Since 2014 New York Film Festival is well underway here, here’s a movie themed post: Spanish design studio atipoIn’s minimalist movie posters push abstraction to a new level, and play with the medium and materiality of the poster itself. The movies featured are Dracula, Bonnie & Clyde, Rear Window, Alien, Fahrenheit 451, and Jaws, respectively. Personally, I could only guess the one for Alien!

The Italian photographer Chiara Goia’s photoseries, "Sculptor’s Village" captures views of studios or workshops in Don Cheng—a village in china known for the reproduction of famous classical sculptures from the canon of western art history.  Goia’s image are evocative of minute figures of marble cutters and artists found in the corners of works by 18th-century painters such as Hubert Robert. At the same time, these contemporary photographs question the idea of the original art work and blurs the distinction between craftsmen, sculptors, artisans and artists— a debate that reaches all the way back to the suppression of the artisan’s guild, Académie de Saint-Luc in Paris at the end of the 18th century. Would you say that these new copies are any less authentic than 18th or 16th-century copies of Greek and Roman works?

Architecture GIFS (!!!) by the French architect, Axel de Stampa.These are part of his series, “Architecture Animée” in which Stampa “looks into the concept of motion in architecture…By using gif format, buildings come alive and reveal their true natures.”

The ever brilliant Federico Babina’s newest project transforms iconic musicians / rock gods into architectonic designs!! Many of the designs are more anthropomorphic than musical, but they are still rather marvelous…Check out my previous posts on Babina’s various ARCHI-projects here.

Did you know that Salvador Dalí created/illustrated a cookbook?! Titled,  Les Diners de Gala (1973), the book is divided into 12 chapters filled with recipes incorporating the most fantastic and surreal combinations of ingredients. One of my favorites is the Casanova Cocktail, and Dalí’s recipe for this concoction is as follows:

CASANOVA COCKTAIL
The juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon bitters (Campari)

1 teaspoon ginger

4 tablespoons brandy

2 tablespoons old brandy (Vielle Cure)

1 pinch Cayenne pepper.

This is quite appropriate when circumstances such as exhaustion, overwork or simply excess of sobriety are calling for a pick-me-up. Here is a well-tested recipe to fit the bill. Let us stress another advantage of this particular pep-up concoction is that one doesn’t have to make the sour face that usually accompanies the absorption of a remedy.

At the bottom of a glass, combine pepper and ginger. Pour the bitters on top, then brandy and “Vielle Cure.” Refrigerate or even put in the freezer. Thirty minutes later, remove from the freezer and stir the juice of the orange into the chilled glass. Drink… and wait for the effect. It is rather speedy.”

Remember the SNL Brownie Husband skit by Tina Fey? Here’s a less delicious (but probably cozier) alternative by the Utrecht-based designer Noortje de Keijzer. This knit man-pillow also comes with an illustrated book and even some accessories of his own!

Converted churches have been the rage recently. The latest but one of the most brilliant conversions is designer Piet Boon's transformation of a military hospital in Antwerp into a divine foodie destination, The Jane. If you are in Antwerp, do have a meal here, and don’t forget to make a food pun.

Amazing tattoo idea for foodies— Check out these temporary tattoos inspired by recipes!! Designed by Marina Cinciripini and Sarah Richiuso, the tattos come in themed sets, with each containing four recipes.

MUST SEE New York art event this week:  On September 3rd, from 8-9 PMBOSI Gallery in the Lower East Side (48 Orchard Street) is having their opening for “RED HOT 100" a film and photography exhibition which seeks to "rebrand the ginger male stereotype.” The exhibition is accompanied by an art book by Thomas Knights which is said to contain “The 100 sexiest RED HOT guys in the world.” Knight has stated the following regarding the project:

"Guys with red hair don’t have the positive role models that girls do in our culture. A male with red hair is not seen as aspirational, culturally speaking, with very few leading men, heroes, action stars or heartthrobs played by men with red hair in Hollywood or on our TV screens. Also the more laddish culture of banter - that maybe is not so prevalent in female friendship circles - creates a fear of speaking out based on the concept of ‘it was just a joke’. While many people may argue calling someone a ‘ginga’ or any other ‘fun’ words for people with red hair is just witty banter, for some of those on the receiving end, the impact to their self esteem is felt much more deeply and can have lasting, detrimental effects at school and way into their adult life. Red Hot is my response to this."