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Jimmy Nelson - surface and surfaceBritish photographer Jimmy Nelson has been documenting secluded vibrant tribal cultures around the world since leaving school in 1987 to traverse the length of Tibet on foot. ‘Before They Pass Away’ is a book documenting Jimmy Nelson’s work of portraits and landscape photography and is available through TeNeues.

www.beforethey.com

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Astley Castle Stirling  Witherford Watson Mann - surface and surfaceIt was announced this evening that Witherford Watson Mann Architects have won the RIBA Stirling Prize, an architectural equivalent to the Mercury Prize. The project consists of the preservation and conservation of the 12th century Astley Castle structure in Nuneaton, North Warwickshire for the Landmark Trust. The sensitive insertion by Witherford Watson Mann provides new accommodation within the previously fire damaged castle ruin. Although my money wasn’t on this one I have to admit it really is a beautifully unique building with well crafted details and stunning interiors. As it’s part of the Landmark Trust it’s technically a holiday home that’s open to use by the public. No doubt it’s already booked out for the next few years after this evenings event but you can check that here.

www.wwmarchitects.co.uk

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FOUR TET - surface and surfaceI saw this new video about Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) over on Nialler9 today. One of my favorite albums Rounds is now a decade old. The short film was made by the Creators Project, directed by Dan Wilde and made from animated stills. In it Hebden talks about his daily routine while making his third album and insights into how some of the tracks came about. From influences as broad as the euro star, falling in love to Dawson’s Creek; Rounds is a beautifully versatile classic everyone should listen to.

www.thecreatorsproject.com

Claude Friese-Greene - surface and surfaceI saw this today over on Death and Taxes. A rare colour glimpse of London in the 1920’s touched up by the British Film Institute. Claude Friese-Greene made the film with using a technique called Biocolour, innovated by his father. Some nice shots of Hyde park and a stage fraught Bobby in front of Big Ben all nearly 100 years ago. Music by Jonquil and Yann Tiersen. More videos from his film ‘Open Road’ on the BFI’s youtube channel here.

Open Source Sea Chair by Studio Swine - surface and surfaceStudio Swine in collaboration with Kieren Jones at the Royal College of Art have put together an open source design for the production of chairs made from recycled plastic found at sea with a DIY process of collecting, melting, casting and assembling. The idea was Influenced after the discovery of a Garbage Sea Patches in the late 90s, which are predicted to measure over 1,400,000 km². You can download the full manual to make your own here.

www.studioswine.com

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