Larchmont Lotus Building Will Be Protected By Futuristic Shading System

Larchmont Lotus, a medical center in Los Angeles has been competed with a wrapper designed by XP& Architecture. The architect designs a cover that servers 2 design purposes at once, first would be cooling the building and the second would be image improvement of the medical center. As the sun moves throughout the day, the façade adjust its metal leaves to regulate the internal temperature of the building. If preferred, the users can override the movement of the system.

Project: Larchmond Lotus
By : XP& Architecture
Project Manager: Judith K. Mussel
Project Designer & Architect: Judith K. Mussel
Design Team: Seung Chul Song, Gunther Schatz, Mona Marbach

Larchmont Lotus Shading System by XP & Architecture

Larchmont Lotus Shading System by XP & Architecture

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Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners

Golden Pin Design Award has announced its best design winners for 2014, below are some great designs we would like to share with you in random order.

1. Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System
Taiwan Textile Research Institute In-house Design
Nova Design Co. Ltd

This CRM System combines elastic fabric electrodes and comfortable knit fabric to provide sternum support and monitor heart rate variability (HRV). The minimalist design of this functional monitor allows it to be comfortably and discreetly concealed under the clothes of the wearer. The system uses Bluetooth to transmit signals to an app, which allows users to independently manage their health. This CRM System has passed the required bio-compatibility (ISO10993-5, -10) and electrical safety (EN606061-1) tests, and has been granted CE safety certification.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Cardiac Rehabilitation Monitor System

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The cost to make medical equipment is high because a large amount of money needs to be invested in buying patents, but once the necessary patents have been acquired, the retail prices and profits of this type of equipment are high, too. This industry is developing rapidly in Taiwan.”–

2. Espresso Urban Bike
Gearlab Co. Ltd

Espresso Urban Bike is designed specifically for urban living in Asian cities. The frame geometry of Gearlab’s Espresso caters to East Asian proportions, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride for Asian owners. The choice of smaller wheels with 20-inch rims means the bike accelerates faster, an essential function in the stop-and-go traffic systems typical in Asian cities. These small wheels also make the bike easier to carry in and out of tight living spaces. The bike is comfortable and has a place for bags and personal belongings, a simple locking solution, and stunning aesthetics.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Espresso Urban Bike

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“This bicycle is designed specifically for city dwellers and it’s the details that make the design, from the basket in the front to the small-sized wheels for convenient navigation on congested city roads. Given the high rate of bicycle theft in cities, Espresso comes with a specially designed lock as standard. This is a high-quality product with thoughtful design.”

3. FO-1103-P
Wow Energy Saving Lighting Ltd

Modern office lighting consumes far more energy than is actually necessary. A well designed office lighting system can provide an efficient light source for a working environment. All lights in the FO-1103 Office Series are made from aluminum, are adjustable, and are minimalist in design. The angle of the light and the color temperature can be adjusted by remote control. The FO-1103-P is a dexterous pendant light: the body of the lamp can rotate upwards to 180 degrees and downwards to 15 degrees. The lighting mode is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the usage needs of any given space. Available modes include down lighting, centralized lighting, two-directional lighting, and indirect lighting.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - FO-1103-P Energy Saving Light

Dr. Hung-Hsiang Wang – Jury Member
“The light style, luminosity, and angle of this light can be adjusted using a remote control. The FO-1103-P is a true product of the future; to install this fixture, a designer needs to work with a lighting specialist who will link it up to all the other electronic devices common in today’s home. It is a concept that fits perfectly with the IOT (Internet of Things) methodology.”

4. Here I Am Sticky Note

Here I Am turns a 2D post-it note into a 3D note through folding. The space saved in the folding process creates more writing areas and enhances the efficiency of the product. The triangle shapes are sticky on all sides, and no matter where they are used, they are easy to find. Here I Am was developed to improve working and noting efficiency.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Here I Am Sticky Note

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“This label sticker set, with its multitude of three-dimensional designs, is an updated version of the label stickers currently available on the market. It is encouraging to see that with just a little creativity and a different perspective a designer can create a new product from an old concept and successfully sell it in the marketplace.”

5. Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda
Evergreen International Corp.
Keith Newstead

The wooden model, Panda, is engaging from the moment the package is opened until the final pieces are fitted together. The toy combines humor, ingenuity, and art to bring pleasure to the senses while at the same time rewarding the maker with a feeling of accomplishment. Through innovative design practices and making use of mechanical principles, the finished Panda springs into life when a crank is turned. The automata is made from precision-cut, environmentally friendly materials and can be assembled without having to use glue or sharp tools. The latest technology is used to manufacture the curved parts from reconstituted wood. The model can be assembled by people of all ages: the process of building Panda by hand encourages patience and focus.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Modelshop Wooden ARToy- Panda

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“These sorts of projects are just fantastic. I’m a big fan of anything that encourages children to use their creativity and their dexterity to build something, and then experience what happens after they’ve built it. The fact that it’s made from environmentally friendly materials such as wood and not plastic is nice as well. In a world where toys are traditionally made of plastic, it’s important that children get to touch and feel products like this.”

6. Smart Projector
Quanta Computer Inc.
Quanta Innovation Center

In a society in which “sharing on the go” has become the norm, the intelligent micro-projector is a must-have for those in the business community. The WG1P Smart Projector features wireless data transmission and can be quickly linked to mobile devices, smartphones, and tablet PCs. This pocket-sized, super lightweight, “Intelligent” micro-projector also features a high-definition projection screen complemented by a high quality built-in 2.1-channel speaker that makes for effective presentations, compelling media playing, and simple document sharing. The sleek black exterior design features delicate speaker holes and a touchpad that allows you to quickly and easily access presentation or video files.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Smart Projector

Dr. Brandon Gien – Jury Member
“We all have smartphones. We’re all recording large amounts of video and photos on our phones. To have a device that then allows us to view those images and those videos in a format that is outside of our screen is really in demand. They’ve managed to squeeze a lot of technology into a very small footprint. It’s a very intuitive little product as well. I could pick it up, switch it on, and within seconds I was operating it. There was no instruction book and the interface was in Chinese, but it was intuitive enough that I could still use it and to me that’s a sign of good design.”

7. SYL958 Loader
Sany Heavy Machinery Limited

The SYL958 Loader features an edgeless door cab design; a built-in, integral Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) design; a visualization central electrical box; and a Parker fingertip operating system. The cab is sealed against the intrusion of dust to protect the health of the operator, and noise is reduced to a level 6 dB lower than other machines in China. A two-stage damper system with four-point suspended installation guarantees a comfortable operating experience. Daily service and maintenance points can be easily reached from the ground. The service life of key components is improved with the inclusion of an advanced technology DANA rotor type gearbox, a drive axle for heavy mining machines, and a reinforced heavy-duty vehicle body structure. An efficient fixed-variable confluence high-pressure system results in energy reductions of over 10 percent. The internally-pressurized oil tank stays cleaner for longer, resulting in a longer service life and less frequent oil changes. Recyclable materials and lead-less paint are incorporated across the machine.

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - SYL958 Loader

Cai Jun – Jury Member
“Large equipment manufacturing–producing industrial products like high-speed trains and heavy-duty loading equipment–is one of the most important industries in China. China has made steady advancements in this area in recent years. Sany Heavy Machinery Limited is one of the leading manufacturers in this field. They focus on user-friendly design. The overall look and design of the product projects the unified spirit of the brand, and is an outstanding.”

8. Zenbook UX301
Asustek Computer INC.
Asus Design Center

The ZENBOOK™ UX301LA is a premium product in the ASUS Ultrabook™ range and combines great performance with elegant design. A unique, high performance CPU is encased in an ultra-thin, ultra-light laptop that features a Corning® Gorilla Glass Iid. The use of aluminum silicate Corning ® Gorilla Glass reduces body thickness by 14 percent, making this Zenbook lighter and thinner than its predecessors. A reduction in the use of metallic material enhances RF efficiency, and the use of fluoropolymer nanometer coating not only ensures excellent stain-resistance and anti-fingerprint capabilities, but also that surface dirt is easy to remove. ZENBOOK™ UX301LA represents the perfect combination of “mechanism, performance, and material.”

Golden Pin Design Award 2014 Winners - Zenbook UX301 Notebook

Apex Lin, Pang-Soong – Jury Member
“At a time when laptop technology in Taiwan has matured, ASUS continues to innovate. This laptop features an ultra thin glass screen and the logo produces a spiral light. This high-level design was awarded a Japanese Good Design Award this year.”

AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

We usually see Jet or Space craft designs from Oscar Viñals, this time, he has submitted a concept cargo airplane. You can read his detail description about this project below.

