15 innovative designs that blew our mind at NY Design Week

June 15, 2017 by  
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Want to see the future of design? Look no further than New York Design Week , where designers are breaking new ground by experimenting with innovative materials , concepts and technologies. From dazzling crystalline furnishings and literal lawn chairs to biometric seats straight out of science fiction, read on for 15 of our favorite finds from NYCxDesign . Aura Mirrors by Another Human We’ve got a crystal crush on these monolithic mirrors made from raw-hewn semi-precious gems. Leah Ring of Another Human told us that the stones are believed to have metaphysical properties – basalt confers power, blue calcite is calming, obsidian absorbs negative energy, and fluorite bestows positive energy. Cast Sand Drum Stools by Fernando Mastrangelo Fernando Mastrangelo uses simple sand to create textural, multi-layered stools that evoke landscapes, clouds, light and shadows. Collective Paper Aesthetics by Noa Haim A giant cardboard castle rose in the middle of Times Square over the course of New York Design Week . Noa Haim’s CollectivePaperAesthetics project welcomed passersby to design their own paper structures at the NYCxDesign Pavilion . Crossover Collective by Floor Nijdeken Floor Nijdeken is concerned that everyone spends too much time looking at their phones – so he created a “collective embroidery” table to bring people together again. Nijdeken’s Crossover Collective project invites anyone to take a seat and contribute to an embroidered carpet made by many different hands. Pipe Vases by Studio Jeroen Wand These sculptural vases by Jeroen Wand synthesize three different approaches to design. The pipes are readymade objects bought straight off the shelf; the dowels were store bought and then altered; and the smooth ceramic spheres were completely cast by hand. Laminated Cabinet by Studio Jeroen Wand Jeroen Wand has also developed a process for salvaging off-cut wood veneers to create beautiful, multi-layered furniture. Wand says “Normally, veneer is used to cover a less attractive material underneath. Here, veneer is used throughout the whole object.” The resulting pieces are exceptionally lightweight yet extremely durable. Crystal Icons by Isaac Monte Can you recognize this iconic design? It’s Michael Graves’ Alessi Kettle – completely encrusted in blue crystal! Dutch designer Isaac Monte has found a way to transform everyday objects into spectacular crystalline sculptures. Voltasol Pots by Living Things Most planters are heavy, immovable objects – which makes these tipsy, twirling pots all the more fun. Living Things ‘s Voltasol pots are perfectly balanced so that they spin round and round without falling down. Future Kitchen by Ceasarstone X Pratt Caesarstone teamed up with the Pratt Institute to give us a look at the self-sustaining kitchen of the future – complete with a water-recycling hydroponic garden and a biogas generator fed by cooking scraps. Settle Charging Table by Tanya Cai Tanya Cai’s Settle Table may look simple at first glance – but it has several tricks up its sleeve. A colorful inset lifts up to reveal a hidden storage compartment, and a woodgrain coaster doubles as a wireless charging pad for your phone. Kitchen Timers by Yejin Kim OK, these are the cutest kitchen timers we’ve ever seen – one reunites two chicks with every tick of the clock, and the other delivers a pizza slice to a waiting mouth as it counts down. Both were developed by SAIC student Yejin Kim for the Kikkerland and Paper Source Design Challenge . Biometric Chair by Sensingnet Meet the chair of the future. Sensingnet ‘s high-tech Argus seat can measure your respiratory rate, heart rate, and stress level the instant you sit down. Mushroom Planter by Kean University x Ecovative You’d never guess it, but this twisting planter is actually made from mushrooms! Kean University industrial design students teamed up with Ecovative to develop a wide range of products made from mycelium – including a bike helmet, a tote bag, and even a guitar. Lawn Chair by Sarah Crist and Lauren Klein This literal Lawn Chair put every other chaise at ICFF to shame. Sarah Crist and Lauren Klein developed the cheeky chair for a RISD project that paired industrial designers with textile designers. Bonded Packing Peanut Chair by Samuel Bechar If you’ve ever wondered what to do with all the pesky packing peanuts in your life, Samuel Bechar has the answer. He upcycled hundreds of the lightweight box fillers into a clever chair that looks like a giant cloud. + NYCxDesign

