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German surface and textile designer Elisa Strozyk shows us how to turn a familiar material like wood into an unconventional surface. “We are used to experience wood as a hard material; we know the feeling of walking across wooden floors, to touch a wooden tabletop or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usually don’t experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.”

She has created some very pretty tactile wooden surfaces by breaking down the wood into a grid of triangles, making is flexible so that it can be transformed manually in three dimensional ways. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behavior regarding flexibility and mobility.

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Painting or Tapestry – Caroline Larsen

 

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A bird cage table by French designer Grégoire de Lafforest creates a theatrical aspect to the conventional table & a nod to curiosity cabinets and bell jar taxidermy. He has collaborated with Ateliers Seewhy for its construction using an array of mediums – glass for the viewing bell domes, metal for the tree, oak wood for the frame and tensioned cables for the cage. Close attention has been paid to the tree so that it looks as natural a form as possible with “leaves” placed in the branches which are small hollow feeders to accommodate bird food. The entire piece allows for practical usage, as a surface, as well as functioning as a habitat for small birds, where they can move around the interior space freely. Very cute indeed but I’m not sure if I would like to eat at this table.

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After I came across the post about Secret Operation 610 on Design Boom’s blog, I have literally become obsessed with the unconventional work of Dutch design and research studio Rietveld Landscape.

Half sculpture and half research center, the Secret Operation 610 art installation of Rietveld Landscape and Studio Havermans is a moving object that crawls through the landscape of a former cold war military base during the Vrede van Utrecht 2013 festival (the peace of Utrecht). It moves at an excruciatingly slow pace allowing its visitor to experience the area and the history of the military airbase in new ways. Everything about this aircraft is so science fiction – it’s wings that descend to the ground, it’s futuristic interiors and the weaponry context.

While you’re at it, also look through Rietveld Landscape’s other projects .

 

Wig is such a lovely playful flower vase designed by Tania Da Cruz. I am quite a fan of floral crowns and own a couple myself. So, this vase would be just the ideal addition to my collection.

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I am not reviewing Snapchat, but I think the concept and idea behind developing the app is quite worthy in todays times, if I may say so. With all the recent controversies surrounding Snapchat, it is quite evident that mischief makers wont spare meddling with anything.

Snapchat was created so that people could share a moment with their friends without having to worry that the pictures may get republished on Facebook. The pictures sent through the app self-destruct within seconds, which is what makes the app so interesting and popular with kids. It adds a more personal connection where you’ve created and sent this one picture (or selfie) to only this one particular friend (or friends) implying “hey, we’ve captured this moment and we’re letting you in on it…and look at those crazy elephant ears i’v drawn around our face’s.” I think it’s a fun way to engage in visual conversation with friends by sharing such a fleeting moment. No wonder, the company is among Forbes 12 most disruptive names in business 2013.

Disruptive innovation, a term of art coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors.

Packaging Weekend

 

Such a delightful Butterfly Tea Bag. Happy Weekend y’all.

tumblr_miievmHM5O1qbzlj0o1_1280Fancy some light reading anyone? Literally. Lumio is a portable and functional lamp that unfolds from a book. The further you open the book, the brighter the light gets. You can adjust it to any kind of space depending on your needs, transform it into multiple shapes and best of all, you can store it like a book. Follow the story of Lumio in the video below, its amazing, trust me.

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Never judge a book by its cover. Its contents could be invaluable or better yet, illuminating.

(Lumio GIF taken from here.)

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