I see a lot of weird looking buildings but I can’t see I’ve seen many domed structures before. Takeshi Hosaka Architecture have designed a building for a noodle restaurant near the base of Mt. Fuji called Hoto Fudo, about two hours away from Tokyo. The building looks like a mix of an igloo and something you’d see in Star Wars on Mos Eisley. George Lucas was such a visionary. The building is left open for most of the year so that you can feel the breeze and I guess the fog can roll into the building, though I’m not so sure of that last part. Overall I think it’s a really beautiful building, and I love that epic view you get of Mt. Fuji in the second photo.
This is one of the most disorienting games I’ve ever played. First-Person Tetris puts you into the viewpoint of the Tetris block, so when you rotate the block, the whole scree rotates with it…. and then stays way until you rotate again. You also fall with the blocks to make it even trippier, and if that’s not enough of a mindfuck there’s night mode where you can’t see anything but the blocks. Waste the rest of your Friday!
If there’s one free thing I get more than anything, it’s free posters. I’m honestly hoping that by 2011 (2012 will be too late) I will be able to wallpaper my entire my apartment with nothing but free posters. I’ll keep you updated. Anyhow, I got a few cool posters this week, one from Eric at Doe Eyed and then two from Simon over at Binary & The Brain. What’s amazing is how these posters ended up matching perfectly and fitting exactly on the wall in my dining room. Definitely be sure to check out their posters and pick yourself up some!
I just recently came across the music of Delphic, a UK dance/pop band who released their first album Acolyte last Tuesday. To generalize their sound they kind of feel like Cut Copy but with more harmonies and much more danceable. So far I’ve really been enjoying the album a lot, it’s really great to listen to when I need to get some energy while working.
The video above is for their song This Momentary and was directed by Dave Ma, who visited the area around Chernobyl, documenting the people who still live there. His focus was trying to capture little moments in the lives of the people who live there, not focusing on the negative health effects in any way. In an interview with Promo News, Dave says:
“A lot of people wrongly assume that the Chernobyl area is completely devoid of life or that it must be an atomic wasteland. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. The place is full of life, nature is flourishing and people still live and work around the power plant. There just happens to be a lot of radiation floating around…”
I think the video is absolutely stunning, filled with haunting images and perfectly desaturated colors. It’s still amazing to me that buildings have been abandoned like that. He does a great job of showing the beauty of a place that people can no longer inhabit. His style in this also kind of reminds me Martin de Thurah in ways, especially the tracking shot on the road. I also like how the video is cut to the beat in certain parts, it’s a nice touch.
I’m really enjoying the colorful furniture designs of British designer Mathias Hahn. The table at top is titled E8 and was inspired by a cobbled together piece of furniture that ended up being used as a dinner table. It was created to be long and narrow so you could work at the table and then when it’s time to eat you merely make a space next to your computer and papers. Plus you can’t resist that splash of yellow that coats the bottom of the table, giving it an unexpected pop.
The chair below that is just called Wooden Chair and features slotted joints that you are clearly displayed in a bright blue color. This not only makes the chair sturdy but gives it a little excitement as well. I would definitely love to have a full set of chairs and the table in my future. There’s such great simplicity to these pieces but the details really make it something special.
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