Nigerian 11-year-old Kareem Waris Olamilekan creates hyperrealistic portraits at a level far above his young age. Kareem hopes to one day be as successful as his heroes Michelangelo and Arinze Stanley Egbengwu — and it looks like he's well on his way to achieving that goal.
Fore-edge painting is a unique art form that dates back to the 1600s. The intricate pictures are painted on the edge of book pages, shown when the cover is open and slyly hidden beneath the gold gilded ends when closed. Artist Martin Frost is the last known commercial fore-edge painter, solely responsible for keeping the magical tradition alive.
Clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic are the foundations of the Bauhaus Movement. While those components are features still desired in today's architecture, the practice actually dates back to 1919 at Weimar University in Germany. The revolution was initiated by architect Walter Gropius and his design philosophies are still just as — if not more — relevant than they were 100 years ago.
Curator Jasper Shap has given Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf free reign over the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Using the institution's massive collection of over 4 million objects, the director and his partner have curated their own exhibit. The couple have pulled pieces from 14 collections that include Egyptian Antiquities, Imperial Armoury, and Old Master Paintings ensuring the show will be a predictably quirky mix of bizarre historical findings. Entitled "The Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures", the exhibit is set to open November 6, 2018, in Vienna.
When Carol Twombly created the Trajan typeface for one of the earliest versions of Photoshop, she never knew it would become one of the most used typefaces on movie posters. The rise of Photoshop for design also meant that there was a lot of homogeneity — and designer Yves Peters wanted to know why Trajan became the go-to font. Vox looks at what caught Peters eye and how he put the puzzle together.
Usually, Colin Furze is creating insane, jet-powered contraptions. This time, the mad inventor toned down the pyros for a more mild invention. Taking a regular bicycle, he replaced the frame with springs for a bizarre take on the two-wheeled ride.
Searching for barware that's as interesting as today's modern cocktails, we partnered with North Drinkware on a collection of smoked glass mountain range tumblers. Made in Portland, each set contains two hand-blown, 8 oz. cocktail glasses in a custom smoked translucent black. Using data from the United States Geological Survey, a two-day, fifteen-step process forms the molds of Mt. Hood (Oregon), Mt. Rainier (Washington), or the dual peaks of The Maroon Bells (Colorado) inside the bottom of each tumbler, ensuring the natural topography of each is perfectly represented. The limited edition sets also include leather and felt coasters produced by the artisans at Spooltown in Portland, and arrive in a handmade wooden stash box. Limited to 50 sets per mold, our collaboration with North is a commitment to the original makers of these patented, American-made designs.
Inspired by the v1, the new 247 from New Balance offers comfort and support along with smart style. Each pair features the innovative REVlite midsole for added comfort, premium responsiveness and durability, and 30% less weight. Available magnet with solar yellow, moonbeam with dragonfly, or black with faded violet colorways, the 247 exudes versatile style and is a perfect fit for a getaway guys weekend or a more casual affair where a subtle pop of color is called for to spice up your summer look.
Outside of Amsterdam, a cluster of round homes looks like an out-of-this-world colony on Earth. Designed by Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp, Bolwoningen's houses stand out among the traditional apartments and houses around them. Built in 1984 with a grant from the Dutch government, these round homes are designed to give the best view of the natural environment around them while looking like nothing else you've ever seen.
Netflix isn't just about movies and TV series anymore. The streaming giant is now dabbling in comic books. Dubbed the The Magic Order, the project is headed by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel and if you didn't already know, they've worked on titles like Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Legion of Super-Heroes and Thor. With this level of talent involved, we're sure a whole franchise of film and TV adaptations will soon follow. The six-issue series will be available June 13, 2018.
Using anything from sea sponges to tree canopies, architecture has been drawing inspiration from nature for centuries. More specifically, mimicking the engineering found in natural forms. This practice is called biomimicry. A perfect example of this is Zimbabwe's Eastgate Centre. Designed by Mick Pearce. the architect studied the ingenuity of termites to create a building that could naturally cool itself.
Buddhist monk turned creator of things, Kenji Ekuan has had an influence on Japanese culture. He's designed for Yamaha and the Bullet Train, but maybe his most notable contribution is the Kikkoman soy sauce bottle. Its simple form can be found on almost every restaurant table around the world and even the Museum of Modern Art.
They say you can't judge a book by its cover — unless it's a work of science fiction with one of those excellent cover paintings that screams to be read. Sci-fi book covers are some of the best art you can get your hands on, with the added bonus of getting a book too — oftentimes for a dollar and change. The Nerdwriter dives into the history of the sci-fi cover and how it became one of the strangest, most accessible places for artwork in the world.
After working as an architect for Nike, Tinker Hatfield tried his hand at designing shoes. He drew from his background in buildings for inspiration, even using Paris' Pompidou Centre as a reference. The structure's inside-out design influenced what would become one of the brand's most iconic sneakers — the Nike Air Max 1.
Google celebrates French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès with their latest Doodle. A cinematic pioneer, Méliès was influential in the development of movie special effects. As a tribute to his trailblazing spirit, the company made a little magic of their own by dropping their first-ever VR Google Doodle on the anniversary of his film À la conquête du pôle (The Conquest of the Pole).
