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Seriously stripped down to desktop illumination essentials, Switch Minimalist Lamp by William Lee does away with the on/off switch, and even the power cord (it’s rechargeable).
The entire lamp emulates the familiar wall switch by laying flat when off, then rising at a touch to a cantilevered on position, turning on the 60-LED light source, with portability an unplug away.
A series of mirrors with a haunting background of menacing clouds were specially commissioned by contemporary design gallery Ymer&Malta for their first Design Miami Basel show. Ymer&Malta will be showing these works and more at Design Miami Basel from June 11 to 16, 2013.
Ying Zhang and Ida Thonsgaard’s Playtime is flooring, a chair and a table that starts flat and is folded into shape. ”The furniture works almost like paper folding. When unfolded, it is flat, lightweight and easy to transport.” say Zhang and Thonsgaard.
“With two specfic folding techniques, the flat pieces are transformed into a chair or a table, held together with clips and small magnets. The floor boards are also put together with easy ‘click’ joints and the length/width can be continued endlessly. One of the main themes of the collection is ‘fabric’ – how to give solid, interior pieces a light and playful character, through the use of texture and pattern and a ‘fluid’ assembling method.Using wood, laminate and bright blue and orange colours, the self-essembly pieces evoke the visual imagery of classic childhood toys.”
“The collection also include stilistic refrences back to both Asian and Scandinavian design traditions, fusing origami and the patterns of knitted, nordic sweaters.”
‘Happiness is a warm gun’ - Self-initiated
In response to the amount of Americans that sleep with their guns as an ironic form of comfort; the hot water bottle gun.
It’s a famous anecdote among Beatles fans and rock historians that John Lennon’s “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” was written as a sendup to an NRA ad emblazoned with the slogan. Despite this, the song has been largely interpreted and in any case, Lennon’s colorful lyrics are evocative on many levels.
For Francis North, a second-year graphic design student at Kingston University, the song inspired him to come up with a timely, and witty, idea. The “gun” was neither a smoking firearm nor the southerly regions of the male anatomy but rather something much more innocent–a hot water bottle.
North’s hot-water-bottle gun draws on a startling number of paranoid American gun owners who profess to sleep spooning their semiautomatics. “The overlying theme was that guns were a form of comfort, in a kind of twisted and ironic way, but I quite liked this,” North tells Co.Design.
The starting point of designing ‘HUHU’ is for encouraging people to get emotional compensation by using the object. Many people have their unconscious / fidgeting behaviour including chewing nails, shaking legs so on. ‘HUHU’ try to help people to be relaxed by pulling out strings from the inner surface of the cushion to play with them. The end results of unconscious behaviour make ‘HUHU’ beautiful. The name & metaphor ‘HUHU’ comes from the moment of people deep breathing when they relax.
What is humanity made of? To each person, life has gifted unique talents, abilities and beauty. All of this is written in genetic code. Now DutchDNA enables people to express their uniqueness, to capture the most defining elements, through timeless forms.
The version of the glass-topped Darwin table pictured here was formed from the DNA of Giulia Wolthuis, a contemporary dancer and the daughter of Dutch DNA founder Eric Wolthuis. The process starts with a standard genetic profile. After being analyzed by a lab in Holland, a piece of software translates the individual’s unique genetic characteristics into personalized 3-D forms.
“Dutch DNA starts the creative process with a sample of a person’s life-code using a DNA profiling test and through the language of design plots the distinguishing genetic characteristics on a visual design map. Based on a unique design process, these beautiful and elegant forms capture the eloquent expression of life.”
Exactly how this happens isn’t entirely clear, but if you don’t like how it looks, well, sorry, but it’s really no one’s fault but your own. Or maybe your parents.
Milan 2013: Spanish designer Jaime Hayón presents aluminium and terracotta outdoor furniture designed for BD Barcelona Design in this movie. The collection went on show at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan earlier today.
The new collection, entitled Gardenias, includes cast aluminium seating in muted colours and terracotta vessels with small hoods. Armchairs and benches in the collection have slatted backs, with some extending over to form canopies. The chairs have padded seats and backs, with aluminium tubes that loop around to form armrests and flick out to create feet. “We have worked with aluminium in the way you would work with wood,” adds Hayón.
The captivating Ion Two—the newest addition to Telgen’s line—looks like a bubble that has trapped a spirit like a luminescent ghost or a glowing genie.
The Ion Two is built around a central glass cylinder, which serves as the base for additional glowing glass rings. Every part of the lamp is filled with inert neon gas and, through a special process, the neon is turned into plasma so that the light looks more gentle and delicate than what shines through a regular neon tube. Plus, the plasma reacts to the presence of body heat, making the light more intense in the exact point where someone touches the glass. Plasma can also be manipulated by magnetic fields, so the different ionic charges illuminate when they come in contact with each other or become closer together. As a result, the user can create different intensities of light by adding, subtracting or moving the rings around.
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