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Created using Raspberry Pi and openFrameworks, Murmur is a device that enables the communication between public and the projection by simulating the movement of sound waves, building a luminous bridge between the physical and the virtual.
The device was designed to collect the murmurs of the public. Referred to “echo’s room”, making reference both to the audio effect achieved and to Greek mythology, it represents not only the key technique of the Murmur device, but also its magical aspect, turning sound waves into light waves.
13 Jun / Floating Table by Ingo Maurer
At first glance this seems to be a typical white kitchen table and chairs but look more closely and you’ll see the table itself has no legs; instead it’s supported by the arms of the four black chairs.
The table was created by German designer Ingo Maurer and is much more practical than it first appears. Maurer has designed a simple extending mechanism from the arms of the chairs and a hidden mechanism beneath the table that allows the chairs to be pulled out and guests to sit down. First conceived in 2012, the table goes into production this week with British brand Established & Sons. Both rectangular and circular versions are available.
A sustainable design solution for your home, providing an innovative approach to coat racks and a real alternative to plastic.
Grapple Hooks are a hanging system for coats, hats, bags and anything else you deem fit for them. Inspired by old, industrial crane hooks we cast original hooks from bio-resin but soon realised that hand-casting is just too slow, and natural bio-resin just too expensive. Rejecting the usual petroleum-based polymers we discovered an amazing recipe for moulding natural plastic made from grass clippings and recycled plastic. The material is developed by Biowert, a german company (or bio refinery) processing meadow grass into environmentally friendly plastics, insulation and green electricity. The final result is a beautiful, textured, strong natural plastic with the faintest smell of meadow that’s 100% recyclable and renewable.
“A simple buckle system made from a length of natural jute webbing, and held together by a small, bio-polymer buckle, completes Grapple. Users can slide on as many hooks as they like, allowing for a flexible hanging system. We aim to produce the hooks in packs of 1, 2 and 4, with a view to soon offering a fully customizable product where customers can choose the number of hooks and length of webbing. The hooks will come in 4 colors – granite, leaf green, pomegranate red and topaz blue.”
Back them on Kickstarter here.
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.”
How low can you go? Or more precisely, how minimal can a design be and still function as a playable and attractive deck of cards? For Iota designer Joe Doucet the answer is – very low!
IOTA is a deck of regulation playing cards that dallies with the idea of how much you can take away while still maintaining a playable deck. Simple geometric symbols are reductive versions of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades and while it’s necessary to mark the back of regulation playing cards, we’ve done so with a minimal diagonal line instead of the overly ornamental versions used at your granny’s bridge club.
‘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.
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