Atelier Robotiq employs Aerospace fiber winding technology to make intricate designs for their lightweight lamps made by an industrial robot. Lamps are produced using 100-meter long fiber cord, which is then woven around a shape using robotic technology.
Like every year, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the central hub of the London Design Festival. The longest queue of the day here rewarded visitors with an immersive experience of mischer'traxler's collaboration with champagne brand Perrier-Jouët . Upon approaching the V&A's Norfolk House Music Room on the second
Hidden away on a dimly lit shelf in the basement of UCLA's Art Library is a charming book of 1980s Japanese product design edited by Koichi Ando. Although I can't quite excuse the book's woefully inadequate representation of female designers (only two!), I am grateful that it introduced me to
Do you sleep well at night? Studies increasingly show that many of you don't. Part of the problem can be diet—I found that since I stopped drinking coffee in the afternoons and cut down on processed sugars, I fall asleep faster and sleep much better—but a lot of it may
The Andromeda Lighting Series is part sculpture and part lamp. Intricately woven string criss crosses between a wooden frame making colorful geometric patterns. Inspired by mid-century modern lighting, string art and tensegrity sculptures, these lamps will turn heads whether they are on or off. With endless color combinations we are
The Boiler Lamp collection consists of pendants and floor lamps made out of boilers from discarded espresso machines. It is a collaboration with the Paulig coffee factory. After ten years of producing coffee, the boilers are finally transformed into lamps, each tagged with the name and the serial number of the machine where they originate from.
ORION is an interior lamp made using wood chippings, derived from the manufacturing processes, then pulverized and mixed with glue to become wood paste. This paste is molded into the arc-like shape of ORION. LED's are inset into the underside and the intensity of light can be changed by the
The 2015 Core77 Conference kicks off in Los Angeles just nine weeks from today. Yesterday, we introduced our first conference session, Collaboration Now, featuring speakers from Google, Levi's, Sonos, The Hydrous and Future Partners. Today, we're back with a preview of our second session, Making Now, which will look into
Were toy designers trying to kill us in the '60s and '70s? The original Lite-Brite came with dozens of little candy-colored translucent plastic pegs that practically define the term "choking hazard." We plugged these little pegs into the Lite-Brite's grid to draw our primitive images off of templates. It wasn't
Obvious though it may be, seeing the forest for the trees is a felicitous reference point when it comes to describing BioLite, a Brooklyn-based company that develops innovative products for two disparate off-the-grid communities. After all, the metaphor is as felicitous for recreational campers as it is in the world
BioLite, a company who is on a mission to bring "Energy Everywhere," has been developing technologies and products for two seemingly disparate markets—the outdoor camp market and emerging markets in the developing world—through a process of parallel innovation. Using the same fundamental technology, their first product offerings harnessed energy from wood-burning fires to power small consumer electronics like cellular phones, LED lights or headlamps.
It's been a while since a public-art project on Kickstarter held our attention, but The Wabash Lights initiative has us looking up. The ambitious site-specific installation—the brainchild of two creative Chicagoans, Jack C. Newell and Seth Unger—aims to convert a stretch of overhead train tracks in Chicago into a programmable
While much research has focused on tangible lighting interfaces embedded in physical objects and smartphones as remote control, there has not been sufficient attention on how the expressivity of bodily movement can be used when designing interactions with home lighting. Therefore, we investigate interaction with lighting technology beyond the smartphone
During a recent trip to the Philippines, I had the great pleasure to encounter some amazing people working within the fields of social innovation and development. One of these people, Aisa Mijena, is a female entrepreneur and engineer whose first hand experience living with an indigenous tribe in the Philippines
Lindsey Adelman has made a name for herself creating luxury chandeliers that delicately balance the organic and the refined. With her latest collection, however, the lighting designer is applying that aesthetic to an entirely new range of objects, as seen at the exhibition Show Me now on view at the
Here's a brilliant little piece of industrial design: Amsterdam-based Thijs Smeets has carefully considered the way people read in bed, and devised the LiliLite to meet every need within that seemingly simple act. The light comes from directly overhead, providing even light on both sides of your book, as opposed
It's probably not what the lab techs who invented LEDs had in mind. The "Black Hole" water slide attraction in Bremerhaven, Germany is ringed with programmable LEDs, giving riders of the the 78-meter journey some visual trippiness on their way down: I'd like to ride this thing, and would eagerly
We received many entries in response to our call for "furniture and lighting products or systems for private, public, commercial or industrial use." The jury evaluated each entry by asking a series of key questions: What is the object? How good is it at being that object? Does it further
Even as the third annual NYCxDesign festival sees more group exhibitions than ever, it is the permanent showrooms and galleries that have the luxury—and challenge—of trying a different approach. This year, David Alhadeff of The Future Perfect managed to pull off a standout show precisely by focusing on a single
ICFF's vast exhibition space at the Jacob K. Javits center offers a dizzying encyclopedic landscape of design today. This year, the event's 27th anniversary, the show was bigger than ever, taking over 247,000 square feet with more than 700 exhibitors. The comprehensive survey presents a cross section of design today
With over 20 countries represented at WantedDesign this year, the event has solidified its standing as a forum for creating dialogue among varied design communities. Exploring the interplay between history and craft, a series of focused national pavilions examined the contemporary status of design in their respective countries. Yet there
For the first time, the London-based design fair opened its doors in New York City, introducing an international cast of exhibitors to New York Design Week. Highlights included Rosie Li's wonderful new lighting collection and Modus' new seating collection from Michael Sodeau.
It seems the momentum has picked up for Collective Design Fair, which closed its third edition on Sunday. The annual showcase, spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director Steven Learner, has carved a unique space for itself in the design landscape as a platform for both design innovation and
Modernist thinking is often represented by the grid: order, repetition and the march of identical forms. Office space tends to adhere to these outdated standards, especially in the corporate sector, and most everyone has experienced the unpleasantness of overhead fluorescent lighting. One innovative solution, by New York-based Rich Brilliant Willing
At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, the grand dame of Italian design had an unusual mix of corporate projects from the likes of Wolf Gordon, Sunbrella and Marimekko to smaller scale works of independent studios and designers crowded into every nook and cranny of the exhibition space. For the first time, the
Designjunction, the London-based design tradeshow exhibited for the third year during Milan design week. Presenting a broad range of furniture, interior products and personal accessories spread over two floors in the San Babila Design Quarter. Tom Dixon's presentation anchored this year's show, taking over the Theatre/Cinema space of the Casa
Are we being watched? Well this year in the Ventura Lambrate District of Milan - we actually are. This detour into technology-derived anxiety is the result of the exhibition of Koncern, a Prague-based studio founded by the design pair Jirí Pribyl and Martin Imrich. In their show aptly titled "Embracing
NYC's bars and restaurants currently suffer from an aesthetic issue we call "Edison bulb overload." We get it, it's cool that you can see the filament. But how long can this nostalgia-driven trend last? While LEDs are clearly the future, few people have nailed a non-clinical aesthetic for LED bulbs
Last week, we examined a smarter jump rope. Brendan Keim was walking through the National Portrait Gallery in London last September when he stumbled upon a painting of a man with a long thin scepter. Intrigued, he snapped a photo and quickly sketched the object in his sketchbook, along with a note that it could make a pretty interesting light.
The project began after Bocci's creative director coerced a pilot friend into showing him his airplane. “My friend is showing me the engine and there’s this fabric bag," Omer Arbel says. "It struck me immediately. It was pristinely white in this engine of all gray or black pieces.”
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