This ring hides a panic button that sends an alert to friends and emergency services if the wearer is in trouble. The button is concealed in the underside of the ring – which otherwise resembles a normal piece of jewellery. When held down for three seconds, it calls for help from contacts and people within 300 yards, who receive a message with the wearer's location and personal details through the Nimb app.
Japanese designer Haruki Nakamura has a knack for creating all kinds of interesting paper objects from puzzles to kirigami toys. One of his best designs is this awesome squeezable paper puppet that reveals a sheep wearing wolf’s clothing. Also check out his penguin bomb, a type of automated paper puppet called a karakuri that has hidden inner mechanisms. Nakamura sells all of his designs in an online shop, but currently only ships within Japan.
Taller than trees and towering over buildings, Johanna Goodman's pieced together female forms appear to stretch far above the landscapes before them. The collaged works, which combine elements of art, design, and architecture, are a part Goodman’s series titled The Catalogue of Imaginary Beings, which aims to explore the individual’s role in history and popular culture.
Apple promotes the iphone7 with The Archives – Memories tab in the Photos app which automatically creates beautiful movies out of the photos and videos in your camera roll in a matter of seconds.
Sydney-based artist Niharika Hukku translates the fine detail work she learned as an illustrator to her painted ceramics, creating natural scenes that range from fluffy white clouds to schools of swimming fish. Each vessel is thrown and fired by Hukku herself, and finished with a variety of ceramic glazes.
This connected plant pot designed by Royal College of Art graduate Jen-Hsien Chiu feeds or starves a plant depending on its user's behaviour. Phabit – is designed to help people develop better habits. It was prompted by Jen-Hsien's own struggles trying to go to the gym regularly.
Moscow-based bakery Kalabasa takes a more abstract view of cake decorating, mounting its confections with stiff swipes of chocolate that look like painted brushstrokes. The colorful cakes and cupcakes are each decorated with layers of the crisp painterly gestures, and often drizzled with similar colors to tie together the whole production. See more of the artistic treats in a variety of shades on the bakery’s Instagram.
French photographer Thibaud Poirier is the artist behind the magnificent series entitled Librairies. Highlighting Europeans libraries from Roma to Dublin including the Sorbonne in Paris and Berlin, the artist takes us in these reading temples build in several times.
Feel free to share your everyday inspiration with us! Pictures, links, suggestions − let us know about your own or other brands that you think we'll like, and we may include it in our next update in The Brander's journal.
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase Raison d'être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. Examples include work, hobbies and raising children.
French design and photography agency Ill-Studio and fashion brand Pigalle have redesigned and repainted the Paris Duperré basketball court, with support from Nike. The court is squeezed between buildings in a Parisian suburb on Rue Duperré, and became internationally renowned in its previous guise, painted in graphical blocks of primary colours.
Balmain and l’Opéra de Paris have joined sartorial forces around the costuming of the “Renaissance” ballet by dancer Sébastien Bertaud, showing at the Opera Garnier. In honor of the partnership between French establishments, Jason Bort has filmed a short video. Étoile dancers are featured in the clip preforming a series of pas de deuxfrom the up-and-coming ballet.
Nunude is not only a brand, is it a movement that stands for equality, unity and self love. A brand that wants to break to 'normality' in the fashion and media industry. The campaign and brand aims to create this awareness worldwide, nude should match every skin tone.
The Brander is a publication of the Branders Group