by Sabine Zetteler Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham comprise Patternity, the two-person powerhouse consulting on pattern-inspired projects of various scale all around the world. After meeting through mutual friends they quickly realized that despite their seemingly…
I always get excited to see an email from Portland’s MakeLike in my inbox. They’ve already nailed an awesome collection of nature-inspired wallpapers (Succulents, Cacti, Trees and Mushrooms), so now they’re moving on to something a bit more geometric. ’100 Things’ is a new hand-illustrated product line that is part of their Shapes Collection and it will include tea-towels, pillow cases and, to start, wallpaper. Hand-silkscreened using water-based inks, their latest wallpaper comes in blue, red, grey and paintable white. I love the idea of a wallpaper that’s designed to be colored-in. We saw a few of those pop up a few years back, but there haven’t been many new designs since. So this shape-filled canvas is a great idea for anyone who wants to get a little DIY with their wall designs. Stay tuned for the rest of the Shapes collection products, but in the meantime you can check out the wallpaper and order online right here. xo, grace
“Animals” is a project wich is based around five animal-photomanipulations… I have created five images: Raphael Hernandez, Big John, Travis Latham and the Carters…
The whole project took me two or three days to finish and I have to say that creating those images made a lot of fun although it wasn’t easy at some stages. (especially Travis needed his time)
BBC Future recently invited Conran’s Jared Mankelow to rethink the camera for their series on “redesigning the everyday,” Imagineering, in which “top designers rethink common objects and offer 21st Century solutions.” The Senior Designer at Sir Terence’s venerable company did away with the screen-based interface, hearkening back to the “retro joys of analogue photography”—namely, “that old-school feeling of waiting for your photographs to be developed before seeing how they turned out.”
Mankelow’s concept consists of a simple square, roughly the size of a Post-It pad, featuring a distinctive central aperture that serves as the lens and viewfinder, “with two rings at the front for the imaging sensors (black) and a ringflash (white).”
The square snapper may only be a mock-up—made by the UK’s Complete Fabrications—but it includes many of the attributes Mankelow would like in a finished product. Firstly there is the weight—the design’s reassuring heaviness harks back to the chunky character of models from the 1970s, when old-school film cameras arguably reached their golden age.
The lack of screen, of course, is the most radical departure from existing digital camera design. Noting the availability of wireless screens—smartphones, tablets, etc.—Mankelow has opted to relegate preview images to mobile devices via Bluetooth instead of in the camera itself. Not only does this add the element of surprise, as in film photography, but it also serves to reduce battery usage.
Gino Sarfatti is possibly the most important lighting designer in the history of Italian design. Between founding the beloved Arteluce in 1939 and selling it to Flos in 1973, the self-taught designer had over 600 lamps…
FreeFly Systems is a company dedicated to designing camera-supporting tools that enable revolutionary cinematography. Their top-of-the-line product is probably their CineStar Heavy Lift, above, an eight-rotor flying camera platform; but it is their handheld MoVI M10 model, below, that is currently enjoying a press explosion.
It’s easy to see why. The MoVI is a wicked piece of engineering, featuring a 3-axis gimbal that automatically, gyroscopically, digitally stabilizes the camera. Yet despite the presence of onboard motors, the thing operates completely silently and weighs less than 3.5 pounds. While a single person is meant to support it, shooting duties can also be split by having a second operator control the camera remotely via joystick. This frees the first operator up to focus on, for example, running or keeping a close eye on their footing on tricky terrain.