Folks, imagine going thrift shopping for art materials in a 35,000-square-foot facility, and everything is free.
That's exactly what happens at Materials for the Arts, a NYC-based organization that gathers leftover materials--wood, paper, fabric, furniture, computers, electronic equipment, you name it--and redistributes them, free of charge, to creatives and creative organizations that need the stuff. Literally tons of material is thus diverted from landfills, and a city's worth of creatives are able to get what they need for free. Check it out:
Transversale 2009 offers a full program on the interface between art and design. Contributions of no less than ten organizations in Dortmund results in a wide range of objects and installations by artists, designers, craftsmen, and students exploring the boundaries where art meets design and design meets art.
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Omid Sadri's multi-functional businesscards:There are three different cards within the set. One which suggests to use portion a of the card as a dental floss, one for cleaning under nails, and one for chewing gum. The objective was for the user to tear away the piece to use and keep...
Mathematician Andrew Hicks uses math to design mirrors. Not just any mirrors: His panoramic mirror reflects 360 degrees without any distortion; his perspective-rectifying mirror gives a wide-angle view without distortion, and was designed to help a stair-climbing robot navigate steps; and his "true mirror" reflects images without flipping them around....
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