It’s funny how inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, but I was reading through the newest issue of Gourmet when I came across these awesome matches called Bloc. These blocks of matches are carved from a single block of pine, with the striking area at the bottom. The blocks come in 4 different ways though. There’s the Bloc 36, which has 36 matches, Bloc 100, which has 100 matches, The Bush, which is a longer match used for lighting a fireplace, and The Log, which is a piece of wood that when taken apart properly gives you 9 pieces of wood, making for excellent kindling. The Bloc series was created by designer Franck Fontana who also made that Invisible Bookshelf.
I think these are amazing on many different levels. First there’s no waste involved, everything is made from wood and can be burned ( I know, carbon, whatever). Second, they look amazing, I absolutely love the Bloc 36 and 100, I think they’d look good just sitting out on a table. They’re also pretty cheap as well, running about $20 – $40 for everything I talked about.
I had a hell of a time tracking these down, but I eventually found them for sale at LifeIsGoods.com (the magazine printed the url wrong).
One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC, is an organization that makes cheap, but not poor quality, computers to benefit children in less fortunate situations. They’ve been committed to making these laptops $100 (though they’re currently priced at $188) to help schools be able to afford these computers, dubbed XO. Well now OLPC has announced the second incarnation of the XO, now called the XOXO, seems like quite an ambitious leap.
The new XO 2.0 would feature a dual touch screen, only consume one watt of power and retail for $75 when it comes out in 2010. This sounds like a lovely idea, but really? How in the hell would this possible? An iPhone has one touch screen a quarter the size of the one of those screens and it goes for $400. The keyboard would be on the touch screen, but wouldn’t you need some sort of haptic response to know that you’re typing? I think it would be obnoxious to hear a fake key sound every time I hit a letter. This is the equivalent of that book Penny owned from Inspector Gadget!
I just really don’t see how they’re going to cram all of that technology AND do it on the cheap BY 2010. I know Yves Behar is an amazing designer, but I don’t think even Jonathan Ive could figure this one out. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong!
Hey, it’s Wednesday already! I’m also feeling under the weather today, I think I’ve caught a bit of a cold, so my wit factor has been taken down a notch, I know, lame. Anyhow, this week’s DWP contributor was one of those people who I went out on a limb when I wrote him, thinking there would be nooooo way he’d do it, but as you can see he totally pulled through. This week’s artist is a guy named Tessar Lo, who was born in Indonesia, graduated from the Sheridan Institute in illustration and now calls Los Angeles his home.
I fell in love with Tessar’s work as soon as I saw it. His line work looks so flawless, his colors are spot are well chosen and i love how ethereal it all is, especially this week’s wallpaper. I think it’s so rad that he was able to merge women, water, plants, fish AND black foxes all into one beautiful little swirl. When I opened this up in my inbox my obvious reaction was, “holy shit.” I hope you guys enjoy it all as much as I do!
To celebrate it’s 75th anniversary, Lacoste has decided to take a look into the future with an online video they’ve created called Lacoste Future, which shows just what tennis could look like in the future. Looking and moving like it came out of Metal Gear Solid 4 (think Raiden), but it’s definitely one of the better “future glimpses” to come out of a fashion house. The site gives an in depth look at the clothing and equipment used in the spot, including a racket with unbreakable magnetic string, shoes with an embedded OLED display, and a face mask that not only protects the wearer but is able to help visualize where the ball will land. Oh yeah, and the clothes look pretty cool, kind of rugby meets tennis meets Stormtrooper. They even have a section where you can download stills from the movie as a desktop background, pretty cool, huh?
Definitely watch the movie above, and then check out the site, it’s really well done.
Started in the early 90′s, Eley Kishimoto is the duo of Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, a couple of really creative fashion designers who’ve worked with some of the biggest names out there. They also created a fantastic little print called Flash, which adorns the shoes you see above. Their form is based after Chuck Taylor’s giving them a classic look but the all over Flash print makes these totally unique without being over the top.