Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
The impossible physical beauty. The air of cool detachment. The looks of disdain cast across the store. No, we’re not talking about the staff. We’re referring to the mannikins. In an experiment to create a gender neutral space, fashion retailer Selfridges has dispensed with male and female dummies at its Oxford Street store.
The project, titled ‘Agender’, has been developed in collaboration with furniture designer Faye Toogood. She has populated the space with abstract, genderless sculptures and placed the unisex garments on display, paradoxically, under fabric covers.
According to Toogood, “By removing branding, gender differences and merchandising, we allow the garments to speak for themselves. In the 21st century we’re increasingly aware that gender is not a binary, and the way we choose to present ourselves as individuals shouldn’t be constrained by the artificial divisions of society or commerce.”
It’s fashion for men, fashion for women, but not for dummies.
Via. Design Week http://bit.ly/1xqagW4
This newly released camera seems to defy the laws of physics. You can stick it on the ceiling. To gritty brick walls. Or sweaty club walls, for that matter. Podo’s little gizmo stays put and beams your image back to your smartphone. So you can compose the shot without all the wobbling of a selfie stick. (Snappy spot, thanks Julie.)
Your pic then pops up in the app on your screen, thanks to the power of Bluetooth, and you’re ready to upload it to the social media sharing site of your choice. The wireless, hands-free fun you could capture with its video and timelapse settings would is enough to send Newton’s head spinning.
Via. Kickstarter http://kck.st/1M2gzR4
Sofas kill. As every new mother is told. But, babies rolling down the cracks aside, there are some serious concerns about how much time we all spend on our tushes.
To get our moneymakers moving, Vittel have launched a campaign to motivate our inner sofa sloths. Their Couch Converter service will furnish you with a pair of personalised running shoes inspired by your lounger. Simply send in your sofa’s photo and a snippet of its fabric, and a team of shoe designers will get to work to create a custom pair of kicks for the (soon-to-be) reformed couch potato in you. Three-piece sweet.
Via. Springwise http://bit.ly/1G5EC1N
Fancy a biscuit with your coffee? Well it’s right there, in your hand. Yep, the cup is the biscuit. To mark the introduction of Seattle’s Best Coffee in its restaurants, KFC is serving up the brew in edible coffee cups. (Tasty Matt)
The ‘Scoff-ee Cup’ is made from biscuit, wrapped in sugar paper and lined with a thick layer of white chocolate. Filled with hot coffee the chocolate lining slowly melts, the biscuit softens and the whole arrangement turns into a wonderfully sweet, sticky snack.
A word of warning though – they’re definitely not dishwasher safe.
Via. Packaging Europe http://bit.ly/1G3LeOi
The bruised face of a woman is a pretty startling representation of domestic violence. But the new outdoor campaign for Women’s Aid developed by WCRS is more than just a shock tactic. The billboard incorporates facial recognition technology that registers when people are looking at the image. This in turn triggers a series of messages along the bottom of the ad urging passers-by not to turn a blind eye. As more people take notice, the bruises on the woman’s face start to fade.
It’s the first time this technology, which allows an immediate change in the display triggered by the attention of the viewer, has been used. And it supports a powerful message – only by recognizing and acting on the issue of domestic violence can we hope to make the bruises go away.
Via. Charity Digital News http://bit.ly/1CPSvlx