This e-bike’s detachable battery is also a music-pumping boombox

We gushed over the Noordung bike nearly two years ago. Sleek, streamlined, and just a pleasure to look at, the e-bike showcased an organic design that housed electronics within it, and a silent motor that sat within its wheel. The e-bike was powered by a fuel-tank-shaped battery-pack that sat exactly where the fuel tank on a motorcycle would. The pack’s volume would immediately alter the perception of the bicycle, making it look more like a cafe-racer. This battery pack also played another pretty interesting role. It doubled up as a rider-facing boombox, allowing you to listen to music as you travel… a distinction that was only reserved for four-wheelers, up until now. Over two years, Noordung has perfected this model, finally launching as a crowdfunded vehicle to bring this elegant superbicycle to the roads.

A lot has changed for the Noordung, but it still captures its overall spirit from 2 years ago. The bike’s frame is crafted from carbon-fiber, giving the bike its incredibly low weight. In fact, at 20kgs, Noordung is the lightest cruiser e-bicycle in the world. The updated Noordung ditches the Vivax Assist motor for a 250W Keyde motor (embedded right in the rear wheel) with 4 levels of assisted drive and speed assistance of 25km/h. The most iconic bit of the Noordung is still retained within this updated design. The heart, if you will, of the Noordung is its battery pack, a visually iconic mass that turns the bicycle into an electric bicycle. It plugs right into the frame of the bike, not just electrifying it, but also giving it a visual upgrade. The detachable battery pack contains twenty Li-ion cells with an output of 36 V, 250 Wh. The batteries not only power the e-bike, but also deliver power to the in-built boombox that helps enrich the Noordung’s ride experience, as well as supply power to your smartphone, need be. These speakers connect wirelessly to your playback device, allowing you to listen to music while riding, an experience that Noordung’s creator says is truly an experience in itself. Aside from housing a boombox, the overall mass that is the battery pack even houses an air quality indicator that detects and measures the presence of harmful P2.5 and P10 particles while the bike is in use. It uses this data to create a map of air quality in and around cities for you, the rider, to have access to.

Ultimately, the Noordung tries to make electric bicycling better in every which way. Designed to be extremely lightweight, the Noordung makes traditional biking easy, and packs a neat battery pack for that assisted ride. The battery supplies clean energy to the bike, eventually making it great for the environment (a metric that the air-quality-sensor ultimately tracks), and gives you the additional feature of having a boombox with you, whether it’s mounted to your bike, or in your hand!

Designers: Gregor Fras, Aleksander Praper, Samo Fortuna, Klemen Čepirlo and Žiga Gorjup

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Noordung is an urban bike for music lovers. It is the most beautiful ‘Luxury Superbicycle in the World’ and in limited series. This e-bike allows you to play up to 100 hours of music through the state-of-the-art speakers integrated into the bike, played from your phone.

The silent in-wheel e-motor has a 50 km range, and is ideal for urban commute.

You can charge your phone, tablet or computer via on board USB connector.

Noordung Music is the entry point into the beautiful new world of combining music with cycling, as it comes with the Noordung Boombox, that plays music from your smartphone.

The top two models from the Noordung family are Noordung Voyager and Noordung Individual, which are electric bikes with a maximum speed of 25 km/h as per EU regulation.

The Noordung Pure and Noordung Music are classic, non-electric, bikes with spoked rims and seven gears. They are built around Noordung carbon frame which is ready for any potential upgrades in the future.

Designed to be extremely lightweight, the Noordung makes traditional biking easy, and packs a neat battery pack for that assisted ride.

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Snøhetta designs Italian mountaintop museum for Ötzi the Iceman

Visuals of Museum Quarter by Snøhetta in Bolzano, Italy

Snøhetta has released visuals of a Museum Quarter in the mountains of Bolzano, which will have a projecting stepped roof that doubles as a viewpoint.

If built the museum would have exhibition space for the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and the Municipal Museum of Bolzano, and would house the famous prehistoric mummy of Ötzi the Iceman.

The proposal is an extension of Snøhetta‘s ongoing project with Signa Group, for which it is currently constructing a cable car system on Italy’s Virgl mountain.

Visuals of Museum Quarter to house Ötzi the Iceman by Snøhetta in Bolzano, Italy

“The new Museum Quarter will create a synthesis of city and nature, of history and future, of building and landscape, of culture, leisure and knowledge,” said Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, founding partner of Snøhetta.

