up-cycled lamps from construction sites by studio usame

lamps are manufactured using reclaimed construction waste material such as wooden scaffolding, beams and galvanized steel pipes and connectors.

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Sam Pearce’s Loopwheel: Tangential Suspension for Bikes

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Six years ago, industrial designer Sam Pearce was sitting in an airport when “I saw a mother pushing her child in a buggy,” he writes. “The front wheel hit a slight kerb [sic] and the child jolted forward because of the impact. It happened several times in the time I was waiting there.” He then did what many ID’ers do, which is to find the nearest piece of paper and sketch out a potential solution. What he drew in his notebook was this:

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A simple idea for a wheel with built-in suspension.

Two years later, while off-road cycling, he remembered the sketch and began thinking if a suspension system like that could be built into a bike wheel. Now, many years of tinkering later, what Pearce has come up with is this:

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It’s called the Loopwheel, and its system of “tangential suspension”—essentially leaf springs folded back in on themselves—are not only workable, but they provide a gentler ride over sharp obstacles due to physics:

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For now, Pearce is focusing on developing Loopwheels for smaller bikes, because the design “[allows] suspension where suspension can’t normally fit,” as with a folding bike design.

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Last month Pearce debuted his creation at the UK’s Bespoked Bicycle show. Response was tremendous, and he’s now seeking Kickstarter funding to get the Loopwheel into proper production; up until now he’s been making them as one-offs in his shop.

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Mercado Business Magazine: Pope

Understand and make your own pope.

Advertising Agency: JWT, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Executive Creative Directors: Analía Ríos, Sebastián Castañeda
Creative Directors / Art Directors / Copywriters: Joaquín Ares – Ariel Abadi
Illustrator: Flamboyant Paradise
Account Director: Eliana García
Published: April 2013

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hyperion spotlight by paul heijnen

the three-legged anthropod-like spotlight breaks the conventions of how a product should look or function, emphasizing the beauty of mechanical components and their inner workings.

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fabrica: the news machine for COLORS magazine

designed and built for the launch of COLORS #86 – the news machine churns tweets through different media filters and into print, simulating the contemporary 24-hour news cycle.

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NEON architects: riba colour mannequin wheel installation

the mannequin is re-interpreted in a unique way, resulting in a colorful wheel that highlights different merchandise over the course of a week.

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now and new interactive objects by PEGA

the collection of interactive objects encourages people to physically generate power for recharging and powering their devices.

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Sensory Overload: Tokyo City Symphony Projection Mapping + Music App

TOKYOCITYSYMPHONY-Future.jpgTokyo is futuristic, but maybe not this futuristic… yet.

I spent a little time in and around Roppongi neighborhood during my first trip to Tokyo last June, but (as is the case with most work-related travel), I didn’t have much time to explore the city on my own. Given the diverse texture of the city and the overflowing stimuli of a new and different urban setting, it didn’t occur to me that Roppongi Hills is a relatively new construction, some $4 billion and three years in the making. Centered on the 54-story, Kohn Pedersen Fox-design Mori Tower—named after the developer behind the entire project—the 27-acre megaplex opened its doors in April 2003… which means that this week marks its tenth anniversary.

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To commemorate the milestone, Mori Building Co., Ltd., has commissioned Creative Director Tsubasa Oyagi to create a digital experience, the very first project for his new boutique SIX. Working with a team of media production all-stars, Oyagi created “TOKYO CITY SYMPHONY,” an interactive web app that combines projection mapping with a simple music composition engine to create user-generated ditties with brilliant visuals.

“TOKYO CITY SYMPHONY” is an interactive website, in which users can experience playing with 3D projection mapping on a 1:1000 miniature model of the city of Tokyo. The handcrafted model is an exact replica of the cityscape of Tokyo in every detail.

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Three visual motifs are projected onto the city in sync with music: “FUTURE CITY,” conjuring futuristic images; “ROCK CITY” that playfully transforms Roppongi Hills into colorful musical instruments and monsters; and “EDO CITY,” or “Traditional Tokyo,” which portrays beautiful Japanese images. Users could play a complex, yet exquisitely beautiful harmony on the city by pressing the keys on the computer keyboard. Each key plays a different beat along with various visual motifs, creating over one hundred different sound and visual combinations. Each user is assigned a symphony score of eight seconds, of which could be shared via Facebook, twitter, and Google+. The numerous symphony scores submitted by the users are put together online to create an infinite symphony.

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