It’s now considered a masterpiece of the modern design world – perhaps even one of its most recognizable items – but in 1956 the Herman Miller Lounge Chair was “quite a departure.” Here it is featured for the first time on national television, making its debut on NBC’s “Home” show with Arlene Francis. There to introduce the chair are none other than designers Charles and Ray Eames. [Read more...]
Do you remember staring at those Magic Eye pictures, hoping to see an image revealed once your eyes reached that perfect blur? Well that magical phenomenon of stereographs was created long before the 1990’s craze, dating back as far as the 1840’s. Double lensed stereoscopic cameras allowed people to capture 2 moments at once and stereoscopes made the prints come to life as they appeared to pop off the page in 3D. [Read more...]
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Maybe it’s a stretch, but something about the linear and technological elements in Lars Henkel’s excellent collages reminds me of Marcel Duchamp’s famous The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. Perhaps it’s the fact that the technical elements in his work don’t quite make sense (many aren’t even connected to anything), or that there is a distinct lean towards early 20th century imagery and a beige color palette. The many levels of detail certainly lead us to believe that there is more going on than meets the eye. [Read more...]
If combined groups of birds, mammals, insects and fish managed to converge on one point at high speed, the resulting collision might create something like the work of Penelope Kenny. After the fur, scales and feathers had settled, you’d be looking at perfectly formed remixes of the animal world: cockatoos with rabbit heads, hummingbirds with grasshopper bodies and one deer with a bouncy kangaroo torso. Perhaps the strangest part of all this: the animals would look surprisingly beautiful. [Read more...]
It’s that time of year again… one where tomorrow is next year. Starting at the islands of Kiribati and Samoa, the world begins to welcome in the new year, beginning its march from time zone to time zone, finally ending in Hawaii. The traditions and celebrations each nation practices are varied. Mexicans celebrate New Year’s Eve, by eating a grape with each of the twelve chimes of a clock’s bell during the midnight countdown, while making a wish with each one. In Italy, New Year’s Eve is celebrated by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing red underwear. In Ecuador it’s a tradition for men to dress as women representing the “widow” of the year that has passed. [Read more...]
We’re continuing our love of Lego remixes today with some seriously well made retakes on classic photography. Taking the ubiquitous miniature figurines from his Lego set and recreating iconic scenes from classics like Robert Capa’s “Death of a Loyalist Soldier” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 “Bed-In”, english artist Mike Stimpson has a passion for using toys to create photographic remakes of famous photographs. [Read more...]
When we look at the smart phones in our pockets that can do everything and so much more than the first computers which took up an entire room, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when floppy disks were the latest, greatest invention! We can get so impatient when a website seems to be taking too long to load, but if we think back to the time of dial-up where we had to wait for our computers to call a server- sometimes several times unsuccessfully- that minute doesn’t seem so long anymore! This collection of retro technology ads is quite hilarious to see, but each one was a necessary step in getting us to the amazing technology we have today. It’s funny to think that in twenty more years we will be looking at the gadgets we currently have in the same way. [Read more...]