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OMOTE 3D Real Time Face Tracking & Projection Mapping

Project OMOTE is a collaboration between Japanese 3D projection mapping specialist Nobumichi Asai, makeup artist Hiroto Kuwahara and French digital image engineer Paul Lacroix.

OMOTE, a system that combines motion tracking and projection mapping systems, projects computer graphics onto a seated model’s head allow Asai’s team to track and then accurately project visuals onto the subject’s face. After scanning, OMOTE then projects the computer graphics onto the person's face. The graphics are overlaid on all the contours of the person's face, and are manipulated to follow in real-time as the person moves.

Projecting computer graphics onto objects such as the sides of buildings or vehicles is not new, as many companies have used the technology in the past, often as a marketing gimmick but with this video, OMOTE has raised the bar.

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer

Manfred Kielnhofer works as a painter, sculptor and photographer. Born in Austria, he has been working as an artist since 2000.

His recent sculptures, “Guardians of Time”, shows that since the beginning of time mankind has had protectors, both for historic and mystical reasons. It only seems that man himself is a potential source of danger for his own existence. In his works of art Kielnhofer deals with and looks into the natural human desire for feeling secure. Thus his oeuvre reflects genuine exploration, consideration and discussion of current as well as historic moods and sensibilities of his social environment. His works of art captivate with elaborate combinations of light and different materials.

Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer
Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer
Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer

Duffy London Abyss Table

Like all of Duffy London’s designs, the Abyss Coffee Table is a conversation piece as much as a functional one. But while previous works play with gravity, this new design is concerned with depth, and creates a geological cross-section as mesmerising as the sea.

Designer Christopher Duffy explains: 'I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer's factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers - the same way the sea does as it deepens. I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth's sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth's crust to use as his personal ornament.

The design team spent a year developing the table in their London studio, experimenting with sculpted glass, Perspex and wood, arranged like a 3-D representation of a geological map, until they re-created something of the mesmeric abyss that had first captured Duffy’s imagination. 

The Abyss Table is hand made to order in London from sustainable materials, and limited to an edition of 25.

Duffy London Abyss Coffee Table
Abyss Coffee Table
Duffy London Abyss Table
Duffy London Abyss Table
Duffy London Abyss Table
Maison de la Paix

Thanks to Matteograssi for sending us these photos of the Ivan Pictet auditorium with 700 seating units of the Kompass model, designed by EOOS, in black soft leather that they’ve proudly furnished.

The Maison de la Paix is the fruit of the consolidation of several conceptual ideas and projects that have been discussed in the past 15-20 years. Its central objective is to support and strengthen the relevance of “International Geneva” and to play an active role in helping the city to maintain and expand its longstanding identity and role as an international centre for diplomacy and dialogue in global peace and security affairs.

The state of the art architectural glass structure and premises of the Maison de la Paix, an outstanding glass building conceived in a 6-petal shaped design, located in the heart of the diplomatic quarter of Geneva, are ideally situated to house what is to become a global hub for innovative solutions to contemporary challenges to peace and security. The renowned French group of 16 architects IPAS is the brilliant talent behind such a masterpiece.

auditorium design
auditorium design
auditorium design by Matteograssi
auditorium design by Matteograssi
3D porcelain tiles

Heather Knight of elementclaystudio produces fine, hand made modern porcelain tableware and home decor.

This collection of 3-D textured wall tiles features nine different designs - Noni, Magnolia, Lichen, Hydrangea, Durian, Succulent, Reef, Fungi and Turf. A great accent piece against any background, from vibrant to neutral, these tiles are a great conversation starter. You could paint a square or stripe in a contrasting wall color to really make the tiles POP! Each tile is hand made with Helios Porcelain and left unglazed, highlighting the true beauty of the porcelain.

These tiles have been featured in Interior Design Magazine, May 2008, Issue 6 as well as many other national and international publications.

3D porcelain tiles
3D porcelain tiles
3D porcelain tiles
Handmade 3D porcelain tiles
Handmade 3D porcelain tiles

Visit Heather Etsy shop for more of her works.
Gemma Box- Discipline for Monocle Shop
Gemma Box by Gemma Holt
Gemma Box Packaging

Discipline's signature Gemma wooden box. This simple, clean design resembles a block of wood but the top is actually a lid held together by discreet little magnets, creating the perfect secret storage box for your home. . The handy box is made of ash. A smart companion for desk or dressing table.

Gemma Holt trained as both artist and designer and studied Design Products at the Royal College of Art. She works in a variety of materials, from wood to precious metals, creating objects that defy categorisation - each piece of work is conceived as both a work of art and of design, neither driven solely by function nor by aesthetics. Her methods combine craftsmanship with conceptual rigour, eliminating superfluous decoration and meaning. Every object is the expression of an idea, distilled into its most simple form.
malafor trunk table

Part of the TRUNK Collection by MALAFOR. The Trunk Table is made of natural oak stump complete with a colourful aluminum top.

The fact that the oak stump, which is so tough that you can crush nuts make my day!

malafor trunk table
malafor oak stump table
malafor trunk table with aluminum top

swing table duffy london

'We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.' George Bernard Shaw

Duffy London presented the delightful Swing Table, which will transport you back to your childhood. Bring the playground into the boardroom or dining room with the Swing Table. Snap your staff or dinner guests out of the doldrums; meetings or dinners will become a fun and inspiring experience.

A Geo lampshade and 8 hanging chairs are suspended from the four-poster frame around a walnut table top. This playful design will delight and inspire and it makes vacuuming a breeze!

The Swing Table is made of solid walnut wood and powder-coated mild steel.

swing table duffy london swing table duffy london
Al-Rajhi Mosque Riyadh by RSP Architects

A project by RSP Architects:

The design of Al-Rajhi Mosque is inspired by the iconic symbol of the Crescent, which is the shape produced when a circular disk has a segment of another circle removed from its edge. This is derived from the astronomical definition, which refers to the shape of the lit side of the moon that appears to be less than half illuminated by the Sun.

The design of Al-Rajhi Mosque was based on this iconic symbol, where a crescent is formed in plan, from the overlapping of two ellipses of different diameters, the smaller inner ellipse becomes the main prayer hall while the outer ellipse becomes the skin of the building.

The Crescent is also visible in elevation, where the design team has developed the skin as a composition of two different domes an outer shell dome that shields the building from the surroundings and transforms the mosque into a spiritual sanctuary, and a smaller inner dome, made up of a Mashrabiya pattern that allows the sun light to be filtered into the prayer hall and endows the space with an ethereal light quality.

AL RAJHI MOSQUE RIYADH from RSP Architects on Vimeo.