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Leaf Chapel

Posted in architecture, interior design with tags , , , , on October 15, 2008 by anonimiss

The Leaf chapel designed by Klein Dytham architecture sits within the grounds of the Risonare hotel resort in Kobuchizawa, a refreshingly green setting with beautiful views to the southern Japanese Alps, Yatsugatuke peaks and Mt.Fuji. The chapel is formed by 2 leaves – one glass, one steel – which have seemingly fluttered to the ground. The glass leaf with its delicate lace pattern motif emulates a pergola and the structure holding it up reminds one of the veins of a leaf which slowly become thinner the further they get from the central stem. The white steel leaf, perforated with 4700 holes, each of which hold an acrylic lens, is similar to bride’s veil made of delicate lace. Light filters through the lenses and projects a lace pattern onto the white fabric inside. At the end of the ceremony when the groom lifts the bride’s veil for the legendary kiss the ‘steel veil’ magically opens too, revealing the pond and the enchanting nature beyond.

Well, I’ve lifted the entire text from the designers’ website…..I guess the structure needed the detailed description to be fully appreciated. I quite liked the idea, it is both modern and baroquish at the same time. And it is a refreshing new way of looking at a chapel, both architecturally and spiritually.

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When Leaves Light-up Your Street…..

Posted in design, green, product design with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2008 by anonimiss

The ‘Invisible Streetlight’ designed by Jongoh Lee are another example of the intricate bond between design and technology. The leaves play a role in making the invisible streetlight ‘invisible’ without damaging nature. During daytme, the leaves are almost invisible, mingling with the leaves on the tree, while at night time the leaves come to life with the help of a luminance sensor.

The leaves emits light at nighttime by saving energy from sunlight during the day. The most innovative element of Invisible Streetlight is that it does not require a support because the flexible body in the shape of tree branch is directly installed to the trees lining a street. Installation is simple in parks and outskirts of urban centers, and the Invisible Streetlight does not spoil scenic beauty of the surrounding areas. But yes, you need tree-lined streets for this amazing concept to work well.

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Camouflaged Technology…..

Posted in design, green, product design with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by anonimiss

Ahh, the art of camouflage. As technology becomes ever more ubiquitous in our lives we have begun to try and hide it, and blend it in with our surroundings. Well now the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Mitsubishi Corp and Tokki Corp have developed an organic thin film solar cell that takes the shape of a common leaf.

At first glance this energy producing “plant” may look pretty commonplace, but looks can be deceiving. AIST, Mitsubishi and Tokki has enveloped each solar leaf in an ultra thin film to repel oxygen and water which will make it more durable and friendlier to the harsh outdoor environment. If this prototype performs up to par, they are looking at applying this technology from walls and windows to clothes and toys. Ah Technology!

A Leafy Affair

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

Liked this “Leaf Chair” designed by ARPER. Though I initially thought it would be a tad uncomfortable, I read a number of reviews that said its in fact very ergonomic and comfy. Of course, you could use a seat pad (which the designer added later on), but I guess that would spoil the overall look. A stackable version of the chair is also available.

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