The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House rain lightning lighting clouds

This Is Colossal:

multidisciplinary designer richard clarkson experiments with products, lights, and furniture in time split between his new york and new zealand studios. one of his most elegant creations is cloud, an interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud that simulates a thunderstorm both in light and sound based on external input from either a remote control or motion sensors. from clarkson’s website:

the cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. the system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any bluetooth compatible device. using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. the cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

watch the video above to see how it works, and see the different variations in his online store. (via really sh*t!)

maleficent might own the box office, but ariel is sashaying down the runway: at london men’s fashion week, british designer bobby abley sent male models down the runway wearing outfits emblazoned with characters from disney’s the little mermaid.

abley’s line included tanks, tees and sweatshirts stamped with ariel, ursula the sea witch and other figures from the beloved 1989 cartoon. legs are required, however, for the custom skateboards that feature fotsam jetsam, and sebastian the crab.

ladies, you don’t have to feel entirely left out: abley also included a female model wearing a pair of oversize board shorts covered in lipstick prints, a nod to “kiss the girl.”

-dan avery, newnownext

parade is an interactive art installation conceived by ceramicist laurent craste and digital agency dpt. for the chromatic festival in montreal. at first glance the piece looks rather mundane: two misshapen porcelain vases sit atop a pedestal inside a wood cube, lit from above by an industrial light. but move the light and suddenly the magic happens as the shadows projected from the vases animate to life. what a fun piece.

-christopher jobson, colossal


this never gets old. ever.


A-Frame Residence, New York, USA by Bromley Caldari Architects |

This striking looking A-Frame Residence is the result of an architecture conversion delivered by New York City-based studio Bromley Caldari Architects. The designers completely renovated the interiors of a 1960s beach home on Fire Island, turning it into a sleek hideout. With a spiral staircase splitting down the middle, four dark and cramped bedrooms, a leaky roof, and a cracked pile foundation, the original building required serious interventions.

By adding a new staircase, the layout was positively transformed and functionality took over he entire abode: “On the main level, a double-height living/dining room stretches the length of the window-clad north façade. The open kitchen and house utilities run along the south side. The master bedroom suite features full-height glass sliding doors that take advantage of the view. Although the doors stay mostly open, when guests are present and privacy is required, the sliding glass doors fog up at the flick of a switch.”