"Influenced by progressive Scandinavian lifestyle and design, the new Volvo Concept C coupé is the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the aesthetic direction of the company's new scalable product architecture department."
John Pawson's remodeling of the St. Moritz Church in Augsburg, Germany.
"Spider-Man as originally written was very much a conflicted character as we all know, but the character also had a lot of anti-establishment appeal—he was a smartass—and this is one of the many reasons the character took off in the heady era of the ‘60s. At the time that Ditko’s grasp on Spider-Man tightened, so did his interest grow in the Objectivist philosophy of Russian-born novelist, Ayn Rand. When Rand’s humorless black and white moralizing started creeping into the Spider-Man stories, Lee balked and soon the two men were not speaking to each other."
Via Kathy, with thanks. I read the entire run of Mr. A last night. Epic in a Brechtian sense (I would not normally mean that as a compliment). Though sadly, and contrary to the Dangerous Minds link above, at no point does Rex Graine/Mr. A "throw someone off a building for disagreeing with him."
This is the definitive discussion of Ridley Scott's controversial
"1995 BBC Horizon documentary about Luca Turin's vibration theory of olfaction. With Luca Turin, John Amoore, Linda Buck, Maurice Roucel, Serge Lutens and Calice Becker."
The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 2013 Global Liveability Survey cites Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary as three of the top ten most liveable cities in the world.
"Business of Fashion speaks with Jess Lee, co-founder and CEO of Polyvore, a community-driven fashion discovery site that aims to create 'an army of Anna Wintours.'"
"For every existent building in your city, there are a dozen that never came to be."
"Visit to Picasso ("Bezoek aan Picasso") is a Belgian documentary film from 1949 directed by Belgian filmmaker Paul Haesaerts. In an effort to capture the nature of Picasso's creative process, Paul Haesaerts asked the Spanish painter to apply his magical brushstrokes to large glass plates as Haesaerts filmed from the other side. This actually predates the more famous art film The Mystery of Picasso (1956) by Henri-Georges Clouzot in which Picasso also paints to large transparent canvases as the director films from the other side."
Luca Turin reviews Fate Woman by Amouage, Oud Caravan No.3 by Profumo, and Norne by Slumberhouse.
"Inside the Parisian it-girl’s summer vacation."
Hat tip to Alexei.
"The legendary Hotel Chelsea (home to a significant piece of New York City’s cultural history) took in its last guest in 2011, when the doors closed for a gut renovation. The photographer Victoria Cohen captures a lost bohemia in her new book, Hotel Chelsea."
"Double Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey has challenged TV channels to give 'control' to their audiences or risk losing them at his address at the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival."
"In a rare television appearance, best-selling Harry Potter author JK Rowling sets out to investigate her French roots. Jo has always been intrigued by her late mother's French ancestry, but knows very little about it. Beginning her journey in Edinburgh, Jo's search takes her from The Savoy in London, to once-bloody battlefields and the back streets of urban Paris.
"Jo is especially keen to find out more about her great grandfather, Louis Volant. She knows that he was awarded one of France's most prestigious medals, the Legion d'honneur, for his actions during World War One. Jo wants to find out exactly what he did to win the honour. The trail leads to a surprising and shocking discovery."
"From cathedral-like indoor pools to the Louvre, New York-based, French-born photographer Franck Bohbot has traveled the world shooting cavernous architecture that's laced with manmade frills and utterly devoid of the living things that put them there."
"Nigella, who studied Italian at Oxford, indulges her personal passion for Italy, where she lived, worked and cooked when she was in her 20s, before she was a busy TV star, wife and mother. Nigellissima inspires readers to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen--without needing to source inaccessible ingredients or totally restock the pantry--with her quick, easy recipes and simple techniques that elevate everyday eating into no-fuss feasts.
"Nigellissima shows readers how a weeknight dish can be a faithful interpretation of traditional Italian fare without involving numerous steps or ingredients. For example, a lemon, some oil, crushed red pepper flakes and dried oregano can add fire and life to a number of dishes. Or if a recipe calls for the juice of a lemon, use the zest, too, as that's where all its force and fragrance lies. Here are recipes like Italian Roast Chicken with Peppers and Olives; Shortcut Sausage Meatballs; Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and Arugula; and Nutella Cheesecake--all that can be rustled up pronto!"
