Pastry chef, Dinara Kasko pushes the limits of the creation by working the food such an architect. She is an Ukrainian culinary artist with a degree in architecture that combines her two passions to create incredible kinetic tarts. Dinara has a fascination for aesthetic and styling food. Foods are cut, carved, molded, worked. Their natural character is hidden to create confusion. Dinara: “I have always liked cakes. Since my early childhood, I have liked sweets. When my mom cooked a dessert, it was a holiday for me’…
Kasko likes to push the boundaries in the world of cooking. Working with an array of artists across various disciplines, Dinara models its molds using software, 3ds Max, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper using a 3D Ultimaker printer. She favors cakes with geometric shapes such as cubes, triangles, and spheres and likes to use sharp, straight lines in her work. When it comes to color, she prefers to work with black, red, and white.
Kasko creates a 3D model on her computer, prints a cake mold on a 3D printer using plastic, and casts it with silicone. She then fills the silicone mold with her ingredients and bakes it. Edible architecture made from silicone moulds. The complex math (algorithms) applied to producing the moulds for Kasko’s creations, simulates the gravity movements and interactions of objects in space. This unique process creates quasi-kinetic designs and a real visual spectacle; innovating and inspiring to the world of food.
Contemporary rugs look more like paintings than ever before. A beautiful rug can have the same energising effect on a room as hanging a painting on a bare wall. House of Tai Ping creates amazing bespoke rugs and textile floor coverings. They are headquartered in Hong Kong, with 14 showrooms across Europe, Asia and North America. House of Tai Ping covers every sphere of the residential and hospitality markets. Inspiring moods, colours, textures, pattern designs and prices starting around 10.000,- euro’s?. By the way, check out Walter Knolls cozy Badawi pillows and his ‘legends-of-carpets’ too…
Have a look at Zinc Textile’s amazing 2018 Geronimo collection. Love their photoshoot location, limewashed walls, colours, mood and atmosphere! Part of The Romo Group, Zinc Textile was launched in January 2010 as a new luxury fabric & wall covering brand, under the creative leadership of Justin Marr. Zinc takes its inspiration from the heights of 1970’s style. Zinc has a sophisticated urban chic look and feel. Original style solutions for residential and contract interiors.
Social media dominated major headlines in 2017, underscoring its pervasiveness as well as its potential for controversy. President Trump became a Twitter sensation, for better or worse. The proliferation of fake news across social media and the revelation that the Russians manipulated Facebook to swing the election sowed mistrust among Americans.
Today, the internet and, in particular, social media has become an inevitable part of marketing manipulation. Studio Ho got inspired by this very real problem and selected a few manipulated ‘compositions in every day life’, adding a bit of humor…
Surreal collages by Jose Navarro, a young Spanish artist and graphic designer who combines animals and everyday objects to create strange, manipulated compositions and some more ‘manipulated everyday objects’…
More manipulation in Studio Ho projects; ‘what you see is not what you eat’…
Anyone can put a camera to their face and press the button. Since the ‘smartphone revolution’ in 2007, it’s estimated that about 4 billion people will have the ability to put a smartphone camera to their face in 2018. One conservative estimate puts the number of images that will be taken at 1.2 trillion. Should all four billion of us average 10 photos a day, that number exceeds 14 trillion…
We’ve spent centuries educating people about grammar, yet in less than 10 years, billions of people have become ‘photographers’ with little or no education. Anyways, studio Ho is one of those photographers; check out the following ‘press-a-button-during-a-holiday-photography’, capturing the moment…
Aquaduct, somewhere in France during a break
Stray dog, trapped in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Arabian horse riding, Sinai, Egypt
Tinos island, Greece
One of the 7 Wonders of the World, Petra in Jordan
Nice granny at Sukawati art market, Bali, Indonesia
The best fortune teller of New York, yo…
Just a walk, Table Mountain, Curacao
Just a door, Ljubljana Slovenia
Just love horses
Cute Bali boys, say cheese?
