Incredible House designed using Shipping Containers.

Used to transport goods around the world shipping containers are often seen as ugly unwieldy metal boxes. However, London-based designer James Whitaker has quite a different view.

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Titled The Joshua Tree Residence, construction of the home is due to start next year in California on a large 90 acre plot.

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Made from joined shipping containers the 200 square metre house will include three en-suite bedrooms, kitchen and living room.

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Upon completion The Joshua Tree Residence will offer its occupants beautiful stunning views across the contrasting landscape, along with unique window placement allowing for star filled night time viewing.

The residence will be solar powered from panels located on the garage roof.

For further information and image credits visit: http://www.whitakerstudio.co.uk

 

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Future Kitchen

The Kitchen is often the hub of a house, how much could its design change in the years to come?

Shown at the recent NY design Week event Caesarstone and Pratt Institute have teamed up to give us a look at the self-sustaining kitchen of the future

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The Future Kitchen challenges technology and nature to work in unison. The concept is an experiment by Industrial Design students to create a self-sustaining space that operates through aquaponics, hydroponics, 3D printing, water filtration, indoor farming, composting and food storage.

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Image credits: http://www.caesarstoneus.com and inhabitat.com

 

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Summer House

The summer holidays are almost here.  Are you jetting off to your summer house?

If not, we hope this will inspire you.  Villa Ypsilon, Finikounda Greece.

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Picture Credits to Dezeen and Lassa

Designed by the international architecture practice Lassa, the Ypsilon (or upsilon, used to refer to the Latin letter Y) shaped building appears to have seeped out of the ground with a green landscaped roof offering three distinct courtyards.  It is aligned to offer sea views toward Schitza, with further views to Sapienza, and the mountains to the east.  The structure nestles in the surrounding olive tree groves.

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Picture credits to Dezeen and Lassa

The 180 sq m interior was built-in seven months, using locally sourced concrete, terrazzo, and marble.

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Picture credits to Dezeen and Lassa

Lassa has two studios in Brussels and London.  Their Brussels studio allows them to test and pre-fabricate their ideas in real scale.  See their other project work here.

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San Francisco Design Week

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San Francisco Design Week returns to Pier 27 this year from the 14th-22nd June, celebrating its 10th anniversary with the theme, “Question Everything”.

This year, Design Week, produced by the American Institute of Graphic Arts/San Francisco (AIGA/SF), will again celebrate and promote San Francisco as America’s most influential design centre, creating a platform for inspirational design initiatives. Over 200 events across the San Francisco Bay Area will be offered from Silicon Valley to San Francisco, promoting ideas from more than 60 partners, representing the heart of San Francisco’s design community.

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Candlelight by LED?

Love the atmosphere created by a real flame indoors without the associated dangers?  Well take a look at Mori London’s pair of handmade glass lamps.

Created by Mori London designer and founder Moritz Waldemeyer, the two pieces are titled ‘Midnight Oil’ and ‘Eternal Flame’

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Made with a small matrix of low temperature LEDs, which have been programmed to flicker and dance like a real candle. The technology is relatively simple and has the wonderful effect of fooling the eye into believing there’s a real flame inside.

Video and Image credits: http://mori.london

Moritz Waldemeyer, has a history of experimenting with the concept of lighting through technology, at the Versace Fall 2017 runway show he used liquid ink displays whilst back in  2004 for Swarovski and Ron Arad he created the  interactive chandelier  at the Milan Design Week.

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Grand Designs Live

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The popular UK Channel 4 TV design show presented by Kevin McCloud returns to London’s ExCeL

Running for 9 days, the 29th April –  7th May 2017 the show offers visitors a unique opportunity to see all the latest trends for the home as well as many products never seen before. The Grand Design Live exhibition hosts over 500 exhibitors and is set across seven different sections.

Highlights from last years show:

Image and Video Credits; https://www.granddesignslive.com

For further information,

Contact event organiser
0844 854 1348
info@granddesignslive.com

 

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VR Computer Aided Design

“Designing within virtual reality is the next step in computer aided design” said Ekke Piirisild of the London studio VRTISAN in May 2016.

2016 was tipped to be the year for Virtual Reality.  The recent commercial release of Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Sony’s PlayStation VR, and HTC’s Vive VR, has made VR accessible to firms of all sizes.  Foster & Partners are currently using them, as are Perkins & Will.  U.S giants Gensler have set up a department entirely dedicated to VR.

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VR tools offer an immersive experience of designs, and the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industry are using them more widely. They could reduce the divide between the “design” and the client’s perception of that “design” before it is fully realised in physical form. They would also offer a solution for those wishing to operate internationally, and with emphasis on client interactivity.


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Designer and 3D visualiser Olivier Demangel from 3dnation in 2014 said that he believes virtual architecture will be as convincing as the real thing in five years time. In 2011, he made a series of movies using plans, and photos of Ty Hedfan, a house in Wales designed by architects Featherstone Young.

Does it have to be absolutely photorealistic to be of use now? By offering us more tools to experience and communicate our designs in 3D, we can see the spatial impact of our designs, and make adjustments in real time.

“It could potentially save clients money, and reduce error not otherwise picked up using the standard Building information modelling (BIM) 3D modelling or 2D paper drawings,” says Revitso chief Executive Arman Gukasyan. San Francisco based Vizerra created their BIM product Revitso adding “gamification” and cloud solutions to provide a unified view, and it can be integrated with AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUP.

If VR is the next logical step, how would BIM and VR complement each other? IrisVR provides software that can take BIM into VR in seconds. Likewise, Autodesk is working on Project Expo using the cloud to bring BIM models from Revit into Stingray who is offering a free 30 day trialUnity for AEC also offers excellent visuals also compatible with CAD tools.

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Sources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37541598

http://www.dezeen.com/2015/04/27/virtual-reality-architecture-more-powerful-cocaine-oculus-rift-ty-hedfan-olivier-demangel-ivr-nation/

Plumen 003 lightbulb: The London Design Festival

Award winning design studio Hulger, launched the new Plumen 003 low energy light bulb at The London Design Festival this week.

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Specialist lighting designer,  Claire Norcross designed the glass bell-like dome, and jeweller, Marie-Laure Giroux designed the tiered gold filament.

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The low energy light bulb serves two functions. It emits a warm ambient glow, and at the same time provides a downward spotlight. The warm soft glow compliments the space, and the LED’s ensure that tasks such as reading, or writing are sufficiently lit.

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The Plumen 003 is available early November.

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KLIO, 4K Digital Art Into The Home

 

Art.com is looking  to do for art and design as what Spotify has done for music: turn visual art into an ever changing and on-demand catalogue of streaming imagery for the home, all in 4K resolution.

 

Art in the home is evolving from static poster/prints into animated digital prints and video. Digital prints can be gathered into ‘playlists’ just like music.  Electric Objects EO1, Meural, and Depict are all competing for wall space in the home, each offering differing options of connectivity and styles. Where the KLIO differs is its large 4K display.

 

KLIO size dimensions

Being around 41”by 26” or the even larger 47” by 31”, both 3” thick, the framed display offers 3840×2160 pixels. The KLIO is available in three styles; Muse, Stylist and rival (seen below) each with varying frame widths, materials and style to suit your individual interior decor.

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The KLIO requires a wi-fi connection as art files are downloaded into its local memory. As with most technology today users are able to customise and control the KILO using a browser or iSO app.  It can display a variety of static and animated images. Art.com also has a digital marketplace where artists are able to upload and sell their work directly to KLIO.

All image and video credits: http://www.klioart.com/

 

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