Is This Relaxing? A Brutal Looking Sauna Made of Concrete and Steel

One Man Sauna by Modulorbeat

Modulorbeat’s One Man Sauna is a wonderfully strange construction found near the German city of Bochum. The work forms part of a research lab project called Borderlands which the architects have been working on since 2012. Borderlands examines the border and transit spaces of the city and attempts to see what role architecture can play in the development of these spaces.

One Man Sauna by Modulorbeat

One Man Sauna by Modulorbeat

This One Man Sauna is located on the site of an old abandoned factory and stands at nearly 25 feet. Built from old building shafts, the sauna consists primarily of three stacked pre-cast concrete parts. These form three different unique layers on the inside: a plunge pool at the bottom, a sauna on the middle level and a relaxation room and viewing area at the top.

One Man Sauna by Modulorbeat

One Man Sauna by Modulorbeat

One Man Sauna by Modulorbeat

Go check out Modulorbeat’s website for more exciting work.

Philip Kennedy

September 8, 2014 / By

Marc Newson Joins The Apple Design Team

Marc Newson Joins The Apple Design Team

It’s going to be a big week for Apple. They’re announcing new products on Tuesday in a live event, likely to be a new NFC-able iPhone and some sort of wearable, and last week they made one huge announcement: famed Australian industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining the Apple design team. Vanity Fair broke the news late Friday afternoon, which included a short note about the new union from Jony Ive.

“Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation,” Ive said in a statement provided to VF Daily. “He is extraordinarily talented. We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much and have found our partnership so effective.”

Marc Newson - Nike-Zvezdochka

Marc Newson - KAWS and Ikepod Watches

In my eyes this is a huge win for Apple. I believe that Newson is one of the best living industrial designers and having his mind join that of the Apple design team is incredible. I have two of his products which I still cherish and use to this day – the Zvezdochka shoes he created for Nike and the Pentax K01, one of the coolest cameras I’ve ever used.

It’s also interesting to think of Newson in regards to the rumors of an Apple wearable. As you can see above Newson does have a history of designing time pieces so it’s not hard to imagine that Newson may be contributing to this effort in some way. In a video with designboom which you can watch below he speaks about designing (and hand building!) watches way back in 1986.

My friend Ed was speculating that the Jony Ive and Marc Newson (RED) Auction at Sotheby’s could have been a ruse to cover up their collaboration on said wearable.

Marc Newson - Pentax K01 Camera

Marc Newson - Biomega Bicycle

Marc Newson - Ford Concept Car

I’ve included a few more of the fantastic pieces he’s made over the years as well, a bike for Biomega and the Ford 021C concept car, to give a sense of the range of products Newson has created over the years. Hell, he’s even designed a space plane. It’ll be fantastic to see how Apple’s industrial design changes with his presence at the company.

Bobby Solomon

September 8, 2014 / By

‘NIGO® Only Lives Twice’ – The Most Ridiculous Yet Enviable Auction You’ll Ever See

NIGO® Only Lives Twice

“I wanted to have an estate sale of my own but obviously I couldn’t get any enjoyment from it myself if I was dead. So I decided to do it now.”

That’s the quite peculiar thinking of acclaimed designer Nigo, the founder of Japanese clothing branding A Bathing Ape, on his upcoming Sotheby’s auction titled NIGO® Only Lives Twice, which takes place October 7th, 2014 in Hong Kong.

NIGO® Only Lives Twice

The auction is filled with an eclectic mix of art and design unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Amongst the objects up for auction are a number of paintings and sculptures from KAWS, paintings by Andy Warhol, lots of Eames pieces, many vintage signs and memorabilia, and of course, a Gucci christmas tree designed by Tom Ford. Clearly he’s a man of great taste though to me it shows how insanely lavish the super-rich can live. What do you want to bet that this is but a small part of a much larger collection?

You can see the entire ridiculous list of lots by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

September 8, 2014 / By

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Bobby Solomon

September 8, 2014 / By

No. The Powerful Word That Creatives Love.

