An A-Z of untranslatable words by Fuchsia Macaree

I’ve loved the work of Irish illustrator Fuchsia Macaree for quite sometime. Her editorial illustrations for the Dublin magazine Totally Dublin have always been a particular favorite of mine and earlier in the month she released a fantastic series of illustrations based on untranslatable words.

It seems that every language has a few examples of these. They are the types of words that don’t necessarily translate directly into English or perhaps require a degree of cultural understanding to truly get their meaning. For example, in Ireland we have ‘craic’ – a word that means a sense of fun and amusement; normally based around good company and entertaining conversation. In Germany they have a word for buildings that are constructed with he sole purpose of inconveniencing a neighbour (neidbau). In Japan they use the word ‘age-tori’ for when someone looks worse after a hair cut. It’s fascinating stuff and Fuchsia’s series sets about bringing all these great words to life.

From A-Z she has created 26 illustrations which explore these fantastic foreign words. Each one rendered with beautiful colors, and fun and playful imagery. My favorite? The German word ‘backpfeifengesicht’. Simply meaning ‘a face in need of a slap’. Now, why don’t we have a word for that in English!?

View the complete collection of Fuchsia’s untranslatable words online here or buy a print of the alphabet online here.

Philip Kennedy

August 31, 2012 / By

Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten build an office building

Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten build an office building

Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten build an office building

Worlds away from the bland and sprawling office parks that seem to populate suburban office parks in the States, is this stack of commercial spaces recently completed by Mierta & Kurt Lazzarini Architekten. Built along the banks of the Inn river in Switzerland, the firm is so proud of their work that they moved into one of its spaces. Could you resist a space with that view? Because the project is along a river, it may be tempting to read the undulating fenestration pattern as a reference to water, but it’s actually a reflection of the rolling hills covered in trees that surround the project. Besides being a lovely project, it’s also a responsible one: producing energy from photovoltaics on the roof.

Alex Dent

August 31, 2012 / By

Space Suit of the Week

Space Suit of the Week

Space Suit of the Week

With the passing of Neil Armstrong this past week, I have spent much time looking through archival footage of Neil and his gang. I wanted to share with you something spectacular, something sprinkled with cosmic moon dust. The above panoramas of the moon are courtesy of USRA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute. Twelve men have walked on the moon. This is what it was like inside their space suits.Take a peek at as many Apollo Surface Panoramas that you can squeeze into your lunch break. These high-resolution images have such high quality that you can almost see your own breath steaming on the glass of your own space suit.

Alana Zimmer

August 31, 2012 / By

The Onjuku Surf Shack by Bakoko

the Onjuku Surf Shack by Bakoko

the Onjuku Surf Shack by Bakoko

the Onjuku Surf Shack by Bakoko

This small and wood-finished residence was designed for an international couple who love to surf. So it may not be too surprising that the house can be quite open to ocean breezes flowing through it. That’s because the house is built in Onjuku, a costal fishing town about an hour and a half from Tokyo. The house was designed by Bakoko, who describe the project as the Onjuku Surf Shack, but I’m not sure I’d call this warm and sturdy structure a shack.

Alex Dent

August 30, 2012 / By

‘Rats of the Sky’ – Bringing a jewel toned color to the lowly pigeon

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

A bit of a controversial stunt, Berlin-based artists Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charriere have dyed the local pigeons of Venice coinciding with this years Venice Biennale. The idea was to change the perception of pigeons in the city to be something beautiful rather than rats of the sky. The end result are pigeons that resemble jewel toned parrots you’d find in the wilds of the jungle, defying the dirty, pretzel-pecking image that usually comes to mind.

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

The birds were spray painted with a non-harmful dye in a specially created booth, for those wondering. I think there are still some ethical issues, but I’m going to give the artists the benefit of a doubt that they didn’t harm any birds in the making of this project. Overall I think the effect is pretty beautiful and amazing. Pigeons can beautiful in my opinion, but this brings a Wizard of Oz, horse-of-a-different-color sort of vibe to them which I think would be pretty awesome to see in person.

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

'Rats of the Sky' - Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck

Bobby Solomon

August 30, 2012 / By

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