404 Beach

404 Beach is a collaborative stop-motion animation piece of a wall mural done by Mike Nowland of Company Policy, Carson Ting of Chairman Ting Industries and Tom Pettapiece.
The entire music track was composed and recorded specifically for 404 Beach by Tom Pettapiece.



Papergirl is the name of an art project which takes place every year on Berlin. Recently it was also held in the US. It all starts with an exhibition of submitted art, the art is then rolled up, and in the “style of american paper-boys” the art is distributed by bicycle in the streets to randomn passers-by.

The basic idea with the project is to bring art to the public in a different way from normal; to surprise people and bring them into contact with art in their everyday life. Our motto is: Anyone who picks up a roll is lucky, and money can’t buy luck. Such as giving something is most fun when you don’t expect anything in return!

A mobile art exhibition.
Papergirl. The U.S. extension of Papergirl.

Camper Bike

camper bike
Stick around Taiwan or China long enough and you’ll realise that Kevin Cyr’s Camper Bike is not so far removed from the other makeshift rides you see on the roads. The Camper Bike is a functioning sculptural piece and a series of paintings.

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MOBILEFEST – Festival of Mobile Art and Creativity

mobile festival
Mobilefest 4 is being held on November 12th to 15th, 2009, in São Paulo (Museu da Imagem e do Som) and Rio de Janeiro.
In its fourth edition, Mobilefest is consolidated as a major international festival, part of the global network of mobile content festivals and now is part of the official agenda of the city of São Paulo.
How can mobile technology contribute to democracy, culture, art, ecology, peace, education, health and third sector?
Mobilefest organizes various activities such as an International Seminar, with tables of discussion and works presentation; Works Exhibition with installations of Brazilian and foreign artists, linking art and mobile technology; Workshops and Mobilefest Award, whose second edition occurred in April, with the participation of mobile phone users from all states and carriers sending texts, pictures and videos on the theme “Protect the environment.” Text provided by Mobilefest.
MOBILEFEST – Festival of Mobile Art and Creativity

Haglöfs Laptop Dry Bag

Haglöfs laptop dry case sleeve
I love the look of these waterproof laptop case from Haglöfs. I also love that they are nearly perfect for the type of weather I sometimes experience in my travels. There are a number of laptop bags in this category but I haven’t seen with the Laptop Dry Bag’s minimalist size and style.
Lightweight and robust. Ziploc and velcro openings. 15-17 inch laptops.
Made with 40 denier polyamide 66 ripstopfabric with good abrasion and tearingstrength. Double TPU-coating (thermoplastic urethane) which is excellent for RF and heat welding.
The laptop dry bag is available from Haglöfs or Ripe.
Thanks Chris.

Focale 44 Fixed Gear bikes

Focale Fixie Bike
Focale 44 is a relatively new fixie bike brand from French BMX company – Superstar & St Martin. I couldn’t much in the way of distribution information or a mention in their 2010 catalogue but Viacomit reports that this range of will features two complete bikes, frame/fork kits and selected parts. The Two models, the Prince and Relax when released cost 735 € and 699 € respectively. I love the smooth clean lines.

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Disconnecting from Distraction

computer pencils

It is heartening that the yearning for learning is the most powerful of all human cravings (though it applies equally to obtaining the wisdom of Zeus or the YouTube video on how to peel a banana like a monkey). Yet the sea surrounding the Sirens was littered with corpses. Can increased knowledge really destroy us?
I’m not wishing the Internet away. It has become so integral to my work — to my life — that I honestly can’t recall what I did without it. But it has allowed us to reflexively indulge every passing interest, to expect answers to every fleeting question, to believe that if we search long enough, surf a little further, we can hit the dry land of knowing “everything that happens” and that such knowledge is both possible and desirable. In the end, though, there is just more sea, and as alluring as we can find the perpetual pursuit of little thoughts, the net result may only be to prevent us from forming the big ones.

Yesterday after suffering through a network disruption which occurred because someone forgot to pay the telecom bill, I was giving some thought to revisiting some of the strategies I used to use to continue working disconnected. Strategies I used to use before all data was only in the cloud and connectivity was seemingly ubiquitous.

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Tom Bihn’s Bag Design Process

tom bihn factory
Photo of the Tom Bihn factory in Seattle
Tom Bihn has been designing and making bags for well over 20 years. Here he shares with us his design process.
The design process is always evolving and varies from one bag to the next. The constant operating principal behind the process is this: I don’t want to make something that is already out there. It has to be unique – work better, look better, last longer, fills a niche that no one else has filled. I keep in mind that, because our products last (almost) forever, I have a responsibility to make them be very useful and as handsome as possible as well: I personally don’t like being around things that are not please to the hand and eye, especially on a semi-permanent basis. I feel in a small way like an architect.
For some bags, like the Synapse, the process is driven more by my desires and ideas than by some external criteria or market demands: I had for some time wanted to make a bag like the Synapse and I saw that we might be able to sell some too. I opened the process up on the forums and certainly Darcy was instrumental in giving her feedback as she used the various prototypes, but I always had an idea of what the bag would look like, how it would work and how big it would be. It took so long because, as is often the case with my design process, I would run into a design cul-de-sac and the project would just have to sit with it for a while.

