Thursday, July 25, 2013
Love…love…love… those 3 words express how much I love this vintage motorcycle design from Vasilatos Ianis, Ariel Cruiser. It was a design submission for Local Motors Cruiser Design Challenge, it’s not surprising that this concept won the first place in the competition out of 90 entries from 17 different countries. One of Vasilatos dreams is to design a motorized bike that reminds us of the good ol’ days of early 1900s. Every parts of this bike has been designed to reflect the history of boardtrack racing and motorbikes, starting from the motor and engine cover, fuel tank, to leather straps that keep the tank in its place. Awesome.
Designer : Vasilatos Ianis
Ariel Cruiser by Vasilatos Ianis Has Won Local Motors Cruiser Design Challenge is originally posted on Tuvie
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and easily the most photographed. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland, approximately 13km from the Keflavik International Airport. Though the lagoon looks like something born from Iceland’s otherworldly landscape, it is actually man made. The lagoon was created by run-off from the nearby Svartsengi power plant, which pumps up the geothermally heated water from a full mile below the surface. After being used to run turbines that generate electricity, the excess water is fed into the lagoon. The water is renewed every 2 days.
The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help many people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 40 °C (104 °F) and is enjoyable year round, even in freezing conditions.
In addition to the lagoon, there's a sauna, steam bath carved out of a lava cave and a massaging waterfall. A shop, café and viewing deck keeps spectators amused.
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Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000) was an Austrian painter, architect, and sculptor best known for his architecture characterized by colorful, ornamental, and biomorphic shapes. He initially gained acclaim for his paintings, but later became more renowned for his unique architectural styling.
Inspired by the Vienna Secession movement, especially the work of Austrian painters Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, Hundertwasser incorporated his decorative, labyrinthine spirals into his paintings, architecture and designs for postage stamps and flags. He developed his own theory of “transautomatism”, which was inspired by the Surrealist concept of automatism (painting or drawing without conscious self-censorship), and sought to loosen the rigid rules of conventional art to emphasize the viewer’s experience. Hundertwasser's architectural style is often compared with those of Antoni Gaudi.
In the 1950s, Hundertwasser began designing architectural projects. These designs use irregular forms, and incorporate natural features of the landscape. The Hundertwasserhaus apartment block in Vienna is one famous example. This building has undulating floors, a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. He took no payment for the design of Hundertwasserhaus, declaring that the investment was worth it to "prevent something ugly from going up in its place".
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