March 30, 2012
Florentijn Hofman — Sculptures larger than life
The Dutch sculptor
Blank Wall Clock
A 2010 design by Martí Guixé, it comes with an erasable pen so you can write and draw to your heart's content.
Painted steel with whiteboard function.
40cm (15.8") Ø.
Innovative skateboard designer Larry Stevenson wipes out for the last time at 81
Larry Stevenson was working as a lifeguard in Southern California in the early 1960s when he noticed surfers darting around a parking lot on crude skateboards cobbled together from planks and roller skates on days when the waves were tame. Mr. Stevenson, an avid swimmer and surfer, thought he could do better.
He began building boards shaped like surfboards in his garage, and sure enough, they offered a superior ride. By 1963, demand was so high he created a company to mass-produce them, Makaha, named for a famous Hawaiian surf beach. His designs revolutionized skateboarding.
During the skateboarding booms in the 1960s and '70s, Makaha sold hundreds of thousands of boards a year.
Makaha became one of the first skateboard companies to make a professional model, for the surfer Phil Edwards, and the first to use clay wheels rather than steel, providing a smoother ride and more maneuverability.
In 1969 Mr. Stevenson introduced the kicktail, in which the rear of the board was curved up, enabling a skateboarder to launch the board off the ground with his feet. Without the kicktail, the aerial maneuvers that define contemporary skateboarding would be impossible.
Mr. Stevenson received the patent for the kicktail in 1971 but was unable to compel most companies to pay royalties. The kicktail shape is now ubiquitous; most current boards feature two, one on the nose and one on the tail. Mr. Stevenson also patented the idea of kicktails at each end.
Richard Lawrence Stevenson was born on Dec. 22, 1930, in Los Angeles. He graduated from Venice High School and then served in the Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in business.
Mr. Stevenson died on Sunday in an assisted-living facility in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 81.
You know what music I'm hearing....
Strike Match Striker
For both storing and lighting matches,
its top twists open
to dispense one match
which ignites as you pull it out.
Pocket Brain — Is that your brain in your pocket or...?
Long story short: An iPad/iPhone app with eight layers of neuroanatomy in 3-D.
Where was this app when I was taking neuroanatomy —
a fiendishly difficult course —
in med school?
[via Richard Kashdan]
Parent Silhouettes Baby Rattle
Wrote Tim McKeough in a February 8, 2012 New York Times Styles section "Currents" feature,
"Following the birth of his [New York designer Russell Greenberg] first child in September,
custom baby rattles with ends shaped like profiles of mom and dad."
"The maple-wood toy is carved on a lathe, using profile photos of the parents as a guide, and finished by hand in Long Island City, New York."
$180; apply within.
Oldest known photograph of the inside of an American museum
Taken during the winter of 1842-43 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, this daguerrotype includes none other than Edgar Allan Poe (seated), who spent time at the Academy doing research on mollusks.
[via the New York Times]
"Too Beautiful to Hide" Hot Water Bottle
Designed by Wendy Legro for Droog.
ABS, PVC with flock outer lining.
[via the New York Times]