CLEANKINI

Feb18 Ever wanted to flaunt your stuff in a cute little bikini that cleanses the plastic soups, while you just be sexy? Well, now you can. The Sponge Suit is a 3D-printed bikini, packed with pollutant-absorbing technology. The Sponge Suit is made of a super-hydrophobic carbon-based material. This lightweight materials absorbs up top 25 times its own weight. And while doing this, the suit locks aways these pollutants, making it totally safe for you to wear. All dirty stuff will be only released when heated over 1000 degrees, and there ain’t no holiday destination THAT HOT. You’re probably picturing a super nerdy kind of get-up right now but actually this do-good bikini is really sexy. The Sponge Suit is still a prototype but will be for sale in the next few years, making it possible for you to save the world swimming. Sort of....

BOOMING BICYCLES

Feb11 When you think of the word innovation, the first few things that pop into your mind are probably technology related. Even though that indeed is a major part of innovation, the social side might be even more important. Especially so in our current context. Bernice Dapaah’s Bamboo Bicycle is a prime example of this, as she’s improving lives of an entire population with a rather simply yet impactful concept. As the name suggests, Bamboo Bicycles are mainly made out of bamboo. This sustainable mode of  transport is beyond eco-friendly. For every bamboo plant cut, ten more are planted. The initiative also has a big impact on the indigenous inhabitants of Ghana. Not only does it offer a lot of job opportunities, but it also offers an affordable way of transport and the company even donates bikes to local communities. This makes these locals much more agile and allows them to move more freely across their respective region. The bikes are booming indeed, Bernice is opening two more factories soon! Keep kicking ass Bernice, we’re rooting for you....

CURATORS OF COOL

Feb08 Chances are you’ve never felt the need to defend your profession, but as trend watchers, we sympathise with the likes of Lucy Worsley, Daniel Martin, Lucy Bamford and Ana Debenedetti, who are all museum curators. People often view this as a rather flat profession in which you just have to pick out matching art pieces, but there’s much more to it! Aside from mix ‘n matching it’s also, if not even more, important to be an expert and live databank regarding the subjects surrounding the objects in care. This can be a challenge since the world we live in right now is mostly instant, quick and shallow. They have to snap out of this global movement and do on-going, deep diving research on the subjects at hand. Ana even states that the profession has become too vast to do all at once, which is why in big museums, multiple people are responsible for different parts of curating e.g. interpretation, learning or conservation. Check the original article to gain even more insights in what it takes to become a curator and get a sneak peek of their favourite art...

TRUST TATTOO

Feb04 Imagine how visitors must have felt when visiting the exhibition of Scott Campbell in the Milk Gallery? Over the short three-day exhibition, Scott’s “Whole Glory” drew hundreds of nervous attendees, curious of the performance and dying for a free tattoo. Anywhere from 50-100 people all sat along the gallery floor waiting patiently for the 3PM lottery call that would determine the three lucky people who would get inked by Campbell. This event is for us a clear sign that the Mass Avant-Garde trend is still going strong. The fact that everybody could walk through the doors of the Milk Gallery and 50-100 people were willing to trust the person on the other side of the wall to poke an inked up needle into their arm, shows us that such creative means of expression aren’t reserved for a niche group anymore. Blind trust is the underlying factor of this Mass Avant-Garde event. When the trust lies almost completely in the hands of the artist, there is no compromise but the work is still a full collaboration between the two. Feel free to experiment.   ...

BANKSY’S TEARS

Feb03 Banksy is the figurehead of worldwide street art. Besides graffiti artist Banksy is also a painter and a political activist. Despite his very public role in society, his identity is unknown. From absurd to provocative, the art of Banksy can be admired in different parts of the world and his newest piece of art can be found in London. Banksy has criticised the use of tear gas on refugees in the “Jungle” camps in Calais in a new piece of art. Appearing outside the French Embassy in London, recent pieces feature the iconic young girl from Les Miserables with tears in her eyes from the gas billowing around her. The CS canister at her feet makes reference to the tear gas used by the French police to evict about 1,500 refugees from one of the camps on January 5 and 6. The QR code on Banksy’s artwork permits viewers to use their phone to access an online video which shows police vans using water cannon and tear gas in the camp. The QR code not only permits viewers to see the video, it also melts our physical and virtual world with each other. The Inline continues to seep further into our society providing artists like Banksy new channels to share their statements to a much larger public than before. As a result awareness around political topics...

DON’T GROW UP, IT IS A TRAP...