"Looks like it's time, yet again, to update the ever-growing map of Frank Lloyd Wright designs currently listed for sale: PrairieMod notices that the Stephen M.B. Hunt House, just outside Chicago, is listed for $699,900."
"Can the cycling-friendly Dutch model for intersection design apply to North American streets? This video shows how it is possible."
"From Grasse to India, Murano to Paris, follow the fragrance trail of J'adore, where creation comes to life. Luxuriant and sophisticated, J'adore L'absolu sublimely enhances the intensity and sensuality of its floral notes in a perfume in which flower absolutes harmoniously combine: sweet and vibrant Damask rose, seductive and luminous Arabian jasmine, and powerful and voluptuous Indian tuberose.
"De Grasse à l'Inde, de Murano à Paris, voyage dans le sillage de J'adore, là où la création prend forme. Foisonnant et sophistiqué, J'adore L'absolu sublime l'intensité et la sensualité de ses notes florales dans un parfum où se conjuguent, avec harmonie, les absolus de fleurs: la rose Damascena, nerveuse et suave, le jasmin sambac, séducteur et lumineux et la tubéreuse d'Inde, puissante et voluptueuse."
"Ancient Egyptian beads found in a 5,000-year-old tomb were made from iron meteorites that fell to Earth from space, according to a new study. The beads, which are the oldest known iron artifacts in the world, were crafted roughly 2,000 years before Egypt's Iron Age."
Related: Tegan & Sara defend Taylor Swift.
"Everything that calls itself avant-garde today is just a tedious imitation of earlier and far superior modernist art. The art world has become an echo chamber of commercially inflated rhetoric, shallow ironies and monolithic political ideology."
"The views from the cockpit of NASA's P-3B aircraft on an Operation IceBridge campaign are truly stunning. The mission doesn't travel to both ends of the Earth for the scenery of course -- the airborne mission is there to collect radar, laser altimetry, and other data on the changing ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice of the Arctic and Antarctic. But for those of us who aren't polar pilots, here's a selection of some of the best footage from the forward and nadir cameras mounted to the aircraft taken during IceBridge's spring deployment over Greenland and the Arctic Ocean.
"IceBridge, a six-year NASA mission, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice. These flights will provide a yearly, multi-instrument look at the behavior of the rapidly changing features of the Greenland and Antarctic ice. Data collected during IceBridge will help scientists bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) -- in orbit since 2003 -- and ICESat-2, planned for late 2015. ICESat stopped collecting science data in 2009, making IceBridge critical for ensuring a continuous series of observations. IceBridge will use airborne instruments to map Arctic and Antarctic areas once a year. The first IceBridge flights were conducted in March/May 2009 over Greenland and in October/November 2009 over Antarctica. Other smaller airborne surveys around the world are also part of the IceBridge campaign."
"Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen has long been pushing the 3D printing envelope and his line of wedges really takes the cake. Kyttanen designed the line for Cubify, the online marketplace that lets you make cool stuff on 3D printers..."
"Andrew Davidson has produced a beautifully detailed set of hand engraved illustrations for the cover of adult editions of JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels."
Featuring James Franco.
Terry de Gunzburg has launched her first fragrance collection. "Here, she shares her other passions."
"In a short film by Ruth Hogben, British model Cara Delevingne explores her dark side."
"So is Lady Gaga a major contributor to the dumbing of gay America?"
She is spectacular.
A Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow to New York encounters a problem and makes an unanticipated landing. From the comments:
"Inconvenient yes, but newsworthy a definate no. Sounds like the crew did all the right things. Whilst Gander is remote and small, all aircraft transiting the North Atlantic will contact Gander to enter or exit the North Atlantic Tracks (as they do Shannon and Prestick on the east side of the sea) - as such some of the best ATC support available."
