DESIGN DOPESHIT

In 2011, Foster Huntington left his job and life as a designer for Ralph Lauren in NYC to move into a VW Synchro camper van, and travel around the States. Huntington has since driven 100,000 miles, camping, surfing and hiking across the western edge of the North American continent, and documenting the entire thing on his blog, A Restless Transplant.

In 2013, Huntington successfully crowd-funded a photo-book project documenting the most interesting vans and campers he’s seen during his travels, including a few corresponding stories when applicable. He awarded supporters with either the photo-book, T-shirts, or bumper-stickers. The Kickstarter campaign raised over $65,000. Read on

Have your cake and smell it too. A Montreal company has invented a fork that allows you to smell a flavour on top of what you are eating.

The AROMAFORK is part of the molecular gastronomy trend, which merges science and food. This trend is most often seen in intriguing restaurants like Chicago’s Alinea that go beyond a traditional dining experience and serve customers a 12-course menu where foams and different textures are common.

The theory behind the AROMAFORK is that while your taste buds can understand five tastes, your nose can sense flavours beyond those. The company, Molecule-R, is taking advantage of that smell/taste connection. Read on

Design firm argodesign has a wild conceptual solution. It’s a one-person ambulance drone modeled after a standard quadcopter—driven by a GPS, pilot, or combination of both—that could be dispatched to an emergency scene with a single EMT. It’s designed to land almost anywhere, thanks to a footprint the size of a compact car. The EMT stabilizes the patient, loads him up, and sends him back to the hospital for further treatment saving crucial minutes. Read on

Wire is an extraordinarily capable sculptural material - it can at once represent the airy weightlessness of a strand of hair or the taught power of a rigid muscle or rope. It's no surprise, then, that so many sculptors find it to be indispensable for their work.
Owing to the ease with which they can be manipulated, wires can be used to make anything from delicate jewelry to home decorative pieces to large structural pieces. The artists in this list all use wire as their main material for their amazing sculptures, which are perfect examples of just how widely applicable this material is.
See all the artists incredible work here.

Angel Whiseant is a photographer, digital designer, and conceptual thinker all wrapped into a real human being. Her pieces display how today's opportunities for blending art and technology can make even deeper levels of self exploration possible. Thank you Angel! You keep doing what you are doing, and we will keep looking at it.

The Canadian Olympic Skeleton team is leading the way with artistic expression of individuality within a very traditional arena.  Adding a little "cool" to less popular olympic sports really should be a trend that would help the exposure of the athletes (and the ratings).   There might be a valid debate here against the progression of olympics away from traditional country colors, but on Indie Street, we love when art pops its head up in unexpected places.  And let's face it, the sport of "skeleton" should thank the Canadians, because I know I wouldn't be writing about or watching it if it weren't for these dope helmets.  I personally can't wait til 2018…I am really looking forward to the custom design brooms on display during the Curling competition.  

Mellisa Hollingsworth

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Sarah Reid

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John Fairbairn

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Eric Neilson

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photos by Getty Images (in order, RICHARD HEATHCOTE, JOHN MACDOUGALL, TODD KOROL(2))