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London Luxe

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Rosewood London Hotel is located in Holborn, Central London.  On the hotel compound you’ll find Holborn Dining Room serves up a great English breakfast to start your day and Scarfe’s Bar is a charming nook of a watering hole to close out your evenings. Named after England’s renowned caricaturist, Gerald Scarfe, the bar serves stout, tasty drinks while you catch a Cabaret performance or enjoy live jazz, blues or soul filling the space with velvet. Aside from the astute attention to detail and impeccable service, the hotel staff uniforms are perfection and add to the overall feeling that you’re not in Kansas anymore. We see why this place has earned so many praises. We recommend you go see for yourself.

Source: top photo Rosewood London Hotel | all other photos Kul Collected
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Molten Rock

magma-1976MAGMA, a French jazz fusion/avant-rock band known for their epic ten album space opera and symphonic choral style is touring this side of the pond. Christian Vandor, the composer and drummer was inspired to form Magma in an effort to fill a void after the jazz great, John Coltrane’s death. Through the ten albums the band tells the story of humans fleeing Earth and settling on the fictional planet called Kobaïa in a made up language they created called, Kobaïan.

Magma is as far-out as you can get.

April 2 – Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC [tickets/info]
April 3 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA [tickets/info]
April 4 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR [tickets/info]
April 6 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA [tickets/info]
April 8 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA [tickets/info]
April 10 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL [tickets/info]
April 11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA tickets/info]
April 13 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY [tickets/info]

photo source: FranceRocks.com
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Visual Compilation

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Sean Mackaoui is a collage artist based in Madrid, Spain.

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Beam Me Up

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The Tamale Spaceship is a Lucha Libre themed food truck. Although they have other offerings on the menu, their specialty is assorted tamales. They’re brick and mortar version in Wicker Park area of Chicago is a must. As in you must go. Or you can check out their website to find where their truck is parked for the day and catch them when and where you can.

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Ban on Architecture

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Shigeru Ban is a Japanese architect based in Tokyo, Japan. His firm, SBA, designed the above Nomadic Museum structure made mostly of shipping containers. It showed in New York and in Santa Monica in 2006.

Below, a sample of SBA paper structure designs.  Last year the firm designed an Art Design Souk in Abu Dabi, and in 2011, SBA collaborated with Hèrmes of Paris for a design exhibition in mid-Town, Tokyo, in 2011. The below structures are made of recycled cardboard and paper.

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Can you keep a Cicret?

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This bracelet is in development by a company called Cicret. It uses a tiny projector to project a touch screen onto your arm, turning yourself into a tablet. Cicret has also developed an app that lets the user control messaging content even after it’s been sent.

“The Cicret App is the only intuitive, secure and free solution for those who want to chat, share and exchange safely with no chance of being traceable.”

Hmmm. We think this bracelet concept is pretty neat-o, but the verdict is out on the app. We think the application, if used on platform outside personal text messaging, could become a tool for the up-to-no-good troll. The company is still trying to raise funds for the project.

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Paris Hideaway

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Jules & Jim Hotel is in the center of Paris in the Marais District. Inspired by the 1962 Truffaut film, this hotel offers late check-out, great views, breakfast and great location with just a short walk to Centre Pompidou and Marché des Enfants Rouges. This place is for the artsy, late-night owls offering a well curated bar and artwork coordinated with local galleries.

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Facing the Strange

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David Bowie Is, the David Bowie exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, is showing now through January 4, 2015. If you are into music, history, fashion design or visual design we think you should go.

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An Indictment…

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By Albert Einstein…

I am writing as one who has lived among you in America only a little more than ten years. And I am writing seriously and warningly. Many readers may ask:

“What right has he to speak about things which concern us alone, and which no newcomer should touch?”

I do not think such a standpoint is justified. One who has grown up in an environment takes much for granted. On the other hand, one who has come to this country as a mature person may have a keen eye for everything peculiar and characteristic. I believe he should speak out freely on what he sees and feels, for by so doing he may perhaps prove himself useful.

What soon makes the new arrival devoted to this country is the democratic trait among the people. I am not thinking here so much of the democratic political constitution of this country, however highly it must be praised. I am thinking of the relationship between individual people and of the attitude they maintain toward one another.

In the United States everyone feels assured of his worth as an individual. No one humbles himself before another person or class. Even the great difference in wealth, the superior power of a few, cannot undermine this healthy self-confidence and natural respect for the dignity of one’s fellow-man.

There is, however, a somber point in the social outlook of Americans. Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices of which I as a Jew am clearly conscious; but they are unimportant in comparison with the attitude of the “Whites” toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me. I can escape the feeling of complicity in it only by speaking out.

