Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine by HEYHEYHEY

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine by HEYHEYHEY

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine by HEYHEYHEY

It’s hard not to enjoy a good Rube Goldberg amusement, and this is a good one. Created by HeyHeyHey, Melvin is a machine that promotes himself while inefficiently completing a simple task. So in some ways, he’s just like a teenage driver: he tweets, uploads photos and videos while leaving a path of destruction in his wake. From Melvin’s Website:

“Melvin the Machine was created by studio HEYHEYHEY. They tried to create, what they call, a ‘super moment’ at which the experience counted rather than the end result. Initially Melvin was featured for 10 days in MU artspace during the 2010 Dutch Design Week where around 14.000 people came to see Melvin perform. In February the video was shot in the beautiful ‘De Ploeg’, a (former)factory designed by Gerrit Rietveld. More information about Melvin and the people who made it all possible can be found under answers.”

Alex

Alex Dent

June 30, 2011 / By

Some Pile of “Trash”: Big Crunch by Raumlabor

Big Crunch by Raumlabor

Big Crunch by Raumlabor

As a kid, I could not believe some of the things my mom would throw away: we’re talking high-quality junk. “What?! You’re going to throw away the stick-on-bow from this present?!” or “Are you sure we don’t need to keep this ratty, thread-bare towel in case some of our other towels run away?” We didn’t need to keep the bows or towels, but I always hated throwing away anything potentially useful.  Maybe I got this from my grandma who lived through the Great Depression, but I doubt it since I failed to acquire her disinterest in expiration dates. Sometimes, I would talk my mom into letting me take her “trash” and do something with it.

But I never did this. My assemblages of useless refuse remained useless and never rematerialized as the enclosure of a gathering space. Raumlabor Berlin has made such an enclosure out of what looks like debris from a tornado or the season finale of Hoarders. But this is Germany, an in my next broad generalization of an an entire country, I’m going to assume that the neighbors are pretty happy about it. Does Doris Salcedo live in Darmstadt?

Alex

Alex Dent

June 29, 2011 / By

Heath Killen’s Mythical Criterion Covers

Heath Killen's Mythical Criterion Covers

Heath Killen's Mythical Criterion Covers

Heath Killen's Mythical Criterion Covers

Heath Killen's Mythical Criterion Covers

I can’t say I’m a fan of things like fake Penguin book covers or minimalist {insert movie name here} posters, but these fake Criterion covers by Heath Killen are stunning. I’ve featured Heath’s work a couple times on the site and he’s always creating so many amazing things, the guy is kind of unstoppable. I was looking over these Criterion covers last night, and Kyle was peering over my shoulder and asked, “Oh, is Adaptation in Criterion now?”, because the cover was so well done. My personal favorite of the bunch is his Mad Max cover at top, it’s so simple and bold, makes perfect sense visually and grabs your attention immediately.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

June 29, 2011 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Philipp Dornbierer

Philipp Dornbierer

We’ve got a very special bonus to the desktop wallpaper this week, something that’s never been done before. It comes from Philipp Dornbierer, also known as Yehteh, is an illustrator from Zürich who might sound familiar since he won the Great Gatsby Re-Covered Books contest. Since his work is so great and original, I had to have him be a part of The Desktop Wallpaper Project, and he didn’t let me down.

Not only do you get a beautiful wallpaper, but he’s also created some really wonderful folder icons that blend into the wallpaper seamlessly. You can see a sneak peek of the folders in the image above, but there are 4 to choose from in total, so you can mix and match how you like. To download the folder icons you can simply click here. A huge thanks to Philipp for putting so much work into this, I hope you all enjoy the goodies.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

June 29, 2011 / By

2011 Serpentine Pavilion In Photos

Peter Zumthor Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Peter Zumthor Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Peter Zumthor Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Photos by Walter Herfst

Remember these renderings from back in April? Now, the Serpentine Pavilion has been realized and opens to the public on 1st of July in Hyde Park. This summer’s pavilion seems more somber than some previous iterations, an introspective space that comes off more like an interior… just an interior with big plants in the middle of the room. It’s being called a garden within a garden. The sun-lit pants against the shadowy backdrop of the blueish black walls is nice, and largely the architecture is background, putting this verdant and disorganized mass of a greenery in the forefront.

Architect Peter Zumthor says about his design: “The hortus conclusus that I dream of is enclosed all around and open to the sky. Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens that I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the façades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.” If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in London this summer, you must plan a visit.

Alex

Alex Dent

June 28, 2011 / By

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