Kings, queens, even the Pope — the wrappings of royalty hardly compare to the ornate dress of the matador. Antonio Lopez Fuentes has been handcrafting matador dresses for 55 years, cloaking those who make a living facing down 1,300-pound beasts. It takes months of preparation and mounds of material, but as Antonio says, if you're facing a charging bull, you ought to be well-dressed.
"The Spaceship" — Apple's ground-based headquarters under construction in Cupertino, California — is a little behind schedule. It isn't quite ready for all 12,000 employees to move in, but the progress on such a huge project over the course of the last year has been impressive. Matthew Roberts filmed Apple Park over the last year and shows how the building has come together as it nears completion.
Korean artist Rocky Byun works in a very unusual medium — balance. From objects like rocks, pottery, and furniture to motorcycles, Rocky's deep understanding of physics and zen-like approach make for surreal sculptures. With gravity as his assistant, Rocky's work turns everyday items into mind-bending works of art.
The concept is simple — add ink to water. The results are extraordinary. The Macro Room captures the planets suspended in a tank of water as it's injected with colored ink, creating colors and shapes that mimic the space dust and stars of the Milky Way — the backdrop of our solar system.
Mathematics and art are two things that aren't usually thought of as going together. The geometric spirals of Stanford professor John Edmark combine the two in animated sculptures that seem to bloom and fade and bloom again — a never-ending cycle of life captured in a time-lapse. SciFri visited John to discuss his process, inspiration and the role of math in his art.
What begins as a simple exercise extrapolating a line across a grid quickly becomes an otherworldly animated adventure. As the line crosses the boundary of the grid a surreal deformation begins that spreads across the frame, again and again. Read more about the creation of this hand-drawn animation at artist Johan Rijpma's website.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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The 1960's was a revolutionary time for diving, with significant improvements to underwater diving apparatus and underwater timing instruments. Leading the charge was Oris, and now they've reached back into their archives for the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Watch. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed blue-dialed version, the green Oris arrives with an updated look of the original while retaining retro details like the slim case line, thin bezel, and trapezoid date window. It's also taken advantage of 21st-century watchmaking techniques with Swiss Made automatic movement, bubble-curved glass made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and anti-reflective coating on the inside to reduce glare and increase legibility while underwater. This direct descendant of one of Oris's first diver's comes with a choice of three straps and a metal bracelet, and successfully melds the groundbreaking features of the original with modern enhancements for a diver that's in a class by itself.
Brazilian artist Marina Amaral combines a love of history and a deep set of Photoshop skills to bring historical photographs the colors they might have captured. Much more than just a brushing over with color, Marina begins the process with thorough research, using the archives of the Library of Congress and other resources to create an accurate pallette for each photo. The restorations and colorizations can take upwards of a month each, going through the image pixel-by-pixel.
If it goes bump in the night, you'll find it at Monsterpalooza. But Monsterpalooza isn't just for monsters. Sculptor Andrew Freeman of Immortal Masks created these surreal portraits of cartoon characters Ren and Stimpy, from the formerly controversial Nick cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show. Andrew describes his process for creating these surreal masks and his love for the show that helped bring them to life.
What started as a Neo Geo fansite became the breeding ground for animation as we currently know it. Launched in 1995, Newgrounds laid the template for sites like YouTube, years before YouTube was a household name. Newgrounds was also instrumental in breaking down the traditional gates to animation, leading a new generation of animators have come to define the genre.
You can do better than just snapping off selfies with your phone — especially if that portrait is going on a resume or CV. Paying attention to what's around you, like coordinating backgrounds and colors, can really make a photograph stand out from the sea boring snaps. Here are some of COOPH's favorite tips for taking great portraits.
You'll never want to make a paper crane again after you see Robert Lang's epic origami designs. A former NASA physicist, Robert's love of folding paper isn't limited to just animals — his designs have been used in everything from spacecraft to air bags. In 2001, Robert quit his day job to focus on origami full-time, applying its principals to everyday problems in the real world.
A beer-quenched blade with a handle of fries and bacon. It's America in the palm of your hand. Steve at Green Beetle created his own steel from iron and Tums that became the blade of this epic knife, and spent more time than was necessary to make the handles. See how he did it in this how-to video, and then try making your own.
Adrian Fisher is the master of getting people lost. With over 700 maze designs across the world, he has perfected the art of confusion, disorienting hundreds of thousands of people every year. But making people wander around isn't his only goal — Adrian knows that the best part of every maze is finding the end.
Whether it's vintage Star Wars action figures or classic Rolex watches, don't ever throw away the box. Peter Planes of Antiques Roadshow got the chance to appraise a rare 1960 Rolex GMT Master, complete with all the packaging and documentation that came with the watch when the owner bought it overseas while serving in the Army. All that paperwork added about $30,000 to the auction value of the watch, which Peter estimated at a conservative $75,000.