Feb02 It is actually quite cynical, but admit it, as teenagers we were all convinced that we were sooo mature. Now that we’re older and wiser we giggle at the thought. However, the responsibilities of being an adult can make us long for more uncomplicated times. Because being an adult might sound very attractive, but don’t fall for it, it is a trap! The Society of Grownups is a MassMutual learning initiative and social guide helping young Millennials transit over to the dark side, or adulthood. This society will help you find your inner adult, if you have one, but moreover teaches you all the tips and tricks to be a succesful adult. On the agenda is stuff like retirement plans, saving for later, starting a family etc. So pretty much the standard grownup stuff that hasn’t yet found it’s way  into the young, playful Millennial brain. We understand that not every Millennial can just take a flight to the USA and visit the society, but some of their tools are available online. So not only Americans can grow up, but also the rest of the...

DRONE DANCE

Jan22 Drones have many more capabilities than only shooting on terrorists. Amazon use them as delivery drivers, some drones even protect rhinos and while there spy on celebrities. Japanese clothing chain BUYMA goes one step further. In the new commercial this brand spectacularly combines two of the most compelling things on the internet: nudity and robots. Drones simultaneously fulfill a role as a dancer and custodian of morals. In the video, two dancers dance naked in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Still, you can openly view the video at the office, thanks to cover-up drones keeping it decent. Sheets of paper have been hung from the drones strategically covering the genitals of the dancers. The drones follow every movement of the dancers, making them not only care for chastity, but also be a part of the choreography. The result is a fascinating fusion of art and technology. Perhaps not yet the perfect replacement for clothes. But certainly a stunning and uber-hip way to advertise clothes, if you ask us....

REBELLION

Dec21 Hands up if you’ve ever read something and thought: “Wow, I wish I had written that.” Well, when that happens – no need to try and reinvent what’s already pretty dang good. Just pin it, love it and share it, right? So, without any further ado, here’s NellyRodiLabs description of the disruptive behaviour of the...

WEALTH

Dec18 How do you become truly wealthy? That is a question a lot of people ask themselves in this fast consuming society. But what is the answer? Triodos bank comissioned Andreas Pavantis to speak with people around the world. From a Dutch farmer, to an Inuit elder in Greenland. One of them says; “To actually become wealthy you have to share your knowledge…” Take five minutes to listen to the insights of these inspiring speakers, because they all share one similarity; wealth is more than just making money. Douglas Rushkoff, philosopher from New York Angaangaq, elder form Greenland Dirco te Voortwis, farmer Runa Khan, social entrepreneur from Bangladesh  ...

INSTA HUSBAND

Dec17 You know the girls on your Instagram feed expertly posed against brick walls, sharing photogenic donuts or coffee cups, and sitting ever so candidly on sets of stairs, displaying cute outfits. How do they manage to snap all these seemingly nonchelant  photos anyway? Stash a tripod in their purse? Constantly ask passersby to take their photos? Nope. They have got Instagram Husbands!!! A new video by The Mystery Hour perfectly captures the role of these unsung heroes of social media. “Behind every cute girl on Instagram is a guy like me… and a brick wall,” one Instagram husband says. The rest of the video chronicles lifestyle blogger-type girls staging their photos with help from their (unwilling) other halves. An online support community, InstagramHusband.com, is there to help out all of those human selfie sticks. This platforms offers information about the ‘symptoms’, tips about how to approach your wife and  ‘real life’ stories form guys. “She only speaks in emojis now, which is difficult, because my first language is human,” user C.Nichols writes. We feel you man, we really do. Boyfriends and husbands of the world, who have ever been scolded for taking a sip of their cappuccino before it was properly photographed, this video is for...

LOLITA MASH-UP

Dec16 Japanese culture has spread throughout most of the world in the form of food, anime, video games, and so much more. But one region that has not yet taken in as much of what Japan has to offer as the rest of the world is the Middle East and other Muslim countries. Until now. In an awesome Mass Avant-Garde fashion mash-up that nobody could’ve foreseen, Muslim fans of the Japanese lolita fashion trend have begun pairing these sweet-as-candy outfits with their hijabs, creating a unique new style that Japanese lolita fans are falling in love with. Lolita fashion is a subculture in Japan and is thought to have been partly created to react against the growing exposure of the body and skin in modern society. So girls decided to minimize exposing their skin and the youngsters wear Victorian-era dress to refer to modesty. It’s important to note that the photos of the Muslim women showing off their Lolita fashion skills on Twitter don’t originate from the Middle East; they’re actually photos of Muslim women in England and California. But you’ve got to start somewhere, so maybe the trends they set will pick up momentum in other Muslim regions around the world....

