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Endless skin tones

I love this site.

It beautifully delivers an illustration that captures global races, ethnicities and color. The range of people and gorgeous skin tones offer a simple lesson that we are all different and yet also very much the same.

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5 second video captures yielding dreamlike montages

Nothing better than technology breakthroughs that make you stop and not only watch the content but wonder how it was pulled off.

Ok, so what’s better is how all these capabilities are finding their way into the hands of the mainstream.

Here’s another. The footage for the music video below was filmed at the unheard-of rate of1000 frames/second. When played back at normal rate the 5 second shoot turns into a captivating 3.5-minute dream.

unconditional rebel – siska from Guillaume Panariello on Vimeo.

1975 on the North Shore of Oahu

Style for miles.

 

Xanadu 12 hours south of US border

Scorpion Bay, Mexico is a somewhat of a primitive yet singular surfing destination 650 to 890 miles south of Tijuana… depending on the route you take.

That statement describes half of what this destination is about.

It’s 12 hours south of the border but you might not get there the most direct way so don’t expect to arrive on schedule. It embodies all things that are “deep Baja” and draws those seeking nearshore bathymetry (wave formation) excellence that isn’t found elsewhere on the planet.

The waves are so long you walk back to the peak instead of paddling.

Scorpion Bay is on the west coast of Baja California Sur, north of Magdalena Bay, south of San Ignacio Lagoon. If you surf, it’s a top-ten wave to be sampled at least a few times.

The statement that sums up the other half of Scorpion Bay is this 5 minute film.

Mute the soundtrack, watch these peelers. Name a right point break with a longer wave… you can not.

Norway’s new museum-worthy currency

Snøhetta-Design-Beauty-of-Boundaries.

We’ve all been so heads down, focused on ecommerce for the past decade, that maybe we’ve missed a quite little evolution… revolution in physical currency.

The-Metric-System-Norwegian-Living-Space1Sure, we hear about changes in currency connected to the cat-and-mouse game of counterfeiters and money laundering but when was the last time you looked at, really took some time and looked at, the currency in your pocket.

Many of us don’t even carry physical currency around any longer. We buy off the internet, pay for coffee with our phones and count the days until we don’t have to carry credit cards around any more.

But… look at that 100 Kroner bill from Norway.

It’s… gorgeous.

The top note could be in a museum.

It reminds me of how wonderful it is to be in a foreign location with a pocketful of unfamiliar, beautiful colorful paper. Ah, the joys of foreign currency.

Love this execution.

 

The best travel video you’ll ever see

To get someone to want to come to a region you must capture their attention via a story. Yes, we all want to spend time on black sand beaches and hangout with pretty people in hipper-than-Brooklyn cafes.

But we want more.

We want to go to places that hold our imagination captive. After seeing this absolutely gorgeous film by Italian filmmaker Leonardo Dalessandri… I now want to go to Turkey.

Watchtower of Turkey from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.

Italian sculpture on French wheels

citroenSMMy Uncle Frank drove this car.

I remember sitting in the back from time to time as he motored around the New England countryside.

Some cars make you feel different than other cars do; some make you feel special.

Driving my kids around town in our CJ (with no doors or roof) does this same thing. When you’re in the Jeep you’re keenly aware of the weather and time of day. If the sun is rising it’s in your eyes; if it starts to rain you’re wet.

The Citroën DS had a similar effect except the feeling was connected to art and industrial design.

You weren’t just wishing Jetsons-inpired innovation and design would take root at some point in the future because you were running an errand in a car that looked like it actually might fly.

This vehicle was styled by Italian sculptor and industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni and French aeronautical engineer André Lefèbvre. It was Italian sculpture on French wheels. This Citroën was introduced in 1955 yet, looks fresh enough that it could make a successful debut today. 

Painting the town red, blue, yellow, green, chartreuse, beige…

1Stripes seem to be having a moment.

Everywhere we look we see stripes. The Meininger Hotel Berlin Airport offers one more example.

Think of every building you’ve ever seen… ok now think of the color scheme of every building you’ve ever seen. I’m guessing your brain isn’t overflowing with color.

99% of buildings are predicable, gray, boring… one-dimensional. It’s almost like architecture lost its color pallet, entirely.

Enter the Meininger. It may be the complete opposite of every building in your memory bank; it has the look of a large-scale fantastical color experiment.

 

2When I first saw photos of this structure my memory was tugged back to Rem Koolhause’s European Flag proposal.

Rem’s flag is perhaps the most interesting, fresh and modern flag design outside of a design class experiment. And that, the fact that his flag was passed over (officials opted for the instant-classic ring of stars), draws me to this building even more.

This building is not a concept sketch. It’s real. That gives it heft and meaning. We’ve all seen concept car sketches we knew would never make it into the mainstream.

It’s one thing to propose radical change and another thing entirely to follow through.

3I love this building on multiple levels.

I love the stark lines; i love the harsh rectilinear forms stacked up like a Lego experiment.

I dig the flatness of the colors and their random application. The non-patterned lines make it clear this is not a rainbow or some other cliche pattern. I also love the way the light plays across the shapes, highlighting a wall of stripes while making other walls fade away as if masked with a black transparent filter.

Kudos to the architect, Petersen Architekten.

Reserve a room here.

 

100,000,000 Asaf Avidan fans can’t be wrong

How is it possible that a voice like this exists, is a popular as it is (more than 100,000,000 views on YouTube) and most of us have absolutely no idea that this person exists?

Click play and close your eyes.

You’ll think it’s a modern-day Nina Simone, probably coming from Detriot or an East-Coast U.S. city… I don’t think you’d guess it’s a 34 year old, relatively-thin Israeli guy.

Asaf Avidan info and site.

Stunning piece. Big thanks to the All Songs crew for their constant curation and for pointing out people like Asaf.

Stacking large boxes in Singapore

Some ideas are so… so simple. This is one of them.

I remember designing a structure when I was a kid. It was two rectangles, one on top of the other. The upper half was twisted off to one side. It looked a lot like… this.sing
Sometimes we think “past” an idea. We make it more complex because we believe it needs to be complex to be novel or interesting. Complexity, most times, dilutes the essence of the original idea and introduces users to tangents of the main idea. Complexity confuses.

I’m intrigued by The Interlace project in Singapore for these reasons. On one level it is simple. Just twisted boxes on top of each other. Yet on another level the angles introduce new ways for communities to interact, new places for gardens and communal spaces to develop. I bet the shadows are also fairly interesting throughout the year. Instead of vertical high-rise shadows this complex yields more interesting… geometry-inspired shadows.

It was designed by Ole Scheeren from OMA in the Netherlands. I have no idea about the green/LEED elements of this project, I just love the simple yet novel design.