The shortlist for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize has just been announced and includes The Shard by Renzo Piano, the Olympic Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid and the London School of Economics by O'Donnell + Tuomey to name a few. My money is on the Aquatics Centre.
'The 11+ World Clock reinterprets the traditional functionality of the clock by creating a unique and playful interaction between the user and the design. Although the face of the World Clock may not seem out of the ordinary, its cylindrical body allows it to display 24 different time zones via a clever rolling mechanism. Independently working hands allow the clock to be quickly rolled back to any of its 24 time zones, while immediately transitioning back to the local time'.
Nic from Alquimie magazine has been in touch with news of the upcoming release of Edition 3 of their publication, an independent, self-published title released quarterly sharing the culture and stories behind the drinks they love. Watch the preview film here and you can pre-order here.
'With hints of five spice, freshly roasted coffee and fresh snow edition 3 of Alquimie covers a rich and diverse landscape. Our cover story features the writing of esteemed Swiss journalist Chandra Kurt as she casts a light on the indigenous varieties of Switzerland that remain a well guarded secret. Iconic Australian food writer Tony Tan researches and communicates his summation of the sub-regional cuisines of China. In The Palate, we taste champagne, volcanic wines, vodka, wines to match with paella and go on our usual search to find you value offerings. Elsewhere in our publication we travel to Sicily, India and New York City. Of the latter we speak with Michel Couvreux — head sommelier of Per Se. Join us as we share a coffee with artist Mirka Mora, revisit the traditional Japanese preperation of mackeral, and mix up a classic whiskey sour'.
A set of 5 books, each with a different subject matter makes up designer Jonathan Ellery of Browns most recent work. To be launched at the New York Art Book Fair in September 2014 and available to order over at Browns Editions.
'Below these colourful covers unfolds a curious, absurd and sometimes dark narrative. Each book takes us on a journey of sorts, strange frictional relationships appear, some of which are nice and some are not. The divinity of religion, the Dickensian birds that Ellery sees from his windows, the abstract numbers, the sexual deviancy of the church, and the ideologies of politics create multiple layers of narrative that are personal and meaningful in different ways. Ellery presents these interweaving complexities with a minimal, direct and honest delivery'