Monthly ArchivesOctober 2010

GHOSTS OF FURNITURE PAST: INTERACTIVE TABLE DESIGN image

When refurbishing an antique piece of furniture, you discover so many layers of paint and history underneath- a past life. With his Mark-Maker table, Ed Swan has brought this concept to a gallery setting. The Mark-Maker table top is painted with layers of different colours. Visitors to his exhibition are encouraged to sand, drill and chip away the surface to reveal a spectrum of colour. As visitors leave their mark behind, they collectively manipulate the look of the piece. At the end of the exhibition, the piece is cleaned up and a clear lacquer applied to seal the finished product. Ghost of a Chair by London-based product and interior designer Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers is a lacquered version of faint, partially ...

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CONTROVERSIAL ART: THIS IS NOT A WEAPON PEOPLE, IT’S DESIGN image

I introduced Sruli Recht back in March when I featured some of his unique travel accessories. One of his product designs is The Umbuster. Over the past year this little umbrella has been causing big problems for the talented product designer and artist. In August 2009, Recht’s studio was raided by the Icelandic Police who seized the entire stock of The Umbuster. His studio was charged with importation of prohibited weapons, prohibited weapons possession and intent to sell said prohibited weapons. After much debate the Courts of Reykjavík ruled that the umbrella body and handle are too light to be used as a weapon, and when importing these handles the accused clearly had no intention for them to be used ...

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IS THAT A CELL PHONE IN YOUR POCKET?: NOKIA E-Cu image

Every year unwanted phone chargers produce 51,000 tons of waste in addition to greenhouse gases created by the production of the electricity needed to charge them. London-based designer Patrick Hyland has come up with a brilliant mobile phone concept to help. The Nokia E-Cu boasts an integrated thermogenerator which converts heat energy into electric potential energy to charge the phone. The phone can be charged by placing it on any source of heat – even inside a pocket. The case of the phone is made of copper and features engraved heat-sinks in the shape of dried earth.

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