jaehoon jung’s helmet allows workers to place accessories with a magnetic snap system

more often than not, construction workers are exposed to many hazards in specific situations like tunnel excavation. jaehoon jung’s unit-helmet is a result from interviews with swiss construction workers, which has adopted a modular system that makes it easily assembled or disassembled. this enables workers to actively respond to volatile surroundings. all these accessories can be easily replaced by means of the magnetic snap system. and the unit is able to be attached to many fastener systems that are ergonomically situated on top of the helmet, allowing the accessories to be assembled in combination with the other units, which...

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skibsted + biomega extends its product portfolio with the AMS E-low electric bike

design consultancy firm skibsted collaborates with biomega, a premium urban bicycle brand, to introduce its the third generation AMS E-low bicycle — the first ever low-step electric bike the company has produced. biomega has extended its product portfolio to include its first low-step electric bicycle, the AMS E-low electric bike, which mixes moped power and configuration with a city bike for urban and peri-urban commutes. the AMS E-low’s geometry holds the body in a slightly inclined, yet head-up position for navigational ease and exceptional balance     skibsted‘s biomega AMS E-Low is a semi-monocoque pedelec that provides a smooth daily ride. its mix of...

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jasper morrison and wataru kumano present ‘stool’ for more trees at maison & objet, paris

at the 2017 edition of maison & object in paris, jasper morrison and wataru kumano collaborate to create ‘stool’ in celebration of more trees’ 10th anniversary — a non-governmental organization focused on forest conservation. ‘stool’ was presented in tandem with teamlab’s ‘blossoming green tea’ digital art installation and is exclusively produced using hinoki, japanese cypress — directly from higashi shirakawa, gifu, in japan. all images courtesy of more trees     more trees was founded in 2007 by composer and musician ryuichi sakamoto to promote forest growth and conservation — not only in japan, but around the world. the organization enters the design...

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fuji kindergarten by tezuka architects awarded 2017 moriyama RAIC international prize

japanese practice tezuka architects has won the 2017 moriyama RAIC international prize for its oval-shaped kindergarten in tokyo. the award is given every two years in recognition of a single work of architecture that is judged to be ‘transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality and inclusiveness.’ the project was chosen ahead of BIG’s ‘8 house’ in copenhagen; the melbourne school of design by john wardle architects and NADAAA; and the shobac campus in nova scotia, canada, by mackay-lyons sweetapple architects. in total, the prize received submissions from 17 countries across...

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IKEA democratic design day 2017 keynote event live on designboom

on september 22nd, the 2017 DEMOCRATIC DESIGN DAY keynote event – organized for the second time by IKEA switzerland – will be held at ECAL in lausanne. the conference explores thoughts and visions on what the future of living at home will look like. in collaboration with IKEA, designboom invites readers to watch the program presentations through live streaming on friday, september 22nd, 2017.   the keynote speaker line-up includes: antonio scarponi, a zurich-based italian architect and founder of conceptual devices; matali crasset, a french industrial designer and pragmatic within the field; simonetta carbonaro, a consumer psychologist and thought leader of the trade and...

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MAD architects reveals renovation proposal for the controversial montparnasse tower in paris

following an international competition that was launched in 2016, MAD architects has now revealed its renovation proposal for the famed parisian skyscraper, tour montparnasse. the shortlisted design transforms the huge black monolithic building — positioned in the city center — into an artistic lighting installation that presents and upside down reflection of the city. the design creates an upside-down mirage of paris, as if floating in the air     MAD’s design uses concave principles to create an optical illusion by setting every glass panel of the façade to a specific angle, so that the building itself turns into a...

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nouvelle AOM chosen ahead of OMA and MAD to overhaul paris’ tour montparnasse

nouvelle AOM, a consortium of three french firms, has been chosen to redesign paris’ montparnasse tower — holding off competition from OMA, MAD architects, and studio gang. ‘when we took up the challenge of this exciting competition, our focus was on revealing the beauty of the tour montparnasse from the inside out,’ explains the winning team. ‘we achieved this by incorporating radically new uses and crafting a complete sustainable ‘green’ makeover of the façade. the aim is to make the tower an icon of the 21st century energy revolution.’ the redesign seeks to emphasize the horizontal planeimage courtesy of...

