No no, you're not dreaming, it truly is a green beard ! Romain tried to fool us with his fake cotton candy beard ! It is actually a kind of wool made out of plastic, the same centrifugation process as cotton candy is used, but instead of sugar, the fibers are produced from recycled thermoplastics. He deserves all the credit he can get, he is the one who succeeded in getting a sample of this plastic cotton candy !
Une belle exposition des oeuvres les plus emblématiques de Yonel Lebovici, durant un mois (du 5 septembre au 5 octobre 2014), à la Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, 5 rue Bonaparte, Paris 75006. matériO est lié historiquement et sentimentalement à cet artiste, nous avons cotoyé avec bonheur ses oeuvres lorsque le showroom avait comme adresse parisienne le square de Vergennes. Les "fiches Male/Femelle", la "Pince Sans Rire", la lampe "Soucoupe Grand Modèle"... que d'excellents souvenirs.
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You may not notice it anymore but constant ventilation ensured by our computers can get on nerves at the end. It is however necessary to evacuate the heat chips are generating. A German company has found a quite drastic though elegant solution for the cooling system attached to the game box they developped: a copper foam block is positionned on top of the electronic device. The open cells of the foam offer a large surface of heat dissipation, air circulates perfectly through it. The cooling effect is 500 times more efficient than a traditional blade radiator. No more ventilator, no more noise, but a nice scouring-pad-like sponge in copper...
Seen at the MoMa shop this summer in New York, several objects which you could have just taken out of our shelbes: splendid drinking glasses with a dichroïc surface treatment creating a rainbow effect, a solar flashlight powered by spherical photovoltaïc lenses with a very efficient energy output, a translucent alarm clock covered with an ultra-thin wood veneer or the famous bean bag, full of tiny polystyrene beads to ensure optimal comfort.
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Washi, washi. If Charlotte doesn't got any Japanese origin, you can fine some rigor of greats artisan from the land of the rising sun in the diligence she put in her material record. Mix of tradition and modernity, as Charlotte, those Washi paper cocoons hold its well kept secret.
Don't worry, you will not need any squire to put those shoes on ! You will feel free to go bare feet everywhere without hurting your feet. Those coat of mail shoes are light, skid-proof and ultra-breathable. It is all about feeling earth once again, to get a better body contact with your environment. These shoes do not fear water and will protect your feet from gravel or little sharp glass pieces. The coat of mail is made of stainless steal and as a 1,4mm sole thickness. Paws (2mm) are available to customize the sole. To enjoy such a paleolithic freedom, it will only cost you 160€.
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In the matter world, resistance usually goes hand in hand with density. A metal is heavy and strong, a foam is light but it's mechanical properties are much lower. A few counter examples such as balsa have low density and excellent mechanical properties, because of it cellular microstructure which is made of a mix between cellulose fibers and lignin. While inspired of this example, searchers from Harvard University developed a cellular composite epoxy/carbon 3D printed, lighter than balsa, stiffer than concrete. The method of manufacture being numerical and automatic, the materials can be produced on demand and precisely elaborated depending on the specification needs. For more technical precisions, follow this link
A beautiful pair of sunglasses imagined by the designer Sam Whitten, using a process well known in the automobile industry. A hemp fibre felt is soaked with a bio-sourced resin, which is then pressed/heated/formed/cut out to obtain 3D pieces. The environmental dimension is a little bit anecdotal, but always as effective, marketing wise, making it possible to show their eco-friendliness on the tip of their noses.
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San Franciscan artist Ned Kahn has covered a 260' long and 6 story high parking facade in Charlotte, North Carolina, with 80 000 hinged small aluminum panels that move freely with the wind. The effect created is breath-taking, the wall almost looks like it's breathing. In addition to the incredible visual effects, the structure provides shade and ventilation inside the whole building, with an intricate light pattern, similar to moving leaves. Ned Kahn has imagined many other similar installations, very often involving invisible aspects of nature, such as wind, fog, light and so on.
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Wiktoria Szawiel, former student of the Design Academy Eindhoven, designed a collection of milky resin furniture, with grass, plant, wood, wicker or rattan trapped in it. The beauty of her collection lies in the opposition of the natural and the artificial. Once the resin is poured in the moulds or over a structure, the shapes are then sanded down to reveal the inner patterns. She mixed resins in different proportions for each piece, to create various textures and opacities. For now, Wiktoria has only designed chairs, stools and tables, but she is currently working on vases and containers ; to be continued !
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