Electronic Heirloom

21st December 2010

Considering a more emotive way of blending technology in our lives is product designer John Kestner with his Tableau which was recently on show at the Saint Étienne International Design Biennale.

Described as an anti computer experience he has re-designed a bedside table and a printer/scanner that links to twitter.

By placing a photograph in the tableau drawer which is scanned and posted on twitter he reconnects our social interactions with the physical of a real photoraph rather than the increasing digital exchange of current social networking – in return images that are posted on twitter manifest themselves in the drawer as ‘real’ photographs.

Humanising our relationship with technology twitter updates are shown by the draw handle glowing gently.

Considering what Kestner is calling ‘Heirloom electronics’ the table is made up of reclaimed materials and obsolete electronics saved from landfill.

In addition as it is linked to twitter it utilizes its basic interface and enables it to be reprogrammed or repurposed giving it a longer lifespan than other electronic devices.




self healing concrete

8th December 2010

Bacteria is being used in another novel way by researchers at TU University Delft, Belguim.

Researching how the self healing ability of concrete can be improved by using calcite-precipitating bacteria they are opening up the possibilities of self healing concrete.

looking to which conditions the bacteria thrive under they are developing concrete mixtures that would essentially expand the lifetime of concrete structures.





Exhale Pavilion

3rd December 2010

Capturing wind and giving it form and a presence is an open air space at Art Basel Miami.

Dubbed 'The Exhale pavilion' it is a dynamic and interactive public space made up of seven miles of reflective and phosphorescent ropes that glow in the dark and interact with the wind.

Constantly changing from day to night and with the weather this dynamic space will be entirely recycled after the show including the concrete bases which will be used for an artificial reef nearby.

Glowing and swaying at night it was inspired by the bioluminescent effect that occurs in algae blooms in the sea. Linked to wind sensors and a light control system it will act as a central feature for the duration of Art Basel Miami which runs until December 5th.

There seems to be a new trend for bioluminescent inspired design. Have a look at my earlier fashion related post here


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