The interaction between man and machine has always had an air of convenience – you tap and your device’s touchscreen gives you options; you rotate the throttle and your motorcycle accelerates. However, we daresay, this is the first time we have come across a man-machine interaction which has valid emotional quotient. We are talking about the ‘Mood Lamp’, a hacked lamp mechanism that remarkably changes color depending on your personal mood. Contrived by Vittorio Cuculo, the hacked lamp in question is actually a RGB Ikea lamp, which has been tweaked with an Arduino Duemilanove microcontroller. The result is a scope by which your facial expressions can be mapped to some markers through a webcam, matched to a particular color, which is then finally displayed by the lamp.
A few days ago we talked about a ping pong table with some ‘Gothic’ undertones. However, this time around it is all about class and elegance with some dash of industrial essence. We are talking about Los Angeles based designer James DeWulf’s collection of high-end furniture that includes game tables, coffee tables and lighting fixtures. Among these items, it is the ping pong game table that really holds our fancy. Exhibiting a sophisticated feel, the whole conception has been remarkably crafted from solid concrete. This essence of solidity is translated quite deftly by the unobtrusive form and the thick, ground kissing leg supports. And, as far as practicality goes, the outdoor ping pong table can also be easily converted into an indoor dining table. This transition in function is actually facilitated by the usage of concrete, which is sturdy enough for the outdoors, while also being novel enough for indoor decors.
Those who had the fortune of reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or at least watching Peter Jackson’s adaptation might have been enticed by Caras Galadhon, a Elvish city built upon trees. The above pictured OJO concept is much similar to this scope, except for the trees. Comprising of an oval shaped enclosed space set at an higher altitude, the conception provides that much needed privacy as well as perspective for the user. In this regard, each OJO has been envisaged to have a single function. For example, you can use one OJO as your living room, while another OJO as your bathroom and toilet. Connected by railed wooden bridges, a cluster of such OJOs can become your habitat, while many such clusters would ultimately form a small elevated settlement (much like Caras Galadhon!).
Without a doubt, multi-purpose furniture systems have their own range of advantages. However, some of these designs do tend to compromise on the aesthetic front, thus not ideally making them suited for our living room decor. In comes the ‘Suit Sofa’, a contemporary styled sofa conception by designer Cameron Youds, posing as an all-in-one furniture item. Defined by a core structure of a simple rectangular form, the sofa can be functionally ‘extended’ by adding more elements like joint seat cushions and backrests. So, in essence, it is a modular scope, where users can customize their sofa system according to their decor needs.
Long back in 1951, the famous Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi designed the multi-functional bowl chair, which was never produced in bulk. It has now been re-engineered and made in a more sophisticated and contemporary manner by the Veneto company Arper to match the current lifestyle. The late designer with her bowl chair interpreted the cultural sustainability in design and Arper proudly supports her imagination and continues to maintain the same dialogue through this object. The elegant chair was presented at Fuorisalone Milan 2013.
The side table pictured above is a part of the Brogue table collection designed by the British designer Bethan Gray for G&T, which is a furniture and homeware brand and collaboration between the designer herself and furniture developer Thomas Turner. This unique range of furniture having leather tabletops includes side tables and coffee tables featuring contemporary as well as traditional look in design. These tables have bases made of solid wood that is further characterized by an intricate wax-thread brogue detail (ornamentation of shoes employing heavy perforations and pinking) traditionally used in the production of leather shoes.
In the previous post we discussed about how a glass house addition aided the privacy credentials of a historical building. And, now we have the ‘Cube’ (by Arc Restoration), a remarkable structural augmentation of an 1860′s Venetian Gothic style water tower (once owned by Charlie Chaplin). Built with glass facades opening to panoramic views, the squares-shaped extension spatially includes a kitchen and a reception room, along with an accessible roof terrace. Other than the Cube, the structural modification also comprises of the Prospect Room, a modernistic compartment crowned atop the 19th century water tower.
Glass facades have a tendency to be overused when it comes to the urban architectural scope dotted with high-rises. However, even such ‘urbanely mundane’ glass frontages have their day in the sun (both literally and figuratively) with the aptly named ‘Glass House’ by AR Design Studio. Envisaged as a modernist extension to the historical Manor House of Winchester, the goal of the architects was to provide a ‘light and clean’ structure that would enhance the circulation credentials of the traditional building. This sun drenched glassed space emerges out from the house’s rear facade, thus aesthetically not obstructing upon the historical essence of the building (from the front entrance). But once we enter the manor, details like vertical voids on the walls and glass staircases all draw our attention to this ethereal ‘modification’ constructed in the backyard.
We humans as a part of a much larger eco-system of Earth have always had that intangible fascination with our planet’s nature. In this regard, even our synthetic contrivances are somehow or the other inspired by the working scope of nature itself, be it airplanes replicating the flight of birds or modern buildings mimicking the shelter offered by natural caves. This time around we have come across a shower-head mechanism that remarkably simulates the effect of cascading waterfall. Christened as the ‘Seasons Nature Wall’, this wondrous conception (from the Seasons Wellness range offered by System Pool) offers a host of features that elevates your experience of bathing with a completely natural angle. These features include rain shower-head, overhead water jet, chromotherapy, aromatherapy along with the aforementioned waterfall effect.