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Out with the clogs, in with the clock

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:38:50 +0000

It’s the latest edition of MAARTEN BAAS’ Real Times’ series: a gigantic clock (over three metres in height) in the Lounge 2 at one of the world’s most popular airports. Every year 15 million people travel through Lounge 2 at Schiphol, hosting passengers from all around the world. This was one of the many reasons why Schiphol asked MAARTEN BAAS to cooperate in replacing the Dutch icons of tulips, clogs and windmills with one of his internationally acclaimed works. In 2009, world-renowned Dutch designer MAARTEN BAAS launched the first clock in his Real Time series. “Real time is a term that is used in the film industry. It means that the duration of a scene portrays exactly the same time as it took to film it. I play with that concept in my Real Time clocks by showing videos where the hands of time are literally moved in real time.” Real Time clocks show a video performance made by BAAS which takes exactly twelve hours to film and twelve hours to watch it in its entirety, thus creating a hyper-realistic representation of time. In this Schiphol project, MAARTEN BAAS took inspiration from the many faceless men who sweep, clean and work at an […]

First retrospective exhibition by nendo called The Space in Between

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:15:56 +0000

The first museum retrospective exhibition by nendo, will hold over a five month period at the Design Museum Holon, Israel. nendo’s designs begin by exploring and layering existing preconceptions, and then locating the gaps or “spaces” in between these layers to tie together new ideas. The idea behind this method is to gradually broaden the mind of the viewer. No less than 70 works divided into 6 categories of “spaces” will be exhibited, with the aim of providing visitors with a first-hand experience of this process. Exhibition information Design Museum Holon (Pinhas Eilon St. 8 Holon, 5845400, Israel) Curator : Maria Cristina Didero Dates : Until October 29, 2016

German edition of the book Make Design Matter by David Carlson

Tue, 31 May 2016 08:03:38 +0000

We are happy to report that the book Make Design Matter by David Carlson, editor in chief of David Report, now is available in a German edition as well. The title is Design oder nicht Sein with sub title Das kleine rote Buch des guten Designs and it is published by Midas Verlag AG in Zürich Switzerland. The book is available from the publishers own webshop and from major online book stores like German Amazon and Bokus.  

World’s first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair by Benjamin Hubert

Wed, 04 May 2016 16:15:00 +0000

  Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency Layer has designed the world’s first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair. The GO wheelchair prototype is the rst project under Layer’s new research division, LayerLAB, and has been created in collaboration with Materialise, world leaders in 3D-printed software and solutions. LayerLAB is a new in- house division of Layer that facilitates experimentation and research into the future of physical and digital products. The GO wheelchair is the result of intensive research with dozens of wheelchair users and medical professionals conducted by Layer over a six-month insight gathering period. During this time, the studio investigated how to remove the stigma associated with wheelchairs as medical devices and instead create a more human-centered vehicle to improve the everyday lives of users. At Layer, we’re interested in understanding how people use and misuse the most important tools in their lives. With the GO wheelchair, we saw an opportunity to really progress the manual mobility category for users with disabilities, and to use 3D printing technology to solve signi cant and meaningful problems. For the GO wheelchair, 3D printing for manufacture is the most appropriate and powerful technology available to capture each individual’s unique body shape to enhance the […]

Photographs of old fashioned roses offering cross-pollinating synesthesia

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:05:53 +0000

David Carlson, the editor in chief of David Report, has a long and deep relationship with old fashioned roses. His new series of rose photography started already eighteen years ago when the family moved to Falsterbo and the first rose bushes after careful selection were planted in the sandy soil. Today there are growing more than 125 bushes of over 80 different species of old roses, all contributing to transform the garden into a fragrant, lush oasis. Towards the end of June and beginning of July the garden is David’s private paradise, his own kingdom of glory. The roses in the garden all have their peculiarities and what I invest in them, they give back a thousand times. The ones I have chosen to take photos of is all close to my heart, David Carlson says. In his images David transform the roses from everyday garden plants to become symbolic multilayered objects. In this way, each image is an experience that involves several senses, not just the smell and sight, but also stimulates the tactile instinct and makes you want to reach out and touch the velvety leaves, weigh the flower in your hand. Their sensuality is accentuated against the […]