Many a sincere person will answer: “Our attitude towards Negroes is the result of unfavorable experiences which we have had by living side by side with Negroes in this country. They are not our equals in intelligence, sense of responsibility, reliability.”

I am firmly convinced that whoever believes this suffers from a fatal misconception. Your ancestors dragged these black people from their homes by force; and in the white man’s quest for wealth and an easy life they have been ruthlessly suppressed and exploited, degraded into slavery. The modern prejudice against Negroes is the result of the desire to maintain this unworthy condition.

The ancient Greeks also had slaves. They were not Negroes but white men who had been taken captive in war. There could be no talk of racial differences. And yet Aristotle, one of the great Greek philosophers, declared slaves inferior beings who were justly subdued and deprived of their liberty. It is clear that he was enmeshed in a traditional prejudice from which, despite his extraordinary intellect, he could not free himself.

A large part of our attitude toward things is conditioned by opinions and emotions which we unconsciously absorb as children from our environment. In other words, it is tradition—besides inherited aptitudes and qualities—which makes us what we are. We but rarely reflect how relatively small as compared with the powerful influence of tradition is the influence of our conscious thought upon our conduct and convictions.

It would be foolish to despise tradition. But with our growing self-consciousness and increasing intelligence we must begin to control tradition and assume a critical attitude toward it, if human relations are ever to change for the better. We must try to recognize what in our accepted tradition is damaging to our fate and dignity—and shape our lives accordingly.

I believe that whoever tries to think things through honestly will soon recognize how unworthy and even fatal is the traditional bias against Negroes.

What, however, can the man of good will do to combat this deeply rooted prejudice? He must have the courage to set an example by word and deed, and must watch lest his children become influenced by this racial bias.

I do not believe there is a way in which this deeply entrenched evil can be quickly healed. But until this goal is reached there is no greater satisfaction for a just and well-meaning person than the knowledge that he has devoted his best energies to the service of the good cause.

Photo Source: Thenewsdoctors.com
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Ice Queued

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Ice Q restaurant built on Gaislachkogl peak in Sölden, Austria.

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Virtual insanity?

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Mark Farid is making his debut as a performance artist and for 28 days, 24 hours a day, plans to live life through another man’s eyes. Wearing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and locked in a glass room in a gallery in London with nothing more than a bed, table, a shower, bath, toilet and sink- Farid plans to submerge himself in another mans world seeing what he sees, eating when he eats, sleeping when he sleeps. Farid will be closely watched by a psychologist and a documentary is planned of the performance art experiment.

The “Other” refers to the person who’s life Mark will experience during his solitary confinement. If you’d like to be considered you can find out more information here. Applications will be accepted after November 28th. If enough money is raised to move forward with plans, Farid will be on view in his glass room during the 28 day exhibition at Arbeit Gallery in London. Visit his KickStarter page to learn more and contribute to the project.

“The idea is to create a gallery-lab environment where the artist will live, eat, drink, shower and sleep for the duration of the 28 days. The project also raises questions of intimacy, surveillance and voyeurism in contemporary culture and gives an uncensored look into intimate moments of one’s life; when Big Brother meets Gogglebox. “

Source: Seeing I
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Sval Passage

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Norway’s new passports designed by Neue Design Studio out of Oslo. The landscape designs transform under blacklight to show hidden text and beautiful nighttime scenes of Hessdalen Lights, a natural phenomenon common to Norway.

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Just an artist.

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The Brooklyn Museum has recently announce the exhibition, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, April 3- August 23, 2015. Organized by Dieter Buchhart, with Guest Curator, and Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

“Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, word play, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The first major exhibition of the artist’s notebooks, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.” -Brooklyn Museum

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Coming SOON

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SOON is a creative agency based in Belgium. We like their vision. Above: Romain Menke for Soon client Milstein Stables. Below: Paper insects for client Igepa Group.

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It’s All About The Details

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Monday night steak night at  Josephine House. A prix fixe menu with steaks grilled on an open fire in the courtyard. Nestled in the Clarksville neighborhood in Austin, Texas, it’s an off the radar spot with great food, excellent service and a quaint atmosphere. Kinda perfect.

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Top Hats

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MLE Hagen Fall/Winter 2014 Collection. You’re welcome.

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The Storyteller

Shot by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher for Austrian TV in 1978.

Original Source: Dangerous Minds
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Alec Momont is an industrial engineer who’s come up with this life-changing use of drones.

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AIRY FAIRIES

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Meet Samantha Bryan and her fairies.

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TURN OUT TO VOTE!!!!!!!!!

