Thursday, September 30, 2010

Communication Prothesis ~ Humour by Master Artists with Designer Sascha Nordmeyer

sascha nordmeyer: design studio ~
communication prosthesis

politician ~
Sascha Nordmeyer Design Studio

Communication Prostheis

Do you have a problem with self-expression?
Inspire people for your enterprises is a pain for you?
Do you feel like being smart in every circumstance?
Then put on your communication prosthesis

The ultimate communication tool!

communication prosthesis is a unique object designed by sascha nordmeyer which aims to communicate for its user. the object is a small, rigid red circle which is inserted into a user’s mouth. once installed, the prosthesis holds the mouth open and forms strange expressions. nordmeyer describes the project as a research concept that is ‘the ultimate communication tool’. in addition to the device itself, nordmeyer also created this series of photographs featuring various professionals such as a politician, a midwife, a craftsman and an actress wearing the prosthesis. the pictures and the prosthesis are both available in limited editions.

midwife ~
sascha Nordmeyer Design Studio

actress ~
Sascha Nordmeyer Design Studio

chef ~
Sascha Nordmeyer Design Studio

craftsman ~
Sasha Nordmeyer Design Studio

model ~
Sascha Nordmeyer Design Studio

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Friday, September 24, 2010

New Innovations for Education~ 'Homework On A SkateBoard'

More schools are making peace with skateboarding
By: Chris Mauro,
Thursday, September 23, 2010 6:59pm PDT

There was a time, not that long ago, when skateboarders and school officials were hostile warring parties.

Administrators, school boards, and city officials fearing the long arm of litigation declared war on skaters years ago, making them outlaws for riding anywhere near a schools' coveted features like high curbs, manicured concrete roll-ins, and flat handrails, all of which make campuses a target rich environment for skaters.

In several instances the bans became city wide. To this day, the cat-and-mouse game skaters play with most security detail, be they hallway monitors, mall cops or fully deputized police officers, is not just a past time, but a source of pride.
But times are changing.

More and more schools, desperate to do anything to encourage kids into some physical activity, are warming up to the idea of bringing some "controlled chaos" into the P.E. class by not only encouraging them to take up the sport, but instructing them in the fundamentals. Dave MacDonald, a P.E. Teacher at California's Fillmore High, was the first in his state to adopt the innovative new program. He told NBC news reporters that after visiting a skate park with his kids, where he saw the same skilled kids and the apprehensive ones that are in his class, a light went on. "I, this is the activity for our kids. If we can incorporate this into P.E., what an awesome thing that would be."

And with skaters like Tony Hawk, Shaun White, Rob Dyrdek and Ryan Sheckler being household names to most teens, it's a pretty easy sell to the kids -- even the ones who dread physical education.

Shaun White
While pro skaters like Hawk and Drydek are actively involved in getting more municipalities to build skate parks, Eric Klassen, a longtime skater and former pro snowboarder, launched Skate Pass to incorporate skating programs into schools. According to ESPN's Matt Higgins, Klassen's Skate Pass curriculum is now being put to use by more than 500 schools in 31 states, as well as other countries, including Canada, Germany, Singapore and the Dominican Republic.

The program is designed to fit what's called the New P.E., which caters to those who aren't necessarily athletic by giving them individual, non-competitive activities that get the blood pumping. In essence, they're actually fooling kids into exercising by making P.E. more fun.

The Skate Pass program, which costs schools about $3000 to implement, has been getting rave reviews. And the positive effects go well beyond just the physical. According to Brandan Aldridge, who runs both before and after school programs at Will Rodgers Middle School in Fair Oaks, Calif., the real measure of the program's success can be seen in his school's attendance records.

"We're drawing 25 students every morning faithfully," he testifies on the Skate Pass site. "Since we started our AM club, the tardies and absences of the students in the club have dropped dramatically!"

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

'Thin Black Lines' ~ 'Blurry White Surface' ~ Design by Nendo

from september 29th
nendo will display their 'thin black lines'
and 'blurry white surface' collections,
in two solo exhibitions in london.

'outlines were the theme of this collection. slight black lines like the traces of sketches drawn in the air made transparent surfaces and volumes appear, which we assigned practical functions.the outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals. they are condensed expressions of meaning, similar to japanese calligraphy. the designs gently break the relationship of before and behind, and traverse at times the space between two and three dimensions. multi-faceted and constantly morphing, they move alternately between the becoming and collapse of  form.'

exhibition details:
from: september 20th - october 31st, 2010
place: phillips de pury & company at saatchi gallery
address: duke of york's hq, king's road london sw3 4sq (near )


japanese caligraphy


'blurry white surfaces' chair

'blurry white surfaces' was composed primarily of  work shown in the 'ghost stories' solo show that toured new york and milan. the show brought together pieces that explored unusual techniques and materials and manipulated textures as a way of creating ambiguous objects with an eerily faint presence - objects that seem to appear, disappear, and reappear.

exhibition details:
from: september 22th - october 31st, 2010
place: phillips de pury & company
address: howick place,london


Nendo/Oki Sato


1977       Born in Toronto, Canada
2002       M.A. in Architecture, Waseda University, Tokyo
               Established "nendo" Tokyo office
2005       Established "nendo" Milan office
2006       Lecturer for Showa Women's University, Tokyo
               "The 100 Most Respected Japanese" (Newsweek magazine)
2007       "The Top 100 Small Japanese Companies" (Newsweek magazine)
2008       Published "nendo" (daab)
2009       Lecturer for Kuwasawa Design School, Tokyo
2010       Published"nendo ghost stories" (Art Design Publishing)

Private Exhibitions

2005       "bloomroom" Milan Design Week / Milan
2008       "elastic diamond" Milan Design Week / Milan
               "kuuki" Le Bain gallery / Tokyo
2009       "ghost stories" Friedman Benda gallery / New York
               "ghost stories" Museum of Arts and Design / New York
2010         "chair garden" Antonia Jannone gallery / Milan


The Museum of Modern Art / New York
Musee des Arts decoratifs / Paris
Museum of Arts and Design / New York
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum / New York
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Montreal
Design Museum Holon / Holon
The Israel Museum / Jerusalem.2010
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