Studio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Project yields cleaner air and a potential new trend in fashion accessories
Last year we covered Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Project initiative, a project that aims to raise awareness on smog and pollution. Targeting the world’s most polluted cities, the design team’s plans to install purifying vacuum towers across the globe is aiming to launch September 2015, beginning in Rotterdam, NL.
Apple-pending styluses pick up on real world textures and transmit them onto digital forms
Two patents submitted by Apple detail the production of two different styluses. The designs described two new takes on the established technology. One has a touch implement system with feedback for simulating surface texture on the tip. The other has the ability to scan objects onto an internal memory for later use on touchpads.
Helix Sleep makes mattresses to order for individuals and couples
The secret to a good night’s sleep rests quite literally upon the right mattress. If your bed isn’t comfortable, how can you expect to sleep well? And yet, choosing the proper mattress can be a trial, with a bewildering array of brands, designs and ways to buy. You can spend time going into stores and lying self-consciously on bare beds while salespeople look on, or you can order a mattress online and hope it suits you. Helix Sleep has introduced a way to get a custom-built mattress online, delivered directly to your home.
The art bikes as designed by Handsome Cycles celebrate a major Minneapolis Institute of Arts anniversary
The bicycle has been called one of the most significant objects ever designed. The combination of circles, triangles and lines has inspired artists and designers to incorporate bikes into a regalia of 2D and 3D artwork. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts wanted to do something unique as part of their 100 year anniversary celebration in 2015. They approached local bicycle builder Handsome Cycles with an idea to create three custom bicycles inspired by masterpieces in their permanent collection.
Can't stand to use the public restroom? The Pee Buddy paper funnel gives women a solution
We’ve all been there—the public bathroom so disgusting you don’t want to breathe, let alone touch anything in there. Maybe it’s a gas station, a nightclub, or a park. Men are lucky; they can stand up to pee, touching nothing. But women must either sit down or hold it. In India, where public restrooms are rare, the problem is even worse. So an Indian company, First Step Projects, has created a hygiene product to allow women to stand while peeing. It’s called Pee Buddy.
In the Living Things exhibit, what allows the very useful spirulina algae to live also happens to be very pretty
Photosynthetic algae are very possibly the companion organism of the future. Because they eat our waste CO2 and produce energy, they are considered a leading potential source of biofuels. Spirulina algae, in particular, with its high protein and nutrient density, has gained popularity as a “superfood.” But algae doesn’t do PR, and there’s no appeal in its usual appearance, which is a dark green slurry.
Modernist Ingrein Smart Clock will notify you if important messages or notifications pop up using lights and sounds
The good news about smartphones is they keep users connected all of the time. The bad news about smart phones is they keep users connected all of the time—even in situations where constantly checking your phone would be rude or otherwise inappropriate. Ingrein Design, a technology and design firm, created the Ingrein Smart Clock to combat that hyperconnectivity by ensuring users won’t miss an important notice while keeping their phones hidden.
Danit Peleg spent over 2,000 hours taking her collection from 3D files to plastic wearability that bends like bias-cut fabric
Fashion student Danit Peleg has printed five looks for a stunning collection from the comfort of her home. The result is beautifully intricate but surprisingly wearable and begs to question the future of clothing. The 27-year old fresh graduate from the Shenkar Colleges in Tel Aviv imagines asks in the accompanying video: “Will we be able to design, share and print our clothes in our own home?”
Taxi Fabric wants to upholster taxi interiors in Mumbai with the works of young graphic designers
Taxi Fabric wants to give young graphic designers in Mumbai a new outlet to showcase their work: the fabric seat covers of taxi cabs. In the process, it hopes to inspire conversation, and show older generations what design is all about.
Julian Hakes' shoes give a unique spiral shape—suited just right for the foot—compared to other high heel designs
Julian Hakes owned his own architecture firm for 10 years before turning his attention to this attention-getting women’s footwear project in which he applied the architectural process to building a 3D-printed shoe. He began by researching how feet moved and took the weight of a body, then used that information to draft a shoe that wraps around the wearer’s foot and ankle.
PSFK is hiring an Editorial intern for its New York City office
We are looking for a motivated intern who wants to work alongside us in New York City for eight weeks and learn as they deliver.
The ENKO running shoes adjust to the weight of its owner, help to prevent common injuries associated with high impact and poor running form
Conserving all the energy stored in each of your strides, Christian Freschi’s ENKO running shoes deliver powerful performance with maximal comfort. Outfitting the heel of his shoe with patented spring-loaded tech, Freschi’s engineering promises an optimized run for any weight or shoe size.