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De Natura Fossilium by Studio Formafantasma

With ‘De Natura Fossilium’ Studio Formafantasma investigates the cultures surrounding this particularly Sicilian experience to bring both the landscape and the forces of nature together as facilities for production. As in their previous projects Autarchy (2010) and Moulding Tradition (2009), Formafantasma questions the link between tradition and local culture and the relationship between objects and the idea of cultural heritage. De Natura Fossilium is a project that refuses to accept locality as touristic entertainment. Instead, the work of Formafantasma is a different expedition in which the landscape is not passively contemplated but restlessly sampled, melted, blown, woven, cast and milled. From the more familiar use of basalt stone to their extreme experiments with lava in the production of glass and the use of volcanic fibers for textile, Formafantasma’s explorations and the resulting objects realise the full potential of the lava as a material for design.

When Mount Etna erupted on 20th November 2013, the dramatic event was broadcast by a haunting noise of rumbling stones and a vast plume of dark smoke that completely obscured the sun. After the smoke, black earthen debris began showering down over the villages and cities within the immediate vicinity of the mountain. From the highway through to the Greek theatre in Taormina, everything was covered with black.

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Urwerk UR-105M Watch

At the heart of the UR-105M time display four forged-aluminum satellites slowly orbit. Each of these satellites is visible during their 60-minute journey along the minute scale. A circular PEEK (PolyEtherEthercetone) canopy with openings enhances the current hour.

Completing the indications, running seconds and power reserve are displayed laterally on the caseband.

“The case of UR-105M was developed as an armor. The visible screws on the bezel not only bring a distinctive esthetic to the watch, but also tack the steel armor onto its titanium body. This shield protects the mechanism (the heart of the watch) from the outside world’s aggressions.” Martin Frei

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Animals Drawn with Moiré Patterns by Andrea Minini

Using Adobe Illustrator, Minini created textured Moiré patterns that give each illustration a surprising animal figure. This beautiful series of animal illustrations by Milan-based designer Andrea Minini began as a design experiment to obtain complex shapes and depth starting with just a few lines.

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Landscapes in Mirrors by Cody William Smith

It is possible that you catch a glimpse regarding this kind of  landscape photos processed with a mirror effect on a geometric shape. American photographer Cody William Smith did the job straight-shooting and made 4 very beautiful series called “A Moment of Reflection”. He took pictures of impressive landscapes seen through mirrors : the sea, a sunset, the desert or mountains.

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Gaggenau at the Eurocucina 2014

Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 330 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality. Gaggenau has been a subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich since 1995 and is currently represented in more than 50 countries with flagship showrooms in major cities around the world. In 2012, Gaggenau reached a turnover of more than 180 million euros.

Milan/Munich, April 2014: The return to traditional production methods, linked to a quest for original authentic food is becoming an important influence in the field of culinary art. Committed to the tradition of manufacture, Gaggenau showcases the elemental association of bread and wine at the Eurocucina 2014, and presents Gaggenau appliances as tools in the culinary process. Attention is centred on the ovens 400 and 200 series in the making of bread, and the Vario cooling 400 series for storing wine in conditions akin to a wine cellar. In addition to the product presentation, also on show are the high performance downdraft ventilation VL 414 and Vario dishwasher DF 460/461 – ideal for handleless furniture fronts thanks to its push-to-open function.

The theme is translated into architectural terms by a traditional rectangular farmstead from the German-speaking region. Its main feature is the arrangement of four buildings around a rectangular yard. The typical wood structure of the roof is another symbol of the German carpenter’s art. This historical allusion clearly contrasts the booth to the surrounding kitchen worlds. With its sense of tradition and sophisticated lifestyle, in this presentation the company emphasises its brand claim “The difference is Gaggenau.”.

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BMW Vision Future Luxury

The BMW Vision Future Luxury furnishes a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the BMW brand. It stands for a forward-looking fusion of exclusivity and innovation, for a driving experience that is at once emotional and exclusive. All this is conveyed through the outstanding exterior and interior design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury along with its innovative technology, a pioneering lightweight engineering concept and a seamlessly integrated user interface and driving experience that caters optimally to the needs of all occupants. “Innovative technology and modern luxury have always been an important part of BMW’s brand DNA,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “We use visionary concept vehicles like the BMW Vision Future Luxury to show where we may be going with these themes in the future, and to give us new inspiration and motivation. The BMW Vision Future Luxury – with its innovative technologies and with meticulous precision and quality in every detail – takes our thinking on modern luxury a logical stage further.

The i3 and i8 electric cars came out great and this Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe inspired design now is also stunning and actually possibly not too far away from a production car.

“The design of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is the messenger of our philosophy of modern luxury, one in which innovative technologies play a key and vital role. These innovations deliver a new, multifaceted luxury experience that spans intelligent lightweight engineering, innovative interior design and a radically new user interface design,” says Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, summing up the design approach to the BMW Vision Future Luxury.

This approach is particularly tangible in the interior. Throughout, the design expresses both form and function of the innovative technologies. For example, the intelligent lightweight engineering concept of the BMW Vision Future Luxury is expressed in the design principle of subtractive modelling. That is to say, the specific geometry and functions of an individual component are created from one and the same layered composite structure, comprising many different levels and materials. An initial base layer of fine carbon fabric is followed by a functional level featuring user interface components, control and display interfaces and lighting functions, which in turn is followed by a further structural, load-bearing layer of aluminium for additional strength. Finally, the top layers comprise wood, then leather, to create a warm and comfortable ambience. In a given area of the interior, the multi-layer structure is “milled down” to the appropriate depth depending on what surface material and what function is required. Since the interior geometry is therefore always pared down to essentials, this cuts total weight substantially. This treatment also makes for virtually seamless transitions and very elegant, fluid surfaces.

The unrivalled characteristics of carbon as a material – both individually and in combination with its surrounding materials – are optimally utilised in this rigorous lightweight design concept. The carbon underlying layer is visible in the doors, under the seats and especially in the innovative, pared-down B-pillar. A full B-pillar as used in the past is dispensed with. The carbon construction allows the seat frames to be integrated into the load-bearing structure. There are also connections to the door sills and centre console, which means only a very small and unobtrusive B-pillar is required. The BMW Vision Future Luxury’s wide-opening coach doors would not have been possible without this new carbon B-pillar solution.

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An Audio Visualizer Made of Flames

Rubens’ Tube is an awesome demo and here we take it to the next level with a two-dimensional ‘Pyro Board’. This shows unique standing wave patterns of sound in the box.

The pressure variations due to the sound waves affect the flow rate of flammable gas from the holes in the Pyro Board and therefore affect the height and colour of flames. This is interesting for visualizing standing wave patterns and simply awesome to watch when put to music.

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Shang Xia Paris Store by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma and Associates: “We conceived a cloud-like space made of thin ceramic panels. Historically, ceramic has been a crucial element that forms Chinese culture. Chinese ceramic had also long been an object of admiration in Europe. In the products of Shang Xia, ceramic plays a special role as well. In this shop, very thin ceramic panels (40*150) of as many as 6,000 are suspended from the ceiling to cover the entire space. The glossy white face, unique to ceramic, created a lighting state you might find in the Impressionists’ pointillistic painting and you feel staying in a cloud.”

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