Posts tagged design
9:38 am - Thu, Jul 10, 2014
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Here’s an interesting and fun project, making creative use of … unloved/unused foam.
The Foam Agency:

The Agency was created to celebrate foam. We’re currently seeking scraps, offcuts, and other unloved pieces of rigid insulation foam for ‘An Insulation Installation’.
If you have foam to contribute, please let us know and we will dispatch our agents shortly.

More about this project-in-progress here.
Two notes: It’s in New York, and I’m guessing local foam is preferred. And: Foam Agency founders Lucy Knops and Elisa Werbler are former students of mine.

Here’s an interesting and fun project, making creative use of … unloved/unused foam.

The Foam Agency:

The Agency was created to celebrate foam. We’re currently seeking scraps, offcuts, and other unloved pieces of rigid insulation foam for ‘An Insulation Installation’.

If you have foam to contribute, please let us know and we will dispatch our agents shortly.

More about this project-in-progress here.

Two notes: It’s in New York, and I’m guessing local foam is preferred. And: Foam Agency founders Lucy Knops and Elisa Werbler are former students of mine.

8:53 pm - Wed, Jul 9, 2014
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Is this the ultimate “pallet hack”?

Tomas Moravec has created many performative works of sculpture, installation and video art since he made this Duchamp-meets-Alÿs piece in 2008, but the video went up just a few months ago.
The brief description notes that Bratislavan trams run on felicitously narrow 1000mm-wide tracks: “A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”

More: Non Sequitur: The Pallet Hack to End All Pallet Hacks - Core77

Is this the ultimate “pallet hack”?

Tomas Moravec has created many performative works of sculpture, installation and video art since he made this Duchamp-meets-Alÿs piece in 2008, but the video went up just a few months ago.

The brief description notes that Bratislavan trams run on felicitously narrow 1000mm-wide tracks: “A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”

More: Non Sequitur: The Pallet Hack to End All Pallet Hacks - Core77

3:40 pm
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I set up a recycled design project in Quito, Ecuador … working alongside a children’s NGO. The NGO had a lot of space and donated machines. Many women without work wanted to be involved, and an almost non-existent/outdated production program began.
From the start, the idea was to make sure the design was good, provide the women with dignified work, and bring in money for children’s education projects. The feel-good factors of recycled design and empowering women create the added bonus back-story that helps sell the products…. 
You can read more details of the project on our website EmpoweringWomeninEcuador.com which also explains how to become an in-country volunteer.

More: This Recycled Design Project Empowers Women in Ecuador

I set up a recycled design project in Quito, Ecuador … working alongside a children’s NGO. The NGO had a lot of space and donated machines. Many women without work wanted to be involved, and an almost non-existent/outdated production program began.

From the start, the idea was to make sure the design was good, provide the women with dignified work, and bring in money for children’s education projects. The feel-good factors of recycled design and empowering women create the added bonus back-story that helps sell the products….

You can read more details of the project on our website EmpoweringWomeninEcuador.com which also explains how to become an in-country volunteer.

More: This Recycled Design Project Empowers Women in Ecuador

12:20 pm
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Furniture works by Juan Murphy, incorporating and riffing off reused materials: 

“Pallets, cable drums and wooden crates are a means of transporting various goods. Each has its own iconic form and function. Due to their versatility and solid structure they have been used within different scenarios as furniture.
The designs are inspired from various sources and interests. Within the designs I have also incorporated the use of metal, creating bespoke elements.”

More here: My interpretation – Limited Collection by Juan Murphy | MOCO Vote

Furniture works by Juan Murphy, incorporating and riffing off reused materials:

“Pallets, cable drums and wooden crates are a means of transporting various goods. Each has its own iconic form and function. Due to their versatility and solid structure they have been used within different scenarios as furniture.

The designs are inspired from various sources and interests. Within the designs I have also incorporated the use of metal, creating bespoke elements.”

More here: My interpretation – Limited Collection by Juan Murphy | MOCO Vote

12:20 pm - Tue, Jul 8, 2014
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Wet Clay is a relatively new brand creating laser-cut cuff bracelets for both men and women. Born out of a desire to create beautiful objects out of discarded materials, each cuff is made from repurposed upholstery leather.

