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1. Santiago Calatrava
Currently on view at St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, “Santiago Calatrava: The Quest for Movement” is an impressive retrospective of the Spanish architect’s life work. Complete with sketches, paintings and even sculpture, the collection is a full examination of Calatrava’s ability to take civil engineering to new levels. Read his own thoughts on the show in an interview with Huffington Post.
2. Naked Beer
The beauty that is beer has finally been captured in a can designed by Timur Salikhov. The Russian designer wrapped a pint in a print of a heady blonde lager for a concept brand called “Naked Premium Beer,” with the guiding mantra, “Why hide what good beer looks like?”
3. Classic Kenzo
To launch the latest Kenzo + New Era collaboration, photographer Maciek Pozoga places his statuesque models in classic French still life settings. The resulting portraits find Kenzo’s chaotic caps juxtaposed nicely with the historically calm settings.
4. Ghostly International: Of Art and Artifice
Billed as four days of art, sound and inspiration, Ghostly International’s “Of Art and Artifice” hits NYC next month to showcase some of the creative industry’s most influential entities. Among the impressive roster of exhibitors highlights include art by Michael Cina and Friends With You, video by M SS NG P ECES and live performances by Com Truise and Michna.
5. Obvious State
Taking inspiration from the likes of Faulkner, Austen, Vonnegut and Nabokov, illustrator Evan Robertson presents a series of fine art posters that combine famous lines with visual representations. The black and white works are available from Robertson’s Etsy page, where they sell for $24 each.
6. FF Chartwell
Travis Kochel takes advantage of OpenType in a new typeface called FF Chartwell, which is designed to produce simple and beautiful graphs for presentations. Creating one is as easy as defining a sequence of numbers, coloring them and then morphing the selection into pie, line and column charts for an aesthetically refined solution.
7. 3D Printed Bikini
Joining chocolate and jewelry as a viable product of 3D printing is Continuum Fashion’s N12 bikini. Thousands of circular plates connected with springs ensure a comfortable and flexible fit, the nylon construction holds up well in the water and best of all, you can tailor the design to exactly your size.
8. Green Cremation
Offering an environmentally-friendly way to (partially) offset a life of littering, green cremation company Resomation Ltd disposes of the deceased using a liquid chemical process that avoids all the harmful emissions apparently involved in traditional cremation. The mafioso-esque process involves soaking the body in a potassium hydroxide solution for up to three hours, reducing it to its bare skeletal remains which are then processed into a powder.