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FFF – Now You See It …

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

… Now you don’t…

Each year the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City hosts a competition that welcomes proposals for large-scale installation works exploring  “contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly”.

New York design company stpmj created the aptly titled entry Invisible Barn. The structure almost seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, giving the illusion of transparency.  Its construction ​​of wood and tarpaulin with mirror film allows its facets to reflect the natural surroundings.

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

They say the project is

a visual illusion that blurs the perceptual boundary between the folly and the site, allows the folly to be disappeared and invisible in nature, reconstructing the landscape of the site.

A quote almost as beautiful as the architectural feat itself.

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Voids cut within the façade of the structure enable visitors to physically interact with the barn and witness the change between what is reflected and what is projected. A truly beautiful idea, we’re sure philosophers could have a field day with this one.

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FFF – To the People of New York …

New York City.  For so long arguably the ­­most famous city of the world.  A powerhouse of many things important; commerce, finance, media, art, fashion technology, education and entertainment – New York City is home to some of the worlds most recognized landmarks and buildings – aided of course by the uncountable amounts of films and television filmed in the Empire State.

A melting pot of residents who call The Big Apple home, this monumental city is a hub of creativity and forward thinking.  Some of the worlds well-known creative professionals reside in New York City, forcing it to maintain its crown of cool, but arguably it’s the lesser known residents of the City who really hammer it home.

Enter Humans of New York.

An online destination started in 2010 by Brandon Stanton, a bond trader turned photographer.  Stanton walks the streets of NYC everyday shooting portraits of strangers he meets – the plethora of remarkably out of the ordinary residents who gravitate in the city that never sleeps.

Stanton accompanies his images with quotes from the exuberant subject which brings a further edge to the images and assists us to understand just how awesome this city is.

A few of our recent favourites are below.

I’ve been photographed in the same dress as Kim Kardashian. I wore it better, though. She was too short for it.

We ordered her those pants, and as soon as they arrived, she cut off the bottoms and made a pair of gloves

I live with a bunch of senior citizens. All they do is play cards and bingo. That doesn’t sit too well with me

We run a yoga studio for couples

I’m in the middle of a spiritual process. I can’t wear color for another six months

I’m studying to get a PhD in Neuroscience, but in my free time I like to perform in burlesque shows.

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Brazilia (or not)! …

We like to think of ourselves as pretty new-age.  A forward thinking people free form the shackles of the unnecessary political correctness of times past.  Take our former (and soon to be reinstated) hold music for example, should you ever have previously been placed on hold whilst on the line to one of our friends here in the showroom you would have heard the emphatic lyrics of New York band Brazilian Girls’ “Pussy”.  We may not endorse the contents of the lyrics, but it’s a catchy tune nonetheless.

Brazilian Girls is a band which only has one female band member, she’s not Brazilian and the band has never played in Brazil.  This simple sentence could perhaps quite simply sum up Brazilian Girls – they’re a bit wacky but a whole lot of fun.  Their style is cross-genre and is often described as “melting pop”.  All in all, we love em.

What we’re loving today is lead singer (and only female counterpart) Sabina Sciubba’s lead and preview song from her soon to be released first solo album.  The song is titled Toujors (translating from French to English as “Always”) and was released today.

It’s not only the tune that we love.  It’s the cheekiness of Sciubba – very quickly becoming synonymous with her work.   Constantly performing without clothes but often towards covering her body with props (ensuring a close to PG rating!), her knowing and acknowledging secret smile, her ability to draw us into her web of creativity and her injured chicken friend.

Having released the video to YouTube today, it’s a bit of fun to see her interaction on the page with Sciubba already declining a marriage proposal from one finger-on-the-pulse fan by offering an alternative – marrying the poor man’s wife and the songs credits and acknowledgements:

Song written by Sabina, produced by Sabina and Fred Rubens, mixed by Klas Wikberg.
Video by Sabina
Hair and make-up: who needs hair and make-up?

Check out the rest of Brazilian’s Girls’ to tracks on YouTube here.

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