’38,’ Pendant Light by Omer Arbel for Bocci
Designer Omer Arbel has designed a new collection for light brand 'Bocci' made of recycle glass. The pendant light features spheres of glasses suspended to semi-rigid copper cables forming irregular arcs floating in the air. The orbs comprises between four to six blown glass balls wherein inside three of them LED are inserted. Small plants can be insert in the rest of the cavities to form a harmonious illumination that united greenery, light and ecology.
LM Guest House, NY by Desai Chia Architecture
LM Guest House situated in upstate New York, celebrates the beauty of the surrounding landscape – embracing views through an all-glass facade magnify the spacious, open feel of the living areas. The high-performance glass facade was pre-fabricated off site, shipped in one container, and erected in two days. An innovative steel frame structure allows the roof to cantilever dramatically over the open living areas and bedroom. The residence engages sustainable design strategies including geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floors, motorized solar shading, photovoltaic panels, and rainwater harvesting.
MOS Floating House on Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada
The Floating House MOS Architects based on an island on Lake Huron is the intersection of a colloquial house typology with the fluctuating conditions of this unique place. The location on the Great Lakes has imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, as well as its relationship to site.
‘Port-a-Bach,’ Holiday Portable Container by Atelierworkshop Architects
Atelierworkshop Architects created this holiday portable container designed to be environmentally clean. It is an quick and easy transportation and installation to any orientation with minimal impact on site. The container features large internal storage cupboards and shelves, stainless steel kitchen and fittings, bathroom with open shower, sink, composting toilet. The interior fabric screen system gives the versatility of creating rooms within the large open living space: includes bunk beds, double bed room, dressing room, kitchen and bathroom.
Casa el Pangue in Chile by Elton + Leniz Architects
El Pangue Residence is built by local architects, Elton and Leniz located on a abrupt hillside facing the ocean. The house is organized with a central vertical circulation, connecting the 4 levels and 3 terraces. The lower level features the parking area connected to the upper levels by stairs. The main living area is on the third level, an open space with floor to ceiling windows which lead out onto a generous terrace where planters take the place of railings to allow an uninterrupted sea view. The upper level is deck out in wood, chosen for its timelessness and blend in ...
Villa Rieteiland-Oost by Egeon Architecten
Villa Rieteiland-Oost has a facade entirely covered of wood paneling, on one side of the facade, they are applied horizontally while on the other side of the facade they are applied vertically. The spiral staircase on the outside fits entirely with the exterior of the facade and allows to access to the first floor from the outside of the house without having to go inside, which allows have some privacy. The three levels of the residence accommodate the open plan living room on the bottom floor, the private areas in the middle, and an office space to literally top it ...
Flying well above the European crisis, the auction for racing pigeon has reached its peak.The faster racing pigeon with an outstanding pedigree of proven champions to match called Bolt has been sold to a Chinese businessman for a world record price of 310,000 euros by belgian pigeon fancier Leo Heremans.
Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, chief executive of the auction house, said he was stunned by the prices being offered for Bolt. “It was pretty clear something special would happen,” he said.
This cage spectacular staircase, was drawn by the architects ‘Dust’. The steps let in light through the drawings engrave in the metal. The engraved shapes on the metal steps form and reflect a play of light and shadow on the walls. This staircase is just a piece of art and of zen way rising towards the light.
Microsoft has finally announced its successor, the Xbox One. The New Xbox One Console has the ability to detect subtle things like your balance and heart rate using the improved Kinect alone. The Xbox One, which will be available by the end of 2013, will be powered by 300,000 servers, more than the entire world’s computing power in 1999, said Whitten.
The idea on Matias Silva & Arquitectos’ mind was to create a workshop-studio that would features the arts and the entertainment of a Greek philanthropist. This construction is a project that had for target to stimulate senses and which would be a place that allows people feel disconnected and isolated from the urban environment. The land is located in a large hill surrounded by nature, trees and abundant vegetation, and where at the mean time you can find spectacular views of the city.
We decided to make two separate locations that are located at each end of the ground and which are related by different internal routes, which were carefully designed.Location 1: Workshop room, kitchen-dining room, Desk-Bedroom, and Bath-Sauna. The internal organization of the loft was based on a concrete floor plan. From the inside you can see the city through a vegetal portico of double height.
Location 2: Barbecue area, pool, bathroom and cellar. This place generates a transversal section in the natural terrain and organizes the loft in a linear way.
Both locations are related through different paths creating rest and contemplation areas.
The materials chosen are mainly striated concrete blocks and metal structures lined in rusted steel. These materials simultaneously become supports for climbing plants that will eventually convert large concrete walls into plant (green) walls. To enhance the vegetation we took advantage of the slope in order to conduct the waters and water the vegetation.
Mathieu Lehanneur has created a lamp made of glass, called Cloudy, has the irregularity of shape and opacity of the glass. The lamp is built of steel moulds, which have given it an almost magical lightness, a glass cloud floating in the air. Read More…
It is true that when I’m sunbathing on the beach, I already had for habit to mold the sand in the shape of my body and I have the feeling that I am not the only one. Michael C Riley have launched a new project on Kickstarter for women who have prominent breasts and who are having problems to sleep on their stomach. The ComfyBreasts Relaxation System is a giant pillow cover with hollowed out section so you breast can feel out of pressure. This may seem a little strange, considering that a mattress should adapt to all that would exceed your corpd, nose, breasts, penis, buttocks, but this is probably an invention that will satisfy more than one.
Industrial Design students, Niya Stoimenova, Kristina Nikolova, Lennard Bunk, Ido van der Wolf, Luiza Galska from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in Netherlands has developed as part of the curriculum, a self-sufficient outdoor air filter and urban lighting system.
