Posts Tagged ‘Design’

1:1 Model Kits

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Michael Johansson’s sculptures ‘some assembly required’ and ‘toys ‘r’ us’ see the swedish artist turn real forms of transport into 1:1 model kits. Pieces from each vehicle are fastened together by a welded tubular frame and painted a uniform color.

Toys ‘r’ us – Dinghy (scale 1:1, 2006)
‘A boat and related equipment are joined together in a welded metal frame. Everything is painted in a unifying plastic layer to resemble the surface of a model kit. The real boat is transformed into a model of itself, and its original purpose has given way to something else.’

Some Assembly Required – Crescent (scale 1:1, 2007)
‘As a child I was fascinated building models. I remember breaking off the pieces from the surrounding plastic sticks that were leftover from the casting process and subsequently gluing the pieces back together in the right order by following the instruction manual. A real bike is turned back into a space of imagination. By this I wanted to address the similarities between different contexts and spin concepts such as size and belonging.’


Mud Stencil Graffiti

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment


Jesse Graves a US artist based in Milwaukee has harnessed mud as an artistic medium to take his green graffiti to the streets, and he encourages others to do the same. His work is thought-provoking, good looking and most importantly, temporary.

It is a great idea as soil is the foundation for life, mud being the logical material for his sustainable, organic messages.




Traffic Cone Stage

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment


Traffic cones are often only seen around road works or accidents but NYC architecture firm EFGH has managed to make the orange cones into something beautiful with this Hedgehog concert pavilion. The whole thing can be constructed in six hours, and by using already-manufactured traffic cones the architecture firm saved considerable costs on materials.

EFGH was given a short amount of time to make a stage for a Virgin Mobile event intended to raise awareness about youth homelessness. The resulting structure is a ecofriendly pop-up pavilion made from a steel frame studded with traffic cones.


Synthetic Trees

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

A report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) suggests that a forest of 100,000 artificial ‘trees’ could be ‘planted’ near depleted oil and gas reserves to trap carbon in a filter and bury it underground. The carbon suckers look like fly swatters, but researchers say that once fully developed, the ‘trees’ could remove thousands of times more carbon than a real tree.


In addition to artificial trees, the IME report suggests growing algae in tubes on the sides of buildings. The algae, which traps carbon during photosynthesis, could be collected and transformed into charcoal, which could then be buried underground. The report also points out the benefits of painting roofs white, which reflects sunlight and helps mitigate heat island effect in urban areas.

While the ideas sound good in theory no one has quite mastered carbon capture and storage. And even the engineers themselves warn that these geo-engineering projects won’t provide a solution to global warming–they’re meant to be used in conjunction with larger, more long-term efforts to reduce global carbon emissions.


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Realistic Fruit Juice Packaging

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Amazing packaging design for these Japanese juice cartons. They feature Banana, Strawberry and Kiwi flavours, the flavour being unmistakably represented on the exterior of the packs. So simple and effective is the packaging there is no mistaking what is contained inside. If these were on a shop shelf there would be no way of hiding them from your attention.

They look good enough to eat!!





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Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 Cover Art

September 13, 2009 Leave a comment

The album art to Jay-Z’s new album The Blueprint 3 features a pile of white musical instruments with 3 red stripes across them referring to the 3rd instalment of The Blueprint…

… or a possible sponsorship from Adidas, ha!

Love the album with stylish, artistic cover art reflecting a mature and supremely successful Jay-Z.


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Apple licensed iPod/iPhone solar charger

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

From next month anyone with the latest generation iPod Touch and iPhone will be able to charge their Apple gadgets with a new solar case from Novothink. Called the Solar Surge, your igadget can easily slide into the hard case and can get a full charge from the sun.




You’ll never have to worry about a dead battery again!!

This charger is the first to be licensed by Apple and only works on the newer devices. They feature an integrated solar panel on the back of the case and an additional USB cable to charge your device in low or no light. It also has four LED indicators to let your know whether you have a sufficient light source for solar charging and when your device is out of the case the Solar Surge stores power in an internal battery.

A fantastic gadget for your iPod/ iPhone, a must have for the environmentally conscious.

Become a user of clean energy!!