The group over at Protein recently did an interview with head of nendo Oki Sato who sits down and shares a bit about his work and his process. I love the work that nendo produces, so it was really nice to get to hear him speak. If you’re curious about the project in the background you can see more photos of it by clicking here.
For probably most of my life I’ve wondered what it would be like to have mutant powers. My intense imagination allowed me to imagine myself flying over buildings while I was sitting in the car, or throwing around objects simply by thinking about them. These days there are a lot of movies about such things, but most of them tend to fall short on the reality of situations like that, for example, dressing up in leather outfits and stopping the cuban missile crisis. That’s where the new film Chronicle comes in.
What I gathered from the trailer, the film is about three college bros who discover a mysterious something and gain special powers from it, one of which ends up turning bad. Watching the parts where they start using their powers though is awesome, and the idea that it’s like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger you are, is a great idea. They don’t really touch on concepts like that in the comic books, so it’s a fun detail. Hopefully it turns out as good as this trailer makes it look.
I can’t get enough of these recorded installation’s by Supakitch and Koralie, and thankfully they can’t stop making them. I’ve posted about two of their installations before, each of them are extremely beautiful and all made by hand with a lot of hard work, and this one is just as special. I really like how they’ve included the puffy, airbrushed clouds and creatures into the work, it brings an unique element that paint pens can’t quite make. Sit back and watch these masters do their thing.
Two things I hand’t realized until now:
(1) Olson Kundig Architects posts videos to Vimeo and (2) how frequently the firm engineers dynamic enclosures into their work. It’s almost as it Reitveld never died, but instead moved to Seattle and fell in love with naturally-finished materials. It’s a bummer that this video doesn’t have any sound, either background music or explanations of the problems and solutions that these moving building giblets address (because it’s not apparent in every instance why things are moving or why they are moving as much as they are.) Still, it’s impressive to watch a wall or ceiling open; it’s a kind of dynamism that’s been a persistent vision of architects more often than it has been a reality in buildings. At least for the length of this mute video, we can see a few steel, glass, wood and concerete examples.
Hovering over a particularly verdant parcel of land in Fiskars, Finland is this small Artist Retreat. Designed by O to 1, the petite program is clad in natural materials that do little to neutralize the project’s sharp design, at least for the time being. Eventually, the wooden bits will turn grey, better matching the metal skin and making the mass read more cohesively. Which isn’t meant to be a pointed criticism, I think this project is fantastic from its overall form all the way down to the exterior steps made from tree trunks. Of course, with a project this small there isn’t much else to talk about; how about that great paint job? It’d be nice to see an artist, or any other person, retreating inside this Artist Retreat to get a better sense of scale, but who wants their picture taken when they’re trying to get away?