Floating concept studio for writers


House of WritingAn architecture firm has devised a ‘floating’ studio to help writers unleash their creativity.

Blank Studio’s ‘House of Writing’ in Switzerland would be held to metal ‘trees’ with cables, giving the studio its floating effect.

The three-level design is covered in ‘satin-etched, translucent glass and stainless steel’, which adds to its etherealness in the heart of the Alps.

Find out more about the concept here and let us know your thoughts.

Laser cut paper art inspired by architecture


Eric Standley laser cut paper artAn artist creates intricate paper sculptures inspired by architecture.

Eric Standley’s ‘stained glass windows’ are stacks of paper, which are individually laser-cut into beautiful patterns.

Inspired by Gothic and Islamic architecture, Standley’s pieces take months to complete, from planning to assembly.

The Virginia-based artist’s complex structures have been compared to mandalas, which are geometric patterns that represent the infinity of the cosmos.

See more of Standley’s work here and tell us what you think of the art.

Yerka Project: the ‘unstealable’ bike


Project YerkaThree engineering students from Chile have created an ‘unstealable’ bike.

The students, who have named their idea ‘Yerka Project’, use a surprisingly simple way of securing the bike: by using its own frame.

Yerka Project’s middle pipe divides and attaches to the removable seat, forming a lock – all that it then needs is to be fastened to a post .

The prototype locks with a key, though the team are working on variations of the bike that can lock with combinations.

The team came up with their idea after one of them was targeted twice by bike thieves.

Find out more about the unstealable bike here or watch the video below – do you think it’s a good idea?

Curry paste adverts made of spices


Patak adPatak’s new adverts for its curry paste use spices to detail the long process of making the paste yourself.

Sean Freeman, who created the ads for the curry brand, used a range of spices and other ingredients mentioned in the ‘recipe’ to write it out on a black background.

Freeman also used different typographic styles throughout the innovative posters to bring the copy to life and encourage customers to opt for a jar of Patak’s.

See both of the posters here and tell us what you think of them.

The Kodatrope


The KodatropeAn interactive sculpture lets users view hundreds of photographs as it spins around them.

The Kodatrope, by Lee Pivnik, is made from over five hundred photographic slides and is large enough to be placed over a viewer’s head and shoulders.

The photographs, which were mainly taken in the 1960s and 1970s, have been collected from a variety of families for the project.

As the light passes through the rotating Kodatrope, different photos catch the viewer’s eye, focusing them on complete strangers and their unknown stories.

Find out more about the Kodatrope here and let us know what you think of it.

British Airways launches animal channel


Paws and RelaxBritish Airways has tapped into the ‘cute’ zeitgeist by releasing its own animal channel for passengers.

The airline now offers ‘Paws and Relax’ to long-haul passengers as part of its ‘Slow TV’ in-flight entertainment package.

‘Paws and Relax’ content will include animals from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the cartoon ‘Simon’s Cat’, and ‘Secret Life of Cats’.

BA’s in-flight entertainment manager, Richard D’Cruze, said: “We discovered some scientific research that proves watching images of cute animals can actually lower your heart rate and reduces stress levels.”

Find out more about the channel, which is being curated by Spafax, here.

Will you be watching BA’s new channel?

‘Matter’ app gives photos a futuristic feel


Matter appA new app lets users alter their photographs by giving them an otherworldly feel.

‘Matter’ offers four model packs, containing 3D objects and structures, which can be edited into pictures.

The embedded elements can be manipulated with shadows, masks, and can even be made translucent or opaque.

Users can also create looping videos of the structures in motion.

Watch ‘Matter’ in action below or find out more about it here – would you use this innovative new app?

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