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We all need lamps at a certain moment of the day, or better at night. D’E – Light seems to be the perfect solution for those moments when you need a certain kind of light. It is perfect for a desk or a bedside table, so you can chose it when you want to work late or when you want to spend some time in the company of a good book. Among the most interesting characteristics of this lamp is the fact that it doubles as an iPhone, iPad or iPoddock ; it also has a discreet docking station above, an optical on/off switch and two brightness settings.
What more could you require from a lamp? It has a modern design, it is made of a chrome-plated aluminum head and a chrome-plated base and includes a Led bulb; it is made by Flos and it seems to have everything you want and even more. MoMA promotes this perfect D’E Light that anyone gets to want for his / her desk or table for the price of $445. Moreover, when you want something bad enough, nothing stands in your way; thus, the sleek lamp becomes an essential object which accomplishes many functions and which becomes indispensable for you, but not only.
A 14-year-old entrepreneur believes that he can improve the health of all individuals, one drink at a time. It’s environmentally safe and it has the potential to reverse the trend in devastating diseases such as diabetes and obesity. He’s created a cool new way to infuse water with fruit. The Define Bottle.
He has taken the idea behind fruit infused pitchers and made it mobile. After reading dozens of articles about the negative health effects of sugary soft drinks and juices, Carter Kostler could not help but recognize the enormous potential behind fruit infusion containers. However, upon observing his own mother using one of these pitchers at home, he realized that no one had made a sustainable, portable version of these fruit-infused water pitchers. With that understanding, Kostler co-created a reusable, glass fruit-infused water bottle for people on the go.
Fruit infusion is a recent development in water pitchers that uses fresh ingredients. The process involves storing fruit in a chamber of the pitcher and then pouring water through that chamber, much like a filter. As water passes through the stored fruit, it takes on some of the flavors. Until now, that process was restricted to pitchers. Unfortunately the only other option for busy otherwise health-conscience people is to buy plastic bottles of artificially flavored and sweetened water beverages; until now.
“I knew the negative impacts of soda and juice and researched that flavored waters sold in plastic bottles were taking a large part of the market,” said Kostler.
Instead of using plastic, which can show wear and scuffs over time and is not biodegradable, Kostler decided to use glass in order to set his water bottles apart from the rest of the flavored water market. With his family’s help, he has enlisted a team of experts to help make this concept a reality. With an industrial design team out of Los Angeles to help through the designing and prototyping stages, an intellectual property firm out of San Francisco to help with the patent and has a branding expert in San Diego – his vision has become reality. His first production run is set for this fall.
Priority Designs and Cannondale have joined forces to create a cutting-edge concept bike that transforms to change shape as you ride it! Known as the Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle (CERV), the forkless, chainless, and dynamically adjustable bicycle made its world debut at EUROBIKE last month where it was hailed for its innovative transformer-like design.
The CERV features a unique “dynamically adjustable headset that moves both fore-and-aft and up-and-down” while a cyclist rides it. They system is designed so that the rider is always in an optimal position based on the terrain that they are riding on.
On the Priority Design website, the team state that “the headset translates forward and down for a clean, low-drag position when descending. When climbing, it moves up and back, creating a more upright position for maximum leverage on the crank. Doing all this with a traditional fork in place wasn’t going to cut it, so a single-sided swing arm was proposed. Designing a forkless front-end has its own challenges, integrating it into a multi-axis adjustable system is another degree of difficulty altogether.”
After the Cannondale team came up with the unique mechanical design, CERV mock-ups were built and all of the key components were tested. A revised concept illustration was then created and the team at Priority Designs were given the green light to turn the vision into a reality. Time will tell whether this new design will translate to everyday cyclists, but it is almost a guarantee that you will see something similar in the Tour De France over the next few years.
The small Copenhagen-based studio of _Fjeldborg Design has a smart and practical philosophy behind the products they create. Their goal is to create good design without the designer price tag it often comes with. They focus on incorporating the functional elements into the actual structure of a product instead of creating it around a design’s function. For example, the cords and sockets are part of the overall design. Smart, right?
