Interactive Objects

ILLUMAWALL by DUO-GARD

ILLUMAWALL by DUO-GARD

Meditation Room in Blacksburg VA, Virginia Tech Design Team for ABC’s Extreme Makeover We've been singing the praises of daylighting and translucent architecture ever since we began preaching the

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ELECTROLUX: HYDROSPHERE

ELECTROLUX: HYDROSPHERE

In the Electrolux Design Lab competition we just mentioned, our favorite submission was probably the HydroSphere - one of the runner-up picks among the nine finalists. The Electrolux Design Lab is an

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ELECTROLUX DESIGN LAB ’06: Winners Announced

ELECTROLUX DESIGN LAB ’06: Winners Announced

Hundreds of young student hopefuls entered the Electrolux Design Lab industrial design competition this year for a crack at the big-time. Finally the results are in – Metin Kaplan, an industrial design

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ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD by FuseProject

ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD by FuseProject

We bloggers are so tied to our laptops that we often times take them, and our constant connection to a never ending flow of information, for granted. We write and read about some amazing eco-friendly and

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SELF-DESTRUCTO CANDLE – Half Candle / Half LED Lamp

SELF-DESTRUCTO CANDLE – Half Candle / Half LED Lamp

With The Design Can's clever new Self-Destructo Candle, you can literally burn your candle at both ends. The Self-Destructo is a traditional paraffin pillar candle with an embedded LED light. If you

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SOLAR-POWERED SUN BRICK

SOLAR-POWERED SUN BRICK

Spice up your patio or walkway this fall with Sun Bricks, the solar-powered ground lighting system that will guide people to your front door with their inviting glow. These flush-to-ground patio pavers

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POWER AWARE CORD by STATIC!

POWER AWARE CORD by STATIC!

Sometimes it just helps to visualize things. The Power Aware Cord by Static! does just that, representing personal energy consumption through glowing pulses, color, and intensity of light. While most

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BATTERY LED LIGHT: 9Vo(l)tive

BATTERY LED LIGHT: 9Vo(l)tive

Have a hard time finding a use for the other 9 volt battery you got in that 2-pack? Look no further that Richard Lawson's charming DIY LED light: 9Vo(l)tive. Just stick one of these suckers on a 9 volt

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H-RACER: Hydrogen Fueled Toy Car

H-RACER: Hydrogen Fueled Toy Car

Introducing a hydrogen car that everyone can afford! ... if only we could fit inside. Released earlier this year, the H-Racer is the world's smallest hydrogen car (at 16cm x 7cm) and comes with a little

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WIRED NEXTFEST: The Future of Green

WIRED NEXTFEST: The Future of Green

Its striking how seldom we talk about literal greenery here in the “green space” - especially when it comes to new technology. However, at "The Future of Green" pavilion at the Wired NextFest We

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WIRED NEXTFEST: High-tech green

WIRED NEXTFEST: High-tech green

In case you hadn't noticed, Wired Magazine has been getting greener and greener over the last year, and we are overjoyed to see this convergence of sustainability and technology. Yes its true - "green" no

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ELECTROLUMINESCENT BUTTERFLY NIGHTLIGHT

ELECTROLUMINESCENT BUTTERFLY NIGHTLIGHT

UK designers Soner Ozenc and John Wischhusen charmed visitors to London's Designersblock with this El Flutter collection of glowing butterfly nighlights. The El FLutter Night Light is a safe, low-energy

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TIME CURTAIN by Soner Ozenc

TIME CURTAIN by Soner Ozenc

There's been so much amazing stuff on display at the London Design Festival we've had a hard time covering all of it. One real stand-out of design innovation is Soner Ozenc's electroluminescent fabric

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SHAPE-SHIFTING BUILDINGS

SHAPE-SHIFTING BUILDINGS

photo: Tristan d'EstrZe Sterk, oframBFRA.com Much of the talk about future-forward shelter design revolves around changing our perception of habitable spaces from static to dynamic structures.