More: Accessories Made From Repurposed Upholstery Leather - Design Milk

3:40 pm - Mon, Jul 7, 2014
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Here’s a project to find give new life for those old, ignored, or doomed volumes by turning them into a pleasant source of illumination.
Open the Hardback Reading Light and it will provide a soft glow, perfect for reading your favorite volume. The Hardback Reading Light is a straight forward project that will take a few hours and about $25 in materials.
The pages of the book are replaced with a light box lined with LEDs. They’re powered through a plug in the spine and a switch in the corner turns it off when the cover is closed. It can be dimmed mechanically by simply closing or opening the cover different amounts.

(via Make your own: Hardback Reading Light - Boing Boing)

Here’s a project to find give new life for those old, ignored, or doomed volumes by turning them into a pleasant source of illumination.

Open the Hardback Reading Light and it will provide a soft glow, perfect for reading your favorite volume. The Hardback Reading Light is a straight forward project that will take a few hours and about $25 in materials.

The pages of the book are replaced with a light box lined with LEDs. They’re powered through a plug in the spine and a switch in the corner turns it off when the cover is closed. It can be dimmed mechanically by simply closing or opening the cover different amounts.

(via Make your own: Hardback Reading Light - Boing Boing)

12:20 pm
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Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens has made his own machines for recycling plastic to make new products locally and plans to share the designs so others around the world can do the same.

The Precious Plastic machines by Dave Hakkens include a plastic shredder, extruder, injection moulder and rotation moulder, which are all based on industrial machines but modified to be less complex and more flexible.

More: Precious Plastic open-source recycling machines | design | Dezeen

4:11 pm - Sun, Jul 6, 2014
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Musician Pharrell Williams has worked with Dutch fashion brand G-Star Raw to create a denim collection made from waste plastic scooped up from the ocean.
G-Star RAW made the garments in the RAW for the Ocean collection from materials created by Bionic Yarn, which transforms recycled plastic into textiles.

More: Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW transform ocean plastic into denim

Musician Pharrell Williams has worked with Dutch fashion brand G-Star Raw to create a denim collection made from waste plastic scooped up from the ocean.

G-Star RAW made the garments in the RAW for the Ocean collection from materials created by Bionic Yarn, which transforms recycled plastic into textiles.

More: Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW transform ocean plastic into denim

3:59 pm
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Here’s an interesting-sounding workshop that’s part of the Participatory Design Conference, coming in October, in Namibia.

This workshop focuses on how the notion of love can help explore and define participatory strategies targeted at dealing with issues surrounding e-waste.

In particular, we are interested in discovering how Participatory Design practice can offer ways of transforming people’s relationships with e-waste from negative affective relationships into positive ones through engagement, co- creation, and group envisioning.

The workshop focuses particularly on existent e-waste, accepting it as an (unfortunate) outcome of current production strategies in need of change.

Interested? Participation details are here. Submissions are due by July 22, 2014.

3:54 pm
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Milan 2014: Oki Sato of Nendo explains the concept behind the SU stool, which is based on American furniture company Emeco's iconic Navy Chair and which which features interchangeable seats made from recycled and reclaimed materials (+ movie). 

More: Movie: Oki Sato of Nendo on SU stool for Emeco | design | Dezeen

Milan 2014: Oki Sato of Nendo explains the concept behind the SU stool, which is based on American furniture company Emeco's iconic Navy Chair and which which features interchangeable seats made from recycled and reclaimed materials (+ movie). 

More: Movie: Oki Sato of Nendo on SU stool for Emeco | design | Dezeen

3:52 pm
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Can inspiring spaces foster people or groups to be more collaborative?

This is approach being used at Department of Design in Cape Town, which is set to launch on 08 July, supporting South African – Dutch collaboration in the field of sustainability, using design and innovation thinking.

The event aims to create collaborative opportunities between policymakers, officials, and the general public between the Netherlands and South Africa. It is the main highlight of the Dutch participation in Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, with 60 companies and organisations visting Cape Town, with an interest in developing long term business relationships in South Africa

The interior of the building is being transformed by Droog, the Dutch-based architectural firm. According to Droog, the design plan hopes to promote ” idea sharing by providing creative spaces for such individuals to meet and speak.”

To fit in with the theme of sustainability, Droog has titled this structure “FLOW.”  It has been created within the renovated Provenance Auction House, an Art Deco building on Vrede Street in downtown Cape Town.

Read more here.

3:40 pm - Thu, Jul 3, 2014
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The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before.
Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during nighttime hours.

Read more: Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before.

Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during nighttime hours.

Read more: Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
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