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Underwater World

In Architecture, Design, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Surreal on October 31, 2013 at 4:12 am

Featured Image for British designer brings us a futuristic underwater city

Taken from the Huffington Post:

A British designer has unveiled his updated plans for a futuristic underwater city that almost certainly would not become the stage for a post-apocalyptic nightmare.

The Sub Biosphere 2 (SBS2) was first ‘created’ by Londoner Phil Pauley about three years ago, inspired by the original Biosphere 2 project and his own dreams of living underwater.

SBS2 is conceived as totally self-sustaining, allowing human occupants to live totally separate from the land. It includes eight ‘biomes’ arranged around a central 120m-tall support biosphere. The structure would be a total of 340 metres wide, and half of its living space would be below water even when the structure is above the surface.

Pauley’s designs allow for life-support systems including air, electricity, food and water generation, controlled by a clever use of atmospheric pressure. SBS2 would be able to move vertically above and below water, which would be handy during intense storms.

Underwater Biosphere pods

Underwater Biosphere pods

Superyachts

In Architecture, Art, Design, Sci-fi on October 24, 2013 at 5:14 am

Featured Image for London Architect Designs a Family of Sci-Fi Looking SuperYachts

Zaha Hadid has collaborated with German shipbuilder Blohm + Voss to design 5 different yatchs and this one is one of them. This 90 meter JAZZ yatch is the first of the 5 to be ‘technically specified and detailed by the naval architects at Blohm + Voss. The overall design is inspired by “fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems” and with a few more changes, the vessel will be ready for ocean crossings.

Superyacht pool concept

Superyacht concept in compassion to average yacht

Superyacht organic design concept

A Tale of Two Cities

In Art, Design, Photography on June 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

 

 

Daniella (b. 1986) is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, and Vanity Fair. Her photographs have appeared in exhibits throughout New York City and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in architecture.

Her kickstarter project is seeking funding for a new photography book that includes stunning pictures that overlay cityscapes- London and New York. She has created all of these amazing photographs with just her iphone 4S and the help of some smart photo editing apps. Her words: When I moved from New York City to London late last year, I decided to create a series of double exposures. These images are a love letter to two beautiful cities — a personal map of their streets and their skylines.

Click here to view her kickstarter link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1068932801/new-york-london

Alternative Limbs

In Design, Fashion, Surreal on June 3, 2013 at 7:38 am

Kiera wearing floral leg

The Alternative Limb Project offers a personal and friendly bespoke service, which provides unique prosthetics  to blend in with the body or stand out as a unique piece of art, reflecting the wearer’s imagination, personality and interests.  It’s interesting how something that is looked at as a disability aid has been reinvented to something representing ‘Superhuman’ status. Really innovative and smart piece of work- bodes well for the future of prosthetics.

Floral leg

Viktoria Modesta photographed by and copyright of Jon Enoch

Crystalized Leg

close up of Ryan Seary's leg, photographed by Omkaar Kotedia

Visit the website now at http://www.thealternativelimbproject.com/

Composite worlds

In Apocalyptic, Art, Design, Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal on November 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

Jim Kazanjian worked as a professional CGI artist for many years before trying his hand at composite photography. He describes his work as ‘Hyper-collage’ where every piece is reconstructed on a complex canvas made out of pieces of many high resolution photographs. What results is a beautiful series of dramatic images that seem to portray a dark reality in an apocalyptic future. He cites HP Lovecraft novels as one of his many inspirations. Check out his work at http://www.kazanjian.net/

From Down Under

In Design, Photography, Surreal on August 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

I am left with a very uncomfortable disorientating feeling after viewing Michael H.Rohde’s new photographic series From Below. A new angle is explored in these images where the viewer grapples to make head or tails of the picture. Soon, they realise they are viewing the room from below. To create this strange effect, Rohde photographed the items individually and then digitally composed them together on a single canvas.

There’s a queer unsettled feeling in the pit of my stomach but I think it’s a good sign of good work moving it’s viewers. It may be disorientating but it becomes a strange puzzle my brain tries to figure out. The way these photographs challenge perspective is fascinating.

