Posts Tagged ‘ Engineering ’

Falcon Motorcycles of Ian Barry

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American industrial designer, artist, and motorcycle engineer Ian Barry fascinates motorsport enthusiasts with his super-sleek, monster mechanics fused with exquisite artistry and workmanship. He is best known for the synthesis of sensual, rounded lines with chunky, robust metallic hardware. Historically and culturally influenced, Barry collects rare motorcycle engines of famed British beauties. Using the engine as both a creative influence and a structural framework, he has developed a practice of designing, engineering, and manufacturing each entire vehicle from scratch. Together with partner Amaryllis Knight, he co-founded Los Angeles’s Falcon Motorcycles and has since been working on the falcon series, a collection of 10 completely unique designs which have been refurbished from pieces of vintage finds. Four of ten falcons have been completed, and each high-end mammoth creation is as enticing and extravagant as its predecessor.

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19-Year-Old Invents Way To Clean The Ocean Of Plastic Garbage


One of the ongoing environmental disasters you may or may not be aware of is all the plastic floating in the oceans. There’s literally tons of it and, fun fact, it’s slowly poisoning us. Boyan Slat, though, a 19-year-old college student, has a fairly innovative idea to solve the problem. Essentially, he’ll use large booms and giant funnels to do the job. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling. Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Array would do a lot more than just keep organic pollutants out of your sushi. Millions of dollars in tourism could be collected and a lot of boat damage could be stopped by hauling all this plastic out of the water. Of course, this solution has to be built: Currently it’s just some clever engineering on paper and some computer models.

Torque Desk by I M Lab

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London-based Alessandro Isola & Supriya Mankad from I M Lab have designed the Torque Desk.  A twisting take on a traditionally formal product. In this instance the desk has been transformed into a dynamic spatial object in tension with the straight walls of the space it occupies. The tensile stresses require the desk to be constructed in a malleable and ductile material. Bringing together clever engineering and hand craftsmanship, all the components of the metal body are structural as well as functional. The flat plane of the desk is folded to support itself at one end while seemingly resting on a stack of drawers at the other end. The rotating drawers are cantilevered around the spine which performs multiple functions of a support, a pivot and a cable management system connecting a floor point all the way up to the desk surface. An malachite letter and pen holder completes the design.


Matthew Shlian

Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design, though he frequently finds himself collaborating with a cadre of scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding at microscopic and nanoscopic scales.

Hendrix Studios, Santa Clara, CA.

Every so often I’m fortunate enough to be presented with a great business opportunity that allows me to help others as well.  I was introduced to Hendrix Studio’s by producer Clayton Williams, and have been obsessed with the facility ever since.  Below is a video tour of the studio.  If you’ve got any interest in getting any work laid down at Hendrix, don’t be afraid to hit me up.