Of Things That Float

After the hunt for a mouse (my computer mouse went on a joyride this morning), my drafting software decided to crash on me all afternoon. Boo hoo. Anyway, right now I just want to sleep or go someplace calm, nice smelling, and with good massages. I’ve just described a spa. In the meantime, I’ve unleashed a zombie army on a farm, and conquered. Sometimes, you just need to win.

One of my happy thoughts is flying. Others involve disappearing cats, top hats, extra creamy chocolate, Christmas, and secret girly fantasies like sitting on a boat with fire lanterns cascading from the sky travelling via hot air balloon.

Come to think of it, they look a lot like glowing marshmallows, don’t they?

A Girl Who Can Fly

…on camera anyway.

See more here.

Sea of Hats

An exhibition of seventy years of work of internationally famous milliner, Akio Hirata. The exhibit design was made by Nendo, one of my favorite Japanese design firms.

What you’re seeing is 4000 ‘ghost hats’ flowing around an empty space, as though ghosts or shells of the real hats on display (although all hats were designed by Hirata). I’ve never been there, but if I had, it must’ve felt like hats were gracefully moving around me, heading somewhere in a spontaneous yet somewhat organized fashion. I love the entire concept, because aside from the high visual impact, some of the ghost hats function as exhibition stands, others form walls, while the entire army of them diffuse and reflect light throughout the space. There isn’t a rigid or mapped out-path for visitors to follow; rather, visitors can choose to wander around the creations any way they like… “which is a physical way of experiencing the creative freedom underlying Hirata’s work.” (to quote designboom)

Simple, classy, and brilliant.

(via designboom)


A cube kite called Shining Little Man, created by Heather and Ivan Morison.

The design of the structure is based around the tetra kites of Alexander Graham Bell. A double wing module has been duplicated and arranged into a tight cellular structural arrangement that appears as a heavy, un-flyable cubic mass. Utilising lightweight materials and the symmetry of the module and composition, it is able to fly freely and steadily. Dezeen

Once a year, the three structures (that form the massive kite) are flown. What a sight that would be.

Read more about it here.


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