Archive for September, 2007

The Knife

Posted: September 30, 2007 in creativity
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A brother and sister duo hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the Knife takes inspiration from vintage synth pop and forward-thinking electronic music, crafting a sound that is equally unsettling, playful, and beautiful. Olof and Karin Dreijer formed the Knife in 1999 and worked on their music in their home studios, releasing their first single, Afraid of You, in 2000 and their 2001 self-titled debut album on their own Rabid Records label. In 2003, the Knife was nominated for two Grammis, one for Best Pop Group of the Year and one for Best Pop Album for their second album, Deep Cuts. However, the Dreijers boycotted the ceremony, sending two people in gorilla costumes to protest the dominance of male acts in the music industry. They also released the Hanna Med H Soundtrack later that year. In 2004, the Knife began work on their third album in unusual locations, including a former carbon dioxide factory and the vaults of Stockholm’s Grand Church, before finishing their sessions in a more conventional studio. The following year, José González’s cover of the Deep Cuts single “Heartbeats” (which was from his 2003 album Veneer) appeared in a commercial for Sony’s Bravia and became a hit, earning more acclaim for the Dreijers outside of Sweden. Early in 2005, the Knife performed their first-ever live show at London’s ICA, appearing with Rex the Dog (who also did a remix of González’s version of “Heartbeats”) and playing in front of video created for the event by artist Andreas Nilsson. His work also appeared on How I Found the Knife, a DVD/CD set that included all of the band’s videos, short films, and remixes, which was released that summer. The Knife and Nilsson teamed up again for the video for the title track of the group’s third album, Silent Shout, which was released in early in 2006 in Sweden and that summer in the U.S. (by Mute) and U.K. (by Brille). The Knife’s darkest, most ambitious work to date, the album featured singles such as We Share Our Mother’s Health, which included a mix by Trentemøller. The duo played a handful of European, Scandinavian, and North American dates in 2006, accompanied by more of Nilsson’s visuals. That fall, Mute reissued The Knife and Deep Cuts.

Waveline furniture

Posted: September 30, 2007 in creativity
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Aswoon™/Susan Woods Studio specialises amongst other things in the
design and fabrication of high-end objects of functional art. The two
examples here from aptly named ‘New Wave Line’ series look like
beautiful yet functional sculptures. The first is called Ribbon Float Lounge
 – a golden brown poplar bent plywood lounge chair with a satin finish,
whose steel underpinning give it a firm grounding.

The furniture piece below is called Short Wave Table and seems to be
made from the same material. The glass top is perfect, allowing the full
appreciation of both form and material. Quite gorgeous …

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KEF’s MUON speakers

Posted: September 30, 2007 in creativity
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A few weeks ago I went to our local HiFi specialist and, in talking to him, I mentioned that I find it amazing
that people would fork out 20 grant for a stereo system. He smiled at me and corrected my figure to $250,000
– which I found even harder to believe. Having seen these speakers by KEF today, I do firmly believe him now
– their price tag is US$140,000. Just slightly out of my price range … 

It’s not only their sound quality which – hopefully – is excellent; for that sort of money you also get sophisticated
modern design. KEF, known to music lovers as the British manufacturer of top-quality speakers, made this
7 foot tall, four-way speaker system of high-shine aluminum, vacuum molded into deep curves. MUON was
created by modern industrial design icon Ross Lovegrove. Only 100 pairs of these speakers will be made.

[via Pure Contemporary]

Twin bike

Posted: September 30, 2007 in creativity
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I don’t have any information about this bike, and I’m not so sure about its looks and functionality; even though it seems to balance an adult and child alright, you wouldn’t like to share the ride with a Japanese Sumo wrestler. And as far as aesthetics are concerned, I guess it’s functionality the designer focused on. As far as tandems go though, it’s nice to sit side to side rather than having to hide behind the possibly sweaty co-rider’s back, feeling like a passenger or somehow else dropped back on the ladder of importance.

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I wonder why these guys have their faces hidden behind a question mark – I hope it’s not a statement on the bike …

[via technogad]

Stylish martini glasses

Posted: September 30, 2007 in creativity
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Wow, finally some glasses with a difference. Serve your guests in a glass as full of pizzazz as the martini you mix. These stylish Bravura Cobalt Martini Glasses feature a contemporary design with clear glass and a curved cobalt blue stem. Includes set of eight 6-3/4 oz. glasses. Dishwasher safe. Set of 8. Made in USA.

Availabe at Amazon.com.

[via recipe voice]

Liverpool Museum

Posted: September 28, 2007 in creativity
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Liverpool is getting a new museum, based on 3XN’s winning proposal. It will be built at one of the city’s most prominent development sites, within the Liverpool’s World Heritage site which was inscribed by UNESCO last year. The building is conceived as inclined or elevated platforms, gradually forming a sculptural structure. It will be fully accessible and will contribute to the public promenade flow along the Docks. Situated at the Pier Head, next to ‘The Three Graces’ (Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building), the museum will be visible from both the river and the city.The Museum of Liverpool will become the World’s leading city history museum, showcasing social history and popular culture and will look at Britain and the world through the eyes of Liverpool. Hope is that it will attract at least 750.000 visitors on a yearly basis, and that it will help Liverpool to be resurrected to new grand times while creating a new and attractive image for the city.

Adaptation to the site and a clear distinction between new and existing buildings is essential in a sensitive and listed environment. Architecture true to its own time is the only way the area’s history stays visible; pastiches that mime the existing buildings will inevitably obscure the picture. The distinction is furthermore achieved by using smaller size, lower height and a formal contemporary language. This makes The Three Graces and Albert Dock stand out and maintain their visual power, while the waterfront maintains its characteristic skyline. Distinction does not rule out harmony. Harmony is achieved by a balanced use of materials such as a natural stone in keeping with what can already be found in the area, and by planning the new building according to existing public flow lines along the promenade in order not to block any movement patterns. The new building creates protected outdoor spaces and indoor view points towards the city’s attractions.

The museum will be a focal point of 2008 when Liverpool becomes European Capital of Culture. It is with this impetus that the first phase of the museum must be complete in October of the celebration year. After the Capital of Culture Year, phase two, the exhibition fit out will begin with the museum completion scheduled for April 2010.

God is an Astronaut – Fragile

Posted: September 27, 2007 in creativity
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This video by post-rock/experimental group ‘God is an astronaut’ shows how arrogant and at the same time ignorant the human species is … pretty sad really.