The whale-inspired design of this sparkling water maker is a connoisseur’s delight!

I haven’t had much experience with carbonated water, but I know there are those who love sipping on some sparkling water! Designed by Bokyeong Lee and Chunghee Joe, the Ocean Blast is a carbonated water maker concept. It’s been inspired by the form of a whale, or more specifically, inspired by the phenomenon of a whale rising out of the water to breathe, and expelling air through its blowhole, allowing any water vapor to condense and creating what looks like a white spray of water.

Interestingly, Ocean Blast looks exactly like the belly of a whale. Soft lines and ridges on the product increase the similarity to the body of a whale. You slide and open the carbonated water machine, and slip in the carbonate-filled cylinder. You then place the dedicated water bottle on the tray and tap the Power button on the touch screen. You can adjust how carbonated you want your water to be via the touch screen itself. Sparkling water is then prepared depending upon on how bubbly you want it to be!

Ocean Blast’s unique form eliminates the need for an external nozzle. Nozzles can get contaminated on exposure to the air, so it’s always a task to keep them clean. Also, it’s difficult to control the amount of water prepared when there’s an external nozzle. But the docking section of Ocean Blast with its hidden nozzle makes bubbling up your water super easy. I don’t know how often we will have a need for carbonated water, but we must admit the whale-like form of Ocean Blast is pretty intriguing!

Designer: Bokyeong Lee and Chunghee Joe

Watch our talk on the line between art and design with Aritco

Product designer Alexander Lervik, broadcaster Li Pamp and designer Petter Thorne speak to Dezeen’s Marcus Fairs about the line between art and design in this talk filmed for Aritco in Stockholm.

The speakers were gathered by lift manufacturer Aritco to discuss what distinguishes the disciplines of art and design, and to debate the importance of differentiating between the two.

The talk took place in an exhibition of Lervik‘s artworks titled Imaginations at Sven Harrys art museum in Stockholm. Lervik is a Swedish product designer and artist, whose work is often concerned with questioning the line between art and design.

His projects include a watch with a perforated metal face, and a chair made of wooden rods like a bed of nails.

Alexander Lervik, Li Pamp and Petter Thorne discuss the line between art and design in this talk filmed by Dezeen for Aritco in Stockholm
Speakers included designer Petter Thörne (top left), broadcaster Li Pamp (top right) and product designer Alexander Lervik (bottom right). The discussion was hosted by Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs (bottom left).

Appearing alongside Lervik on the panel was Pamp, a Swedish television presenter and design expert known for hosting shows about antiques. Pamp’s career began as an art historian and curator of design artefacts at Swedish action houses Bukowskis and Stockholms Auktionsverk.

Also on the panel was Swedish product designer Thörne, co-founder of Swedish design collective Skaparkollektivet Forma. The collective won a Dezeen Award in 2019 for its installation 17,000, which consisted of a wooden superstructure that bears 17,000 individual artworks that represent minors at risk of deportation from Sweden.

Topics discussed by the panel included how an item’s price can distinguish whether it can be considered art or a design piece, whether design can have emotional functions as well as practical ones, and how a new generation of creatives are increasingly doing away with the distinctions that have traditionally separated art and design.

The talk was held at the Sven Harrys art museum during Stockholm Design Week, which took place in the Swedish capital from 4 to 8 February.

Aritco is a Swedish lift manufacturer. The brand has worked with Lervik to create the Aritco HomeLift, a design-led domestic lift that can be controlled with a smartphone.

Dezeen previously hosted a talk with Aritco during the Downtown Design fair in Dubai, in which a panel comprised of Fernando Mastrangelo, Lina Ghotmeh, Ashiesh Shah and Sanna Åkerlund Gebeyehu spoke to Fairs about the power of design.

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Wood Ribbon apartment in Paris features an undulating timber wall

Wood Ribbon apartment by Toledano + Architects

A sinuous plywood wall winds through the interior of this Parisian apartment, which has been redesigned by local studio Toledano + Architects.

Wood Ribbon apartment is set within a residential building that was constructed during Paris’ Haussmann era, which saw the redesign of large parts of the city’s urban landscape between 1853-1870.

The apartment has been left largely untouched since the end of the 19th century and still boasts a handful of original features, such as parquet wooden floors and ornate ceiling plasterwork.

