Archive for December, 2012

19 December 2012

Tour de France landscape by Mark Leary

Everybody is now able to pimp his own images on photoshop and to sprinkle instagram effects here and then. But nothing compares to a good eye for framing and a unique photo process (two Ebony field cameras, working with plates instead of film) : it can bring a well known sport event totally elsewhere. Spiky pastel mountains and bright partisan colors blend pretty well… By Mark Leary.

The Col du Tourmalet is the most notoriously tough of all the stages of the Tour de France, taking riders up to nearly 7,000 feet above sea level in some of the steepest and most severe elevations in competitive road cycling. For this reason alone it is legendary among cycling enthusiasts and remains one of the most traversed stages of the Tour – steeped in the kind of history that provokes reverence from even the most casual cycle fan.

Enough of the bike geekery though, more relevant to us is the striking beauty of the scenery in the surrounding area and Mark Leary’s exceptional ability to capture it alongside the fervour of the crowds. A life-long Tour fan, Mark’s been looking for an excuse to photograph it for years. No big deal, loads of people have – but Mark differs from his peers in his choice of hardware, two Ebony field cameras that function using plates instead of film.

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Tout le monde est maintenant en mesure de “pimper” ses propres images sur photoshop et/ou de les saupoudrer d’effets Instagram. Mais rien ne se compare à un bon oeil pour le cadrage et un processus de photo unique bien maitrisé (ici deux caméras Ebony, utilisant des plaques plutôt qu’un film). Mélange fluide de montagnes pointues pastels et de teintes partisanes vives. Par Mark Leary.






Via It’s Nice That.

3 December 2012

Bunad Blankets by Andreas Engesvik

THOSE blankets for Christmas ! It looks a lot like our traditionnal arrowed metis sash.

Oslo designer Andreas Engesvik has created a series of blankets inspired by the textiles of Norwegian folk costumes. Bunader are traditional costumes with roots in rural clothes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and Andreas Engesvik worked with Norwegian manufacturer Mandal Veveri to make the wool Bunad Blankets. They’re based on motifs from five different regions in Norway: Setesdal, Nordland, Fusa, Bringeklut and Sunnmøre.


 “Mandal Veveri also had the complete recipes for all types Bunads which made it easy for us to be exact,” Engesvik told Dezeen. “All the colours are exactly the same as on the bunads,” he continued. “We did a lot of fine tuning off course, and we had to choose eight colours for every blanket as this is the limit for the Jaquard machine. The bunad is one of the most visible and known traditions in Norwegian cultural heritage; the garment is a significant cultural carrier and is central to the passing on of Norwegian handicraft traditions,” he added.



Andreas Engesvik is an alumni of University of Bergen and the National College of Art and Design Norway. He was co-founder of Norway Says in 2000 and founded his own studio in Oslo in 2009. He has previously featured on Dezeen with his coloured screens in collaboration with Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken.


Via Dezeen.

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