In recent years, the blockchain has been used to make everything from real estate deeds to domain names tradable. Now, some of the most exciting applications of the technology are being applied to the world of creativity and commerce. From the creation of collectible digital art to the emergence of a new wave of social media influencers, NFTs are changing how people interact with each other and what they buy.
The blockchain is the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. By recording transactions onto a public ledger, the blockchain allows people to securely exchange money without relying on third parties. But while many see the blockchain as a way to improve financial systems, others are applying it to the arts.
By allowing creators to register their work digitally, NFTs allow them to establish ownership over their creations and build lasting relationships with fans and followers.
NFTs are one-of-a kind pieces of data that cannot be copied or replicated. This creates opportunities for people to invest in something that no one else owns, and gives those who create them a sense of pride and ownership over their work.
Rimowa Voyages Into The Metaverse With NFT Luggage
The luggage brand Rimowa has teamed up with blockchain startup NFT Labs to develop a collection of bespoke travel bags that are backed by collectible crypto tokens. Each piece of luggage is unique thanks to its use of NFT technology, which allows it to track its history and value over time. This way, you know exactly what you’re getting and how much it might be worth down the road.
NFTs are like physical versions of smart contracts, where each item is assigned a unique address and contains data about ownership. They can be used to represent anything from artwork to real estate, and they can even be traded among owners. In addition to the Rimowa bags, NFT Labs says it plans to release a “lifestyle collection” of items such as lamps, jewelry, and watches.
Jewelry Designer Jury Kawamura Brings His EYEFUNNY Label Into Web3
The blockchain industry is still trying to figure out how it will use the technology in the future. One of the most prominent uses of blockchain today is in digital collectibles. A few months ago, we saw some very interesting projects come into fruition. For instance, CryptoKitties brought blockchain technology to the world of pets. Now, jewelry designer Jury Kawamura brings his own unique take on blockchain to the table. He launched his eyefunny project on Ethereum, and he’s now selling limited edition pieces of art.
In addition to creating original designs, Kawamura also collaborated with several artists to bring their works to life. These include illustrator Katsuya Terada, photographer Masahiro Takayama, and fashion designer Yuki Yamamoto. Each piece of artwork includes a QR code that allows you to scan the image and view the full design online. In fact, each one of these items is completely unique because every item is generated via smart contracts. This means that no two pieces are exactly alike.
While the process of designing and manufacturing the pieces takes place offline, the actual sale happens entirely online. This is where the blockchain comes into play. Every piece is assigned a unique ID. When someone purchases a piece, the transaction goes through a decentralized network, and once the contract is fulfilled, the seller receives payment directly from the buyer. All of this happens without any middlemen involved.
This is just the beginning for eyefunny. Kawamura plans to continue expanding his brand globally, and he hopes to eventually offer his work on physical products. While there are many ways to utilize blockchain technology in the real world, this particular project offers something different. Blockchain is already being used to track diamonds, and it could potentially be used to trace the origins of gems. But with eyefunny, the possibilities are endless.
Prada Unveils Timecapsule Drop #34 With Chance To Attend ‘Prada Extends’ Miami Celebration
The fourth annual Prada Crypted Party took place at the Wynwood Art District in Miami Beach, Florida, on November 9th, 2018. This event brought together the fashion industry’s most influential creatives, including Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Naomi Campbell, Alexander Wang, Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, and others, along with some of the world’s leading brands, such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and many more.
This year, Prada Crypted held another party—this one celebrating the brand’s 30th anniversary. Guests had the chance to drop a special capsule into a custom-built time capsule that was buried underground. Once it reaches its destination, the capsule will open up to reveal a surprise inside. While there are no guarantees that you’ll receive anything good, we do know that the capsule contains a limited edition print of the famous “Fashion Is A Sport” poster designed by artist Jeff Koons.
If you want to participate in next year’s Prada Crypted celebration, make sure to sign up now. You can find out about future parties here.
Shrapnel, a AAA Blockchain Game Reveals Its Trailer made with Unreal Engine 5
Hypemoon Studios, one of the most ambitious studios in the blockchain space, revealed today their upcoming title Shrapnel. This project is being developed with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5. In addition, it is powered by blockchain technology and is built on top of Ethereum.