AWWA-VA “GIGAbay” is a concept of a “green” cargo airplane for this 21st century, based primary on its high ratio of eco-friendly purpose and its big versatile capacity to adapt to many working environment. Thanks to its advanced systems and materials, it makes this cargo:

  • Energy efficient
  • Fewer emissions
  • Less aircraft noise until 30% compared with current standards
  • Big capacity of cargo with a volume of 2,303m3 and more than 220 tons of payload, with an internal advanced and active fuselage system
  • Capable to generate “green” power, thanks to superconductivity technology, fuel cell stack, wind generators, and solar energy
  • Equipped with 4 Hybrid engines – electric / fuel & two electric engines
  • Less damages in a hypothetical emergency landing with “auto-break” wings system
  • Less drag and weight (increasing the payload cargo)
  • Less fuel consumption and damaging emissions

AWWA-VA GIGAbay is the version for cargo transport of the AWWA “Sky Whale” concept plane, with similar base. It would be equipped with a new advanced technologies from alloys, ceramic or fiber composites, carbon nanotube and fiber optic cabling, smart materials (SMA), Hybrid & E-engines (E-e), active wings with wind generators inside. It is capable to create electric energy with micro solar cells in hexagonal geometry like a part of structure’s ceiling or through two big electromagnetic generators named W.E.R.D.S. (wind energy recovery duct system) based in superconductivity technology and fuel cell stack –Hydrogen- that transforms the air flow in energy.

The airplane’s fuselage offers a big compartment to have a maximum volume of cargo in order to transport huge items, for example sections of commercial airplanes, like two Airbus A350 XWB’s sections or 4 EC-725 Super Puma copters. The cargo bay provides a volume of 2,303m3 and depending on its configuration (versatility) would have the cargo’s distribution in two decks to carry more than 220 tons of weight. The bay could be equipped with a crane of double rail capable to move items up to 30 tons along the cargo bay. It also features an adaptable and mobile platform to carry up the cargo.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

AWWA-VA Gigabay Cargo Airplane by Oscar Viñals

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A’ Design Award and Competition 2014 – Winners

It’s time again to announce the winners of A’ Design Award & Competition, with more than 12,000 entries in more than 100 categories from 208 countries, you will find amazing products, buildings, accessories, and much more. A’ Design Award & Competition has been a prestigious design competition that attracts thousands of designers from around the world to showcase their best works. It sets a benchmark for design development in different countries and the winning designs along with the designers get international fame in an instant.

Here are 20 amazing designs among hundreds that we’d like to share with you.

1. Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez
Remember the old days when leather jacket clad riders raced from one café to another just to prove themselves? Well, those days were the inspiration of this project. Black Shadow H-E (Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Motorcycle) features vintage style with modern technology. Its carbon titanium composite frame making this vehicle becomes a lightweight, ecological bike with vintage styling.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez

2. Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand
Inspired by the form of seashells, this beautiful artistic Schon Lamp attracts everyone to approach to touch it. The light surface is located at the center to create soft illumination and uniform light to its surrounding. Simply touch the body to turn the light on/off.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand

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A’Design Award & Competition 2014 – Last Call for Submissions – 3 Days Left!

There are only 3 days left guys, hurry up! This is a friendly reminder to all designers all around the world, time is ticking so if you plan to submit your design/project to A’Design Award & Competition, you better hurry. It’s A’Design Award & Competition last call for submission, the deadline is February 28, 2014, so pick your best works and submit them now.

We have featured an article about this competition, you can read it here, it’s a prestigious design competition that will certainly expose your design portfolio to larger audience. The PR push will get the world to notice your talent, a dream of every young designer to gain recognitions.

A’Design Award & Competition 2014 - Last call for submission

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Onyx 41 Yacht Features Fully Touch Screen Controls and Joystick Steering

Together, DeBasto Designs and Hodgdon Shipbuilding have released Onyx 41 yacht concept that features sleek and stylish line, easy to look at as well as to operate. This yacht sets new standard of technology applications in yacht of its class, fully touch screen controls to remote monitoring, self-deploying integrated fender system, built-in dock line handling, joystick steering, and hybrid electric propulsion. Operating this yacht would be more convenient and offer you a different experience than usual.

Just in case the superiority of those features above don’t impress you, let’s take a look and the level of luxury aboard. You’ll find generous space inside this yacht, a large berth, wrap around settee, galley and head with awesome opening skylights above. Applying the open-air concept, the deck features semi-enclosed lounge that dramatically exposes you to the outside world through a sliding skylight roof. Massive integrated furniture flow smoothly nearly full length of the available space; it creates stylish seating and lounging area.