“Visitors can meet Ötzi the Iceman on top of the Virgl mountain, a place with a historic atmosphere. In addition, the new Virgl cable car system and the Museum Quarter will provide spaces of cultural significance and recreational value next to the city centre of Bolzano.”

Visuals of Museum Quarter to house Ötzi the Iceman by Snøhetta in Bolzano, Italy

Snøhetta’s proposal imagines the Museum Quarter as a elongated structure that projects out from the mountain to echo its topography.

It would connect to the ring-shaped cable car station via a central plaza, which will be used as a space for open-air markets and concerts.

Visuals of Museum Quarter to house Ötzi the Iceman by Snøhetta in Bolzano, Italy

This plaza will be lined with a mix of seating areas, and lead up to the museum’s stepped roof that provides panoramic views of Bolzano and its mountainscape.

A secluded entrance to the pair of museums will puncture the hillside, leading into a joint foyer area.

Visuals of Museum Quarter to house Ötzi the Iceman by Snøhetta in Bolzano, Italy

Snøhetta has also proposed developing and landscape the area surrounding the scheme to make the mountain more accessible for walking, hiking and biking.

“Through the planned cable car structure and the new Museum Quarter, the Virgl mountain will serve as a cultural and recreational area for the people and visitors of Bolzano,” added the architecture studio.

“The new Museum Quarter will establish a new landmark for Bolzano and reinforce the city’s international significance as a cultural destination.”

Visuals of Museum Quarter to house Ötzi the Iceman by Snøhetta in Bolzano, Italy

Founded in 1989, Snøhetta is an international architecture practice based in Oslo, Norway and New York.

Alongside its Museum Quarter proposal, the studio has also recently completed a pair of wooden Outdoor Care Retreats at two Norwegian hospitals, as well as a crystal workshop for Swarovski in Austria.

Visuals courtesy of Moka Studio and Snøhetta.

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Painting of London Typical Buildings

L’artiste Andrew McIntoch propose une série de huit tableaux qui seront exposés à la Peckham’s bo.lee gallery en mars. Ces scènes de paysages urbains déserts rappellent les quartiers du Sud de Londres dont s’inspire l’artiste pour imaginer ses sujets. Chacun de ces immeubles semble vétuste et abandonné, certaines fenêtres sont masquées et les enseignes des boutiques sont défraîchies. L’artiste surréaliste transcende néanmoins ces façades en révélant chaque fois une pièce de l’immeuble. Vide mais colorée, on y trouve généralement un tableau d’art contemporain et un “meuble” – à y regarder de plus près, il s’agit d’instruments de torture médiévaux…

Tod and Feuer, 2019 © Andrew McIntosh

Seven Circles, 2019 © Andrew McIntosh

Lucifer, 2019 © Andrew McIntosh

Fury, 2019 © Andrew McIntosh

Fury, 2019 © Andrew McIntosh

Black Magic, 2019 © Andrew McIntosh



A Premium Case for Your Premium Device

For many, their smartphone is like an extension of themselves, and therefore it should be protected and kept safe… especially considering their extortionate price! But with a vast array of protective gear on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which to choose, but the BRICK phone case does things differently, and this makes it stand out amongst the sea of cases.

Much like the movement of the conventional draw, the smartphone slides horizontally into its protective surround; the case is made up of two components, and internal section, which the phone sits within, and the outer framework, which offers the protection. Much like its name would suggest, BRICK carries an angular aesthetic, which forms a juxtaposition against the roundness of many modern devices. An element of luxury has been created through the careful selection of colors and subtle detailing, allowing for the case to complement the premium device.

Designers: Hyunsoo Choi & Jeong Kim

AirPods are now easier to find, carry and charge with this pal!

The AirPods are pretty great the way they are, but ask any designer and they’ll say that they could be much more. Ask designer Tang Gan of Pitaka and he’ll straight up tell you that the AirPods should A. Wirelessly charge, B. Have a longer battery life, and C. Not be so difficult to find inside a backpack. Combine those three insights and you get yourself the AirPodPal, an attachment that augments the abilities of the AirPods… or as Tang says, “Makes your AirPods easier to carry, charge & find”.

