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The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution at the Design Museum

3D Printed Makie Dolls

Above: 3D Printed Makie Dolls

The Future is Here. The Design Museum has teamed up with the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, in a new exhibition exploring how dramatic changes in technology are transforming our environmentsContinue Reading…

United Micro Kingdoms

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Above: The Anarcho-Evolutionists. This county embraces new technology and believes that humans should adapt themselves to their environment through training, DIY biohacking and self-experimentation

United Micro Kingdom (UmK): A Design Fiction presents a fictional future for the United Kingdom, from the perspective of designers and educators, Dunne and Raby. Continue Reading…

Adaptnetic Structures

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3D Printing is the technology du-jour, however other organic materials and processes are also being developed to integrate technology, bringing them into the 21st Century. Continue Reading…

Microsoft House of the Future

BBC News has just released this video offering a tour around Space of the Future at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

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Printing Buildings

Universe Architecture is trying to revolutionise the field of architecture. The Landscape house resembles a giant mobius strip Continue Reading…

Tonight : Patricia Urquiola will be presenting an award at The BE OPEN AWARDS

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BERNIER SAMUEL (CANADA, MONTREAL) Project RE_

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ANNA KULIK (RUSSIA, Moscow) Stone Spray

With their focus on designers of the future, the BE OPEN AWARDS – the initiative to support young creatives – have been showing a shortlist of 40 works submitted by international students at 100% Design. The shortlist has been selected from over 300 entries from 47 countries and their work will be shown on the BE OPEN stand IP101.

Tonight a winner will be selected in each of the three categories – CAST, FORM, and CITY – with the emphasis being on projects that show strong creative thinking, with the potential to become must-have designs for the future. The BE OPEN AWARDS will feature a panelist of distinguished judges including Patricia Urquiola .

The BEOPEN AWARDS The Main auditorium 100%Design Friday 21st September 18:15
More Details on the awards: beopenfuture.com/awards/london-awards

BE OPEN is a creative think tank, a global initiative to foster creativity and innovation through a system of conferences, talks, competitions, exhibitions, master classes, cultural and art events. BE OPEN arrives in London for the 2012 Design Festival with a whole series of activities ranging from talks, to showcases of emerging designers, as well as being the co-producers of the landmark installation in Trafalgar Square, the BE OPEN Sound Portal. www.beopenfuture.com

Nik Roope Interview


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Today at 3pm Nik Roope will be chairing the talk
” Connecting commerce – A new negotiation between Makers and Markets ”
Speaker will include:   MATT JONES, Principal, Berg,
TRACY DOREE, Senior Vice President, FAB, JANE NI DHULCHAOINTIGH, Inventor, Sugru.

Despoke caught up with Nik to ask him about the talk and some of the projects he’s also involved in

1 Why is a CD of a digital agency talking at a design fair ?
I have a few hats. Having many hats sounds awkward because you can only really put one hat on at once. Unless you stack them on top of each other! So as well as being a creative director of a digital creative company I’m also creative director of Hulger, a product company. Some creative people sit neatly in a discipline, some sprawl comfortably across several (that’s me).

2 As well as being a CD you design and market your own products has this helped you understand and work with clients ?
Working in different kinds of companies gives very different perspectives. Perspectives lead to insights, empathy and knowhow that can be a potent mix when they all come together. We’re all very wedded to the idea of specialists and masters but in many ways specialism narrows and neuters.
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Artists behind the Collider discuss the Art of Collaboration

Neil MussonJono Retallick are independent artists that came together for six distant weeks to create the first impression of 100% Design 2012.

Talking to an audience in the Eco, Design & Build Hub they spoke about the importance of collaboration, the beauty of art and large-scale projects.
Independently, Retallick – artist/sculptor and Musson – artist/lighting consultant, have significant experience in site-specific installations, often including light.

For the entrance piece at 100% they wanted to explore ‘connections’ in nature, in life and materials.  “Context is crucial with the connection of ideas”, explained Musson, “We used signage material out of context to create the sculpture, there had to be an element of trust in working together”.

 

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YO! Home Launches at 100% Design


This morning saw the launch of Yo! Home, a unique new living concept created by entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe, the man behind the hugely successful YO! Sushi and YOTEL. YO! Home is essentially a whole house comprising of bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room and more, all rolled into an eighty square metre space. Sounds impossible right? Woodroffe’s incredibly efficient use of space has resulted in the creation of a high quality, comfortable living environment within what is essentially a tiny cubic area. With a dining room that folds into the floor, a kitchen that can be packed into the cupboards and a bedroom that descends from the ceiling, it’s an ingenious concept that has to be seen to be believed.


The cues outside YO! Home at 100% Design
Woodroffe comments: “I think homes help shape our lives. They are our refuge, and our rock. Since the invention of the city centre apartment, we’ve never really re-invented it. YO! Home is that new invention. Twelve moving parts drawing on the mechanics of stage scenery allow the transformation of an eighty square metre space (the size of a one bedroom apartment) into a much bigger home.”

Yo! Home Bedroom

The YO! Home bedroom descends from the ceiling, fitting neatly above the living room space.

Read more about YO! Home and Woodroffe’s creative inspiration in this interview with the man himself on the 100% Design website: An interview with Simon Woodroffe

Chris Sanderson Projects Future Design Trends

The consumer population is growing rapidly, the economy is faltering and lurching daily, nothing is stable and change is around every corner. Designers must be quick to adapt and survival within the industry relies on an acute understanding of consumer trends and priorities. Thankfully, Strategy and Insight Director for The Future Laboratory; Chris Sanderson presented an insightful talk at 100% Design today, forecasting consumer trends that every designer should be conscious of.  So what are the key driving trends that should be on our radar?

1) Scavengers
Collective guilt now overshadows the production of new materials and consumers are increasingly looking for products created from found goods and materials. Products that are created from previously owned goods have social value because they embody a story and possess a history. The rough, eclectic aesthetic of scavenged creations is applealing to the future consumer.
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Simon Woodroffe to Launch YO! Home at 100%Design

YO! Home, the pioneering and intuitive living space set to revolutionise contemporary homes, is to launch at 100% Design, where YOTEL was launched seven years ago. Conceived and developed by Simon Woodroffe, the man responsible for YO! Sushi and YOTEL, this aims to transform the way we live.

Woodroffe comments:

“I think homes help shape our lives. They are our refuge, and our rock. Since the invention of the city centre apartment, we’ve never really re-invented it. YO! Home is that new invention. Twelve moving parts drawing on the mechanics of stage scenery allow the transformation of an eighty square metre space (the size of a one bedroom apartment) into a much bigger home.”

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Nik Roope answers Despoke’s Questions


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Despoke caught up with Nik Roope to ask him a few questions of the talk he is chairing at 100% Seminars next week.

1 Why is a CD of a digital agency talking at a design fair ?
I have a few hats. Having many hats sounds awkward because you can only really put one hat on at once. Unless you stack them on top of each other! So as well as being a creative director of a digital creative company I’m also creative director of Hulger, a product company. Some creative people sit neatly in a discipline, some sprawl comfortably across several (that’s me).

2 As well as being a CD you design and market your own products has this helped you understand and work with clients ?
Working in different kinds of companies gives very different perspectives. Perspectives lead to insights, empathy and knowhow that can be a potent mix when they all come together. We’re all very wedded to the idea of specialists and masters but in many ways specialism narrows and neuters.

3 Your talk is about Connecting Commerce . Do you feel the Internet is now in a position to revolutionise distribution of physical products as it has with digital products ?
We’ve accepted that things that can be digitised and distributed via the internet have been altered forever. Music, films, books etc. But there is a new revolution taking place that is changing the mechanics that join ideas, products, distributions and markets. The changes are not so easy to detect but the effects will be profound, even though these nascent trends are only just surfacing. Despite the complexity I think it’s very exciting for those with something to share.

4 Can you tell us a little bit about the speakers at your seminar ?
Jane from Sugru’s been developing a product that breaks established categories. Is it glue? Is it Blue Tac? Is it utilitarian or is it recreational? Whatever it is, the stuff is compelling and Jane is using the web to spread the good news, slowly seducing the world with her wonderful product but in very unconventional ways. Tracy Doree’s Llustre, now FAB UK completely dynamises the retail experience and brings fresh products to an invigorated marketplace. The approach creates new bandwidth for products that would otherwise suffocate in a static environment where competition for attention stifles even the stand out-products. Berg’s Little Printer, together with Berg Cloud demonstrates how the boundaries between physical and virtual can be usefully blurred in order to create the really compelling product concepts of our times. Oh and there’s me and my light bulbs.

