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The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer

This pocket-sized portable printer from Zuta Labs wirelessly prints documents from tablets, smartphones or desktop computers. Shaped like the droplet colour icon used on many domestic printers to indicate ink levels, the Mini Mobile is a pocket-sized device that can print remotely using a bluetooth connection. Measuring 10 cm high and 11.5 cm in diameter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer weighs 300 gr and fits into the palm of a hand. The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to smartphones or PCs. When activated a hatch underneath the printer slides open, revealing the inkjet.

The user then places the Mini Mobile onto a piece of paper, using the teardrop’s pointed shape to align it with the top of the page. Using an omni wheel system that allows it to move in multiple directions, it rolls across the page, printing in a grey-scale. When it reaches the end, the device moves down the page and continues on to the next line. The machine uses a high resolution optical sensor to control movement, speed and placement of the robot.

The inkwell inside is capable of printing 1000 pages before needing to be replaced, and the battery will allow continual use for up to an hour. The machine will print 1.2 pages per minute at a resolution of up to 96 by 192 dots per inch. Made from polycarbonate and available in matte black or white, each Mini Mobile has a thin illuminated blue strip to indicate when it is switched on. 

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Donny’s & Co Manly by Luchetti Krelle

Luchetti Krelle: “Conjuring up images of a back alley in Chinatown, Donny’s Bar is an unexpected and refreshing change to the coastal suburb of Manly and the bar scene there. The design resolution captures a careful balancing of the rustic versus the refined – where urban meets with an Asian Australian flavour.”

“The existing space was a stark white plasterboard box with a commercial look and feel. The brief was to create a warm and friendly New York style loft bar which would serve Asian style tapas and dumplings – on a tight budget. Avoiding overt Asian theming, we instead opted for a paired back approach to the design.”

“Our client is from rural NSW and we certainly played on his roots with the barn like scale and proportions of the space. The mezzanine is set back from the entry, allowing the volume of the space to be fully appreciated upon entry.”

“The bar front utilises railway sleepers casually bundled together with those adjustable ratchet straps used to tie down a load on a truck. The rustic quality of the timber contrasts with a shiny copper rectified top and perfectly mitred timber lining boards weaving diagonally across the lower ceiling and walls.”

“Canvas lorry tarps are casually tied off to walls and chain-link fencing stretches across the upper ceiling, screening the acoustic treatment from the eye. Recycled materials play a big role in the palette – from the brickwork painstakingly clad to the walls to the re-birthed old toilet cisterns.”

“When budgets are tight we need to work harder to innovate within our means and this project is an excellent example of such. More and more these days, we designers are being held to account for superfluous spending and budget overruns. We worked hard to nut out this concept and edit it back to its bare bones. We have been creative and clever in the use of every day materials like the chain-link fencing to become features and by using recycled timber and brick for the majority of the palette.”

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Photography is by Michael Wee

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The Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant Engineering Building by Skylab Architecture

The Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant was constructed in 1950 as an industrial site to treat the city’s combined wastewater and storm water now serving 600,000 residents in Portland, Oregon. In recent times, this municipal works project has become increasingly public through efforts to highlight the importance of sustainable infrastructure. Over the past 16 years, engineering staff on site worked out of portable trailers that became unsuitable for occupation.

The new 11,490 square-foot Engineering Building and site development project was proposed to create replacement office space while also establishing a new public interface for the Plant. The program included office space for 36 engineers and construction management staff, a visitor reception space and public meeting spaces all to be developed within a sustainable landscape.

The new single-storey building was oriented along the path of the sun featuring seven folded cast-in-place concrete roof forms that channel storm water sustainably through the eco-roof. The storm water then drains along the berms into a visible storm water collection system leading back to the Columbia Slough.

As an intentional demonstration, the building and its immediate landscape employ signage and educational elements to celebrate the Columbia Slough ecosystem where the project is located as well as share information about the regional watershed. Inspired by the native landscape and its industrial past, the building is an elegant combination of landform, indigenous planting, formal geometry, and durable construction systems that support staff and the public interface.

The site development transformed and redefined the transportation traffic flow to create a newly formed pedestrian central green space used for educational tours of the plant and as a commons for the overall plant staff. This commons space replaced the original axial road leading into the plant improving vehicular circulation, plant security, parking organisation to create a shared central gathering space.

Juxtaposing the soft, vegetated southern edge, the building’s northern facade is a dynamic, serrated curtain wall that tracks the circular path of the commons. Exterior stainless steel solar shades and a system of clerestory windows create modulated day lighting in concert with a fully glazed operable north facade connecting the interior spaces with the central green space.

The mechanical system is a heat pump system that taps into the plant’s process water source for heating and cooling. While the building has a photovoltaic system it also benefits from an on- site co-generation plant for power.

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MCE Lamps by Note Design Studio

The design of the wooden frame was inspired by the mathematical illustrations and optical illusions by M.C.Escher, Oscar Reuterswärd and their likes, hence the name MCE Lamp. Of course this ”impossible” frame is nothing but possible and it’s sturdy construction allows the big glass bowl to rest safely. The glass bowl is blown into different sizes as the frame and the generous bowl elegantly hides the light source. Depending on how you lean or tilt the bowl you can direct the light like a soft spotlight.

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ODEEH Concept Store by Zeller & Moye

The first concept store for german fashion brand ODEEH inhabits the terrace floor of Bikini Berlin, a modernist icon of 1950′s West-Berlin, offering vistas onto the Memorial church at Breitscheidplatz and the Berlin Zoo.

A landscape of movable elements can be arranged in ever-changing configurations allowing for maximum flexibility in the creation of unexpected spacial formations and curated concepts. The modular system of paravents and podests made of raw cement board is complemented by a series of delicate metal objects such as cloth racks, hooks and trays, specially designed for the store.