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archohm designs a 16,000 sqm green bazaar and concert hall in new delhi

the delhi tourism and transportation development corporation (DTTDC) has invited entries for a ‘dilli haat’ in janakpuri, a residential/industrial area of new delhi. with the DTTDC promoting music all across delhi, the underlying layer that bonded with the overall program shops and bazaars selling crafts and injecting a new life into this part of delhi became its rhythmic ‘haat beat’, with the aid of architecture consultancy firm, archohm. bamboo is celebrated through its extensive and innovative usage as a brise-soleil, screens for baskets and food courts, as sculptures for street furniture or simply as the naturally growing thicketsimage © andre...

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azuma makoto plunges intricate bouquets into the abyss of the deep sea

for his project, ‘sephirothic flower: diving into the unknown’, azuma makoto has plunged enormous bouquets into the abyss of the deep sea. the japanese floral artist presents the work as an installment of ‘in bloom’, a series of experimental projects in which flowers are arranged in situations beyond nature. ‘god to god’ bouquet was placed at a depth of 881 meters with an atmospheric sea pressure of 885 paall images courtesy of azuma makoto     three bouquets of various flowers and a bonsai pine tree were emerged 1000 meters deep into the suruga bay and shizuoka prefecture. azuma makoto‘s creations...

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amata + triptyque propose plans for a timber-clad building that absorbs CO2 in sao paulo

frequently called the capital of steel and concrete, são paulo will house a building completely made of brazilian timber. the project is an initiative by AMATA, a brazilian forest management company, and is signed by brazilian architecture studio, triptyque. the 13 story high timber-clad building allows for many different functional uses, such as coworking, coliving and restaurants. these are both common and private spaces interacting with the city where one can live in tune with a new environmental consciousness.  the amata building brings proposes solutions thanks to its design, reduced construction time and durability     each 1 m³ of reforested wood has absorbed...

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ella & pitr’s tired giant transforms abandoned dam wall into artistic canvas in france

french artist duo ella & pitr have completed a mural titled ‘the shipwreck of bienvenu,’ adding to their continuous series of sleeping giants with a painting in la villa en gier, in st. etienne, france. The large-scale, 47 meter mural decorates an abandoned dam wall, reinvigorating the existing structure and its surrounding landscape. french artists ella & pitr combine their personal talents to create a large-scale painting on an abandoned damall images © ella & pitr     the dam was originally built in 1959, but problems with the overall construction made it dangerous to use for its intended...

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mclaren special operations 570GT supercar painted in classic XP green

commissioned from mclaren special operations as an MSO collection, a limited number of ‘570GT‘ supercars are finished in the british-automaker’s historic ‘XP green’ exterior paint – the same color as the ‘F1 XP GT longtail’ homologation model built in 1997. the saddle tan leather interior features green leather inserts in the seats and green contrast stitching, as well as a dedication plaque mounted on the centre tunnel beneath the infotainment screen identifying each car as one of six in the collection. before: 1997 mclaren F1 XP GT ‘longtail’ homologation carall images © mclaren     the exterior of mclaren special...

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neil nenner and avihai mizrahi reconfigure the book as an object without content

neil nenner and avihai mizrahi’s ‘cover story’ is part of the israeli paper exhibition ‘on the edge’, taken place at the muza eretz israel museum in tel-aviv. the book constitutes the material and cultural foundation of this project, which is the end product of an encounter between a product designer and a graphic designer. the collaborative design epitomizes the essence of the book, corresponds with familiar archetypes, while also preserving the objects in a medial state between the conceptual and the practical. all images © leonid pedrol     the series, which uses the corten surfaces as its cover, forges a...

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vincent callebaut proposes spiral-shaped eco-resort for the philippines

belgian architect vincent callebaut has designed an eco-resort in the philippines, which promises ‘zero-emissions, zero-waste, and zero-poverty’. the design is a response to the current environmental state of the country, which is under threat from over-fishing, mass tourism, and pollution in the form of plastic waste and toxic products. ‘tourism has become the most important industry at the international level,’ says callebaut. ‘its potential to contribute to sustainable development is therefore substantial and can be reinvented. since the early 1980s, ecotourism has been exploring ways to reconcile the socio-economic development of our societies with the protection of the environment.’...

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banksy welcomes barbican visitors into basquiat exhibit with politically charged graffiti

banksy’s art enters the space of the barbican center — ‘a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls’ states the artist via instagram. the barbican’s art gallery is displaying the UK’s first large scale exhibition on the american artist jean-michel basquiat and his career portfolio with more than one hundred works of art on view through january 28th . banksy places his artwork on the center’s wall creating an unofficial collaboration with the gallery to welcome visitors into the show.  banksy places his artwork outside the gallery walls — welcoming visitors to the...

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