Detroit all stars – American Dreaming

A documentary about the Mid-Century Car Designers of Detroit. While European designers were thinking about aerodynamics, these guys were challenged with coming up with a car that looked like a million dollars. I just love drawings and the stories about them.

Published by on March 24, 2015

Energy not included – Ambio, the bacterial lamp by Teresa van Dongen

We've seen all sorts of application of bioluminescent technology in design, but this one is rather cute, thanks to the support of some very talented young foxes, Studio Formafantasma. Some bacterias found in sea-water emit light in response to oxygen and movement and Ambio uses that phenomenon to shine a very shy but charming light source. The only (but significant) problem for now is time; this light is good for a few days. With research, we will probably ( ... more )

Published by on March 8, 2015
Filed under Bionics, Design

Digital errors – Mau Morgó’s video for Spoon

A great video inspired by hacked memories by Mau Morgo; "to achieve this effect I experimented with digital image errors, as if someone was manipulating our brain making us forget and imagine new impossible scenarios."

 

Published by on February 19, 2015
Filed under Graphics, Moving images

Living materials – Verschleif by Laurin Döpfner

Laurin Döpfner gives life to materials with a animated short made of 650 photos. Using an edge sander, half a millimetre is sanded off, revealing the anatomy of the chosen objets. I particularly like the  CAT scan feel of the walnut.

Published by on January 26, 2015
Filed under Art, Design, Moving images

Typewritter artist

A beautiful story and a typo tour de force.

Published by on October 22, 2014
Filed under Art, Graphics, Illustration
Gio Ponti – Classic before classic

Gio Ponti – Classic before classic

Far from being one of his renowned products, this one is going for so much these days (20000$!), although it was initially a very humble project. Gio still rocks hard.

Published by on June 12, 2014
Filed under Design

Hakanaï – digital dreams

Inspired by haikus, this solo choreographic A/V stage performance combines the human body and digital elements. In Japanese Hakanaï denotes that which is temporary and fragile, evanescent and transient, and in this case something set between dreams and reality. While widely associated with nature, the term is now often used to elicit an intangible aspect of the human condition and its precariousness

Published by on June 12, 2014
Filed under Art, Graphics, Moving images
Milan Design Week 2014

Milan Design Week 2014

Here are a couple of phone snaps from another fabulous week in Milano. Once again, this was a real treat for the soul and mind. Wonderful people and breathtaking projects from all around the globe. Even if it is humanly impossible to see it all, it was our duty to try to cover as much ground as we could.

Brera \

L'ECAL presented "delirious home", a collection of projects from second year students that were captivating and of high quality. Here is ( ... more )

Published by on April 28, 2014

Nuit blanche in Toronto \ NOhista’s kinetic installation

For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013, french audiovisual artistNOhista and installation artists Collectif Coin put up a stunning light and sound installation called ‘Cyclique’.

Featuring 256 white helium balloons embedded with LED lights, the kinetic sculpture spanned 900 meters, illuminating the night with a glowing aerial display as well as providing a visual feast for its viewers.

Published by on March 7, 2014
Filed under Art, Design, Moving images
Over the hills / An affordable e-bike

Over the hills / An affordable e-bike

Now this seems like innovation, even if we've seen many versions of similar ideas in the past. Perfect for those who were always intimidated by those hills we got in Montreal.

Researchers at MIT came up with a self-contained electric bike conversion kit called the Copenhagen Wheel, which can turn almost any bicycle into an impressive e-bike (48 volt lithium battery - 350W motor -$699).

Read more at : http://cleantechnica.com

Published by on February 28, 2014

Kinetic door from Torggler

Torggler has designed a door that uses rotating squares to move the door sideways without tracks, completely eliminating the two to four square feet generally occupied by the swinging path of a conventional door. And with its soft edges, no finger trapping.

Published by on February 10, 2014
Filed under Architecture, Design
Skewed objects \ Robert Lazzarini’s sculpures

Skewed objects \ Robert Lazzarini’s sculpures

This New-york artist has a keen eye for distortion. The relation between space and object gets affected by the effect created from the confusion in perception. It's kind of hard to evaluate the result on a screen but we can already sense the dramatic impression.

www.robertlazzarini.com

Published by on January 28, 2014
Filed under Art, Design
Jinil Park’s drawing series

Jinil Park’s drawing series

Reminiscent of Front's sketch furniture project, this rougher version of drawings vs objects is just mind-bending. More images here.

Published by on January 17, 2014
Filed under Design

Hide and seek \ Elii Architects appartment in Madrid

Although not very practical, this intriguing configuration is quite charming. I'm loving the tech drawings at the end of the post on Dezeen.

Published by on January 17, 2014

Workshops at Domaine de Boisbuchet

Thanks to the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association, i was able to attend a summer workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet. My goal was of course to get my hands on tools and materials, learn from students and fellow designers, but also to get an idea on how this design camp operates at an international level and chat with the man himself, Alexander von Vegesack. Behind this well-tuned organization is the founder of the Vitra museum, who ( ... more )

Published by on January 17, 2014
Filed under Design, Miscellaneous

Life is short \ Video by Anthony Cerniello

To enjoy this one, take the time to watch without skipping. Simply amazing.

Published by on October 1, 2013
Filed under Art, Moving images
Perfect fit \ XYZ shoes by Earl Stewart

Perfect fit \ XYZ shoes by Earl Stewart

3D printing is growing so fast that we can barely keep up. Some are printing houses while others are thinking of customizing your footwear; the XYZ is designed from 3D scans of your foot, bringing bio-mechanical performance and aesthetics to another level. I would really need to try these before putting a final word. For now, i'm still not even sure about my Natives shoes.

More about this project here.

Published by on September 15, 2013
Filed under Bionics, Design, Fashion
Square sound \ The Berlin Boombox

Square sound \ The Berlin Boombox

Talk about old school meeting the new school; Berlin based designer Axel Pfaender came up with a contemporary and minimalistic mp3 player that will probably please the neo-breakers of our time.

The Berlin Boombox is made from heavy corrugated cardboard, features a strong carrying handle and a single big knob for power and volume.

Published by on August 28, 2013

The undisputed king of speed

A small head, slim rib cage, long slender legs, pivoting hips, shoulder blades not attached at the collar bone, pads of feet hard like a tire, claws like cleats, tail that acts like a rudder ...  the cheetah was born for acceleration.

Published by on May 28, 2013
Filed under Bionics
Eat and play

Eat and play

There are ways to make dinner with your kids less of a challenge. This might even make them want to eat all the time. Good-bye good manners, hello flying plates !

www.marleenjansen.nl

Published by on May 21, 2013
Filed under Design

Cut and paste / Screenbag

A clever way to use printed frames for transitions.

Published by on May 12, 2013
Filed under Graphics, Moving images
Ice Ice baby / Melting men by Nele Azevedo

Ice Ice baby / Melting men by Nele Azevedo

Since 2005, Azevedo has been setting up her Melting Men in various countries around the world. The installation, Melting Men, was meant to spotlight the World Wildlife Fund's warning that melting ice could possibly cause levels to rise more than 3.3 ft by 2100.

Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo carved the figures out of ice and placed them on steps in the central Gendarmenmarkt square where they began to melt within about half an hour.

Published by on May 10, 2013
Filed under Art, Sustainable
Urban interventions / Thor Ter Kulve

Urban interventions / Thor Ter Kulve

Loving this collection of products that reshapes the urban landscape, using existing products. More here : www.thorterkulve.nl

Published by on May 9, 2013
Filed under Architecture, Art, Design
Creative design with Han Gallery

Creative design with Han Gallery

Getting ready for the furniture fair in Milan, I remembered this incredible group of designers from Taiwan who blew my mind with raw creativity and a very inventive use of materials. This is on example. They will be part of the show once more, with Nendo as their new stallion. More here : han-gallery.com

"By combining industrial techniques and hand craftsmanship, organic forms are sculpted from actual blocks of brick and cement. The crude materials ( ... more )

Published by on April 8, 2013
Filed under Design
Raw by Jens Fager

Raw by Jens Fager

"RAW is a product family based on rough and intuitive interpretations of iconic everyday objects. Every piece is unique because they are all made of a piece of wood carved by hand with a band saw machine."

Jens fager is a young designer from Sweden with a head start in the race for fame and recognition in the design art world. Loving the uniqueness of his products.

http://www.muuto.com/designers/jens-fager

Published by on April 5, 2013
Filed under Art, Design