Posts Tagged ‘ Deisgn ’

The Lyon Airport Just Got A Major Upgrade.

They’re fun, open-minded, hard-working, and they make fantastic design. The French design agency Graphéine recently concluded the 2017–2018 campaign for the Saint-Étienne Opera house with designs full of emotion, hence its title émotions partagées (shared emotions). And what’s more, they’ve reason to celebrate since 2017 is their 15-year anniversary.  Graphéine’s work begs second and third glances, not only because of the bold typography they incorporate into their solutions, but also because of the daring illusions they pull off, such as their anamorphic graphics for the Lyon St-Exupéry airport.

The New Scent Of Fresh.

The Scentee Machina gives the fragrance diffuser such a radically different avatar, it transforms what you imagine diffusers should look like. Designed as a product that makes your environment smell beautiful, the Scentee Machina even looks beautiful in a way that draws you towards it. It harnesses an aesthetic that’s reminiscent of the Nixie Tube, and brings that visual language to the fragrance diffuser, a product that hasn’t seen much change in 500 years of existing (aside from going electric).

The Scentee Machina asks the question, is the diffuser’s sole purpose just emitting fragrance? Or can a beautiful aroma just be a part of a beautiful experience… created by a product that’s beautiful too? The Scentee Machina is a flat plate that lets you dock a clear fragrance tube into it (it really does look as pretty as a nixie tube), and comes in a Uno and Quattro variants letting you dock single or multiple fragrances.

Controlled via a smartphone app, you can choose which fragrance you want to be diffused, and at what time. The Scentee’s fragrance list is quite inclusive, and far from traditional, allowing you to scent up your room with anything from Sandalwood, to Vanilla, even to Buttered Toast! The app learns from your choices and begins deploying fragrances based on your moods at the time of the day.

Changing a fragrance tube is as simple as unplugging a tube and replacing it with a new one. Magnetic connectors let tubes snap to the base, and when in use, a warm light glows from the tube’s bottom, providing a visual cue while also letting you see the liquid level descend eventually in all its beauty.

What the Scentee Machina does is it abstracts the diffuser, not assigning to it the conventional urn/vase/mountain shape we’ve seen all along. It creates an aesthetic that feels familiar, but not familiar to fragrance diffusers… Which is what’s truly innovative, and goshdarnit beautiful. Not to mention if you could get my room to smell like Chocolate or Buttered Toast, why wouldn’t you?

The Smallest Loft, With The Biggest Space.



Specht Harpman Architects are the masterminds behind the renovation of this 425ft² (apprx 40m²) micro loft.  The layout, is done in such a creative way that one wouldn’t know it was small.  Check the method.


The Miraculous Manipulations Of Michael Oswald.

When it comes to digital art, people have many different opinions as what qualifies.  Oswald is a digital artist with a unique style. His technique involves a combination of photo manipulation and digital painting techniques and the results are often stunning. No matter what you call his style, it’s awesome.  Check the method.


Amalgamate 1.0

Under Her Skin

The Bonsai Tree


Amalgamate 2.0



Trophy Wife


Amalgamate 3.0

Soul Searching

The Aston Martin Voyage.

I feel like I just tricked you.   I’m sure you expected some type of uber-sporty track racing contraption from the minds of the folks over at Aston Martin.  However, someone else has taken their design skills in an entirely different direction in an attempt to get Aston Martin to do something unthinkable. A renowned yacht designer has unveiled a new concept yacht based on the luxury vehicles of supercar maker Aston Martin.  The Aston Martin Voyage boat was inspired by Aston Martin vehicles such as the Vantage, Rapide, DBS and Virage and was unveiled last week.  De Basto, a Miami-based custom yacht designer, put together the concept as a way to test whether the car brand’s signature design could be transposed onto water.

The answer seems to be an emphatic yes, with the design clearly paying tribute to Aston Martin while absorbing the necessary nautical features.  The roof line, window shapes, front and rear lights, side ventilation, hood details and famous frontal grill are all design features of the car carried over to the boat.  Sadly, the model is very much a concept, and de Basto makes clear that although he has Aston Martin’s permission for the use of their name in the concept, it’s not intended for production or any commercialization.  However, with other brands such as Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Lancia already lending their names to high-performance boats, perhaps Aston Martin will reconsider sometime soon?

The Acadia Tree Tower.

The Acadia Tree tower allows for an exciting high rise that is both monumental in scale and look and has a small footprint on the city below. Three long legs rise high and support a complex of living and commercial spaces on top. The legs themselves have many functions: they house office spaces, the are the location of elevators that whisk people to the tower’s top, and they have plants growing in a middle groove, bringing living foliage to the whole length of the tower, culminating in plentiful green space on the complex that rests on top of the pillars.  The relaxing, green area perched on the three legs is meant to resemble a bird’s nest, providing secure housing, protection and respite. With expanses of grass, trees and even swimming pools, residents living in apartments on this tower enjoy leafy environs and fantastic views. Each apartment even has its own large, landscaped terrace. Also located on top are a hotel, a spa, sports areas, solar panels and tanks to store rainwater. These accommodations provide instant customers for the shopping, entertainment and employment facilities on the buidling’s ground level.  Design by Czech architect Petr Pospisil.

Chemically Powered to Charge.

The Eco Power Strip is an alternate energy production source that bypasses traditional oil and the new-age hydrogen alternatives. Electricity is produced by electrolysis – the combination of oxygen with hydrogen in bio-ethanol (DEFC: Direct-ethanol fuel cells), using energy without carbonic acid gas. The tech is viable but will we ever see this in practical applications?  The world may never know.

Holler For The Dollar.

With their vertical format bills, Dowling Duncan have reignited interest in ‘The Dollar Redesign Project’. This is basically a re-imagining of the US dollar. It’s a very interesting project, and we all know that most people hate change (everyone whine’s and complains when the make a new change to Facebook.) So take a look at them, and just think to yourself that this is what you may be giving your kids when they ask for allowance. (Assuming your in your mid 20’s). Obviously people will have questions about these bills, so Dowling Duncan have already answered them for you below.

Why The Size?
“We have kept the width the same as the existing dollars. However we have changed the size of the note so that the one dollar is shorter and the 100 dollar is the longest. When stacked on top of each other it is easy to see how much money you have. It also makes it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between notes.”

Why A Vertical Format?
“When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally. You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. all machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.”

Why Different Colors?
“It’s one of the strongest ways graphically to distinguish one note from another.”

Why These Designs?
“We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in america but visitors as well. Each note uses a black and white image depicting a particular aspect of american history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.”

Now keep in consideration that this is just a project, a clever idea, don’t think that these bills will be in ATM’s round the country, but just imagine what if they were.