Tactile and smart notebook by Nendo for smaller objects

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:11:14 +0000

Even if we at David Report most write in our digital devices nowadays we do really like the new notebook by Nendo launched at this weeks Stockholm Design Week. The notebook is designed for Stockholm based company smaller objects. The L-shaped perforations along the sides of the pages can be folded out to create customised indexes. Up to 5 different indexes can be formed on each page, making it easy to organise and keep track of the notebook’s contents, just by simple letter or colour demarcations. As the book itself has been crafted in the style of traditional Japanese bookbinding with matte-finish thread, the pages can be neatly torn away from the perforations along the seams, allowing you to give away or file each page individually. Also, the pages are free of any lines or margins, and the covers are all plain-coloured, designed to be as unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing as possible when stacked together.

The dark side of fashion: The True Cost will change how you shop

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:49:28 +0000

Since the Industrial Revolution over 150 years ago, the price of clothing has slowly but steadily been falling. When mass production began to move to overseas countries with minimal regulation, the prices dropped even further. Today clothing is as cheap as it’s ever been, and consumers can find dresses, although not of high quality, that cost less than a single deli sandwich. This has led to ‘fast fashion’ and styles cycling in and out of fashion at lightning speed. But what is the true cost of cheap clothing? That’s the question the recently released documentary The True Cost asks, and unfortunately it’s not a question with a pretty answer. Director Andrew Morgan takes viewers on a journey that spans from high fashion catwalks to garment factories in Cambodia and Bangladesh. The concept of selling clothes at the cheapest possible price and the highest possible profit is broken down, and what that means to the workers on the supply end of the chain is examined. The glamour of the models that display the clothing and the designers that conceptualize them is powerfully contrasted against the filth and poverty experienced by the human beings actually making the garments. Though this is a […]

3D-printed performance footwear from Adidas

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:00:12 +0000

Adidas today unveiled the future of performance footwear with Futurecraft 3D, a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole which can be tailored to the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot. The 3D concept is part of the ‘Futurecraft series’, a forward- looking initiative that places open source collaboration and craftsmanship at the heart of design to drive innovation across all elements of production. Futurecraft 3D is possible through an open source partnership with Materialise, a specialist in 3D printing. Futurecraft 3D is a prototype and a statement of intent. We have used a one-of-its-kind combination of process and material in an entirely new way. Our 3D-printed midsole not only allows us to make a great running shoe, but also to use performance data to drive truly bespoke experiences, meeting the needs of any athlete, says Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member of adidas AG, responsible for Global Brands.

Rhythmic and colorful mosaic, tiles and reliefs

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:22:19 +0000

Last week, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec presented Rombini, a new ceramic tile collection for Mutina. Rombini is an alphabet of shapes and colors. The project consists of three models: tile, mosaic and relief elements. It is a collection that offers a complete solution, allowing different combinations; rhythmic and colorful connections ranging from the tile to the mosaic; from the mosaic to the relief; from the relief to the tile.

Benjamin Hubert founds Layer

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 08:54:46 +0000

The newly founded Layer agency is focused on experiential design for both the physical and digital worlds. Led by British designer Benjamin Hubert and a growing creative team, Layer is partnering with progressive brands across a broad range of sectors to craft experiences that meet tomorrow’s demands today. The last 5 years have been phenomenal, I have had the opportunity to work on projects and with clients I could only dream about when we started. However it is time for the business to evolve and represent more than just my point of view. To reflect our multi-layered, research-led approach, we are now Layer, says Benjamin Hubert. The Layer team will continue to develop innovative furniture systems and has now expanded into consumer electronics, domestic goods, mobility, and apps. Layer creates experiences for some of the world’s most influential brands including Nike, Samsung, Braun, Oral B, Aesop, BMW, Panasonic, Herman Miller and Fritz Hansen. The studio is also increasingly focusing on projects that stimulate social responsibility and explore ways that design can be used as a tool to create “change not just chairs”. This takes the form of collaborations with not- for-profit organisations, studio initiated projects, and projects with like-minded commercial […]