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One of the few plants that can claim to be superhydrophobic is the lotus. With its bumpy structure and waxy self-regenerating material, its surface will always stay dirt-free, something the lotus needs in the harsh and muddy habitat it lives in. This very high water repellence property is obviously replicated in man-made materials, such as self-cleaning coatings (ex: Lotusan paint), roofing tiles, technical fabrics and so on.
You can get a closer look (real close) at the leaf here.
Designed for ACME Studio, Scale is a refillable ballpoint pen which is outfitted with a twisting mechanism to extend and retract the pen. It's also a fully functioning architect’s scale. Don't you want one of those, like now ?
It's that time of the year when we get the opportunity of having the best collection of what local designers have to offer in one spot. Curated by Azamit and located at SAT, this event is like no other and will satisfy our need for contemporary creations and tasteful goods. November 25th to 29th, not to be missed.
Société des arts technologiques [SAT] 1201, boul. Saint-Laurent Montreal (Quebec) Canada sat.qc.ca
What a challenge to revisit the over-the top classic Thonet chair; Nendo seemed ready for the task, and delivered this. His style is obviously recognisable and i like that.
When we first saw the Moti lamps displayed at the Ventura Lambrate district of the 2015 Milan Design Week, we had an instant crush for what they do. From those spicy clocks to the inflatable umbrella, everything makes sense and ignites the interactive designer in you. More about this amazing duo here.
Pharell and Adidas continue their ongoing partnership with the mega release of the adidas Superstar “Supercolor” pack. You can find many of the colors available at select adidas Originals stocked shops globally beginning March 27th 2015. Which will be your color of choice? I'm still shifting between this and that; too much choice prevents liberty.
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.
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 one day exploit the extraordinary potential of bioluminescence to its fullest and I just can't wait. The Abyss in full action.
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."
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.
A beautiful story and a typo tour de force.
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.
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
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.
L'ECAL presented "delirious home", a collection of projects from second year students that were captivating and of high quality. Here is the link to learn more about them :
Rio de Janeiro was featured and presented a few ( click : continue reading )
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.
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
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.
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.
Reminiscent of Front's sketch furniture project, this rougher version of drawings vs objects is just mind-bending. More images here.
Although not very practical, this intriguing configuration is quite charming. I'm loving the tech drawings at the end of the post on Dezeen.
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 not only owns the domaine, but holds exibits around the world, with his mind-blowing collection of design masterpieces; from classics motorbikes to rare modern furniture, his passion for design is an ongoing adventure without boundaries.
This educational center is situated on ( click : continue reading )
To enjoy this one, take the time to watch without skipping. Simply amazing.
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.
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.
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.