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The Design blog


Albatross Aileron Conference Table is a aviation fan’s delight

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:20 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

A decommissioned stabilizer from a copy of the legendary Grumman HU-16 Albatross was used to fashion this Albatross Aileron Conference Table. Created by airplane-parts-to-home-and-office-furniture specialists MotoArt, the table is made from the ailerons of both the right and left wing of the historic Grumman amphibious flying boat.

Albatross Aileron Conference Table
Albatross Aileron Conference Table

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Albatross Aileron Conference Table
MotoArt Albatross Aileron Conference Table

Developed to rescue downed pilots by landing in open ocean situations, the Albatross was an evolved variant of the original Grumman Mallard. Primarily employed as a combat S&R and general S&R aircraft by the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force from 1949-95, the amphibious flying boat powered by a large twin-radial engine still incites passion among aviation enthusiasts.

With a width of 60 inches, these ailerons can be manufactured to suit any specific size between 8′ and 18′ lengthwise. To accentuate the rib structure, the under paneling of the aileron is fashioned from turned aluminum and can be powder coated in any color. To accent the custom selected color for the aileron, the stain or paint custom made bamboo hardwood base can be personalized too. The Albatross Aileron Conference Table comes with a custom fitted ½-inch thick tempered glass top and can be made to accommodate customized outlets for data, power or voice cables.

Via: MotoArt


Tulip Lantern would brighten your room with smart glow

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:18 AM PST

Shallu Sharma:

Designers all around the world are working hard to reveal to the world various self sufficient and auto adjustable designs that would work with least human efforts. Tulip Lantern is a similar smart creation by Snow Peak that adjusts its light according to the needs of the campers. As the name suggests, the structure of the lamp's bulb has been created taking inspiration from Tulip flower, which gives narrow beam of light when hung from some stand or roof and brightens up the room with ambient glow when placed upright.

Tulip Lantern
Tulip Lantern

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Tulip Lantern
Snow Peak Tulip Lantern

This unique lighting equipment works according to the law of gravity to determine whether it is being used on its base or hung from the roof. When being used on its base, the lamp shines with more brightness and intensity and gets automatically dimmed when upside-down hung. Its bendable snake-like neck can be twisted and transformed around its head to produce either of the illumination effects irrespective of its orientation.

It can glow for around 100 hours on the go but only if being used on dim setting mode. It offers 250 lumens of bright light that is quite enough to brighten a tent or any other enclosed area. It’s very convenient to carry Tulip Lantern from one place to another with only 17 oz. of weight. It also forms a handy and useful gift item to present to your loved ones. The adjustable lamp is expected to be available in the market from this March with the price tag of $150.

Via: Gizmodo/ Coolhunting/ Stylesos


Creative Guactruck serves scrumptious meals and limits energy consumption

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:16 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Are you in Manila, Philippines and hungry for some food truck grub? Then how can you miss the Guactruck, which is colorful, sustainable and serves yummy food. These vivacious meal servers on the go originated in America and the trend seems to be fast catching up in many other parts of the world. The Guactruck is a brainchild of Michealle Lee and Natassha Chan, who grabbed the idea while studying business in Los Angeles.

Guactruck
Guactruck

The truck serves mouthwatering Mexican style Filipino dishes, which has managed to fetch many loyal customers. The food is prepared in a Mexican style, but is more Filipino as it gets a little difficult to find Mexican ingredients. Here is something which will leave you wheezing. There is an option to create your own burrito bowls, tacos and nachos, which is just so impressive. The designer mobile eatery also has a buffet assembly line as get an option to fill those burrito bowls and soft nachos with your favorite Filipino dishes like garlic rice and pork adobo.

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Guactruck
Tasty, Sustainable Tacos with Manila’s First Designer Food Truck

The authentic meals are not only lip-smacking, but are served in a socially responsible manner. The colorful vehicle is an upcycled Mitsubishi L300 delivery truck, which was swapped into a mobile eatery. It is aesthetically pleasing and has an impressive outer facade that comes smothered in modernity. The truck has been fitted with LED lights that will help save energy while providing necessary illumination. The available space inside the truck has been used ingeniously and a generator is placed outside, which lends power for its operation.