Designer : Luiz DeBasto

Onyx 41 Yacht by Luiz DeBasto

Onyx 41 Yacht by Luiz DeBasto

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Guest Post : Chairs in the Bauhaus

This article is a guest post from Tom Faulkner, a furniture designer who believes simplicity of line and proportion are the cornerstones of all good design and he applies this principle to everything he makes.

The Bauhaus Design School may be the most prestigious and influential design studio in the last century with regard to modern furniture. Founder and architect Walter Gropius believed that furniture served a social and societal function, and that minimalist, inexpensive design was the way to ensure everyone had access to comfortable, sophisticated furniture. This design ethic remains very much in force today, and Bauhaus-inspired designs grace every kind of building from public offices to private residences.

These 20th century modernists made metalwork their own, and reclaimed it as a material from the worlds of engineering and architecture. They adored its strength and versatility, and its aesthetic simplicity. Tubular steelwork is one of the signature trademarks of many of the sleek, modern designs is of Bauhaus furniture.

Here are five classic Bauhaus designs that you might see just about anywhere!

1. Brno chair by Mies van der Rohe

Brno chair by Mies van der Rohe

Designed by the popular German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, this classic, elegant chair is still being used by the stylish and fashion conscious all over the world. Mies van der Rohe was an alumnus of the Bauhaus and coupled his unique architectural vision with the Bauhaus vision of inexpensive, easy to assemble furniture. The Brno chair has a simple chrome plated frame made of flat steel plate, which is combined with a supportive and soft upholstered seat. It is one of the most successful chairs to come out of the Bauhaus school, it is still made today under license but is also extensively copied. Beware of cheap imitations! Some places you may see this (or very similar) designs include reception areas, waiting rooms, smart offices, and high end private residences -making this design one of the most ubiquitous in the furniture industry.

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XLDron Versatile Earth Window (EW) : The Vision of Future Space Tourism by Oscar Vinals

How many people have dreamed of being astronauts and do a space trip? Having unforgettable adventures surrounded by infinite space realizing that we become one with the immensity of the Universe.

The future development of space travel and make it more accessible to a lot of people could be the first step in order to offer breath taking experience like that. Now the exploration of the Universe depends less on geo-strategic plans than in front of the business interests that will place the aerospace industry in one of very important positions in the global economy.

Today it is actually possible to do space travel for special people (special as in rich people), thanks to Space Tourism program. The possibility to change this amazing journey into longer in time and a greater distance from the earth starts now. Soon, we could see the possibility of building all infrastructures for a Space Hotel to a Space Resort or even Space Stations.

XLDron Versatile Earth Window (EW) from this talented industrial designer tries to give you a vision of our future space tourism.

Designer : Oscar Viñals

XLDron Versatile Earth Window (EW) for Space Hotel by Oscar Vinal

XLDron Versatile Earth Window (EW) for Space Hotel by Oscar Vinal

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Nanjing Lab III Vegetation Laboratory Design Proposal by Yaohua Wang

Nanjing Lab III vegetation laboratory is a futuristic lab designed by Yaohua Wang, an avant-garde architect who has been known with his futuristic architecture designs. This design is a visualizations or proposed Nanjing Lab and currently under the schematic design phase. It’s definitely not your traditional vegetation lab that usually only focuses on the attributes of the plants themselves, this time, the lab will be used to also test plant’s behavior inside Nanjing city, such as their reactions to the city’s polluted air and dust.

Designer : Yaohua Wang

Nanjing Lab III Vegetation Laboratory by Yaohua Wang

Nanjing Lab III Vegetation Laboratory by Yaohua Wang

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Workwear for Roofing Works by Motion Code Blue

Workwear for roofing works is an inventive clothing collection that enhances occupational safety. The main feature of this system being a mix of a fall protection connected to work trousers. Workers in Austria aren’t allowed to work in heights above three meters unless and until they wear highly protective security systems.

Existing systems are too heavy, making it uncomfortable as well as hardly controllable by the wearer. Keeping this in mind, designers of motion code have come up with the new system that connects a fall protection strap to the work trousers. The result of which is fast security and ease in handling. Work trousers, soft-shell jackets, and working jackets are the chief components of this patented system created by motion code. While the clothes are customizable, breathable materials and modern fit augments the comfort. This new system assures safety, comfort and style, which are the main factors employer and building owners look for. Available in a wide array of color combinations, the designs are highly appealing as well.

