Posts Tagged ‘ Designed ’

A ‘Wine Glass’ For Coca-Cola


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Coca-Cola is trying to convince consumers that a specially designed glass can also enhance the flavors of their fizzy drink. Developed in partnership with Riedel, the new glasses are inspired by the curves of the original Coca-Cola contoured bottle, and are said to capture “the distinct spices, aroma and taste of Coca-Cola.”

Aura Collection by Jasper van Grootel


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Jasper van Grootel of JSPR has designed a lighting collection named Aura. The Aura collection consists of a variety of three circle shaped lighting items in different sizes. Crafted of Anodized aluminium and fixed with fairground light bulbs these design objects are sophisticated yet playful. It is possible to connect thru the Aura’s; create an immense lighting object by making a range of the same or different sizes offered. These lighting items ad a luxurious and intense atmosphere to a space, whether it’s in a hospitality facility, in an office, a living room or even in a club.

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Villa Amanzi Residence In Phuket Thailand


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Designed by Original Vision, Villa Amanzi is somehow nestled amidst jagged rocks on a steep incline. Sleek lines and wide open spaces dominate over the three levels of luxury, with three bedrooms (and their bathrooms) each having perfect ocean views. The interior offers 8,600 square feet of space, while the entire property stretches out over 2,644 square meters.

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The Warehaus In Perth By Residential Attitudes


 

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Furniture You Can Hang On A Wall?


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YOY Design Studio has come up with a concept for two-dimensional furniture, called he Hanging Canvas Furniture.  Canvas is a series of two-dimensional furniture pieces that can be displayed on the wall as works of art and, unexpectedly, can also be sat on like real furniture.  Each piece is made from wood and aluminum and then covered with screen-printed elastic fabric. It comes in three variations: a stool, a love seat, and a sofa.  Just lean the frame against a wall and invite your guests to take a seat in them. When weight is applied against the canvas, it stretches and comfortably adapts to the sitter.

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Beverly Hills Bachelor Pad By Michael Palumbo


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If there was an award for the greatest bachelor pad on Earth, this Beverly Hills masterpiece would certainly be a contender for the title. 1201 Laurel Way is a modern mansion designed by Michael Palumbo and his team of architects. There are few places more desirable than Los Angeles when it comes to living destinations. Sure there’s the smog problem everyone promotes so much, but the place really is beautiful. This 6 bedroom, 10 bathroom residence takes advantage of the stunning coastline views LA has to offer with floor to ceiling windows used heavily throughout the home along with a rooftop terrace and infinity pool to really take it all in. The open floor plan creates a nice social setting, and the spacious garage has plenty of room for your McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin.

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Synthetic Creatures


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Synthetic living creatures would be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution under this futuristic proposal by designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. Called Designing for the Sixth Extinction, the project is designed to trigger debate about how artificial organisms could be used to solve environmental problems. Ginsberg has proposed four new species, including a slug that leaves a trail of alkali to neutralise acidic soil, and a porcupine with sticky rubber spines that would help disperse seeds of threatened plants. There is also an artificial puffball that kills tree-damaging pathogens when it bursts; and a biofilm that grows on leaves and absorbs pollutants and viruses, safely removing them when the leaves fall in autumn. The creatures would be designed, patented and produced by corporations in the same way that industrial products are developed today. The corporations could use the creatures as a form of “biodiversity offsetting”, to make up for environmental damage caused by their activities. The creatures would be engineered to contain a genetic “kill switch” that would prevent them from over-breeding and creating new environmental problems.

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NIKE+ Fuelband SE and NIKE+ Fuelband App


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NIKE has unveiled multiple innovations to its NIKE+ ecosystem; the NIKE+ fuelband SE – the newest version of the wearable exercise tracking device, which seamlessly connects users with a new cloud connected smartphone app – and the NIKE+ fuel lab, an evolution of its popular accelerator program. Originally launched in early 2012, the technology-packed bracelet tracks all day movement using ‘nikefuel’, a universal way to measure all kinds of activities—from a morning workout to a big night out. The system is designed to measure whole-body movement regardless of age, weight or gender – a built-in three-axis accelerometer detects motion all day long.

