Very nice bench, designed to use plants as a building material. Buy them here
Playground Fence by Tejo Remy This is the fence of the week.
Our peculiar object of the week is the ‘Kokon Chair’ created by Dutch designer Jurgen Bey, who wrapped existing chairs with tight, elastic synthetic fiber resulting in a highly imaginative hybrid. Futuristic nostalgics? Sure. The conceptually interesting thing here, is that instead of using raw material, existing products are recycled as a design material for a new product. Furthermore Kokon furniture subverts the idea of an ideal form by suggesting infinite variations of the archetype; Form follows Form.
Who would not need a blobwall in their officegarden? This modular freestanding, indoor/outdoor wall system was designed by Greg Lynn. It is made of a low-density, recyclable, and impact-resista polymer.
Joris Laarman‘s Bone chair takes its inspiration from the efficient way that bones grow (adding material where strength is needed and taking away material where it’s unnecessary). Made using a digital tool developed by GM that copies these methods of construction, Laarman says the ironic result of his biomimetic technique is “an almost historic elegancy” that is “far more efficient compared to modern geometric shapes.”
Bye bye modernism. Hello nextnature? I’m really not sure whether this is a sneak preview into our bright future of grown objects or just an illustrative biomimicmarketing of a clever stylist. Anyhow it is a beautiful piece of furniture and I have no difficulties to image living my future primitive life in a whole bone-grown interior. Pity the production process is so incredibly expensive still.
This week’s peculiar images: Let the forces of nature redecorate your house once in a while… Some think it sucks, others call it a rebirth!
In the UK farmers recall simple circles appearing on their land for generations. The British media first reported on the circles in the early 1980s. By 1990 crop circles had exploded into the public mind as the new phenomenon changed from simple circular patterns into huge and complex, geometric formations. Crop circles are a world-wide phenomenon, however, the main concentration of events are to be found in Southern England, around ancient sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury and Silbury Hill. Although there are many theories as to their creation, none have been able to explain satisfactorily exactly how the circles are made. Alien spaceship landings or flying light-bulbs? The obvious assumption would be that all the circles and shapes are man-made, but even amongst scientists there are some who reject this theory.
While the Freedom tower, replacing the WTC twin towers, is being constructed at ground zero, I still enjoy looking at some of the earlier submitted proposals. They tend to be more elementary, serene, elegant or characteristic than the final design, which had to deal with all the practicalities and compromises between all the stakeholders.
Especially Lars Spuybroek’s (NOX) proposal Oblique, created shortly after the WTC attacks, is like a schoolbook illustration showing the differences between the 20th century architecture and the architecture of our time. Spuybroek envisions a swirling cluster of porous towers rising from Ground Zero, lifting the street into the sky, while allowing sunlight to the street level: ‘Elevators form a highly complex structure of diagonals where at some platforms more than five or six different cores come together to form larger public areas. It is this network of elevators which makes the buildings not just a new type of tower, but more like a new type of urbanism.‘
Twice the same building, but in a different era. Both illustrative for their time.
Written by Joop de Boer from Studio Golfstromen – strategy, planning and design on the city.
In the virtual world ‘Second Life’ everything is possible. That’s most obvious in the way how space is organized. There is no government which regulates, checks and takes an important role in the spatial development. Everyone can build whatever he likes and does so, in contrast with the usual building practise in the ‘first life’. The result is amazing: Second Lifers are creative, real builders and they take clearly responsibility for the public space.
Espace Pur by Marc Hottinger & Lucien Iseli (MID-ECAL) is an air ionizer that uses dust as pixels and that displays patterns thanks to it, in a very slow motion way. It cleans and purifies the air in architectural spaces. It increases the level of oxygen’s negative ions contained in the ambient air. Once installed, the air’s oxygenation becomes nearly the same as in the mountains. The more there are negative ions, the more the air is purified.
Via variable environment.
Remember the e-paper brainstorm we had on this blog? Here’s a nice example on that wallpaper-wish, though these “warps” are customly printed on fleece that can be papered the usual way.
Silly inventions like these make me wonder why man continuously seeks interaction with the things surrounding him. Should buildings or offices be allowed to talk?
“This door was made for you, it loves your contours, please enter. We love you the way you are, you digital and physical-prescence you…”
This amazing ‘flexible love’ folding chair can be stretched to seat as many as sixteen individuals; once compacted, the chair seats one. Watch the video in order to understand the wonder of it.
Designed by Chishen Chiu who stumbled upon a small factory producing ‘honeycombed’ sheets of recycled paper in suburban Taipei one day. Intrigued by the use of the honeycomb structure to create cardboard palettes that were being used to replace traditional wooden palettes, he believed the material could be applied to create any rigid structure. Within days, the idea for FlexibleLove had been sketched out and turned into a working model. You can also buy a flexilove mini for only $29,97.Related: Sketch furniture, living furniture, dynamic terrain.
Scientists have invented a plastic memory material that can change into three different shapes based on heat. Researchers demonstrated a plastic tube with three “programmed” diameters (4.5 mm, 6.9 mm, 5.8 mm) that are selected by altering the temperature.
The researchers propose applications in the medical domain: “a handy oval shape for insertion, then a fully inflated round shape for temporary use inside a blood vessel, duct or other cylindrical organ, and lastly, a compressed cylindrical shape for easy removal.”
All good.. but I want my dynamic furniture! Could this be an enabling technology?