"A new study lends support to a controversial theory -- that our noses can smell the difference not only in the shape of a molecule, but also in its vibrational characteristics. Many who study olfaction maintain that an odorant's shape and surface are the only things that impact how it smells. But theoretical biophysicist Ilia Solov'yov has used a recent study on fruit flies to explain how a molecule's vibrational frequency can also impact the sense of smell.
"The study is detailed in the article 'Vibrationally assisted electron transfer mechanism of olfaction: myth or reality?' in the October 2012 issue of the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP).
"Solov'yov is a Postdoctoral Fellow and a member of Klaus Schulten's Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute."
Dominique Dubrana is "a 54-year-old Frenchman living in Italy, a Sufi convert, a grand eccentric and a genius of sorts."
Opportunity looks a lot like work.
"Have you ever opened an Apple MacBook Pro box, inhaled and thought, 'If I only I could smell like the inside of this box, I'd be the coolest person ever'?"
"Starring Helena Christensen, David Gandy & W London. W London lifts the figurative lense cap off of a fictitious guest Alex Worthington. Shot on location in Leicester Square Away We Stay written and directed by Edoardo Ponti, is a romantic tale of love, life and the choices we make in the middle..."
"On the streets of Havana you can see older men dressed like dandies, which used to be seen as an eccentricity. Not anymore. It is one of the 178 activities the government has authorized for self-employment."
"A song grows sort of a bit like a crystal. Like this would be a 6/8 kind of song."
If you are wondering why you had not heard about this discovery before now, you might also ask whether the history of the Norse in Canada fits the narrative advanced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, being rebranded as a museum of Canadian history, and why Pat Sutherland no longer has access to her twelve years of research findings.
Images of the dig site at Baffin Island’s Tanfield Valley at the first link and a CBC Radio interview with Sutherland at the second.
Also: More images at National Geographic and a director's statement on The Norse: An Arctic Mystery. Sutherland first spotted Viking yarn from Baffin Island in 1999 and since found previously overlooked artifacts excavated from another three sites ranging a thousand miles from Baffin Island to Labrador.
To anyone familiar with the history of the period, the fact of a farfaring Viking presence comes as no surprise. And to anyone who has worked in archaeology, still less to learn learn that clear evidence of this presence should have been systematically overlooked for so long.
This handy icebreaker infographic is courtesy of the USCG Office of Waterways and Ocean Policy.
"I fell in love with architecture on the Chicago River. It provides a beautiful vantage point to take in all the marvelous skyscrapers. Unlike other cities that cram you on the sidewalk between looming towers. The Chicago River pushes buildings apart, giving you the opportunity to really take in the city’s glory in glass, steel, and concrete.
"But Chicago’s biggest design achievement isn’t a building at all—it’s the Chicago River itself."
(Radio documentary and lots of supporting images at the link.)
"It’s not quite a bistro, but it’s close. This is McDonald’s as a decidedly more grown-up experience, where hard plastic is traded for leather banquettes, pull-out chairs for angular cushioned stools, and golden arches for burnt sienna and low-lit nooks where couples can steal a quiet moment."
"For major international companies with a well-known name and logo, rebranding is most often not an option."
Used as the soundtrack for something called The Burkha Project Alaska/Yemen. I can't speak to the content, intentions or success of the art which appears to be images of the artist posing in (presumably) his burkha but I wanted to share the Jon Hassell piece and this is the one source I could find to do so. To me, "Courtrais" has a gorgeous, aching "Kind of Blue" vibe.
Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice. A castle is perched on a hilltop. Below it, a posh, modern villa. Meanwhile, far from Paris, two men with masked faces play dice in a bar. They decide to drive to Paris. Country roads, hills, fences. The posh "chateau" appears again: meticulous garden, fancy interior, odd sculptures. And at home? "No one, NO ONE." For the next two days, masked figures play dice, frolic by the pool, perform exercises with a ball. Two new figures arrive. Masked. They search and find the dice. They dance. Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice.
"Even for clothing and accessories brands that gain an outstanding amount of traction online, an offline presence will often follow, even when the company is still quite young. Here’s a look at four labels, both high end and more affordable, that began online but are using a brick-and-mortar presence to give weight and credibility to their brands."
