Bags made of paper, broccoli, clay and waste – OUTLOOK picked the most interesting and distinctive accessories.
European trend to preserve environment inspired Spanish designers Saskia and Stefan Diez for the creation of a paper travel bag Papier. This might not seem the best idea for multiple-use purpose but Diez spouses can be relied on. Made of synthetic fiber-bond material Tyvek that combines features of paper, film and fabric, the travel bag turned out light, solid and resistant to weather whims. But main virtue of Papier is its design and striking resemblance to rumpled parchment.
Italian photographer Fulvio Banavia turned to other popular trend – healthy food. Edible accessories became children of his fancy. Bags of raspberry, blackberry, cheese, broccoli and blueberry became decorations for the pages of a cookery book by chef Peta Mathias “A Matter of Taste”. For every photo Bonavia himself created items made of food. And although the works looked amazing, they couldn’t boast of extra functionality. You can hardly use these pieces of art in everyday life at least due to the short term of goods storage.
Painter Kathleen Dustin has been working with polymer clay for many a year. Having become skilled in sculptures and statuettes, she developed a desire to favor not only esthetics, but also provide benefit. Thus small bags made of hard material emerged in shapes of a flower bud, cabbage head, plants seed balls, cacti, stones and flowers. When creating her tiny masterpieces, Dustin was following Oscar Wilde’s quote: “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art”.
Portuguese industrial designer Joao Sabino came up with his own version of a purse. Inspired by real office ladies he pulled down a couple of keyboards in order to create an unusual fashion accessory out of them. Sabino didn’t use any special techniques in his work – only punching tool, glue and plastic letters-digits that he was thoroughly gluing to the basis with his own hands. Ready keyboard bags come in four colors: red, black, white and rose and will cost a buyer 190 dollars.
Ukrainian designer Marianna Makarovich created a collection of purses made of consumer waste: worn clothes, polyethylene packages, cigarette packs, CDs and other stuff that seems useless at first sight. The lady graphically demonstrated that not all the garbage should be brought to dump. Regardless of their peculiarity, Makarovich’s accessories enjoy demand and bring a young artist additional profit.
Other designers too opt for practice on women’s weaknesses inventing most incredible bags and valises. And since there is no surprising anyone with fine leather today, craftsmen give an outlet for their imagination in search for new materials using each an every thing for their goods: foodstuff, old vinyls, floppy discs, books, plastic bottles, soccer balls, ribbons kid’s panties, gasoline canisters and many other things. See the most interesting items in our photo gallery.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
For sailors to round Cape Horn situated in the very South of Argentina is a success that equals to Everest ascent for alpinists. Rush under sails around “sailor’s graveyard” defying gigantesque waves and hurricane wind turned out a success for the first time on January, 29, 1616.
He succeeded in understanding the boisterous spirit of the twentieth century to transform the ideals of the epoch in the fashionable fancies. Joy, speed, and easiness represent emotions that help to sell, but the recollections connected with the brand of Jean Patou will be verily like that.
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
In already distant year 1920 authorities of the United States adopted a surprising regulation: prohibition to.... send children by mail. Such a decision may seem weird in 21st century however almost a hundred years ago it was treated with understanding which means that there were caring parents who did send their kids in packages... We talk about amusing accidents that occur in work of post services.
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. OUTLOOK, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
When touring this small-sized but very exciting country through the length and breadth, our OUTLOOK team selected unusual facts about it. We bet you did not know that familiar to us "at" sign @ in the Hebrew is called "strudel"? It is. Keep on reading and we'll tell you more interesting things most of which you have never suspected!
Second part of the saying “Repair your cart in December, in July your sledge remember” is hardly topical for inhabitants of one of Portugal regions. Why wait for snow if they slide perfectly on asphalt. It is this as well as other kinds of transport – from low-cost public to exclusive and luxury– that we are going to tell you about today.
The best way to escape reality and relieve stress is a cinema trip. For traditional reasons one of must-do conditions of such pastime is popcorn chewing. Title sequence and opening credits appear on the dark screen; some people have cozily settled in soft chairs and stay in entranced anticipation of a new film.
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
All too often when bulbs in our apartments get burned out, we throw them away without a second thought: what’s the use of it now? But add a dab of imagination – and “properly made” hands can work miracles. If you have a child, then a burned out illumination tool may turn into a wonderful handmade toy...
When skeptics say that the greatest things have already been built by humanity, pointing at various and really outstanding works of engineering thought, they are most often poorly informed and hardly look beyond developed Western countries. In the meanwhile, for example, in China, the state raises simply unheard of infrastructure projects.