Menu

userImg showBgrSwitcher

Background by

userImg

Thanks!

Menu

What’s Hot: Our Top 5 Trends Right Now

1. Stained Glass Water Towers

Street art is nothing new – but this incredible outdoor intervention by Brooklyn based artist Tom Fruin most definitely is. Watertower, a 20-foot tall piece, is currently shining like a beacon across Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in New York City, from its vantage point atop a defunct water tower platform. The brilliant structure was created from discarded and recycled materials, including more than 1,000 salvaged pieces of Plexiglas, transforming everyday detritus into a cathedral-esque object of wonder. Lit like a stained glass window during the day, Watertower continues to illuminate the New York skyline well into the night, through a light sequence designed by Ryan Holsopple.

August Trend Report
© Robert Banat



2. The Universe

Because when is the Universe not trending? The MINI Space Team is always ready to nerd-out on the latest space craze, and couch potato star-gazing has us ditching the latest episode of The Newsroom for an interactive jaunt across the Milky Way that would have Galileo green with envy.

August Trend Report

For the Photopic Sky Survey Project, a tripod of six synchronized cameras captured 37,440 photos of the night sky that were taken from a score of different locations across two hemispheres. Over the course of a full year, these photos were then stitched together into one 5,000 megapixel image that lets you change your celestial viewpoint and zoom in on planets, nebulae, distant galaxies, and even some supernovae if you know where to look, all with the click of a mouse. Just don’t look down if you’re afraid of heights.

Start your interstellar journey here.

Want to navigate the night sky on the go? Refresh your constellation-knowledge with these cool apps and impress your date next time you’re out strolling on a starlit eve.

SkySafari:
For iPhone and iPad
For Android

Star Walk:
For iPhone
For iPad

3. Fashion Flora

The shift towards green fashion isn’t news, but now upcoming designers are sprouting up with innovative ways to get to the roots of this long-standing trend. If you're looking to sport a green badge of honor, look no further than Lithuanian designer Egle Cekanaviciute. His Seed collection features raw, organic fabrics that double as wearable planters. Plant seeds in the pockets, sleeves and linings, and watch the flora grow on your very own garments.

August Trend Report

Too impatient to wait? Head straight to Stevie Famulari’s Green Line Series for a ready made version. This living, breathing collection of plant-embedded garments is as green as they come. Amongst the 5,000 living blossoms on each, you’ll find poppies, daisies and baby sprouts. 

The best bit? You can leave your umbrella at home.

4. Books That Won’t Last

In this transient digital age, we’ve come to have a sort of distanced respect for the staying power of books. Heavy, cumbersome and archaic they may be, but they sure last. Recently, however, designers have ensured that even the stalwart paper tome keeps up with the times.

Take visionary Argentinian publishing company Eterna Cadencia. In a bid to ensure emerging authors don’t gather dust on well-meaning buyers’ shelves, they’ve created “The Book That Can't Wait”, printed with ink that literally vanishes off the page sixty days after the book is opened. It’s a timely reminder of the magic of reading – and with a first-day sellout, its charm is certainly working.

Not to be outdone, German design studio Kolle Rebbe has created "Das Echte Und Einzige Kochbuch" (The Only Real Cook Book) — an edible cookbook made from inscribed pasta sheets designed to form the base of a classic lasagna. Just be sure to finish reading before you’ve eaten it all!

5. ChargeCard: Smart Charger for the 007 Set

You know the drill. You had a killer time. You came, you saw, you conquered, you forgot to plug your phone in before passing out in those pretty party clothes.

Enter the ChargeCard. It fits flat in your wallet and unfolds to reveal a standard USB plug you can use to charge anywhere — without the hassle of your phone’s tangle of charger and cable. Let’s face it: soon enough there’ll be a USB port at the bottom of every café’s cup of house coffee. It’s more than doubled its Kickstarter goal of 50K in less than one month in painfully classic “why the hell didn’t we think of that” fashion. 

Late night left you with no recollection of recently transpired events or a phone charge to chase down the details? This aptly named little lifesaver makes sure you've got enough juice to spare when it’s time to damage control any reckless texts dangerous dialing or done the night before. 

It’s one piece of plastic with no intention of changing your credit score.

Think you have a gem of a find? We’re all for crowdsourced savvy. Tip us in the comments section!

Share

facebook
googlePlus
pinterest
stumbleUpon
E-Mail
seperate multiple email addresses with a comma

Comments (1)

Erzsebet Bathory

posted by Erzsebet Bathory | 08/16/2012 05:31 am

Il libro che non puo' aspettare... ma secondo me esisteva gia', lo avevo gia' letto... e ora lo ho ritrovato! E' in un racconto dello scrittore Franco Tagilafierro. Il racconto si chiama "il best seller" ed e' il primo nella sua raccolta "Racconti a Orologeria". Si puo' leggerlo su googlebooks.
Magari lo avevano letto in Argentina?

Top 5 MINI Rally Moments: Ranked

December 11, 2014
Top 5 MINI Rally Moments: Ranked

As the X-raid Team gears up for Dakar 2015 in their MINI ALL4 Racing, take a look back at the greatest moments in MINI motorsport history.

The MINI Story: An Exclusive with the Man Behind the Exhibition

December 19, 2014
The MINI Story: An Exclusive with the Man Behind the Exhibition

The new exhibition at BMW Museum shows 30 fascinating original vehicles and many exciting background stories about MINI. Take a tour with Andreas Braun, who curated this treasure trove of MINI moments.

"Night Riders" Exclusive: On Set with Tony Hawk and Guerlain Chicherit

December 12, 2014

The New MINI John Cooper works made its white-knuckle debut on the streets of Los Angeles. Read on to get the stories from behind the scenes of "Night Riders" with Tony Hawk and Guerlain Chicherit.

Park Your MINI At The Edge of The World: Cliff House by Modscape

December 05, 2014
Park Your MINI At The Edge of The World: Cliff House by Modscape

No stranger to tight parking spots, MINI recently found itself living on the edge in a striking housing concept by Australian architects Modscape. Read on to see the bold vision.

Infographic: How to Get a MINI Ready to Rally

December 16, 2014
Infographic: How to Get a MINI Ready to Rally

Get up close and personal with the MINI ALL4 Racing and see what it takes to get a MINI tuned to take on the devilish dunes of the Dakar Rally.

Rally Dakar 2015: MINI plays “Connect Four”

December 19, 2014
2015 Dakar: MINI Plays “Connect Four”

More than 9,000 kilometres over perilously soft sand dunes, through fields of treacherous boulders, across the gargantuan heights of the Andes, and through the relentless desert heat of one of the driest regions on earth: anyone with victory in mind must be prepared to suffer. That much is certain, as MINI looks to successfully defend its title at the 2015 Rally Dakar.