« December 3, 2010 | Main | December 5, 2010 »

December 4, 2010

Metropolis II — by Chris Burden

Chris Burden's multi-track construction, begun in 2006 by the California artist and a team of eight studio assistants, including an engineer, is still being built.

According to Carol Vogel's November 18, 2010 New York Times story, "It includes 1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs."

And: "In 'Metropolis II,' by his calculation, 'every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city,' Mr. Burden said. 'It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It’s quite intense.'"

The piece is headed for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, whose director, Michael Govan, said, "I reserved it the day I saw it. It's a portrait of L.A."

Installation there is expected to take two to three months.

[via Richard Kashdan and Retro Thing]

December 4, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Egg Cube/Warmer


"Just add the 100% wool felt cap after boiling your eggs and take it off when you are ready."

By German designer Mirko Kisser.

Green or White felt.

Birch plywood.


$20 (egg not included).

December 4, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New York Times iPad app rated "Mature — 12+" for the following:


• Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

• Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

• Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence

• Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity


You could look it up.

December 4, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Baby Hand & Foot Stamp


From the website:


In Japanese "otete" and "anyo" are cute names for the "hand" and "foot" of a baby.

Now you can preserve your infant's handprint or footprint forever with this Otete & Anyo  stamp gift set.

Make a ink print of your baby's hand or foot, scan it, and send the file to us.


The makers of the Otete & Anyo will then create a customized life-sized stamp that you can keep forever.

Comes in an elegant Paulownia wooden case decorated with your child's handprint or footprint, and features their name and birthdate on the stamp.


• Choose from right or left hand or foot

• Birth record card included

• Acrylic and rubber




December 4, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes — The world visualized

Hans Rosling gives a lesson.

[via Richard Kashdan]

December 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Banknote Earrings


Black or White.

Laser-cut acrylic.

$35 CAD (Jewelry).

December 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

debout (standing) — Etienne Meneau


A polystyrene sculpture, part of the 2010 "album anatomie" by the protean French artist.

December 4, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Kone


Below, Oliver Strand's November 30, 2010 New York Times review:



Of all the shiny objects I saw at WTF Espresso Bar, a tricked-out coffee shop that opened last month in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the gadget that caught my eye was a filter cone made out of perforated stainless steel [top]. It was sitting in a Chemex brewer, which looked significantly more awesome when equipped with a metal filter that could draw blood. It was a Kone, a reusable filter developed by Keith Gehrke of Coava, a small-batch coffee roaster in Portland, Ore.

The Kone is a beautiful object, simple and stark. More to the point of the design, the coffee it makes is rich and full. The filter is cleaner than a mesh basket, and the photochemically machined holes let oils that would be absorbed by a standard paper filter flow through. It gives you the control of a Chemex and the tannic cup you get from a French press: a Frenchmex.


Whether you like it is a matter of taste. For most of my adult life, I was a French-press partisan. But in the last few years I’ve been experimenting with different filter methods, and now I’m accustomed to drinking coffee with bright, floral flavors. When I started using the Kone last week, it was strange to find such an aggressive coffee sitting in my Chemex. It was like pulling the top off a bamboo steam basket and encountering a piece of grilled meat.

The Kone was introduced just this month, and there are already 900 orders. It’s an impressive number for a supergeeky coffee gadget introduced by a two-person company with no history of product development that manufactures the Kone entirely in the United States: Ohio steel, formed and welded in Connecticut, is distributed through Oregon.


Which is one of the reasons why it costs $50. It’s pricey (by comparison, seven boxes of 100 Chemex filters cost $52.50), but the Kone is less about appealing to a sense of thrift than about playing with the latest gear and seeing where it takes you.




"CAUTION: the edges and tip of the kone may be sharp."

December 4, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

« December 3, 2010 | Main | December 5, 2010 »