Architecturally Influenced Hermit Crab Habitats By Aki Inomata


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Japanese artist, Aki Inomata creates intricately crafted plastic habitats for hermit crabs, which are influenced by the architecture of major cityscapes — The new york city skyline, a parisian apartment, and a tokyo-style house. The semi-transparent, delicate forms are designed in the style of physical human environments, which ironically become a shelter for the aquatic arthropods. The biology of the hermit crab makes it a fascinating example of identity transfer — as they grow they require larger shells and periodically interchange their external portion with other members of the crustacean community. Inomata connects her study of the hermit’s transformation to the self-adaptation of humans, whether it be in acquiring a new nationality, immigrating or relocating.

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Cove 6 Residence


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This property known as the Cove 6 Residence is another architectural gem designed by SAOTA, a Cape Town-based design studio. Completed in 2006, the site forms part of The Cove, a private estate in Knysna, and is perched on an exposed cliff with spectacular views. The Cove 6 residence is bright, airy and modern, as you can tell by the indoors and outdoors seamlessly become one.

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Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort


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Chinese-based Sheraton hotel chain is planning an aggressive expansion in 2013, opening 30 new branches in the Asia-pacific area and four in Africa and the Middle East and 15 alone will open in China within the year. The “Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort” is perhaps the most striking of this endeavor, designed by Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects. It could be described as horseshoe shaped, or maybe as a partially submerged bold serif-faced ‘O’, or even possibly a dipped elongated donut, but no matter how you describe it, the newly opened Sheraton Hushou Hot Spring Resort is not your average looking hotel.

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Beer Barrel Bedroom


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The beer barrel bedroom is perfect to try if you’re in Ostbevern, Germany. Built from 19th century real beer barrel, which was in use until 1995, this bedroom can accommodate two persons at a time.

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The World’s First Fully Autonomous UAV Drone Aircraft


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Developed by french Lehmann Aviation, the LA100 is conceived as the world’s first fully autonomous UAV drone aircraft.
designed for capturing images and HD video using a GoPro, the system takes flight at heights of 80-100 meters, returning automatically to the user within 5 minutes. With options to mount the camera on the top wing or bottom wing for
simultaneous use of two GoPro’s, the unit is capable of withstanding harsh environments and diverse climate conditions: from -25°C to +60°C, humid or dry air and high wind resistance. made mostly out of carbon fiber and foam, the LA100 is also easy to transport, weighing less than 1 kg with a wingspan of less than 1 meter long.

Titanium Utility Ring


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Crafted from aerospace grade titanium this ring is one of most unusual rings. Specially designed for men Utility Ring packs five different tools. It features a bottle open, two blades, one for cutting things like packaging tapes and the other one is the serrated blade for hard things like nylon strapping – a saw for cutting soft surfaces, also it has a tiny comb for your mustache.

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Le Nid “The Nest”


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Le Nid “the nest” is a whimsical themed bar located in Nantes, France. Designed by Graphic Designer Jean Jullien it was his first 3D project. Literally translating to “The Nest,” the combination of whimsical details and a scenic view overlooking the city of Nantes guarantee that we will all be flocking to Le Nid.

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Hal 9000 Life-Size Replica


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A very famous character from Space Odyssey series, Hal 9000 was a state of the art artificial intelligent system that was designed to control the Discovery One spacecraft. Since, Life-Size Replica of Hal 9000 has been re-created in a wall mounted remote controlled machine based on actual studio blueprints, it’s now inevitable for guys who loved Hal to revitalize their memories they had with it. It triggers Hal’s famous speeches upon pressing a button on IR remote or by talking to him.