Sometimes it's the cut of a jacket that makes it stand out. Other times, it's the color. With the Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket, it's the fabric. Made from Polartec Neoshell, it keeps you dry while still allowing for the release of heat and vapor, regulating your body temperature in any climate. The Neoshell is sandwiched between two layers of synthetic knit for added durability, and the YKK waterproof zippers and taped seams ensure all that high-tech fabric doesn't go to waste. Its classic 60/40 silhouette makes it adaptable to both casual and more formal affairs, and the brimmed hood protects your noggin when it's coming down.
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More than a simple camera drone, GoPro Karma is a series of separate accessories that work together to deliver great-looking aerial footage in the air or on the ground. It starts with the drone and its folding design, top speed of 35mph, 20-minute runtime, and the touchscreen controller that gets even novices up and running with ease. The stabilizer slides inside the Karma Grip — for smooth handheld videos. And the entire kit packs into a backpack case. The Karma system is compatible with the Hero 5 Black and Hero 4 Black and Silver.
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In the desert of New Mexico stand buildings that look like they might have come from the future — or another planet. The brainchild of architect Mike Reynolds, these earthships were born from the oil crisis of the 1970s. Completely self-sustaining and built with repurposed materials like tires and bottles, Reynolds' designs aim to introduce a more eco-friendly and affordable shelter for people across the globe.
There are watches, and there is Rolex. The name has meant accuracy, quality, and craftsmanship since 1905, and if time is important, then there is a Rolex on your wrist. This retrospective shows some of the iconic scenes that Rolex has shared over its 112 year history.
In 1987, Nike debuted the Air Max 1 to the world and instantly a new era was born. The original Tinker Hatfield design has evolved over the last 30 years from its smooth form into the bulky shape we see today. With collectors begging for a return to its "Golden Era" look, the Nike Sportswear design team answered with the Air Max 1 Anniversary.
Good lighting is always important in film and photography. United Visual Artists think it's equally as important on the stage. While showcasing their work with the British band Massive Attack, the London-based art and design group explore not just the visual aspects of stage lighting, but also the emotional and physical effect it can have on an audience.
Ebru is a form of art that uses ink or paint suspended on the surface of water to create an effect similar to marble stone. Practiced for centuries in Turkey, Asia, and India, it became popular in the West for book covers and stationary. Artist Garip Ay was commissioned to create ebru works of the Netflix series The Crown, Narcos, and Stranger Things. Instead of setting the work on paper, Garip uses video to capture his manipulations of the piece, creating beautiful pieces that only exist for minutes.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; and even his own residence in Santa Monica — all considered to be some of the most important works of architecture in the modern era, and all designed by master architect Frank Gehry. The Masterclass series of lectures now brings the legendary designer and artist to the masses, with his own run of talks. You can learn more about the 15 lessons at the Masterclass website.
When we think of CGI, Michael Bay explosions and giant monsters are what come to mind. It often comes off as fake and over the top. But sometimes VFX can be much more subtle. Roy Peker shows us just how digital compositing works, popping up in the least suspecting places.
It's February, and February means Valentine's Day. Significant others the world over begin a mad scramble for flowers, chocolate, and all the things that supposedly say "I love you". Brad Hall was out of ideas and nearly came home to his sweetheart empty-handed, when he got a great idea: giving his wife his brand-new pair of Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Breds. Nothing says love like sneakers that won't even fit.
The PBS carpentry classic This Old House and Nick Offerman go together like two sides of a dovetail joint. So it's only fitting that host Kevin O'Connor made the trip out to Los Angeles to visit Nick in his monument to woodworking. Nick takes Kevin on a tour of the grounds, and peppers the conversation with enough kiln-dried carpenter humor to fill an HBO special.
With the rise of Instagram, at-home photography is more important then ever, and the only way to get professional looking photos is with a studio. The real equipment can set you way back, or you can create your own for a fraction of the cost. In this DIY tutorial, you'll learn all of the lighting and background tips and tricks to getting great looking pictures.
George Rocha is an artist — but don't think about hanging his work on a wall. George is the creator of Iris Skateboards, crafting decks and other functional art from old skateboards. Taking a lot of good wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill, George gives it a new life as tap handles, furniture, and screen print squeegees.
Charlie and Dawn Trevor are the owners and operators of Equus Leather in County Durham, United Kingdom. Charlie has been producing leather products for over 22 years, inspired by a leather suitcase that his grandmother used to travel around the world. The Lloyd coat wallet is based on a 1950s wallet carried by Charlie's grandfather, updated for modern life with things like slots for credit cards. As with all of Equus Leather's products, the construction of the Lloyd wallet shows the painstaking handmade process and fine materials that are the company's hallmark.
Massive 30-foot waves aren't limited to just the Atlantic or Pacific. Big waves can be found in the most unsuspecting places — like the Great Lakes. Enduring icy waters and frigid winds, professional photographer Dave Sandford has made it his mission to capture the colossal swells of Lake Erie.
You love it or you hate it — and you probably hate it. Designer Vincent Connare created the ubiquitous font that came packaged with Microsoft Word, and became the bane of PowerPoint presentations, signage, and break room flyers everywhere. Vincent's quest for something different begat Comic Sans — and turned everyone into a typeface critic.