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Current Table Features Dye Synthesized Solar Cell on Its Surface

Current Table is more than a piece of furniture, it also a source of energy to charge your devices. The surface of this table is completed with a Dye Synthesized Solar Cell which unlike solar cell, it doesn’t need to be under direct sunlight to harness its energy. It is capable to gather and harvest energy from daylight even when it’s in the room, it works based on photosynthesis process, it uses properties of color to create an electrical current. You can work on the table while recharging all your devices/appliances, even though it is not placed under direct sunlight, it is still able to function under diffused light. This furniture is a combination of utility and aesthetic in everyday objects, smart design.

Designer : Marjan van Aubel

Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

Current Table by Marjan van Aubel

Current Table Features Dye Synthesized Solar Cell on Its Surface is originally posted on Tuvie

Hut on Sleds by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Crosson Clarke Carnachan designed a hut on sleds in Whangapoua, New Zealand.








Project description

On the shore of an idyllic white sanded beach in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula rests an elegant hut. Closed up, the rough macrocarpa-cladding blends into the landscape and perches quietly on the dunes, as passersby wonder how it could possibly function for a family of five.

Designed to close up against the elements, the hut measures a mere 40 square metres and rests on two thick wooden sleds that allow it to be shifted around the beach front section. This innovative portability is a response to the ever changing landscape that line the beachfront in this coastal erosion zone.

Within the hut, the ingenuity reveals itself further as no nook or cranny is overlooked. Every available space has been utilised, right down to the secret individual cubby holes hidden in the children’s bunk room.

For these clients it was all about the real essence of the hut; small, simple and functional. The hut comes to life when the enormous shutter on the northeast facade winches open to form an awning, revealing two-storey high steel-framed glass doors that form the main entrance. The hut then transforms into a sun drenched haven, opening up to the views of the surf and the distant Mercury Islands.

The mezzanine bedroom is accessed by climbing a wall-mounted ladder through a closeable hatch, it shares the same view as downstairs through the huge glass doors. Climb the ladder again and you arrive on a roof terrace which catches rainwater for the gravity tanks behind.

From the industrial style fittings to the quirky furnishings, this whole structure plays with the idea of the most egalitarian of Kiwi recreations and embraces and challenges the image of the traditional Kiwi bach. Small, simply and elegantly self-contained, this tiny elegant hut strips holiday living right back to basics.

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Design: Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Eclipse Trishaw by Kenneth Cobonpue

Eclipse Trishaw or you probably prefer to call it a modern rickshaw considering the similar design. It’s constructed of aluminum and woven with recyclable polyethylene, a vintage transportation with modern twist. You can find rickshaw mostly in Asian or South American cities, it might not be a fast transportation since it’s powered by human, but it’s a green alternative for anyone who would like to explore the city. The lightweight circle frame is bound in place with a tight weave, the top surface is covered with insulated acrylic fabric.

Kenneth Cobonpue, a Filipino designer, utilizes hand-stitched weatherproof vinyl and fabric for the seats, handlebars, and headrests. You might think this is just another modern designed rickshaw, but wait, in order to give you optimum comfort, it is also completed with things such as iPhone dock, cup holders, speakers, a cooling fan, and panels on both side for privacy.

Designer : Kenneth Cobonpue

Eclipse Trishaw by Kenneth Cobonpue

Eclipse Trishaw by Kenneth Cobonpue

Eclipse Trishaw by Kenneth Cobonpue

Eclipse Trishaw by Kenneth Cobonpue

Eclipse Trishaw by Kenneth Cobonpue

Eclipse Trishaw by Kenneth Cobonpue is originally posted on Tuvie

MobiVersum by J. MAYER H. Architects

J. MAYER H. Architects designed a playful landscape for young visitors to Autostadt Wolfsburg in Germany.







Project description

J. MAYER H. designed MobiVersum as a new interaction surface for young visitors to Autostadt Wolfsburg, integrated as part of the overall context of Autostadt “People, Cars, and What Moves Them.”

A playful learning landscape was developed for a wide range of experiences in dialog with the exhibition Level Green shown on the floor above. MobiVersum provides an active introduction to the subject of sustainability in all its facets for children of all ages: from the issue of mobility, joint learning and understanding, to courses in cooking. In collaboration with Renate Zimmer (professor, Institut für Sport- und Bewegungswissenschaft at Universiät Osnabrück) a large movement sculpture was created that is unique in terms of its design and the challenges it presents to children’s motor skills. Depending on their individual level of development, children can interact freely with the installation on various levels on their own or with their siblings or parents, engaging with the challenges presented by the sculpture for their motor skills.

The shape of the imaginative, playful structures of solid wood are reminiscent of roots and tree trunks under the luscious branches of Level Green. The sculptures, which can be used and entered, structure diversified spatial zones with different thematic emphases and inspire the children’s curiosity to discover and explore. Children as tomorrow’s consumers can thus learn early on the importance of a responsible approach to the world’s resources, for they represent our ecological/economical and social future.

Against the backdrop of the growing relevance of individual responsibility for sustainably approach to global resources, an exhibition on sustainability was already installed at Autostadt Wolfsburg in 2007. The exhibition and experiential surface Level Green, also designed by J. MAYER H., explains the focus on sustainability interactively to the visitors of the Autostadt. Art + Com, Berlin designed and implemented the content of the interactive media used especially for this purpose.

The metaphor of the expansive network with many branches was developed from the familiar PET symbol, one of the first prominent symbols of an increased awareness in environmental protection. By translating the two dimensional graphic to a three-dimensional structure and altering it step by step, the result was a complex structure that makes the essentially abstract quality of the subject graspable on a spatial level.

Together, MobiVersum and Level Green form a synthesis for all generations to explore knowledge in depth, to enjoy their own experiences, and to learn playfully.

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Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects

Project team: Juergen Mayer H., Christoph Emenlauer, Marta Ramírez Iglesias, Simon Kassner, Jesko Malcolm Johnsson-Zahn, Alexandra Virlan, Gal Gaon

Architect on site: Jablonka Sieber Architekten, Berlin

Structural engineering steel construction: SFB Saradschow Fischedick, Berlin

Structural engineering wood construction: SJB.Kempter.Fitze AG, CH-Eschenbach

Building services: Brandi IGH, Salzgitter

Light engineers: Lichttransfer, Berlin

General contractor: Lindner Objektdesign GmbH

Contractor wood construction: Hess Timber

Photography: Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg