London producer Ketan Jogia has remixed Welsh folk singer Novo Amor’s track From Gold, augmenting the lush, Bon Iver-like vocals of the original song with more punctuated bass and percussion. A great summer track.
A basic need like shelter is often best met by a simple design. Enter the nordic vibes of Tentipi, a Swedish tent company inspired by the nomadic, indigenous Sámi people’s katas—structures that can withstand the worst…
La photographe italienne Isabella Vacchi a réussi avec beaucoup de talent à composer des set designs monochromes d’aliments et accessoires de cuisine. Un rendu très réussi, qui joue sur les tons argentés, noirs ou encore marrons avec talent.
Apollo Architects & Associates swapped timber frames for concrete and fibre-reinforced plastic to reduce the cost of building this house and studio for a fashion photographer in Tokyo (+ slideshow).
The house needed to be constructed on a strict budget and within a short timeframe, so Tokyo-based Apollo Architects & Associates chose to use concrete and FRP as a cheaper alternative to the standard wooden structures.
According to architect and studio founder Satoshi Kurosaki, this practice has become more common since the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
“In Japan, where recovery from the earthquake and preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are accelerating, construction costs are rising due to shortage of workforce and materials. Therefore, demands for such low-cost reinforced concrete structures may increase,” he explained.
Named Frame, the three-storey property features a geometric facade made up of two main components – an L-shaped “frame” that wraps around to line the edge of the roof and a timber-edged living room suspended underneath.
“Water-resistant itauba wood is used for the walls and the back of the eaves as decoration, resulting in a perfect contrast of wood and concrete,” said Kurosaki.
The house is located in a part of Tokyo that is prone to frequent flooding, so the base of the structure is raised off the ground by 80 centimetres.
An external area sheltered beneath the overhanging living room functions as a garage, within which a narrow concrete staircase climbs gently up to meet the entrance.
A master bedroom and photography darkroom are located on this level, while a wooden staircase leads up to the split-level first floor, with a kitchen and dining area at the back and the living room at the front.
The ceiling of both spaces is covered with teak, as is the floor in the living room. Kurosaki thought this would help to create a continuation of the external itauba frames.
To contrast, the walls are left as bare concrete. This material was also used to create the cantilevered treads of the staircase leading up to the second floor.
A single room occupies this whole storey, intended to eventually become a children’s bedroom. A glazed wall slides back to open the space out to a roof terrace of roughly the same size.
“A table set or a pool can be placed there to accommodate many people for parties,” added the architect.
This weekend saw the unveiling of the collaborative bicycle designs that are going head to head in the third edition of the Oregon Manifest, in which five teams in as many cities set out to create and craft the best urban utility bike. As of Monday morning, the public is invited to vote on their favorite one, which may well be produced by Fuji Bikes in the near future. We are pleased to present exclusive Q&As with each team so they have a chance to explain why their bicycle is the best before the voting period closes this Sunday, August 3.
Did you and Sizemore know (or know of) each other before the collaboration? What was the matchmaking process like?
Roger Jackson (Creative Director, TEAGUE): Oregon Manifest did a great job pairing us with two incredible potential bike partners; we visited and spent time with both of them at their workshops. That alone was a privilege. To see true craftsmanship in the flesh, both makers had their own unique style and preferences for bike building. But this project was going to be a longterm engagement (nine months), so it was important that there was the ability to meet up regularly and a shared vision for what we wanted to achieve. Taylor Sizemore was a natural fit for our team, but was also excited to go beyond his own comfort level with the build, which excited us.
By its very nature, the design-fabrication relationship for this collaboration is far more intimate than your average designer’s relationship with a contractor or manufacturer. To what degree did you educate each other on your respective areas of expertise? Has the collaboration yielded broader lessons?
Intimate is right! Taylor is now part of the TEAGUE family! We’ve been fortunate with just how much time and energy he’s put into this endeavor. From the first brainstorm, he was there, sparing and inspiring us. As for the education, he was fascinated with just how quickly we could get into 3D CAD and spit out prototypes on our 3D printers. I would also say from a technology stand point, being able to quickly mock-up and test lighting and haptic feedback concepts using arduinos, was also something we offered Taylor. As for us, the advantage of Taylor building custom bikes is that he knows exactly what works and what doesn’t from an ergonomic standpoint. Something that may look cool or unique could negatively impact the ride comfort and quality. It was truly a mutual learning experience.
I’ve got a friend from Alabama who told me that growing up, most families she knew kept shotguns in the house. When you heard a noise in the middle of the night, the shotgun was the go-to item, and she explained that the CHIK-CHIK sound of “racking” it carried across the porch and was enough to discourage the casual burglar.
Another sound shotguns make is the actual blast, and I’m told it’s deafening. Twelve-gauges reportedly top out around 150 to 165 decibels, and inside a house, where there are walls to bounce the sound around in, likely more. That’s enough to cause permanent hearing damage. “Shotgun owners have been without a real solution for ear protection,” says a Utah-based company called SilencerCo. “Some choose hearing preservation in the form of earmuffs or plugs for relief in controlled environments, but spurn their use in the field or in a home protection scenario, where the ability to detect other sounds is critical.”
With that in mind the company has invented the Salvo 12, “the first and only commercially-viable shotgun suppressor on earth.” Interestingly enough it’s modular, made up of little Lego-like sections of roughly two inches in length that the user can add or subtract to hit their preferred balance of length, weight and noise level.
The noise reduction is pretty nuts:
Speaking of nuts, you’d think that since this is the only product of its kind on the market (if the company’s claims are accurate), it would simply sell itself. However, they’ve opted to create a tongue-in-cheek commercial set in a dystopian, Mad-Max-like future where we will drive around in old Cadillacs shooting drones (sorry Martha) out of the sky. Warning: You will want to turn your sound down—the shotgun may be quiet, but the music is not.
Currently, there is a classic cocktail revival occurring; bartenders are once again revered as artists and flavors become the palette for one’s palate. But what are these classic cocktails being revived? Where do their roots begin? How did those before us knock them…
It was only a few years ago that James Dyson and his crack team of engineers (all of whom we like to imagine wearing jaunty striped shirts as they labor to achieve incremental yet significant improvements upon previously undesirable household appliances) debuted the Air Multiplier, a bladeless wonder that did for blowing what Dyson’s streamlined vaccuums did for sucking. A new range of the distinctive shaped fans is here, and it’s even cooler—literally.
Dubbed “Dyson Cool,” the new fans are up to 75% quieter than their predecessors, a fact that has not escaped the watchful ears of those at the delightfully named Noise Abatement Society, which has—with no bells and whistles—awarded its Quiet Mark to the new Air Multiplier technology. Dyson engineers managed to hush the fan by reducing the turbulence of high-velocity air, cancelling out specific tones: notably those buzzy ones at 1,000Hz, which are similar to the frequency of the noise produced by the incessant wing beat of mosquitoes. This feat was achieved in part by the addition of something called a “Helmholtz cavity,” which we like to imagine was also the name of a young Dyson’s garage band. The price for all of this innovation? Dyson estimates the R&D costs at $65 million. The desktop AM06 model will set you back $299.99, but you’ll be all the cooler for it.
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Voici le nouvel emballage des chewing-gums Trident Xtra Care, designé par Hani Douaji. Une gamme de six déclinaisons, qui représentent trois saveurs. Chaque paquet a une illustration singulière : une bouche ou une moustache, tantôt souriantes ou surprise. Un packaging coloré et attractif.