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Koert van Mensvoort

Creative Director
Artist and philosopher. The discovery of Next Nature has been the most profound experience in his life so far.
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Designed-by-Evolution

Evolution Goes On

Surely, some day smartphones want to find out where they come from too, no? Nextnatural comic on the origins of a next species by Dave Coverly.…

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Design-for-debate

NANO Supermarket at Lowlands Festival

This weekend some of our sustainable, energy related, NANO Supermarket products are exhibited at the lustrous Lowlands popfestival. Come visit us at the Llowlab to charge your phone on our bio-electric bonsai…

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Back to the Tribe

Jet Powered Barbecue

At first sight it seems plain wrong to roast your burgers on this utterly technological machine: barbecuing is supposed to be a nostalgic low-tech activity that brings us back to nature and…

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Bionics

Who will Question Bio-Engineering?

Bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe presents a parade of recent bio-engineering experiments, from glowing monkeys, to genetically boosted salmon, to cyborg insects. He asks: isn’t it time to set some ground rules? Sure.…

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Hypernature

Rainbow Roses

We spotted these hypernatural rainbow roses at the train station in Utrecht. Indeed they look a bit over date, I guess drinking rainbow ink doesn’t make them last any longer. Join us…

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Designed-by-Evolution

Jewels from the Ocean

Designer and former fashion model Barbara de Vries was cleaning plastic litter off her favorite beach in the Bahamas, when she noticed the plastic fragments were all uniquely tinted and molded after years tumbling in the ocean.  The beauty of the litter inspired her to create a jewelery collection. Diamonds plastics are forever!

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Old meets Next

Our peculiar image of the week was spotted in Friesland with the Next Nature spotting app for iphone. Add your spot and win a copy of the Next Nature book.…

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Hypernature

Jellyfish built from Rat Cells

Another step in the fusion of the made & the born: Researchers at Harvard University managed to make an artificial jellyfish using a sheet of silicone and rat heart cells. The synthetic…

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manufactured-landscapes

Dutch protest against Bad Weather

Some countries just don’t seem to have real problems. This weekend a protest was organized in Amsterdam against the bad weather. In the first three weeks of July the Dutch capital was…

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Anthropomorphobia

Lowtech Plastic Surgery

So this is what you get when artists Lucyandbart practice their low-tech plastic surgery techniques on visitors of the MU gallery in Eindhoven. We are clueless on whether it was actually their…

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Green Blues

Salad Dress

Push your organic-sustainable-veggie-lifestyle in the overdrive with the Salad Dress.

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Back to the Tribe

Amazon Tribe lacks concept of Time

A study, in Language and Cognition has shown that time does not exist as a separate concept for the Brazilian Amondawa  – an Amazon tribe first contacted by the outside world in 1986.

The Amondawa language lacks the linguistic structures that relate time and space. There is no word for “time”, or indeed of time periods such as “month” or “year”. Furthermore, the people do not refer to their ages, but rather assume different names in different stages of their lives.

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