The Big Bend probably won’t be built. At 3,690 feet long, the skyscraper would also be one of the tallest on the New York skyline. Architecture firm Oiio concepted this design, which almost looks like an eloganted, habitable St. Louis Arch. Regardless if it ends up breaking ground or not, it’s nice to see concepts that bend the mind just a bit. Via DesignBoom:
Between Höfn and Djúpivogur in rural Iceland lies a Viking village. Well, a beautiful replica of a Viking village, that is. Built in 2010 for a film that never happened, the replica set is beautiful desolate and abandoned. Due to funding issues, the set was never used, though that might change in the next few years, as interest in Viking history grows. Photographer Jan Erik Waider has a beautifully stoic collection of images from the set, which looks as if it’s been there for hundreds of years. Iceland just never stops amazing us. Via Behance:
The Ollie chair is going to be a hit. How could it not? This Kickstarter chair turns from classy, wood slatted ergonomic shape to a beautifully flat slab with the pull of a string. Ingenious! Currently raising money on Kickstarter, the chair is designed and made by RockPaperRobot, a design firm in New York.
Ollie is weather resistant and available in a number of special edition painted versions.
Located in the middle of Porto’s Unesco World Heritage site, Studio FAHR 021.3 has created a bold sculpture that brings strong contrast to the ancient city’s architecture. Made from large ventilation tubes, the sphere, entitled Eclipse has a great balance between form and negative space. Via Visuall:
Zaha Hadid died last year, but left an incredible legacy of fearless, and forward-looking architecture that will last several lifetimes. A tower being built by her firm now is featured in DesignBoom, and showcases some amazing design attributes. Featuring the world’s tallest atrium, at 600 feet (!!), the twisting shape gives movement to this towering building.
In a beautiful and inspiring series, Federico Picci portrays music from a grand piano spilling out as soft, pink bubbles. Entitled Filling Spaces, the bubbles consume the space, giving a sense of buoyancy, movement, and positivity. As a pianist himself, Picci can speak to the emotion that playing can give, and he absolutely nails this series. Via Artistic Odyssey:
Spend too much time looking at the news these days, and you’re liable to want to leave the mainland. Literally. Well, if you happen to have deep (very deep) pockets, Melody Key might be just the ticket. Located 25 miles from Key West, this miniature island is only 5.24 acres, but features a beautiful three story timber lodge, complete with a self sufficient solar and desalination system. And the fact that it’d be your own private island just sounds good. Yours, for a cool $6.9 million. Via Uncrate:
Anish Kapoor makes “wow” art installations. Think the shiny metallic “bean” in Chicago, a giant red megaphone in the New Zealand countryside, etc. His latest install in Brooklyn will be “Descension”, a constantly funneling black whirlpool of water, contained within a perfect circle. Via DesignBoom:
I stumbled upon this remarkable tequila in Kyoto, Japan, of all places. In a lovely tequila bar, this bottle stood head and shoulders 😉 above most of the others on the shelf. The geometric head form is instantly memorable, and Mucha Liga’s website shows an impressive backstory and pedigree for their agave concoction.
This glass house of a juice stand should get your attention. Created by 314 Architecture in Athens, Greece, this beautiful greenhouse of a structure appears as if it would make you healthier just by entering it. Created for Bfresh Spitiko, serving all natural fruit juices. Note the peacock, fox, and reindeer, for effect. Via DesignBoom: