Archives for category: INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Watch the absolutely AMAZING R+D at Nike: via Nike is opening an exhibition in Milan | Dazed

The very innovative designer Iris Van Herpen demonstrates her mastery of the elaborate cocktail dress in shimmering surface, texture and 3d printing at Paris Fashion week.


via VIDEO | Iris Van Herpen Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2016 Paris – NOWFASHION.

A new robotic mannequin has been developed by a professor at the Hong Kong Polytecnic University of textile and clothing. It transforms according to exact measurements entered digitally, resulting in a myriad of body shapes. Perfect for personally tailoring, couture dressmaking, schools and quality control.

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At the expense of seeming a tech geek, these two fascinating developments in robotics allow a glimpse of the quickly accelerating future.

MIT continues its cheetah program but have advanced so far that the beast now can autonomously jump over obstacles at quite a speed with incredible stability. Must be seen to be believed.

On the opposite side of the spectrum we find nano-bots (again, from MIT) like the self-folding, maneuvering and ultimately, self destructing bot that could have many practical applications:

The process of additive manufacturing is evolving very quickly and it won’t be long before the everyday consumer really feels the impact. For the moment, the novelty lends itself well to the luxury market, whether it’s a printed CAR, HOUSE or more modestly, the customizable Prada shoe! Clients can soon choose not only heels and other modifications on certain styles but have their own initials engraved on the heel. Couture, 21st century style.
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This sleek monster by Spike Aerospace is an 18 passenger supersonic business jet that will glide along at 1100mph (Mach 1.6). This will halve the current times between points like NYC to London in 3 hours. The streamlining is aided by the omition of windows. Yes, windows. In it’s place, the walls will act as video monitors of the outside in real time and can dim on demand. Sweet.
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I’ve always had a soft spot for dutch design like the group Drood. This work by Alex de Witte reinforces that affection. Having studied at the Artemis Academy, his approach diverges the process in turn creating something unique and innovative yet very ‘light-hearted’.
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Taking a rather novel approach to drones, this prototype for a new breed of tiny flying robots could hail a new chapter in stealth use that mimic the insect world. These “MAVs” (micro aerial vehicles) have been difficult to control and are weighed down but New York University has developed one that is featherweight and remains stable due to its petal propulsion which is a cross between a jellyfish and moth and is not much bigger than a dime! Would make a great art installation with a few dozen too….

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Coming to Europe and Russia later this year, the new Philips DesignLine 2013 TV comes in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, has a LCD display sitting behind the front glass sheet with active 3D technology for Full HD 3D, wifi and smart capabilities. It also sits casually on the floor, floating above the ground in a sleek display with ambient background light for added mood. No price has been disclosed yet, however…
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With the race on for wearable technologies such as smartwatches by Apple and Samsung, Google is forging ahead with it’s glasses that incorporate augmented reality, straight out of William Gibson’s novel, “Virtual Light” from 1993.
Here you can have a sneak preview what this will look like…

Google Glass “Explorer” will retail for approx. US$1,500 and will go to market in 2014.

The folk at Peugeot and pianomaster Pleyel have crafted not only a remarkable new design but revolutionary acoustics for this redesigned grand piano starting from the ground up whilst retaining classic attributes like its slick black laqcquer finish.
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HIRIKO is a refreshing concept in urban mobility from Spain. Focusing on the relationship between the city, its citizens and their vehicles making things easier and more accessible. It is technologically very advanced being a 100% electric vehicle.Sustainable, social and smart.

Clip HIRIKO from HIRIKO Driving Mobility on Vimeo.

Suspended from branches or on legs, it takes camping to a different level, literally.
It is 3m (9.84 ft) in diameter, weighs 120 kg (264 pounds), and features analuminum frame covered with waterproofed white tarpaulin and mosquito net windows. Lugging it to that beachside oasis might prove a little daunting but well worth it, although the price tag might also be a hindrance at 8000$…

Rain Shield is a Red Dot award winner designed by Lin Min-Wei and Liu Li-Hsiang, two taiwanese students with vision and ingenuity. Using a flat, portable pop-up tent structure, it miraculously emerges in an instant and has none of the usual archaic components and can be redirected towards fending off driving wind and rain. RAINSHIELD

Possibly the most disruptive technology since the internet, 3D printing is revolutionizing how design is approached and is bound to lead to some increasingly complex aesthetics. The video really says it best.


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The first of a series into the world’s best artisanal workshops to catch a glimpse of the elaborate craftsmanship that continues to evolve unabated by mass production methods and robotics. Visual poetry.

Aerofex, an aerospace company from California, has developed a working prototype hover bike. According to the website Innovation News Daily, rotors on the underside of the vehicle provide lift, and the pilot controls the bike by leaning to the left and right. Aerofex has no immediate plans to commercially launch the vehicle to the public (yet?) but instead sees the technology as a test platform for military unmanned drones. Why does the military always get all the toys?

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Professor Andrew Mills and Dr Michael McFarlane, from the University of Stratchclyde, Scotland has come up with an ingenious invention with this colourful paper bracelet that changes from yellow to pink when UV rays have reached safe limits. The acid in the paper degrades and changes colour. There is a range of bands depending on skin tones and their limits. Swedish-based Intellego Technology is commercializing it with a launch for spring 2013. The simplest ideas are often the best, after all.

Milan’s architectural firm, Santambrogiomilano, has come up with a new line aptly named, Simplicity. It is a collaboration between founder Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio that features iconic furniture pieces, beds, sofas and bookcases, all encased within an amazing concept home complet with architectural elements such as staircases and kitchens, all executed in ‘extraclear’ glass. As the briefing states:
‘SIMPLICITY is realized in extraclear glass by Saint Gobain, tempered and stratified, named Diamant for its
characteristics of extreme purity and brilliancy. It is interpreted in a unique way with the use of important
thicknesses (30 mm) and treated with special technical procedures to guarantee total security.’
Amazing result for the ultimate exhibitionist.




As space becomes an ever diminishing resource in our cities, multi-functional and transformative furniture becomes of upmost importance. Enter the “Klapptischbank Up Up Up” which provides an all-in-one dining solution that makes it easy to store or take in transport to the outdoors. This fold-away model, when opened out, sits 70 cm (28 inches) wide, 130 cm (51 in) deep, and 75 cm (30 in) high. When closed it’s just as wide and its height increases to 125 cm (49 in), but it’s only 25 cm (10 in) deep! Hallelujah!