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Ong and Ong Pte’s Modern House in Singapore


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Designed by architects Ong & Ong Pte, this modern house in Singapore is meant to give you “a spatial experience that excites the senses by promoting light.” The architects sought to create a relationship between the metallic elements and subtle tones within the house by wrapping aluminum cladding in the air well. This air well divided the two sections of the house and became the perfect place for an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. The coolest part, of course, is that you can open up the glazed partitions of the house so that the first floor becomes one large living space. The ground floor, then, is not only a lounge and dinning area, it is an ideal place to relax and sit poolside, a place to sip margaritas and soak in the rays.

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Creative and Unusual “Covert Jewels”


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This creative and unusual jewelry was designed by artist Connamon Lee in collaboration with Australian design studio Metalab. Named as “Covert Jewels” this beautiful jewelry is a combination of metal and digital designing.

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Luxury Spanish Property by A-Cero Architects


A-cero specifically designed this luxury property to fit in within it`s surrounding environment, and to make full use of the exceptional weather that Spain is renowned for. They used large windows throughout, which allowed the main lounge area to be an open space leading to the landscape garden and swimming pool beyond. The property structure is based on two rectangular volumes, and within these feature clean finishes, high-quality materials and exclusive furniture and fittings which all combine to result in an exceptional living space.

Selling Wine – The Wine Retailer


Anyone who has ever designed food and beverage packaging knows how difficult it is to stand out in the crowded sameness of food stores. This difficulty is magnified in the wine category. You must, in essence, express the wine’s distinctive qualities in the tiny space of the label, the cap, and perhaps some carton or POS applications. To make matters worse, various laws and regulations require that much of the label space is taken up by small print. There is also very little cost-effective wiggle room in the basic package: the bottle. Bottles are universally more or less the same, and the sameness is dictated by standardized manufacturing, transportation, storage and displays. Wine quality plays a major role in this as well, as does consumer perception. Wine that comes out of a box or a plastic container just doesn’t feel quite right.

In the retail selling environment, education and information now also demand their share of space as more and more novices want to know about wine. For the wine retailer, and for the designer of spaces where wine is sold, all of this poses a challenge: How to display hundreds of seemingly similar bottles in an attractive, interesting and functionally effective way. How to make shopping enjoyable and easy, and how to help consumers learn more about wine.

Movie Themed Posters Re-Invented (Again).


Minimal posters are very trendy, and Alejandro de Antonio has produced an excellent set of minimal movie posters in this vein. He has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of a popular movie and represent it via a simplistic, but elegant illustration.  His designs showcase how strong the brand is behind the movies, as we instantly connect with the represented protagonists.

The Future Of Air Travel Has Zero Emissions.


Based on the form of the Bar Tailed Godwit, a bird that holds the record for the longest none-stop flight, the swift and efficient Lockheed Stratoliner is designed to fly anywhere on the globe without refueling. Oversized wings generate large amounts of lift and permit flight at higher altitudes while four Cryogenic Hydrogen Turbofan engines power flight with zero emissions and can operate in a low-power state similar to that of fighter jets, saving a substantial amount of fuel.

The Amulet Helmet.


The Amulet Helmet by designers Kim Jungwoo & Kim Yoonsang takes influence from the Sun Ja Mun pattern, a traditional Korean symbol that you’ve probably seen before. It represents love, living, & luck. Whether it will bring you any of those things or not, there’s no denying that it’s one cool looking piece of headgear.

6 More Ridiculously Nice Offices.


A while back, I had posted up a listing of 5 insane offices from around the world, and I was pretty positive that list would stand the test of time.  But some way, some how, I’ve seen even more totally ridiculous offices, and I want to share these with you guys.  I don’t know where your job is, but I want a job in an office like these.

1. The Bank Of Moscow.

The interior design of Bank of Moscow’s offices in central Moscow’s Kuznetsky Most area (Kuznetsky Most street 13) retains the building’s great historical bones and matches customized adornments to them.  The office (one of the Bank’s many offices) occupies 7,000 square meters on the third floor and in the previously unused mansard (attic) space. Moscow-based designer, Alexey Kuzmin, retained by architectural office Sretenka for this assignment, used the space’s key feature, the large, hexagon-shaped central hall, as the defining point.  He placed the client services functions in this grand, open area to evoke and retain the elegant feel of the entire building.  It is windowless, so Kuzmin created a stained-glass ceiling, that echoes the forms and style of the building.