Creative People Say No

Came across a piece over on Medium by Kevin Ashton which I thought made a pretty great point: Creatives know the power of no.

Creators do not ask how much time something takes but how much creation it costs. This interview, this letter, this trip to the movies, this dinner with friends, this party, this last day of summer. How much less will I create unless I say “no?” A sketch? A stanza? A paragraph? An experiment? Twenty lines of code? The answer is always the same: “yes” makes less. We do not have enough time as it is. There are groceries to buy, gas tanks to fill, families to love and day jobs to do.

Learning to say no to the right and wrong things takes time, as does learning the true value of your time, but once you do life gets remarkably better. Personally I’d add my favorite word to the bucket: Why? As a creative director I spend most of my day asking people pointed, specific questions. Why that color? Is that the best way to lay this out? What’s the value of doing something at all? Those two words combined have served me well, allowing my team to focus on better projects and make higher quality work. Hopefully it these words do the same for you.

Bobby Solomon

September 8, 2014 / By

“Black Sunrise”, A Chilled Out DJ Set from Tycho, Recorded at Burning Man

"Black Sunrise" DJ Set from Tycho

Though it was a short week for many of us, I’m quite glad it’s already Friday and that the weekend is here. Easing me into the weekend is this incredible DJ set from Tycho, which he recorded while at the Burning Man festival last week. The set, which started at 5:40am, contains many of my favorite artists like Boards of Canada, White Denim, Atoms for Peace, Manitoba and many more. It runs a little over 2 hours so you’ll have plenty of mellow music to keep you going over the next few days.

Bobby Solomon

September 5, 2014 / By

Victor Carrey Demonstrates His Love for the Fast and the Slow in Short Film ‘The Runaway’

The Runaway

I sometimes feel that there’s a tendency for blogs to just focus on what the latest thing is. For some reason there seems to be a need to focus on the thing that’s just been released. While I enjoy new things just as much as the next person I also feel that the internet is so full of amazing things that there’s bound to be some stuff that passed us by the first time around. That’s why I thought I’d share this excellent short film from 2011 with you. Called The Runaway (or La Huida in its original Spanish), this 10 minute short looks at how life moves fast and – rather fittingly – it highlights the things that might just pass us by.

The Runaway

Shot on 35mm and directed by Victor Carrey, the film has won 77 Awards and has had more than 200 festival selections. It’s a story told in two-halves, with the first setting the stage for an event to play out in the second. The narration comes from actor Joaquin Diaz, who does a wonderful job of stringing together a seemingly-endless array of apparently unconnected objects and situations. His rapid-fire delivery rattles through a great array of stories, anecdotes and observations before bringing us to the ‘runaway’ of the title in the second part. Here Carrey slows everything right down and wraps it all together with an excellent slow motion sequence that demonstrates the directors finely honed skills as a music video director.

It’s a great little romp and one which, if you didn’t catch the first time around, I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

Philip Kennedy

September 4, 2014 / By

Noma Has A Science Bunker, Officially Making It The Coolest Restaurant in the World

Noma Science Bunker

Named almost consecutively (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine, Noma is something beyond a restaurant. They’re best known for using locally foraged foods as well as their experimentation with food, using science and research to create startling dishes unlike anything you’ve seen before. To this end, Noma now has a “science bunker”, a series of refrigerated shipping containers which allows them to conduct experiments to discover new flavors. Scientist and research manager at Noma Arielle Johnson sums up the objective of the space quite well.

“It’s at some midway point between a test kitchen and a ‘lab’ lab,” she says. “Hopefully [the Bunker is] more like a kitchen. But we’re not actually producing dishes, we’re producing knowledge. In that sense it’s like a lab, but it’s a different discipline than a chem lab would have, it’s very much informed by the test kitchen and the service kitchen.”

You can read the full feature over on Eater.

Noma Science Bunker

Noma Science Bunker

Noma Science Bunker

Noma Science Bunker

Bobby Solomon

September 4, 2014 / By

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