Friday Favourites

Just before it opened to the public last week, Natalie K was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the Barbican’s latest installation at the Curve, ‘The Rain Room’ by rAndom International:

“I was really looking forward to seeing it, having previously been enchanted by other pieces from rAndom, and when you enter the gallery to the sound of torrential rain and the bright light ahead, that feeling doesn’t change. When you reach the piece you are instantly drawn in and have to remind yourself to walk at a steady pace as instructed. Walking into the rain but staying dry, soon you are surrounded by water on all sides. I spent my time wandering through the rain seeing the way different people react to it, watching the rain from different places in the room and just enjoying the experience. I think it deserves every bit of good press that seems to just keep on coming. I can’t wait to see the dance piece being staged there by Wayne McGregor.” We’ve featured other work by rAndom International in a previous Friday Favourites – check it out here.

I loved these 1970s adverts for Maybelline lip glosses, found via Retronaut. Apart from the ’70s fonts and the hairstyles of the women, I love some of the copy on these ads. I can’t imagine any brand sporting the strap line ‘Fine Makeup, Sensibly Priced’ nowadays, or producing a lip gloss flavour called ‘Free-Spirit Fudge’, or even a flavour for every star sign. Instead we have such words as Boswelox, Lipfinity and Genifique to contend with.

Incandescent Cloud is an interactive installation made from a mix of 6000 burnt out and working light bulbs, with pull chains for the audience to use to control the flicker of the light. Canadian artist Caitlind r. c. Brown worked with musician/artist Wayne Garrett to create the Cloud, which was on show at the Nuit Blanche Gallery in Calgary back in September. Found via Colossal. Check out the gallery of images showing how they made it here.

On another retro theme, I stumbled across an article on the meaning of the Atari logo, on Neatorama, which led me to discover the fabulous Art of the Arcade site, which was chock full of gorgeous 1970s and ’80s games design stuff. The best bit for me was the fact you could win a patch from Activision to sew onto your jeans/jacket/bag for scoring a high score on a game.
A couple of examples of the Activision high score patches from 1980 are shown below – apparently all you had to do was take a photo of  your television screen showing the score you got on the game, post it off to Activision, and they sent you back a special patch.

Telegames logos

Illustrations from some of Activision’s games packaging (above).

And finally, some rather fabulous illustrations for Intellivision catalogue from 1981 (below).

This fixed-wheel wooden road bike was created by London designer Andy Martin, for Thonet – famous for the iconic cafe chair, which was produced using steam-bending processes. Most of the beech frame was built using this method, with some of the final joints created using CNC. The wheels are made from carbon-fibre and you can be the proud owner of one for just £43,000. Bargain! Thanks to Nicolle for finding this, which was found via Dezeen.