Remi Wolf: Michael

A sonically laidback but visually vibrant single, Remi Wolf’s “Michael” sees the California-born psych-pop singer and songwriter slowing things down from her maximalist debut album, Juno. The indie-leaning single pairs subdued production with vulnerable, narrative lyrics about “a manic and obsessed woman who craves the high she gets from Michael’s attention and is willing to delve deep into a masochistic toxic pit to get it,” says the artist. The track, which is the lead single from the deluxe edition of Juno out on 3 June, accompanies a hyper-saturated Haley Appell-directed music video.

June Storage and Display Tray System is one versatile organizing solution

June Storage and Display Tray Design

Many people say that the key to organizing your clutter at home is to get proper storage and trays. Some will say you need to remove unnecessary stuff before buying storage and containers. But however you want to deal with your clutter at home, you need to decide to have a proper place for everything.

June is a new system or storage and display trays that may be helpful to those who want to Marie Kondo their stuff. No, this won’t really carry all your things, but it looks like a fun and stylish way to keep things clean and tidy. Of course, having a clean and clutter-free desk is necessary, especially if you want to get work done quickly and smartly.

Designer: Piyushi Patni

June Storage and Display Trays Colors

June is designed as a versatile system of storage and display trays. This desk accessory is very functional and practical for anyone with a work desk. This modern organizing system is based on the idea that storing things vertically can be more efficient. Such vertical solutions save up desk or counter space.

Having vertical storage is also more pleasing to the eyes. The aesthetics of June is modern with a hint of mid-century. Of course, it’s best for the young generation with the choice of colors, but nothing’s going to stop you from getting the storage and tray solution.

Concept June Storage and Display Trays

June Storage and Display Trays Demo

The design is playful and can fit most interiors. You can use it in your office, bedroom, dining room, or kitchen. The trays keep things off a surface, so everything is clean. The system comes with seven trays of different shapes, sizes, and colors that you can attach to a pole. It’s a stationery storage system with trays made of aluminum with rounded edges. The industrial metal look and feel are not evident because of the powder coating and finish. The trays look more friendly, fun, and stylish, while the wooden stamp gives it a more natural look. You can rotate the plates (tray) to face any direction you like. Apart from the trays, there are also bowls available.

June Storage and Display Tray Collection

June Storage and Display Tray LIne

June is modular and stackable so that you can customize or adjust the system depending on your liking. The rotating mechanism makes it more accessible and fun. Even if more people have started to return to onsite work or school, some still spend their days at home. Working from home can be fun with office items that deliver fun form and function. June is only one solution, but we’re looking at it as an effective way to keep things clutter-free all the time.

June Storage and Display Tray Series

June Storage and Display Tray LIne

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Is This the Design Concept that LG's Rollable TV is Based On?

Remember that rollable TV screen that LG rolled out last year?

The designers were uncredited, and after stumbling upon this, I’m wondering if this is the design concept on which it was based:

Called Totem, it was done by Studio Booboon, a design consultancy formed by ex-Nendo industrial designers Jisu Yun and Richard Bone. On their website it appears to be a concept only, and though they’ve slapped “LG Display” on the description, I can’t tell if that’s contractual or designer fancy.

In any case, although I’d never have a need to switch to a vertical orientation, I prefer Studio Booboon’s friendlier-looking design to LG’s aggressively modernist production model.

MISZCZYK feat. Laetitia Sadier: In The Dark

Ontario-based producer MISZCZYK (aka Nyles Miszcyzk) releases “In The Dark,” a spellbinding just-over-two-minute-long single featuring vocals from Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier. The mystifying track will appear on Miszcyzk’s forthcoming debut album, Thyrsis of Etna, out 15 July. Artist Jesse Yules created the appropriately magical music video, wherein a woman builds a world outside her window.

The Arch Chair blends beauty, curves, lines, and comfort

The Arch Chair

It is easy to dismiss the Arch Chair as just another lounge chair, but it’s not. This chair designed by Girelli Studio is only a concept, but we can already imagine this being displayed in posh hotel lobbies or luxury homes worldwide.

Girelli Studio’s work appears structural but then is soft with the curves and the natural wood finish. It offers a cozy feeling to anyone who wants to sit on the chair. The design makes it a statement piece ideal for those who like one-of-a-kind chairs.

Designer: Girelli Studio

The Arch Chair

The Arch Chair

The Arch Chair can be a good conversation starter. You will not stop talking about the lines and structural form. It’s more of a chair for lounging with its height and size. It has a slanted seat surface and a backrest made of plywood.

This new chair design is mid-century, but it also reminds us of Japanese architecture, especially with the lines. It blends different shapes to produce a minimalist chair with an architectural influence. The solid chair is a nice piece of furniture. Anyone who will encounter the chair for the first time will find it beautiful.

