The Agung Sedayu Center in Jakarta

June 23rd, 2011 - 

The Agung Sedayu Center is a new project that a lot of designer and architects projected to be the new icon of the mangrove forest of . The building will have two towers that are not symmetrical: they will rotate to have a nice panormic view and to capture the sun as much as possible.
Between these two towers there will be a corridor. A corridor without artificial air conditioner encircles each floor. The corridors serve as a barrier between the sun’s heat and the workspaces. I like the structure so much: the building is so
perfect integrated and it is so organic. I never thought office building could be so good integrated and so friendly as a shape with the nature.

Architects: Agung Mahaputra, Andika Priya Utama, Arief Aditya Putra, Dely Hamzah, Nidia Safiana, Rahadi Utomo  
Via here.

The "Lingo" series, skates made out of recycled wood

June 23rd, 2011 - 

Circle Factory is taking care of different projects and I really do not know what to choose as my favourite. Because I like them all: bowls, the Lingo skateboard series, the sculptures and the great decorative t-shirt designs. The pictures below are making part of a bigger series of skateboard designs made out of recycled wood parts.
The artist George Peterson is working in woode since 1992 when he started to carve fine products and original art. This time, he gathered together relics of old skateboards: parts that were used and thrown away. I think these
pictures reveal an incredible beauty and his art reminds me of what I have seen at the Quai Branly Museum: African and Oceanian art. The “Lingo” series by George Peterson is currently being shown at Altered Space Gallery in Venice Beach, CA. Via here.

When nature calls, a public toilet by Eddie Gandelman

June 22nd, 2011 - 

Now this is a new way of thinking! Thanks to Eddie Gandelman and her design “When Nature Calls”, public toilets are becoming green: the projects has in view the fact that the urine contains a lot of phosphorus, substance that will be used as fertilizer.
The urine is first filtrated and used later for watering the plants. The project was approved by toxicology professors. Peeing, besides being a waste process becomes a nurturing one, which appears to be a great advantage here. This idea
will certainly make the very notion of urination a better experience. The urinals will be arranged in units of four and they will have 3 steps: first the urine is collected, then filtered and then distributed in a clean way to the plants.

Designer : Eddie Gandelman Via here.


Eco surfboard made out of recycled beer cans

June 22nd, 2011 - 

Nice things can be done when you are really passionate about something. Instead of putting to garbage something that everyone rejects, there is one artist that thought deeper about this and came with a nice idea.
The San Diego based artist Rich Morrison, helped by the surfboard maker Gary Seagraves and a local bar
that “sponsored” him with some cans, has created a functional surfboard. The new design was made out of 72 Boddington’s Pub Ale, Budweiser, Modelo, PBR, and Rolling Rock beer cans. There were all unified with a layer of resin that made this surfboard functional. Nice subject for talking about, after a long surf session. See the movie about how he succeed to do this here. Via here.

Bee art and sculptures by Aganetha Dyck

June 22nd, 2011 - 

The plexiglass house, Masked ball series, The Queen, Dragon Slayer, are just a few of the projects Aganetha Dyck is doing as a sculptor. The multi media Canadian artist is interested in the connection between human beings and other species. She studied a lot the bee’s use of sound, their dance and vibration and their sight.
She was in the Netherlands and UK to research this issues: she studied the flowers and she visited The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Britain. She was in rance where she worked for 3 months in a studio in Troyes. Since 1991,
Aganetha Dyck
is working with honeybees to create art: nice sculptures that are colorful and covered in honeycomb structures.She confesses that she is interested mostly in small things in life, usually things that are ignored by most of the people. 

Via here, here and here.