Design Dish: Why every home needs a fuzzy accessory & LA Auto Show's coolest cars
LA Auto Show: The Batmobile is so passé. Each year, top automotive design teams compete at the LA Auto Show to create “Hollywood’s Next Movie Car,” submitting outlandish designs accompanied by concepts for their feature films. I think somebody should consider pumping funding into the “341 Parkour,” a short, chubby vehicle that would help the star of ANNIE GET THE GRANNIES! solve the mystery of the missing granny robots. Who doesn’t want to see that movie?
Inspiria Science Center: Now citizens of Norway can enjoy their dinosaur fossils with a side of cool, contemporary architecture. Designed by Danish practice, Aart Architects, the new “Inspiria Science Center” in Sarpsborg features intersecting glass wings that meet in the center to form an airy, circular atrium.
Air Drop: Continuing the recent trend of technology inspired by natural systems (hello, Microbial Home!), Aussie designer Edward Linacre studied the desert-dwelling Namib beetles before producing the Air Drop, a self-powered irrigation device that extracts water molecules from the air.
Artists Try Fashion: For Netherlands-based fashion festival, “Fashionclash,” Matylda Krzykowski asked ten of her artist friends to create ensembles that either represent or coincide with their design work. The results ain’t exactly couture, though we could see Rei Kawakubo (of Commes des Garcons) doing something with that balloon-stuffed outfit.
New Olympic Posters: Tate Britain recruited top-notch talent to design posters for the 2012 Olympic games, including Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin and Sarah Morris. Weirdly though, there a few in the mix that I don’t much care for, in particular Andrea Hamilton’s “Divers” poster, which features a pair of white legs over a birds-eye-view of an Olympic pool. Maybe I’m missing something, but the last thing I’m excited about when watching an Olympic diving competition is the shape of the divers’ legs, though I wouldn’t be surprised if that was big, fetishy thing (probably with its own members-only online community, “Diving Dames” or something).
Prickly Lamp: As far as I’m concerned, no living space is complete without some sort of furry home accessory. What I really dig about Lucy Mcrae’s “Prickly Lamp” is that is looks a little bit like a puppet from Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”