All posts filed under: Design

the 3D printer that can build a house

So imagine designing your own dream house, what would you say if a builder came to you and said he could deliver you a 2500 sq foot house in 24 hours? What if your friendly builder said he could skip past the weeks and months of waiting for materials to be delivered and trying to steal moments of construction in between spurts of bad weather? What if he said he could printout your house?   Well the researchers at California university reckon you’ll be pretty interested in that prospect. So much so that they have developed a new layered technology 3d printer called contour crafting. Up to now, 3d printers use thermal plastics that harden but this uses concrete in layers to construct straight or curved walls, even domes. The man behind this idea, Mr Koshenevis, said that everything is being made by computers and machines but not buildings and he wants to bring that technology to urban construction. The advanced process is actually quite simple: a computer program guides a giant robot with a …

Light design

Made by: Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph NautaMaterials: Phosphor Bronze, real dandelions and LED’s With Fragile Future III, Studio Drift fuses nature and technology into a fairylike multidisciplinary light sculpture. It consists of three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to light emitting dandelions. The project can be seen as a critical yet utopian vision on the future of our planet, where two seemingly opposite evolutions have made a pact to survive. The sculpture contains real dandelion seeds, that were picked by hand and piece-by-piece connected to LED lights. This labour-intensive process is a clear statement against mass production and throwaway culture. Are the rapid technological developments of our age really more advanced than the evolution of nature, of which the dandelion is such a transient and symbolic example? And could those two evolve together and meet in the future? Studio Drift proposes a vision of that future in their own signature aesthetics, a distinct mix between hi-tech and poetic imagery. Light functions as a symbolic and emotional ingredient rather as a tool to simply illuminate the dark. Fragile Future …

Glithero design agency

Glithero are British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, who met and studied at the Royal College of Art. From their studio in London they create product, furniture, and time-based installations that give birth to unique and wonderful products. The work is presented in a broad spectrum of media, but follows a consistent conceptual path; to capture and present the beauty in the moment things are made. From machines that miraculously create wax chandeliers from strung wick, a pouring slide that becomes a 10 metre long poly-concrete table, to ceramics that turn vivid blue with UV light, the key ingredients of their work are time and transformation. With their own concoction of creation-performance they aim to bridge creative disciplines and make works that can be understood by all. Glithero has presented solo shows in London, Paris and Rotterdam, as well as exhibitions in Milan, Berlin and Basel. and in 2011 the studio has been shortlisted for the Brit Insurance Award and the Dutch Design Awards. More information here: http://www.glithero.com/ – including some great …

Lunch thieves watch out

Anti-Theft Lunch Bags are zipper bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, making your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Don’t let a sticky-fingered coworker or schoolyard bully get away with lunch theft again!   Bags are available from http://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com Material: Food-safe reusable and recyclable LDPE Dimensions: 6.875 h × 6.625 w inches Quantity: 25 bags per package

Bombe Surprise

FNND is a big fan of patterned material and is regularly hunting clolour clashes and intricate repetitions. so FNND felt particularly smug when stumbling upon East London’s Bombe Surprise. Bombe Surprise was born out of a love for patterned fabric, culture clashes and London.Nina Ribena first gained recognition in 2008 with her label ‘we are all in one’ – specialising in playsuits, leotards and all things one-piece.  After discovering the brightly coloured and eccentric Wax Hollandais fabric in the markets of East London she saw no other option but to branch out into separates and created Bombe Surprise to showcase her line of clothing inspired by multicultural London.Bombe Surprise aims to not give in to the confines of a conventional fashion label. With plans to evolve into a source of creative content to ensure that this label maintains its element of surprise. find out more on Nina’s label here… http://www.bombesurprise.com http://www.facebook.com/bombesurprise