IDair is a result of 8 weeks work and extensive desktop and international research. Its technology is energy-efficient and operates off the grid, gathering solar energy during the day to use for air-filtration and for LED lighting at night. It is designed in accordance with the current trends and customers’ needs and it’s a tool for forward thinking municipalities to show the world their commitment to a greener future: (for more information see the attachment below). As part of the design process we are in the middle of concept testing and your website, being one of the most visited and innovative, will provide us with the opportunity to really test the concept and to connect to the community we are aiming for – people interested in innovation; people who know that the future really does matter.
The Solar Vineyard House is a conceptual proposal for a house designed especially for wine lovers in the temperate climate of California. The 5000 square foot structure incorporates a small wine making facility, and it would be built in the middle of its own private vineyard. The house would be partially powered by four large curved solar panels that are integrated into the south side of the structure.
The house also incorporates natural ventilation and the interior is shaded with large overhangs that extend over all of the glass windows and doors. Sustainably grown wood slatted pathways run throughout the small vineyard that surrounds the house. Five of these pathways flow up and over the structure and three of them cover and partially shade three large sections of glass that bridge between four concrete composite arch shaped segments of the building. Read More…
The majority of women in the developing world prepare food on a technology called a three-stone fire. It is basically three rocks that support a pot with an open fire in the middle. This cooking method is very inefficient and leads to many environmental and health problems. One very real side effect being that children are denied education and future because they are sent to collect firewood. Wood that every day is founder at further distances. The walk takes all day and leaves no time for school.
However, since the three-stone method is a tradition since thousand of years a new stove must allow the user to keep their way of life intact to be successful. The solution found by Claesson Koivisto Rune is to make a stove that burns wood, but as efficient as possible.
The design approach has really been the same as with any design project. Design is about solutions – function, usability, unification – and about adding an immaterial – humane, aesthetic, iconic – dimension.
You can still cook over burning wood, but with the Baker stove you need only one third of the wood of before. In numbers from tests at the University of Nairobi the
Baker Cookstove achieve a 56% reduction in CO and 38% reduction in particulate matter.
To make your shower look like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock movie, nothing like ‘Blood Bath Shower Gel’. The gel looks like a thick blood but with the convenience that it smells of cherry and it is much more easy to clean.
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Bark Furniture is delighted to announce the launch of their new Acorn One-Seater and Two-Seater chairs alongside launching Bark Jr with a mini version of the Kustom armchair. Their latest additions to the Acorn range were inspired by an old piece of furniture spotted in a second hand shop while travelling through South America, and the resulting designs are neatly infused with a sense of history while still remaining firmly in the present.
Windworks, the latest project of Merel Karhof, just opened last week on the Dutch National Mill Day at the well-known and typical area of the Zaanse Schans, in the north-west of the Netherlands.
Unique to this project is that the materials (dyes, fabrics and wood) are all created at the Zaanse Schans and all use a free and inexhaustible energy source; the wind. Visit Windworks until 19 May at colour mill ‘De Kat’, and experience how windmills that are working together can turn into a complete production process.
Windworks can be seen as an urban factory, using wind as its main source of energy. According to Merel Karhof there is an important element missing in the discussion around free sources of energy as she explains the idea behind her project as follows: ‘’Everyone is talking about green energy, but nobody knows what that means, how much wind energy do you need to make a scarf? In this project I have visualised the wind, and what it can produce.”
A variety of little colourfull pillows form the upholstery of the stools, chairs and benches. Each size of the pillow represents the amount of time needed by the wind to make it, thus giving insight into length of the production process.
Kiki van Eijk has been invited, together with Joost van Bleiswijk, to exhibit an overview of their works for the re-opening of Het Noordbrabants Museum in
‘s-Hertogenbosch. The exhibition, designed by Kiki and Joost themselves, will show their individual artistic evolution as well as their joined evolution: Co-evolution.
The exhibition consists of 80 masterpieces from the first ten years of the careers of the designer duo. In the form of a timeline Kiki’s work will be on display, starting with her first design the “Kiki carpet”, which signifies the beginning of her international career, up to her miniature decors for La Montre Hermès from 2013.
Designer Omer Arbel has designed a new collection for light brand ‘Bocci’ made of recycle glass. The pendant light features spheres of glasses suspended to semi-rigid copper cables forming irregular arcs floating in the air. The orbs comprises between four to six blown glass balls wherein inside three of them LED are inserted. Small plants can be insert in the rest of the cavities to form a harmonious illumination that united greenery, light and ecology.
The Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York will promote Insidenorway at the ICFF (May 18-21) in Booth 922. One of the most exciting features is the return of a special prototype exhibit featuring the work of 21 emerging designers. Curated by Paul Makovsky, who traveled around the country to make the final selection, The Essence of Things: New Designs from Norway will present prototypes of home furnishings that reflect the vibrant design scene in Oslo and beyond. One of the prototypes from last year – blankets designed by Snøhetta – is now being produced by Røros Tweed and will officially launch at the show this year. After the ICFF, the exhibit will travel to LA for Dwell on Design.
‘Foulard’ is a curved glass wall shelves collection, designed as a modular system to allow several layouts on the wall. The traditional archetype of the wall shelves, meant as a horizontal plane only, is reinterpreted in a three-dimensional way, made possible thanks to the features of curved glass using FIAM’s advanced production technology. ‘Foulard’ is a sequence of curves and deformations of the material that creates a series of shelves and transparency plays, creating the illusion to wrap itself around the objects inside. Read More…