Great Design Kickstarter Projects

I am madly in love with Kickstarter. Love the concept and love the products that can be achieved via crowdsourcing. It’s a great way to test marketability of your product, if you don’t make the pledge amount, well, maybe your product was not meant to be or too early or you were not able to convey the added value of it to your public.

I just signed up for these two great projects:

I work a lot with colours, having a portable version of a color capturer is absolutely great. Looking foward to use the SwatchMate Color Capturing Cube!

The other amazing project is a little helper for bikes. Having lived for a longtime in a very hilly city (yeah Lausanne, that’s where the best female bike messenger comes from;)) I can only attest to the comfort and peace it gives you not to arrive drenched in sweat at work or home. Yes, I am a leisure biker;)

And even works with Pebble, another great Kickstarter Project I backed and now am a proud owner of a white Pebble.

And a great perk, you can lock the wheel from your mobile. Not that this would prevent anybody from stealing your whole bike, but nice little perk;)

Let me know if you have any other great kickstarter projects you backed. Curious by nature;)


The Art and Fashion of Ballet, Prix de Lausanne

Yesterday, the Prix de Lausanne was awarded to future étoiles. Unfortunately, the tix sold out so fast, there were no seats left by the time I checked at the beginning of the year. So we settled for the 40 years of laureates Gala. What a beautiful experience! Just the crème de la crème of Ballet dancers and amazing choreographies. I was very impressed by a choreography from Maurice Béjart, our local contemporary dance god (yep, a Metro stop in Lausanne is named after him). Check if the company is touring in your city, if you love contemporary dance, you will love the Béjart Ballet. The other choreography I got lost in was by the twins Jiri and Otto Bubenicek and Jon Vallejo. The choreography took me straight back to the Inujima Art Project and the work Icarus Cell from the series Hero Dry Cell by Yanagi Yukinori in the Seirensho on Inushima and the work Open Field by James Turrell in the Chichu Art Museum on Naoshima. Open Field is an amazing piece of art which “interacts” with the visitor as he can literally walk into the art space and get absorbed by it.

The allusion to art oeuvres and the ethereal dance performances and choreographies are one part, the other fun part of ballet are the costumes and tutus. I never took classes, so I never owned a tutu but there is an undeniable “princess” appeal to it. And yes, I do owe since Spring 2011 a “ballet skirt” and while I don’t feel more princessy, it definitely gives your walk a certain gracefulness and mouvement.

In case this post has inspired you to take ballet lessons, the book “100 Lessons in Classical Ballet” should keep you occupied for a while. If you strive for more, the NYC Ballet has also a Ballet Workout book. If you are more interested in the history of ballet, this book will give you ample insight.