Archive for September, 2008

Go Paint the Cinema Red!

Posted in interior design with tags , , , on September 30, 2008 by anonimiss

I just love the new Light House Cinema at Smithfield in Dublin, Ireland designed by Dublin’s award-winning DTA Architects. Light House cinema has been a bit of an institution in Dublin. It started showing Irish, independent, foreign-language, art house and classic cinema 20 years ago, closed in 1966, and re-opened this summer in its new, customized space.The new design capitalizes on existing assets of the theater and adds its own extra charm, blurring the line(design-wise)  between a theater and an art museum. Beautiful!

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Foldaway Furniture

Posted in furniture design, interior design with tags , , , on September 30, 2008 by anonimiss

Kenchikukagu designed by Atelier OPA from Japan is a series of foldaway furniture which includes a foldaway work station, a foldaway bed and a foldaway kitchen. The best part of this furniture is that when not in use, you can just fold it away and make space around it. Just what the doctor prescribed for a small sized residence!

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Our Little White Sofa

Posted in furniture design, interior design with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by anonimiss

Simplicity is the key factor in all of Christian Vivanco designs; always in search by the unification, not only of forms or surfaces, but of functions and uses, customs and necessities, always trying to create something simple, something beautiful. Something that becomes apparent with ‘our little white sofa’. The sofa, designed for both outdoor and indoor use, was conceptualised while searching for an all-together furniture, but at the same time looking for a new expression for this kind of piece. I want one!!

via Dezeen

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A Memorable Memory Card!

Posted in design, graphic design with tags , , , on September 29, 2008 by anonimiss

SD Memory Card is a university project in graphic design by Matt Keers. It is a 3D camera SD memory card incorporating a fold out poster showing the relationship between the photographs and the amount of memory left on the chip. I quite liked his other work too.

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LifeStraw – A Lifeline for Many…..

Posted in design, product design with tags , , , , on September 27, 2008 by anonimiss
Half of the world’s poor suffer from waterborne disease, and nearly 6,000 people – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. My earlier post – Clean Drinking Water for All….. Is that a Viable Dream? talked about the issue of potable water for all, but from an urbanite’s point of view……about a nightmare coming true. But what most of us forget is that a major part of the world is living that nightmare ‘right now’! And that’s why I really appreciate attempts by companies to address the problem and come out with sustainable, viable solutions.
One such attempt is the LifeStraw® developed by Vestergaard Frandsen. The two products LifeStraw® Personal and LifeStraw® Family are complimentary point-of-use water filters – truly unique offerings that will help people obtain safe drinking water at home and outside – paving the way for swiftly and effectively accomplishing the VF and MDGs. LifeStraw® water purifiers have been developed as a practical way of preventing disease and saving lives, as well as achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water by the year 2015.


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Accelerated Seating…..

Posted in furniture design, interior design with tags , , , , on September 27, 2008 by anonimiss

Copenhagen based designer Phillip Grass has designed this wonderfully sleek sofa (its a digital prototype) – Acceleration, which is “futuristic with a sense of acceleration and speed; organic with seamless flowing forms”. He’s obviously inspired by spaceships, airplanes and cars, as well as the structure of bones and the fluid forms of fish.

I’ve read a lot of criticism for this design on Dezeen, where I came across it first. But to the designer’s credit, he’s at least tried to create something different – every concept need not end up being a ‘master’ design, and yes, proportions could go wrong when you start with something. If the designer has the sense to refine and rework on mistakes, why not give him a chance? As for myself, I do like the aerodynamic form, in spite of the obvious references. And I do think a real world prototype would help erase all doubts…..

via Dezeen

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Chair with a ‘Spirit’

Posted in furniture design, interior design with tags , , , , , on September 26, 2008 by anonimiss

Designed by Architect Daniel Libeskind and Klaus Nienkamper the Spirit House Chair is constructed of stainless steel sheets in “interlocking, self-supporting structures, which are reminiscent of crystals”. The chair was designed for the Spirit House constructed last year in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Whats more, each chair comes with a custom laser-engraved signature of the designer. I like Libeskind work in general, but this chair really stands apart – I love it! And it quite makes me think – “Origami in Steel”.

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A Star-struck Watch

Posted in design, product design with tags , , , on September 26, 2008 by anonimiss

The TIWE watch designed by Chinese designer Lv Zhongfang was inspired from the impressionistic memories of his childhood, “The Starry Starry Night, It’s fantastic and supernatural”. The digital watch uses an OLED display to imitate the universe and celestial body to recreate the way time is interpreted through playing with the spatial watch arrangement. The white round dots run randomly in space when not in use. When you want to know what’s the time, just shake it or hit the glass surface slightly and the time will show.

I love the starry sky myself, so no doubt, I love this watch as well……a wonderful concept where the user has to interact with the product for a result.

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A Recyclable Umbrella??

Posted in green, product design with tags , , , on September 25, 2008 by anonimiss

Another quirky but interesting design – this time an environment friendly umbrella ‘Eco-Brolly’ designed by Shiu Yuk Yuen to encourage the society to take part in recycling. It has a pocket size, lightweight frame designed to utilize anything that is lying around, it can reuse and adapt objects such as newspapers, cards and plastic bags and turn them into an umbrella. Though suitable for short distance travel, it can also be used for longer distance journeys by stabilizing at the ends. It can be quite handy as its compact if one has to deal with unpredictable weather. I Like!

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An Ode to Edison…..

Posted in design, interior design, product design with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by anonimiss

In that spirit of taking the austere beauty of industrial light fixtures and adapting them for home interiors, Pottery Barn has taken the bare essentials of lighting – wires, sockets and bulbs – and elevated them to a lofty aesthetic. The chandelier can be hung in any configuration to suit any room’s decor. Ten fabric-covered cords extend from a circular bronzed ceiling plate, with clear oversized bulbs that have visible filaments. The design does do justice to its name- Edison Chandelier, and I quite liked it as much for its elegance as for its quirkiness.

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