Spring has been slowly unveiling itself since Daylight Savings was ushered in last weekend. What better way to welcome the season than with some fun ideas of throwing a spring party to welcome new life, growth and birth. Whether you’re celebrating it in remembrance of the resurrection or in the spirit of gift-giving and Easter egg hunts, here are some modern and eco ideas on how to throw a refreshing spring party.
If there’s one thing we love it’s paper. And we especially love when people turn it into art. One new artist takes it well beyond origami, creating gorgeous 3-D art out of recycled paper. Ali Golzad is an artist living in Texas, originally from Göteborg, Sweden by way of Tehran, Iran. With a background as a graphic designer and creative director, his latest project asks us to question how we normally look at waste and see something beautiful: “Over the years I have developed my own technique using various mediums,” he says. “Aside from my formal graphic design training and time spent as a Creative Director you could say I am a self taught artist. My urge to create while still caring for our planet enabled me to look at ordinary objects in a new light and transform these commonly discarded materials into something meaningful.” We love the innovative use of paper techniques to recreate well-known figures. More pictures after the jump.
We loved it when LOMO revived La Sardina, a 35mm camera designed from a compact sardine can. The supercool wide-angle lens camera inspired hoards of people to put aside their digital cameras to take some seriously fun snaps. Now they’ve taken the redesign one step forward, by letting anyone purchase a white La Sardina & DIY Flash kit to decorate in any way they choose. That’s a whole lot more personality than an Instagram filter.
From the geniuses who brought us the John Chamberlain Guggenheim Tour re-imagined as Transfomers, Audio Tour Hack is back in a big way with a new downloadable tour guide. Told by experts from “kindergarten to fifth grade” their new audio tour guide, MOMA Unadulterated takes you through the landmark museum in a way unlike any other. Some would say art is best enjoyed in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. Now you can revisit that wonderment though a comical walking tour.
Artist Olafur Eliasson, known for bringing among other things, waterfalls to New York City, has just released a new project that is aiming to bring light to the world, literally. With his studio team in Berlin, he created Little Sun, a solar-powered light that can be placed anywhere, bringing a sustainable light source to the developed world where electricity is not always reliable.
Hot summers are the best excuse to take a trip to the pool and beach. As a new mom, I was extremely excited to take my 9-month-old for her first poolside dip. But, as I’m sure some moms would agree, I was worried about how she would fare in the water, so I perused tons of online mommy forums to find the best baby float to keep her happily splashing yet safe. I found this Swimways baby float to not only be accommodating with its shade canopy and safe with its breathable mesh, but also bold and cheery like summer colors should be. And why should babies have all the fun?! I’ve compiled a list of poolside and beachfront picks for the rest of the family while your little ones are splashing away in the pool. Dive in!
How many times have you been at a museum or gallery and wished you could interact or play with the art? Personally I’ve had to restrain myself more than a few times. In one instance, in a gallery in Japan, kids were unable to stop themselves from playing with a large crocheted installation by artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam. As a result, MacAdam listened to her audience and built her first large-scale crocheted playground just for kids in Tokyo. The result was something straight out of a fairy tale.
We’re loving this new playground installation from architecture firm a/LTA. A new take on the traditional basketball hoop, the structure allows multiples games to be played at once, as well as people from all ages groups. There’s a basketball height for every size. The “Arbre à Basket,” or “Basket Tree,” is installed in a children’s playground in Nantes, France. The game encourages anyone to pick up a ball and shoot for a hoop.
With the month of May wrapping up and June creeping around the corner, the smell of summer is in the air. What better way to welcome this sunshine-filled season than with barbecues! This week, we are inspired by (and totally salivating at) all things dedicated to the grill. Need other good reasons to throw down on the grill? Well, Father’s Day and graduations are coming up, so throw a memorable BBQ for the special dads and grads in your life. If you need an invitation for your barbecue, be sure to check out one of our favorites – an invitation with a modern take of the tools of the BBQ trade.
The other day I saw a baby in a stroller, just barely big enough to hold a bottle, playing with her very own iPad. Although a bit of a shocker, it’s not so unusual these days that kids receive tablets or smartphones long before a pen and paper. While iPads can be a distracting toy, they can also be used for educational purposes to give your child a head start. But while there’s so much on the web we wouldn’t want our kids stumbling upon, fortunately a new app makes sense of it all: Happly.