Using multiple flavor compartments, the Enfuse flask helps you make tea to your taste with ease, and its elegant design ensures it blends well with the interior decoration.
The Enfuse is a versatile and gorgeous flask designed by Hussain Almossawi, a Vancouver based industrial designer. The concept flask shows off an eye-catching combination of vintage style and futuristic design, and the clear material allows you to see inside the flask, which delivers an enjoyable tea drinking experience.
Each Flavor compartment can be filled with custom flavors like tea leaves, sugars, spices, milk and more, and with a simple single push, it will release 1/2 table spoon of your chosen ingredient into the container below, and the flavors will dissolve as they pass through the spout, adding your favorite flavor into the tea.
Flat is boring (though it is convenient to transport when it comes to flat packed furniture). But a Milan-based company is bringing three-dimensional triangular goodness to walls and ceilings with Wood-Skin, a composite materials that merges the rigidity, strength and beauty of wood, with the suppleness of textiles designed to add an aesthetic punch to architectural surfaces, furniture and other sculptural elements.
Made out of digitally fabricated triangular tiles of Finnish birch sandwiching a nylon and polymer mesh in between, Wood-Skin is a pliable material that can be applied without the need for complex supporting structures underneath (no word on what type of adhesive is used; we hope it's eco-friendly). Its simple triangles allows for complex forms to takes shape with minimum fuss. It looks modern, yet organic in its ability to bend, flex and deform into various shapes, all facilitated by the simple triangulation of its surface.
According to Wired, designers Giulio Masotti and Gianluca Lo Presti first came up with the material as part of an open-source design competition back in 2012. They test drove the concept in Montreal, Canada, using it design part of the lobby of a local rock climbing gym. Says Masotti:
At that time we were looking for a solution that would fulfill our need to create complex shapes, every time different, based on a standard, but also ready to evolve in a smart, fluid, connecting system. What we created was a skin that would allow us to focus on the structure and would adapt to it, leaving the builder the total control with the flexibility to change the forms at any moment during the whole process.
Wood-Skin can be made as modules, sheets or rolls, which can be put together to form one seamless surface. Its manufacturing process allows for a wide range of customization: you can change the angle of excavation to adjust the angle of deformation, you can change the thickness of the wood, you can even get a sheet of the stuff with irregular triangles.
In a recent collaboration with MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, they are even starting to make self-transforming flat pack furniture with it. It comes flat, and with a simple tug, it magically pops up, ready to use, no fasteners or tools needed. Like their tiles, it's designed to be flexible and reusable, says COO Susanna Todeschini:
The good thing about Wood-Skin is that you can disassemble and re-use it as many times as you want without throwing it in the trash. You can fold our furniture up and store it under the bed when you’re not using it
So what might materials like this mean for the future of design? Well, at the least you can expect walls or even outdoor facades with a more striking aesthetic, and perhaps even furniture and surfaces that are programmed to morph and self-assemble on their own. Neat stuff.
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LivingHomes recently unveiled the newest version of its C6 prefab house on a 20-acre ranch just north of Joshua Tree National Park, California. The house is based on a LEED platinum-level-certified C6 prototype, which features environmentally friendly materials and cradle-to-cradle design philosophy. The property includes the C6 house installed at Big View Ranch and is up for sale for $485,000.
LivingHomes desgned the C6 series in collaboration with the Make it Right foundation, which was founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough in order to build affordable homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. LivingHomes decided to use part of the proceeds from the sale of C6 homes to support the activities of Make it Right. The updated C6.1 model is Energy Star certified and can achieve a LEED Platinum level certification.
The house has recycled and cradle-to-cradle-certified products incorporated into its structure, and includes a carbon offset in the purchase of the home to counter the energy used in its construction. It also comes with grey water recycling and photovoltaic systems, which can be installed by local contractors. The basic module features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and the newest versions have been upgraded to become more sustainable.
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The physics are straightforward: when a material changes phase, like ice changing to water, a great deal of heat is absorbed. When it goes from water to ice, heat is released. That's why ice doesn't instantly melt in your drink and why it does such a good job of keeping it cool; it takes time.
Phase Change Materials like paraffin are being used more often in buildings to act as thermal flywheels, storing heat in the day and releasing it at night, or vice versa. You can buy drywall impregnated with it. Architect and engineer Raphaël Ménard and designer Jean-Sébastien Lagrange are making it beautiful with their Zero Energy Furniture, of which the Climactic Table is the first project, now being shown in Milan. "The project represents a result from a dialogue between design and engineering, structural design and energy savings, thermal well-being and rational aesthetic."
The designers are trying to solve "energy efficiency and climate control issues at the furniture scale rather than at the building scale," by absorbing and releasing heat to regulate temperature.
Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day? Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by concentrating the heat from the flame of a few candles inside a terracotta dome, radiating warmth into a room even after the candles are blown out.