Everything in the client zone was customized, including the tall wooden doors with glass, stained-glass windows, chandeliers, oak paneling for walls and ceilings and the marble floors.  Kuzmin located the staff offices on the wings or balconies surrounding the client zone. The dividers in the office area are made of glass with wooden arches around them.  The attic had no historically significant features and it was designed as a typical, effective office. Glass dividers allow light into the space from the small narrow roof-top windows. The ceiling is made of fire resistant panels, covered with birch veneer. The white office furniture is by Vitra.

2. The Gentleman’s Club Office.

Pool tables, free beer and “casual everyday” dress code may have become the desired and appropriate work environment in many companies, but for some, a gentlemen’s club atmosphere works better.  London-based architecture and design firm SHH created this elegant office in London for an international investment company. The offices are located in a five-story Georgian townhouse connected to a two-story mews by a partially covered walkway. Several marble-inlaid fireplaces, marble mosaic floor tiles and beautiful ceiling cornices were kept from the previous occupants but the rest underwent a thorough modernization.  The resulting milieu is imposing and somewhat intimidating. Its dark, black-and-white photography vibe harkens back to some secret storied past, yet the contemporary treatments, especially the dramatic lighting pieces return the thoughts back to today.  Some of the light fixtures are by Modular and Foscarini and the statement chandeliers were custom-designed by Michael Anastassiades.

Custom-work, limited-edition pieces and classic furnishings such as Eames chairs accent each space, giving stunning jolts among the calm opulence.  Showing up in dated jeans or worn-out sneakers (unless you are Steve Jobs or Richard Branson) in this space would not seem appropriate, and should cue sports be allowed, they would most likely be the English Billiards variety.  Founded in 1992 by David Spence, Graham Harris and Neil Hogan (the S, H and H), architecture and design firm SHH is now a practice of more than 50 people working globally on architecture, design and branding projects.  Many of SHH’s retail, hospitality, nightclub and office clients are in the luxury category, but their client list includes also names such as Sheraton, Adidas, Pizza Hut, Aphostrophe and McDonald’s.

3.  AZN Center – Melbourne.

I’m cautiously nursing a glimmer of hope that even the most corporate of the corporate world could start taking design seriously. And that they could really start understanding and taking advantage of the effects that great head-office design has on staff creativity, productivity and comfort; which, in turn, leads to either staff loyalty or revolving doors.  And, most important, that all of this inevitably filters down to how the customers experience the company.  Some banks in Australia are giving us reason for this hope.  I observed Macquarie investment bank’s new harbor-side office building in Sydney some time ago, but now looking at the ANZ Center in Melbourne’s Docklands and my hopes rise up further.

Designed by Melbourne-based HASSELL,  the massive “urban campus” occupies 130,000 square metres and is the location of the daily grind for 6,500 people.  The design centers around a common hub that on the ground level includes cafes, a visitor center and public art. Throughout the campus, 44 individual hub spaces connect to quiet working zones.  The floor plan maximizes flexibility and daylight penetration, and fosters collaboration and varying work styles.  About 55 percent of the work area is collaborative space and the remaining area is dedicated desk space.  HASSELL won the 2010 World Architecture Festival’s Interiors and Fitout of the Year award for ANZ Centre.  The World Architecture Festival is an annual three-day event held in Barcelona where the Awards this year attracted a record 500 entries from 61 countries.

4. dtac Headquarters – Bangkok.

Large companies with thousands of employees often give just a cursory nod to creating an appealing, exciting and comfortable workplace. Enter the thousands of pool tables and vending machines that are supposedly making work more fun. Lucky for its 3,200 employees, one of Thailand’s leading telecommunications firms, Total Access Communication PCL under the dtac brand, did much more.  In June 2009, dtac gathered its massive team from six separate buildings and relocated them to the newly designed dtac House in Bangkok’s Chamchuri Square office tower.  Now under the same roof for the first time ever, the dtac team occupies 62,000 square metres (about 662,000 square feet) on 20 floors, a move that marks the largest-ever office lease in Thailand’s history.  Opened to the media and VIPs on the auspicious day of 09/09/09, dtac House reflects the company’s desire to become the employer of choice, to enhance cooperation and communication, strengthen common goals, increase creativity and make it easier for the brand to react quickly to changing conditions.

