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

What is ACK?

What is ACK?

“ACK?” – is a signal used in computing to indicate acknowledgement of receipt of a packet, and also a common exclamation of surprise but it’s also the title of the installation that represents the vision of the Milanese practice Pierandrei Associati for which the human space is no longer characterized by a rational juxtaposition of components but by a forest of suspended bamboo and metal tubing.

0 Designer: Pierandrei Associati

Pop Up Box in a Crate

Pop Up Box in a Crate

It’s an art gallery! In a nutshell, it’s both a shipping container for artwork and a gallery for the artwork once it reaches it’s destination. Inspired by the work of Marcel Duschamp: perhaps you’ve heard of him. Duschamp created 24 suitcases which he brought with him to display his works of art to places where it would have been unrealistic to bring their larger counterparts. In the same way, this “Box in a Crate” is made in such a way that it might be opened and displayed in a wild array of places, indoors and out.

0 Designer: Wise Architecture

Mighty Big Vase!

Mighty Big Vase!

For the VIVID FESTIVAL in the land Down Under, designer Warren Langley had the installation Vessel of (Horti) Cultural Plenty showcased. Fashioned as this huge pot with plenty of illuminated flowers in it, the installation was smart enough to utilize 84 strand lateral emission fiber optic cables and just three low energy metal halide globes, 450W in total, to create almost 200m of linear light. What was even smarter was the construction of the vessel: vandal resistant materials like galvanized steel & laminated sheet iron and plywood.

0 Designer: Warren Langley

Artsy Electric Pole

Artsy Electric Pole

I forgive you for mistaking this as an art instillation, but I guess that was the whole point behind designing the amazing Yggdrasil Electric Pole. Svenska Kraftnät (the folks who run the Swedish national electrical grid) approved of this design and the poles will be placed as a portal on either side of an entry high way to Stockholm, Sweden. So if you’re making a road trip to Sweden in the year 2010-11, expect to these dynamic poles greet you at the fringe of the cityscape. BTW Yggdrasil refers to the holy world tree in Norse Mythology.

0 Designer: No Picnic

Richard Serra Sculpture Redux

Richard Serra Sculpture Redux

You know the giant metal sculptures of the world-renound sculptor artist Richard Serra? Well get on that! Read and roll! Then come back and see this direct homage (NOT DIRECTLY AFFILIATED) to Serra through room dividing walls. Hangers and all kinds of stuff too! Don’t put these on carpeting or clay. That would just plain spell disaster. Also be wary of hanging any long artwork or photographs.

0 Designer: 2-B-2 Architecture

Park It, Mister

Park It, Mister

Paving paradise for a place to sit. That’s what’s going on here. A project from Springtime that saves a seat for your own booty in a play on the culture-cemented idea of a parking space. Part of a design competition that aimed to give a parking space back to the public. “Person Parking” seems to be made for a low-traffic area in a strip mall district, don’t you think?

0 Designer: Springtime

Rendezvous At The Meeting Point

Rendezvous At The Meeting Point

Clandestine meeting points are a thing of the past. As we get progressive our mindsets have changed and the secret romantic rendezvous points are being replaced with public installations like this Meeting Point! Quite a spectacular sight actually! You can arrange to meet your beloved on a particular hour of the dial and then maybe walk around to the 12 o’clock spot where a solar powered touchscreen kiosk awaits you.

0 Designer: Serdar Sişman

How to Stage a Perma-Stage

How to Stage a Perma-Stage

So I know a lot of you are bohemians. You travel from place to place, packing up all of your belongings on a weekly basis and living in a brand new place, each time. Or. What’s that? You’ve lived in the same place for several years? Well how do you stay inspired? You change your perma-surroundings to make your surroundings less perma? Why, that sounds just lovely! They should make more city landmarks like that. Like, oh, say… stages for public performances! Yes, indeed!

0 Designers: Jan Ledwon & Alicja Chola

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

No Need to Water this Grass Eye

Let me tell you a little bit about exterior design. It’s complicated. You don’t just mess around with the property you own that everyone can see. That said, people better not mess with you because of how your property looks. One time, my neighbor was ordered add a coat of paint to his garage (by the state), so he painted it bright-yet-pastel purple. Would you like to say what’s up to the world? It’s “Astro Type” for you.

0 Designer: George Simkin

Shop Laboratory, Good For Business?

Shop Laboratory, Good For Business?

During their scholarship year at the Designlabor Bremerhaven in 2008 an interdisciplinary design team devised temporary usage concepts as part of a strategy to counter the number of unoccupied shop premises in Bremerhaven. These innovative concepts were tested in a vacant shop under experimental conditions. This was in turn transformed into a gallery, a media café and finally an outlet offering its own design products called the Shop Laboratory.

0 Designer: Designlabor Bremerhaven

With One Hand He Lifted, His House Designed

With One Hand He Lifted, His House Designed

Clouds from the sky he used, and colors from the atmosphere. He would with two hands attach them to eachother, and with maybe the help of a string or two, to the ceiling hold them. The kids would find them fort-like, and the mother of juice-stains find them easy to clean, as this is a detachable grid of replaceable fabric pieces; tiles, if you will.

0 Designers: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in collaboration with Kvadrat Textiles