mandy roos knits trichophilia undergarments to celebrate body hair
or her graduate project at the design academy eindhoven, mandy roos has created ‘trichophilia’, a fashion collection which celebrates hair in places where it is normally shaved away. swaying away from the general trend to groom every part, roos recommends leaving it unkempt in an attempt to break the taboo about body hair. the series of undergarments — named after the term describing hair fetishism — are woven, knitted, knotted and hand tufted to look like pubic, armpit and chest hair. the ‘golden rainbow hairy high-waist panties’, ‘short fizzy hair booty briefs’, ‘curly armpit hair bra’ and ‘full fluffy hairy chest bra’ are part of the collection, bearing a candy-colored aesthetic and edgy vibe.
‘man-made’ series of contemporary prehistoric hand-axes by dov ganchrow
henrique oliveira roots his largest installation to date at the MAC, sao paulo
swedish design studio tomorrow machine has developed ‘microgarden’ for infarm, a minature flat-pack incubator for growing plants indoors. the kit contains a reusable and recyclable sheet of poly-propylene plastic which bends into a fully functioning greenhouse. to grow your own microgreens, simply apply the included transparent seaweed based agar-agar gel as a growing medium and the organic seeds. because it remains self-contained, and the roots absorb moisture from the gel, the plants never require watering.
alexander james submerges 8 tonne floating cemetery in a dark tank of water
photography, painting and sculpture marry in british artist alexander james’ underwater compositions, which he submerges in a huge, dark tanks of purified water. for his latest installation, james has engaged in a dialogue with a russian space, working with local models, materials and artifacts for ‘distil ennui’, a recent exhibition at triumph gallery. figures of young, men, women, and children are captured floating freely within a veil of liquid in a controlled and intricately composed scene.
the photographs are merely the documentary stage of each piece’s process: the labor-intensive practice involves creating submerged complex arrangements using natural materials and handmade items, and finally using a paintbrush on the surface tension of the water to add chroma and hue to the scene. containing the artificial landscape reservoirs of water, light is allowed to pass through, giving the resulting images a painterly appearance. the surface of the water becomes a canvas on which james can move a brush, briefly capturing the haunting and ephemeral moment in an intense state of depth and chiaroscuro.
junya ishigami wins port of kinmen passenger service center contest
all images courtesy of junya ishigami + associates / port of kinmen passenger service center
japanese architect junya ishigami has been selected to complete the ‘port of kinmen passenger service center‘ located on the chinese coast, 190km east of taiwan. the competition brief called for a world-class ferry terminal that provides both touristic and recreational activities in addition to functioning as a port-of-call for chinese and international cruise operators.