” House of Waste ” wins sustainability award

Kamikatsu : wan awards (h/t: demilkedufunk, inhabitat)

 Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture Japan  is one such community committed to zero waste : aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. The town has already attained an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle centre like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaching an impasse, the world looks around to  great expectations to this traditional life-style Kamikatsu holds the beacon to that alternative.

In order to create continuity of production and consumption, and  to herald the path on continued productivity already followed , the town decided to collect all their waste materials and create a  warehouse / brewery. As a town centre to relax  and share a beer or two between members of  the milieu  also to display art-work and wares ; a general purpose eco-community centre.

Iconic directors are remade as sculptures of their famous movies: Guess who is the banana ?

American visual artist Mike Leavitt is a huge movie fan. To honor his favourite directors, Mike carved 16 wooden figures. However, their shapes are rather unusual, because the artist merged famous movie makers with iconic characters from their films.

“Great film directors get cut up,” Mike explains on his website. “They take pains with the details, story, money and sacrifices to their vision. Their body succumbs to the pressure.”

All figures are 1:4 in scale, and 18 inches tall or wide, sculpted from scratch in wood and polymer clay. “Art and film treat my pain. They’re magic. They trick me into remembering why this world is so damn beautiful,” Mike adds. 17.5k instagram followers

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1. George Lucas

George Lucas is probably the most well-rounded movie-maker on this list. He founded at least five entertainment companies and loves to be on the cutting edge of technology. He is mostly remember for the Star Wars series and Indiana Jones which he co-produced with Steven Spielberg.  He is a cross between Jabba the Hutt  ( a gang star on the outer rim of the starwars universe) , a jedi ( the light saber) and the Wipe for indiana jones.

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2. Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese can celebrate his very solid and steady body of successful films. Famous for  recent movies like The Wolf of Wall Street and Hugo. His caricature is a cross between Jesus in the last temptation of christ ,The color of money,  ranging bull and Gang of New york.

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 3.David Lynch

Famous for The blue Velvet and The Elephant man , David have got some great movies under his belt. His caricature depict mostly the latter movie.

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 4.Woody  Allen

Woody Allen rivals Steven Speilberg in the number of films he has directed. With irrational Man, Blue Jasmine and To rome with Love.  His films tend to be New York based dramas which he writes himself. Poor Allen gets to be a banana from his famous romantic comedy of the same name.

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5. Francis Ford Coppola

Though his directorial stamp is unmistakable, Coppola has under his belt among the most celebrated family, political, crime and war films in the American canon.

Famous for  The Godfather” to the ever-prescient political thriller “The Conversation,” his best works are definitive genre exercises, blending unwavering realism with escalating tension and a potent moral consideration.  His caricature is a mix of those two movies.

 

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6. Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s movies feature epic and well-wrtten characters and mostly deal with race relations. with great movies like Miracle at St Anna , Crooklyn and The Clockers. His caricature is a cross of His got game and Malcolm X.

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7. James Cameron

After he directed Titanic , and Terminator 2,. He  went on to do the famous blue Naiv people of Pandora  in Avatar. Famous  for outlandish special effects and unbelievable budgets. His caricature is an hybrid of all his movies including the predator.
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8.Kathryn Bigelow

More Famous for sweeping the Oscars than making movies , Kathryn is one of the very few women out in the director’s cut.  She has done 9 amazing movies but is more famous for

The Hurt Locker ,Zero Dark Thirty ,Break and The Widowmaker. Her caricature is the combination of all four of those movies.

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9. Steven Spielberg

Regarded as the best director. made the sea a scary place with blockbuster movie  Jaws. And a host of other movies like war horse , Munich , A.I and Minority Report.  His caricature is a cross between the raptors of Jurassic park , Saving private Ryan and his most iconic movie E.T. 

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10. Tim Burton

A great director more known for directing dark animated features, Batman and Johnny Depp and alien attack of Mars attack.His caricature is a cross between the character in Dark shadows , Batman movies and Edward Scissorhand.

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Paper Lanterns for Design geeks: Origami

Animal paper-lamps are the products of  OWL  design outfit, a design brand created in 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.Inspired by the origami art of folding paper figures, OWL combined modelling with illumination to design original papercraft lamps.

The lamps are built to catch the eyes, and to stand out in a room; whether lit or turned off. Citing the producers:

“We invite you to join the process and build your own model, as all OWL paperlamps consist of a DIY kit with everything you need to assemble our designs. We prepare the challenge, you accomplish it. We hope you enjoy our OWL paperlamps as much as we do. If you have any difficulty, you can always contact us and we’ll try to give you our best support.”

We ordered some of them, a great addition to the reading room or the pantry (room).  Check out some of OWL’s designs below.

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Re-imagining our daily lives in a miniaturist way

Not every day we get to see ourselves from a different perspective, nor our activities in a miniaturist form. UK based  artist  Slinkachu has taken upon himself to help with that small matter. His design outfit make small people and place them in unique locations.

“The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography and the titles I give these scenes, aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathize with the tiny people in my works.”

He started the ‘Little People Project’ in 2006. A miniture art practise which  remodels and paints miniature model train set characters, then sited, and photograph then leave on the street.

It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of the work plays with the notion of surprise and he aims to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings.

He shares his art on his Facebook page which has over 91k likes ad growing. Be sure to check him out.

Slinkachu: Website | Facebook |Twitter |Flickr

 

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Toyota’s Setsuna; Wooden car using the Japanese Tradition of joinery

Concept cars are nothing new, even the ones made out of wood. But, the engineers at Toyota  (kenji tsuji and his team) took it one step further with this one. The Setsuna it is called, is made out of wood  using the Japanese technique of Wood joinery.

The toyota ‘setsuna’ concept is a fully functional car, with  body made out of 86 panels of wood pieces with no external binder, like a nail, or a gum holding them in place. Every single piece was hand crafted to fit in with the design, and it debuted at the Milan 2016 design expo.

The team used traditional japanese techniques such as ‘okuriari and ‘kusabi so that the wood could be joined without nails or screws. ‘okuriari, which allows the exterior panels to be fitted and taken off without using any nails, not only increases the strength of joints but also makes it possible to make partial changes to dovetailing and mortise joints if the fastenings have worn down. Here are some of the pictures of the Setsuna: enjoy.

 

toyota uses traditional japanese wood joinery to assemble setsuna concept vehicle

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