The studio says that the goal of this project is to “revolutionize how games are played.” They add that, “the team at Hypemoon Studios believes that blockchain technology offers a unique opportunity to revolutionize the way people play video games.”
They claim that the game features a fully decentralized economy where players can earn rewards for playing the game without relying on centralized servers.
In order to achieve this, the developers say that they plan to use a combination of smart contracts, tokenized assets, and a distributed ledger system.
Usher x Rémy Martin Bring the Flavor and Passion Behind Cognac to Life
Rémy Martin 1738 Accords are known for their rich, full-bodied taste and complex aromas. To celebrate this, Usher and Rémy Martín bring the flavor and passion behind cognac to life with the launch of a limited edition bottle and NFT. This collaboration brings together Usher’s signature style and Rémy Martin’s expertise in creating exceptional spirits.
The bottles feature a unique holographic label design inspired by the original 1738 accord labels. Each bottle features a 3D printed NFT that includes a USB stick containing a custom app showcasing the brand’s history and heritage. The app allows fans to explore Rémy Martin 1738’s journey from its creation to today and interact with the spirit.
The bottles will be sold worldwide exclusively at select retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York and Henri Bendel.
Victoria Fard Debuts AETHERIUS NFTs with 1stDibs
Ethereal artworks that are influenced by her Persian and Filipino ancestry. Victoria Fard, a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles, California, debuted her collection of one-of-a-kind pieces called AETHERIUS at the first edition of FirstDibs LA. The event took place at the historic Egyptian Theatre on February 20th.
Fard, whose name translates to “light,” uses ethereal materials such as gold leaf, silver foil, and light bulbs to create her works. She often combines the elements into abstract shapes and patterns. Her inspiration comes from nature, travel, and the culture surrounding her.
The collection features four different styles including jewelry, home decor items, wall hangings, and even apparel. Each piece contains unique textures and designs. Some of them include a mix of colors while others feature monochromatic tones.
For example, the “Aetherius Collection” includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, pins, and keychains. One of the most popular pieces is the “Luna Necklace.” It consists of three silver plated moon crescent pendants that are attached together. The necklace itself is composed of 14k gold leaf and 18k yellow gold.
Other pieces include “Aethereus Bracelet,” which looks like a golden bracelet with a white diamond pattern. The “Aethereus Earring Set” consists of two sterling silver hoops with a pearl drop hanging from each side. Lastly, the “Aethereus Pendant” is a beautiful black stone pendant that resembles a starry night sky.
Fard says she plans to continue creating new collections every month. In addition to FirstDibs, she will exhibit her work at the upcoming D&AD Awards Gala on April 24th.
$70 Million USD MoMa Art Collection Expected To Be Sold in Order to Fund NFT Purchases
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is auctioning off hundreds of pieces from its collection to raise funds for digital collectibles. The sale includes paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs from artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
The auction is expected to fetch $70 million USD, according to Bloomberg. The proceeds will go towards purchasing rare artworks that are being sold via blockchain technology. The goal is to make it easier for collectors to buy and sell art without having to pay fees or wait long periods of time to complete transactions. In addition to the auctions, the museum plans to launch a marketplace where people can buy and sell virtual tokens representing physical objects.
How Afterpay Tapped Fashion Designers for Its First-Ever NFT Collection
Five top fashion designers — including Sarah Burton, Marchesa creative director Georgina Chapman, Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Toledo and Stella McCartney — collaborated on exclusive designs for Afterpay’s inaugural New York Fashion Week collection. Each designer offered one item inspired by their personal style, while others paid homage to iconic moments in fashion history.
The pieces are part of Afterpay’s latest expansion into footwear, following its recent acquisition of Australian shoe retailer Sperry Top-Sider. In addition to the limited edition sneakers, the brand launched a dedicated online store where customers can purchase the shoes directly from the brands themselves.
Afterpay CEO Tim Saunders told Business Insider that the partnership was key to the success of the campaign. “We wanted to make sure that we had something that was really special,” he said. “Not just another sneaker.”