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Old boys rugby challenge

Old boys rugby challenge

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Our retail design co-ordinator Josh got the chance to relived his younger day’s by playing rugby for the university old boys against their current team. The match took place on a rain soaked Wednesday morning, though the pitch resembled a swamp that didn’t stop everyone enjoying the day. The old boys won! Our Josh even got on the score sheet.

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3D prints aluminum chair demonstrating cellular level design

3D prints aluminum chair demonstrating cellular level design

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joris laarman lab 3D prints aluminum chair demonstrating cellular level design

3D printing has been around for quite a while but is rapidly developing due to less expensive printers, increasing building volumes and many new printable durable materials. they are developing into a production tool for actual products rather than prototypes. joris laarman lab introduced a piece of furniture as an example of the manufacturing potential through a 3D printed an ‘aluminum gradient chair’. first displayed at friedman benda gallery in new york city as part of the studio’s ‘bits and crafts‘ may 2014 exhibition, the chair was one of three in a series researching microstructures for furniture.

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image courtesy of friedman benda gallery

the team looked at engineering a chair at a cellular level allowing very intricate esthetics to become more useful and elaborates on the use of aluminum in furniture design in the digital age. directly laser sintered in aluminum, joris laarman lab created a lightweight structure like foam that was engineered on a cellular level to address specific functional needs for different areas of the object using generative design tools and new material research. the solid cells in the design create structural strength and rigidity while the more open cells create material reduction and lightness, all within one single printing technique.

video courtesy of joris laarman lab

the ‘aluminum gradient chair is part of the permanent collection of the national gallery of victoria, melbourne australia and vitra design museum, weil am rhein, germany.

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baik bicycle

baik bicycle

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With the ‘baik’ bicycle, ion lucin wanted to create a concept with as few elements and lines as possible. starting with symmetrical lines and angles, it was possible to create a frame, which would blend with the rims of the bicycle. the minimalism goes even further, in the way the color is applied, to express more with less.

From the side of the bicycle, viewers can only see its matte black frame, but from a specific angle, the bright color scheme makes an appearance. the design also has a bag, which is a part of the product branding. from a top view, you can see it in completely black, and in bright yellow from an angle. the branding follows the minimal idea, in form and color with a logo and a custom typeface, following the project ideology.

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What makes a design so iconic?

What makes a design so iconic?

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One of the ideas and hopes as a designer throughout our careers is to hit that one great idea that will one day change the world. And one thing we always ask ourselves is how do I do that? We ponder for as long as we can on how to implement our idea into peoples lives which got me thinking. What makes a design so iconic?

Some would maintain that its the brand which makes an iconic product but I would argue that its how a design can almost become so integrated into our everyday lives that it’s almost invisible, a design which we take it for granted and forget to think that once upon a time, this never even existed. An example of this would be the ball point pen. Its a product which anyone would rarely be caught pondering over the origin of but its a product which we all use to write that paper or sketch out that next big idea. It’s products like these which are the unsung heroes of the design world, whether its a design which has remained classic and stood the test of time or whether its a product which raised the bar as a pivotal product in our lives. These are undoubtedly the best examples of iconic design.

So after hearing my opinion on what makes a design so iconic, take a moment to think about what’s your favourite piece of iconic design and let us know in the comments below.

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Designer Chair
Bic Ball Point Pen
Concorde

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Portable architecture and design firm office.

Portable architecture and design firm office.

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New zealand-based architecture and design firm studio106 has created a solution for those who wish to be outside during the summer months, instead of working inside the office. for this, the studio proposes to adopt and transform a retro caravan into a mobile working space, in order to maintain productivity while enjoying of the warmest season of the year. this type of choice gives both mobility and flexibility to the small team.

‘reducing our functional footprint from a 95m2 office to a peripatetic yet practical space has been able to happen thanks to retro events,’ comments the studio 106 team. ‘using one of their semi-converted caravans as our home away from home not only will it provide the mobility and flexibility we needed, but it gave us the ability to park it on the site of one of our current projects.’

in order to adapt the interiors of the caravan into an office, they stripped it down and implemented a ceiling installation and some soft furnishings. as for their work tools, due to the reduced space, they kept only the essentials: computers, chairs, an office plant and a coffee station. the desks were all made of cardboard, thanks to refold’s help, allowing for them to fold and refold as needed.

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