Environment of Understanding

Environment of Understanding

This project is called “Hope Tree” and it aims to encapsulate you in a world of light and help you to fully immerse yourself in the essence of our natural environment. As the designers put it, “Lately, we are bombarded with products that try to deal with the consequences of environmental damages throughout the world, but occasionally we overlook the roots of these occurring problems by not fully understanding our environment.” With that problem in their path, they set to work creating a tree.

0 Designers: Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova of 24° Studio

Meanwhile, In The Agricultural Sector...

Meanwhile, In The Agricultural Sector…

This work was created for the exhibition Beeld Hal Werk in Amsterdam which included some 59 sculpted works. The idea came from Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s ‘Death on credit’ in which a pseudo scientist tries to increase the size of his crops by radiating the land, only to harvest small rotten, maggot-infested potatoes. Needless to say, it didn’t work. This modern version looks like a 1980′s crash landed sci-fi prop. Lasers on stun PEW PEW! All made possible with the help of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

0 Designer: Paul Segers

The Ground Explosion

The Ground Explosion

Behold! From the earth underfoot jumps forth a sculpture of epic preportions, with a light in it too! This is a single-house project. There’s only one of these amazing amalgamations. But look, if enough people flip out over it, go nuts over it, break a blood vessel in their forhead for it, maybe it’ll be made on a large scale? I hope so. This is fabulous. What this project consists of is metal triangles embedded into the ground in a grid, a grid with the ability to hold triangles that appear to burst forth from the ground. Two planes pushing against each other.

0 Designers: Raveevarn Choksombatchai (principal), Robbie Crabtree, and Jeremy Steiner of VeeV Design

A Bowl Of Lumen Flowers

A Bowl Of Lumen Flowers

In Chinese Jing Hua means flowers in the mirror, but here it’s an interactive installation with visual treats. A bowl that captures creative images of flowers, as projected from an overhead birdhouse. By moving and tilting the bowl, the image of an archetypical flower changes: its color, form, size and structure may be manipulated directly. Jing Hua was showcased in the botanical garden in Frankfurt during the light festival LUMINALE 2010. Many people interacted with it to create virtual flowers by tilting, shaking, turning, even knocking!

0 Designer: Jifei Ou

Like a Mass of Firebugs

Like a Mass of Firebugs

Here’s an interactive lighting project you’ll love to wash your body in. Run through it, wave your hands around in it, and do some pretty ballet twirls around it. It’s called “Firefly” and it’s designed by Kkristen and Vincent Moreau. You can dance around in it and it will dance right back. This, what I’d call installation art, plays with you as if it were a mass of firefly insects flying about you, reacting in real time to the movements you make. Installed currently at Shanghai World Expo 2010.

0 Designers: Kkristen and Vincent Moreau

Hello Stranger!

Hello Stranger!

‘Hello Stranger’ is a collection of interactive public objects that clamp to existing infrastructure. Fences, benches, lamp posts and railings. Unlike typical municipal furniture these objects are flexible, tactile and playful. The objects are also open to a degree of interpretation. But whether they are used to ‘frame’ an impromptu photo opportunity or to create and highlight points of focus in the landscape, the ultimate purpose of the objects is to get people talking.

0 Designer: Michael Antrobus

Sitting on Fire

Sitting on Fire

Fire hydrants. They’re red. They give firefighters access to water to put out fires. Dogs pee on them. They work pretty good for what they’re meant to do. But what about the offseason? What happens to lawn chairs in the winter? They get put in the shed. What about fire hydrants when there’s no fire? I know, let’s sit on it. Let’s sit on the fire hydrant. But wait! It isn’t comfortable at all! What can be done?

0 Designer: Xiaoman Wang

5 Zaras Tall

5 Zaras Tall

Welcome to the flagship store “Zara” of the Inditex Group, a group known for several brands of fabulous fashion clothing.* What this post is about is the installation they’ve got sitting in from of their Milan store. It’s five meters tall. It’s white, colorful, and magnificent. AND it’s designed by UNStudio, a group Yanko is DEFINITELY guilty of loving for their excellence in architecture. Behold this mighty column!

0 Designer: UNStudio

Crowning the White Gallery

Crowning the White Gallery

More like giving it a halo. This post is straight up about a lovely floating sculpture made of untold amounts of woven glass. This Murano glass sculpture lives above Rome’s first big lifestyle store designed as a contemporary art gallery. You gonna love it! I wish our lifestyle stores were this glorious!

0 Designer: Michela Vianello and Karim Rashid

Outta Space Landing

Outta Space Landing

An artistic way to get across to the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam is through this unique installation bridge called Bruggenhoofd Chabot. Brainchild of Snodevormgevers and Paul Segers, this “Landing Craft” allows you to cross over the hedge from the street, and straight into the museum. Just in case you get claustrophobic in the wooden passage way, take the staircase to the upper deck for a breather. The special effects to the deck are enhanced with a bevy of cables running from the balcony to the museum.

0 Designers: Snodevormgevers with Paul Segers

Like A Sort of Vine Lamp

Like A Sort of Vine Lamp

This right here is the Climbing Lamp. It is not alive, contrary to the title. It does appear to be climbing, however, just like a good vine plant wood. The Climbing Lamp is also a kit, the kind of kit that allows you to make your own combinations of angles, attachments, and directions. 8 pieces and a plethora of possibility!

0 Designer: Trust In Design

Interactive Solar Energy Eye

Interactive Solar Energy Eye

While solar power and other such similar “green energy” solutions might very well be the solution to the 36% of carbon dioxide pollution sent up by commercial buildings in Europe, the business owners are reluctant to join the team. What this particular interactive eye on the wall does is to connect the customer to the direct result of the business using environmentally sound solutions – in particular, solar energy.

0 Designer: Martin Willers

Swarovski Sparkling Lake of Shimmer

Swarovski Sparkling Lake of Shimmer

So you’re at Baselworld 2009, just walking around, taking note of all the lovely items. Now, just imagine you’re weightless, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by tiny little seahorses. Are you there? No. You are at the Swarovski stand, and you are experiencing the “Lake of Shimmer:” hundreds of free-swinging mirrors remotely controlled to remind the viewer of of the brilliant beauty of the crystal. Sooo very glamourous.

0 Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka