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Gomboc Self-Righting Object

The Gomboc is the physical realization of a mathematical theorem: that a “mono-monostatic” object — one that has a single stable point of equilibrium, or balance — must exist. And so it does. No matter how you orient it, the Gomboc always rights itself, a bit like turtles and beetles.

Gomboc, € 1,000, by Gabor Domokos and Peter Varkonyi
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Icon: Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann house up for Auction

A classic house is up for Auction. Christie’s expects the house to sell for somewhere between $15 million and $25 million (€9.7 million-€16 million). It sits on 2.1 acres on a cul-de-sac in an exclusive section of Palm Springs.

Auction: Kaufmann house, by Richard Neutra, at Christie’s New York on May 13.
via IHT

Rhino for a good cause

A polished chrome Rhino is up for auction, designed by Scott Wilson in conjunction with Kohler.

Kera, Auction online May 13th, by Scott Wilson, for Faces in the Wild

Paper Wars

Paper Wars, an exhibition of paper reproductions of classic weapons, is on view at the Craze Gallery in London, organized by PostlerFerguson, featured artists include Ben WilsonEl Ultimo GritoOscar and EwanPixelgarten,Hiroko ShiratoriPaul WysocanBASE23/DC|DE and more.

Paper Wars will be on view from May 15-21.

via: Core 77

 

 

Exhibition: Yuichi Higashionna at Calm & Punk

Calm and Punk Gallery is proud to present refract!—a new exhibition from Yuichi Higashionna. Yuichi Higashionna is an artist who works with a variety of subjects, using different materials and media, all of which play with our optical experience. His work in painting, film and installlation is unconstrained by form or method. Through his art, Higashionna questions our experience of seeing and what we have seen. 

Exhibition, Japan, by Yuichi Higashionn, for Calm and Punk Gallery

Rent Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs

Designed in 1947 by Stewart Williams for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato, Twin Palms is a spectacular example of mid-century contemporary architecture in the heart of Palm Springs’ Movie Colony community. Features include exquisite period furnishings and infamous piano-shaped swimming pool. Located just around the corner from residences once owned by Al Jolson, Jack Benny and Cary Grant, this vacation rental estate boasts both luxury and historical significance.

Frank Sinatra house rental, $2,600/night, from Beau Monde Villas

via: materialicious

New Work from New York

NEWWORK magazine is a large-format newspaper publication for readers who appreciate the value of new ideas. Designed and published biannually by studio NEWWORK, issue no.1 shows a selection of contributors solely from New York. Seven artists chosen by studio newwork present new ideas and images of art, design, high fashion, culture, and politics. From art directors to business leaders, from design students to curators, audience can find exiting new work and talent. Customized typefaces to reflect each contributors’ work stimulate thinking about typography in graphic design.

NEWWORK, $13.99, by newworkmag.com

News: David Chipperfield Wins Project in Spain

David Chipperfield has won an international competition to masterplan an arts and technology quarter in Segovia, Spain.

Arts and Technology Quarter Winner David Chipperfield, from bd

Times RSS Newsreader

A welcome application for reading your RSS feeds. ”Instead of treating news like email (as most RSS readers do), presents you with headlines and photos from a variety of sources all in one place, letting you more easily discover the news you want to read. Like your own personal newspaper”.

Mac OS 10.5 Download: Times, $30.00, by Acrylic

Museum: Design & the Elastic Mind at MoMA

When In New York, visit the current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Design and the Elastic Mind. If you can’t make it, the website is fun.

Exhibition: Design and the Elastic Mind, New York, MoMA

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