5 How soon will we be downloading and printing physical products to our house ?
It’s already happening now, just not in so many houses. Like the cognoscenti of computing or the early adopters of VCR, home 3D printers are few and far between but are gaining in numbers and momentum. Costs are coming down, utility is going up. We’ve seen these patterns before.

6 Do you feel the changes will empower product designers or will I.P infringement bankrupt them all instead ?
As always some will go bankrupt, some will get rich. As the ladle of progress stirs the soup there are always winners and losers. But from what I’ve seen before new entrants and challengers have most to gain providing they can establish new attack strategies using these new potent tools. The thing that really interests me creatively in this area is looking beyond the vision of reproduced products to infinitely customisable, personalisable elements that can now afford to beak away from the cookie cutting production line.

7 Final Question – Isn’t It all a bit much ? Don’t you just want to go and live in a cottage by the sea with no mobile/broadband /phone signal ?
I’ve heard a phrase a lot recently that I really like. You hear politicians saying it a lot. “Grasp the nettle.” It kind of describes what I feel is the right approach with all this stuff. It is exhausting, it is complex and confusing and destabilising. But sitting on the sidelines guarantees marginalisation in some form or other. The advantages of being in far outweigh the pain of the grazes and cuts acquired in the “mosh pit” of this revolution. If we can find the confidence to really take it on we can learn and discover so much, creating new ideas, methods and models as we journey forth.

Nik chairs CONNECTING COMMERCE – A NEW NEGOTIATION BETWEEN MAKERS AND MARKETS with Matt,Tracey and Jane
Friday 21st from 15:00 to 15:45 More Info:www.100percentdesign.co.uk/

Airpod, the Car That Runs on Air

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India’s Tata Motors has launched the Airpod, a small urban vehicle that runs on air.
They enlisted the help of MDI, an engineering company that’s been developing zero pollution engines since the early 90s. The Airpod has a 175 liter storage tank of compressed air that you refill with an external pump or with an electric motor that can ‘refuel’ the car while its in motion. This first model reaches a top speed of 43 mph (70 km/h), making it best suited for transporting people or small goods around city streets. One tank lasts over 125 miles (200 km) and takes only two minutes to fill up again at an average price of just one euro per fill.

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3D Printer can now fit into a briefcase !

MIT’s Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek have created a briefcase-sized 3D printer, which is also a CNC milling machine, vinyl cutter, and programmable drawing tool.

PopFab would allow creatives to easily take their tools along with them as they travel. Moyer’s first video shows off its 3D printing capabilities, while the toolheads for vinyl cutting, milling, and drawing will be shown in future episodes. via: PSFK

PopFab Episode 1 – Introduction from Ilan Moyer on Vimeo.

PopFab is a multi-tool for the 21st century. At its heart is a computer-controlled motion platform and a means of attaching various toolheads. These enable PopFab to make objects from a digital plan in a variety of ways: current capabilities include 3D printing, milling, vinyl cutting, and drawing — with more on the way. PopFab has traveled the world as a carry-on item of luggage to Saudi Arabia and Germany, and within the USA to Aspen in Colorado. We hope that this is only the beginning.

Crate & Barrel’s 3D Room Design Tool

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Crate & Barrel’s 3D Room Design Tool. The furniture and home decor retailer’s tool gives customers the ability to ‘try on’ a piece of furniture in their rooms before buying it. Users simply upload a photo of the room they would like to furnish to Crate and Barrel’s online platform and provide their room’s dimensions (length, width and ceiling height). Once uploaded, the photo is “scrubbed clean” of its furniture, enabling shoppers to substitute pieces from the retailer’s online catalog and visualize them as they would apear in the room. Shoppers can then email the modified photo of their room to the nearest Crate and Barrel and schedule a personal design appointment with an associate.

Website: www.crateandbarrel.com

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