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Learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you actually vote. Click the League of Women Voters link above to find information for your local candidates running for office in this year’s mid-term elections.

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Keep on Rolling…

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Have you heard of these guys? They are buying up private student loan debt (not federally guaranteed debt) to then forgive the loans and offer some debt relief for folks.

Did you know last year the US government made $41.3 billion dollars in profit from student loans for the 2013 fiscal year? That’s BILLION with a “B.” That’s third in the world for corporate profits to Exxon Mobile and Apple. Kind of insane to think that other countries invest in their futures by offering affordable to free University education while the US fleeces their youth.

We ❤ Rolling Jubilee.

Fact Source: USA Today
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So this happened on a flight a few days ago. Francisco Vila a cellist backed by a Southwest Airlines flight attendant entertain their fellow passengers on a flight to NYC.

Original Source: Classicfm.com
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We Say Yoskay

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Yoskay Yamamoto self taught illustrator and sculpture.

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40 Years of Sisterhood

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“With each passing year, the sisters seem to present more of a united front. Earlier assertions of their individuality — the arms folded across the chest, the standing apart — give way to a literal leaning on one another, as if independence is no longer such a concern. We see what goes on between the sisters in their bodies, particularly their limbs. A hand clasps a sister’s waist, arms embrace arms or are slung in casual solidarity over a shoulder. A palm steadies another’s neck, reassuring. The cumulative effect is dizzying and powerful. When 36 prints were exhibited in a gallery in Granada, Spain, viewers openly wept.”

Nicholas Nixon photographed his wife and her sisters over the span of forty years. His work has been exhibited in Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art.

Original Source: New York Times
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Voter Lookup

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SupaKul

This is SupaMan. He’s a Native American rapper and member of the Crow Nation in Montana.

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Body Harvest

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Naomi Kizhner is a mixed media artist and industrial designer. She’s designed jewelry pieces that literally tap into the body’s blood supply to generate electricity.

A speculative a project that responds to a possible future of depleting resources. the work delves into a world in which there is a significant decline, which forces humanity to seek all the more forcefully for alternative ways of cultivating power. the suggested solution to the dilemma is based on the idea of biological wealth, harvesting energy directly from the body. using invasive gold & biopolymer devices that must be embedded into the surface of the skin, simple movements performed by the subconscious are fully utilized.

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The Collector

After a tip off about a store stacked high with vintage adidas products SHOWstudio contributor Gary Aspden put together a team of fellow adidas fanatics to travel to Buenos Aires.

Original Source: Showstudio.com
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The Kiss and War

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Tammam Azzam‘s commentary through his photography on the destruction he’s witnessed in his home of war torn Syria.

“He enlisted one of the most iconic kisses in art – Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss – to protest his country’s suffering, superimposing this image of love over the walls of a war-torn building in Damascus. The work was one of a series, Syrian Museum, in which he placed imagery taken from masterpieces of Western art history into photographs of scenes of devastation across Syria, to both highlight the destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage and to juxtapose some of the greatest achievements of humanity with the pain it is also capable of inflicting.”

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Colossal Woman

Betty Davis sharing her views on being a woman in a man’s world.

“One can make more enemies as a female with a brain I think.” -Betty Davis

Original source: Huffington Post
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Not Your Grandpa’s TV Dinner

Innventia invented mechano-active material that is 100% biobased and biodegradable and changes shape when exposed to high tempertures. This package, designed by Tomorrow Machines, a Swedish design studio, opens itself in the oven when the temperature is just right and the food is ready to be served.

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I Want To Go To There

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The Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli  is a small inn and restaurant nestled into a cliff overlooking some serious majestic views in Weissbad, Switzerland.

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Wedding Walk

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Here at the Kul compound, we are preparing for our wedding day today. ❤ We thought this wedding invite design by Joel Derksen for today’s post was apropos.

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Well Hello Lovers…

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One of our favorite bands, Hello Lovers makes hauntingly soulful music that sounds as if they’re summoning a lost love. Lead singer, JC King’s voice is the kind that comes from someone who’s had a fair share of  heartache and loss. It’s music to keep you company in your solitude. It’s the kind of music you listen to on a cold, rainy afternoon. Support them if you’re inclined. Click the picture above to see more of the band’s poster art from their past shows.

And give a listen…

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Brava Vandal

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Liz Vandal is a costume designer based in Québec, Canada. She’s designed for Cirque de Soleil, The Washington Ballet, Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal and more.

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Shhh…


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Midnight Cowboy is a swanky, speakeasy style bar in a non-discript building off 6th Street in Austin, Texas. Follow the instructions on the card for entry. You’ll be taken for a nice ride back to the prohibition days of old. Decadent decor, dark and sexy, its bartenders roll up with a mini bar cart and make their well curated and crafted cocktails right at your table. You must call ahead for reservations or you might be embarrassingly turned away at the door.