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

However, its current owners – a young couple with a baby – were unhappy with the convoluted floor plan and awkwardly-sized rooms.

Locally-based studio Toledano + Architects was brought on board to “unveil a new appreciation of space” within the home, whilst maintaining the historical character of the building.

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

“I analysed the existing space and realised that some strong elements were really beautiful and had no reason to be destroyed,” the studio’s founder, Gabrielle Toledano, told Dezeen.

“At the same time, I didn’t want to compromise and get stuck in the former layout,” she continued.

“The plan became quite obvious once I released myself from the constraints imposed by the original walls.”

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

After knocking through the problematic partitions, the studio erected a snaking plywood wall that divides the apartment into three simple zones: a living area, master suite, and sleeping quarters for the child.

The wall was prefabricated off-site by a carpenter, who used moulds and laser cutting to achieve its sinuous form. It was then transported to the apartment and assembled over the course of just one day.

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

Part of the wall that appears in the sitting room has been inbuilt with a shelf where the inhabitants can store their books or personal ornaments.

The wall’s curved form is also echoed by the bean-shaped sofa that sits at the centre of the space, upholstered in a warm-beige fabric.

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

In the kitchen, the wall wraps around the rear of the room to form storage cupboards – these can be pushed back to reveal the sink and appliances like the microwave.

The room is anchored by a huge breakfast island crafted from grey travertine marble.

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

A door leads through to the master bedroom. It features an en-suite bathroom that’s entirely clad in onyx, a luxurious material purposefully selected by the studio to contrast the humble plywood that’s been used to make the wall.

Hidden doors in the wall also give access to the child’s bedroom, which includes a neon-orange reading nook, and the parents’ dressing room.

To make this space appear slightly modern, the ceiling has been overlaid with a sheet of polycarbonate.

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

Minimal tubular lights have also been installed throughout the apartment to illuminate living spaces.

“I really wanted to enhance this dichotomy between ancient and contemporary,” added Toledano. “It’s very relevant in a city like Paris where both are in a constant dialogue.”

Wood Ribbon aparment by Toledano + Architects

Toledano + Architects was established in 2013 and works between offices in Paris and Tel Aviv. The studio overhauled a duplex apartment in the Israeli city back in 2016, suspending a black-steel staircase at its centre.

Photography is by Salem Mostefaoui.

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Watch runway footage of Harikrishnan's inflatable menswear collection

Inflatable latex garments by Harikrishnan

This captioned video shows catwalk footage of bulging latex garments designed by London College of Fashion graduate Harikrishnan.

The fashion show featured models sporting colourful latex trousers, which were pumped full of air to create exaggerated silhouettes of unusual proportions.

A seven millimetre-wide valve in the bottom of the garments enabled their inflation.

To complete each outfit, the designer paired the super-wide trousers with either a slimline clean-cut jacket in matching colours or a top made of wooden beads.

Read more about Harikrishnan’s degree show collection ›

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Modern Logos Revisited in a Vintage Style

Si Instagram et Netflix avaient été créés dans les années 50, à quoi ressembleraient leurs logos ? Santiago Colombo, un designer graphique établi à Buenos Aires en Argentine, l’a imaginé pour nous. Cet artiste du lettrage revisite des logos de marques célèbres à travers des lettrages faits mains, des coloris vintage et des polices à empattements. Loin des créations graphiques contemporaines, Santiago Colombo créé des logos au look rétro, tout droit sortis du passé. 

Red Antler creates "no-nonsense" Judy kits for emergency situations

Creative agency Red Antler has designed a series of pragmatic emergency kits filled with first aid items, whistles and long-lasting food supplies.

Called Judy, the “no-nonsense” ready kits are designed to provide families with the supplies they need to ensure they are prepared for any emergency situations.

The aim was to not only offer an organised emergency kit, but to create a visually appealing product that people would want to see in their homes.

The kits come in four versions – a starter kit for one person in the form of a bumbag, two different-sized backpacks for two or four people, or a plastic box for four people.

Each pack includes a series of multifunctional essentials, such as duct tape, batteries, a phone charger, a torch and a first aid kit.

Other items include a biohazard bag, a dust mask, gloves and emergency drinking water and food with a five-year shelf life.

