Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Square watermelons, an auction for change, drip-free wine bottles and more

1. IKEA’s Art Event 2017

Diverse, bold and colorful limited edition prints by 12 different artists will be available as part of IKEA’s Art Event 2017. The likes of Amandine Urruty, Jean Jullien, Yasuto Sasada, Steve Harrington and more have contributed artworks—making it an international project; from Japan to Sweden, the States, France and elsewhere. The furniture giant’s aim for Art Event is to make wonderful art more accessible and available to more people. The prints will be for sale in April.

2. An Online Auction For Change

With all proceeds going to the ACLU, Run for Something, Sierra Club, and Campaign Legal Center, Sight Unseen’s Design for Progress auction is online now. Furniture, decor items, jewelry, and artworks by the likes of Jonathan Zawada, Katie Stout and others are available with starting bids at $200. It’s a great excuse to splurge and treat yourself or a loved one to something really beautiful—and for an equally appealing cause.

3. Astronomy Rewind

The newly launched NASA-funded project called Astronomy Rewind calls on people to uncover old, lost cosmic images to create a public database. Hopefully, this will allow for astronomers to discover a great deal more about our galaxy, and shed extra light on science history. Hosted by Zooniverse (a citizen-science platform that relies on one million volunteers), the project will certainly be interesting—even if no new phenomena is found—since observations published in journals before the mid ’90s are rarely in online databases.

4. Japan’s Very Expensive Luxury Fruit

Japan’s Sembikiya stores are anything but regular fruit shops. Full of fruit displayed like luxury handbags or high-end jewelry, these shops sell strawberries, watermelons and more—for up to around $27k. Established in 1834, Sembikiya is famous for its fancy fruit and the reason it’s so expensive is because of the incredible sizes and shapes. From tennis ball-sized strawberries (which sell for about $4.5k) to square watermelons, the produce seems to be touched by witchcraft. To learn more about the farmers and why these fruits are so sought-after, head to CNN.

5. A Porsche Motorcycle Concept for the Future: The 618

Conveying the vision of Spanish designer Miguel Angel Bahri for Porsche’s “wheels project,” three new renderings reveal a motorcycle for the future. Bahri looked at the 911 Turbo, 918 and 919 vehicles for inspiration, before dubbing his creation the 618. Clearly employing the brand’s signature low-center of gravity design, the 618 emanates from a central steering hub. As an electric motorcycle, a battery rests at the bike’s center. There’s also an eight-inch digital instrument touch screen. Beyond technologically advanced, it also happens to be visually stunning. Find more images over at designboom.

6. Scientist Invents a Drip-Free Wine Bottle

Forget purchasing a wine spout, a Brandeis University biophysicist has done the impossible by inventing a wine bottle that does not drip. Daniel Perlman designed a bottle that features two-millimeter groove just below the tip which catches the droplets as the bottle is tipped back. This extra lip was the result of three years of study, wherein Perlman watched slow-motion videos of wine being poured, over and over and over again. Honestly, the resulting innovation is not only handy, but it’s truly applicable to the lives of many. Right now, Perlman is shopping the idea around.

7. Photographers to Discover at AIPAD: The Photography Show

Art fairs can be daunting, especially when one is directionless and distractible. For anyone considering a trip to the AIPAD Photography Show, running now through 2 April in NYC, Artnet has assembled a handy guide to “must see” photographers. This is the Association of International Photography Art Dealers’ first year settled on the epic grounds of Pier 94, where 115 dealers will showcase works. Everything from 19th century innovators to emerging contemporary photographers can be seen and Artnet’s got ten global recommendations to hit up, including Rania Matar at Bloomington, Indiana’s Pictura Gallery and Sacha Goldberger’s “Super Flemish” pieces at Baudoin Lebon.

8. Mexico City’s Penis Seat For Men

Sometimes the most effective lessons are hard-earned. Mexico City transit took that quite literally with their new PSA: a sculptural installation of a man’s torso and penis embedded onto a train chair reserved for men only. Having any part of a stranger pressing up against your body constitutes unwanted touching, i.e. sexual harassment. No one wants to be uncomfortable on their morning commute, and this concept makes that clear in a clever new way.

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