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Nokia Lumia 800 Illuminate London's Skyline in 4D

Posted: 28 Nov 2011 04:56 PM PST

To celebrate the launch of Nokia new smartphone Lumia 800, Nokia is bringing together world renowned producer, deadmau5 and the world's leading 4D projection team for an unprecedented projection show on this November 28.

Plans are to put on a spectacular light show on the full length of the 120 meter building of London's Millbank Tower. The show will use the 800 windows of the skyscraper as the canvas for the spectacle accompanied by a live music performance. deadmau5 will be performing two new tracks created especially for the event.

The 30-minute show will be able to be viewed from both the north and south sides of the River Thames, and will also be broadcast live online on Nokia UK's Facebook page.

Known as a "4D" projection (a term the team made up to distinguish it from normal projections), the 4D team scanned the exterior of the tower using lasers, and built a 3D model of it accurate to within 5mm. They then create animations and map them exactly to the building. The Millbank Tower will be effectively blacking out to project images of it back onto the building.

Of course, the show will culminate with a giant mobile phone appearing to mark the launch of Nokia's Lumia 800- to signals a new dawn for the company.

+ Nokia

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Passive House by Architect Lieselotte Steurbaut

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 07:30 PM PST

The house for Belgium architect Lieselotte Steurbaut is a wooden house constructed in only 6 months, with a budget of 1.140 euro/m2 and a monthly gas and electricity bill of 10 euros. The house in every way is a fine example of green residential where energy efficiency, reducing ecological footprint is the priority.

Everywhere we heard & knew that constructing a green building will be more expensive than a conventional building. But the Passive House is an answer to the challenge of an 'economic house'.

Build on a small plot, this compact size, relatively close-looking cube house, which is perpendicular to the south from a big bite taken and windows provided, that act as the 'radiator' for the house. A timber frame, with ThermoWood wall paneling, wood joinery, and a complete interior finishing in OSB (Oriented strand board).

Reduced pipe lengths for ventilation, water, gas, electricity provides a simple technical installation. All rooms were place together to reduced the used on walls which leave plenty of free space for creativity and family gathering.

+ Lieselotte Steurbaut | ilovebelgium

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Bracelli, Muletas, and Cajones Lamp-Sculptures by Salvador Dali

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 05:00 PM PST

The year 2009 marked the 20th Anniversary of the death of this brilliant universal artist and Barcelona-based Bd wishes to add its special homage by producing a special limited edition of his fantastic furniture collection.

Since Dali never specified which materials he would want his furniture to be made from, the challenge for the Bd team was to balance the tastes of the painter and production viability. All the finishing's are based on black, with aged black patina on the casted brass, Black Marquina marble for the famous egg, darkened gold leaf and dyed lime wood satin in black for the upholstery and lingerie chiffon, also black for the lamp shades. Refined materials and handcrafted manufacturing to bring up to date a furniture collection thatBd has sold exclusively all over the world since the 90s, guaranteed by The Gala Salvador Dali Foundation responsible for the painter's rights. The black label collection comes to market in a limited edition of 105 pieces (the age of Dali in 2009).

When with Robert Descharnes we chose projects for furniture from the ideas with which Dali had filled his note pad for his work with Jean-Michel Frank, we had to imagine the colours which Salvador would have chosen to make his single-colour drawings, and we did soremembering the preferences and obsessions of the maestro (gold, Carmin Schiaparelli…). The furniture was really very much in Dali style, but difficult to combine in not absolutely surrealistic interiors. When we made a Leda chair with aged black patina for a special set-up and observed the enthusiastic reaction of the professionals, we were convinced that these crazy objects would look much less controversial in a decor if they were dyed black. From my extensive work with the Maestro I feel that this collection would meet his approval and I am absolutely sure that Gala would prefer it to the multicolour. Oscar Tusquets

Each piece is accompanied by the Certificate of the Dali Series.

Original Bracelli lamp at Clift hotel (San Francisco)

+ Bd

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Vac from the Sea by Electrolux

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 05:30 PM PST

Initiated by Electrolux, Vac from the Sea is a project aiming at raising awareness about the immediate need for the world to take better care of plastics and support the heroes that do. Plastic is the main raw material when making a vacuum cleaner. From a sustainable business point of view, Electrolux relies on an increased global supply of recycled plastic.

The project will see a limited number of Electrolux vacuum cleaners to be made from marine plastic debris – harvested from the Pacific and other sites where the plastic problem is immense.Depending on the local plastic situation the gathering of plastics will vary – from diving among coral reefs, clean-ups closer to shore to scooping up plastic directly from the water surface. The vacuum cleaners that are to be produced from the material gathered will be put on display for the world, decision makers and consumers to see. 

+ Vac from the Sea

Aishwarya Rai with a Baby

Aishwarya Rai Baby

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Wind Paintings by Bob Verschueren

Posted: 20 Nov 2011 07:58 AM PST

Artist Bob Verschueren 'painted' these Wind Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s on empty and desolate landscape with the help of wind.

He used crushed charcoal, iron oxide, chalk, terra verte, flour, yellow ochre, terre de Cassel, burnt and natural umber, which was then laid out in a linear motif on the land. Verschueren would wait for the wind to distribute the coloured pigments and materials over the land. The resulting work was a stunning collaboration between man and nature. The artwork usually only last a few hours, before the wind that created them likewise blows them away. 

+ I Love Belgium

The new 7 wonders of nature


2. Angel Falls  Venezuela

3. Bay of Fundy  Canada

4. Black Forest  Germany

5. Butinah Island--United Arab Emirates

6. Cliffs Of Moher – Ireland

7. Dead Sea – Palestine Jordan

8. El Yunque – Puerto Rico

9. Galapagos – Ecuador

10. The Grand Canyon – USA

11. The Great Barrier Reef – Australia

12. Halong Bay, Vietnam

13.Rainbow in the Mist, Iguassu Falls

14. Jeita Grotto – Lebanon

15. Jeju Island – South Korea

16. Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania

17. Komodo Island – Indonesia

18. Islands of Maldives

19. Masurian Lake – Poland

20. Matterhorn – Italy Switzerland

21. Milford Sound – New Zealand

22. Mud Volcanoes – Azerbaijan

23. PP Underground River – Philippines

24. Sundarbans – Bangladesh India

25. Table Mountain – South Africa