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Spiky URCHIN pavilion is made from hundreds of recyclable plastic chairs

November 4, 2016 by  
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Located on the Cornell University Arts Quad, URCHIN follows the 2016 CCA focus on the “cultural production of empathy.” The spiky, donut-shaped pavilion was designed using 3D-modeling software . The porous structure measures 37.5 feet in width, over 7.5 feet in height, and has a round seven-foot opening in its center. The seats are held together with metal connectors and are carefully positioned to maintain a stable form that can withstand strong gusts of wind. Related: Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda “Due to its aggregation and rotation, the object loses its familiar and functional relationship with the human body, so that its other qualities and implications can come to the fore,” says CODA. “URCHIN plays with the question of usefulness and uselessness by the manipulation of the simple chair, and consequently our perception of the chair and the connection between our bodies, the chair’s components and their orientations. The question of use as a primary perceptual phenomenon is a product of James J. Gibson’s Theory of Affordances in his Ecological Approach to Visual Perception.” None of the chairs were damaged in the making and will be reused after the pavilion is dismantled. The pavilion will be displayed until December 22, 2016. + CODA Images via CODA , Joe Wilensky, John Lai

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TOFU CHAIR – Leonardo Talarico’s Durable Chair Tests The Structural Limits of Tofu

June 13, 2015 by  
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Vegetarians of the world rejoice — the world’s first TOFU chair is here! Designed by Leonardo Talarico , the Tofu Chair lives up to its name and is made entirely from tasty soy bean curd. Using portion-sized chunks of bean curd, Talarico made a sturdy seat by dehydrating the tofu blocks, then submitting them to a dose of thermal shock to create a truly unique chair fit for the king, or queen, of vegetarians . Read the rest of TOFU CHAIR – Leonardo Talarico’s Durable Chair Tests The Structural Limits of Tofu Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chair made from tofu , eco design , edible chair , green design , Leonardo Talarico , Milan Furniture Fair , sustainable design , thermal shock tofu , TOFU Chair , tofu furniture , ventura lambrate

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Johanna Mårtensson Built a City Out of Bread Just to Watch it Mold

June 13, 2015 by  
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The Earth will probably continue to turn long after humans are devoured by rat-size snails or flesh-eating zombies, but A Design award winner Johanna Mårtensson wanted to explore the notion for herself. After testing how various materials biodegrade, the Swedish artist and theater designer built a model city entirely out of bread and then photographed its inevitable decay over the next six months. Read the rest of Johanna Mårtensson Built a City Out of Bread Just to Watch it Mold Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A-Design , Architecture , Art , bread city , decay , eco design , eco-art , Environment , food , green design , Johanna Mårtensson , moldy bread , photo installation , Photography , Stockholm , sustainable design , Sweden

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Zero-waste Nomad Chair challenges unsustainable “throwaway” culture

May 21, 2015 by  
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We Do Wood designer Sebastian Jorgensen developed the zero waste Nomad Chair in protest against unsustainable overproduction in the furniture industry. Designed with high-quality and sustainable parts such as certified moso bamboo, the Nomad Chair is a modern interpretation of the classic Roorkhee chair. True to its name, the sturdy and lightweight Nomad Chair is highly portable and can be assembled or disassembled in a matter of seconds. Jorgensen took to Kickstarter to crowdfund the Nomad Chair and successfully reached his US $25,000 goal – and there’s still a limited number of chairs available for purchase at early bird prices. + Nomad Chair Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: moso bamboo , Nomad Chair , Nomad Chair by Sebastian Jorgensen , reader submitted content , Roorkhee chair , sustainable chair , we do wood , zero waste chair