There are lots of TIE fighters out there, from full-scale builds to smaller-scale models. But few of them are motorized and remote controlled. Allan Carver built this TIE fighter using a 70s Kenner toy as a reference. It's powered by electric wheelchair motors and controlled by a RC airplane controller. It can fit a pilot and tops out at about 6 MPH — not quite as fast as the real thing, but it can fit in your garage.
Inspired by military watches and classic divers, the Navi Ocean Watch from Timex is a standout member of the Pioneers collection. The timepiece boasts a highly legible black dial with Arabic numeral hour markers, a ring to note military time, luminous hands, and a quick date feature. It's powered by quartz movement while the rotating bezel features an elapsed time scale, and the crown is protected by crown guards for extra security. Each Navi Ocean is finished with a brown leather strap stonewashed in Italy.
Diameter: 38mm / Lug width: 18mm / Depth rating: 100 meters
Santa Barbara Rosé is here just in time for summer. The rosé is made up of 100% Santa Barbara grapes — where the climate's warm days and cool nights combine for ideal growing conditions — and harvested with minimal intervention and zero additives. The result is a dry, Provence-style rosé with a taste that brings to mind strawberries, rose petals, rhubarb, and warm days by the water. Available in single serving "large pour" bottles at 6.3 oz each.
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The time when cars had only what they needed — seats, steering wheel, motor, and wheels — are long past. Cars have gone from utilitarian purpose to status symbol, purpose-built for a variety of specific tasks. Sports cars have gained sweeping shapes and bright colors, unmistakably announcing what they're made to do, and prices for the classics have rivaled that of most pure works of art. But are automobiles art? Donut digs into the question and tries to find an answer.
Humans have changed the Earth in ways that could potentially be discovered millions of years from now. Using images from Google Earth, Páraic and Pearse McGloughlin give a bird's-eye view of how we've reshaped the surface of the planet and the patterns that emerge from modern society.
The Paisley Abbey in Scotland dates from the 12th-century and features fantastic stone gargoyles ringing its eaves. One, in particular, stands out due to its resemblance to one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time — the xenomorph from Ridley Scott's Alien. Exactly how a xenomorph ended up as a gargoyle on a 12th-century Scottish abbey has been a bit of a mystery — until now.
Street artist JR is taking his art from a local endeavor to a global audience with the Inside Out Project. Via the internet and a traveling portrait booth, JR helps communities around the world put faces to the issues they care about with huge installations comprised of pictures of the people in the places they live.
With the release of his upcoming film Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson has also been rolling out a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes that are just as fascinating as the film itself. The amount of work that goes into a stop-motion film is exhausting just to watch. In this clip, Puppetmaster Andy Grant takes you inside his workshop to reveal all of the sculpting, molding, building, and painting that went into making the hand-crafted puppets for all of the 900 characters in the film.
A couple weeks ago, Spike Jonze released an ad for Apple's HomePod. The four-minute spot featured FKA twigs dancing around to a song by Anderson .Paak as her apartment stretched to her movements. Although it appeared to be a CGI masterpiece, to our surprise and delight the short film actually had very little VFX. This behind-the-scenes look reveals that most of the video was made from a clever set composed of moving parts, compression hydraulics, and analog movements.
Modern technology just met the denim industry with Levi's Project F.L.X. Using digital design and a laser aging system, Levi's is cutting out the chemicals and a lot of the time needed to create their aged jeans. What as they recreate some vintage Levi's originals with information-age tools.
Equal parts fascinating and creepy, Brazilian artist Juliana LePine sculpts an identical version of a miniature Doc Brown. She starts with a tiny skull, recreating the Back to the Furture character perfectly right down to his Nike Vandal Supremes.
His 10 principles are a part of basic design training worldwide. His work for Braun and Vitsœ is both highly-functional and museum-worthy. Rams is a documentary about Dieter and his work, helmed by Gary Hustwit — the director of Helvetica, and thus well-versed in geeky design detail — and soundtracked by none other than Brian Eno. Coming Soon.
To create a galaxy far, far away takes a lot of CGI. In their series Behind the Magic, Industrial Light & Magic gives some insight into how they produced their Oscar-nominated work for The Last Jedi. These clips specifically breakdown what when into making the Bombing Run and The Hanger scenes.
It isn't a runway show. It isn't a music video. Something of a fusion between both, rag & bone's latest line is premiered in this short film featuring Kate Mara and Ansel Elgort, with music composed by Thom York.
After nearly a year, Melbourne-based animator Isaac Moores is ready to share his latest project. The three-minute video is an animated tribute to the typography associated with all of our favorite films, TV shows, and video games. Bonus points if you can recognize them all.
Working for one of the biggest tech companies on the planet has its perks. Employees at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle now have a lush oasis in the middle of the city to get away from the office. Called the Spheres, the geodesic domes house 400 species of plants and meeting areas in the most Zen workspace you could imagine. With areas like the bird's nest and Ruby, a 50-foot tall tree that was brought from California, the Spheres add another landmark to a city known for them.
When you're making full-length stop-motion films, you need a lot of clay — tons of it. At Aardman Studios, Jay Smart is the master of the medium. Shoots can take over a year and a half, and the clay colors have to be consistent, which isn't how it comes from the supplier. Jay walks Adam through the process of mixing and matching clay for animation.