The Louis Vuitton foundation open its doors this evening. On the edge of the Bois de Boulogne and designed by Franck Gehry, this flagship presents on its top the famous LV monogram in a mirror finish stainless steel. The material is reminiscent of a few techniques referenced by matériO : the cushion made by swollen mirror metal, hydroforming...
The foundation website here.
This company transformed its main product, cardboard, to realize a surfboard. A thick honeycomb cardboard, employed for its resistance, thickness and lightness is cut, preformed and polished. From the frame to the blades, all details are in cardboard. A resin is then cast inside the structure. Transparent, it keeps the pattern visible and the surfboard become a genuine window on the sunset…
Immerse yourself here.
A meteor hitting the planet ? No ! But a meteorite falling in the hands of Studio Swine, yes… This fake roc, that is also a tea cabinet, is made out of an aluminum foam, created with injecting a gassing agent when molten. An uncommon application for this material, which is usually made for isolation, automotive industry or electronics as an heatsink. A smart imitation of cosmic stones, more bright, more functional and for sure, more light.
You can find it here.
Her leather sea could be an ocean, a suit, a mattress : but absolutely not a decor. Indeed, nothing abnormal for Emanuelle to see herself as a mermaid, inside the leather waves. She strongly believes in this aquatic universe, which is not hard to believe : always eating, real open eyes when she don't understand the semiconductors, a lively interest for the li-fish. Rising or falling tides, she's proud about her Odyssée in MateriO, and the animal's ruins that she keeps from her brave saga. If a photography have to be taken, that is sure, it have to be in her leather kingdom. Because, after all, it is certain : swim in intestines, that's cool.
To survive in space, humans need pressure, oxygen and thermal constance. The absence of environment pressure make compulsory the presence of stiff balloons in the spacesuit : you probably well know the famous bulky and cumbersome outfit. In this new MIT development, a mechanical counter pressure is directly applied on the entire body area, in a skin-tight suit at the exact size of the astronaut. The compression system is included inside the fabric : shape-memory metallic wires are heated by an electrical current, contracting when hot and keeping the shape. It represents 140, 000 stitches, on an elastic fabric. A mobility never seen : it will be possible then to dance the boogie on Mars ! Moreover, the charm of the traditional spacesuit is not finish, becoming more and more sexy.
You may have your own opinion about the last Apple proposals, but there is a constant in the product communication : the prevalence of the material speech. Last example, the Watch : a revolutionary sapphire screen (already used for ages in clock industry), watch straps made out of crazy materials, and all of that claimed with an "Amazing" ! emphasis. Caricatural, but also highly effective. All this little treasures (and lot of others) are hidden in the database, try to find it !
The last "Apple" revolution here.
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...