Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TRAVEL BABBLE: Bella Sky Comwell - Copenhagen

With its 23 floors, 816 designer rooms and 30 conference rooms, the hotel is not only the largest hotel in Scandinavia but also includes a pair of towers that lean at 15-degree angles. Kim Herforth, founder, didn't set out to make a leaning building. He was inspired by origami which naturally led to the curvature. The angular hotel conjures up that of the paper-folded creations with upturned corners and downward slopes resembling a bird neck and wings. Or even geometric flowers rising toward the sun. Either way, we love origami. We love Denmark. Why not?

Check out the site here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ART BABBLE: Yinka Shonibare - England

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare has erected the largest ship in a bottle to date for the Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, London. The five-meter-long glass bottle is based on the most iconic vehicle of the British empire, the naval ship. A trademark of Shonibare's work has been his exploration of the colonial relationship between Europe and Africa, especially through the use of African fabrics. The ships 37 sails are made from batik fabric, introduced to Europe by Dutch sailors. So pretttttty.

Friday, December 9, 2011

ART BABBLE: Here Comes The Neighborhood - Miami

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a short series documenting the street art evolution of the Wynwood Walls in Miami, explores what was once a rundown neighborhood transitioning into a progressive urban revitalization. An array of over thirty acclaimed street artists, including many whom have never shown their works in the US, have curated a district that has grown into one of the largest concentrations of commissioned murals in the world.

Checkk it.

HCTN TRAILER from Here Comes the Neighborhood on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FILM BABBLE: Flight of The Frenchies

Amazingly beautiful short documentary by athlete/filmmaker/thrill-seeker Seb Montaz that follows his group of friends as they travel the world highlining and baselining like crazy people.

Inspirational and truly horrifying:

I Believe I can Fly ( flight of the frenchies). Trailer from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

Friday, December 2, 2011

DESIGN BABBLE: Astier de Villatte - France

Check out this beautiful interactive site by Paris-based ceramics company Astier de Villatte. The art direction is so Lars von Trier-esque:

Their unique take on ceramics, paper goods, perfumes, candles, furniture, silverware, glassware and more are created in a Bastille workshop that used to house Napolean's silversmith.