Lexus Unveils the UX Art Car 2021 “Zen Garden” by Clap Studio Valencia

An interpretation of a classical Japanese meditation garden is the winner of the second UX Art Car design competition. “Zen Garden,” by Valencia’s Clap Studio, sees the entire bodywork of Lexus’ premium compact crossover covered in a pattern of thousands of paper petals.

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The striking monochrome work won the popular vote among six artists’ submissions presented by Lexus Spain on its customer website. The art car will shortly make its debut at an exclusive media event, hosted by Lexus Spain.

The images of the car were created in the courtyard of Club Alma in Madrid and capture the exceptional detail in the piece. Clap Studio – artists Jordi Iranzo and Angela Montagud – completed their work within a month, inspired by the UX’s key qualities of technology, design, innovation and detail.

At a time when need for the world to pause and contemplate is all the more valuable, Clap Studio sought to express a world where people and nature can coexist in perfect harmony. “Our concept is a Zen garden that represents a state of mind: calm, pure consciousness,” they explained.

The traditional Japanese garden brings together the free and arbitrary character of nature, which will always find ways to grow, with precise and magical qualities perfected by the human hand: symmetry, technology and innovation.

“In our Zen garden, Lexus represents perfect harmony, it is the union of nature, technology and innovation. A man’s creation of geometric lines and impeccable symmetry covered in plant life,” said Iranzo.

“We have used paper, a significant element in Japanese culture, covering the car’s exterior in a form of Lexus vegetation, giving it volume,” Montagud continued. “Light is another essential quality in Japanese art and design and here it transforms the Lexus UX into a living thing. Depending on the position, tone and intensity of the light, it generates changing textures and colours throughout the day.”

The competition also featured entries from artists based in Bilbao, Madrid, Seville, Murcia and Barcelona. All the submissions can be viewed online here.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/lexus-unveils-the-ux-art-car-2021-zen-garden-by-clap-studio-valencia/

Baikal Zen: Rare Phenomenon Makes Rocks Look Like They Are Floating Above Water


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Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest freshwater lake in the world, and its particular relationship to the land that surrounds it produces fascinating natural phenomenon—frozen waves of ice, ice caves dripping with long fingers of icicles, frozen methane bubbles, and something called “Baikal Zen,” which is the balancing of rocks on thin pedestals of ice.

It happens from wind whipping across the lake and around the rocks, carving the pedestals with a slow and persistent determination. May we all balance as effortlessly this year.

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“Spotted a Baikal Zen rock up in Indian Peaks wilderness,” – Sean Varga:


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/02/baikal-zen-rare-phenomenon-makes-rocks-look-like-they-are-floating-above-water/

Inflate Your Cat’s Holy Ego With This Buddhist Statue Scratching Post From Japan

The “Cat Club” (Neko-bu) division of Japanese online retailer Felissimo has put out some creative feline bedding situations in the past. Today, you can add holy kitty claw maintenance to their list of cute cat products, as they’ve just released a scratching post that turns your cat into a feline Buddhist statue! More: Felissimo h/t: grapee It’s called the Kouhai Scratching...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/09/inflate-your-cats-holy-ego-with-this-buddhist-statue-scratching-post-from-japan/

This Smart Bonsai Follows You Around, Quotes Goethe, In TDK’s Vision Of The Future

Bonsai. The ancient Japanese art of producing miniature trees in small containers. Contemplative and philosophical (the art was associated with Zen Buddhism in its early history following the influence of its Chinese antecedent, penzai), bonsai seems to embody the qualities often associated with “old” Japan: aesthetic refinement, harmony with nature, unchanging traditions. h/t:

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/08/this-smart-bonsai-follows-you-around-quotes-goethe-in-tdks-vision-of-the-future/