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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Created by british inventor Geoffrey Pyke, Pykrete was used during WWII while steel was in short supply. It's a mixture of sawdust and water, that melts very slowly and is resisting to shattering once frozen, but it faded when the war ended. Last year, students of the Eindhoven University of Technology used it to build the world's largest ice dome. Using an inflatable dome, students and professors sprayed the mixture, creating a free standing 98 feet span structure.
The next project is to build a smaller version of the Sagrada Familia in Juuka, Finland, one of the coldest places in Europe. The project will start in September, when the temperatures start to drop, but the team is worried, Juuka had one of the warmest winters on record last year. Let's hope for a freezing winter !
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In the worldwide race for the greenest polymers, their are two notable winners that can actually add up. One one hand, we have the bio sourced polymers resins, freeing themselves from the necessary oil ressources, and on the other hand, adding vegetable fibers to existing polymers, to reduce the amount of plastic needed for the production of one piece, while strengthening the material. It's that second option the Heinz, the world famous ketchup producer, explores. Every year, he generates tonnes of waste tomato (mostly skin and stems), waste that the company wants to optimize today, using the tomato fibres to strengthen some of our cars plastic parts. In cooperation with Ford, the research is well on the way, only a mild odor of pizza at the molding stage of the parts is left to solve.
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A new project from Studio banana things, just as nice as their previous one (the desk pillow OSTRICH PILLOW) and which kind of brings to mind various references from our database. A soft bulb... just as a luminous textile, to bring with you, to put on a table, to make a life with, basically! Just a prototype so far but the studio is waiting for your contribution on Kickstarter to launch the production
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