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Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

May 21, 2015 by  
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Unilever has long stood proud as a food manufacturer with lofty sustainability goals—from their adoption of sustainable palm oil to their efforts urging consumers to cut back on waste, stating that food is “too cheap” in the developed world . Now the food giant has announced that they have saved over one million tonnes of C02 since 2008, using—among many other things— Marmite . Yes, that the sticky residue left over from manufacturing the Brit’s ‘love it or loathe it’ spreadable yeast extract is being fed into a waste-to-energy anaerobic digester to generate power to make—you guessed it—Marmite. Via Treehugger Image via pyntofmy1d on Flickr Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anaerobic digester , composting , food waste energy , marmite , marmite waste , recycle food waste , sustainable food , unilever food , unilever sustainability , waste to energy

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Want to Sit on Thin Air? Check Out the Chairless Chair

August 21, 2014 by  
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If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to freak out your co-workers, look no further than the new Chairless Chair that makes it look like you’re sitting on thin air. Created by Zurich-based startup noonee , the Chairless Chair is essentially a pair of bionic pants you can wear all the time, lock in place and lean on when you need the support. The pants use a hip harness that directs your weight onto the heels of your shoes when locked, but lets you move freely and even run while wearing them when unlocked. Simply move into your desired position and power on the device to lock using a single six-volt battery that can last up to 24 hours. Read the rest of Want to Sit on Thin Air? Check Out the Chairless Chair Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back , bionic , Chair , chair pants , chairless , Chairless Chair , gunura , injury , noonee , pants , pants with a chair , related , sit without a chair , work

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Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Sick?

August 21, 2014 by  
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“What is the influence of street network design on public health?” This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While much has been said about the impact of various aspects of the built environment on obesity levels, heart disease, cancer rates and so forth, this study particularly focused on street layouts: comparing the health of residents of car-friendly cul-de-sacs with residents of walkable, densely networked inner cities . So, which of these makes you more sick? Read the rest of Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Sick? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cars , commuting , Daniel Piatkowski , diabetes , do cul-de-sacs make you fat , heart disease , Norman Garrick , obesity , public health , Savannah State University , suburban sprawl , University of Colorado Denver , University of Connecticut , Urban design , walkable cities , Wesley Marshall

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How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

August 21, 2014 by  
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Many children spend hours playing in treehouses, but only a select few of them turn that pursuit into a career path. As a nod to days of youthful splendor, a then-23-year-old Dustin Feider created the ideal, eco-friendly version of a tree sanctuary for his final thesis project at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Inspired by  Buckminster Fuller’s infamous geodesic dome, Feider discovered that by following Bucky’s lead, he could use less material and construct a more stable structure than that of the “traditional” treehouse—most importantly, without harming the supporting tree at all. Whether by intention or kismet, Feider now runs a company called O2 Treehouse , which specializes in custom “arbor-textural creations”, and has designed dozens of structures around the globe. Read the rest of How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dustin Feider , eco design , eco treehouses , Eco-friendly geodesic treehouse , Geodesic Treehouse , green design , green treehouse , Sustainability Treehouse , tree house , treehouse

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Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again

August 21, 2014 by  
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Israeli innovation has once again introduced potentially life-changing technology to the world. Dr. Amit Goffer gave millions of paraplegics (paralyzed from waist down) the opportunity to stand upright and walk with his ReWalk exoskeleton invention. But the incredible device from Israel’s Argo Medical Technologies can only be used by 10 percent of handicapped individuals. So what about quadriplegics, including Dr. Goffer, who don’t have full use of their arms? The UPnRIDE is a Segway for quadriplegics — a standing wheelchair that provides stability for all terrain use. Read the rest of Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to “Walk” Again Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Argo Medical Technologies , Dr. Amit Goffer , innovation , Israel , quadriplegics , RehaMed Technologies , ReWalk , segway , standing wheelchair , Technology , UPnRIDE

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