The Best Of Tech-Meets-Design From NYCxDesign 2018

The Best Of Tech-Meets-Design From NYCxDesign 2018
Design

This year's batch takes music appreciation in new directions, encourages better sleep with LEDs and generates rugs from algorithms

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 31 may 2018

Attending NYCxDesign every year, PSFK is always on the lookout for applications of technology to design objects or processes. We’re typically looking for new ways technology is helping to solve design problems or provide a better user experience. We collected some standouts from the 2018 show here, with the majority relating to light and sound.

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FI (Future Illusions) by Kosmos Project

Polish design duo Ewa Bochen and Maciej Jelski of Kosmos Project debuted a new collection of video game-inspired rugs at WantedDesign. The three patterns can be ordered from stock, or shoppers can have a custom version generated through a series of personality quiz questions. The data from the quiz answers are fed into an algorithm that generates a one-of-a-kind variation.

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GoodNight and Sleepy Baby Lamps by Lighting Science

You might have read about the disruptive effects blue light has on getting a good night’s sleep. Lighting Science debuted two new LED bedside lamps at WantedDesign for adults and children that use circadian neuroscience to improve sleep.

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The lamps generate a warm hued light that Lighting Science says “allows the body to naturally prepare for sleep, supports a deep and restful sleep, and helps maintain the body’s natural circadian rhythm.” Lighting Science is offering both plug-in lamps and individual bulbs. In addition to the better sleep benefits, the light sources use a fraction of the electricity with an estimated per year use cost of around a dollar.

Inflatable LED Lighting by PUFF-BUFF

Warsaw-based PUFF-BUFF is blowing up the lighting category. Terrible puns aside, the company brought several new styles of their pendant lights to the ICFF that resemble giant glowing soap bubbles.

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The lights come in varying sizes and all are made from individual modules PUFF-BUFF calls ‘Bubbles.’ Each one is made of transparent PVC, internally wired with LEDs and air-filled. The lights weigh very little and are shatter-proof and energy efficient.

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Vinyl Enthusiast Furniture by SYMBOL audio

Hudson Valley, New York-based SYMBOL audio has brought together the passion of vinyl record collecting with modern furniture design. The pieces are aimed at the music lover that wants to tastefully house and display their collection.

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SYMBOL’s furniture items range from discreet storage that can hide albums away (Aero, top) to units that combine record and audio gear in an open display (Unison, above).

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The craftsmanship and details behind each of SYMBOL’s pieces are worth highlighting. They handcraft each piece with strong dovetail joints and include rubber pads to isolate turntables from room vibrations.

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SYMBOL also debuted its own line of turntables at the ICFF with a minimalist Dieter Rams-esque design. The turntables include integrated Morel speakers and a stealthy compartment for Sonos Connect or Airport Express components for wireless music streaming.

Wax 3D Printer by The Principals × Angel Olsen

Field Studies at Sight Unseen Offsite paired with designers with creatives from fashion, food, film and music. Brooklyn-based The Principals teamed up with musician Angel Olsen on a project to create functional objects directly from her music.

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The Principals constructed a 3D printer that created wax representations of Olsen’s songs. Her recordings were split into two frequency groups, one controlled the flow of hot wax into a water tank, the other determined when to lower the arm supporting the solidified wax.

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The resulting forms went on to be cast in aluminum to be used as candle holders.

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Maru Wireless Speaker by W-collections

There’s a vast array of wireless portable speakers available on the market. Maru from W-collections showed a premium model at the ICFF with some unique features. The face panel is covered with Kvadrat or Gabriel fabrics from Denmark. Nearly a dozen color options are available, and extra face panels can be ordered and easily swapped.

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Maru also has a range of use options. It comes with a magnetic wall plate that allows the speaker to easily mounted and removed from a vertical surface. The speaker can rest flat on a table or angled with the clever integrated ‘wishbone’ stand.

NYCxDESIGN

Attending NYCxDesign every year, PSFK is always on the lookout for applications of technology to design objects or processes. We’re typically looking for new ways technology is helping to solve design problems or provide a better user experience. We collected some standouts from the 2018 show here, with the majority relating to light and sound.

+algorithms
+apparel
+children
+consumer goods
+Design
+Europe
+Fashion
+Food
+Furniture
+gaming
+Gaming & Play
+Grocery
+home
+infants
+Music
+NYCxDesign
+technology
+USA
+Vinyl

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