Located in the suburbs of Nagano, Japan, this project is designed by Hiroki Tanabe. Each volume has different functions inside: residence, clinic and waiting lounge and are separated by a glass that acts as a transitional zone between the various functions. This box gives occupants the impression of moving outside of the building.
Tanabe created a folding ‘zig-zag’ roof-wall-floor plane out of 300mm thick reinforced concrete, which combines the two functions of the building; home and dentist’s office while separates them volumetrically.
Sergio Mahler and George Papadogiannis have developed the Cima Ladderwhich is produced in a single piece using the monocoque technique, similar to that used in bicycle frames. The material used is a carbon fibre composite.
The continuous shape and the closed frame spread the forces in all directions.
This study of form added to the high strength of the carbon fiber and allowed an extra thin and light ladder of only 1 Kg.
Since Perrine first talked about the Perrinepod, the Perth architect has been inundated with inquiries from all over the world. As a result, the release of the first pods was delayed to make sure they would comply with various international codes. The pod comes with a Solar Edwards Heat Pump hot water system that uses refrigeration technology in reverse to heat the water. A small electric booster motor can be powered by a solar cell for the complete environmental package.
Demelza Hill took a sustainable and playful approach to design with this plastic dinnerware, called “Snap and Dine.” It explores the ritual of dinning marrying the disposable vision of the modern society. The old fashioned cutlery set meets the standards of the contemporary world, where everything goes fast. It’s a sursprising and pleasant alliance.
Construction of the BLOOMHouse was guided by design ideas and plans that evolved from three generations of BLOOMHouse Architectural Studio groups. It is designed as a single, long volume oriented with the long sides facing North/South for passive solar performance. Windows are oriented to take full advantage of natural ventilation. The South facing windows also feature louvered screens that block sunlight during the summer, yet allow more warm sunlight during the winter.
Aperture is a really cool project by Frédéric Eyl and Gunnar Green, of the University of the Arts Berlin. Basically it’s a giant reactive wall built of hundreds of photosensitive diaphragms.The variation of the opening diameters creates a variable opacity of the surface, this serves to create both dynamic imagery as well as offering new channels for communication and visibility between the inside and the outside of the facade.
Takara Tomy just launched the “Transformer Music Label Soundwave” MP3 player. It comes packed with digital music contents on a mini-SD memory card. The MP3 player has slightly rounded edge so it can fit comfortably in your pocket.
It plays for approximately 6 hours on a single AAA battery and more than meets the eye. I’m sure my boyfriend will beg me to offer him one of those babies.
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Designed by Abhinav Dapke, this rack is called “The Cornet Tree”. It’s not in production yet but I would love to put some of these at the corners of my home when they will be available. I love them so much that I would even build more rooms with more corners to put even more of these. So I guess the message is clear: make them available on the market!
Semiramis, Karim Rashid’s first hotel project, is a fusion of Rashid’s influence and owner Dakis Joannou’s vision and own dedication to the modern art world. The 52-room hotel is an Athens’ design-inspired hotel, offering a new intimate alternative to modern travellers which focuses on positive energy, heightened experiences, culture, art, and design. Set 340 meters above sea level, the hotel offers an oasis from the humidity of central Athens.
Simon Elvins has created an original record player made of paper. To play the record, the handle needs to be turned in a clockwise direction at a steady 331/3rpm. The paper cone then acts as a pickup, amplifying the sound enough to make it audible.
Made from a really interesting-sounding, paper-based material that’s 51% chalk, the Noming Vases by Frank Kerdil are 100% waterproof (a feature we prefer in vases) and inexpensive to boot.
Danish design meets origami with this easy to use folded paper vase. Never again be without a vase when guests arrive with a bouquet – each vase is waterproof, reuseable and ultimately disposed of when you have no more need of it.
E-turn is an organic bench designed by Brodie Neill and manufactured by Kundalini made of lacquered fiberglass. A continuous morphing section that twists and turns in the configuration of a seat. A 3D realization of a line, the seamless ribbon flows from seat to structure before overlapping and returning.
Klosterneuburg Residence is created by PROJECT A01 in Austria. The building in situated on a slope overlooking the valley. The ground floor consists of several levels following the gentle slope and are divided into various functional areas like the fireplace or a lounge area.
Appearing on London Design Festival, Bridge exhibition on entrance put visitor in a very interesting position. Created by Michael Cross, bridge is a series of steps that rise out of the water as you walk across them, as if walking on water.
Theodor-Heuss-Strasse is based in a highly competitive neighbourhood of bars and nightclubs, Niko Tonidis task was to create a new establishment which has to stand out in concept and design. The T-O 12 is built on three floors of a former school for music.
The MKLotus is the newest design by Michelle Kauffman, built by XtremeHomes in partnership with Sunset magazine. The house features: a living roof, LED lighting, innovative green building materials, indoor & outdoor living.