There is a great article I read in the most recent edition of Wired Magazine about Steve Job's way of doing business in stark contrast to just about everyone else in Silicon Valley. It seems the increasingly popular touchy-feely transparency-is-king approach to business isn't necessarily the only way to go. Jobs has shown that tough, secretive, demanding and aggressive leadership (OK - call it dictatorship) can build a great company based on great teams of brilliant individuals. It's the tough-guy approach balanced with the ultimate motivator that has his army winning technological supremacy. And, if Apple has been such a runaway success of a company, then there's something to learn from Job's approach.
Amsterdam designer, Anke Weiss, forces us to look at what we consider useless garbage as functional objects of art. By pricking thousands of tiny holes in mass produced packaging fitted with a light source, she elevates discarded packaging most people would throw away into a breathtaking light fixtures. See more images of other styles at dezeen.
I love how Australian jewelry designer, Victoria Mason, has taken something as ordinary and nostalgic as pencil shavings and has turned them into clever jewelry designs. (Note the word 'nostalgic' because lots of us haven't sharpened a pencil in years I'll bet!)
Ben Blanc and Andrew Reed, the designers behind Blanc&Reed make especially tasteful, yet quirky designer objects. Pictured above is the Urban Famer stool which mimics a bale of hay. The outer material is a vinyl mesh and is filled with natural raffia.
I'm also pretty fond of their Unwoven Pillows, which have this curious inside-out quality to them.
Jason and Lars Dressler, the Canadian twin brothers and woodworkers of Brothers Dressler, make terrific furniture. Above is a photo showing off the attractive form of their onedge ottoman + lounge. Besides being phenomenal woodworkers (and twins to boot) there is something else special about Brothers Dressler: they use their leftover wood cuttings to make equally attractive jewelry and curious toys. Off-cuts of plywood from their furniture are turned into one-of-a-kind bangles and small wooden toys called cutlets. I'm not sure if I like their furniture or jewelry better - but why decide? I'd add both to my wish list.
Fwis/Readymech has collaborated with Corbis to bring you assemble-yourself free working pinhole cameras. I love pinhole photography - the random unexpected colors and lighting make for artistic and eerie shots. Who could resist? I think I may actually build one of these today...
More camera designs and the photos they can take below...