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Photo Shopped

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William Mortensen was an American photographer known for his Hollywood portraits throughout 1920s to the 1940s. He was severely criticized by his peers at the time for his style and methods of photo manipulation. Ansel Adams hated the man. Interesting to us, Mortensen along with the likes of Georges Méliès were pioneers for what is now common practice Photoshopping- enhancing and manipulating still photos and creating special affects for moving pictures and digital film.

His work will be exhibited October 15- November 30 at the Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The opening reception will be October 18 from 4-6PM.

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Digital Facelift

Nobumich Asai using face tracking and 3D mapping morphs a models face right before our eyes.

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432 Hz. That’s What’s Up.

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One of our friends shared this interesting read from Collective Evolution‘s website. We thought it was worth sharing. Click the pic above for the full article.

432 Hz is said to be mathematically consistent with the patterns of the universe. It is said that 432 Hz vibrates with the universe’s golden mean PHI and unifies the properties of light, time, space, matter, gravity and magnetism with biology, the DNA code and consciousness. When our atoms and DNA start to resonate in harmony with the spiraling pattern of nature, our sense of connection to nature is said to be magnified. The number 432 is also reflected in ratios of the Sun, Earth, and the moon as well as the precession of the equinoxes, the Great Pyramid of Egypt, Stonehenge, the Sri Yantra among many other sacred sites.

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Painted Legs

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Gal Stern is a textile designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. We found her while cruising Etsy. We like her hand-printed one-of-a-kind designs.

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On Target

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Lab Partners designed these awesome travel posters for Target Canada. We like.

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Never Seen Never Heard

Lulin Ding is an industrial designer and graphic designer who’s created a product she calls Jaimes Vu, to draw awareness to the loud environments we subject ourselves to on a daily basis.

‘Jamais vu’ is an object that acts as a tamagotchi plant.“[…] starts to share your real time, or rather, it starts to force you to synchronize with the time articulated by its biological state: hunger, sleepiness, boredom etc.”17 I hoped that by making my object more like a Tamagotchi pet, the person would start to care more about the welfare of the plant and the quiet environment that it needs, and that this would in turn make them more aware of their own discomfort with being in an environment filled with background noise.

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Wu-Dang!

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Boombotix teamed up with Wu-Tang Clan to distribute this limited edition bluetooth speaker embedded with Wu-Tang Clan’s 20th Anniversary album “A Better Tomorrow” plus the additional track, “Big Horn B.” The album will be released at a later date so fans will get the first listen to some of the tracks from the album with the purchase of this Boombotix speaker.  Only 3000 units will be made. It ships November 14, 2014. You can pre-order yours for $80.

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Some Next Level Tony Stark Shiza

So this guy, Nuncio La Vecchia, the balladeer singing in the above video is the mastermind behind this…

This car can reach 350 km/h (217.5 mph) and it runs on salt water. The Quant e-Sportlimousine uses an electrolyte flow cell power system similar to a hydrogen fuel cell to power 4 electric engines in the car. Instead of hydrogen it uses salt water to store its energy. Nunzio La Vecchia is the self-taught musician, physicist and director of development for nanoFLOWCELL DigiLab in Zurich where his technology has been developed.

“He wants his work to take electric mobility to new heights. Alongside the technical challenges, he is driven by the desire to combine ecology and sustainability into real-world solutions.”

As of July 22, 2014, this technology has been certified for use on European roads. You can buy his album, Club Soda, here.

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Alice

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These posters were for The Washington Ballet’s Alice (in Wonderland) 2012. We LOVE them.

Creative/Art Direction: Design Army
Photography: Dean Alexander
Costumes: Liz Vandal
Dancer’s in order of above: Maki Onuki, Jonathan Jordan, Emily Ellis, Sona Kharatian, Jared Nelson, and Nayon Iovino and Corey Landolt

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Chill Design

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Here’s some design inspiration for ya. By Wallace Church & Co, NYC.

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Falling for Minna

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Minna Parikka AW2014 shoe collection. We really like the images for Minna Parikka’s fall shoe collection. And her shoes are pretty awesome too.

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Fashion vs. Function

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Deniz Karasahin is an industrial designer. He designed this 3D printed cast that was awarded a Golden A’ Design Award in 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category 2013-2014. This cast offers low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) to reduce the healing process and increase the heal rate. So it’s functional and looks badass.

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This spring, Absolute teamed up with Brazilian comic book artist Rafael Grampá to create this short film titled Dark Noir.

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