Category: Photo & Design

the mabot bellrobot toy building kit is compatible with lego blocks

mabot by bellrobot is a plug-n-play toy building kit that provides children with modular components to create robots of unique functions such as moving, sensing their surroundings, and interacting with the environment. a g-mark japan good design award winner at the educational materials and tools category, mabot is part of the ‘STEM’ movement – science, […]

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SANAA gets the green light for sydney art gallery expansion

the art gallery of new south wales has received planning consent for its SANAA-designed expansion. known as the ‘sydney modern project’, construction on the new building could commence as soon as early 2019. the announcement coincides with the unveiling of the building’s final design; the first iteration of the scheme won the  international competition held […]

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buzzraw X series boasts full suspension electric minibikes

singapore-based coast cycles has unveiled the latest edition in their range of electric bikes, the new buzzraw X series. available in both a 250W and 750W versions, the mini-bike inspired design follows on from the release of its electric urban cruiser a couple of years ago. the X series celebrates a few upgrades on its predecessor however, including […]

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moshe safdie’s personal unit at habitat 67 has been completely renovated

safdie architects has completed a comprehensive renovation of the habitat 67 unit belonging to moshe safdie himself. the tenth floor duplex unit, which was originally owned by the commissioner of expo 67, is perched atop the residential complex, looking across the saint lawrence river towards downtown montreal. all images by marc cramer and thomas miau […]

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‘smartians’ actuators turn your everyday products into smart devices

smart home technology is becoming more affordable and accessible than ever before as technologies emerge to integrate all of our connected devices. but as we embark on a life entirely orchestrated by the internet of things (IoT) what happens to the perfectly working items surrounding us that don’t respond to ‘ok google‘ or ‘hello alexa‘. amsterdam-based frolic […]

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desert cast explores kuwaiti identity in contemporary forms at dubai design week 2018

desert cast, by three kuwait based designers, aims to contribute towards the development of the gulf region’s design identity. the trio, jassim alnashmi, kawther alsaffar and ricardas blazukas were invited by dubai design week to participate in the week-long festival in november. their project seeks to create a bridge between past and present, local and […]

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studio 512 clads the angled walls of this texas guesthouse in reclaimed cedar shakes

architecture and construction firm studio 512 has added extra volume to this guesthouse in austin, texas, using angled walls clad in reclaimed cedar shakes. creatively overcoming local building regulations, the hive draws from architecture in the netherlands and japan, two cultures with great experience in designing buildings within spatial constraints, expanding its size from a […]

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‘root bench’ is a giant circle-shaped structure designed by yong ju lee

korean architect yong ju lee has installed a giant, circle-shaped piece of furniture within seoul’s hangang park. measuring 30 meters in diameter (almost 100 feet), ‘root bench’ appears to organically spread across the terrain like the roots of an enormous tree. the object allows visitors to the park to lean, sit, or lie on its […]

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minimalist residential project by balzar arquitectos emerges from spanish landscape

the valencia based architecture practice, balzar arquitectos, has designed a contemporary residential complex in torrevieja, spain. located in the seaside town south of alicante, the area is known for its tourism. the surrounding area is also highly valued in ecological terms, as there is a natural park on this part of the mediterranean coast called ‘las lagunas […]

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dutch sandstone quarry begins transformation with scenic staircase route

after a century of industrial excavation a sandstone quarry in the netherlands will be transformed into a natural reserve and a public recreational landscape. rademacher de vries architects (RDVA) completes the luikerweg staircase, a milestone in the gradual, transformative reclamation of the country’s first and only cement quarry. with the motto, ‘reconciling the irreconcilable,’ the studio […]

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‘weight’ collection by jinsik kim explores the connection between visual and tactile senses

exploring the connection between visual and tactile senses, seoul-based designer jinsik kim hangs rocks from the ceiling and puts them on metal pedestals allowing the observers to feel the natural features of the pieces. titles ‘weight’, the collection of artworks realizes the blurred boundary between art and design or function for the body and function for mentality. ‘it is […]

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SPRIDD and etat reinterpret sweden’s industrial heritage with ‘textile’ façade

SPRIDD, in collaboration with etat, has completed a residential complex in norrköping, sweden. ‘weave,’ which won the international competition, ‘MIPIM architectural review future project award’ in 2013, aims to be part of the urban transformation of the area. the district was originally used by the textile industry and is now gradually being converted to offices, educational and […]

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choi joon woo upgrades furniture with traditional korean tiles

as an extension to his last year’s furniture collection, korean design student choi joon woo reveals a new series of everyday furniture. while the previous pieces reinterpret traditional korean furniture as modern settings, the new tables, desks, and chairs use the special giwa tiles to shape commonly used structures. giwa desk the proportions of the arched frames, which is a reinterpreted […]

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junsekino adds transparent façade to LaeKhon NonBai hotel in thailand

located in nakhon si thammarat — one of the most ancient cities in thailand — the LaeKhon NonBai hotel has been designed by junsekino architect and design. with the aim of revitalizing a preexisting building, the intention of the architect was to recreate the visual perception as well as fulfilling the missing elements without changing […]

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luo studio’s timber structure in china can be completely dismantled and reused

luo studio has designed the ‘longfu life experience center’, in the henan province of china, with a view to create a ‘universal space’ that boasts infinite possible uses rather than being limited to one specific function. the client, who is devoted to operating eco-farms, asked that their sustainable lifestyle be conveyed to target consumers through the design of […]

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retyre is a bicycle tire system letting you zip new treads on in seconds

norwegian company ‘retyre’ has found an easier way to change the bike tire, to account for shifting weather and winter conditions. following two years of studious development and testing, they have launched a smart way to quickly revive the tread on your bike involving a set of rubber ‘skins’ that can be zippered on over top […]

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