Pike Loop

September 30th, 2009

Tomorrow starts the construction of the architectural installion “Pike Loop” at the Storefront of Art and Architecture (New York), together with the opening of the exhibition of the work of Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler on Architecture and Digital Fabrication. Gramazio & Kohler shipped R-O-B, their Mobile Fabrication Unit robot, to New York to build Pike Loop, a 22m long structure built from bricks.
I would really like to see these kind of fabrication techniques to be used more often, they definitely offer new possibilities to architecture and design.

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

Pike Loop by Gramazio & Kohler

This is a photo of another design called “Structural Oscillations”, it should give you an idea how Pike Loop could look like when it’s finished.

Structural Oscillations by Gramazio & Kohler

Philips Food Design Probes

August 20th, 2009

Food Design Probes is a research project by Philips. They developed ideas how we will eat and source our food in the future, like in 15 to 20 years. There are 3 products we might have in our homes by then:

The Nutrition Monitor. It basically has 3 parts, a sensor which you have to swallow, a scanner which can measure the nutritional value of food and a display device. So you’ll exactly know what your body needs and what kind of effect your food will have on it.

The Nutrition Monitor - Philips Food Design Probes

The Food Printer. Remember the 3D sugar printer? Well, this is the next generation. The machine brings molecular gastronomy to your kitchen. “Feed” is with some ingredients, pick a shape, let it print … and voilà your amazing 3D dish is ready. I can’t wait to see all the opensource 3D recipes that will be available!

The Food Printer - Philips Food Design Probes

Biosphere Home Farm. It’s a 21st century aquarium crossed with stylish shelving unit, it contains fish, plants and other mini ecosystems.

The Biosphere Home Farm - Philips Food Design Probes

And this is how your plates could look like.

Baked Alaska
Philips Food Design Probes

An assortment platter from left, papaya sorbet with yogurt crust, grapes of foie, chicken and sweetcorn chowder, mojito mis en bouche.
Philips Food Design Probes

Papaya sorbet with a yoghurt crust.
Philips Food Design Probes

Bird’s nest soup.
Philips Food Design Probes

Death by chocolate.
Philips Food Design Probes

Grapes of foie.
Philips Food Design Probes

found at wallpaper magazine

Amateur Music Production

August 19th, 2009

The Amateur Music Production project by Yuri Suzuki was an one afternoon event during the exhibtion “Coalition of Amateurs” at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg. Yuri recorded music with 3 punk bands from Luxembourg (Tvesla, Takemeunderground (myspace.com/takemeundergroundband) and Yegussa) and pressed vinyls all during that one afternoon. I really like this DIY style. Unfortunately there is no audio sample available of a record playing.

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

Amateur Music Production by Yuri Suzuki

found at designboom weblog

Growth Modeling Device

August 11th, 2009

Growth Modeling Device is a kinetic installation by David Bowen. The machine uses lasers to scan a plant, in this case an onion, from 3 different angles. That data is then used in real-time by a fuse deposition modeler, to create a plastic model of the current state of the plant. This process takes place every 24 hours, but each time the plant is scanned from a different angle. In the end you have several models illustrating the growth of the plant. You can see a video of this installation here.
This is actually a little similar to an older project of David: Growth Rendering Device.

Growth Modeling Device by David Bowen

Prototyping Processes for Industrial Designers

April 14th, 2009

“Prototyping Processes for Industrial Designers” is a short movie by Karl Frankowski. It shows you 4 different techniques: Foam Models, Fused Deposition Modeling, Stereolithography Apparatus and Rapid Prototyping/Bridge Tooling. Don’t expect any narration, just 4 charts explaining the use of each. This is a pure industrial designers pr0n movie.

found at Core77

The MacGuffin Library

March 25th, 2009

“The MacGuffin Library” is project by Noam Toran, Onkar Kular and Keith Jones.
A MacGuffin is a term attributed to Hitchcock, it is a cinematic plot device, usually an object, that serves to set and keep the story in motion despite lacking intrinsic importance.
“The MacGuffin Library” consists of 16 objects based on 16 original film stories written by Noam, Onkar & Keith. The objects and the film excerpts should stimulate the viewer to imagine the film.
The objects are made out of a black polymer resin using a rapid prototype machine.

The Potemkin Steps - The MacGuffin Library

James Dean - The MacGuffin Library

Koons Balloon Dog Mold - The MacGuffin Library

Social Housing

October 28th, 2008

Social Housing is a sculpture by Hans Op de Beeck, it is a non-existent building with a clear reference to the Le Corbusier-style. He transferred a classic design to the modern times, the building is covered with satellite dishes. There is also a stadium and an observatory from the same series.

Social Housing by Hans Op de Beeck

Social Housing by Hans Op de Beeck

Social Housing by Hans Op de Beeck

Second Nature

October 17th, 2008

Second Nature is the title of an exhibition curated by Tokujin Yoshioka, at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo. The theme is: “Thinking about the future of design: Second Nature, from the depths of a sea of memories”. One of the objects on display is Venus, a natural crystal chair by Tokujin himself, which I just showed you a few days ago. For those of you who don’t know what this chair is about: this chair is build with natural crystals who grew on a synthetic substrate in a tank filled with a fluid. So here are the first images of the finished version.
The exhibition opens today, go!

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

You can find some more pictures of the exhibition here.

Venus – Natural Crystal Chair

October 10th, 2008

I am quite a fan of rapid prototyping projects, but I’m not sure if this one qualifies. Venus is the latest project by Tokujin Yoshioka, a Japanese designer. It is a ‘Natural Crystal Chair’, the production process is so different than any other chair out there. A substrate made of polyester elastomer forms the skeleton and is submerged in a tank, here grow the crystals on that substrate.
Amazing stuff!

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin YoshiokaVenus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Venus - Natural Crystal Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Shadow Casting Panels

August 14th, 2008

*relativity is an art project by Drzach & Suchy, they produced panels with the Shadow Casting Panels technique. They can ‘encode’ up to 3 images into 1 panel, by shifting the position of a light you can see the single images because the tabs on the panel cast a different shadow. As always, there is no better way to show this with some videos:


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