All images courtesy of Sibling
‘Walking shelter’ is a mobile habitat that pops out of a pair of sneakers. Conceived by design collective Sibling, the sneakers accommodate a fully-functioning tent, stored compactly in integrated, netted pockets within the sides of the shoe. The shelter expands out from the back of the footwear and fits around the human body, forming a billowing capsule that encloses the user in tented material. The adapted habitat relies on the human frame as a supporting structure, an alternative to nomadic or urban living.
‘Markies’ by Eduard Bohtlingk
A collection of unique art objects are available for accommodation, combining camping and art. Located at the Vliegenbos campsite in Amsterdam, designers Annette Van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis have created Urbancampsite, an outdoor interactive display of temporary art objects available for rent. From august 16 to september 30, 2013, visitors can stay in one of the creative shelters, which have been created by contemporary industrial designers.
Each of the fifteen mobile units placed on the campground are equipped with a comfortable bed, which sometimes doubles as a small living space. In addition, urban campsite offers guests a zone for campfires, hammocks to relax, a wood-fired sauna, and a picnic spot in front of each installation. The site also provides the visitors with general amenities — a restaurant, a well-stocked shop, laundry and a shower. The creative expression stop stop at the art objects: temporary photo exhibitions will be shown on the grounds, one of the fields will be arranged as a sculpture garden, and the terrain’s decoration will be changed regularly.
With its compact, tented roof and folded floors that triple in dimension, the ‘Markies’ cottage designed by Eduard Bohtlingk is as mobile as a caravan. It features a bedroom with a canvas privacy divider, a sitting room, and a small kitchen fitted with a stove, sink, table, and multiple storage spaces. It is available for a maximum of four people, and rents for EUR 80 per night.
‘Polaris M’ is a tubular space, made out of an old polyester silo, that serves as a temporary shelter. The spaceship-like structure, designed by Boris Duijnevel, has a small table, which opens up into a bed, and two padded benches inside. It is available for a maximum of two people, and rents for EUR 80 per night.
This large purple sperm is blown up to extreme proportion. visitors enter through the head of the sperm where they will find a bed and a small desk fitted inside. It is available to rent for a maximum of two people, for EUR 100 per night. ‘Darwin’ is designed by Atelier Van Lieshout and was part of his exhibit ‘Infernopolis’ at submarine wharf in Rotterdam.
This mobile camp is a suspended geometric structure, with an entryway built into the front. The swinging shelter by Boomhuttenfest sleeps 2 people and rents for EUR 60 per night.
NIKE: free flyknit running shoes
all images courtesy NIKE
This week in Oregon has taken place the 2013 NIKE innovation summit, as the brand unveiled the new NIKE free flyknit running shoes. The NIKE free flyknit will be available globally from august 1st, we have just preordered it now!
Sean McDowell, creative director of NIKE running, tell more about the new shoe:
Please could you explain the concept behind free flyknit?
NIKE free flyknit is an expression of natural performance principles, combining a supportive, sock-like upper and a flexible midsole and outsole that move with the body. The compression fit brings the foot closer to the sole for better lockdown and propulsion.
This shoe is about enhancing what nature gave us – humans were ‘designed’ to run on soft terrain but now most running is done on hard surfaces, this shoe feels so light and so well cushioned it’s as close to running in a sock as you can get – so to your mind your feet feel ‘free’ – but it also provides all the support you need.
How does this shoe follow on from your recent innovations in running shoes?
SM: It’s another example of a continuing trend in running – where the equipment be it shoes or apparel are moving with the body. We used to put more things on shoes to give you support and stability and now we are freeing things up. New materials like flyknit and flywire allow us to strip away anything that’s unnecessary and keep the shoe simple in terms of the number of parts.’
How long does the design process take?
SM: There is a research period where we meet with athletes and review what they think of our existing footwear – we listen to what they tell us and study how they perform using our equipment. From this feedback and observations we get to work. Then there is about an eighteen-month period before the shoe goes to market. With this product we had time to take a look at the success of the previous free range and the support offered by flyknit and really develop something that raises the bar. We went through fifteen final iterations of this shoe before we settled on this design.
