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Daphne Kotsiani: At The Beach

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Beautiful, textured photos of solitary figures by the sea

Some people creative skills to burn. Count Daphne Kotsiani among them. Trained as a classical pianist, Kotsiani is an accomplished musician with recording credits that include this collaboration with Sigur Ros. She is also a self-taught photographer, and from the looks of this series, she's taught herself quite well. With an eye for lonely forms and figures in natural landscapes, Kotsiani creates......read more

Most Architecture: Brandbase Pallet

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Handcrafted, sustainable bats for Brazilian beach sport. $150.00

Founded in Rio de Janeiro in 2005, FB Frescobol makes luxury bat and ball sets for the Brazilian beach sport of 'frescobol' (we've tried it - it's fun). Perfect for sunny days off at the beach, FB Frescobol bats are made from small remnants of local Brazilian certifado woods, left over from the production of furniture from other marceneiro wood factories....read more

Massive Fish Sculptures Made from Recycled Bottles in Rio

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Epic beach installation offers poignant comment on ocean pollution

In Rio de Janeiro, where world leaders are meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), two gigantic fish are rising from Botafogo Beach. The public art installation has been created entirely from discarded plastic bottles collected on and around the beach. By day, the plastic sculptures shimmer in the sun, against the gorgeous backdrop of Rio's mountains. By night, the big......read more

Marco Casagrande: Sandworm

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Land art meets architecture in this massive, organic beachfront installation

"Sandworm," a new environmental work from Finnish artist/architect Marco Casagrande, combines land art and architecture in all the best ways. Constructed entirely of sand and willow branches, the massive installation winds through the dunes of Belgium's Wenduine coastline like a friendlier version of the Tremors beast.  From ArchDaily: Casagrande worked hard with his team of young......read more

Yin Yang House by Brooks & Scarpa

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Net-zero residence in Venice Beach takes full advantage of plentiful SoCal sunlight

The net-zero building movement is alive and well in Venice, CA, where architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa have recently wrapped construction on this stunner of single family residence. Dubbed Yin Yang House, the home takes full advantage of the sunny SoCal climate with a a 12 KW solar photovoltaic panel system (the biggest available on the market) that serves the dual purposes of generating power......read more

Prefab Perfection

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A net-zero home in Venice Beach blurs the line between indoors and out

With its mnm.MOD prefab home project, Santa Monica architecture firm Minarc creates super energy-efficent modular homes from a library of pre-selected materials and patented connections. This mnm.MOD building, the Superb-A home in Venice Beach, Calif., is an outstanding example of what prefab architecture can be.  Completed in May 2011, the 2,400 sq ft home blurs the boundary......read more

Panda Bear "Boys Latin" Video

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Animal Collective singer/drummer debuts trippy animated vid

Noah "Panda Bear" Lennox shared this hypnotic video for the lead track from Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, out early in 2015. The trippy animated clip follows the story of a shaggy-haired hero who encounters a magical anemone and is forever transformed. The visuals were directed by Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch from Encyclopedia Pictura, who have worked on videos from Björk, Grizzly......read more

Out in Nature with David Boyson Cooper

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Scottish photographer escapes the city to capture candid moments in the wilderness

David Boyson Cooper comes from the Shetland Islands, off of Scotland's north coast, a place that's chalk full of majestic landscapes (think craggy mountains and snow-covered plains wrapped in clouds). Now living in Glasgow, David regularly escapes the city to wilder areas like the ones where he spent his childhood. Joining him on these forays into nature are his friends and his camera, which he......read more

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