Designed as a neat looking carbon fiber bodied module that attaches directly to the base of your Airpod case, the AirPodPal gives your favorite earphones wireless charging abilities… a much-needed upgrade, considering the iPhone and Apple Watch both support wireless charging. Its slender body also happens to house a 1200 mAh battery which not only extends the life of your AirPods by three whole days, but also serves as an emergency power bank for your smartphone, proverbially knocking two birds with a single stone.

The AirPodPal comes housed in a sturdy carbon fiber body, giving it a visual contrast when plugged into the white plastic AirPod case. The carbon fiber makes the AirPodPal both lightweight and resilient at the same time, because after all, it needs to be as portable and sturdy as the AirPods themselves (you can conversely opt for the AirPodPal Essential, which comes with a PolyCarbonate plastic body). Snapping the AirPodPal onto your AirPod case does double its length, but not without reason. Tang justifies this increase, saying that the volume increase makes the AirPods easier to spot in a backpack “without compromising on portability”. The module comes with the same width and depth as the AirPods, still allowing it to slide into most pockets, and it even comes with a built-in clip to securely fasten it to your clothes, belt, or your backpack straps while on the go. It also means you don’t need to carry a separate power bank on you!

Designer: Tang Gan of Pitaka

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AirPodPal is designed to make your AirPods easier to use. It extends the possibilities of your AirPods: making them safer to carry anywhere, switching the wired charging to wireless charging, and increasing the battery life to one whole week.

Not only does it improve your AirPods, AirPodPal also doubles up as an emergency phone charger.

The metal belt clip keeps your AirPods safe, and allows you to access or find the AirPods easily.

Now getting the headphones out of your bag becomes easier than ever before, thanks to AirPodPal.

AirPodPal charge your AirPods case and can also act as an emergency power bank for your phone or other devices.

AirPodPal is also your EDCP – Everyday Carry Power Bank.

Crafted from high-end materials, AirPodPal’s premium carbon fiber cover also provides the military-grade protection and has no interferences with the wireless charging, protecting your AirPods.

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Marina Abramović's The Life presents the artist as a 3D digital avatar

Marina Abramovic The Life

A 3D digital rendering of the performance artist wandered around London’s Serpentine Gallery in this mixed reality art installation called Marina Abramović: The Life.

Visitors were asked to surrender all their belongings before donning a headset and entering an enclosed gallery space with a roped, five-metre circle in which the Serbian artist was rendered as a 3D mobile simulation of herself.

The Life installation by Marina Abramovic
The performance was recorded using made using 36 cameras that filmed Abramović from different angles

Made in collaboration with production studio Tin Drum, the Marina Abramović: The Life performance uses a combination of virtual and augmented reality called mixed reality.

Viewers are able to see a virtual image within a physical space, without the need for an intermediary screen, such as a mobile device.

“While virtual reality closes you off from the world, mixed reality is literally blending it in with the real world,” Todd Eckert, director of The Life and founder of Tin Drum, told Dezeen.

This enabled visitors to see Abramović as if she were actually in the room. “Marina is performing in the same orientation for everybody in the same way. If you are seeing her from the front, someone else is seeing it from the back,” said Eckert.

The Life installation by Marina Abramovic
Visitors wear a wearable spatial computing device called a Magic Leap One, which stores the digital recording of Abramović

Lasting 19 minutes, the performance is the first time mixed reality has been used in an art piece, according to the Serpentine Gallery.

A wearable spatial computing device called a Magic Leap One is worn by visitors, which stores the digital recording of Abramović.

“In the same way that a film is not a projector, but what’s loaded onto a projector, The Life is not the goggles but what we’ve put into the goggles,” explained Eckert.

The Life installation by Marina Abramovic
Visitors are asked to surrender their belongings before entering an enclosed gallery space

The device is calibrated upon entering the room using a QR code-like wall of dots – a process which positions the artist in a precise location within the roped circle.

“The calibration gives you a specific representation of the content in space so it tells your device where to put Marina,” continued Eckert.

The 19 minute clip features the artist walking around the room and slowly disintegrating into blue dots, before reassembling in the space.

The Life installation by Marina Abramovic
The device is calibrated upon entering the room using a configuration of dots on the wall

It was made using an “extensive volumetric capture process” of 36 cameras that filmed Abramović from different angles. This information was used to build a 3D moving composite of the artist.