For staff and customers, the new environment aims to communicate dtac’s brand approach “play and learn.”  Australian Hassell won the competition to design the space and align it with dtac’s vision. Hassell created an open and flexible environment with natural wood, natural light and purpose-built spaces.  Some of the highlights include a massive circular library amphitheater, and an entire Funfloor with indoor soccer, table tennis, running track, and concert and performance spaces.  Other custom-designed spaces include the Conversation Pit, the Freeform Meeting, the Picnic Table and the Dining Room, all created to encourage informal, face-to-face meetings. An open terrace atop the building overlooks Bangkok’s skyline.  It is easy to imagine that employees used to this environment would find it difficult to adjust to a boring row of cubicles ever again, in spite of the pool tables and vending machines.

5. Macquire Investment Bank – Sydney.

Macquarie investment bank’s new harborside office building, One Shelley Street, at King Street Warf in Sydney has been collecting accolades and awards for not only architecture and design but also for environmental sustainability and workplace functionality.  The main players in the team behind the building are Sydney-based Fitzpatrick & Partners, responsible for the design of the actual building, and West Hollywood’s Clive Wilkinson Architects that led the design team in the interior design and outfitting with Woods Bagot as the local executive architect.  Apart from the obvious visual appeal of the 10-storey office space, particularly impressive is Clive Wilkinson’s execution of the idea of using design as a key component in causing change — in encouraging and facilitating a new way of working. Macquarie wanted to adopt a new collaborative working style — Activity-Based Working (ABW), a flexible work platform developed by Dutch consultant Veldhoen & Co. — and the new office facility would play an important part in making this happen.

Macquarie’s 3,000 employees now work in an open and highly flexible space where, for example, in the 10-storey atrium, 26 various kinds of ‘meeting pods’ create a feel of ‘celebration of collaboration’ and contribute to openness and transparency.  The interior staircases have already reduced the use of elevators by 50%, and more than half of the employees say that they change their workspaces each day, and 77% love  the freedom to do so.  I like Wilkinson’s own description of the result: “. . . a radical, large-scale workplace design that leverages mobility, transparency, multiple tailor-made work settings, destination work plazas, follow-me technology, and carbon neutral systems. The result is part space station, part cathedral, and part vertical Greek village.”  Clive Wilkinson Architects is known for creative workplaces. Their clients include ad agencies such as Mother, JWT and TBWA\Chiat\Day, and technology firms in the Silicon Valley and Nokia in Finland.

6. Vodafone – Portugal.

In 1984, Vodafone was a tiny UK startup. Today, it is one of the world’s leading mobile telecommunications companies with activities around the globe. Vodafone’s well publicized Portuguese headquarters is located on Avenida da Boavista in Porto (Oporto), the namesake of Port wine and Portugal’s second global city after Lisbon.  The super modern building was designed by architects José António Barbosa and Pedro Guimarães of Barbosa Guimarães Arquitectos.  The architects’ wish to reflect Vodafone’s credo “Vodafone Life, Life in Motion” lead to the creation of a building that challenges the static and appears to be out of balance.

Three of the angular building’s eight floors are underground. The cross-section reveals an uneven footprint almost as if the entire structure had fallen from sky at a great speed and crashed itself into the earth where it now sits, only partly exposed and slightly disheveled.  Indeed, the outer skin reminds us of a slightly unfinished origami project that will eventually become a scale model of a museum, the inside views bring to mind the many variations of angular, uneven and pleasantly unresolved spaces we’d seen at Hotel Silken Puerta América in Madrid, especially the rooms designed by Ron Arad, Zaha Hadid and Plasma Studio.