The mirrored insides to the paravents create kaleidoscope-like interiors showing individual products at all facets and allowing customers to eyeball the clothes from multiple angles. The reappearing zigzag lines and the cross patterns of the lights refer loosely to stitching methods in tailoring.

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Momo Gril by Ramunas Manikas

Restaurant “Momo Grill” is located in an old building in the centre of Klaipeda. The idea of its interior was to create a modern, democratic and non-binding atmosphere. For this reason an opening to the kitchen was formed in the area through which, when the restaurant is open, you can see kitchen staff working. Wall tiles of the kitchen are as though continued on the walls of the restaurant hall. Together with industrial style chandeliers and wall lamps, scandinavian style chairs and shelves full of various accessories and home flowers they create a different image of a restaurant than usual. It’s minimal, yet decorative.

Plywood items with rough sanded surface make the interior more natural. Several colours are matched in the interior. Yet brownish gray shade of wood items, laminated floor and painted walls is dominant. Big areas of walls with white glazed tiles create a balance. Black colour chairs, table legs and menu blackboard stand out in this colour composition. Another group of colours – tile decorations and grey chandeliers. Former white plastic window frames were as well repainted in grey. Below windows tiled window sills were designed. The oneness of restaurant floor is that no plinths were used. They were replaced with the same white glazed tiles. A logo and outdoor advertising was also designed for the object.

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Sparkle Krib by Karim Rashid for HI-MACS

This year during Milan Design Week (8-13 April), the Superstudio Group is organising the Temporary Museum for New Design, this being the most exclusive, important event on the Fuorisalone circuit. An unmissable appointment that is all about design, research, the quality of materials, technology and innovation. In this context, LG Hausys, a world leader in the technological sphere, is also taking part in the event and presenting a concept suspended between reality and the imagination, weaving together the lines of an authentic, visionary project.

The living space proposed by LG Hausys, an exclusive installation born of its collaboration with Karim Rashid, the eclectic designer, has as its undisputed protagonist HI-MACS®, New Generation Acrylic Stone, in a range of colours, energy and creativity arising from its much-prized artistic and architectural value.

This surprising “apartment” design is named Sparkle Krib (from sparkle,obviously, and crib, a home) and is a study of the visual power of sinuous lines and colours. The concept is presented as a suggestive hymn to the duality of the subject matter, mixing idealism and pragmatism. Creativity is found amongst elements which are inserted harmoniously into a space having organic, fluid lines, as if it were moving: the furnishings are simple and essential, but have great personality, characterised by innovative and futuristic design and technology.

The space takes form through the clever use of HI-MACS®, highlighting and stressing its extraordinary material and technical potential which best express the concept of “freedom of imagination”. Thanks to its flexible structure, which is easy to work with, this New Generation Acrylic Stone actually lends itself by its nature to easily supporting the imagination of architects and designers, giving life to its varied forms and ideas, even the most ambitious ones.

Once again, the features of thermoformability and translucence which characterise HI-MACS® turn out to be perfect for creating a welcoming future-oriented space, an environment which one can easily see as personal, even though it is visionary. The internal open space embraces visitors and gives them an unrepeatable experience of the senses, where sight and touch are harmonised in a single emotional horizon. The boundaries between the imagination and reality, the kitchen and living room, day and night are intangible – removed to underline the power of the mind, devoid of any obstacle or limit.

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The Garden House by De Matos Ryan

De Matos Ryan has completed The Garden House, a new 179 sq m house at the far end of the rear garden of a Victorian house in Battersea, South West London. A modern family conundrum was the unexpected catalyst for the creation of the new annex – the immediate need of a newly married couple bringing two families together and requiring additional space to accommodate seven children.

The practice was originally briefed to create a garden annex to replace a potting shed and greenhouse that the older children could move in to. The arrival of an eighth child midway through the design stages prompted a rethink of this arrangement and resulted in a change of plan; the calm and convenience of the new annex was deemed to be the ideal retreat for parents with a new baby and younger children whilst the main house would become the older children’s domain.

The design of The Garden House has been driven by three challenges including the clients’ ambitious requirement for increased space, the need to incorporate compulsory flood-proofing measures due to the site’s close proximity to the River Thames, as well as complying with planning restrictions to prevent the overlooking of neighbouring properties.

The new house comprises five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study and a kitchen/living room. The garden was excavated to create a high-sided watertight concrete courtyard, which increased the floor plate of the property without affecting the single storey appearance at garden level. The living areas are at courtyard level and benefit from full height glazing; the bedrooms are arranged at first floor level in clean white volumes that gently float above the glazing.

A bridge at garden level bisects the white box and marks the entrance to the property. Windows are discreetly located on the side and rear elevations to comply with planning restrictions and frame views out. A combination of internal lightwells and rooflights ensure that the bedrooms are flooded with natural daylight. Top lit hallways and bathrooms connect the volumes.

It is the sunken courtyard, characterised by white pigmented concrete walls and floor that defines The Garden House and lends the house an exotic sensibility. Sliding doors open up the corner of the house offering a seamless transition to a tranquil enclosed landscape.

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The People’s Bench by Anonymous

The People’s Bench (坐人) is a public furniture using salvaged wood from Singapore’s national parks. Inspired by Confucianism and its teachings on bettering oneself, the bench is based on the Chinese character “人” for people, to sit back in a reclined position to rest and reflect on their thoughts. The first brush stroke outlines the seating deck, while the second provides the form with structural support. Through its form, the bench creates an extended leg area, for 2 – 3 persons to rest comfortably in a low reclined position. The name is a play on the Chinese phrase “做人” symbolizing to conduct oneself with integrity.

Info and images © Anonymous