Alite + Boreas Commuter Backpack: A roll-top waterproof design that combines aesthetics with a suspension support system for comfort

Alite + Boreas Commuter Backpack

The strongest collaborations draw from the strengths of each involved party—and the new roll-top pack from Alite and Boreas is a shining example. Both San Francisco-based companies know the value of a sturdy yet stylish, multipurpose pack. Alite……

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Animated Photography of Routine Walk

Voici une série de photographies animés réalisé par Julien Douvier. Tout part d’un constat, celui de la routine. Le même trajet chaque jour. Réveil à la même heure, emprunter les mêmes rues, marcher sur les mêmes trottoirs. L’artiste a donc cherché un moyen visuel de représenter ce phénomène. A découvrir.

Staggered signage hides the contents of Amsterdam design shop by i29

The products on sale in this monochrome design shop by Dutch interiors studio i29 are concealed behind a fragmented sequence of signage panels that create an optical illusion (+ slideshow).

Frame Store by i29

i29 created the Amsterdam shop, named Frame Store, for the retail arm of Dutch design publication Frame Magazine. The store sells a combination of art and design objects, magazines and clothing.



The local office wanted to offer “a three-dimensional experience of the magazine” for customers, so two tiers of white panels with black frames extend out from the walls of the simple white space.

Frame Store by i29

From a spot on the shop floor, black markings on the white panels align to form the word “NEW.”

Frame Store by i29

Shop merchandise is hidden on triangular shelving and clothing rails behind the black-framed panelling that increases and then decreases in size towards a shop counter at the back of the space.

Frame Store by i29

“Looking from back to front, the shop offers a totally different experience,” said the designers, whose first collaboration with the magazine was a mirror-lined pop-up shop in an 18th century-building.

“The contrast of these two worlds within one shop surprises,” they said.

Frame Store by i29

The designers play on the contrasts between black and white, flat and three-dimensional, square and triangular, and empty and full throughout the design of the space.

Frame Store by i29

The black painted shelving is illuminated by a series of mismatched white pendant lights hung between each wooden board.

Frame Store by i29

The white panels facing the front of the shop can be changed to display text and artwork relating to the current stock.

Frame Store by i29

“The interior design is based on the changeability of such a diverse shop,” said the designers. “Flexibility and being able to change the store identity completely was our main focus.”

Frame Store by i29

“Personalised presentations on particular themes can be exposed. The use of text and graphic art link back to the magazine’s origins,” they said.

Frame Store by i29

Dutch conceptual artist Niek Pulles was invited to present a series of masks called Future Tribes for the shop’s opening. Close-up images of the unsettling masks are currently displayed on the upper panels to one side of the shop floor.

Frame Store by i29

Photography is by Ewout Huibers.

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RapKey ti fa rispondere ai messaggi con le parole di un rapper

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Con il nuovo iOS 8 sono state attivate le tastiere personalizzate. Così tra le altre cose puoi aggiungerti RapKey e rispondere ai messaggi con frasi di testi peso tipo ‘I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death’. Scaricatevela qui. Either love me, or leave me alone.

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Electric Folding Bicycle

Voici un projet Kickstarter proposé par la firme chinoise Impossible Technology. Ce vélo électrique ultra léger se replie pour économiser le maximum d’espace, le mécanisme permet également de plier ou déplier le deux roues le plus rapidement possible. Avec une autonomie de 45 minutes sa vitesse de pointe est de 20 km/h. A découvrir.

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L’ombrello a rovescio

Può sembrare la classica “giapponesata” (di fatto lo è) però il progetto di questo UnBRELLA merita di essere approfondito perché ci porta a una sempre utile riflessione sull’origine degli oggetti che meglio conosciamo.
UnBRELLA sembrerebbe il classico ombrello, se non fosse che il meccanismo di apertura è rovesciato all’esterno e le stecche che lo reggono si trovano sul lato superiore, così come avviene in un ponte strallato.
Questa variante ha alcuni vantaggi:
–       L’apertura è più sicura negli spazi angusti.
–       Non si viene mai a contatto con il lato bagnato dell’ombrello, anche quando viene chiuso.
–       L’ombrello si regge in piedi da solo, e non è necessario appoggiarlo a nessuna parete.
I punti di forza sono innegabili, anche se tutto sommato trascurabili, quindi perché l’ombrello che tutti conosciamo non è nato in questa maniera?

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Suppongo che la ragione sia da cercarsi nelle nobili origini dell’ombrello, un tempo oggetto destinato al ceto abbiente che poteva permettersi pure la servitù, e da scelte di carattere prettamente estetico. E’ evidente che il meccanismo di supporto delle stecche sia bruttino, e che si sia preferito nasconderlo perché rovinare l’aspetto di un oggetto prezioso sarebbe stato un peccato mortale.
Nessuno avrebbe mai pensato di mettere le stecche in cima all’ombrello, e questa consuetudine si è tramandata nei secoli.

