Naomi Kizhner is an israeli graduate student experimenting with jewellery that can tap into the human body to generate electrical power. Some people will find this creepy but the wearer’s blood will flow through a small wheel inside the device and generate electricity.
“There are lots of developments of renewable energy resources, but the human body is a natural resource for energy that is constantly renewed, as long as we are alive.
“I wanted to explore the post-humanistic approach that sees the human body as a resource… Will we be willing to sacrifice our bodies in order to produce more energy? My intention is to provoke a discussion.”
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Fantastic paint technology coming out of the American motorcycle customisation scene. Electroluminescent paint.
Capital Hill Residence was commissioned to Zaha Hadid by Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin for his supermodel girlfriend Naomi Campbell. The project is located on a north-facing hillside in Barvikha, Moscow. The house features 2 spatial components: one merging with the hillside, another floating above the ground with dynamic views overlooking the forest.
Images courtesy of ZHA
Two Makers, Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor, crafted the Randonneur Chair using bicycle geometries and traditional frame-building techniques. The framework is assembled with Reynolds 631 air-hardening heat-treated steel tubing and the seat is made from sustainable sapele hardwood with finishes in fine bicycle saddle leather.
An interactive playscape Swing Time composed of 20 illuminated ring lights was created by Höwler + Yoon Architecture to activate a temporary park between the Boston Convention, Exhibition Center and D Street. The swings are designed in three different sizes and constructed from welded polypropylene. The community is encouraged to engage, exercise, and play with Swing Time as individuals or in groups. LED lighting within the swings is controlled by a custom micro-controller, signaling their activity level. While static the swings emit a soft, white light, which illuminates the area; when the swings are in motion the light changes to purple, creating a more colourful glowing effect.
Images courtesy of John Horner photography
Teague and NIKE collaborated to create the ‘Athlete’s plane’ which is claimed to be able to provide pre and post-game training and treatment facility for professional athletes to preserve their peak performance during travel. Teague creative director Philipp Steiner says:
Most airplane design projects are about packaging individuals as efficiently as possible. We’re usually really concerned with the average traveler, but these athletes are far beyond average, and designing for extreme users provides a really interesting perspective.
The rows of seats are replaced with distinct zones dedicated to specific actions: seating/sleep, socialization, recovery, and nutrition. The requirements of athletes were carefully studied through interviewing physicians, coaches, operations staff and sleep specialists. It resulted in a mobile away facility and data center system that combines smart apparel, accessories and footwear to the jet to help optimize teams’ performances.
An illuminated staircase designed by Gillespie Yunnie Architects is one of the projects shortlisted for RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize this year. The staircase links the coastal path to a former Georgian naval yard in Plymouth; at night it is illuminated by colour-shifting ribbons of LED lights.
Images courtesy of Richard Downer
An aluminium concentric cubic sculpture is illuminated with more than 120 metres of programmable LED. The sculpture was created by an Australian artist Kit Webster, who also employed sound designs for the work to cultivate a deeper audiovisual synesthetic connection.
Video and images courtesy of Kit Webster
The Crystal Pipe is a private installation commissioned to a London-based agency Asylum. The pipe has 3000 crystal shards glued to it and its RGB LED modules can give a range of over 16 million colours. Each of the piece’s 9000 individual lights is controlled by an industrial embedded Linux computer, which hosts a webpage where the shades, hues and patterns can be customized; it is accessible via mobile phone.
Video and images courtesy of Asylum