The January issue of Wallpaper* is an “augmented reality special.” The magazine features a special 3-D cover of the sort employed by this month’s InStyle, fronted by a festive and even more sparkly than usual Taylor Swift. In both cases, the multi-dimensional fun requires a webcam: hold the Wallpaper* cover up to one and see the flat image of designer Jørund Blikstad‘s “Wall Cubes” spring into 3-D. Move it around in front of your computer screen to view the shelving from various angles. This may garner strange looks from those around you, but it’s the wave of the future according to Wallpaper* and Wolff Olins, who partnered to predict the ten developments that could change the world in 2010. Augmented reality—that is, computer-generated images that mix with reality—is at the top of the list (we’ve posted the other nine below). And speaking of augmented reality, the magazine has announced the intriguing mix of creative and downright eccentric people selected to judge the 2010 Wallpaper* Design Awards. It’s quite a crew: Paris-based fashion designer John Galliano, Belgian-born installation artist Carsten Höller, American interior designer Kelly Wearstler, British media executive James Murdoch, American architect Steven Holl, and Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. Oh, to be a fly on the wall(paper)!
Wallpaper* and Wolff Olins’s predictions for 10 developments that could change the world in 2010: