The artist Pedro Reyes’s understanding of guns is such that with them, he can make music!
He acquires guns that were seized from drug cartels by the Mexican army before he modifies and reconfigures them to create musical instruments. The eight new instruments featured here, add to his growing mechanised orchestra.
The project known as “Disarm” is a collaboration with several musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City. Read more
Photos: Ryosuke Fukasada.
Portuguese designer Rui Pereira and Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukasada have combined traditions from both their countries to create “Inrou” a cork backpack.
Ancient Japanese garments lacked pockets, so valuables were carried in “inrou”, small pocket boxes that contained medicines and small items of value. They were suspended on the wearer by string. In Portugal, traditional cork containers, known as “tarro”were once used as insulated boxes to preserve food.
This prototype builds on both those traditions.
The British designer of this light fitting, Paul Cocksedge, has captured a moment of disbelief with his playful use of scale. “Is that really the correct size of the fitting?” the casual observer might ask.
Well yes it is! Read more
Since the untimely death of Steve Jobs there has been the lingering question of whether Apple can maintain its position at the top of the technology tree. There have been rumours that they were about to release a smart watch, but so far no official word.
So it is with concern and surprise to see one of its main competitors, Samsung, release this smart watch first. Read more
Photographer: David Sandison.
One of Australia’s bright young talents, Christina Waterson, is an artist and maker who has also trained as an architect.
After winning a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, she travelled to Kyoto, Beijing, Istanbul and London, studying the origins of patterns, an interest of hers since early childhood. In those countries she also worked with craftsmen who descend from generations of masters.
Interpreting this ancient knowledge with her contemporary design sensibilities, gives her work a particular quality. No doubt informed by her architectural training, and knowledge of three dimensional geometry, it is also spatial.
The weavings and foldings of hard materials that she creates, are beautiful, full of skill, and utterly mesmerising. Read more