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PREFAB FRIDAY: TKiT House almost complete

PREFAB FRIDAY: TKiT House almost complete

Real-iT-y Now... The reality of prefab versus its promise has been a hot topic as of late. Last year, we wrote about the high-tech, interactive iT House when it was just a bit more than a glimmer in

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DUTCH DESIGN: Sustainability and Interactivity

DUTCH DESIGN: Sustainability and Interactivity

This morning we've been discussing the environmental friendliness of Dutch design. Like Tejo Remy's rag chair (shown above), a lot of Dutch design uses reappropriated objects and recycled materials,

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LIGHT-SENSITIVE WALLPAPER

LIGHT-SENSITIVE WALLPAPER

The all-female Front design quartet never misses an opportunity to redefine the boundaries of the possible. Their portfolio contains a vast collection of staged interactions between science, technology

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KILL VAMPIRES WITH THE E-ROPE

KILL VAMPIRES WITH THE E-ROPE

Did you know that electric cables, chargers and devices in standby mode can suck up tons of electrical power? Even when your phone isn't plugged in, your cell-phone charger might be adding an additional

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HERBI SMART HYDROPONIC GARDEN

HERBI SMART HYDROPONIC GARDEN

Thanks to the 1960s Love Bug movies, the name Herbie will forever be associated with anthropomorphic-machine cuteness -- and Michael Kritzer's Herbi is no exception. The hydroponic countertop herb pot is

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LIGHT DELIGHT – Temperature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

LIGHT DELIGHT – Temperature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

When we first wrote up the Hansa Canyon temperature-sensitive bathroom fixtures last year, people went nuts trying to figure out how to procure some of the high-tech LED faucets from the elusive German

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NONDESIGNS WET LAMP

NONDESIGNS WET LAMP

Earlier today we highlighted the TOPO Table from NONDesigns, which struck our fancy with its elegant infusion of topography and horticulture. But what really knocked our socks off in their booth was the

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“BLOOMING” PROTEA LAMP

“BLOOMING” PROTEA LAMP

Incandescent lighting is so taken-for-granted in contemporary culture that most of us have no idea how much energy we use when we flip a light switch. Boiler Design Office wants to change this with their

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TETRIS SHELVES!

TETRIS SHELVES!

When we ran a post on Brave Space's Tetris shelves last year - we were inundated with traffic from Tetris lovers around the world. Many of you loved the shelves, others wrote in to complain about prices,

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WIFI UMBRELLA

WIFI UMBRELLA

Here's a creative use of technology to make life a bit more cheery. Who wants to have to turn on the TV or go to weather.com to find out the latest forecast, when your umbrella cantell you all you need

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DIY KYOTO’S WATTSON

DIY KYOTO’S WATTSON

When I first heard about DIY Kyoto, the literal meaning of the company's name didn't immediately strike me. But these designers are doing exactly what they say: creating products that make adhering to the

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LOOP.PH REACTIVE SURFACES

LOOP.PH REACTIVE SURFACES

We discovered Loop.ph last week with their beautiful BioWall, and now we can't get enough of the British design duo. CSM research fellow Rachel Wingfield and artist Mathias Gmachl collaborate to develop

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GLOFAB GLOWING TEXTILES

GLOFAB GLOWING TEXTILES

Torbjorn Lundell has just launched a new light-emitting textile at the 2006 Stockholm Furniture Fair called GloFab. This is such a fabulous idea it makes you wonder why this development has taken so

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GREEN SHUTTER

GREEN SHUTTER

Landscape Architects have always used trees and plants as a natural way to block sound, and impede the sun and the wind. The Green Shutter designed by Yvew Fidalgo, takes the same concept out of the

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FARMADELPHIA

FARMADELPHIA

Farmadeliphication (fahr'muh'deli'fi'kay'shun), n. 1. The process of turning all of Philadelphia's vacant and abandoned lots into urban farms: The 'Farmadeliphication' of once decrepit buildings into farm

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