Solstice: A Wooden Kinetic Clock Expands and Contracts with the Passing Hours

Solstice is a shape-shifting wooden clock designed by Matt Gilbert of the London-based studio Animaro. The new interior design object presents different configurations throughout the day, expanding to its widest form at noon when the sun is at its highest point, and contracting at 6 PM when the sun is near its lowest. This meditative movement was inspired by nature, specifically how a flower expands its petals to absorb more sunlight. The clock also is a return to our time-based roots, as its design has users rely on its shape and pattern much like we would a sundial.

The clock has two settings, one that completes a rotation every 60 seconds, and one that completes a rotation during a 12-hours cycle. Two switch between the two modes, the user taps on a sensor located on the bottom of the clock. The Solstice clock is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign runs through December 13, 2018. You can see more of Animaro’s previous designs on their website and Instagram.

Lafawndah’s lush new mixtape reimagines Kelsey Lu, Cardi B and more

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Experimental pop auteur and Dazed 100 alum Lafawndah has dropped the second in her HONEY COLONY mixtape series today. Across the four new tracks, the London-based artist reworks the new single from the trail-blazing singer-songwriter Kelsey Lu, a Cardi B Instagram freestyle,…

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Pixelated Glitches Interrupt Painted Portraits of Victorian Families, Still Lifes, and Birds

The Milan-based painter Aldo Sergio uses paint to warp perception, creating portraits and still-life paintings which blur the boundary between the digital and the physical, and the traditional and the contemporary. In one of his paintings, three men in clerical clothing look inquisitively at a pixelated bunch of bananas, and in another parts of a Victorian family, from their faces to conventional garments, are pixelated in rectangular lines. In a third piece a couple poses before a selection of indoor houseplants while a hen with a blurred leg stands next to their feet.

Sergio uses traditional painting methods to capture portraits of Victorian families, bowls of fruit, and birds, and then distorts these objects by covering them in small ‘glitches.’ Sergio builds tensions between objects, people and space, and his carefully painted glitch-like malfunctions to give his artworks an unusual movement, making a stark contrast to the stillness and seriousness of traditional paintings.

His solo exhibition at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan runs until the 30th of November, 2018. You can see more of his pixelated paintings on his website and Instagram.

Meet K/DA, the virtual K-pop girl group taking the internet by storm

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In the last little while, you may have seen four intriguing anime-like girls splashed across your TL: they’re a band that’s already inspired memes, a burgeoning fanbase and a whole lot of internet intrigue with a pummelling poppy bop music video for “POP/STARS”. Riding the current K-pop wave, the band looks set to rise up. What makes them different though, is that they aren’t exactly real.

K/DA are a virtual girlband, created by Riot Games to promote the arrival of some new, in-game…

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“You Look Disgusting” beauty blogger releases follow up video

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YouTuber, vlogger and leading voice for the #skinpositivity movement Em Ford is back with yet another hard-hitting and convention-breaking short film that invites us to re-examine today’s perceptions of beauty.

You Look Disgusting, a video examining the vitriolic comments Em received after publishing un-made up pictures of herself online which revealed the…

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A look at the subcultural legacy of New Balance

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The renowned Jumpman silhouette, of Michael Jordan stretching for the rim of the basket, suspended in mid-air, is arguably the most iconic sneaker motif of all time. It's one which Nike and the former Chicago Bulls basketball star have built an empire off the back of. But the image that provided inspiration for that motif, first captured by photographer Jacobus Rentmeester in 1984 – which Nike subsequently recreated and slapped onto millions of pairs of sneakers – is as much ironic as it is…

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A Sharp Look at the Surprisingly Complex Process of Pencil Manufacturing by Photographer Christopher Payne

Photographer Christopher Payne (previously) spent several years building a relationship with the owners of General Pencil Company in Jersey City, New Jersey, one of the last remaining pencil factories in the United States. His dedication to working with the factory paid off, and between fall 2015 and summer 2017 Payne was granted access to the production floor for photo-documentation more than thirty times.

The photographer, renowned for his cinematic images that show the architectural grace of manufacturing spaces, shares that he has held a lifelong fascination with design, assembly, and industrial processes. “The pencil is so simple and ubiquitous that we take it for granted,” Payne tells Colossal. “But making one is a surprisingly complex process, and when I saw all the steps involved, many of which are done by hand, I knew it would make for a compelling visual narrative.”

Payne received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, though he has long focused on photography in his professional life. He has published three books and exhibited his work widely, most recently at the Wellcome Collection in London, U.K. and the Museum of the City of New York. You can see more of his work on Facebook and Instagram.

Mowalola Ogunlesi joins Fashion East menswear line-up

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After presenting a trio of shows under Fashion East’s MAN initiative, design labels Art School and Rottingdean Bazaar both sashayed away after debuting their SS19 collections. 

Today, Fashion East has announced the two new designers, who will be joining returning talent Stefan Cooke to present their AW19 collections in January at LFWM. First up is…

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