If you, like us, were super busy last week and couldn't deign to keep tabs on your regular design blogs, don't worry. You didn't miss much. T'was a lean week. But never fear, here are the hard won design diamonds in the digital rough from the last week. Enjoy!
Michele Daneluzzo: Primitive Knife
Italian product designer has produced this minimalist-futurist-throw-back for Italian brand Del Ben. Super nice, super sleek, and available in either polished or blasted steel, this gorgeous (albeit potentially non-utilitarian) object is winner we love. (via Dezeen.)
H20 @ 24hz
Check out this video that has been floating around the blogs for a little over a week. It's water, run through a hose, attached to a speaker, that is emitting a tone at 24hz. Evidently, when observed through the human eye, nothing seems to happen but shaky water. But when filmed at 24 frames/second, the water appears to be moving along a strict sine curve. Very cool. Watch the video here.
Mark Bramley: landscapes
Car photographer by day (or by some days), this awesome photographer goes out in search of stunning and profoundly empty landscapes on his off days. These are three of my favorites, but his website exhibits his true breadth of work. It also will make you a PDF of your favorite photos on the Lightbox tab, which is ridiculously awesome. (via It's Nice That.)
Ben Kafton: architectural graphic screen prints
If you're like me, you love everything involving architectural drawings and graphics, especially when they're made into art objects (screen prints?! Yes, thanks) AND they also look like they were touched by a constructivist or a mellow Dada-ist. I found this guy on Design Milk, but please check out his Etsy shop, which has images of his other, well priced prints.
Forma & Co: Re-Vision postcards
This Spanish graphic firm has produced re-hashed iconographic versions of already famous cultural icons. From the Avengers to Kiss, this deck of postcards remakes popular characters--from the Hulk to Jesus Christ--in their own, tight, concise image, and I can't get enough of them. Check out the full spectrum on their website. (via Wanken.)
The Feltron Report, 2013
First shared with me by one of my best friends a couple years ago, this guy is a hero. Nicholas Felton painstakingly documents several aspects of his life, every day, each year, and then produces a booklet of infographics visualizing his life data. He's received numerous awards and been featured in important design publications, and his work is, personally, an inspiring body of information on how we life our lives. See his work from this year and before on his website.
The Miracle Pine Tree
Two years after the earthquake/tsunami that devastated much of Japan, they are commemorating a new memorial.
The only tree to survive the tsunami out of a forest of 70,000 in Iwate prefecture was an 88 foot tall pine tree, "The Miracle Pine Tree." Due to super high salinity in the soil because of the wave, the tree eventually died, but was felled and immortalized in life sized casts. At first I thought maybe they were constructing a monument around the living tree, which would have been more interesting as far as architecture and memory go, but is still an awesome project. (via Colossal.)
McBride Charles Ryan: Yardmaster's Building
This project is an all around winner. This firm has built this "jewel box in a junk-heap", a building for the administration of a train yard in Melbourne, Australia. This project is everything right with current fads of ornament, in my opinion. The material of the skin will patina with age, blending it intellectually, materialistically, and visually with the surrounds of the train yard. And even though the patterns are completely imported from foreign cultures and locales, the way it is asymmetrically used to order permeations in the membrane (aka windows) is fabulous. Love, all around. Check out more photos and a write up from the firm on Contemporist.
Ptizker 2013: Toyo Ito
For those of you not yet in the know, Japan-based international architectural institution Toyo Ito has been awarded the 2013 Pritzker Prize (commonly referred to as the combo Nobel and Pulitzer prize of architecture) . Huzzah. Keep an eye out for interviews and recaps of his work, which already abound on any and all architecture blogs out there.