Sunday Classic of Love

A weekly appreciation of classic film and television soundtracks.

I love Sparks and “Eaten by the Monster of Love” and  “Angst in My Pants” are just a couple of my favourites by them. You can hear both on the Valley Girl (1983) soundtrack and watch a clip with the former above. Slightly NSFW, blurry shower scene and 1980’s fashion.

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Blackest is the new black: Vantablack is a material so dark that you can’t see it

A British company has produced a material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. The “super black” material is a type of coating made of carbon nanotubes (each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair), developed onto sheets of aluminium foil. It is so dark it confuses the human eye. Shapes and contours are lost in its field of nanotubes. Meet Vantablack, a material so dark it looks like a black hole.

Vantablack conducts heat seven and a half times more effectively than copper and has 10 times the tensile strength of steel. It also has the highest thermal conductivity and lowest mass-volume of any material that can be used in high-emissivity applications.

If it was used to make one of Chanel’s little black dresses, the wearer’s head and limbs might appear to float incorporeally around a dress-shaped hole.

Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. Then there are the military uses that the material’s maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.

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 “We are now scaling up production to meet the requirements of our first customers in the defence and space sectors, and have already delivered our first orders. Our strategy includes both the provision of a sub-contract coating service from our own UK facility, and the formation of technology transfer agreements with various international partners”, says Ben Jensen, Chief Technology Officer at Surrey NanoSystems.

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While the prospect of a little black dress with the ultimate optical illusion may seem tempting, it seems Vantablack won’t be available for fashionistas any time soon. The cost remains a secret, which usually equals very very expensive.

Vantablack will be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show this week.

 

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Classy hibernation

Meet the Adidas by Tom Dixon Sleeping Jacket. The sleeping coat is a fully insulated, hooded parka. The convertible bottom unsnaps and extends to a sleeping bag. A drawstring seals the piece off. This is pretty much my dream come true. Bring it on, winter.

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Sunday Classic of Love

A weekly appreciation of classic film and television soundtracks.

Extended version of Duran Duran‘s classic A View To a Kill video.


Killers Kill, Dead Men Die

Vanity Fair film noir shoot Killers Kill, Dead Men Die from 2007. Check out rest of the photos and Annie Leibovitz’s recount of the shoot and while you’re at it, take a peek at the behind the scenes photos as well.

Killers Kill, Dead Men Die for Vanity Fair by Annie Leibovitz, behind the scenes photography by Kathryn MacLeod.


Designing Bond

As usual, Bond is my literary companion for the summer. Ian Fleming’s Bond novels are perfect for the holidays as they are both superbly entertaining and make for light reading. In Bond’s world, the minutest details matter and lenghty descriptions of character’s outer appearance give insight not only to the  characters themselves but also to the inner workings of how Bond – a secret agent – sees the world and the people that surround him.

Fleming’s flair for descriptiveness and the exciting world of espionage with its ever chancing surroundings is beautifully translated in the Bond movies. While the film makers have always taken some artistic liberties, Bond’s world has always remained that of style. From the highly stylised and over  the top sets to the secret agent gizmos and fancy suits, the outer appearance of both Bond and his surroundings have been tailor made for each film and to suit each Bond.

The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962’s Dr No to this year’s Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of an iconic movie brand. Below are a couple of videos that shine a light on the creation of design and artistic vision of the Bond films.

Award winning costume designer Lindy Hemming and a handful of bespoke tailors who have been instrumental in shaping and crafting this icon of style over 50 years explain the detail and thought process that goes into creating the style of Bond.

The creation of the iconic world inhabited by James Bond for over 50 years is no small feat. Award winning set designer Sir Ken Adams, Aston Martin’s Head of Design Marek Reichman and the designers and the makers of the legendary Golden Gun share their thoughts on the creation of Bond’s world.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style at the Barbican 6 Jul – 5 Sep 2012, be sure to check out the Martini bar for Bond-style cocktails.


Bill Ray’s photos of old ladies

“Outside the Blackboard in Bakersfield, Hells Angels, hangers-on, and their old ladies conduct a seminar in advanced loafing.” –photograph by Bill Ray © Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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