faig ahmeds Embroidered Art 

When you think of traditional carpets from Azerbaijan, the thought of contemporary art does not quickly spring to mind… but these beautiful, and modern works will change that. Faiq Ahmed, a native of the Eurasian nation, has taken his countries old-school art form and brought it beautifully into the current era, deconstructing the ancient process of weaving and adapting it to todays contemporary art forms.

Oh….Oh, my.

Carpets by Faig Ahmed



Satellite Lamps by Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, and Timo Arnall.

The city is changing in ways that can’t be seen. As urban life becomes intertwined with digital technologies, the invisible landscape of the networked city is taking shape—a terrain made up of radio waves, mobile devices, data streams and satellite signals.

Satellite Lamps is a project about using design to investigate and reveal one of the fundamental constructs of the networked city—the Global Positioning System (GPS). GPS is made up of a network of satellites that provide real-time location information to the devices in our pockets. As GPS has moved from specialized navigation devices to smartphones over the last 10 years, it has become an essential yet invisible part of everyday urban life.

William J. Mitchell (2004) described the landscape of the networked city as an invisible electromagnetic terrain. In Satellite Lamps we explore and chart this terrain, showing how GPS is shaped by the urban spaces where it is used. GPS, alongside wireless networks, algorithms, and embedded sensors, is among the invisible technological materials that comprise many modern products. Created by a small team of design researchers at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Satellite Lamps is a part of our ongoing research into making technologies visible and communicating and interpreting their presence in daily life. As designers we typically shape how technologies like GPS are being used, but with Satellite Lamps we use our practice to address how they can be understood.


Philip Rodriquez



Part of what works so well about Philip Rodriquez’s series Fine Art is the witty sympathy he suggests between the landscape images that form the “background” of the individual pieces and the painterly interventions layered on top. The interplay of references that tie the mythology of the American landscape to the self-conscious gesture of the abstract painter traces the seemingly formal upheavals of mid-century modernism to their historical roots.



It’s always a good day when a new, beautiful magazine makes its way out into the world. Today’s entry in that category is Brutal Magazine, a smart mashup of food and fashion that is heavy on moody, hyper-styled photo essays. 

There are deconstructed sausages and interviews with Daniel Burns of Luksus, Sara Bigelow of The Meat Hook, and coffee writer Oliver Strand. Our favorite feature, though, is called How You Eat Candy When You’re Alone, a photo story filled with crumbly Reeses and smashed gum balls and lengths of uncoiled Bubble Tape. 

— brette warshaw

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