Bringing nature back into the urban landscape for collective well-being? Stefano Boeri has imagined a city-forest concept to combat the scourge of atmospheric pollution in major Chinese cities.
Archive for 2017
The Japanese architects of the Schemata Architects studio have created a brand-new functional yet minimalist design for a Camper boutique in Tokyo. They are part of a global current design movement committed to exploring new ways of considering space, living and recycling: one that has brought forth a straightforward urban aesthetic. We developed the idea in the “Urban Rough” concept of the FRONT theme of our Autumn/Winter 18-19 Influences and Design book.
When Gerard Rubio and Triambak Saxena observed fashion school students having difficulties handling traditional knitting machines, they came up with the Kniterate project: a knitting machine that follows the same principle as the 3D printer, where the piece is designed on a program built into the machine.
A small robot… But a giant leap for mankind. To explore Mars in better conditions, Nasa just developed a collapsible micro robot called Puffer. Its mission: to come to the rescue of machines such as Curiosity or the Mars 2020 rover.
Where an old 19th century farmhouse once stood in the village of Javornik in the Czech Republic, architects of the ADR studio created a new space for the Javornik distillery. The creators of this site that combines tradition and modernity have redesigned it to preserve its original charms and assets, while adding a touch of design by using raw materials with clean lines.
At the crossroads between architecture and textile, Aleksandra Gaca is creating a new world in which fabrics come to life by giving them volume. A vision made possible thanks to modern technologies, as well as an artistic sensibility she honed while studying in the Netherlands.
What if the best way to invent tomorrow’s design was to reuse yesterday’s materials to create new ones? This is the responsible approach chosen by the Korean design studio Craft Combine which, with its chairs made from used wooden pallets, is in line with the upcycling movement that is followed by many committed designers.
Christened Pyrosome and Medusa, the two lamps created by the Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove are composed of OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes), “clean” light panels made of carbon. Designed for LG Display, the light from the OLED lamps is the most similar to natural light.
On the initiative of the artist Refik Anadol, the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, at the end of March offered an immersion in an experimental world conducive to dreaming. Christened “Infinity Room”, his sound and visual installation immerses visitors in an artificial world that evokes a parallel universe beyond the physical.
When exposed to heat, textile fibres expand. When exposed to cold, they bend and tighten. Just like the pores of your skin, heat-active auxetic materials organically adapt to temperature, a revolutionary technology that provides second-skin protection against changes in weather conditions.