Designer : Motion Code Blue

Workwear for Roofing Works

Workwear for Roofing Works

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DongSeo University Industrial Design Exhibition (Part 1)

This post is the first part of DongSeo University 12th Graduation Exhibition of the talented students who major in Industrial Design of the Department of Design. You’ll find creative and brilliant designs in this post. We’d like to say thank you to Sungkuk Park who sent the materials to us.

1. Sunny Place by Sangyong Kang
A Proposal of public space using solar energy.

DongSeo University Industrial Design Project Exhibition

2. Slide Bath System by Seunghee Kim
Bathtub system with a sliding method. This bathtub has dual functions : sink and bathtub. When in closed mode, you can use it as a bathroom sink. Just slide it open, you’ll get yourself a bathtub.

DongSeo University Industrial Design Project Exhibition

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Eight Finalists Of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Design Competition

Electrolux design lab has announced the eight finalists of their design competition 2010 that was focused on creative solutions for compact future living. Industrial design students throughout the world has submitted their innovative ideas on preparing and storing food, washing cloths and do dishes, and here you can see the 8 finalists.

From : Electrolux Design Lab

Group Shot of All Eight Designs

electrolux design lab finalists

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UP Focuses On Efficient Urbanization With Eco-Friendly Features

Our recent urbanization process focuses on only high raised buildings to accommodate the growing number of people, when it is very much vital to consider the environmental issues for a sustainable future too. UP is a multilayered residential tower concept that not only provides effective residential accommodations to plenty of people, also features an eco-friendly construction with a unique and systematic structure. There are two major parts of the concept, a folding landscape of public space that provides an engaging place for social interactions and activities, other is the skyscraper with lots of usable floor area. When it comes about the eco-friendly features, the skyscraper includes piping system that collects, processes and recycles the rainwater and grey water inside the building. This self-generating system eliminates the need of any secondary water supply for the building, maintaining an effective social awareness among people for efficient use of water.

Design Team: Kadri Kerge, Wendy W Fok
Technical Team: Jenny Chow, Sue Biolsi
Assistants: Viktorie Senešová, Vasilis Raptis (intern)

Up Efficient Urbanization Architecture

Up Efficient Urbanization Architecture

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Audi A9 Concept Starts The Competition In The New Created Luxury Sedan Segment

The Audi A9 is a futuristic proposal for a luxury sport sedan which, in Audi’s car fleet, will be positioned higher than the Audi A8 flagship and will be aimed at the luxury sedan segment which includes models such as Porsche Panamera and the Lamborghini Estoque Concept. The designer, Daniel Garcia, found his inspiration in the architectural designs of Santiago Calatrava’s buildings in “La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias” meaning The City Of Arts And Sciences which can be found in Valencia, the designers hometown. This strong influence can be seen in the clean flowing lines of the vehicle and futuristic styling features. Calatrava’s buildings look like they come from 100 years in the future.

The A9 concept has amazing features and yet to be discovered revolutionary materials. The windscreen and roof are integrated into a single piece, created using an advanced nano-technology material, which features a self-repairing system and allows for adjustments in color and opacity. The bodywork adapts an electronic painting system which allows the owner to change the color at the touch of a button. Another interesting feature of this structure is that is deformable, meaning it provides greater protection for the passengers than a glass windscreen, in a collision. The proposed drive train is a hybrid setup which uses an internal combustion engine working in conjunction with 4 in-wheel electric motors. This concept is the key to future car design, manufacturing technology, safety standards and user experience.

Designer: Daniel Garcia

audi a9 design concept

concept audi a9

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Urban Formation Is An Urban City Plan That Provides Calm, Green And Recreational Opportunities

The concern about keeping the future environment suitable for mankind, industrial designers always tend to blend green and nature with the futuristic architectures. Urban formation concept, an effort to humanize and programmatically decelerate the corner of 104the Avenue and 152nd street in Surrey, Vancouver Canada, is not an exception of the trend. The main focus of the project is to change the current site into a place for recreation with various leisure activities, and at the same time, making it an energy hub by transforming sun and rain into alternative energy using power generating plant. The entire area has been envisioned to be re-landscaped including a buffer system that reduces the noise from the main streets. Aside from that, this urban plan contains theatre space, recreational areas, lighting for park and space for cultural and common entertainments.

Studio : We-Designs
Team : Jasmin Dieterle, Wendy W Fok, Sue Y Biolsi, Jenny Chow, and Vasilis Raptis (Intern)

urban formation

urban formation

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