That’s Interesting and Uplifting 10.09.2020

As we all try to adapt, cope, be safe and do our part to control and overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to find ways to stay motivated and positive. That is why, over the last few weeks, That’s Interesting has been focusing on initiatives and ideas that are uplifting and inspiring in these challenging times.

So, from AI-generated masterpieces to rare beauty, here are some things that made us say “That’s interesting, and uplifting!” in the studio this week.

Taste by the glass.

In Good Taste shakes up the at-home wine tasting experience! This new brand offers single-glass samples of curated wines from wineries of all around the world. This is inspired by adventurous consumers who want to discover different flavours and varieties and also learn about the origins and production methods of the wine that they are trying. As the main focus is on the flavour of the products, In Good Taste has created sub-brands according to the strength, fruitiness and variety of the wine in order to provide the best possible experience. Furthermore, to adapt to the global lifestyle changes of this year, there is also an enriched service with virtual wine tasting events. Vino & Zoom, anyone?

Have a glass here

AI, the new artist?

The new virtual exhibition of STiCH inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat has raised a very important question: does AI have a place in the art gallery of the future? STiCH introduces “himself” as the world’s first commercially-deployed AI. He was tasked by Urbancoolab to analyse the work of Neo-Expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and to understand how he created his art. The end goal was for STiCH to create new Basquiat artworks as if he were still alive. Art has always been perceived as something that only humans can do, but innovations like STiCH challenge this belief, as well as our definitions of genius, legacy and creativity.

Meet the artist here

Rock, PAPER, scissors.

London-based product designer Ying Chang has found her new muse: waste paper! Using sheets of paper, layering them with glue and hand-moulding them, she has created her new collection of furniture and homeware products, called Malleable State. It includes shelves, mirrors and waterproof vases, as well as structural tables and stools. She was inspired by paper as it is one of the most commonly used and discarded materials. With this new series of products, she has added value to a waste product, offering an inspiring approach for how other “unwanted” materials could be repurposed (for more on this, see our Earth Matters article on Winning with Waste).

Paper creations here

Rare Beauty.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally out! In January we fell in love with the song (go on, admit it!), in February we learned about the brand and story behind it (see our Different Path article here) and now the wait is finally over! The Rare Beauty line launched by Selena Gomez is out. The brand is not just another beauty brand, it has very strong values and a goal. It was created to support mental health by celebrating the uniqueness of each individual – even through the soft simplicity of the packaging – and to create a community where women can support each other. And there is no better time to feel like part of a community and to take care of one’s mental health.

Celebrate how rare you are here

 

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