Rethinking Bamboo

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That is what they are doing at the First Beijing International Design Triennial, rethinking the ways the world can use bamboo. They came up with cars, bikes, and mini-car type things. As DesignBoom notes, “the first annual beijing international design triennial takes place this september 26th through october 17th, coinciding with beijing design week 2011. ‘rethinking bamboo’ presents unconventional uses of the material. harvested sustainably, with natural antibiotic properties, bamboo is strong enough to be used for furniture and structural pieces, while its fiber is utilizable in a host of other products.”

Like a MINI Cooper, do you want to be hit by a Ford F-150 in a bamboo car? America doesn’t really adapt well.

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Fashion Tarot Cards

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According to the artist: “For the first issue of tarot deck, I wanted to express this duality in the plainest, simplest way possible, by using opera. Everyone knows that Tosca will die, everyone knows that Norma will confess her sins and everyone knows that Salome will dance her dance. what attracts people to Opera is not the unravelling of the plot, but the beauty bursting from every aria. Opera is an enhanced version of the present, where every moment has its own value. Opera has no interest in the future, it only references the past. From this point of view a relationship to fashion obviously comes to mind, as they both are deeply plunged in the constant repetition of archetypes. Every season, new femme fatales, new frivolous maids, and new high priestesses populate the international catwalks, always presenting themselves as new takes on the same stereotypes.”

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The “Cold Cuts” Coaster

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This awesome coaster set comes from Brooklyn’s Chen Chen, which is being called a “multi-material collaboration with Kai Tsien-Williams, will be available at the Sight Unseen pop-up shop in the Noho Design District.” Since we like to use words like dope, and cool, go here to read more about the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

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Kim Kardashian is not happy about being on the cover of Cosmo Turkey

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Kim Kardashian is Armenian, and if you are Armenian, you don’t like the Turks, because there was a lot of Armenians killed by the Turks year ago. It was a genocide, actually, and Kim, not knowing she was going to be on the cover of Cosmopolitan’s Turkish edition, is not happy about it. And we totally agree with her.  According to Kardashian’s team, they were given a list of countries where the magazine would be shown and Turkey was not on there.

Here is Kim’s response:

“Cosmopolitan Magazine has a number of international editions all around the world that run in various territories, and when I did this shoot for the international covers I had no idea that Turkey was planning to run my story on their cover THIS month, considering Genocide Remembrance Day is this month. My Armenian heritage means a lot to me and I’ve been brought up to be incredibly proud of my family’s background and culture so as an Armenian-American woman it is a huge honor for me to be on the first ever Armenian Cosmopolitan cover.”

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IHOP drops suit against church over use of IHOP acronym

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Which is generous considering there is already a church of the IHOP. Swedish pancakes? What- What?

From the L.A. Times:

Could pancake peace be at hand?

The International House of Pancakes has dropped its trademark infringement lawsuit against a church, agreeing to resolve its dispute with the International House of Prayer out of court.

On Dec. 21, the restaurant chain dismissed its case against the church, with its lawyers citing “ongoing mediation with the defendants,” according to documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

The restaurant chain sued the church in September, alleging it misappropriated IHOP trademarks with its website, ihop.org, and in signs and events at its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and California ministries. The church also has affiliates in San Jose, Santa Maria, Calif., and Dublin, Calif.

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Great read: Building Museums, and a Fresh Arab Identity in the NY Times

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Yes, read! Please read, because this NY Times piece we just read on building museums and a new Arab identity is really fascinating. What we tend to forget in the West is the amount of progress and modern infrastructure changes that are happening in the Middle East. This story really captures and political and social energy, and its one of the best reads we have had all weekend (and with our Internet down yesterday, we have read A LOT).

Frank Gehry is getting involved, with an $800m design of a new branch of the Guggenheim 12 times the size of its New York flagship.

Here is a little excerpt: “To a critic traveling through the region, the speed at which museums are being built in Abu Dhabi — and the international brand names attached to some of them — conjured culture-flavored versions of the overwrought real-estate spectacles that famously shaped its fellow emirate, Dubai. By contrast, Doha’s vision seemed a more calculated attempt to find a balance between modernization and Islam.”

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John Lennon As Political Artist: A great piece on PopMatters

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We all know John Lennon was a champion of some radical, progressive causes in the late 60s and 70s. That is why we love him so much, because he took his international pop star status and used it to push forth movements that were normally considered left field and dangerous. He started a trend that others have followed, Bono, Chris Martin, and really anyone else who does good charity and political work with their pop star status. The only problem now is that these men now endorse products within this championing, and Lennon was a little cleaner on that front.

PopMatters has a great piece on Lennon as a political artist today, as part of their look at Lennon 30 years after his tragic killing. Definitely worth a read.

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Really hope Radiohead didn’t order the RIAA to have bloggers stop giving away song

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All we know is the “Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) are now targeting sites that provide the songs for free, including songs from Radiohead’s In Rainbows, which the band gave away as “pay what you want” in 2007 on their website.

We have never really known Radiohead’s stance on free music sharing, but we do know they always wanted to get out of the ancient record industry machine, and pay what you want was sort of a big fuck you to the industry. But they did go on to sign with labels that do use the machine, so apparently no matter how big you are, if you are on the radio, and you want to make physical compact discs, you are stuck in the machine.

But the Guardian writes, “There’s nothing new here: the RIAA has been chasing filesharers for years. But would Radiohead really pursue bloggers who post songs from an album the band once gave away? And, more importantly, do the RIAA and IFPI have any right to represent a band who quit their major label, EMI, to go it alone?

The answer to both of these questions is: probably.

Waiting on a clever Thom Yorke blog post…. to rebut or explain.

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Olafur Eliason in Reykjavik, Iceland

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A few years ago, the Danish artist Olafur Eliason’s “Waterfalls”on NYC’s East River was one of the best commissiioned  public art exhibits we had ever seen. It was quite dramatic and large in scale, but not pretentious or difficult to decipher. It really just had natural beauty to it. The same can be said of this new Eliason building he is designing in Reykjavik, Iceland, which seems to symbolize a rebirth of a nation that was bankrupt just 3 years ago. This is another piece of Eliason art in a public space that is gaining international attention.

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