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Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel

I’m in love with this boutigue hotel/guesthouse and I haven’t stayed there yet. I love it’s quirky thrift-store aesthetic, the shady garden and courtyard, and their guiding principle of a stress free stay. Unlike so many places in Bangkok, here is somewhere I would feel comfortable taking my family.

Lovely people, quirky decor, delicious breakfast, peaceful courtyard, non-touristy neighborhood, fantastic paintings….

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Suited Case

suited case
Many times during or at the start of a journey we spend time sitting and waiting. Why not make that experience as comfortable as possible by creating a set of suitcases that can be combined to form a sofa. Designer Erik De Nijs of Nieuwe Heren did just that. Called Suited Case, De Nijs uses a familiar object from your home to make you feel more at ease during the stress of travel. Practicality aside this is a rather inspired idea.

The ‘suited case’ is a project which is inspired on the idea of people waiting during their trip. People often go and rest sitting on their suitcases, that is the starting point of this design.
I created a living room couch which is built from a suitcase set. The set is meant for 2 people, consists of 2 pieces of hand luggage and 2 pieces of large luggage. These parts of the set can be put together as a couch at all times when there is waiting involved. So you take your own comfortable living room couch with you on your trip.
This concept came from a research on nostalgia during travelling. When a familiar object from home is taken with you on a trip you feel much more at ease. And which object is more familiar then your own comfortable couch.
The fabrics which are used to cover the suit cases emphasize the homely feeling. I searched for a combination of fabrics which amplify each other and which create a prominent image. By using prints on the large luggage and the pad on the hand luggage I tried to put down a lively picture.
Finally there are some typical suitcase elements, like a big zipper, handles and wheels. These elements show the suitcases when the couch is constructed.

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Good Morning from Luang Prabang

It is amazing how Luang Prabang Laos can stand still in time for over three decades. While every city in the world has charting ahead toward building a new and modern city, every tile and brick on the root top and the wall in Luang Prabang still is the original form. Not quite sure whether this is a good or bad thing for the town. For the people who grew up here and migrated to other country, there is no doubt how delightful is it to see the whole town still exactly the same, since their last farewell years ago. On the other hand, the feeling and the atmosphere are somehow just not the same anymore. Luang Prabang now is much more active than what was used to be – tranquility. The streets are filled with tourist, shops, and Tuk-Tuk. Even at night, the fear of spooky ghost that is waiting in the dark tall trees to haunt you is totally shinning away by the bright street light.

A truly beautiful place. More from ArnuShawn and a few photos I took during a visit there.

Beyond Beauty

Chairat Sangthong Beyond Beauty
“Beyond Beauty” is the latest solo exhibition by award winning Thai artist Chairat Sangthong. Running from October 26th to November 22nd, it conveys through portraiture the realities of life for people in southern Thailand.

Outside, traces of experience such as rough hands and wrinkle complexions reflect the truest truth of nature; the impermanence. But beyond those surfaces lies the eternal beauty that is love, compassionate and goodwill in which would be transferred to those of the next generation.

“Beyond Beauty” is appearing at the Ardel Gallery of Modern Art in Bangkok
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Bowery Duffel Weekender

bowry weekend duffle bag
The Bowery duffel has the look and materials of the type of bags that I appreciate. The bag is made with rugged waxed cotton canvas, leather trim and brass hardware, all of which should look better with age. The bag is given a bit of a head start by distressing the materials to give it that ‘had-it-forever feel’, the results are attractive, but if one had the patience, a look which is always best when acquired over a long period of time. With more than enough room for the necessities this is a great bag for a quick weekend getaway.
Bowery duffel weekender

Slim Weekender

Marc Jacobs slim weekender
Great form and interior finish in this ‘mass-market’ bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs. The Slim Weekender is made of nylon with canvas trim, features dual handles with an attachable cross body strap, a useful flat bottom, zip around enclosure, and more than enough room for a change of clothes (or two). Should make a great carry-on bag.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Slim Weekender

Travel: Innovations, Economy, Laos and France

Children in Luang Prabang
Photo taken when I was hiking around Luang Prabang, crossed a bridge, and happened upon a small community. I stayed here playing badminton with these great kids all afternoon.