ANTI-LEGO SLIPPERS

Dec14 It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Families come together, you can stuff yourself with food, children are deliriously happy being spoilt rotten and with a bit of luck the streets are covered by a white blanket of fun. It sounds like the perfect fairytale. Gifts are spread carelessly all over the floor and parents don’t seem to mind. Until the next morning when still sleepy from excitement of the night before they experience the sadistic torture of a LEGO block digging into the sensitive underside of their foot. Allthough LEGO sets seem like a wonderful way to spark creativity in both kids and adults, they need to fix this big hazard. And, thank god, after sixty years they came up with a solution; the anti-LEGO slippers! LEGO let Brand Station, a French advertising agency, create protective Lego slippers as part of a holiday promotion. Have a happy holiday with a massive amount of LEGO, because the padding on the insoles protects your tootsies from even the biggest pieces. You could step on a Duplo brick and come out fine. You could also even crush an entire LEGO Millennium Falcon. But be warned: do not let the slippers’ superpowers go to your head just yet. Because only 1,500 pairs of slippers were produced and they’ll be given away at random to people who fill out a Christmas wish list on the Lego France website. Hm… we’d prefer to see an unlimited edition of these slippers. They’re practically a basic human need for most parents of young...

BRANDALISM

Dec11 Recently 80 artists from 19 countries took over 600 outdoor ad spaces in the capital of France. Just in time for the COP21 Climate Conference. An organization called Brandalism has hijacked over 600 ad spaces, replacing them with climate change-related art. At first face the posters look like ordinary ads for brands like Total, Dow Chemicals, GDF Suez and Volkswagen. The only difference is that these ads reveal the unpleasant truth. All the targeted brands are corporate sponsors of COP21. (The art also appears in ad spaces owned by outdoor ad firm JC Decaux, itself an official sponsor.) The objective is to highlight the hypocrisy inherent in those companies associating themselves with an event that their actions suggest they do not really care about. “By sponsoring the climate talks, major polluters such as Air France and GDF-Suez-Engie can promote themselves as part of the solution—when actually they are part of the problem,” says Joe Elan of Brandalism. “It’s now more important than ever to call out their lies and speak truth to power,” Posters concludes. “We call on people to take to the streets during the COP21 to confront the fossil fuel industry. We cannot leave the climate talks in the hands of politicians and corporate lobbyists who created this mess in the first...

FOREVER INLINE

Dec10 The INLINE trend has been on our radar for quite a while now. As our digital and physical worlds continue merging, younger generations just keep coming up with new ways to play around with this. Allow to share a few of the latest examples that this quirky trend is still alive and kicking: Were you ‘laughing-so-hard-you-were-crying’ or were you more like ‘goggle eyes’, followed by ‘bemused-looking, chin-scratching’ icon when you heard that the Oxford Dictionary has chosen, not a word, but an emoji as 2015’s ‘word’ of the year? Oxford Dictionary’s team wrote in a press release; “Emoji have come to embody a core aspect of living in a digital world that is visually driven, emotionally expressive, and obsessively immediate.” That Emojis are suitable for emotionally expressing yourself is shown best in the Fashion industry. From the dancing lady in that red dress to the pineapple icon, fashion insiders have their very own emoji dictionary. Victoria Beckham regularly includes hearts and hands clasped in prayer on her Instagram posts, while Gisele Bunchden is known for her emoji obsession. And it doesn’t stop at social media: Donatella Versace’s autumn/winter 2015 collection was all about hashtags and Emojis on mini dresses; the designer has also confessed she uses them in her personal correspondence. Not only the fashion industry is handling this trend like it’s the human nature, also young parents have a way of their own to merge their digital lifestyle with their physical one. More and more parents from the United States use the photo app Instagram as inspiration for choosing a baby name. The name Lux grew the most with 75 percent, followed by Ludwig, Juno and Valencia. All these are some Instagram filters Instagrammers can use to edit their photos. “This is the first year...

FASHION MAKERS

Dec02 In their monthly talk shows Pakhuis de Zwijger  presents the best that Amsterdam can offer in terms of creation and innovation. Last week they organized the talk show “Modemakers” (Fashion Makers). Because in a world where fashion determines a large part of our identity, fast fashion has a big stage and social media is an important place to present ourselves, there are more and more movements which show a different side of fashion. Fortunately, there are fashion designers who realize that fashion is ready for a new revolution. Let’s dive in the world of the future of fashion; Martijn van Strien, Post-couture Collective Post-couture Collective is an alternative to the current fast fashion system and an open source project facilitated by new technologies. Download your favorite Post-couture piece and simply laser cut your very own Martijn van Strien. The proces start at €5,- so it wouldn’t be rude to ask Santa Clause for one. We hear you thinking “But what about intellectual properties of the designer?”. Martijn believes in a Copy-left mindset. He wants to share his idea and let other people experiment and develop it further. Esmay Wagemans, Second Skin Esmay finds Instagram ‘a patronizing platform’. Naked is not allowed, at least not for woman. With her project ‘Second Skin’ she wants to bypass the censorship of Instagram and explore the boundaries between the definition of naked and the perception of what people find naked. #freethenipple Floor van de Ven & Robin de Kruijff, W.O.M. When Floor saw the moving work of Robin at Lowlands (De Module) she was spellbound. Because that is what Motion Paintings, a collaborative project of Robin with Coloko and Jasper van Es, does to you. The right colors in combination with the right LED ensures that the designs come to life. Would this also...