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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

10-11-2008 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors are not just mirrors. Interactive Artist Daniel Rozin creates installations and sculptures with the remarkable ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. There are Mechanical Mirrors, including the Wooden Mirror or Trash Mirror; Software Mirrors, such as Time Ripples Mirror; and Glass Sculptures like the Broken Mirror. His digital Proxxi Composite Prints display two different images depending on viewer distance, like the images of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the West Bank. Rozin’s works prove that everyday life provides artistic inspiration, and art is never boring.

Picture from: www.smoothware.com

13-10-2008 Fancy Some Playful Company?

Have you misplaced your mate? LightMate is quite possibly the next best thing. Curl up with this eccentric device from Francesca Lanzavecchia who poses the question ‘Can electric energy fill the void of human absence?’ Well she gives it a try with these soft anthropomorphic pillows and warming lamps. They come in different sizes so you can choose either a mate to cuddle or a companion to lie on. The guarantee is that this pretty creature heats, lights and provides company. Although we can’t guarantee that it will call you the next day.

Picture from: www.francesca.nu

 

01-10-2008 Eternally Unique

Don’t let death stop you from being stylish. Creative Coffins offers you the chance to pass into the next world in an eco-friendly, carbon board coffin done up in whatever style you choose. Options include various flags, sporting events, and an array of flowers or natural images. There are seven categories in all, and if you don’t like what’s on offer choose a bespoke coffin – that means you create your own adorning image for your journey to eternal rest. That sounds like a quirky taste of heaven.

Picture from: www.creativecoffins.com

04-09-2008 Forget me not Souvenirs

Sick of all the ‘My dad went to Canada and

all I got was this lousy t-shirt’ souvenirs? Canadian designers Anneke Van Bommel, Cynthia Hathaway and

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French born Giubrunet and
Boursin feel your pain. That’s why they have invested in designing unique souvenirs that convey the sense of memory, while truly capturing the spirit and essence of Canada. The Souvenir Shop features trendy logo scarves, hanging lamps, post pocket do-it-yourself envelopes, a deck of cards and many raw yet beautiful ornaments that convey Canada’s natural beauty without all the clichés. All the pieces are considered works of art with forget-me-not nostalgia and a catchy logo to boot – je me souviens.

Picture from: thesouvenirshop.ca

18-08-2008 Dildos with the Milkmaid Twist

Finally a souvenir to write home about! Throw out taboos and embrace love and sex with the Netherlands based Studio Oooms and their new product the Dutch Delight. In an effort to develop new versions of typical Dutch souvenirs, Guido Oooms and Davy Grosemans created an 8.75" x 1.5" sleek ceramic dildo decorated with images inspired by Johannes Vermeer’s innocent painting Het Melkmeisje. It’s a great example of cultural observations and narratives that stray from modernist ideas about form and function. Plus the creators hope that this conflict of perceptions will make people think twice. You may however, think twice before treating your parents to this Dutch souvenir.



Pictures from:
www.oooms.nl

24-07-2008 The New Art of T-shirts and iPods

For the People Like Us Collective t-shirts are art-forms in their own right. They produce limited edition t-shirts designed by artists from around the globe, who receive some well-deserved exposure whenever one of their designs sells.  These hand-made t-shirts are a sure fire way of making you stand out. But that’s not all they offer. The Styles are new adhesive covers that protect your iPod whilst simultaneously announcing your coolness to the world. Easy to put on and take off, you can choose from the large range of designs available or create your own. Check out People Like us today. 

 For more about People Like Us check out Spot On Lifestyle!

 
 

Picture from: http://www.peoplelikeusstyle.com

15-07-2008 Peg Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Interactive art reaches a whole new level with Daniel Rozin’s ultra cool peg mirror. Made of various materials like a cluster of pegs, the pieces show the reflection of anyone who stands in front of it. This new take on reflective art creates an illustrious effect with 650 circular wooden pieces cut on an angle, casting shadows by twisting and turning. Forming a circle around a small camera in the middle, the mirrored image is offset by Rozin’s software and reflected in the moving wooden parts, giving a whole new meaning to digital objects.

 

Picture from: http://www.smoothware.com/danny/pegmirror.html

27-06-2008 Art and the Dirty Car

With his car always dirty from driving along his dusty driveway, American Scott Wade turned this potentially annoying fact into a creative tool. Using the windows of his car as a blank canvas, Scott transformed it into a unique work of art. His work drew the attention of others, and now Scott has lent his artistic touch to numerous other windshields. His drawings are very detailed, ranging from animals playing poker to representations of fine art such as Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. Check out Scott’s amazing ability.

 

Picture from: www.dirtycarart.com 

19-06-2008 Self-world Portrait

Student Erik Nordenankar’s graduation project was so successful that many believed it to be a true experiment – the biggest drawing in the world. Erik pretended to draw a self portrait, with the earth as his canvas. His pen was a briefcase, containing a GPS device, and the paths the briefcase took, with the DHL international courier company, became the strokes of the drawing. In reality, DHL did not transport the GPS at any time. Erik believes his idea could one day be realized, and that eventually there will be someone’s self portrait amongst the background of our world.

 

Picture from: http://biggestdrawingintheworld.com/drawing.aspx

 

17-06-2008 Recycling the Useless

As technology just keeps on becoming more advanced, items from yesteryear are left behind gathering dust. Designer Chris Dimino has succeeded in creating a new role for many of these appliances, adapting them to become useful modern things. An old typewriter becomes a waffle maker, cooking keyboard shaped waffles, or the base of a functioning vacuum cleaner. It’s not just typewriters that have been given a face lift, with a gas mask shower head and brake drum light sconce, also products of Chris Dimino’s imagination. Check them all out in their fascinating glory.

 



Picture from: www.designhead.net/cdimino/


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