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16 Jul / Collapse Lamp by Hayo Gebauer
This lamp by German designer Hayo Gebauer falls over when it’s turned off .
Called Collapse, it has a cord slotted through the loose wooden components that make up the base to hold them upright under tension. When the cord is released, the weight of the protective foam shade makes it topple over. Electrical contacts in the toggle that holds the cord in place complete the circuit to turn the lamp on when it’s upright.
16 Jul / Chrysler XNR Concept by Virgil Exner
The cars that gather in Monterey, Calif. every August are some of the rarest and most beautiful in the world. That will again be the case this year, as RM Auctions will sell the car that could’ve led to Chrysler’s Corvette-killer, the 1960 Plymouth XNR concept.
The concept was penned by automotive designer Virgil Exner Sr., who lent the phonetics of his last name to the car after Ford took the original Falcon moniker. The radical XNR was built on a modified Plymouth Valiant chassis and given an asymmetrical styling treatment. The driver-side hood got a long, bulging scoop that flowed into a small curved windshield. The passenger seat rider had to make do with only a flat, upright piece of glass to deflect wind. The driver-centric theme continued with an offset fin in the back, which was met with a horizontal chrome bar in the rear to form a unique, lopsided cross shape. Exner was influenced by the Indy racers of the day, and also drew inspiration from sports car racers like the Jaguar D-Type – a fact that’s immediately apparent in the XNR’s asymmetrical fin design. For power, the XNR employed a Valiant-sourced 2.8-liter slant-six modified to NASCAR specifications – good for 250 hp and 208 lb-ft of torque.
So where’s the one-off prototype been all these years? After Chrysler execs vetoed production of the XNR, it was sent back to Italian coachbuilder Ghia, which originally assembled the car. From there, it changed hands between several notable foreign collectors before finally being turned over to RM Restoration in Paris in 2008. The car was fully restored in March, 2011, and was displayed for the first time in the U.S. since the 1960s at last year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Now, the car will go to the highest bidder when it crosses the auction block at RM’s Monterey sale on August 17-18. No auction estimate has been assigned to the XNR, but considering its one-off status and sharp, jet-age styling, we’d guess it’s for high-rollers only.
Ready for take off? Try and build the best paper airplane design and see who’s flies farther!
Discover how spinning motors and plastic discs are used to launch a paper airplane up to 30 mph (50 km/h). This is an ideal science kit for exploring paper plane designs, and is a great science fair project. Which type of paper airplane flies better and why?
You build the launcher from the provided materials. This educational toy includes components for assembling the launcher and detailed instructions.
Oh Canada! Molson Canadian, the beer of choice for all true Canadians, is selling coasters that are plantable. Add water, not beer, and they will grow into Black Spruce trees. Cheers.
First noted at psfk, then seen at the beer store, the coaster (one per case) comes in specially marked boxes. With the tag line “This land is awesome”, it’s a nice patriotic message, even if the once proudly Canadian company is owned by Coors now.
Last year the company launched the Red Leaf Project. It is dedicated to tree planting in public parks; sponsoring 10 park projects in 2011, and 100 planned for 2012. So far over 100,000 trees have been planted with the help of almost 1,000 volunteers. As an extra little perk, volunteers get a beer, and tickets to music festivals, put on by Molson of course.
Molson has teamed up with the national environmental charity Evergreen who will organise the plantings.
“Our task as designers is to find new structures and new forms of construction. This chair is not just a motif – it is a structure.” -Ronan Bouroullec.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s interest in organic forms inspired the designers to create a chair that looked as if it had resulted from natural growth. Shapes from the world of vegetation serves as inspiration for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s new Vegetal chair, as they did for Algues. Its plant-like structure made of polyamide dyed throughout goes to the limits of the technically feasible, and the six colors (unusual for plastic chairs) emphasize the link to nature.
The two brothers, Ronan and Erwan, have been working together since 1999. Their collaboration is a constant dialogue, nourished by their single identities and strived towards a common goal. Today, the Bouroullec brothers work with numerous manufacturers such as Vitra, Cappellini, Issey Miyake, Magis, Ligne Roset, Habitat and the Kréo Gallery. They were named ?”Creator of the Year” in 2002, elected ?”designer of the year” in 2003 and have won multiple other awards. Their creations have been exhibited in many collective or solo exhibitions and are part of some permanent museum collections around the world.
Vegetal is available in six colors, it is stackable and suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
French product designer Arthur Bodolec has created Jack, a stool that arises to life with just a simple touch. Jack comes out of Bodolec imaginative world where objects can be woken up, alive and taking form to express themselves.
First of a series of transforming designs, Jack is a inert stool becoming a full functioning chair.
When you live in the city, it’s easy to lose touch of some of mother nature’s simple offerings like a breeze or wild plant life. Keeping in mind how these things can inspire appreciation of nature, the designers at Pensa created this unique lighting solution that mimics the shape and sway of water reeds.
Powered by the water’s current, the Light Reeds provide a subtle, romantic glow to public areas while offering a deeper connection to the waterfront.
13 Jul / Jormungand Watch by Dave Prince
There is a magical philosophy behind the Jormungand Watch. The design of this truly intriguing watch is the representation of time, flowing back into itself.
“Jormungand is a serpent that is large enough to encircle the earth and hold onto his own tail. As the story goes, when Jormungand lets go of his own tail the earth will end,” Wisconsin based Industrial Designer David Prince explains. Prince goes on to note that the “forms of Jormungand are about eternity and time flowing back into itself, hence the helical disc shapes that make up the hour and minute “hands.” The “hands”, are not actual watch hands – instead of watch hands, part of the face is raised up to create a space for tiny sliver of an LED light which peeks through to provide a glow which acts as the hour hand.
Beyond the fascinating mythical inspiration – this watch is brilliant.
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