“The recording of Marina is called volumetric capture. It isn’t a flat image or a 3D film – which is stereoscopic where you have something closer to you and something further away – but a fully 3D photograph,” explained Eckert.

Whilst the installation was on show at London’s Serpentine Gallery for a week, it can be replicated elsewhere using the captured visualisation of the artist.

“The fact that the project can be repeated anywhere in the world while I am not there is mind-blowing,” said Abramović.

“I can be present in any spot on the planet. I hope that many other artists will follow me and continue to pioneer Mixed Reality as an art form,” she explained.

The Life installation by Marina Abramovic
The 19 minute performance is the first time mixed reality has been used in an art show

An increasing number of artists are using augmented reality, including U2‘s creative director Willie Williams who created a giant avatar version of Bono for the band’s latest tour.

Marina Abramović: The Life took place at the Serpentine Gallery in London between 19 and 24 February 2019.

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J Mayer H creates international tram stop from stack of concrete discs

Kehl Tram Stop by J Mayer H

Architecture studio J Mayer H has unveiled a tram stop made from a stack of exposed-concrete discs in Kehl, Germany.

J Mayer H designed the tram stop, which is outside Kehl town hall, as the terminus for the line that runs across the German border to Strasbourg, in France.

Kehl Tram Stop by J Mayer H

German architect Jürgen Mayer H, who leads the studio, gave the tram stop an unusual form to welcome people commuting on the international tram line to the town of Kehl.

“People smile when they arrive at the station,” Mayer H told Dezeen.

Kehl Tram Stop by J Mayer H

The distinctive tram stop is constructed from a series of circular concrete discs and acts as the counterpoint to the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Hoenheim-Nord Terminus in Strasbourg – at the other end of the line.

“The tram line has two anchors that are placed in both final stops,” continued Mayer H.

Described by the studio as an “infrastructural sculpture”, the stop has two shelters placed between the tram lines. Each of the shelters is constructed from two vertical exposed-concrete discs that support a concrete roof.

A third vertical disk, within each shelter, incorporates a bench.

Kehl Tram Stop by J Mayer H

We wanted to develop architectural elements that work in different dimensions, in horizontal and vertical placements and as wall, roof and seating units,” said Mayer .H

“It’s a selection of a kit of parts to be further explored.”

Kehl Tram Stop by J Mayer H

Each of the eight rounded forms that make up the tram stop were created through a process that Mayer H describes as a “dirty geometry”.

“The shapes evolved through a process of dirty geometry – evaluations,” he explained. “Basic precise curvatures got mixed up and recombined to create the organic outlines.”

Kehl Tram Stop by J Mayer H

Berlin-based J Mayer H also used sculptural shapes in its design of the FOM Hochschule university building in Düsseldorf, which has curved balconies that bulge out from the building.

While tram routes are still being laid in cities across the world, in China, a cross between a bus, train, and tram, that doesn’t run on tracks has been developed. The trackless and driverless “rail bus” made its first journey in the Chinese city of Zhuzhou in 2017.

Photography is by Frank Dinger and Stadt Kehl.

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Splendid Chalet du Bois Flotté in Quebec

Surplombant le fleuve Saint-Laurent, ce chalet québécois moderne aux allures toutefois rustiques, est constitué de deux corps de bâtiment qui s’assemblent perpendiculairement. Avec ses grandes vitres qui permettent à ses occupants de devenir les spectateurs de la nature ainsi que sa forme rappelant les premières habitations de la vallée, cette résidence semble être une parfaite destination de repos, autant en hiver qu’en été.

De plus, le Chalet du Bois Flotté a été édifié par la firme BOOM TOWN dans un souci d’écoresponsabilité.

«La conception du projet se fait avec, en toile de fond, ce désir d’harmonie avec la nature. Construire avec une économie de moyens financiers force à réduire les superficies, ce qui permet de réduire l’empreinte écologique autant que l’empreinte au sol. C’est une occasion de construire écologiquement, une occasion de se demander comment occuper l’espace sans prendre toute la place. L’implantation compacte de la construction permet de conserver intact l’aspect naturel du site», peut-on lire sur le communiqué.

Crédit photos: Maxime Brouillet

YD Design Storm #16

The YD Design Storm takes a look at products, services, and spaces that are storming the internet. The idea? To turn internet-storming material into brainstorming material! Scroll down for our collection of handpicked works from design websites, portfolios, and social media. Get inspired, save projects, pin images, or share links with fellow design enthusiasts!