Check out Rohde’s work here: http://www.michael-h-rohde.de/

Kuratas

In Design, Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal on August 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

Seeming too good to be true, Suidobashi Heavy Industry has produced the first Kuratas- a 4.4 ton robot frame that is able to house a pilot inside. Produced by artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics expert Wataru Yoshizaki, the mech runs on a diesel engine and is outfitted with a kinect-based movement interface, touchscreen UI and twin BB gatling guns. It is also able to make calls direct from the cockpit and is customisable in various colours. For a hefty price of $1.35 million, this dream machine could be yours.

Kuratas, the 13foot mech unleashes your inner Ripley, costs $135 million video

See for yourself: http://suidobashijuko.jp/

Best Tailor in the Sea

In Art, Design, Fashion, Surreal on June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Now this is what I call craftsmanship. On the first look, I assumed that the mermaid tail was photoshopped into the photograph. I mean, what isn’t nowadays? You would think that, yes that’s the most effective way to go about it. The Mertailor thinks otherwise.

Eric Ducharme, the original Mertailor (he probably has a team to help him with the workload now) decided to make the tails himself. These are mermaid tails, handmade from quality Latex, Spandex and Silicone materials and are available to buy from the Mertailor’s online shop: www.themertailor.com. So impressive are these tails, that they have been requested countless times to make these specially for movie productions and sets. These tails are also available to rent should you wish to transform yourself into a fantastical underwater creature. They come in beautiful colours and sizes (including kid-sized versions), along with various mermaid accessories like shell bra-tops.

I think what fascinates me besides the astounding detail in the workmanship, is how this rather niche product has become a huge business. Who would have thought there would be a market for mermaid tails?

They have even branched out into making their first MerQueen special- the first ever Drag Queen mermaid calendar!

I have complete admiration for the craft and the talent that goes into making these tails. They are absolutely beautiful. If we don’t solve this looming global-warming situation and the world sinks, I hope at least we would evolve to have tails as pretty as these ones.

Here’s some more pictures that I found on the net for you to gawk over:

The Mertailor himself!

Prometheus

In Design, Movies, Philosophy, Surreal on April 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I felt that this was so beautiful when I first saw it. Well directed, wonderful script and treated in a very retro cinematic quality that I thought was refreshing for this genre. Sci-fi films usually go with the whole clinical space-like steel atmosphere, but this seemed to be done in a manner where the 50s and 60s were re-imagining the future. Strange enough, the artistic style of muted tones felt current even though it was not referencing any specific time periods but recreating within a past era.

This viral press promotion was created for the new upcoming movie Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace. A group of scientists travel to the darkest ends of the universe to learn more about the origins of man. However when they arrive, they end up having to fight a terrible battle to save the human race. The Viral focuses more on the character of David, a humanistic A.I robot that understands emotion. A clever teaser for the movie in my opinion, as not too much about the movie is given away but interest has been stirred.

I especially love the bit starting from 0:18 where David is revealed freshly packaged in foam squares and he gives a sudden jerk of movement- wonderful subtle detail that suggests the beginning of ‘life’, alluding to the kicking of a foetus in a mother’s womb.

I also love the personal touch at the end where David’s name is handwritten instead of typeset. It made for a surprising neon twist for a video full of pastel shades.

Here’s the official trailer of Prometheus should this viral have aroused your curiosity.

Modern-day Gaudi

In Architecture, Art, Design, Surreal on February 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I recently remembered stumbling across a spread in Wallpaper magazine that instantly took my breath away. I raced to dig these up from my pile of magazine cuttings- It was a spread of architect Bart Prince’s work (picture above) and pages and pages of amazing craftsmanship. It has been a long time since we have seen an architect put such dedication into the minute details of a structure’s facade, as well as the interior.

A true visionary, Bart Prince has managed to design works of art that live in a world on its own. His designs are so unique to his style- very abstract and structured, and yet organic at the same time. He has such a talent for weaving different shapes and material together into a cohesive manifestation. They look a little alien even, and timeless. His work aesthetic reminds me strongly of Gaudi who also had a specific vision for his creations. Very beautiful work.

It’s interesting that his blueprints, in all its simplicity are almost as beautiful as the actual structures themselves. They are almost like how a alien language would look like visualised.

For more of Bart Prince’s work, check out his portfolio at http://www.bartprince.com/default.html