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Netflix rival iFlix reveals its first original content series for emerging markets

 Fresh from raising $ 90 million from investors in March, iFlix, a Netflix-like service for emerging markets, has announced its first slate of original content. The Malaysia-headquartered business claims five million registered users across 10 countries — it recently branched out into Africa and the Middle East — for its service which costs around $ 3 per month. Beyond cheaper… Read More


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“Facepot” – The Design Concept Of Original Pots For Flowers

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According to designer Igor Mitin: “The idea is that anyone can make an individual interior decoration with “facepot” and friends’ or relatives’ images. The Image is printed and stuck to the pot. After that the transparent protective pot is put over the main pot. It will save the image during a watering process. Moreover, transparent protective pot accurately fits the image to the pot’s shape and makes it vivid and complete. The idea is to buy more lush plants. The choice is yours, but it is better when the plant hides the top of the pot. In such case, we create a true “haircut” for a person on the image. Pots with black-white images can be a good decoration for restaurants or offices. I think that “facepots” will give joy and lots of fun for everyone.”

More info: Igor Mitin, My Facepot

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“Facepot” – The Design Concept Of Original Pots For Flowers

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According to designer Igor Mitin: “The idea is that anyone can make an individual interior decoration with “facepot” and friends’ or relatives’ images. The Image is printed and stuck to the pot. After that the transparent protective pot is put over the main pot. It will save the image during a watering process. Moreover, transparent protective pot accurately fits the image to the pot’s shape and makes it vivid and complete. The idea is to buy more lush plants. The choice is yours, but it is better when the plant hides the top of the pot. In such case, we create a true “haircut” for a person on the image. Pots with black-white images can be a good decoration for restaurants or offices. I think that “facepots” will give joy and lots of fun for everyone.”

More info: Igor Mitin, My Facepot

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They’ve Taught an AI to Compose an Original Rembrandt Painting

Earlier this year there was an unprecedented collaboration between ING, Microsoft and TU Delft, with the willing participation of Dutch museums Mauritshuis and Rembrandthuis, to teach an artificial intelligence to paint a Rembrandt.

Not to duplicate an existing Rembrandt, but to paint an original one, with a unique composition and using a person who never existed as the subject.

The idea was that the AI could analyze and learn Rembrandt’s style and then produce, on request, an original portrait based on certain parameters (“Thirtysomething male, black hat, white collar, looking to the right.”) Here’s how they did it, and here’s the frighteningly convincing image that the computer reproduced—on a 3D printer, no less, to simulate the height of brushstrokes:

It was called the Next Rembrandt project, and I have very mixed feelings about it. While it is unquestionably an impressive technological achievement, ought we be moving AI into those non-numerical areas of human creativity? I suppose one could argue that the Next Rembrandt painting is not truly creative, just a mere average of existing values; but the video made it sound as if the algorithm was a bit more sophisticated than that.

It’s not difficult to imagine, as a next step, feeding an AI the works of all great masters in a particular genre, and asking the machine to create works that can adhere to the genre while “expressing” the work in a style unlike these masters’ work. Then, what’s the step after that? You tell us.


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Beautifully Designed Fabric Fills Delhi’s Auto Rickshaw Interior With Vibrant Original Artwork

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According to artist Nasheet Shadani: “In collaboration with Taxi Fabric, here is Delhi’s first designer auto rickshaw. Standing magnificently amidst the starry night is Humayun’s Tomb. Drawing inspiration from Delhi’s rich history and Mughal heritage, I believe that it encompasses the true spirit of Delhi.”

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The First Design-Protected Original AK47 Chair

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Here’s a chair fit for any firearm fanatic. Crafted from real AK-47s, this JamesEdition creation boasts style and innovation in its effort to pay homage to arguably one of the more infamous assault weapons. The inspiration came to artist Rainer Weber while he was reading a book on Michail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK. From here the chair was born.

h/t: maxim, hiconsumption

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Each chair is composed of genuine, formally still in service 4 stb AK-47s with a fixed stock and 2 stb AK-47s with folding stocks, used at the front chair legs and arm rests.

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Each weapon was completely dismantled and welded back together before getting chrome plated. The fabric for each chair comes from Backhousen in Vienna and handwoven in Venice at the Luigi Bevilacqua Company.

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The synthetic pistol grips were varnished in black and the remaining wooden stocks were then treated with special varnish. This piece truly stands out in its design and artistic vision. Prices are available upon request

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Design You Trust. Design, Culture & Society.

