The state of wind power … part one

Re-posted by Madeleine Lewis, for Virgin United, June 30, 2014 As an innovative floating wind turbine is launched off the Portuguese coast, and the Germans start touting wind farms to tourists, we asked Morten Albaek, Group SVP & CMO of Vestas about the state of the wind energy industry, and a little about himself too. […]

Gabriela Ligenza launches 3-D printed hats for Ascot

These stunning hat designs by Gabriela Ligenza caught yours truly by surprise! Design thinking like this lightens our step and inspires a smile. We love Gabriela’s work. Molecule becomes an instant fan! Interview by Dezeen Magazine. Re-posted June 20, 2014 Milliner Gabriela Ligenza, who originally trained as an architect and interior designer, has launched a collection […]

Design Lab Awards Pre-Fab Architecture and Digital Dresses – Santa Fe, NM

Written by Ellen Berkovitch, October 11, 2012. Re-posted from Adobe Airstream Design Lab at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art last Friday night presented entries including a tornado house fantasy design for windy midwestern cities, an urban backyard chicken coop with implications for the biological clock of the chickens, and “intriguing innovations in form” across visionary built […]

What is Industrial Design?

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, […]

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations — a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen — that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and […]

The Female Factor: Women at the Drawing Board

Furniture design students carrying projects to the studio at the Rhode Island School of Design, where 68 percent of the students are female. By ALICE RAWSTHORN Published: March 6, 2011, New York Times   LONDON — It started a month ago when I was asked to compile a list of 20 designers who will influence design […]

Light Transmitting Concrete

Concrete has a sometimes-bad reputation as a harsh, rigid, cold-to-the-touch and straight-edged material. Litracon is doing a great deal to change that image of concrete through a score of creative and sustainable applications for their patented light-transmitting concrete. Filled with optical fibers that run from one end of a poured piece of concrete to the other, these […]

Biophotovoltaics – generating energy from photosynthesis

Two Cambridge University departments — the science-driven Biochemistry lab and the design-focused Institute for Manufacturing — have teamed up to dream up biophotovoltaic devices of the future. Biophotovoltaics generate renewable energy (and a few other useful by-products) from the photosynthesis of living organisms like algae and moss. Prototype devices have recently been constructed and tested in […]

Birth of an idea – Sketch Furniture, 2005

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space?  The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique system where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture […]

Exploring, Through Design, the Big Ideas and Issues of Our Time

Re-posted from Designers & Books, by Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine. I was asked to identify some “notable design books” I came across during my 25 years as editor in chief of Metropolis (the magazine is 30 this year—2011). I would, instead, like to talk about books that have, or should have, influenced our culture and the […]

Textile Resistance

Textile Resistance is a collaborative project between Smart Textiles Design Lab and Syntjuntan.  The project explores design possibilities of raw textile materials that can be used as textile music, which will be used by Syntjuntan in their music performances.  This project investigates different knitted textiles made in conductive materials, to be used for textile synthesizers. The […]

White Goat turns office paper into toilet paper

Reposted from TechCrunch.  What we have here is a machine that automatically turns office paper into toilet paper. It’s called White Goat (seriously) and is made by a Japanese company called Oriental [JP]. The way it works is simple: You just feed the machine with about 40 sheets of office (or whatever) paper, wait for 30 minutes […]

Blow Away Vase

We think this is one of the most clever designs ever! Blow Away Vase, designed for Moooi by Front Design Group, from Sweden, started as a classic Royal Blue Delft porcelain vase. Distorted through using CAD software and animation, as subjected to a directional wind force that reshaped the form, an intricate mold was made to model the […]