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AudioOrb by Studio Total

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, January 13, 2014

The latest in speaker technology, Audio Orb by Scandinavian creative lab, Studio Total is a world first spherical speaker system, which you can actually sit inside of. The transparent structure, which is currently awaiting public funding to shift into exclusive production, houses 18 high-fidelity speakers that output a full spectrum of sound. The bubble comes complete with pillows that adjust to the shape of your body for the ultimate in comfort. Never has solitude sounded so good. 

Find out more about Audio Orb here.

White Elephant by Sipho Mabona

Anna Coe - Friday, December 20, 2013

There are minimal days left to contribute to origami master Sipho Mabona's life-sized elephant fundraiser. The Swiss artist will attempt to fold a 2,500 square foot sheet of paper into one of his trademark elephant shapes at the Art Museum in Beromunster in Switzerland. 

Mabona is raising the funds through Indiegogo, where there are a range of donation options, with every  person that contributes receiving a perk including some of Mabona's other popular paper folds such as the Koi, Rhino and a miniature version of the elephant. 

Click here for more information. 

Design: The Week in Review 17/12/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

a. Studio Toogood creates a blood red installation for Hermés. [Dezeen] 

b. This Sleek Spiderman Spacesuit Could Take Astronauts to Mars. [Fast Co Exist]

c. Currency Collages by Mark Wagner. [Designboom] 

d. Tracey Emin: The artist on being the toast of Miami. [] 

e. By Design: The Best Pieces at This Year's Design Miami. [T Magazine]

Claude Glas by Jon Stam

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, December 06, 2013

Young designer Jon Stam has created the Claude Glas mirror; initiated out of a brief for the W Hotels Designers of the Future award at this year's Design Miami. Stam was sent to W Verbier to get inspiration for his piece, which consists of a black mirror that connects digital reflections of the mountainous landscape with the actual reflections of the viewer. The scene is designed to change according to the conditions outside, and also boasts an interactive function. Turn the object clockwise to speed up time, and progress to a night time scene, or alternatively travel back in time by pulling the wheel in an anti-clockwise direction. 

Claude Glas will be on display at Design Miami from 4-8 December, 2013. 

Design: The Week in Review 03/12/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

 a. A monochrome Lego set to teach tomorrow's architects. [Fast Co Design]

b. Yayoi Kusama's 'Mirrored Room' at David Zwirner Gallery. [New York Times]

c. Is it the end of millionaire mega-basements? [The Guardian]

d. Sinato illuminates interior with ethereal OLED installation. [Designboom]

e. Design Miami 2013 Preview: The Top 15 Events. [Wallpaper Magazine]

Valor lounger by Paul Wilding for UFL

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 29, 2013

Local furniture designer Paul Wilding's Valor lounge is a study of architectural precision. A monochromatic colour palette, consisting of a black frame and white cushioning, enhances the piece's sleek shape, making for a striking form that does double duty as both sculptural art work and functional lounger for the modern home or office. 

For more information of Wilding's Valor prototype, contact UFL here. 

CSYS Task light by Jake Dyson

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jake Dyson has trumped the big electronic giants by creating the CSYS Task light, designed to last a small lifetime, or at least a good 40+ years. The dimmable LED task light marries the latest technology with sleek design, emitting a bright, warm white light with incredible efficiency. Thermal management heat pipe technology cools the LED to ensure peak performance from the LED, allowing the bulbs to last for an extended period of time. A reliable piece of genius. 

The CSYS Task light is available locally from ECC. 

Design: The Week in Review 18/11/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

 a. Decor Codes by Studiopepe. [Yellowtrace]

b. Net Blow-Up - Installation Playspace. [The Coolist]

c. Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycle Sculpture Re-purposes 3,144 steel bikes. [Designboom]

d. Jaime Hayon says his Groninger Museum exhibition is full of "all kinds of crazy products". [Dezeen]

e. All hail the mothership: Norman Fosters's $5bn Apple HQ revealed. [The Guardian]

Seasons table by Jean-Marie Massaud

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, November 14, 2013

Renowned French designer Jean-Marie Massaud has designed an all-glass table that's designed to be used in a variety of ways. Made in Italy by Glas Italia, the low lying transparent table features a retaining basin in the center that can be used for various things, such as a vase, aquarium or fire. 

Haijk flower pot by Johannes Herbertsson & Martin Berg

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Designed by Johannes Herbertsson & Martin Berg to be easily moveable, these ingenious flower pots are designed to be guided by the logic of the plant's growing patterns. A removable pine base allows the vessel to be angled depending on the direction of the sun.