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Bid goodbye to dull decors with the effervescent cocoon lamp

Posted: 04 Jan 2012 04:16 AM PST

Sahil Khurana:

Spruce up your interiors with the luminescence of the Cocoon lamp. As cocoons are often said to form the protective layers of insects, this lamp is also based on the same concept. The way insects lie ensconced inside the cocoon’s safety to emerge out as beautiful butterflies; the lamp also incorporates pretty much a similar strategy and theory in its crafting.

Cocoon Lamp
Cocoon Lamp

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Cocoon Lamp
Cocoon Lamp by Assa Ashuach

Obviously, there were no spinnerets used in the making of this lamp. However, PolyJet technology, a liquid was passed through some nozzles which solidified when it came into contact with UV rays. Incorporating a very dedicated and diffused technology, the lamp has been formed with great precision and care.

The inside of the lamp, which forms the protective layering of the ensconced light, has been created by spinning threads all around the light source. These threads can broadly be classified as VeroWhite, which being an artificial substance, provides the much required rigidity and strength in the making. The outer hem of the lamp has been crafted out of TangoBlackPlus, fusing the white and black to create a subtle shade of grey. The base unit has been rigged with a design in order to make the power sourcing easier and aesthetically correct.

The design of the lamp is very unique, something which would not be too easily available in the market. You can place the lighting equipment anywhere; hang it from the wall or simply let it dazzle your surroundings by sitting neatly on the table.

Defying all proportions of geometry, you would end up forgetting all your known shapes. The lamp exudes a warm glow and diffuses your life with glowing light. Once you have made it a part of your home only would you realize how it protects your living area from darkness.

Via: Voxel-Studio


Seven best convertible dining tables

Posted: 04 Jan 2012 01:40 AM PST

Shahnawaz Naaz:

Dining table is a very useful piece of furniture and we prefer to use beautifully designed table because it adds to the beauty of our home. These days many manufacturers are designing convertible dining tables, which are liked by many people across the globe. The best thing about these tables is that they are portable and they can be used at more than one place. Here is a list of seven best convertible dining tables.


10 Trendy task lamps for modern workplaces

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 10:36 PM PST

Abhinav Shrivastava:

Trendy, artistic lamps are not just a creative addition to your workplace, but they are also extremely functional and have utility. Installing a trendy lamp would ensure that workplace looks modernize and cool. Moreover, it would brighten up your desk and will motivate you to work more. Check out this list to know which one of these best lamps will suit your needs:


Space saving and multifunctional Add+ coworker friendly workstation concept

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 10:12 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Add+ is an innovative new concept for office furniture designed especially for co-working work environments. Created by engineer/designer Aram Haydeyan in collaboration with Casitoo design's graduate designer Tobias Fortsch, Add+ offers a full range of expansion options. Also offering greater freedom of movement, Add+ also allows users more flexibility in its functionality.

ADD co working desk by Aram Haydeyan
ADD co working desk by Aram Haydeyan

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Design Study Space CoWorking
Design Study Space CoWorking

The furniture was designed to allow it to be assembled and dissembled rapidly, which makes it perfect for smaller office spaces that require their rooms to serve many purposes. When in use and even when not in use, the Add+ remains compact in size, which makes it perfect for working spaces of all sizes. Providing flexible arrangement options and a numerous combination of units, the desk allows co-working environments more productive and efficient.

The furniture is available both as a team-based workspace and a single workstation. The base model comes with five main elements, which include drawers, a smaller second table top, a large tabletop and a base. The furniture can be individually adapted to specific users' needs and comes with a number of expansion options to enable such functions. Enabling a wide range of applications, the combination and arrangement of the work units make the workflow more effective and less strenuous.

Source: Casitoo


Netanya Twisting Tower uses geothermal resources for power

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 09:14 PM PST

Sanjib Saha:

The concept

The Netanya city centre, a unique creation by Yanv Pardo Architects, is an innovative redesign given to the municipality building which will now act as the city's iconic landmark. The building has become not only a vibrant and exciting location, but also an architectural milestone that adorns the urban landscape. It mainly caters to the needs of the city's residents who will be using it for a variety of services and activities. It will link the existing city landmarks and will also incorporate a large car park that will serve the building and the surrounding establishments as well. Facing the Raziel Street, a spacious square will be built outside the building for the purpose of facilitating conferences, outdoor events, receptions and youth events.

Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya
Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya

The inspiration

A Mediterranean city, which lacks Bauhaus architecture and the saucy vibe of Tel Aviv, has been given a redesign by Yaniv Pardo that puts the city back to its deserved position on the map. It has been designed to provide the inhabitants n inspiring space to rediscover the beauty of their home city. Designed after a weather vane, the building will be thronged as it will act as a gathering space by linking other urban facilities like shopping, social, cultural and other commercial centers.

Eco credentials

The design appeals to the mind of a viewer as the building will be having numerous apertures and will, therefore, be flooded with daylight and will be covered by plants. To make it eco friendly, the twisted mixed-use tower has also been designed to act as a carbon sponge and it will also be generating its energy from geothermal resources. The tower will lean on materials and will have a thermal plant above public spaces. It will have Mashrabiya (or Shanasheel) windows with high quality curtain walls providing solar control and isolation. These are all part of the sustainable design of the building. Moreover, the frame of the building will be extremely light.

Feasibility

Though the design is innovative and much like a dream come true, yet no word has been heard about the construction plan of the project. The tower, made for multipurpose services with natural light flooding it and geothermal resources providing it with energy, will naturally be a gathering place for the city residents. It is hoped that the design will take its awaited physical form and will also be counted in the field of reconstructed green architecture.

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Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya
Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya

Related trends

1. Windscraper tower

Windscraper Tower
Windscraper Tower

The Piraeus Tower in the city of Piraeus, Greece, has been called the ‘Sleeping Giant’ as its construction, which started 30 years ago, has yet not been completed. A competition was held by the GreekArchitects.gr and Dupont inviting architects to come up with ideas of a tower in modern times with a new façade that will establish the incomplete tower as the landmark it was meant to be. The winner is the Windscraper Tower constructed by the New York city-based HWKN Architects. HWKN though has proposed to transform The Piraeus Tower into a wind generating machine. This will be done by adding a layer of wind harvesting technology to the exterior of the building.

2. UTS tower

UTS tower
UTS tower

The University of Technology Sidney Tower has been famous as Sidney's ugliest building. Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has proposed the 'Tower Skin' concept that would wrap the building with a light weight composite mesh textile. This would help in collecting rain water, generating electricity and assist the ventilation and cooling system of the tower.

3. Herzog & de Meuron's Towering Triangular Skyscraper

Herzog & de Meuron's Towering Triangular Skyscraper
Herzog & de Meuron's Towering Triangular Skyscraper

The design of the Le Project Triangle by Herzog & de Meuron, unveiled in 2008, has finally received approval for its construction after the 31-year old ban established by the previous Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, had been lifted. The building will rise about 200 meters from the Porte de Versialles in Paris. The building has been designed such that it will virtually cast no shadow. Its orientation will take advantage of both solar and wind power. This pyramid building has been the city's center since 1977. The building's completion is expected to be seen by 2017.

4. Turning Torso

Turning Torso
Turning Torso

HSB Turning Torso, Sweden's tallest residential building, has been designed by architect, sculptor and structural engineer Santiago Calatrava. The building has 54 floors and is inspired by studies on nature and human bodies. It twists a full 90 degree from top to bottom and is completely powered by renewable energy.


Aqualife: A smart and universal waterproof case

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 08:46 PM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

Is it a concern with you that your smartphone needs an equally smart case to protect it? Now, all your worries will be taken away by Pineway Asia Limited, which has come out with a special waterproof cellphone case that smartly takes care of the expensive smartphones you are so possessive about. This universal smartphone case is named Aqualife, which seems to be quite apt if you consider its usability aspect. This stylish one-size-fits-all case is designed to offer a specialized waterproof cover for all models of smartphones. Aqualife may give your phone a life inside water, too.

Aqualife
Aqualife

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Aqualife
Aqualife from Pineway Asia Ltd

With external dimensions of W82 x D22 x H144 mm and internal dimensions of W67 x D14 x H126 mm, Aqualife is resistant to water even if you take it one meter deep into a pool. This resistance to water develops because of a clip-lock system and the materials this case is made of. Its see-through bottom is made of polycarbonate and allows you to click pictures or make videos under water, too. This cover also lets you to check the phone display as it has a clear display window made of silicone. The window is designed in a way to allow you the usage of all touch functions of a smartphone under water.

This smart cover has a valve that will offer you the convenience of plugging in the waterproof ear buds, which will be provided to you along with the case. Through the case, these ear buds may be easily attached to the phone device. So, you may enjoy your favorite music even when you are taking bath. Also, you will not have to wait too long to grab this protection case for your special possession. Starting by February 2012 across the Asia Pacific region, Aqualife will be distributed by the authorized U.S. company, Case Logic. You will soon be able to pick up one such case in a color combo of transparent white and light blue ring.

Via: Andrea Ponti Design


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