National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2013 Photo Contest

The National Geographic Traveler Magazine photo contest, now in its 25th year, has begun. There is still plenty of time to enter. The entry deadline is Sunday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. Entrants may submit their photographs in any or all of the four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The magazine’s photo editors showcase their favorite entries each week in galleries. You can also vote for your favorites. “The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult,” says Keith Bellows, magazine editor in chief. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly edited for readability.) As always, you can take a look at some of last year’s entries and winners.. — Paula Nelson ( 40 photos total)

OUTDOOR SCENES – Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl – Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. Okeefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

    

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Airstream-Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures

Airstream-Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures

The refurbished, industrial Kempart Loft gets a drastic makeover by Dethier Architectures, complete with a modular aluminum pod that not only breaks the space up, it becomes the focal point and central hub of the loft.

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Daniel Dethier, the architect, found willing clients who let him push the boundaries in this abandoned bakery in Liège, Belgium to give them the function and layout they needed, while at the same time bringing in one unique design.

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They first opened the space up to give it the loft-like feel the clients asked for. Then it was time for the pièce de résistance, the pod that houses the two bathrooms, a toilet, storage areas, and the heating and ventilation systems.

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Clearly inspired by Airstream campers, the aluminum clad unit runs down the central length of the loft and mainly separates the bedroom and the living room. It creates other zones as well.

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Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

It even hides the TV when not in use!

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

They commissioned artist Jean Glibert to choose the bathroom’s saturated colors, which can be spotted through the tiny windows. The colors definitely pop next to the mostly white and aluminum interior.

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Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Don’t worry, the windows can be switched to opaque for privacy.

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Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Airstream Inspired Living: Kempart Loft with Aluminum Pod by Dethier Architectures in interior design architecture Category

Photos © Serge Brison for Dethier Architectures.

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LOHOCLA Growler by Herald Urena

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By Herald Ureña, College for Creative Studies ’13

I chose the name LOHOCLA, backwards for Alcohol, for this project in order to suggest that my new design inherits the past by incorporating it into a modern object. It is a redesign of the growler, a reusable vessel to carry beer from the pub or store to your home, commonly used in the USA but also used in Australia and Canada.

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I investigated the history of the growler and based a new design on the product’s forms from the past so the reinterpretation has an aspect of ‘design memory.’ Growlers in USA circa 1800’s we actually repurposed metal buckets. During the 50’s and 60’s people would reuse packaging and food containers as growlers, including waxed cardboard containers and plastic storage products. Half-gallon jugs became popular in the 80’s, though those glass jugs were also re-purposed (apple) cider or moonshine jugs. The design of the growler shifted to closed containers once refrigeration became standard in American homes.

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It was important to me that the redesign of the growler keep an aesthetic of other preexisting objects in some way. The overall shape still looks like the cider jug but I have created a handle that is reminiscent of the bucket handles from the 1800’s, as well as the look of a common pitcher.

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Function

I investigated ergonomics from the point of view of the common user, bartender, waiters, user trends, consumption habits at home, in restaurants, and pubs. I then decided to ensure that the shape of this growler could also be used as a decanter / pitcher as well, so it can be used for serving in a pub if the user decides to stay. This growler is smaller in size, contrary to high American consumption habits. Existing designs are notoriously difficult to clean; thus, I made the top wider to facilitate this process, as well as for pouring. To reduce the material used on the cap, the cap now screws on to the inside of the glass wall and is also hollow to reduce weight. I added texture to the bottom of the growler so that the bartender can grip it and fill it up easier. There is also a bubble marking system on the outer surface of the glass, marking every half pint and indicating exactly how much to fill the jug with an extruded line on the surface of the jug. It is intended to be filled very close to the top, near the lid, in order to reduce airspace in the growler so the beer stays fresher.

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Although some growlers are now being made out of aluminum, people complain about not being able to see the beer, particularly when someone is serving them from a growler. The interior of the growler has a helix that circulates the beer as it is being poured to keep it circulating and equally fresh throughout the drinking experience—the user will not get the bitter butt of the beer that is sometimes discarded altogether. That large inner helix clearly is the driving differentiating element applied.

