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Evian Packaging by Paul Smith

Paul Smith has designed a bottle for Evian which will be on sale in limited amounts until Christmas. The London based designer describes the package as “…a nice glass bottle with colourful stripes around the top, printed with organic ink!”

Evian Bottle, by Paul Smith

Jasper Morrison Opens Shop in London

A small shop has opened in a unused area of Jasper Morrison’s studio in London.

“The shop was opened because we had some extra space in our new office, and after the Super Normal exhibition (at Axis Gallery Tokyo) I wanted a continuation of the contact that it provided me, with everyday, useful things. My feeling is that design which follows the current ‘entertainment’ model which attaches more importance to media exposure than to the real-life performance of an object has run its course, and that it’s time for designers to shape up and design things which have built-in long-term performance. The shop is an idealistic showroom for those things, rather than a commercial venture, though you may leave with less money than you arrived!”
- Jasper Morrison

Jasper Morrison Ltd. Shop, 24B Kingsland Road, London, Monday to Friday (11am – 5pm)
via: designboom

Gary Cooper as Architect in the Fountainhead

Mirage.studio.7 has a collection of fictional architects in movies. Our favorite is Gary Cooper in The Fountainhead, an adaptation of the novel by Ayn Rand.

The Fountainhead, 1949, by Warner Bros.,

Exhibition: The Age of the World by Mathieu Lehanneur

“Statistics quit charts and graphs to reincarnate in a curious set of containers, whether jars or urns, creating a radical representation of our human bondage in this world. Birth is the base and death the apex of these enameled terra cotta pagodas, whose contours change in phase with the age rings that translate life expectancy. From bottom to top there are 100 strata, shaped in solid or void, but the top end is always a sharp tip.”
- Mathieu Lehanneur

Exhibition: The Age of the World, by Mathieu Lehanneur, Issey Miyake, Paris, October 2009 during Fashion Week

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The New Acropolis Museum Opens

Located only 300 meters Southeast of the Parthenon, with an exhibition space of 14,000 square meters and a cost of €130 million, the New Acropolis Museum houses some of the most famous works of classical antiquity. It aims at providing the visitors with a comprehensive picture of the human presence on the Acropolis, from the pre-historic times through late Antiquity, with the advantage of being built on the slope of the Acropolis itself.

The New Acropolis Museum, by architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with Michalis Photiadis & Associate Architects, Athens, Greece.
via: Yatzer

Saporiti Lounge Side Chair by Augusto Bozzi

A rare Augusto Bozzi lounge chair is for sale at City Furniture. It has been recovered in quality 1950′s upholstery. The labels are visible on the black iron frame.

Saporiti Lounge Side Chair, 1958, by Augusto Bozzi, € 3000, at City Furniture

Harry Bertoia’s $100,000 Dandelion

Harry Bertoia is best known as a sculptor, but he also designed furniture for Knoll, who often used his pieces as props in their advertising. The “Dandelions” are made from from gilt stainless steel, brass with a slate base. This work is one of seven Dandelions exhibited at Eastman Kodak Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.

Untitled (Dandelion), 1964, by Harry Bertoia, Estimate: $100,000–150,000 at Wright
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Leica M8 Limited Edition in White

When compared with the classic black and silver models in the M8 series, this special limited edition with a white leather finish is destined to be the eye-catcher of this summer.
The Leica M8 ‘White Edition’ is available in a set including a silver anodised lens and strictly limited to just 275 examples. The uniqueness is further emphasised by the special serial numbers assigned exclusively to the cameras. All control elements are finished in silver chrome and, in combination with the lens, perfectly round off the overall styling of the set. The top cover, bottom plate and the camera back are finished in white paint.

Leica M8 White Edition, by Leica

NASA Space Tools Designed for Hubble Mission

When space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on the final flight to Hubble, the astronauts will be carrying 180 special tools, and 116 of them were designed just for this mission, which involves tricky repairs to two science instruments that were never intended to be fixed in space.

Photos:
1. (left) The EVA pistol grip tool is a high-torque, low-speed, microprocessor-controlled power tool used by spacewalking astronauts. It greatly reduces hand fatigue while astronauts work in pressurized spacesuits and helps reduce the amount of time it takes to loosen and tighten fasteners. (right) The washer extraction tool is used by spacewalking astronauts to secure washers that would otherwise float away in space.

2. This is a high-speed, low-torque power tool designed to help astronauts quickly remove the large number of screws during the repair tasks.

3. The EVA mini-workstation mounts to the front chest of an astronaut’s spacesuit and holds equipment needed during spacewalks.

NASA Space Tools, for NASA, Photography by Michael Soluri
via: NPR

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