Unfolding Kinetic Lights That Bloom like Flowers

Shylight, a kinetic light fixture that opens dramatically during a 9 meter fall, was designed by Amsterdam based Studio DRIFT:

Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defense and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called nyctinasty, and inspired Studio Drift to create Shylight, a light sculpture that unfolds and retreats in a fascinating choreography mirroring that of real flowers.

Trying to answer the question of how can an inanimate object mimic those changes that express character and emotions Studio Drift, after 5 years of research, found the final form to express their idea. Shylight looks alive because of its unpredictable, natural-looking movements. A collection of Shylights were permanently installed at Rijksmuseum.

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Images and video courtesy of Studio DRIFT

SALT yacht by Lujac Desautel

SALT is a project created by Lujac Desautel, an architecture student at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, as an entry to a young boat designers competition. The idea behind it was to enable people to see the water while sitting in a yacht, which the designer made possible by borrowing elements used in architectural practice. SALT accommodates three dining rooms, five cabins and multiple crew sleeping areas and measures 55 meters in length which is the same height as its main mast.

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Images courtesy of Lujac Desautel

Furniture that wirelessly charges devices by IKEA

With smartphones being such a natural part of our lives, we want the charging part to become a natural part of our homes. As a result, we’ve created a collection of wireless chargers that make charging a lot more available, yet a lot less obvious (goodbye messy cables!)“, says Swedish furniture brand IKEA.

Induction-charging stations have been incorporated into lamps, bedside tables and desks from IKEA‘s latest collection, which will allow to wirelessly charge devices simply by placing them on top of an integrated pad.

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Kinectic Sculpture

Jewellery that turns veins into power source

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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.

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“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.”

Check the video below.

LumiLor Electroluminescent Coating

Fantastic paint technology coming out of the American motorcycle customisation scene. Electroluminescent paint.

ZAHA HADID HOUSE FOR NAOMI CAMPBELL

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.
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RANDONNEUR CHAIR

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.
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INTERACTIVE PLAYSCAPE IN BOSTON

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.

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Images courtesy of John Horner photography

TEAGUE AND NIKE ATHLETE’S PLANE

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.

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