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  1. 1920s mugshots that look like fashion editorials


    These are actual criminal mugshots from Australia. More here.

  2. iTable-footy


    If you've always wanted a table football but don't have space in the house, then perhaps this is the answer. All you need is an iPad which doesn't take up any room and this fantastic gaming accessory.

  3. Living Green


    They may not be new, but there seems to be a resurgence of late in the use of vertical gardens within retail environments. Having seen the remodelled Replay store, designed by Studio 10 architects, on a recent visit to the Barcelona, we have since noticed a new movement towards in-store living walls.

    The first and probably the most effective example of a hanging garden used in store that I saw was in Anthropologie on Regent Street, London. The verdant backdrop falling through the core of the building, adjacent to the central staircase connecting the floors, is flooded with natural light from the skylight above. The textures and warmth it introduces, and its juxtaposition with the industrial staircase in front, adds to its effectiveness and plays up the surprise of seeing this living wall cascading in front of you from above. It’s a soft green signal for the customer of the brand’s commitment to environmental matters.

    Recently at i-Bank in Athens (the new express branch format for the National Bank of Greece), we saw the living wall used to draw customers through the branch – a contrast from the technology-driven face the branch portrays from the entrance. Here at D&P we’ve used green walls recently in our Paris department store concept in Santiago, Chile. Each entrance features the Paris logo against a living backdrop – a fantastic differentiator that sets the tone of this experimental and forward-thinking South American brand.

    When properly installed and, most importantly, maintained, living walls are a welcome introduction into a retail environment. With their air quality-enhancing effect and positive emotional connections back to nature, we love them and would encourage more brands to live green.

  4. David Bowie Is… at the V&A


    Managed to get a quick sneak peek at the new Bowie exhibition at the V&A last night. The exhibition employs some interesting digital ideas and technologies, including location-aware audio headsets, which play the correct soundtrack to where you are in the space, even syncing to video at each of the exhibits. 3D projection mapping onto simple white blocks brought a basic space to life in different scenes and situations. Elsewhere, it was more about traditional tricks of great lighting design and use of mirrors.

  5. Life drawing and cocktails


    A couple of us went to the House of Wolf on Upper Street on Wednesday night for a spot of drawing and some cocktails. It was a great class with a mixture of ability and exercises… drawing with two hands at the same time, capturing a slow dancing model and working with shadow details, as well as the normal 2, 10, 20 minute poses. It was the first class they’ve held but seemed a great success so watch out for more coming up.

  6. Eye Bombing!