Tag "design"

Bleeding Edge Furniture Technology

While there’s a certain novelty about space-saving, transforming furniture–dining rooms that tuck into floors, automated, disappearing bedrooms and so on–its impact on architecture can be real and profound. It might double or triple the utility of a given room, leading to diminished real estate needs, leading to less sprawl, leading to less driving, less waste, smaller carbon footprints and a shot of mitigating the profound damage humans have done to the planet (sorry,

WalkCar transports passengers on a laptop-sized board

A Japanese inventor has developed the “world’s smallest electric car” – an aluminium board with wheels that carries a passenger like a Segway and fits into a backpack (+ movie). Kuniaki Sato’s company Cocoa Motors is set to launch the new personal transportation device this autumn. The lightweight aluminium board is approximately the size of a laptop and can carry loads of up to 120 kilograms. Available as an indoor and outdoor

Think out of the box. Live within it

Modularity is DEFINITELY in. Look at Phonebloks (Google Project Ara), or even IKEA’s furniture. We are an indecisive species. Needs keep changing, wants keep changing. Design should accommodate for them. The Elements Living Cube was designed keeping in mind modularity, but also the fact that everything you need can be designed to fit into a single unified cuboidal space. The cube is designed to “creates space for things you’d like

Micro Kitchen Concept for Small Urban Dwellings

A new prototype by GE Monogram, unveiled at Dwell on Design 2014, rethinks appliance design for the small-space era. See the micro kitchen concept, plus other appliances designed for the compact kitchen of the future, here. Designed for a new wave of small urban dwellings, both for millennials and those looking to downsize, the GE Micro Kitchen concept is meant to be a “major shift” in appliance design, according to

Artist transforms trash into awesome tiny homes for the homeless

We’ve written previously about Gregory Kloehn, the California-based artist who turned a dumpster into a deluxe, one-room home a few years ago. The unconventional sculptor has since turned his attention to addressing the lack of shelter for the homeless in his hometown of Oakland, by building a series of customized, tiny homes for displaced individuals, all made from salvaged materials. Kloehn has dubbed this grassroots, community-oriented initiative the Homeless Homes

3D printed house constructed by 3M futureLAB

3M futureLAB, a UCLA architecture and urban design studio, has developed a 3D printed house that offers mobile and comfortable accommodation for its inhabitants. the graduate students – led by visiting professor peter ebner – worked alongside industry experts voxeljet to complete the highly detailed 2.2×2.2 meter unit. also comprising students from the university of huddersfield, the experimental micro-apartment can easily be transported and integrated within a range of different

HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens

Let’s play a game: Guess whether the appliance in the photo above is a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, microwave, sink, or oven. Would you believe me if I told you it was each and every one of those? Well, meet GE’s micro-kitchen, an innovative appliance designed to house all of your kitchen needs in a compact stylish unit. At first glance, the micro-kitchen looks like it came straight out of a

Designers Reinvent the Micro-Kitchen

The C=1m2 micro kitchen by French carpenter/designer Jean-Luc Sifferlin packs a full kitchen into a rolling 10-square-foot armoire. Any chef worth his or her salt knows that the size of one’s kitchen has nothing to do with the quality of one’s cooking. But American kitchens are generally bloated with oversize appliances and real estate-hogging layouts, more theater than laboratory, status symbols even for those who never cook. Even apartments in

Micro Apartments: 15 Inspirational Tiny Spaces

Could you live in a teeny-tiny apartment barely bigger than the living room of most suburban homes? If your answer is an automatic no, give these 15 well-designed micro apartments a gander. Architects make the most of small spaces using lofts, ultra-compact staircases, slide-outs and multipurpose furniture. You might be surprised how much you can fit into 300 square feet or less – and wait until you see how people

GE teases new fleet of ‘Micro Kitchen’ appliances designed for small spaces

With the world’s population fast approaching the 7.5 billion mark, cities are becoming increasingly crowded, and thereby driving a need for smaller living spaces. For this reason, many forward-thinking designers are beginning to embrace the trend and develop appliances better suited for compact, space-efficient “micro-dwellings.” Today, GE hopped on the bandwagon. To help kick off Dwell on Design show in LA, the company has just lifted the veil on its new Micro