Hydro Fold

27th April 2012

Product design student Christophe Guberan showcased his Hydro-fold during Milan at the Salon Satellite.

Printing a mixture of water and ink that causes the paper to fold automatically along wet lines and humid areas, it’s hooked up to a computer that can be used to generate patterns for different fold configurations.









Melvin the Mini Machine

25th April 2012

Having been fascinated by Melvin and the Machine since its inception in Dutch Design week a few years ago, I was delighted to see Melvin the Mini Machine in Milan last week.

Built in two old suitcases, Melvin the Mini Machine is designed to travel around the world and each time Melivn completes a run he 'signs' a postcard and sticks on a stamp. I particularly love his evolution into smart technology with the addition of the smart phone capturing the experience and his connection via GPS to record his travels alongside the analogue postcards saying 'wish you were here'.






Future Lighting

21st April 2012

Having just returned from a very wet and rather lack lustre Milan Furniture fair here is one of my favourite projects from the week.

Shown at Spazio Rossana Orlandi - the ultimate location for a bit of Italian chic and fantastic design - booo studio presented a collection of innovative lightbulbs by Front Design, Nacho Carbonell and Formafantasma.

Booo Studio's aim is to bridge the gap between experimental limited edition pieces and mass production. Working with LED lighting technology each of the designers created a lamp where the lamp itself was also the lightbulb.

Swedish studio Front developed 'surface tension lamp' and 'lampshade bulb', taking inspiration from the long life of an LED bulb. Using bubbles which are blown and grow and in the end drop or pop. The results is a beautiful lamp that is constantly changing in colour, shape and luminosity and will adapt and morph into over 3 million different shapes during the lifetime of an LED light bulb.










Alchemy continued

12th April 2012

With Milan only around the corner we are seeing lots of great products and projects being launched, but one that resonated was the colour changing vase by NIGHTSHOP (Ward van Gemert and Adriaan van deer Ploeg). Called P.O.V it is an irridescent vessel that changes colour as you move it about. A design company that designs “surprising products,” it certainly does and fits perfectly with my obsession with anything Alchemic and a bit magical right now.







Intimacy 2.0

4th April 2012

INTIMACY 2.0 is the latest in a series of wearable garments exploring the relationship between intimacy and technology as well as the wearers mood at the time.

Made from a combination of opaque smart e-foils that become transparent with the changes in the heart rate of the wearer, it explores relationships and personal encounters with other people. Designed in collaboration with Anouk Wipprecht and Studio Roosegaarde this is by far the most refined version yet.

This will not be the final version either as Studio Roosegaarde are selecting couture designers to design their own vision for the next INTIMACY.

You can also watch the video here




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