interactive water light graffiti wall installation by antonin fourneau

located in poitiers, france, water light graffiti is a wall consisting of thousands of LED lights that become illuminated through contact with water or moisture.

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In Push for Residential Market, Big Ass Fans Undertakes a Big Ass Redesign

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Every time we revisit Big Ass Fans, the air-moving company seems to be doing better and better. Most recently they’ve made a strong push into residential, putting their industrial-strength expertise into the service of smaller domestic spaces.

The company played it smart by starting a spin-off (pardon the pun) company with the more domestically-palatable name of Haiku. They’ve also done more than merely shrank their existing product into living-room-friendly sizes, instead opting for focused re-designs. The resultant blades have a very craftsman-like, sculpted look that blends into the housing organically.

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To bring the conceptual Haiku™ Bamboo design to full production, we worked with premium U.S. furniture craftsmen to create an exclusive process to create the airfoils to our exacting standards. The global search for a partner capable of creating the unique forms uncovered only two companies in the world that could produce the airfoils with the level of precision we expected—one in Germany, the other in the United States. We chose to stay close to home, working with their experienced craftsmen to establish a process to create the airfoils with the level of consistency required for a perfectly balanced fan.

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Click these links to learn more about the design and the technology behind the fans.

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Clever/Crafty: Satchel & Sage

Enjoying the colorful printed art, illustrations and hand-drawn typography of Satchel & Sage, made up of Gerren and Morgana Lamson, a husband and wife creative team living in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2010, we’re really digging many of their motifs, like wild, woodland creatures, feathers and of course creative/inspiring words in fun typographic lettering. Their 2012 Lookbook is full of a delightful many things, including lots of cards, gift tags, art prints, fabulously graphic pillows and our favorite: their artifact series (we feel especially enamored of the writer one). Overall they have some affordable and lovely finds for a modern home. Find more on their website or their Etsy page.

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Camatron: Hacking Manufacturing Machines Since 1970

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Is this…

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…made by this?

Once you design a bag and want to go into mass production, chances are you start looking at China. But that’s not an option for the U.S. military, and since seeing military gear designer Rich Landry’s IFAK project, we’ve been wondering where they mass produce their stuff once Landry perfects the prototypes.

We can’t say for sure which company the Army contracts, but we believe we’ve found the American company that at least makes the machines to manufacture the stuff. A New-Jersey-based company called Camatron combines CNC and pneumatic technology to modify industrial sewing machines for highly specific purposes. The results are like a wickedly cool descendant of Steampunk, where compressed air and electricity drive precisely-machined parts to perform pre-designed operations. As one example, check out this machine that’s been modified to double-fold and stitch shut the ends of webbing straps at industrial speeds:

Once the straps’ ends have been “sealed” thusly, to prevent fraying, they can then be incorporated into a larger design. Again we’re not 100% sure the item being constructed below is the actual IFAK bag, but it certainly has the MOLLE strap system and looks similar. (You needn’t sit through all 2.5 minutes of the vid, scanning it will give you the idea.)

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skylab architecture: ‘camp victory’ for nike’s olympic trials pavilion

a temporary translucent structure erected for the olympic trials exhibits nike’s lightweight leading products and highlights the speed of the runners.

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tuomas markunpoika tolvanen: engineering temporality

the project is a collection of furniture, a cabinet and chair, that evolved from tolvanen’s personal experience with his grandmother’s declining health due to alzheimers.

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Every thing existing on the physical plane is an exteriorization of thought, which must be balanced through the one who issued the thought, and in accordance with that one’s responsibility, at the conjunction of time, condition, and place

Photography by Akos Major
Title: Harold W. Percival

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100 Best Bikes

Beautiful frames in a new book and a giveaway from Biomega

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An up-to-the minute catalogue of the bike and brands that are changing the cycling industry, “100 Best Bikes” curates a mighty selection ranging from compact folding rides to chainless wonders. Zahid Sardar details throughout the book objects that “epitomize the widespread 21st-century bicycle renaissance.” His brief introduction to bicycle history begins with what he calls “clownish and hard to ride Penny-farthing or high-wheeler bikes” and moves gradually towards the modern safety bike. Recently, he notes, new technologies and changing ways of life have spurred designers to rethink the classic form.

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Monty offers the “Kamel 231 XXV” that ditches the seat and A-frame in favor of two parallel tubes, the upper of which is humped for shock absorption. The styling reflects the stand-up technique for bike trials, in which riders pass through an obstacle course without setting foot on the ground—not to mention, it looks downright rad.

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On the other end of the sprectrum is Velorbis, a maker of traditional cruisers who recently entered the fixie game with the “Arrow,” a luxe sport model with clean horizontal lines, a Brooks saddle and brown leather grips. Old-school details on the bike include front and rear fenders as well as the brand’s signature lion’s head insignia.

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Designer Joey Ruiter pioneers unconventional thinking with his “Big City Cruiser,” which eliminates the chain in favor of hub-mounted pedals and leaves a mere iota of space between the 36-inch wheels. Think of this all-black city rider as Bruce Wayne’s eco-friendly alternative to the Batmobile.

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Craig Calfee strikes an all-natural note with his bamboo bike, which is held together at the joints by Chinese hemp soaked in epoxy. For the handles and forks, Calfee elected to equip the bike with an aggressive set of horns. The designer also produces consumer models that use a bamboo frame but ditch the horns for more traditional parts.

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Biomega shows off several models in the book, including their “LDN,” “NYC” and “SYD” models, all of which reflect the company’s signature organic shapeliness. To commemorate the launch of “100 Best Bikes,” Biomega is also giving away a “Boston” folding bike for Cool Hunting readers (read on and check Twitter for more details). The Jens Martin Skibsted-designed model features an integrated lock halfway down the frame that allows for easy folding and has been on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Enter to win by Tweeting your favorite bike design to @coolhunting with the hashtag #CHBiomegaGiveaway. The winner will be selected at 12pm EST on Monday 13 August 2012 and announced on Twitter.

“100 Best Bikes” is available for pre-order from Laurence King and on Amazon.

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