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kickstarter’s successful crowd-sourced bike projects

since launching in 2009, more than 4 million people have pledged over $603 million on kickstarter, funding more than 40,000 creative projects.

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Massive Multi-Tool: The Cole-Bar Hammer

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Statistically speaking, most of us only use crowbars when we’re about to be arrested for Menacing, but if you’ve ever had to do light demo around the house you know how handy they can be. Someone actually stole my crowbar a couple of years ago, and I never bought a replacement since I haven’t recently needed to pry anything open or dispense street justice.

Maybe it’s just as well that I’ve held off, as a new crowbar may be hitting the market at the end of this summer. And, usefully, it also happens to be a hammer. And a 1/2-inch socket wrench, and a couple of other things. I’m normally skeptical of multi-tools, but the Cole-Bar Hammer, which is currently up on Kickstarter, look pretty promising:

I know what you’re thinking: How well would that central joint hold up when the tool is extended into a full-length crowbar?

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Fresh From The Dairy: Mixed Bag Faves

Fresh From The Dairy: Mixed Bag Faves

I’ve been bookmarking lots of great art as I’ve been browsing Society6 lately for our Design Milk Dairy picks. Here are a few of my favorites from late, not in any special order and certainly not any specific theme, unless “abstract orange and pink directional pugs” is a theme.

Above: Compass pillow by Zach Terrell

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Pug Love by Kelly Puissegur

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color story – sprinkles iPhone case by Amanda Millner McAdoo

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Asking for Directions pillow by Emily Rickard

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from the The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

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The New Clarity: RISD MFA Furniture Show 2013

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Last week, a vacant industrial loft was magically transformed into an elegant gallery space for the evening, as the Rhode Island School of Design’s Department of Furniture Design celebrated its graduating Masters Candidates in a show titled, ‘The New Clarity.’

The show opened its doors in downtown Providence to members of RISD and the local community who came out to show their support. ‘The New Clarity’ exhibited the Masters’ theses of seven graduate students, featuring work by Adrianne Ho’o Hee, Elish Warlop, F Taylor Colantonio, Chen Liu, Carley Eisenberg, Simon Lowe, and Marco Gallegos, this year’s graduating Masters’ candidates of the department.

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The title of the exhibition drew its name from “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke:

…Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.”

Each designer took a fresh approach to that understanding, re-envisioning what furniture could be and giving a glimpse of what that development looked like on the path to their final work.

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Pieces ranged from the bent-wood room divider above to a chair to facilitate sex with multiple partners simultaneously–running the gamut of what comes to mind (and doesn’t) when one thinks of ‘furniture design.’ The diverse array of work explored not only a new understanding, but varying motifs of tradition, from daily traditions of the everyday to ornate, woven tapestries re-imagined in plastic.

One of the most memorable pieces from the evening was the latter, the work of Colantonio, which looked at commodities of the past, seeped in ancient tradition, and adapted them utilizing contemporary tools and technologies.

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“Most of my work deals with historical ‘types’ of objects, at least as a point of departure,” said Colantonio. “I’m interested in taking a thing like a Persian carpet, and all the baggage that comes with it, and abstracting it beyond the qualities we would normally associate with a Persian carpet. I wanted to create a kind of a ghost of the source object, something that is both familiar and entirely strange. In many of the pieces, this is done with a shift in material, often as a result of exploiting a manufacturing method in a new way.”

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The aptly titled “Beer Bag” was part of Gallegos’ “Rethinking the Familiar” Collection, which looked to further the relationship and value people place on everyday objects. With the capacity to carry a six-pack of beer, the bag fits snugly onto one’s bike. Beer holders included.

RISD2013-TheNewClarity-MarcoGallegos-LiluTable.jpgThe Lilu Table, by Marco Gallegos

The Lilu Table is also the work of Gallegos, who sought to create a self-supporting structure, where each part provides vital support to the rest–working together as a system. The power-coated steel legs fit into the top, locking them all together in a secure fit.

The breadth of the work left little to be desired in terms of heterogeneity, leaving the future work of each designer just as varied and unpredictable as the collection produced. We’ll be eager to see what divergent paths they take after graduation this June!

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More photos from the opening night after the jump.

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