Jordan: Homemade is Best
Wowie. I have expressed my love for photographic blobs and drips before, and my passion for baked goods is somewhat legendary (at least in the Dwell office), so the pics from Ikea's new cookbook are absolutely positively right up my alley. Carl Kleiner styled all the ingredients from each recipe into stunning shot—spilt milk, raked sugar, raisin rows—then snapped the final tasty products, too. Unfortunately the book, Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade is Best), is only available in Swedish at the moment. Thankfully the language of sweet treats is universal.
Some of it comes off as trenchant criticism and some as mere musings, but of late I've been following the site GenslerOn. It's a handful of mucketymucks at the mega-firm Gensler posting on several topics: lifestyle, work, and cities. I love the variety of the posts and the issues explored. And they expand the notion of what design can do and which factors in our lives it ought to effect. Nice reading.
Jaime: Artist Liu Wei
When I was in Beijing last fall, I saw an interesting group show at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. One piece really stood out and stayed with me: a miniature, rather apocalyptic-looking cityscape crafted from a strange yellowed, semi-translucent material. I finally figured out who the artist is—Beijing native Liu Wei—and also what the material was: rawhide, a.k.a doggie chews. According to the website of the Saatchi Gallery, one of the galleries that represent Wei, the model city "comically edit[s] down the world to only the 'tastiest' bits," from the Coliseum to the Guggenheim. Also, if you look closely you'll spy more contemporary icons, including the U.S. Treasury, the burned out CCTV tower in Beijing, the American-Mexican border, Afghan caves, Guantanamo Bay and GM Headquarters. How he actually constructed this, I can only imagine. Perhaps something to look into for a future dwell.com post...
John Pawson: Plain Space opened at the Design Museum in London this week and the exhibit staff kept us updated all week with the whether the show would open on time with its exhibition blog and behind-the-scenes photos. The exhibition is on display through January 30, 2011, so be sure to check it out if you can--especially if you're in London this week for 100% Design.
Alexis: Interactive Arcade Fire Video
Reminiscing about your childhood? Check out the new interactive video collaboration between Google, the band Arcade Fire and filmmaker Chris Milk. This amazing experience will take you back to the neighborhood where you grew up and is a beautiful, visual interpretation to the new song by Arcade Fire, "We Used to Wait"... I want to be a kid again!
Amy: Warby Parker
By the time friday rolls around this week I will have gotten my first eye exam in quite a few years. I'm not a fan of the eye doctor at all, but the idea that a pair of these will be in my future, has me feeling a bit better about the whole thing.
Amanda: From the Archives of Popular Science—First Looks at Favorite Architecture and Structures
I really enjoyed this slideshow of images featuring architectural marvels of the last century, each culled from the hallowed stacks of Popular Science. What's even more amazing is the fact that Popular Science, which has been in publication for 137 years, has archived all of their content and made it available to everyone—for free. Yay science!