The design team – headed by Simon Huck and Jenna Navisky – set out to create a brand identity that was straightforward and utilitarian without compromising on character.

They approached each element of the project, including the name, visual identity, industrial design and photography, from a “use-case point of view”.

Instead of opting for the recognised safety colour of red, they chose a similar shade dubbed “alert orange” that would be attention grabbing but not alarming.

They paired this with the “comforting” name of Judy and simple, textbook-inspired illustrations to make an intimidating idea more reassuring.

“Simon wanted a maternal name from early on,” said Navisky. “Something that was nurturing, and confident, but also familiar and comforting.”

“With ‘Judy’ we knew we had a brand that would take the lead and felt trustworthy,” she continued. “‘Judy’ was a champion of common sense.”

The letter J in Judy morphs to become an upward-facing arrow, resembling both a house and an umbrella, designed to convey a sense of shelter and guidance.

This arrow motif was extended throughout the rest of the branding in the illustrative work by James Graham, which features people in triangular tents and houses.

Hunt, Navisky and Graham wanted this “mid-century pamphlet style” visual identity to act like a textbook – educational, endearing and entertaining.

The agency also took design cues from space agency NASA and the medical sphere, aiming to create the right balance between level-headedness and optimism, realism and hopefulness.

The team listened to disaster-related podcasts and read survival literature while developing the project to position themselves in the right mindset.

“Throughout the design and branding process, Red Antler‘s aim was to be sensitive to the reality of disasters, while also creating a sense of urgency without fear-mongering,” said the team.

“Judy is filling a whitespace in the preparedness category, and through elevated design, we worked to create something more approachable, enjoyable and memorable.”

As Navisky explained, one of the main focuses for the Judy kits was to avoid making them “overly designed”, in order for them to be as functional as possible while still being visually appealing.

The designers categorised the supplies included in the different kits into six modular containers: tools, warmth, food, water, safety and essentials.

Each container is labelled to enable the user to see what’s inside regardless of how the box is packed.

“In the survival and preparedness space, there is an astonishing lack of design sensibility,” said Navisky. “Most emergency kits are backpacks with supplies thrown in them and lack any sense of organisation, rendering them inefficient when disaster strikes.”

“For Judy to be successful, we knew that the organisational structure would be a critical design component,” she added. “We needed to be clear and concise about what was in the kit, where it was located and how to get it.”

In a similar disaster-focused project, Seoul-based design studio SWNA created a clock that doubles up as an emergency kit filled with tools such as a torch, a blanket and a whistle.

The studio wanted to create an emergency equipment set that would blend in with regular home furnishings.

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A foldable mini stove that fits in your hiking pants!

Have you seen Tiny Kitchen videos? A student industrial designer, Elad Achi, took Tiny Kitchen’s stove up several notches and that is how Katipo was created. Katipo is a foldable outdoor gas stove that can fit in the palm of your hand. Imagine the weight and space that can be saved when you go camping or backpacking with Katipo instead of usual outdoor stoves.

Katipo got its name because its shape and form resembles that of a Katipo spider. It is an Australian redback spider that is small in size with long legs that bend at angles which inspired the stove’s own leg stand and tiny size. The Katipo is a stainless steel stove that folds into a portable size of 50 mm wide and 120 mm long, and when opened it is 180 mm in diameter. “Each leg has a cutting edge that stops its motion by a stopper pin and opens to the angle of 120° and thus produces an equal opening to them all perfectly” explains Elad Achi. Apart from the product proportions, even the colors of the stove were inspired by the spider’s red and black body. The stove’s red and black look comes from a ceramic-based color that is heat resistant.

It is the perfect size when you want to go on a long hike or camp in nature and have warm meals. The stove may be small but it is a powerful outdoor trip essential and something to keep you cozy under the stars.

Designer: Elad Achi

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A zen minimalist cabin that brings nature in and takes distractions out

We all know the movie Birdbox and we associate it with a stressful situation, I mean it was definitely didn’t fit in the comedy genre, right? However, I came across a different Birdbox by Livit, a Norwegian company, to counteract those feelings and really soothe our souls. This Birdbox is actually a prefabricated shipping container-like cabin that offers one-of-a-kind escapes to lush destinations surrounded by nature.

