Here’s an installation that sets a new standard in mixed-media art. Designed by creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast for the STRP Biennale in Eindhoven, “Forest” is a giant, fully immersive laser installation covering almost 450-square-meters and featuring 150 musical “trees” made of rods and neon lights. This was meant to be an art piece, not a mega-warehouse rave, right?
But wait, there’s more! Each tree is tuned to a specific musical note, creating harmonious sounds played through a powerful surround-sound system. The audience can freely explore the space, physically tapping, shaking, plucking, and vibrating the trees to trigger sounds and lasers. Interacting with the trees causes them to swing and oscillate due to the natural springiness of the material, creating vibrating patterns of light and sound.
The design for APTEK Bar is fantastic: everything is so clean and unfinished; the tables and barstools fit perfectly together. And not only is the design great, but the original design files from Lesha Galkin and Dopludo Collective are literally being given away. Download a copy and bring the bar home today!
We love when designers get to thinking about how to create hip accommodations for kitties. In the past, we’ve featured covered litter boxes inspired by mid-century modernism and feral cat shelters inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright (yes, seriously). Today, we bring you Catissa, a wooden, four-story house meant to be affixed to a wall. Conceived by Mojorno, a Russian design studio, Catissa gives cats a bird’s eye view of the house while also providing “a safe place” for them to take a nap. “Dogs and children can’t get them,” the designer says. Plus, the smooth surface makes for easy cleaning.
New York’s Alternative Public Library / John Locke
“There are 13,659 payphones on NYC sidewalks, even though there are over 17 million cell phones. Is the pay phone an anachronism or an opportunity…” reads a poster graphic designed by New York architect John Locke. Locke is the architect behind the ‘Department of Urban Betterment,’ a New York-based interventionist project that is repurposing phone booths into communal libraries or book drops through the installation of hanging bookshelves milled from single sheets of plywood. According to Designboom, Locke’s easily replicable shelf hangs securely to the interior of the payphone without the aid of additional fasteners, and, importantly, it leaves the pay phone completely unobstructed and operable. Now miniature public libraries are popping up in Manhattan Valley and Morningside Heights.
Migration Council of Australia - Office Fitout / Schematic Design
Work undertaken in collaboration with a local Canberra furniture designer, giving design advice for the office fit-out of the newly created Migration Council of Australia. The outcome was very positive and resulted in the creation of a mini gallery showcasing refugee artworks.