Origami Kayak

ORU, Origami Kayak
Kudos to San Francisco-based Anton Willis for creating ORU, the Origami Kayak. Constructed from corrugated plastic with structural reinforcements, the kayak transforms from the size of an artist’s portfolio case to a water-tight flotation vessel in 5 minutes. Unfolded, it measures 12 feet and weighs 25 pounds. We love the clean, origami-inspired graphics that put this kayak in a class of its own.

ORU, Origami Kayak

ORU, The Origami Kayak is expected to retail for $500. Sign up on the wait list for availability notification.

source: Gear Patrol
written by: Nancy H.

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Opening Ceremony x Adidas

Opening Ceremony x Adidas shot by Josh Olins

The go-to fashion boutique, Opening Ceremony, has teamed up with Adidas Originals for a unisex capsule collection of 70 pieces in time for the summer Olympics. Retro-influenced bandana, floral and graffiti prints lend the collection a healthy dose of street style. The designers sourced the sporty silhouettes from swim and cycling kits which also feature a range of active fabrics including dry-swim spandex, neoprene, nylon twills, and reflective finishes.

Opening Ceremony pop-up shop, London

The collaboration kicks-off the opening of OC’s Covent Garden pop-up shop, with a larger one to come this fall. The collection is also available in the downtown NYC store and online.

source: Opening Ceremony, fashion photos by Josh Olins
written by: Nancy H.

On Your Mark, Get Stamped

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To mark the start of the 2012 Summer Games, the Royal Mail UK has released a set of commemorate stamps. Four stamps seamlessly meld action shots of British athletes (diver, fencer, runners and cyclist) with some of London’s most recognizable landmarks.

Created by Hat Trick, a multi-disciplinary agency, the stamps took a feat of endurance to realize. The creative team spent 15 months making sure the shots – the London Eye replicating a cyclist’s wheel or the way a fencer’s lunge meets with Tower Bridge – were perfectly aligned, as well as technically precise.

And, as British hopefuls rack up the gold, they too will be featured on special edition stamps throughout the course of the Olympics. The stamp will show a photo of the athlete or team from their gold-medal winning final. Where possible, these stamps feature a photograph of the athlete or team in action from their gold medal-winning final.

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source: Design Boom, Design Week
posted by: Nancy H

In Search of Snow

In Search of Snow is a beautifully done promotional video for Bentley Motors. The short is an unexpected pairing of big mountain skier Chris Davenport with the luxury car brand, but it works – from the black  & white filming to his evocative narrative. Davenport and his photo friend test the all-wheel drive capabilities of the Bentley as they tour the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado in search of snow and extreme terrain. There’s no question when Davenport says that the journey, adventure and discovering things about yourself is “what we live for.”

source: Bentley Motors
posted by: Nancy H

POC’s Ergo Exoskeleton Inspired by a Bug’s Life

Spine Ergo BUG

POC’s Spine Ergo BUG is another fine example of biomimicry in design. The body protection gear is perfect for those who like to catapult themselves down the mountain doing injury–inducing double corks or at breakneck speeds. This lightweight spine protector, which follows the back’s natural curve, features shoulder straps and an adjustable waistband for a more customized fit. The hard shell, created as interlocking panels, is sturdy enough to handle multiple impacts while the ventilation system transports moisture (ie. sweat) away and lets fresh air circulate.

POC, the Swedish company known largely for its sleek, functional helmets, has collaborated with specialists in spinal cord injuries to design a flexible system that is comfortable to wear and, most importantly, withstands the force of impact. Although this product is unlikely to be seen by adoring eyes, POC continues to produce exceptional design in equal measure to its safety, quality and performance commitment.

source: POC Sports
posted by: Nancy H.

Ana Soler: Causa-Efecto

Ana Soler: Causa-Efecto installation art

Causa-Efecto (Cause-Effect), an installation by Ana Soler recently caught our eye as it has multiplied across art/design sites. Like many contemporary artists, the Spanish-born Soler prefers working with the repetitive possibilities of everyday objects like dangerously dangling hundreds of scissors from the ceiling and creating swarms of spoons, coins or knives. In her most recent work, Soler hung 2,000 tennis balls throughout the Mustang Art Gallery in Alicante. The balls are organized in suspended trajectories that appear to bounce off walls, floors and other surfaces. Depending on your perspective, this web-like environment could be a playful call-to-action or Agassi’s childhood nightmare of the practice equipment gone ballistic.

Ana Soler: Causa-Efecto installation art

Ana Soler: Causa-Efecto installation art

Ana Soler: Causa-Efecto installation art

See related post Snarkitecture’s Ping Pong Projects.

via Flavorwire. source: Ana Soler
posted by: Nancy H.

Yoga with Briohny Smith

We’re really inspired by the strength and beauty of Equinox Instructor Briohny Smyth. It’s no  doubt she’s been practicing yoga for over 15 years when you see the athleticism and artistry of her arm balances. Equinox spent a morning with her (catch a glimpse of her lover) at the sleek  Mondrian Hotel in Soho.  If these are the results, we’re definitely motivated to move beyond the basics.

source: Q Equinox