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Design-for-debate

Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

The Knotty Object summit promises to be a paradise of anti-disciplinary delight. The event held at the renowned MIT Media Lab gathers designers, scientists, engineers and writers around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects and the stories they tell.

The knotty objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–are employed as lenses through which we examine the current state of our society as well as the crossovers between design and technology. Speakers include Paola Antonelli, Tony Dunne, Fiona Raby, Kevin Slavin, Neri Oxman, Isha Dahar, Revital Cohen, Daisy Ginsberg and our own Koert van Mensvoort.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, at the Boston ICA and Media Lab. Video streamed all over the planet.

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The Phone That’s Just a Phone

We came to a point where it seems an innovative concept to design a mobile with identical functions to the phones we used two decades ago. This cell phone, called Light Phone, has been designed to be used as little as possible. Its selling point? It has just one purpose: making and receiving phone calls.

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Cybernetic Bugs

British artist Julie Chappell turns old circuit boards and hi-tech gadgets into a new species called Computer Component Bugs. Beetles, dragonflies, butterflies and bugs – made from recycled deconstructed computers, smartphones and consoles – bring back to life old electronic materials.

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Artificial Intelligence

Ever-Changing Sceneries with Microbots

Does the illustration above pique your interest? Then, you should hear the story behind it. Kirsten Zirngibl‘s illustrations depict imaginary landscapes that are formed by microbots, which can be fed with new data to change the scenery entirely. Zirngibl explained that the piece above, called Microzoo, is made of microbots entirely.

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Jewelry Harvests Energy from Veins

Industrial designer and graduate student from Hadassah College in Jerusalem, Naomi Kizhner designed jewelry that could theoretically harvest energy from the body of the person wearing it. The jewelry is connected to the person’s veins and the blood is used to turn the wheels inside the jewelry, producing energy in return.

Kizhner’s aim in creating the speculative project is not to produce such a device, but to create a discussion on how far humans can go in providing solutions to our constant need for energy. The tool is called Energy Addicts and it consists of three pieces of jewelry: The Blinker, The E-Pulse Conductor and The Blood Bridge.

Story via IFLScience. Image via Naomi Kizhner

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NANO Supermarket 100 m2 Pop-Up Store

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket left the four wheels of the truck to open a 100 m2 pop-up store in Stavanger, Norway. If you are nearby, come visit our glimmering new franchise until the 1st of March at Article Biennial in the Stavanger Artmuseum.

Our shelves are stocked with nano products that could become available in the market between now and the next ten years: lab-grown meat, an energy belt that converts excess belly fat into electricity, the Google Nose, medicinal softdrinks.

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NANO Supermarket Opens in Norway

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket just opened a 100m2 pop-up store in Norway. Come visit our glimmering new  franchise until the 1st of March at Article Bienale in the Stavanger Artmuseum. Test and taste the products and discuss the impact of new technologies on your life.

If you are interested in hosting our NANO Supermarket pop-up store at your venue or event and have a budget to go with it. Yes! do contact our production team.

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Experimental Office: No Chairs, No Desks

How natural is it to work from nine to five sitting on a chair behind a desk, staring at a computer screen, wearing a suit and tie? Although it is today’s standard, genetically people aren’t really attuned to this norm. To counter the sitting dogma, design firm RAAAF and artist Barbara Visser experimented with more dynamic office concept, entirely based on movement and leaning.

The next office is meant to help combat all of the health problems—from heart disease to diabetes—that the typical desk job can contribute to or exacerbate. Throughout the day, people lean in different positions and keep moving around the room.  Supported by giant rock-like sculptures that presumably invite to a healthier, more active way to work than anything that’s come before.

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Domestication as a Last Refuge

Domestication of flora and fauna is a concept that humans have been using to control nature in our advantage already since 33000 BC. A nowadays example are ‘house plants’ which have gone through generations of selective breeding to eventually give the best flowers, in extraordinary colours and unexpected shapes.
A usual by-product of domestication is the creation of a dependency in the domesticated organisms, so that they lose their ability to live in the wild. From an animal and plants perspective this could be considered as a deprivation of their right to freedom. Human interventions in the last couple of decades resulted often in a shrinking natural habitat for many species and populations. Being on the edge of extinction, domestication might be their only refuge?

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