The First Design-Protected Original AK47 Chair

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Here’s a chair fit for any firearm fanatic. Crafted from real AK-47s, this JamesEdition creation boasts style and innovation in its effort to pay homage to arguably one of the more infamous assault weapons. The inspiration came to artist Rainer Weber while he was reading a book on Michail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK. From here the chair was born.

h/t: maxim, hiconsumption

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Each chair is composed of genuine, formally still in service 4 stb AK-47s with a fixed stock and 2 stb AK-47s with folding stocks, used at the front chair legs and arm rests.

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Each weapon was completely dismantled and welded back together before getting chrome plated. The fabric for each chair comes from Backhousen in Vienna and handwoven in Venice at the Luigi Bevilacqua Company.

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The synthetic pistol grips were varnished in black and the remaining wooden stocks were then treated with special varnish. This piece truly stands out in its design and artistic vision. Prices are available upon request

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Be Original Americas Launches Inaugural Design Fellowship Program

Design students: You don’t want to miss this opportunity! Looking to dip your feet into the real world of design? Be Original Americas has just launched a fellowship opportunity that will give you unique behind-the-scenes access to some of the leading design studios working today. Two undergraduate students will be selected for the immersive summer program focused on gaining real world experience about everything that goes into making, distributing, and selling great design products.

During the concentrated 7-week program—which will run from June 13 – August 2, 2016—fellows will be introduced to all aspects of design: from gaining insight about the initial research and design phase, through manufacturing and navigating marketing, sales and distribution. To learn about each stage of the process, fellows will travel to the showrooms, headquarters and factories of participating studios, including Bernhardt Design, Carnegie, Chilewich, Design Within Reach, Emeco, Herman Miller, Ligne Roset and Vitra

It’s a great chance to gain insight about some of the more opaque aspects of the design process early on in your education. True to Be Original Americas’ over-arching mission, fellows will be encouraged to reflect on how each phase of the design process contributes to developing the integrity and originality of design work. 

The fellowship program is open to undergraduate students who have completed at least three years of study and who reside in the United States. The application deadline is April 18, 2016. Find out more about the application process here


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The Making Of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film

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After the 1973 success of American Graffiti, filmmaker George Lucas made the fateful decision to pursue a longtime dream project: a space fantasy movie unlike any ever produced. Lucas envisioned a swashbuckling SF saga inspired by the Flash Gordon serials classic American westerns, the epic cinema of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, and mythological heroes. Its original title: The Star Wars. The rest is history, and how it was made is a story as entertaining and exciting as the movie that has enthralled millions for thirty years–a story that has never been told as it was meant to be. Until now.

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Using his unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives and its trove of never-before-published “lost” interviews, photos, production notes, factoids, and anecdotes, Star Wars scholar J. W. Rinzler hurtles readers back in time for a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes look at the nearly decade-long quest of George Lucas and his key collaborators to make the “little” movie that became a phenomenon. For the first time, it’s all here.

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The Original, Real-Life Dystopian Cityscape of Kowloon Walled City, and the Artwork It Inspired

Kowloon Walled City was a crazy social experiment, except there were no scientists in charge; the test subjects were.

On the site of a dismantled Chinese fortress in Hong Kong, refugee squatters began building makeshift homes in the 1940s. What started out as 2,000 refugees in huts gradually grew into 50,000 people crammed into ramshackle, unregulated skyscrapers leaning on each other for support. (It’s reported that no architects or engineers were involved in building the structures, which went up to 14 stories, but were somehow erected by the community that lived there.) And amazingly, it all formed a cohesive—and largely contiguous—structure, resembling a castle or fortress.

KWC had water and electricity siphoned from wells and the rest of the city, but was an unregulated mess of ad-hoc infrastructure largely unsupported by government. Police were afraid to venture inside (though unbelievably, postman were reportedly forced to deliver mail there!). It was filled with criminals, drug dealers and prostitutes, as well as honest families, schoolchildren and one-man manufacturing shops. The following illustration shows what a slice of it might look like:

Larger version of this image is viewable here

Tiny, cramped spaces did double duty, with units that were classrooms during the day transformed into strip clubs at night. There were restaurants and gambling dens, hair salons and convenience stores, unlicensed doctors and dentists. So close were the buildings that sunlight was hard to come by on street level; thus fluorescents were hung outdoors at ground level for illumination. Rooftops, meanwhile, became social spaces.

The government finally shut it down in the 1990s and razed it. But in the years during and since, Kowloon Walled City has captured the imaginations of everyone from architects to sci-fi authors to set designers to artists.

Image by Greg Girard
Image by Greg Girard

Speaking of artists, photographer Greg Girard, who documented KWC in the 1980s, probably has the best photo essay on it (shot both inside and outside) right here. We also wanted to show you the fantastic KWC-inspired work done by a handful of illustrators:

Image by Keith Perelli
Image by Andrew Suryadi


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