A tough sell.
To be specific: That Ferris Bueller Ferrari house.
"In Fashion interview with Daphne Guinness. Joining In Fashion's cast of the industry's most influential characters, Fashion Director Alex Fury speaks with Guinness on aspects of a life rich in the appreciation of art, beauty and luxury."
And: Daphne Guinness in Vogue Italia.
Choirmaster: Georgiy Smirnov
"Top Gear's tribute to British engineering. Top Gear series 20 finale episode ended patriotically..:) British Engineering at its best display."
Au4's "On: Audio" (2006) and “… And Down Goes The Sky” (2013) are both available for free download.
"Leonidas would chastise me when I was offering sacrifices to the gods because I had scooped up two handfuls of incense to cast on the altar-fire. Leonidas stopped me saying,
"When you've conquered the spice-bearing regions, you can throw away all the incense you like. Till then don't waste it."
Many years later after Alexander had indeed conquered the spice-bearing regions; he sent him eighteen tons of frankincense and myrrh. It was accompnaied by a letter to Leonidas saying, "Now you can stop being so stingy among the gods."
Nick Knight's fashion film captures Daphne Guinness as a 'Dark Knight' in Gareth Pugh, set to a unique soundtrack sung by Guinness herself, presented in the windows of Le Printemps, Paris until 24 March 2012.
And their diffusion label: LAB Pal Zileri A/W 2013-14.
A collection of five-hundred fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years.
Brioni, Factory of Penne (Pe)
Video Corporate 2007
"Mérida, Mexico is a town lost in a time when the remote Yucatan capital was among the richest cities in the world, due to its production of rope, made from the local agave plant. These days old world meets older world in the city’s historical center, with its cobblestoned streets and decaying limestone mansions that speak to its faded grandeur."
"A compilation of medieval recipes from authentic sources adapted for the 21st century kitchen, along with diverse facts on food & feasting in the Middle Ages & Renaissance and other historical culinary items."
Sister site: "Civilizations as early as the Chaldean in southwestern Asia were among the first to have a belief in plants that never existed, and the practice continued well beyond the Middle Ages and the Renaissance."
For Marc Jacobs.
Uomo - The ingredients.
"We're ready to claim Ashleigh Good as one of our greatest fashion exports, with the 21-year-old model appearing in the latest campaigns for Chanel and Max Mara. It has been a rapid rise for Good, who was discovered at an Auckland bus stop just last year and made her modelling debut at Givenchy."
Harper's Bazaar asked Esquire UK for five things men love about Kate Moss. They were lied to five times.
"Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is an upcoming American documentary television series. It is a follow-up to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. The new series' presenter will be Neil deGrasse Tyson. The executive producers are Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, Sagan's widow."
"A nearly 1,500-year-old Mayan stone monument, inscribed with a story of an ancient power struggle, has been unearthed in Guatemala."
"Photographer Kyle Johnson documents the few remaining Forest Service lookout posts in the Pacific Northwest."
A motorcycle road trip from San Francisco to Detroit.
"I like to dress in themes. This is my Portland, I'm on my bicycle, going to get coffee theme."
(NYT video autoplays at the link)
Director : Romain Chassaing. Music : Etienne Ross
"Fashion retailers have long created store environments aimed at stimulating the eyes and ears. Now companies are increasing their attention on the nose and embracing the arts of olfactive branding and scent marketing."
"Rag & Bone, Marchesa and Proenza Schouler, among the top in their class of cool, youngish New York-based fashion houses, took a field trip to China recently to start a dialogue with consumers there as they all have their eye on expansion."
The 40 names that make up the Best-Dressed List "are a mixture of Hollywood, royalty, fashion industry, musicians, sportsmen and society." The Telegraph notes a prominent politician's wife, notable that is to say by her absence. More important to my mind are Tara, Isaac and Otis Ferry, three sons of the Flea's satorial icon Bryan Ferry, ranked 22-24.
An interactive timeline of couture houses and couturier biographies at the Victoria and Albert Museum.