Instrument for Blank Architecture by Didier Faustino “is a mobile listening device, adaptable to the space which it occupies. A tripod that is equipped with a balancing device and is generally used by a land surveyor to document landscapes and topographies, here, becomes an instrument dedicated to the exploration of mental landscapes”.
Via Brave Cadet.
I must confess a liking for these items from Kris Van Assche.
Symbol, by Angus Hyland and Steve Bateman, features over 1300 symbols, organized into groups and sub-groups according to their visual characteristics. Each category includes a short introduction, with expanded captions providing information on who the symbol was designed for, who designed it, when, and where appropriate, what the symbol stands for. These sections are interspersed with short case studies on both classic examples of symbols still in use, and exceptional examples of recently designed symbols.
Symbol is available here on Amazon.
The classic U336 pendant light, designed more than half a century ago by the Pritzker Prize-winning Danish architect Jørn Utzon, has been re-released by Finnish manufacturer, Artek.
The lamp will be available from September 2011 in three versions; white-painted and chrome or brass-plated.
In Japanese tradition, the male line of ancestry is remembered and prayed for, while the maternal line remains unacknowledged and “forgotten.” Takashi Yamaguchi, arguing that our maternal ancestors deserve praise and recognition too, set out to build a temple dedicated to their remembrance.
Apparently, a new ceramic version of the Buddha Machine is on the cards for Xmas 2011… Yay…!
For those who haven’t experienced the pleasure of previous editions, the Buddha Machine is essentially a small plastic box that plays ambient loops, inspired by the Buddhist prayer boxes found at temples around Asia.