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"what's the use of a book" thought Alice,"without pictures or conversations?"

Moscow-based photographer Alexey Kljatov, is an artist. And by using conventional camera equipment and a special post-processing technique called “focus stacking,” whereby he overlays and averages multiple RAW shots, he has captured macro photographs of snowflakes, some partially melted, that blow Libbrecht’s out of the water.

Check out all his photos here

and his blog with other photos here

Wooden Ruler - The design of Wooden Ruler is based on a combination of decorantion and functionallity. The rulers comes in six different designs and three shapes.

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Strike - is a collection of redesigned match boxes in seven different dimensions and colours. The design is based on keeping the original functionality of a match box combined with a colourful cardboard box.

Great designs by Danish Furniture Design studio HAY check out their other products as well!

Rassen by Nendo for Hashikura Matsukan

For four centuries, the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, has manufactured lacquered chopsticks. Obama’s lacquered chopsticks have been recognised as the hardest and most beautiful of Japanese lacquer chopsticks since the seventeenth century, when they became known as ‘Wakasa-nuri’. We designed new chopsticks in collaboration with Hashikura Matsukan, a manufacturer who continue Obama’s traditional manufacturing techniques today. Chopsticks ordinarily come in pairs, but the rassen chopsticks are a single unit. They’re separated into two for eating, then rejoined into one form when not in use. We used the artisans’ hand skills and a multi-axis CNC miller to create these unusual chopsticks.

Café Balão by Davide Mateus

Great looking coffee maker! made out of toughened glass, and apparently makes coffee in one-third the time! I would love one!

'Hangzhou' bamboo stool by Chinese designer Min Chen.

"SUMI" by Nosigner

“Sumi” is the redesign product of “Yusan-bako” which is the traditional picnic box / sweets box descended in Tokushima prefecture; one of the islands located at the western part of Japan. “Yusan-bako” is a three-tiered food box with two-tired outer box for the portable use. The traditional “Yusan-bako” has two holes on both sides of the outer box. Therefore, you had to use both hands to open them. However, Sumi allows to pull the inner boxes by only one hand due to the change of the position of these holes to the edge of the outer box. This change leads to the excellent design of the handle and the lid. The increasing productions and consumptions have been remarkable these days; therefore, we have been losing the outstanding works of the craftsmen’s technique. We wonder what we can do to uphold both craftsmen’s works and the local industry. Sumi is accomplished by the collaboration with wood work- craftsmen in Tokushima prefecture. This will promote new challenges for them.


PRODUCT DESIGN: EISUKE TACHIKAWA (NOSIGNER) / MANUFACTURING: TSUBOI WOOD CRAFT / MARKETING: MSY / PHOTO: HATTA

RETHINKING HOW HUMANS INTERACT WITH NATURE…very interesting

Animalia is a project by Michail Vanis, a recent graduate of Design Interactions at the RCA that take position that our idealisation, romanticism and paradoxical thinking in ecology is holding us back from finding new ways to interact with nature. Neo-nature is part thought experiment, part manifesto which suggests a new way to interact with nature in which we let go of our presumptions and emotions through rationality in ecological thinking.

The first part of Neo-Nature project deals with the animal kingdom and suggests three alternative ways to conserve coral reefs. In all three alternatives, the humans speed up the coral’s evolution by genetically modifying it to adapt to the new environmental conditions that put the species in danger. The second part of the project builds upon ordinary geoengineering techniques and explores the aesthetics of precise weather control and its immediate influence at ground level.

Animalia (below) looks at how we may beging to genetically alter the design of corals and which are seeded in areas where tsunamis might hit. The humans plant the coral, the tsunami hits, the coral takes 70% of the impact, thereby saving the humans. Because of the impact of the tsunami, the colony gets wiped out. A lifecycle emerges where humans plant the corals, the corals save the humans, and the humans resurrect the corals.  To illustrate the process, Michail has created a number of environmental simulations and 3d prints that suggest how the ‘new’ corals may look and behave.

"SIKE" by Leif Podhajsky

"SIKE" by Leif Podhajsky

The Low Fi Hi Tech Headphones are an exploration into building a pair of fully functional headphones without any line-produced part. Composed of just wire, tape, solder, magnets and a few 3D printed parts, the design is surprisingly not rickety and the sound quality is nice against all expectations. In a sense, it’s lo-fi in both audio and material quality! —Want to print your own? Designer JC Karich’s 3D printing files are available here!

Designer: JC Karich

Love letter to plywood by Tom Sachs! brought tears to my eyes! 

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