The region remains humid throughout the year, which forced people to stay inside the house during the afternoon. The creators understood this and open during the cooler hours of the day, like fir dinner, when they get maximum number of customers. This is an intelligent move as it further saves energy and also cuts down on pollution levels. Here comes the most attention grabbing part. The entire cutlery used to serve meals is biodegradable, which is worth appreciating. Cardboard has been used to craft eye appealing origami packing. It looks like a bud blossoming into in beautiful flower and can be recycled later.

To encourage recycling, people get a point every time they give back the used package after they are done eating. When a customer returns the package a tenth time, he/she gets a free meal, which is absolutely encouraging. This inculcates a sense of recycling and is a very clever way to educate people as well as earn loyal customers who can't help but come back for a scrumptious meal. The truck has become a trend setter and its innovative designing is an added attraction. Spot the Guactruck for some guilt free food, if you want to relish fresh meals that too in a colorful and manner.

Via: Core77


One of a kind Optism Optical Illusion Car for Volkswagen

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:15 AM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

This amazing roadster looks sleek and progressive but surprisingly flippant with very unnatural looks. It will remind you of futuristic autos from sci-fi flicks or the toy car your little one plays with. The fun design is quite thrilling and functions have also been improvised in this new version. But still there are many downsides to this playful model designed by Sangwoo Lee for his diploma thesis project. The designer is a student of transportation design program at HBK Braunschweig Germany.

Volkswagen optical illusion car
Volkswagen optical illusion car

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Volkswagen optical illusion car
Volkswagen Optism Optical Illusion Car Looks Like a Toy

The horizontal wedges give the car an unparalleled look. They add a really fancy touch to its appearance as the car looks distinctive when viewed from different angles. The lines practically run all over the chassis. You see them on the body, except for the top half, and also on the wheels. Onlookers will surely feel stunned when they see this one whizzing around on the road. Optical illusions are cool when you see them on paper or on your computer screen. But when you apply the concept in 3D and that too on a moving auto, things can get tricky. Hopefully, this novel design will not make the driver inside also go fuzzy.

The piece however will give you advantage when you are racing with others. Competition will definitely get hazy and slow down if they spot your car anywhere on the track. Getting serious, the chances of this one hitting the road are slim. If it veers on the road with other regular cars, the drivers alongside will surely get tizzy, which will heighten the possibility of accidents. But all witticisms apart, cutting edge technology and designer art has gone into materializing this nifty piece. The unique design is born from visual kinetics and optical art. Thus, it has been rightfully dubbed as Volkswagen Optimism.

Via: Technabob/ Uber Gizmo/ Sangwoo Design


Lotus Waterproof Speaker mimics the idea of sound waves in water

Posted: 02 Mar 2012 05:14 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Electronic gadgets and water normally don't blend well, but here is a speaker system that will inject doses of life in still water. Loren Lim, an industrial designer by profession, has made the ravishing Lotus Waterproof Speaker as a part of his final year project. As the name spells, Lotus Waterproof Speaker has fetched quite some inspiration from the striking flower that beautifully floats on the surface of water.

Waterproof Speaker
Waterproof Speaker

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LOTUS Waterproof Speaker
LOTUS Waterproof Speaker by Loren Lim

The waterproof speaker can be placed in a bowl of water without the fear of damaging it. Once the music plays, the marvelous speaker will create ripples in water, which are a result of vibrations that will come from the speaker. These ripples finely mimic the idea of sound waves and will work in accordance with the thumping of music. The waves created will be directly proportional to the frequency of the sound piece.

Lotus Waterproof Speaker lets a user feel as well as see the rhythm because of the movement of water. Apart from water, the brilliant design can also be placed on solid surface just like any other speaker. The edges of the speaker are wavy, which makes sure that it stays still when placed on a flat surface. The bottom of the design features the volume controls. It comes with four volume control settings, which can be easily set as per a user's whims and fancies.

The sleek product with its well crafted outer skin will definitely create ripples, not only in water but also in the world of speakers. So, place it in water or on a table and see it intoxicate senses.


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