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Tom Dixon’s Industrial Landscape Tom Dixon’s carpets are based on London architecture


The Wash carpet by Tom Dixon features painterly strokes of grey, white and black

Stockholm 2016: British designer Tom Dixon has created a collection of seven rugs influenced by patterns found around London for Danish manufacturer Ege.

The carpets feature repetitive motifs based on shapes found in streets and buildings around the city, including paving slabs, bricks and railway backdrops.

Ege rugs by Tom Dixon
The black and white Tide carpet by Tom Dixon appears to recreate the waves of the Thames in London

“London is the departure point for the collection – and for Tom Dixon a whole world of inspiration,” said Ege, which previously collaborated with Reykjavik designer Katrin Olina on a carpet collection.

Dixon‘s Brick design features irregularly arranged rectangular green shapes, while the all-black Crack carpet seeks to replicate the appearance of broken concrete.

More natural forms are shown in the Smoke rug, which features billowing white clouds against a brown backdrop, while the black and white Tide design appears to recreate the waves of the River Thames.

Liam Young’s invisibility suit



There are many ways to be invisible, and many kinds of eyes that can see you. Facial-recognition technology, for example, has some artists and designers devising ways to hide from face-detection systems. (Robinson Meyer wore one of those strategies around Washington, D.C., for a while.) There are anti-drone hoodies that attempt to make the wearer invisible to thermal imaging. And now, one architect and artist has dreamed up outerwear that is meant to avoid detection by laser systems.

Liam Young’s anti-LIDAR suits are costumes for a film project he’s working on with science-fiction writer Tim Maughan. The film, Where the City Can’t See, is set in a near-future Detroit, in which the Chinese run a special economic zone meant to spur the economy. In the background, there are groups trying to escape the endless machine-reading all around them—a “smart city” that has not just taken over and scanned every inch of the world, but has dictated the way that spaces are built. To rebel against those systems, people in Young’s film wear LIDAR invisibility suits. A few weeks ago, Young invited participants of an art and design festival in the U.K. to visit the film’s set, where they were shooting a forest scene featuring actors wearing the LIDAR suits.

Designing a Passing Cloud


Motion conceptualised as a path through a spatiotemporal volume. A slice is made along the dotted line.


Passing cloud

Given that cuttlefish can accurately emulate the substrate by adaptively and rapidly altering patterning it is reasonable to suggest that they are physiologically able to produce the Backwards 1x flowing pattern that would disguise motion. No observations of kinetic patterns similar to this have been reported, but Sepia do produce a display, known as “Passing Cloud” with very interesting properties.


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