The Inside Out

The Inside Out

Emergent’s new Huaxi Urban Center for China (always China or Dubai) is a paradigm shift in architectural design when once upon a time a building’s exterior was designed to hide, shield, and mask its massive network of support beams, duct work, wiring, and HIVAC systems. The Huaxi Urban Center externalizes all its “innards” in a morphology of shifting lights racing up and down its glacial-like hull.

0 Designer: Emergent

A Touch of Personalization to your Flip Mino

A Touch of Personalization to your Flip Mino

Last month we reviewed the fantastic Flip Mino cam by Pure Digital with very little to improve on for a video camera in that price range. Today Pure Digital is announcing a new service to customize your Mino with professionally designed covers. If one of the designs don’t strike your fancy, create your own have them print it! Not design saavy? Don’t worry, the service includes a pattern generator to help your own create amazing graphics. I’m thinking maybe a few custom Yanko Design inspired Mino’s to give away to our readers?

0 Designer: You @ TheFlip

Energy Mate Converts Consumption into Sense

Energy Mate Converts Consumption into Sense

Green People rejoice! Stuart Sharples’ designed the Energy Mate system, making it simple to convert the energy you spent in your home into pounds and pence! Simply clip or screw on the four different energy sensors and read the output on your hand-held screen!

Retro-fitted goodness.

0 Designer: Stuart Sharples

Thirty-Point Art Furniture for Children

Thirty-Point Art Furniture for Children

You all remember the ironing board that folds up into the closet, the seat that flattens into a painting, and the bathtub that doubles as an eggchair. Well, little Barry and little Michelle wanted some forward-thinking design ingenuity for themselves! My Deer are the wall herd that double as kid-size stools!

0 Designer: Jeroen Wesselink

Atelier Tekuto's Poetic House Experiments

Atelier Tekuto’s Poetic House Experiments

Architectural home designs rarely push the boundaries of actual living: they often boil down to 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  Atelier Tekuto is not only pushing these boundaries.  The office seems to live in a world where the boundaries simply do not exist.

0 Architectural Firm: Atelier Tekuto

100% Design London 2008 Recap

100% Design London 2008 Recap

It’s official, the 2008 London Design Festival is now over!  In its 6th year and with over 150 events held all over London, I was lucky enough to be able to view the best of the best within furniture, craft, architecture, fashion, multi-media, graphic and industrial design.

0 Exhibition: 100% Design London

Must Run with the Beat, Yamaha BodiBeat Review

Must Run with the Beat, Yamaha BodiBeat Review

Runners know music can provide that extra oomph to make that last mile. The right music can relax us, put us to sleep, or heal us, so it makes sense it can also energize us. The Yamaha BodiBeat is part DJ, part heart monitor, and part trainer to keep you at your peak performance during workouts. Armed with new running sneakers and a snazzy outfit, I strapped the BodiBeat onto my arm and took to the Los Angeles jungle. My review after the jump.

0 Designer: Yamaha

Move Over Grand Central, WTC Transport Hub Revealed

Move Over Grand Central, WTC Transport Hub Revealed

Last week, the Port Authority of New York, New Jersey, and Santiago Calatrava released revised renderings of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. I’ve always been enamored with the grand hubs of Europe so it’s about time we got something new.

0 Designer: Santiago Calatrava

3D Software and You!

3D Software and You!

One of the most important tools in a designer’s arsenal is software. We receive loads of questions about what software to use but like any other tool, it’s only as good as its master. There are a number of industry standards but we want to hear from you – what 3D modeling/rendering solution do you use? I started with Lightwave 3D in the 90′s, then took on the daunting task of learning Maya. Today I use Modo exclusively. Most of these packages have free learning editions students can download. What about free open source solutions like Blender? Any others?

The Wonders of Concrete

The Wonders of Concrete

Ahh, the wonders of concrete.  A technology invented by the Romans continues to astound me with what is possible.  In the case of dupli.casa, it is the perfect, seamless material for the whizzy computer shapes coming from the office of Berlin architect Jurgen Mayer H.  What makes this project noteworthy is that it shows a powerful grasp of shapemaking, and it never feels like you’re sitting in a big sculpture that someone grudgingly cut windows in.

0 Designer: Jurgen Mayer H.

Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine

Place both elbows to the railing, place hands to skull, hear airplanes, bombs, and air-raid horns fill your eardrums the same as if you were there, Dresden Germany, 1945. Markus K has designed a different kind of memorial, one that allows the person visiting to not only stand in the place where history happened, but to hear and experience it as well.

0 Designer: Markus Kison

iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

iPhone Laptop? Wait WHAAAT???

OLO Computer updated their site with a mysterious laptop with what looks like an iPhone as the trackpad and OS X on the screen. Now I’m only thinking out loud but the iPhone, tho powerful, isn’t powerful enough to run a full blown version of OS X. Does OLO know something we don’t know or are they just reaching for pie in the sky? Care to ruminate?

0 Designer: OLO

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Make an Avatar!

One of the new features on our site are the Gravatars that appear when commenting. Gravatars are globally recognizable avatars. They reflect who you are so why not make one? It’s fast, free, and easy. The cool thing is you just sign up once and every time you comment on any blog supporting the Gravatar service, your avatar will appear! So go! Make your Gravatar and come back here to leave a comment. I want to see all of you!

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