Paris-based industrial design studio Noir Vif in collaboration with furniture maker Ludwig and Dominique have designed the Argo Crib that claims to protect infants from the harmful electromagnetic radiation. This futuristic cocoon of sorts makes use of copper and walnut to create an insulated space for young children.
Born from meticulous craftsmanship and sense of design, the crib is named after the mythical ship that Jason and the Argonauts used in their sail to retrieve the Golden Fleece and is designed after the ancient constellation Argo Navi.
Explaining the concept of design, Noir Vif explains,
Designed under the auspices of the Argo Navis ancient constellation. The three main parts of the the crib are named after the three sub-sections of this ancient constellation: the Hull (Carina), the Stern (Puppis) and the Sail (Vela). As a secret detail, the constellation is displayed with straw marquetry on the inner side of the Stern.
All the three elements, the hull, stern and sail function in their own way to mimic the womb of the mother to pacify the child and care for the comfort.
Made from walnut the hull of the crib is its stationary base, the stern made of wood and covered finely in copper mesh (for electromagnetic protection), on the other hand, opens and closes over one half of the crib. The sail, a transparent mesh of copper forms the other opening and closing half of the cot.
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The copper network on the double-curved walnut surface of the stern is achieved with the help of MINES Paristech, Saint-Gobain and Carnot Network. It was made using flame thermal spraying and a specially developed masking process.