Combining Industrial Design & Cinematography, Syrp Rocks Kickstarter with the Genie


The latest Kickstarter success story comes from industrial designer Chris Thomson and cinematographer Ben Ryan, who have created a simple, portable, and clever device to help shooters regulate motion control. Called the Genie, it doesn’t take up much more space than the SLR body it’s meant to be attached to, and it allows the user to program in both rotating and panning features.

What most impresses us is the inherent hackability of the device: Because it can propel itself along by a provided rope, the camera can go anywhere you’re willing to string that rope, either using an optional track or something you whip up yourself, like a few pieces of wood nailed together or even a skateboard.


What’s also neat is that in the video below, you can see that they’ve prototyped it with the help of a MakerBot Cupcake:


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Design by Astronomical Impact: “Crash” Bench by Liliana Ovalle for Outdoorz Gallery


Paris’s Outdoorz gallery is pleased to present the “Crash” bench by London-based designer Liliana Ovalle. The piece takes its form and name from a particularly lofty kind of natural disaster:

What happens when a force of nature changes the visual aspect of a design? Liliana Ovalle illustrates with finesse, that the unrehearsed, and uncontrolled can add impact both visually and emotionally to a design.

Crash is just such a piece. The sleek and perfect lines of the bench have been transformed by an unexpected impact which has imposed a new reality, a new way of being and created an outstanding piece of design.



Still, I must admit that the smooth lines of the crater-like indentation reminded me more of Danah Al Kubaisy’s “D-Bench” (probably because I’d seen the particularly inimitable form recently at the Salone) than, say, Ezri Tarazi’s process-centric “Free Fall” chair.


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Salone Milan 2012: Transnatural Art & Design Collection at MOST


Amsterdam’s Transnatural is a multidisciplinary organization that offers, among other things, a selection of well-curated design objects “in which nature & technology come together in unison without damaging the planet.” (They also host public programming and workshops, mostly in the space “between nature and technology with a combination of art, (speculative, future) design, and emerging technology.”)


Their group exhibition at the Salone occupied the very first space following the all-but-immersive maze of the MOST’s headliner (and ‘instigator,’ per the press language), an installation by Tom Dixon himself. A series of mirrors by Lex Pott & David Derksen ostensibly echoes (‘mirrors,’ perhaps) Dixon’s aesthetic, though the “Transcience Mirror” is more properly construed as an illustration of degradation over time, where the designers have accelerated the oxidation process with sulfur. Following their initial material exploration, Pott & Derksen have quantized the patina into geometric shapes in the finished products (above).




The mirrors are adjacent to Jólan van der Wiel‘s “Gravity Stools,” which are produced from a homogenous mixture of iron fillings and a plastic compound that cures in half an hour once he has extracted the material from the mold.



We’ll have more on him from his exhibit at Ventura Lambrate shortly, but the original production video (after the jump) is well worth watching:


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Dyson’s In-House Vacuum Spare Parts Drag Racing Challenge


If you’ve ever used a Dyson vacuum, you know they transmit a strong sensation of product power as soon as you flip them on. (And if you haven’t ever used one, stay tuned, we’ve got some reviews coming up.) The sensation of torque you get from a Dyson is similar to what you feel when wielding a good power tool—a lot of juice in a relatively compact package. Could that power generation be applied to transportation?

As an exercise in fun, Dyson’s 650 UK-based engineers were asked to create the fastest model cars they could using old Dyson motors and spare parts. Here’s what they came up with (and props to the guy who actually rode his design):


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