of the red storage cabinet under the desk denote any information? I like the idea of the magnets meaning “to do today” or something equally valuable. All of the components for this office were purchased at Ikea and the space looks incredible. Thank you, V@g0$ (I’m saying that as “Vegas” in my mind), for sharing your space with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.