For your Friday amusement, five finds from the staff of Dwell. Scroll down for more.
I couldn't help but share Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde's mysterious cloud in a room installation. Using dramatic light and smoke, he crafts a single cloud trapped in a room that lasts only a few minutes. As Berndnaut explains, "the idea I had was going to be an ephemeral work. It would only exist in a photo." I especially love the ethereal feel of Nimbus II (above). It's an incredible use of time and space.
Leah: EOSkate - A Paper Skateboard
I love this reuse design project that AGENT participated in by creating a skateboard out of a print job gone bad. Check out the video in which Alberto Villarreal talks about the design process. A brilliant concept and experimental process for generating a new creative path with discarded paper.
Curious to know what a massive subterranean ant hill looked like, this crew poured ten tons of cement down a bunch of ant holes and then carefully excavated the dirt around it. What was left was a complex labyrinth of tunnels and 'rooms'... totally fascinating stuff. Check out the video to watch it all unfold.
William Lee is the Brooklyn designer behind this seductively simple chair which is designed to look like an abstract piece of straight lines and planes, but actually conforms to the body's shape. (Also: neon!) It's sold locally at Voos Furniture but you can see his work in person (and Lee himself) tonight at the American Design Club's latest exhibition, "Threat". The show opens tonight at Present Company in Williamsburg at 29 Wythe Street and should be chockablock with the coalition's usual cheeky designs.
Tammy: NYC's 3-Way Street Dance
As in most urban areas, busy streets and intersections uphold a constant clash between bikes, cars, walkers, runners, buses, and broken traffic rules. New York City being no different; there are approximately 150 fatal accidents amongst pedestrians and cyclists alone every year. The "3-Way Street" campaign spearheaded by NYC activist and artist Ron Gabriel encourages awareness to this ongoing conflict while also promoting a three-way balance for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Thanks to John for the great find of Gabriel's video case study on one Manhattan intersection's never-ending clash dance.