Friday Favourites

Michael Mapes‘ human specimen pieces are made from dissected photographs, which are pinned and collected in specimen jars, test tubes and display units. I love the fragmented, slightly obsessive nature of the final images, and the combination of art and science themes. This was found on a few blogs/feeds, including Colossal and Jocundist.

Thanks to Christian for finding this amazing large-scale-3D-scanned journey through the Clerkenwell House of Detention, created by ScanLAB. The technology featured in an article on the Wired website, but on further investigation of their work, we were excited to find this – particularly because the House of Detention is just up the road from our London office…

Thanks to Paul M for finding the rather beautiful Leica M9-P Hermès Edition camera, which was found via Hypebeast. This limited edition, entitled ‘Serie Limitee Jean-Louis Dumas’ has been launched to celebrate the collaboration and friendship between Leica Camera AG and former president of Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas who passed away in May 2010. The ‘making of’ video is is amazing for showing craftsmanship and detailing.

Thanks to Natalie for sharing Future Self, a great project from rAndom International, which was created for an exhibition for MADE in Berlin. They created an interactive light installation or ‘living sculpture’ that reacts to movement. It was presented as a dance performance by Wayne McGregor and music by composer Max Richter – so every time the dancers moved around the central installation, movement was recorded using 3D cameras, and replayed through a grid of LED lights. See the video on how they made it on Dezeen – or skip to two minutes before the end to see the dance sequence.

Arnout Visser‘s tableware designs are based on the nature of fluids. Using glass and liquid to create beautiful pieces for pouring, measuring and holding various fluids, his work looks like the kitchen accessories of a very tidy and design-focused scientist. Found via Core77.

In his Salad Sunrise cruet, the oil and vinegar never mix because of different liquid densities, but each can be poured easily through its own spout.

In the Condensation bowl, vapour trapped between the inner and outer walls causes droplets when hot water is added to the bowl. When the bowl is put in the freezer, snowflake-like ice crystals form in the middle.

There are loads of other great pieces, such as the Archimedes letter weighing scale (below left), and the table tap (below right). Check out more work on the Arnout Visser website.