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UnBRELLA ha qualche possibilità di diventare un prodotto di massa? Ovviamente no: i suoi vantaggi sono troppo deboli per rivoluzionare l’immaginario collettivo ed il rodato sistema produttivo degli ombrelli, ma questo non significa che gli oggetti che riteniamo più scontati non possano essere migliorati, quando li si vede da un punto di vista diverso e si rimuovano i condizionamenti culturali.
Una storia simile è quella dello Storm Umbrella olandese, cui dedicai un articolo nel 2007.

Hollow concrete blocks form a textured frontage for Wuyang Architecture's student shower block

A screen of hollow concrete bricks provides privacy for students using this shower and changing facility at a Shanghai technical college (+ slideshow).

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

The student bathrooms were designed by WuYang Architecture to occupy one of several former factory buildings from the 1980s that make up the campus of the Shanghai Technical Institute of Electronics and Information.



Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

The works involved stripping the two-storey building back to its concrete frame and replacing all of the original walls, including the addition of the new concrete-brick facade.

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

Each of the bricks has been arranged diagonally, creating a textured surface that changes appearance from solid to perforated, depending on the viewing angle. This screens the interior from a series of neighbouring sports pitches.

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

“Besides the works of structural reinforcement and spatial rearrangement, the design tries to create an attractive environment for students,” explained architect Feng Lu, who studied in the UK before founding his Shanghai-based design studio.

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

“A wall of concrete hollow blocks is used to make a translucent interface between inside and outside,” he told Dezeen. “This material is cheap and good for insulation.”

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

Rear and side walls have been rendered white, contrasting with the dark grey tones of this facade skin, which Feng says was “kept as naked”.

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

The ground floor level of the 503-square-metre building is assigned to boys with 63 showers, while the upper level offers facilities for girls, including 24 shower spaces.

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

Both storeys have their own entrances and separate exits. Boys enter through a double-height opening on the right-hand side of the facade, while the way in for girls is a staircase that climbs up alongside the adjacent sidewall and bridges over the opening.

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

A sequence of skylights help to bring additional daylight into this area. There are also clerestory windows that allow light to filter into the shower rooms.

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu

Photography is by SU Shengliang.


Project credits:

Project architect: Feng Lu
Architects: Wuyang Architecture
Engineering: SRIBS
Client: China Fortune Properties, Shanghai Technical Institute of Electronics and Information

Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu
Axonometric diagram – click for larger image
Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu
Axonometric diagram – click for larger image
Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu
Site plan – click for larger image
Student Bathrooms by Feng Lu
Floor plans – click for larger image

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Shop Stop: Moooi in Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

We first featured Moooi in the most recent issue of the Bloesem Gazette, where we invited Anouk from Make History to share her favorite hot spots in an Amsterdam City Guide. We love their use of vibrant colours within the showroom! They showcase an interesting mix of lighting, furniture and interior accessories so well in the space that you can’t help but want to bring home a piece to add to your own collection.

For more interesting spots around Amsterdam, do have a look at the Amsterdam City Guide in the Bloesem Gazette.

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

Bloesem living | Shop stop: Moooi in Amsterdam | Furniture, lighting and interior accessories

.. Moooi

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Giveaway: Five Days, Five Watches with Touch Of Modern – Today is The TW Steel TW 4 Watch

We are on Day 4 of the Giveaway Love, basically the second last day! The super popular Flash Sales Site Touch Of Modern is giving away a TW Steel TW 4 Watch to one lucky winner and YD is happy to host this for you. Often referred to as a classic and cosmopolitan timepiece that features minimalist design, the TW Steel TW 4 stands for quality that lasts for generations. Features include quartz movement that ensures precise time, and if you want to WIN ITHIT THIS LINK!

Day 4 – The TW Steel TW 4 Watch

More about Touch Of Modern

Touch Of Modern understands men and has designed their highly curated collection to reflect their sophisticated taste. Unique quality products at wallet-friendly prices are showcased here. The one-of-a-kind modern design collection is hard to find anywhere else.

Come back tomorrow for your LAST chance to WIN another awesome watch!

Contest Closes: 20th November 2014 – midnight PST

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DIY Matter Maker

The Alchemist Matter kit teaches you how to create DIY matter through physicochemical phenomena. Mind blown? In a nutshell… it’s a cleverly designed for kids, teaching them to experiment with components that look similar to the naked eye but react differently—the same way that alchemists, the ancestors of chemists, did! It’s the first steps for basic chemistry presented in a fun, hands-on, educational way! See how it works —>

This educational toolkit is composed of three modular test-tube racks, with containers filled with different raw materials, and a manual that guides you though a gradual learning process. Once you have used the raw material samples, you can easily refill the containers with the same or different raw materials, as suggested in the instruction manual. The raw material samples come from products generally used around the home.  All the sample materials are easy to find and innocuous. They are both fundamental principles of this product.  They must not be placed in the mouth, and for that reason the activities require the supervision of an adult.

Designer: Laurence Humier

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