Flyknit details – men’s
NIKE flyknit upper
A new, more compressive NIKE flyknit construction in the shoe upper secures the runner’s foot to the shoe platform. The unique zoned performance mapping pattern of the NIKE flyknit upper is derived from insights on how pressure is exerted on the top of the foot. NIKE sport research lab scientists employed pressure-mapping technology to locate stress areas, and designers used the data to inform the new upper. Zones on the top of the foot have engineered stretch built to enable natural flex, while a tighter weave at the perimeter stabilizes the forefoot and heel. Additionally, elasticized construction fits securely around the ankle for a comfortable, secure fit. By knitting a one-piece upper, NIKE flyknit construction reduces NIKE’s typical upper waste by an average of 88 percent.
NIKE free platform
The advanced NIKE flyknit upper sits atop a NIKE free+ 5.0 midsole, which lies in the middle of the NIKE free spectrum, providing mid-range cushioning. (On a scale or 1-10, 1 is akin to running barefoot and 10 is comparable to a traditional running shoe.) The articulated NIKE free sole is flexible and moves naturally with the foot. Diagonal hot-knifed sipes (strategically-engineered flex grooves) through the arch help ensure natural movement in the mid-foot as a runner transitions stride.
The NIKE free flyknit comes on the heels of decades of biomechanics research and design exploration with the intent of providing the best run possible. The breakthrough combination of a compressive NIKE flyknit upper with a highly flexible NIKE free midsole and outsole adds up to a running shoe that delivers a more natural ride, amplifying athletes’ ability to move quickly and comfortably over distance.
When it comes to her clothing line, Malene Birger is known for her elegant craftsmanship and simple silhouettes, while her flagship Copenhagen boutique has been applauded for its concept and design. So it comes as no surprise that this Danish designer’s home is nothing short of magnificent. The renovated two story farmhouse sits comfortably in the valley of S’Arracó, in south-west Mallorca. Malene renovated in 2011 and imparted her particularly sophisticated touch on the home. Similar to her fashion designs, her home features feminine, classic elements, united with sharp and modern features. The refined black and white motifs blend effortlessly with the homey touches, eclectic accessories and earthy materials. Though we’re not sure how anyone could give up the lavender lined walkway leading to the salt water pool and outdoor terraces, the cozy home is actually up for sale.
In october 2012, it was announced that Frank Gehry would be returning ‘home’, four years after the completion of his first Toronto project which saw the Canadian born architect complete a renovation for the city’s art gallery of Ontario. Gehry has now entered a partnership with local art collector David Mirvish–who owns and operates a number of Toronto’s major performance centres–to redevelop much of the Mirvish family’s properties in Toronto’s entertainment district along King Street west, including the historic princess of wales theatre and some warehouses. The project will see the establishment of three 80+ storey skyscrapers along the iconic strip between John and Simcoe streets.
The base of each tower sees a wooden beam structure which speaks to the industrial buildings they will have replaced
Since the initial presentation, the design of the towers has evolved with Gehry having recently unveiled the latest plans for the buildings which are now more indicative of his signature style. the façades are expressed through collages of fragmented organic shapes, creating curving surfaces which appear almost like ribbons of fabric folding into one another, draping over a framework of wooden beams located at their bases–these industrial structures referencing the commercial buildings which they would ultimately replace. The three volumes will house more than 2,500 residential units, along with commercial and office spaces, a large gallery for the Mirvish’s extensive art collection, and will be the site of OCADU’s new campus.
The estimated timeline for completion is said to be 10 years.
The new design sees more of the architect’s style coming through with façades composed of fragmented organic shapes
The site is situated along Toronto’s iconic King St. strip in the heart of the city’s entertainment district
Model rendering of the three towers in the context of the site
The era of romantic letter mail is all but over, yet all of us still need a letterbox, a mail box, a mail slot… a something where our daily hard- copy mail, and even an occasional long-distance post card from our globe-trotting friends, can be delivered.
But what if we don’t want just “something”? What if we want a stylish, cool, fun, “look-at-me!” mail box that matches our stylistic tastes? Try to find a mail box that is anything other than supremely ugly and you will come up with nothing.
The concept of Koo Koo was developed by Bill Playso who saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool letterbox. he invited industrial designer Justin Hutchinson to help bring the concept to life. the result of Koo Koo letterbox by Playso. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia
Koo Koo is a stylized bird-shaped letterbox that does not take itself too seriously, yet it has serious curb appeal. It is a conversation piece outdoors and in. Expect to see Koo Koo indoors as often as outdoors. Maybe for internal mail in the office? A suggestion box for your customers? And even the box in which Koo Koo is shipped and displayed is a designer creation in itself. Expect the shipping box to live a long life as well, as a storage box that does not have to hide.
