CONCRETE / WOOD Interior Inspiration
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.
To create the bottles, spheres of ice are treated with a liquid form of the seaweed-derived membrane. When the membrane solidifies and the water melts, a portable, eco-friendly serving of packaged water remains. Each orb costs only 2 cents to construct.
"The most clear inspiration is the way nature encapsulate liquids using membranes. Made of lipids and proteins, the membrane enclose, limit and give a shape, keeping the balance between the interior and the exterior," the product's designers write.
Ooho! is the brainchild of London-based Skipping Rocks Lab, which just received a sizable sustainability grant from the European Union to hopefully introduce its novel concept on a large scale. The product also won the Lexus Design Award last year.
uniaki Sato's company Cocoa Motors is set to launch the new personal transportation device this autumn.
The lightweight aluminium board is approximately the size of a laptop and can carry loads of up to 120 kilograms.
Available as an indoor and outdoor version, the four-wheeled WalkCar is powered by a lithium battery and can reach speeds up to 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) per hour.
The device works similarly to the bulkier two-wheeled Segway device, with the user shifting their weight to change direction.
Stepping onto the board starts it automatically and disembarking immediately stops the motion. The device is small and light enough to pick up and pack away into a rucksack when necessary, similar to Impossible Technology's folding electric bike
According to Cocoa Motors, three hours of charging provides enough power for travelling distances of up to 12 kilometres (7.4 miles).
Sato came up with the idea while studying engineering. He set up Tokyo-based Cocoa Motors in 2013 and has since developed the concept into a working prototype.
WalkCar is set to launch on crowdfunding website Kickstarter in October 2015, with a price tag of around 100,000 yen (£500) and shipping is expected in Spring 2016.
Named Haus JJ, the two-storey apartment in Kreuzberg features two different routes between floors.
The first and most prominent is a spiral staircase featuring colourful flooring and a rope balustrade, while the second is the fireman's pole, tucked away in a corner.
"We wanted to create a fast and playful way to move from the fifth to fourth floor," explained the architect.
"It came up in the early discussions with the owners, but the initial idea was to create a slide," he told. "Unfortunately the floor plan did not allow enough space so we had to compact the idea – the result was a fireman's pole."Rather than making it a central feature, the entrance to the pole is hidden in a room screened by a bookcase. It leads straight down into the client's home office.
"After some time the idea of the secret room came up and we integrated the pole in there, making it possible to escape unseen," explained Petri. "It creates an efficient and easy-to-use circulation loop between the two floors."
The apartment occupies a rooftop extension to an existing residential block, taking up the fourth and fifth floors.
The spiral staircase is positioned at the centre of the space, framed by the walls of the master bedroom.Slender treads fan out around a central column, with wooden surfaces that match the herringbone patterning of the surrounding floors. These are coloured in vibrant shades of red, yellow, blue and green.
The intention was to reference an existing "Brandwände", or fire wall, in the centre of the building and the urban foliage that grows across it.
"In the fall, this green wall creates an amazing amount of natural colour gradients and growth patterns," said Petri. "We wanted to create something inside the apartment to link to this specific and amazing natural phenomena."There is no balustrade, but a rope hangs through the centre of the staircase to provide something to hold on the way down. There is also a skylight overhead."Due to the small floor plan, we also had to create a compact staircase," said Petri. "The rope was a good way to install a handrail without decreasing the space to much. It works really well, for kids and adults!"The home has entrances on both floors. On the lower level, the doorway leads through into a generous hallway, with the master bedroom and bathroom on the left, and the work space and children's room on the right. Upstairs, the majority of the space is taken up by an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space, which is partially screened from the entrance by a row of vertical wooden slats.
Design Duo Koz Susani have been working on bringing a new food concept to life that would transform the culture of eating altogether. “Just add Water” is a set of appliances which connect to an app that answers the tells you what to eat for dinner, and then makes it for you. Taking into consideration basic facts from your day, like if you exercised or perhaps if you are recovering from a cold, it calculates the perfect meal.
“Flavor pills,” tiny water-soluble pods filled with organic spices and nutritional supplements, get added to one of the appliances along with fresh produce and some water. Using sensors and a microprocessor, the appliance cooks the food for exactly the right amount of time and at exactly the right temperature.
“The ingredients and condiments are perfectly dosed, and the recipe is ‘contained’ inside the flavor pills,” explains Marco Susani from Koz Susani Design, the firm that created the new system. “So, the preparation is faster and requires fewer skills than traditional cooking.”
The flavor pills, which contain only a tiny amount of food and are packed using techniques from molecular gastronomy, can be shipped to consumers with little carbon footprint. They can also “be perfectly dosed to prepare perfect recipes and balance nutritional values,” Susani explains. “We wanted to explore the space between homemade, high-quality food—which is good but requires skills and effort—and the industrial prepared food that is still perceived as unhealthy and low quality.”
Builder of boats, surfer of waves, sculptor of glass — Ben Young is certainly a man of many talents. But it’s his painstakingly crafted sculptures which have brought the New Zealand artist a lot of attention recently. All of his pieces are entirely handmade with individual layers of glass being shaped by Ben Young himself. No CNC cutting machines are used, which is certainly an anomaly when it comes to these sort of intricate and extremely labour intensive objects. In fact computers aren’t involved in his work at all, with Young instead opting to plan his sculptures out on paper as rough outlines before recreating the forms in glass.
Many of his works revolve around the sea — waves in particular — which makes a lot of sense given that Ben Young is also an avid surfer. His earlier pieces often focused on organic themes: the human form, in utero babies and even a feather; before an abstract waveforms phase and finally onto ocean waves. His latest work tends to incorporate concrete landmass bases and steel detailing (such as the small house we see in Fjord) to create more complex coastal scenes.