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Cool Stuff at 100% Design 2012 Number 1


The sculptural Maya Desk by James Melia for – Dare Studio is going to be launched at 100% Design.

The desk with its sculptural form and beautifully refined proportions is perfect for modern vibrant contract and domestic environments.

The founder of Dare Studio, Sean Dare said:

“We are incredibly excited about this new design. The desk fits into modern, vibrant contract and domestic environments perfectly. I’m looking forward to showcasing the design at this year’s 100% Design.”

Website:www.darestudio.co.uk/

Wall sculpture designed by Ora-Ïto + Contemporary Décor Kitchen made entirely in HI-MACS® to be exhibited at 100% Design

100% DESIGN will give LG Hausys the perfect opportunity to introduce its amazing “Contemporary Décor” kitchen made entirely out of HI-MACS®, as well as a wall sculpture that was created for Reebok by famous designer Ora-Ïto.

“Contemporary Décor” is a new, minimalist kitchen design that is both functional and futuristic, and is made entirely out of new-generation acrylic stone. The idea behind this kitchen is to re-explore the use of organic materials in decorative objects, in order to create a look reminiscent of a polar landscape; the LG Hausys stand will therefore be distinguishable by its use of rounded, laminated surfaces made out of white HI-MACS®. This material will not only be used to dress the display area itself, but also to create the surfaces into which the kitchen appliances are built.

The voluptuous curves undulate upwards to meet the highly functional worktops, creating a striking emotional impact. In addition, the entire kitchen benefits, among other things, from the thermoformable, hard-wearing, easy-to-maintain and hygienic properties of HI-MACS®.

As well as this there will be a sculpture designed by Ora-ïto for Reebok, which premiered at the Wallpaper/Reebok exhibition in London and was fabricated by Cándido Hermida in Spain. Ora-ïto’s contribution was an interpretation of the Reebok RealFlex shoe in the form of a wall-mounted installation made entirely from HI-MACS®.

See the HI-MACS® Kitchen and Ora-Ïto Wall at 100% Design this September 2012

Paint that can turn any surface into a battery.

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Researchers at the Rice University in Texas, USA, have created a lithium-ion battery paint that can be applied to any surface. The battery-based paint was experimented on bathroom tiles, which were able to power a set of LED lights for six hours, and provided a steady 2.4 volts.

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Fernando Laposse Lufa Series

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During his studies at Central Saint Martins, Fernando Laposse conducted extensive research on the qualities of loofah, trying to control it to the point that it could be incorporated into functional objects. Loofah is of course usually associated with scrubbing and bathing, however, Laposse wanted to try and change our association with the material beyond the bathroom, introducing it to other applications, so that it could be useful throughout the rest of the house.

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Recycled TVs transformed into sustainable ceramic tiles

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Refin, one of Italy’s foremost ceramic tile companies, launches an eco range of tiles, Wood² in the UK. The collection is manufactured using a mixture that combines ceramic-derived recycled material and post-consumer glass recycled from obsolete cathode ray tube TV sets.

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Cardboard Package transforms into office desk.

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To coincide with the launch of HP’s 27? Z1 Workstation, social influence marketing company Goodstuph were invited to create a cardboard workspace. They designed a direct mailer, made up of over 250 cardboard modules, which transforms into a desk. No tools are required to assemble it, and it is capable of holding up to 30 kilograms. Assembling the cardboard desk would enable the recipient to discover the benefits of owning a HP Z1 Workstation, including the simplicity of its all-in-one design, the tool-less chassis, and the actual space it requires. More Images over at PSFK

www.goodstuph.org/

Magic Carpet That changes colour to suit the seasons

Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen‘s ‘Season Carpet’ changes colour at varying temperatures.
The wool carpet is braided in a three-colour pattern, each with a different temperature sensitivity.
This causes the carpet to change how it looks throughout the day and the year, depending on the environment.

Our natural environment is always changing; flowers are blooming at a certain temperature, leaves are falling off by another and the snow falls by temperatures below zero. In the same way the Season Carpet is sensible to temperature alteration and its colors and pattern is changing due to the surroundings; the weather and the season.

Website:www.sirenelisewilhelmsen.com/

Knotty by Kumeko

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Knotty is a floor cushion with a plaited upholstery designed by Kumeko, a design studio based in Prague, Czech Republic. Available in two sizes it is inspired by old weaving, knotting and basket-making techniques. Made from soft jersey tubes stuffed with highly resilient foam, and a lining that is filled with polystyrene balls, the cushion adjusts nicely and molds to your body making it extra comfortable. Via:designmilk

Website: www.kumeko.com/

iSleeve to Showcase Latest Collection at Clerkenwell Design Week, 22-24 May 2012


iSleeve, the design-led solution to protecting your iPad and iPhone will be showcasing its new range of accessories at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012.

iSleeve was developed in response to a demand for a well designed, lightweight, and tactile solution to storing an iPad and iPhone while on the go. In a vibrant market place where the iPad and iPhone increasingly act as extensions of the owner, finding a suitable cover for these devices is highly important.
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Bark Furniture Blog Day ONE.

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Thursday, May 17

Today was our last full day in the workshop before heading to London to set up for Clerkenwell Design Week. With a seemingly endless To-Do list we were up at the crack of dawn to get everything done on time. By 9am we had already established there was no surf – something of a blessing as it meant there were no distractions/excuses!!
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Beacon Coffee Table

First on the list was the final coat of oil on the new Beacon Coffee Table and Kustom Mirror. While that was drying we had to make a display stand for the new Acorn Bookcase and Kustom Mirror.

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Issey Miyake ‘in-ei’ Lampshades

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Check the ‘in-ei’ collection of environmentally-minded, foldable lampshades developed by Issey Miyake for Italian lighting firm Artemide.

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Thomas Heatherwick ‘Spun’ chair for Magis

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Thomas Heatherwick ‘Spun’ chair for Magis.
NOW in see-through / transparent finish.

William Knight from Milan.
www.heatherwick.com/

A Bathing Ape x Meister 2012 “BAPE Gallery” Collection


BAPE GALLERY is a Bathing Ape foray into the sophisticated realm of pop-art, highlights include its collaboration with acclaimed Japanese furniture manufacturer Meister. Utilizing their signature ABC Camo, the brands have created 1-seat, 2-seat, and 2.5-seat sofas with or without arm rests, blending both a stunning facade with every day modern comfort. Simple-yet-stable plywood and steel rod construction completes the well-designed furnishings, ready to compliment any stylish living room.

Website:eu.bape.com/
Website:www.meister-mag.co.jp/

ECO-FRIENDLY LEGO from Colors Tokyo


A new building block called Earth Blocks can be snapped together to create different shapes and structures. They are very similar to Lego but provide an eco-friendly alternative, with softer edges and muted, natural colours.

Developed by Japanese design studio Colors Tokyo, the blocks are made from a composite of the bark of the cedar tree, compressed dust from sawed-off cedar logs, coffee beans and green tea leaves. These natural materials are blended with polypropylene to maintain a rigid shape. Earth Blocks are currently available in just one shape and size, and you can get a pack of 50 from the Guggenheim museum for $30.via:[PSFK]

Website:www.colorstokyo.com/

Turn Your Old Airbus A300 Into a Lovely Hanging Lamp

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photos by benjamin boccas

Paul Coudamy has taken Airbus windows and recycled them to create a modular lighting concept.
The ‘F-light’ is constructed from the walls / windows of an airbus A300, whereby the engineered curves, windows and insulation of the airplane takes on a second life as a functional lighting structure.

Website:coudamydesign.com/

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