Dokter Chien Ho, professor of biological sciences at USA Carnegie Mellon University and colleagues, have developed a novel way to improve delivery of chemotherapy nanodrugs with fewer side effects in treating cancer. By using ‘Intralipid’, an FDA-approved nutrition source (Food and Drug Administration). It reduces the amount of the toxic drugs that settle in the spleen, liver and kidneys; non-targeting organs. This study was published on nature.com – scientific reports.
Nanodrugs, drugs attached to tiny biocompatible particles, show great promise in treatment of a number of diseases, including cancer. Delivery of these drugs, however, is not very efficient. Only about 0.7 percent of chemotherapy nanodrugs reach their target tumor cells. The remainder are absorbed by other cells, including those in the liver, spleen and kidneys. When the drugs build up in these organs, they cause toxicity and side-effects that negatively impact a patient’s quality of life.
According to dokter Ho; ‘This methodology could have a major impact in the delivery of nanodrugs, not only for patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment, but also to those being treated with nanodrugs for other conditions’.
A lot op people have great fear of new technologies. As the great Johan Cruyff once said, who died from cancer, aged 68; ‘Every disadvantage has its advantage’… There are plenty of downsides from technology’s impact. It needs controling, monitoring and managing. On the other hand, technology makes our lives easier; nanotechnology is just one example of the promising future of ’techno poetry’…
WABI SABI, JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY
In today’s world, it’s not something easy to live. Influenced by tv, social media and magazines, we want the perfect picture (photoshop), the perfect face (botox), the perfect body (bigger boobs) the perfect hair (bold, the new trend?) the perfect home; we want everything fast and right now!
Consequently, we are always desiring something else and unhappy with our own lives. In Japan, ‘wabi sabi’ is the art and philosophy of imperfect beauty; accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Flawed and scarred materials and surfaces, the enigma of time passing…
According to wabi sabi; when we learn to find beauty in the simplest things, in the imperfections, appreciating nature, family and all that we already have, that is the way to a truly happy life. Afterall, the most beautiful things in life aren’t ’things’… But have a look at some wabi sabi ’things’, a moment of silence…
Come and see one of Japan’s finest and most daring contemporary zen stone gardens, high above the hussling and buzzing traffic of the city-center Aoyama-dori Avenue. Its designer, a living legend, Shunmyo Masuno (born 28 February 1953) is a Japanese monk and landscape designer. Take the elevator that ascends to the fourth floor of the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo’s well-heeled Aoyama-Itchome district…
Shunmyo Masuno is head priest of the Sōtō Zen temple Kenkō-ji, professor at Tama Art University, and president of a design firm that has completed numerous projects in Japan and overseas. He is arguably the only Buddhist priest still practicing garden design in the tradition of the original, itinerant ishi-tate-so (stone-setting priests) of whom there were famously many during the time of the Kamakura Shogunate (1192-1333). His work include traditional as well as strikingly contemporary designs…
A topographical landscape of stone and water at an installation in Milan. Created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Kengo Kuma’s Naturescape was designed as an interpretation of a traditional Japanese Zen garden…
Open space showroom, integrates an interior garden in Kobe, Japan. It brings nature inside and make people going to the showroom feel relaxed in an environment that encourages that. Landscape designer Toshiya Ogino in collaboration with Nagayama & Associates.
Come aboard the spaceship! Love the crazy, funny, edgy fall winter advertising campaign by creative director Alessandro Michele. Unearthy, far far far away on another planet…
It has a dreamy, retro-futuristic quality. The campaign was inspired by the science fiction genre from the fifties and sixties, including the TV series ‘Star Trek. Blurring boundaries of time and space, the collection in the campaign is worn by a mixed cast of humanoids, aliens, robots and earthlings. Gucci’s models travel on “Star Trek” spaceships, interacting with extraterrestrial creatures and dinosaurs.
A good example of pushing conventional boundaries to create a unique experience; Alessandro refusing to follow the rest of the fashion pack!
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