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His lampshade is made up of 3,000 drinking straws that are all connected into one long chain.
With that one chain, Fishlock creates a translucent sphere to surround the lightbulb. If you really wanted to, you could unroll the ball and get one uber-long straw… but if it takes Fishlock seven days to put together, it might take you a little bit longer to get it back into lampshade form.
The drinking straw lampshade, aptly named Gulp, comes on the heels of Fishlock’s What Watt? another spherical chandelier made up of more than 1,243 incandescent lightbulbs of various shapes and sizes.
But, one can’t help but wonder, were these previously used straws?
After a long day, most, if not all of us, look forward to having a long hot shower—the kind that turns you into a prune. Just thinking about it can make you sigh with want, but too much of anything, is never good. That feeling of guilt for spending an hour, or more, in the shower sets in, and you wonder, how much is too much?
Introducing the Waterpebble, a small translucent device shaped like a pebble, monitors water going down the plug hole when you shower. It memorises your first shower, and uses it as a benchmark for the coming ones. Then the LED illuminates, and is pretty much like a traffic light telling you when to get out. Green, enjoy that hot beating water, yellow get ready to wind it down, aka, get that condition out of your hair, and red, turn the tap off stat!
From that moment on, Waterpebble automatically fractionally, reduces your shower intake, shortening your showers, basically it’s a no brainer: set it, and forget it. Not too bad huh…
Say goodbye to wrinkly fingers and toes!
It looks as though someone spilt a box of spaghetti onto this building. You’ve even got your veggies thanks to the rooftop garden. Luckily, the building’s frame is actually made out of aluminum, so no amount of boiling water will turn this into mush.
Apparently, the reason for the mesh exterior is to hide office clutter from being seen from the outside. It’s also a nifty way to diffuse natural light without having to tint the windows or use ugly plastic blinds.
The building, named “Manny”, was designed by Tétrarc and can be found behind the courthouse in Nantes, France. It will host conferences, exhibits, and other arty events, and will also provide office space for architecture and creative arts businesses.
Working here, you might start craving Nonna’s Pasta Bolognese.
What’s stainless steal and lime green all over?
Why, it’s the newly envisioned uber-eco friendly Ekokook kitchen by Faltazi Design. Though it’s in the pre-manufacturing stages, its appearance is enough to make the environmentalist chef’s heart flutter with glee.
This kitchen set is complete with hanging fans and energy efficient appliances. These hanging compartments offer owners of the Ekokook kitchen a venue for container gardening; supplying a perfect opportunity to grow fresh herbs right in the kitchen. The French design team even thought of fresh vegetable storage, water conservation and recycling. It also helps sort waste in three categories: solid, liquid and organic.
Though this kitchen stands for the antithesis of the traditional rustic kitchen, it’s a well researched, future oriented, dream kitchen. With its sleek lines, bold colours and functionality, the Ekokook offers something bold for the forward thinking chef and eco-design buff.
What would you do if you saw a really funky, free chair sitting in the middle of the sidewalk? You would take a seat and test it out and then you would probably take it home.
At least, that’s what many New Yorkers did when they spotted one of the 25 chairs planted on the streets of Manhatten by the Blu Dot Studio.
Unlike your average free street junk, these chairs are modern, well-made, new, and painted in pretty colours like robin’s egg blue and bright red.
What the chair-takers didn’t realize was that they were being watched.
The Real Good Experiment was created by mono and the Blu Dot Studio to celebrate their SoHo store’s one-year anniversary.
The company bugged the chairs with GPS-tracking devices allowing them to find the homes where the chairs went. They then went to the new chair-owners homes and interviewed them about the culture of “curb-mining”— when something free and arty is found on the street.
It may sound a bit creepy, but the video the Blu Dot Studio produced is really interesting because they show us where and with whom the chairs end up. We get a peek into these peoples’ homes and we get to see how the chairs suit all of the different environments they end up in (great advertising, too!).
We definitely have our eye on the Blu Dot Studio now. Can’t wait to see what other shenanigans they come up with!
Gramophone, it’s time to meet the ipod. Ipod meet the Gramophone, an ancient ancestor.
Though perhaps this isn’t how the initial introduction may have gone when industrial designer Matt Richmond found a 1920’s Magnavox at an antique shop, it’s an interesting fusion nonetheless. Especially with TV going HD 3D and phones getting smaller and smarter, items such as this serve as a creative reminder of our technological roots to combine with our technological advances.
The iVictrola is the best of both worlds, it combines the aesthetic of the roaring 20’s with the spiraling technology of today. It even incorporates energy efficiency—it doesn’t require batteries or electricity. Instead, it relies purely on acoustics. The ipod is simply inserted in the walnut dock, and the sound travels through a hole and is amplified as it exits through the horn.
While the lo-fi quality isn’t much to boast about, the iVictrola is a recycled vintage companion to a mass produced symbol of the 21st century.
Best served with moonshine and flappers.