2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Art

Leolux, Milan Design Week 2013 (photo: Edoardo Campanale)

This week the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (aka Milan Design Week) opened in Milan, showcasing an endless collection of the latest home-furnishing designs from Italy and around the world. This year marks the Salone’s 52nd edition and features a strong focus on innovation and the use of natural materials. Over 2,500 exhibitors filled the 204,850 square meters (2.2 million square feet) of the Rho Milan Fairgrounds in Italy, and we were lucky enough to be among the 300,000 visitors to attend this year’s event.  Read More

Woody Scorcher is handmade using steam-bent ash (Photo: Connor Wood Cycles)

An increasing number of bicycle manufacturers are proving that a bike doesn’t necessarily need to be built from metal, and cardboard, bamboo, and even plywood have all been used with apparent success. With this in mind, the latest unusual bicycle to pop-up on our radar is Woody Scorcher, by Denver-based Connor Wood Cycles – a wooden bike that aims to combine form and function into a rideable work of art.  Read More

The Sawyer is a lowrider cruiser bicycle, with a frame built from beech plywood

There was a time when wooden-framed bicycles were quite the oddity. While you still don’t see them much in stores, it’s now not that unusual to come across models such as the Lagomorph or Renovo’s duo bikes on the internet. The Sawyer, however, is a little different – it’s a lowrider cruiser bike, that’s quite obviously built from flat sheets of beech plywood.  Read More

Antoine Louis Barye's 1865 Walking Lion is a perfect candidate for preservation via atomic...

Silver is a remarkable medium for artistic expression. It takes well to engraving, sculpting, casting, and fine detail while also having sufficient strength (especially in alloys) to insure the durability of art objects formed from this metal. Unfortunately, silver tarnishes when exposed to moist air, and removing layers of tarnish can damage the fine detail of artistic treasures. A new method for preventing the ravages of silver tarnish is now being developed by researchers in Maryland.  Read More

The Billboard House is a simple home built onto the back of a billboard in Mexico City to ...

Last year, we saw an interesting concept for the OdMEx, an enormous mobile home with a billboard on the side, on which occupants could sell advertising space for some extra income. Mexican paper company Scribe recently funded a similarly-styled house, but with a much different goal. The Billboard House is a simple home built onto the back of a billboard in Mexico City to temporarily house an artist while she works on a new hand-painted advertisement.  Read More

'Big Air Package' is billed as the largest indoor sculpture ever created (Photo: Wolfgang ...

Bulgarian-born artist Christo has unveiled his latest work, dubbed “Big Air Package,” which is billed as the largest indoor sculpture created to date. Whether the claim is true or not, the installation is most certainly a significant feat of engineering in its own right. Big Air Package is installed in Germany’s Gasometer Oberhausen, and almost fills the cavernous space of an empty gas tank, the inflated envelope being 90 meters (295 feet) high, and 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter.  Read More

IRIS is a digital personal assistant with an attitude, in the film APP

Notable exceptions aside, it’s generally agreed upon that it’s improper to check one’s smartphone while watching a movie in a theater. The new Dutch thriller APP, however, encourages viewers to do so. The film’s soundtrack contains a digital audio “watermark” – inaudible to human hearing – that causes exclusive supplemental content to appear on smartphones running the APP app.  Read More

Lullabies are heard either through special “listening pipes” located near the hospital can...

Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children’s hospital based in London, UK, which recently received an installation dubbed “Lullaby Factory,” courtesy of architectural firm Studio Weave. Spanning a total of ten stories in height, and 32 meters (105 feet) in length, Lullaby Factory enlivens a formerly dull space while producing gentle lullabies which can only be experienced from within the building.  Read More

The 3doodler sketches with plastic, allowing you to create unique 3D artworks

WobbleWorks has developed a fun new way to express your artistic side – a pen which takes its inspiration from 3D printers. The 3Doodler sketches with the same plastic filament used in most personal 3D printers, allowing you to draw in the air or on paper to create wire-like artwork.  Read More

A paper bust with a difference (Image: Dominik Mersch Gallery)

At a glance, Li Hongbo's sculptures resemble typical white plaster busts. Take hold of one, and pull it (the sort of behavior liable to have one jettisoned from most galleries, admittedly), and you'll find they're altogether less rigid and static…  Read More

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