Architects Foster + Partners have designed a dining table for Italian design brand Molteni&C.
Called Arc, the base is made of cement and organic fibres.
It comes in white and two tones of grey, with glass tops in two sizes.
The Scott Chair utilizes an interesting method of self-upholstery to decorate itself over time. The back and seat are covered in lightly adhesive material that collects bits of fiber from the clothing of everyone who sits on it. Over time, the chair evolves to reflect a story of all who have interacted with it. The Scott is a project of The Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano
rAndom International was commissioned by Royal Philips Electronics’ Lumiblade division to create an interactive installation that unlocks the creative potential of their next generation OLED technology.
With the opportunity to work with thousands of OLEDs straight from their lab, we started this project by creating “You fade to light”, the worlds first OLED media wall. Fascinated by the beautiful mirror finish quality of the individual OLED modules we developed an installation that allows the viewer in front of it to engage with the light in a physical way. The wall is reflecting the person in front of it and then subtly fades their mirror image into light. Software by Chris O’Shea.
Desperate to experience the thrill of a trip into space? If you can’t afford Space Adventures’s multi-million ticket to fly into space and if you don’t want to wait till 2011 to hop on one of Richard Branson’s upcoming Virgin Galactic flights, then the Soyuz Chair, designed by Design Interactions graduate Nelly Ben Hayoun is the best you can hope for right now. The comfortable living room chair won’t fly you into space but it will replicate the experience of a liftoff.
CONCEPT AND VISION
The formal concept for the design is a prism that mediates between interior and exterior influences. The form is based on the cutting away at the massing with wedges respecting the sunlight, daylight and rights of light requirements of the neighbouring properties and wedges generated by views between the interior of the building and exterior of the building. The shape of the building as well as the openings are defi ned by the relationship of the building to its neighbours and the relationship of the interior rooms to exterior sources of views and light. More Info:Rove
The design also reintroduces the lower front area on Hoxton Square. This is an element already existing at the adjacent Grade II listed buildings and at the Vicarage. It is therefore resurrecting a historical element that had become largely absent from the Square.
Iglo light café offers light therapy as a cure to sun deprived Stockholmers throughout the dark months of October to March. Using the same technology as hospitals, Iglo provides an informal atmosphere and a place for friends to meet. The coffee shop dresses the visitors in white and is lit by UV-free lighting in the strength of 3000 lux. People relax in the warm environment, sipping on smoothies and other healthy options while soaking up the artificial light. via (PSFK)
Iglo Light Cafe
Designer Jacqueline Rabun open her exquisite studio and showroom in Grosvenor Crescent Mews.
The space will exhibit designs by Danish designer Nina Tolstrup from Studiomama, who Jacqueline has long admired. There will also be six new collections from Jacqueline on show.
Love glassware? Love Scandinavian design? Then don’t miss this exhibition of work which focuses on the iittala company. Entitled “Into the Woods” the show is curated by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen and considers the work of such design luminaries as Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck and Tapio Wirkkala among others, drawing on iittala’s vast archives. The result is a journey of discovery through the decades and given the penchant for retro styling in the 90s and 00s, it’s interesting to see that certain designs associated with those periods in fact date back far further. The exhibition is being held at Chelsea Space, near to Tate Britain and runs until 17 October.
Remembering Jan kaplický – architect of the future Earth Center, conference and education center, Doncaster, competition winner, 1995 Photo: Timothy Davey
Jan Kaplický, who died earlier this year, was the Czech architect responsible for some of the most remarkable buildings that Britain has ever seen. Lord’s cricket ground holds the press box he built with his former partner, Amanda Levete – it was their first major project and won the Stirling Prize.
London designer Nina Tolstrup of Studio Mama presented a collection of furniture made from digitally-altered branches with TEN XYZ at 100% Design in London last month.
Called Branch Out, the project involved scanning the branches with a 3D scanner before maniuplating them with software and rapid-prototyping the resulting forms.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have created a special paint which can block out wireless signals. The paint, which could cost as little at £10 per kilogram, contains an aluminium-iron oxide which resonates at the same frequency as wi-fi – or other radio waves – meaning the airborne data is absorbed and blocked. While paints blocking lower frequencies have been available for some time, this new technology is the first to absorb frequencies transmitting as high as 100GHz (gigahertz). Signals carrying a larger amount of data – such as wireless internet – travel at a higher frequency than, for example, FM radio.