Great design moves people, conveys feelings, evokes a reaction, triggers memories, delights, goes against convention, breaks new ground and surprises in a positive sense.
Packaging designed by Fernando Volken Togni.
Zinc powder-coated metal body, compact laminate magnetic side panels.
via The Cool Hunter
Two Royal College of Art students have designed a Jaguar-inspired sculpture to celebrate the opening of Clerkenwell Design Week in London.
Ewan Gallimore and Claire Miller developed their idea alongside Jaguar’s Advanced Design team in Whitley, Coventry, by using technologies applied in the creation of Jaguar production and concept cars.
The two were the successful team from a selection of nine groups who submitted entries after Jaguar’s challenge to the RCA’s Vehicle Design and Textile Design departments. Their task was to create a joint exterior and interior form study that expresses their vision of the future Jaguar Design Language in either a sports or luxury context. Student teams were asked to consider the proportions, surfacing, line interactions and aesthetic beauty when expressing their vision.
Ewan and Claire said, “We began the project by looking at light, specifically the way the light falls within the space at Clerkenwell. We thought about how our form could accentuate this light and convey volume through its use of materials and our knowledge of how these materials react with one another.
“Our form relates to the Jaguar brand through its sculptural volumes, bespoke materials and visual lightness. These elements helped us to create a sculpture that aimed to display a seamless transition between interior and exterior space.”
Via Car Design News
Ciclotte is the innovative exercise bike, designed and made in Italy, which combines ideas, form and technology, reinterpreting the traditional aesthetic and functionality of the bike. Ciclotte is made of excellent materials such as carbon, steel and fiberglass and is a first for the fitness world with unique technology to the solution of the epicyclic transmission system.
Designed by the young designer Luca Schieppati from Milan and produced by Lamiflex Group from Bergamo, Ciclotte breaks the mold of exercise equipment for design has always been linked exclusively to functional aspects, to address a target for advanced users, dynamic, fitness and aesthetic lovers.
The big wheel Ciclotte is at the heart of the project. A large circle reminiscent of vintage motorcycles at the end of 800, turned into an object of refined engineering, which will become a must in interior design and luxury in the world of fitness. Further distinctive features are characteristic of carbon handlebars, the soft keys to display inspired by the home automation and supporting the fins, with the peculiar curvature. From a technical standpoint, Ciclotte is designed to faithfully reproduce the dynamics and performance of cycling on the road, and is ideal for high-intensity aerobic workouts as spinning.
Ciclotte is the evolution of the project cycle, innovative prototype of a city one-wheel bike, after having participated in several international exhibitions is now part of the permanent collection at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.
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Designer of famed credits for Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese gets elaborate animated tribute
Google has marked the birthday of Saul Bass with one of the search engine’s most elaborate “doodles” yet – an animated sequence based on his designs for film title credits, film posters and corporate logos.
Bass, who died in 1996, worked with film-makers including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese over the course of a 40-year career, approaching his commissions in the spirit of a graphic design problem to be solved.
Born into an immigrant family in New York’s Bronx, he began working on print work for film adverts in Hollywood during the 1940s. A breakthrough came in the film industry when he was hired in 1954 by Otto Preminger to create an innovative title sequence for the credits of the film, Carmen Jones, which he did using an animated flaming rose. Until the 1950s, the normal method for film credits was to present names and titles on cards, or against an unmoving backdrop.
The following year, Bass’s credit sequence for another production, The Man With the Golden Arm, played again with a strong graphic image – white lines rearranging themselves into a twisted arm – which was carried over into the film’s publicity, prefiguring the corporate identity approach of modern film advertising.
Bass later worked for Alfred Hitchcock on North by Northwest and Psycho, once again using his favoured lines, which morphed into a vortex of whirling spirals in the opening credits of Vertigo.
After a lull in the 1960s, he made a comeback in the 1970s. His last completed credits sequence was for Casino, which featured Robert De Niro being blasted by a car bomb through a raging inferno of Las Vegas neon in Casino.
via The Guardian