Væg light is cut from a sheet of aluminum, bended and powder coated white. It incorporates the functional elements into the design, by using the porcelain bulb holder and cloth cable as part of the design.
It comes with a unique cable system, so you can adjust the length of the 5 meter long cable simply by wrapping it around the designed holders.
Eliodomestico is an open-source eco-distiller, running on solar power, to provide safe drinking water for people in developing countries. It’s a very simple way to produce freshwater, starting from sea or brackish water. The device produces 5 liters daily, through a direct solar-powered distillation process. Eliodomestico works without filters nor electricity, and requires minimal maintenance.
It functions by filling the black boiler with salty sea water in the morning, then tightening the cap. As the temperature and pressure grows, steam is forced downwards through a connection pipe and collects in the lid, which acts as a condenser, turning the steam into fresh water.
Eliodomestico is part of the series: Smart Designs for Social Good.
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!
It’s an unmanned drone helicopter shooting a taco from space down at you and your colleagues during lunchtime! The Internet is going wild for Tacocopter, perhaps the next great startup out of Silicon Valley, which boasts a business plan that combines four of the most prominent touchstones of modern America: tacos, helicopters, robots and laziness.
Indeed, the concept behind Tacocopter is very simple, and very American: You order tacos on your smartphone and also beam in your GPS location information. Your order — and your location — are transmitted to an unmanned drone helicopter (grounded, near the kitchen where the tacos are made), and the tacocopter is then sent out with your food to find you and deliver your tacos to wherever you’re standing.
You pay online, so the tacos are simply dropped off at your feet by the drone helicopter, which then flies back to the restaurant to pick up its next order.
Brilliant, right? You’re probably ready to order a sackful of fish tacos to be delivered to you by a semi-autonomous flying robot as we speak! Well, put down your smartphones, because here comes some bad news: The launch of Tacocopter — which is totally real, by the way, despite some doubters, and has been around since July 2011 — is being blocked by the U.S. government.
HuffPost spoke with Star Simpson, one of Tacocopter’s three cofounders (along withDustin Boyer and Scott Torborg), who said that one of the main obstacles to getting Tacocopter off the ground (sorry) is, indeed, the government.
Simpson told HuffPost that because of the FAA’s regulations — as well as other minor problems, like navigating the treacherous terrain of an urban environment, keeping the food warm, finding a city map precise enough to avoid crashes 100 percent of the time, avoiding birds, balconies and telephone wires, delivering food to people indoors, delivering food to the right person, dealing with greedy humans who would just steal the Tacocopter as soon as it got to them, etc. — the Tacocopter website exists more as a conversation starter about the future of food delivery (and delivery in general), as well as about the commercial uses of unmanned vehicles, than an actual startup plan or business.
Designed by Milan artist Paola Mirai, the Cirkuita collection is all about transforming defunct gadgets into incredibly gorgeous accessories. Her idea is to replace the traditional expensive “gem” with a zero-cost technological component with great symbolic value.
After dismantling each gadget, Mirai painstakingly separates each little part so it is no longer thought of as part of a whole, but is now a material for making. She uses a resin-like substance to cast necklaces, bangles, rings, and more, and embeds old bits of tech in each piece. Prices range from $90 to $200 for each piece.
The Riddled Cabinet features five perforated, faceted walnut cubes which define five distinct spatialities. Computer-controlled drills create five unique patterns of perforation, allowing light to play through the long, low rectangular form. Despite its size and materials, the Riddled Cabinet gives a sense of lightness and movement as light permeates through the porous surface. A functional storage unit becomes a sculpture of shifting light and shadow, echoing the architecture of Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block and Simmons Hills. The Riddled Cabinet represents the ultimate 21st century amalgamation of technology and style, impossible to achieve only a decade earlier.
Designed for the furniture manufacturer, Horm Srl, this Riddled Cabinet made in walnut features the markings of trial fabrication, such as grooves and visible screws in aluminum. Exemplary of the thoughtfulness apparent throughout Holl’s oeuvre, the prototype Riddled Cabinet is an important model of contemporary American design.
The Riddled cabinet along with other designed furnitures are being put up for auction at Wright 20.
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