Watch this space for your digest of design brain-fodder… and an ever-evolving map of design trends!

Rocket Coffee Table by Stelios Mousarris

DAKHOTA Furniture Collection by Daria Zinovatnaya

Harbin Opera House by Mad Architects

The Embrace by John Green Designs.

Moon Armchair by Charles Kalpakian

Cactus Coat Stand by Mario Tsai Studio
Slide Bathroom Towel Shelf by Cory Grosser for Agape



Elena Amato creates sustainable cosmetics packaging from bacteria

Elena Amato bacteria packaging cosmetics

Guatemalan designer Elena Amato has created sheets of bacterial cellulose with paper-like qualities as a sustainable alternative to the plastic packaging used in personal care products.

The bacterial cellulose sheets were developed using a mixture of water and a bacteria and yeast (scoby) culture, which is blended together before being spread out on a flat, smooth surface and left to dry.

Elena Amato designs sustainable bio-plastic packaging from bacterial cellulose
Bacteria and yeast cultures are mixed with water to make a sheet with qualities between paper and plastic

Instead of growing and cultivating the scoby from scratch, Amato uses residual scoby leftover from local Kombucha producers – a fermented drink made from sweetened tea and scoby.

The resulting sheets are a material with characteristics that Amato describes as somewhere between paper and plastic.

Elena Amato designs sustainable bio-plastic packaging from bacterial cellulose
Elena Amato colours the material with natural ingredients such as spirulina and hibiscus

The dried bacterial cellulose material can be glued together using water, eliminating the need to use glues or other adhesives when sealing the packaging.

Natural pigments such as spirulina, hibiscus, saffron and charcoal were added to the mixture during the blending process to achieve different colours.

Elena Amato designs sustainable bio-plastic packaging from bacterial cellulose
The packaging consists of three layers, with the product at the centre, a container made from soap and the bacteria sheet around the outside

Made from renewable resources, the material also grows quickly, as well as being fully compostable and vegan.

In addition to these qualities, the low-tech manufacturing process has a minimal level of energy consumption, and Amato envisions it being made locally to generate jobs in the area as well as eliminating the need to transport raw materials from far away.

Elena Amato designs sustainable bio-plastic packaging from bacterial cellulose
The outer layer of the packaging is the sheet made from a mix of bacteria and yeast cultures with water

In keeping with the principles of a circular economy, Amato aimed to create an eco-friendly packaging with materials that would “flow in integrated and regenerative loops”.

“Currently, our economy works mainly on a linear, unsustainable ‘take – make – dispose’ system,” explained the Brazil-based design graduate.

“In contrast to that system, the circular economy suggests that materials should flow in integrated and regenerative systems as technical and biological nutrients, maintaining their value.”

Elena Amato designs sustainable bio-plastic packaging from bacterial cellulose
The product is made from locally sourced ingredients and contributes to a circular economy

She designed her packaging concept to have three layers and imitate the natural packaging system found in the structural layers of a piece of fruit, comprised of juice, pulp and an outer peel.

The internal layer of Amato’s design is the personal care product – such as face cream, deodorant or facial clay. The second layer is a capsule-like container made of solid natural soap, used to store the natural product inside.

The third, external layer is the sheet made from bacterial cellulose, and is used to protect the soap container beneath, while also displaying the branded information of the product.

Elena Amato designs sustainable bio-plastic packaging from bacterial cellulose
The three layers mirror the packaging of fruit found in nature

“Unpacking and using the product replicates the act of peeling and consuming a fruit, and brings a natural feeling to it,” the designer explained. “This idea was inspired by the concept ‘unpack less, peel more’.”

“After removing the wrapping, the costumer can enjoy the creamy product. When the container is empty, the base and lid will be used as bar soaps just like the juice and pulp of a fruit can be fully utilised,” she continued.

Elena Amato designs sustainable bio-plastic packaging from bacterial cellulose
Amato’s packaging is vegan as well as being made from entirely natural ingredients

Amato is just one of many designers experimenting with bacterial cultures to create sustainable alternatives to plastic. Emma Sicher, for example, fermented scoby with fruit and vegetable leftovers to create disposable packaging, while Roza Janusz used scoby to create a food packaging that can either be eaten after use, or composted.

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