New Range

Posted: October 11th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Mel & Vanessa have been working hard on Parliament of Two’s second range, which will be available in November. Entitled “Forget Me Not” this range of cast rings are inspired by antique heirlooms. Beautiful photos by Megan Fizell over at Tres Jolie Studios


Foldboat

Posted: October 4th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This innovative boat by designers Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies is made from flat, scored Poly-Ethylene sheet which folds neatly into a small row-boat. There are currently two different designs, creatively named Boat One & Boat Two. The former requires more assembly but folds into a more compact shape whilst the latter can be assembled from its flat sheet in only a few minutes. Perfect for canal cruising or camping holidays.


Michael Johansson

Posted: August 14th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I would really, really like to have artist Michael Johansson pack our car next time we go away.


World Statistics

Posted: August 10th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fascinated, amazed and generally dismayed by the real time world statistics generated on Worldometers – a collection of counters for a range of worldwide themes – population, economics, environment… and perhaps the most stark – Energy


Never Be My Friend

Posted: August 9th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

When Illustrator Adam Ellis is bored, he browses thorough his friends Facebook images, chooses his favorites, and draws them. For a small fee, he’ll even draw you!

Perhaps not as artistic, but certainly as entertaining, is this similarly themed thread Aladar sent through a whiles back – A must see.


BOTE

Posted: July 14th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Loving the simple form of Bote, a series of toy cork boats for Materia by Swiss based Big-Game. Each boat comprises of a cork hull and interchangeable plastic feature, like a sail or row of chimneys. Perfect gift for a little (or big) kid.


Fictitious Architecture

Posted: July 14th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

These fictitious buildings by artist / architect Victor Enrich are great! Most are available as prints for those inclined.

Shuttle

Posted: July 8th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Aladar directed me to The Atlantic who’ve posted some truly beautiful images of the Space Shuttles 30 year flight history. Although inevitable, its very sad to see the end of this incredible space program with no replacement ready or in development, rather, the immediate plan is to use Russian launchers whilst they wait for the Private Sector to develop spacecraft able to service the ISS & low Earth orbit.


Holga D

Posted: July 6th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Super impressed with Industrial Designer Saikat Biswas’ self generated concept for a digital Holga, which he’s dubbed the Holga D. This modern re-interpretation embraces all the elements that led to the originals cult following – the plastic lens (with a tenancy to leak light and vignette) the limited controls and finally, the delayed gratification by removing the rear display.

Recently the design has received a large amount of publicity and enthusiasm, which may lead to a production version. Interestingly Saikat is hoping to make this design open source, collaborating with like minded enthusiasts to make this design a reality. I’m curious and excited to see how this project evolves.

Make sure you check out Saikats’ other projects, especially his ‘Obligitary Designers Clock’


Markus Kayser

Posted: July 6th, 2011 | Author: richard | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Designer Markus Kayser has created two amazing machines which harness the power of the sun to create objects. The first, made in 2010, is a laser cutter which uses a ball lens to focus the sunlight into a cutting beam, the bed being moved by solar-powered motors.

The second more ambitious machine is a solar powered sinterer, that is, a sun powered 3D printer. What’s great about this machine is everything it needs to make an object is provided by the desert environment. The power is provided by the sun whilst the building material, sand, is abundant. The focused solar energy fuses the sand, layer by layer, into a three dimensional glass object. Incredible.