Posts written during 'April 2012'
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I might be a little behind the times and I haven’t been there yet, but this is my new favourite thing about New York. For me, it’s not hard to love almost everything about New York but the High Line park really is something special. The park is built on a historic rail line and was going to be demolished until the community pulled together and transformed the area into a beautiful space. The spaces around the High Line have now been converted into art galleries, design studios, retailers, restaurants and museums. The space itself really looks at what can be done with existing materials and spaces to turn them into a functional and beautiful space.
All images were found in the public domain, any infringements of copyright are purely unintentional.
Check out more info and pics on the High Line website
Anna Takarangi, UK office
If you didn't know already, the hottest app on the planet right now is the incredibly addictive Draw Something. Draw Something is a game where users have to draw one of three guess words for another user, who has to then guess what has been drawn. It is very much a Pictionary for today's world of social mobile gaming.
Last month and following 50 million downloads, social network game developer Zynga bought Draw Something and creator OMGPOP for $180 million.
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of Draw Something, why not have a look below at some of our recent efforts from the UK studio and see if you can guess any of
1. If you're after a little clue on this one, all we'll say is it's about the motion!
2. As a group of designers, we had to include a famous brand in there somewhere!
3. Obviously a mouse, but what is the missing word?
4. As for this masterpiece, well I cant seem to remember her name? (We do admit that this image may have involved some Photoshop work!
Ben Lavender, UK office
Recently a friend gave me an Argo Pet Carrier by Teafco® for Grover, my 13-pound Cairn Terrier Mix. Although I am no stranger to spoiling my dog rotten, the high-end gift got me thinking about how much we spend on pet carriers alone for our beloved dogs and cats.
But it’s more than just price that determines a good quality pet carrier. Juicy Couture offers bags that range in price to more than $300, but in my opinion they don’t offer quality (functional!) design, have poor ventilation and are riding on name alone.
Other companies offer quality design and functionality to keep your pets safe and secure during travel.
Take for example Komfort Pets’ climate controlled pet carrier. Although these are more crate-like than pet carrier, they are worth a mention because they not only cool your pup on the go, but also provide heat when temperatures drop. And it is done automatically…The air kicks on when temperatures reach 72-degrees Fahrenheit, while the crate heats up once temps dip below 65-degrees. But luxury comes at a price… The smallest version (for pets around 12 pounds) costs $399.
Jeep surprisingly has also dipped into the pet market and offers some cute and convenient carriers. Other companies offer basket-like carriers you can attach to the front of your bike, or you can pick the pet stroller to take the load off your back and shoulders.
Sleepypod’s® (www.sleepypod.com) pet carriers are crash-tested, fit under the seat in an airplane and attach easily to your existing luggage.
And while Louis Vuitton seems to be the favorite pet carrier among celebrities, after much research the Argo line, with its highly functional design and bright colors, is by far my favorite. Check the styles out here.
Courtney Cavanaugh and Grover, US office
Now that Easter is over for another year and we have all gorged ourselves silly on 3 for £1 Easter eggs, you'd think we'd be sick of eggs by now. Far from it.
How about a Laser-sintered Easter egg?
From 21st February 2012, London became home to over 200 giant and uniquely crafted Easter eggs as part of the Fabergé big egg hunt, and this egg, a collaboration between Fourfoursixsix Architects, Ogle Models and EOS, was one of those on display.
Daniel Welham of the architects Fourfoursixsix explained, “We decided to consciously move away from the mere development of a surface treatment to the egg. The geometry in question provided us with the perfect platform to begin applying a set of architectural principles to the overall form. Through this process we played with structure, light and shadow and began to develop a three dimensional architectural terrain.”
“Our egg aims to show the potential of 3D design and production methods. The intention was to develop a design that could not be created any other way. We have used our ability to work with these tools to develop an intricate, delicate and complex piece that intrinsically connects back to the spirit of the Faberge brand, which focuses on highly accomplished design and craftsmanship alongside the use of exquisite materials. In some ways, our design brings this concept into the modern era on a larger scale; a piece of 21st Century digital opulence.”
If that seems a bit too much, what about one of the other 200+ eggs created by designers, jewelers, architects and artists?
These eggs were hidden across London for the general public to find and then bid on to raise money for “elephant Family’ and ‘Action for Children’ in collaboration with Fabergé, to great success culminating in them breaking the Guiness World Record for the largest egg hunt ever.
Vanessa Christian, Creative Director, UK office
Edit: The Fourfoursixsix egg was sold for a staggering £4050!