The cabins are simple, rectangular structures with huge circular and oval windows to give you a larger than life view of nature. Just like the exterior, the interior also has minimal decor which makes for a cozy space with a queen bed and a handful of chairs. The Birdboxes come in two sizes currently – the “Mini” at 10.5’ x 7.2’ x 7.2’ “Mini” and the “Medi” at 16.7’ x 7.87’ x 7.87’.” There’s also a separate “Birdbox Bathroom” which features a black tint one-way glass floor-to-ceiling window.

These box cabins are designed to be dropped in places with a minimal footprint that bring you closer to nature while providing comfort and shelter. They can be perched on mountain tops too because Birdbox cabins are made to withstand extreme winds and arctic conditions. There is also an option of having preinstalled solar panels in the cabins. Livit is currently selling three cabins and has two of its structures available for rent in its native Norway, one of them is on Airbnb – now you know where your next vacation will be!

Designer: Livit


Make Architects completes dramatic arched link for Chadstone shopping centre

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

The Link is a rib-vaulted timber passageway built between the Chadstone shopping centre and its neighbours by Make Architects in Melboune.

The Link docks to the existing arched fibreglass roof of the Chadstone, which claims to be the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere.

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

Supported by a steel foundations and a structure of white tubes, the 15-metre-high arches are constructed from Italian larch glulam.

The canopy is made from stretched, semi-translucent PTFE.

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

This 110-metre-long covered route provides a new connection to both the Chadstone MGallery by Sofitel hotel and the Vicinity Centres office buildings.

Part pavilion, part landscaping and part circulation, the fabric covering forms and arcade-like series of openings along the edge of the structure.

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

The openings allow it to merge with the surrounding areas while providing cross ventilation.

A series of moving walkways and stairs manage the upwards change in level across the site from north to south, allowing it to connect directly with both levels of an adjacent carpark.

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

“Landscaping, stairs and travelators have been carefully positioned to create areas to dwell and relax, as well as space for a new restaurant to spill out and flexible areas for events and pop-up uses,” explained Make Architects.

“The simplicity of its materials belies the complexity of the diagrid structure which essentially acts as a harmonica – each element holding the other in position, albeit supported by hidden steel foundations,” said the practice.

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

This structure is left visible on the interior.

The timber arches form a dramatic, cathedral-style procession lined on either side by a rows of native evergreen climbing plants.

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

Currently an area of restaurant seating occupies the upper landing of the space.

The entire length of The Link is envisioned as a flexible spaces that can cater for a wide range of activities.

The Link by Make Architects in Melbourne, Australia

Make Architects were engaged as the design architects, local practice Cera Stribley Architects acted as the delivery architects for the project.

Inside the Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne practice One Design Office designed a multicoloured concrete ice cream bar for Scroll Ice Cream’s flagship location.

Photography is by Peter Bennetts.

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The Moorgen Smart Remote’s design is weirdly attractive… but why?

It may appear hostile, with the way it takes on this scaly armadillo-inspired aesthetic… but that hostility doesn’t translate to you wanting to avoid the Moorgen Smart Remote. It makes you curious, it makes you practically want to pet it. There’s something unexplainable about the Moorgen Smart Remote’s strange allure, but I’ll try my best to justify why I can’t stop staring at it!

The smart remote was designed not for television, but rather for operating smart lights and curtains around the house. Its difference is highlighted by its unusual form, with highly tactile buttons. The ability of the buttons to simply activate in-built presets means they’re equally important, and aren’t meant for navigation or menu-selection, allowing all of them to be equally sized and maintain the integrity of the 3D pattern.

By breaking the mold of remote design, the Moorgen does something so radically different you can’t help but keep looking at it. It’s quite like the Tesla Cybertruck. So incredibly unusual that love it or hate it, there’s no ignoring it. Except that with the Moorgen Smart Remote, its “unusual-ness” isn’t just visual… it’s tactile too. Even when you’re not pressing the button, I guarantee you, your thumb will be running up and down the remote, just constantly in awe of its hostile-looking-yet-somewhat-soothing texture. It’s the same reason your first reaction to someone who’s just shaved their head is to go “can I touch it?”. The Moorgen Smart Remote was designed to sort of play mind games with you and to absolutely engage the senses… and that’s exactly what makes it so effective and memorable.

The Moorgen Smart Remote is a winner of the iF Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Moorgen