Bonsoir Paris Creates Pop-Up Design for Selfridge’s Bright Young Things Initiative

Bright Young Things from behanceFrench design studio Bonsoir Paris has created a pop-up design for London’s high-end Selfridge’s concept store as part of the Bright Young Things Initiative. The design combines inflatable features with marble fixtures inspired by 1960s design to create a retro-futuristic space and to contrast luxury and pop culture.

Bonsoir Paris was founded by Remy Clemente and Morgan Maccari and uses non-standard conceptual design projects that combine ideas from both modern and traditional French creators and craftsmen. Their creations challenge usual boundaries and conventions and combine logic and the absurd. Their art and design use combinations of materials that are generally not used together.

The inflatable plastic at Selfridge’s is meant to make people think of a childhood world, while the marble indicates values of luxury and timelessness, in contrast with the transparent plastic. The paradoxical properties create a retro-futuristic aesthetic that combines luxury and pop culture. The design reflects the minimalistic and metaphorical nature of much of Bonsoir Paris’ work.

The Bright Young Things Initiative is Selfridge’s annual effort to highlight the work of some of the United Kingdom’s most promising rising stars in the realms of fashion, art, design, and food. This year’s competition is the third, highlighting 15 up-and-coming talents. The store provides the designers with spaces to display their creations for public viewing and engagement.

Selfridge’s is a British high-end chain that sells men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; shoes; accessories; and technological items. It was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge, with its flagship store in London opening in 1909.

Plastique Fantastique Created Inflatable Bubbles on the Streets of Copenhagen

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For the 2013 Metropolis Festival held in Copenhagen, Denmark in August, the Berlin-based architectural collective Plastique Fantastique inflated a temporary structure on streets, in a courtyard, under a bridge, and even inside a church.

Aeropolis, the collective’s biggest project to date, was an air-filled structure referred to as a soap bubble, pneumatic machine, and magnifying glass. It was able to change shape to squeeze into its surroundings and gave the public an opportunity to experience familiar places in a whole new way. The bubble was set up at 13 locations in six districts throughout Copenhagen.

The bubble was made of fire-proof PVC and entered through a zipper opening on the side. It was used to host events as diverse as art, music, and dance performances; astronomical viewing; meditation and yoga classes; martial arts demonstrations; lectures; and a silent disco in one of the noisiest parts of the city.

It took under 20 minutes to inflate the 100-square-meter bubble. Ventilators kept the pressure inside the structure constant. It was able to change shape by expanding into open spaces or squeezing into the existing urban or natural environment.

Plastique Fantastique is a collective for temporary architecture that was founded in Berlin in 1999. It seeks to transform urban spaces and the way people view and interact with the world around them by occupying and mutating urban spaces and creating hybrid environments. In addition to the Aeropolis at the Metropolis Festival, Plastique Fantastique has also installed temporary structures in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and Italy.

Lindstrand Technologies Offers Hi Flyer Balloon for Rides and Advertising

Hi FlyerThe Hi Flyer, Lindstrand Technologies‘ tethered helium balloon, allows people to view the world from above while providing companies with a way to advertise themselves and their products to the masses.

Certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Hi Flyer can carry up to 30 passengers at a time, normally for 15 minutes. It can also be used for promoting businesses at public and corporate events. Advertising can be applied to the envelope by painting, self-adhesive film, digital printing, or banners.

The envelope is made from material with a very low helium permeation rate. It has a volume of 6,000 cubic meters and lasts at least six years. It is lit up at night by three bulbs, so advertising can be seen 24 hours a day.

The gondola is made from aircraft-quality stainless steel to ensure a long life. It is shaped like a donut with a lift cable in the middle to keep it horizontal.

The winch weighs about 10 tonnes (22,000 pounds) and requires minimal maintenance. It has a 200-meter (600-foot) tether cable with a long life, and its optimal flight height is 120 meters (360 feet). Lindstrand Technologies provides installation and crew training for the Hi Flyer.

Lindstrand Technologies has designed, manufactured, and installed Hi Flyers for over 30 years at over 48 locations in countries throughout North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The Hi Flyer is one of the company’s most popular products.

An Inflatable Tradition

Spiderman in flight

Spiderman in flight

On Thursday, November 28th America will once again celebrate Thanksgiving. This traditional holiday is full of festive feasts, football and gathering with family and friends. It’s also the grandest stage for inflatables as thousands line the streets of New York City for the famed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Begun in 1924, the parade has become a time-honored tradition that is currently seen by 3.5 million people in New York and over 50 million watching at home. Including amazing performances, unique floats and giant balloons, the parade is a must-see event and has captivated the imagination of children and adults for over 87 years.

The 2013 parade will be another star-studded event and will include giant inflatable balloons by some of the most recognized brands in the world including:

–          Hello Kitty

–          Spiderman

–          Ronald McDonald

–          The Pillsbury Doughboy

–          Buzz Lightyear

–          Pikachu

–          Papa Smurf

–          Snoopy & Woodstock

The balloons that hover over the route that winds from Central Park West, down 6th Avenue and ends on 34th Street at Macy’ Herald Square have thrilled millions of spectators over the years and are a testament to the power of giant inflatable products.

The parade can be seen live in person in New York City or on NBC from 9am until noon on Thanksgiving Day.