The Arch Chair

The Arch Chair

The Arch Chair looks like a modern rocking armchair, but it doesn’t really rock. The studio behind this, Girelli Studio, is a multidisciplinary design studio that is into product design. It’s also a design consultancy that focuses on industrial design.

The Arch Chair

The chair design blends different shapes together. Overall, the chair offers a minimalist and architectural feel. Again, we see the Japanese design influence, so you know where the minimalist aesthetic comes from.

The Arch Chair

The Arch Chair rendered images show us the chair is available in darker colors–brown and black–plus a red Arch Chair has also been presented. David Girelli’s design studio has worked on several other furniture pieces. For example, he came up with the Ryokō Armchair we featured last year. It also presented some Japanese design inspiration, especially an old Japanese folding chair from the 1960s.

The Arch Chair

The Arch Chair

The Arch Chair Renders

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A Portable Range Hood for Apartment Kitchens

Every NYC apartment I lived in had a stove, but none had range hoods. Industrial designer Maxime Augay found the same conditions in Europe. So Augay, while pursuing his Masters in Product Design at Switzerland’s ECAL, designed this Portable Kitchen Hood for his graduation project:

“This small extractor catches the cooking smokes and vapors right above the pan, before it rises. It purifies it through two different filters : the oil filter at the front gets rid of the fats, and the activated charcoal filter at the back recycles the air before it is sent back in the room. The handle makes it easy to move around and to hook to save some space when it is not operating.”

It’s a great concept. And Augay, some five years after gaining his degree, still thinks so too: He’s partnered with Smart Product Concepts, a Chinese development company, to launch it on Kickstarter:

At press time the Airhood, as it’s now called, had landed $165,210 on a $20,000 goal, with 31 days left to pledge.

Architect's Brilliant Use of Materials Yields Self-Shading Windows

Architect Doris Sung (we previously covered her here) invented InVert, a brilliant self-shading window system. Over a decade ago, Sung began experimenting with thermobimetals, which are made up of two different metal composites that have been layered into a sheet. Because the selected composites have different rates of thermal expansion, when they are exposed to heat, the sheets will curl:

Sung’s insight was to create a grid of thermobimetal pieces, then sandwich them inside ordinary double-glazed windows.

The result of the arrangement is that when sunlight hits this window, it automatically shades itself, reducing cooling needs by up to 25%:

“What makes thermobimetals smart is that it requires no energy, and no controls,” says Sung, a National Design Award winner. “And that’s a very big deal for architecture.”

Sung has formed a company, TBM Designs, to commercialize the technology.

Creating a Car Model with a 3D Pen: The Takeaway

YouTube is awash in 20-minute videos answering questions we never asked: Can I use tool X to make object Y, I’ll cut this thing in half to show you what’s inside, what happens if I crush this with a hydraulic press, etc. This is one actually might be of interest to anyone who does ID or makes models.

An anonymous craftsman posted this video of himself creating a car model with a 3D pen. If you have 23 minutes to burn, watch it, otherwise skip it and I’ll summarize below.

So yeah, it’s possible, but an incredibly inefficient use of time due to the finishing required.

However, what I did find of potential interest is the technique he used to create the initial wireframe. If you didn’t watch the vid, he drew plan and elevation views of the vehicle, covered them with a sheet of acetate, and traced the 2D images to create slices that he then glued into a 3D wireframe.

With certain objects, I could actually see that being a faster or more accurate way to generate a wireframe than the traditional pliers-and-soldering-gun route.

Standing Flower Bubble Vase

From Denmark-based Studio About (helmed by architect Mikkel Lang Mikkelsen), the Standing Flower Bubble is an elegant and illusory vase, appearing as if the circular vessel (balanced atop a clear base) is floating mid-air. While visually delicate, the mouth-blown glass bubble is made from durable, scratch-resistant borosilicate glass and comes in a range of hues (amber, cyan, blue or green) and different tube heights (tall and low). Price is in Euros.

Bitcoin City in El Salvador takes the Metaverse in the opposite direction

We’ve all heard about bringing cities into the Metaverse, but this city will bring a part of the Metaverse to the real world instead.

AR, VR, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and the lot are the usual culprits cited when talking about the Metaverse. Built on already existing and slightly unrelated technologies, this concept and buzzword is supposed to meld physical and virtual worlds together in an almost seamless fashion. In most cases, it involves recreating many physical things in a digital form, from avatars of ourselves to real-world cities and locations. There’s also a part that will bring digital artifacts into our world, mostly as overlays that can only be seen through screens or headsets. The Metaverse and its friends are already influencing changes in the real world, but perhaps none more daring and a teeny bit bewildering than an entire city founded upon the concept and the “image” of Bitcoin.

Designer: Fernando Romero

It’s not hard to imagine walking into a virtual city whose layout happens to be inspired by the design of a coin. After all, it’s pretty trivial to mold 3D spaces to one’s liking, whether or not they actually conform to the laws of physics. But doing it the other way around and building a real-world city patterned after a digital currency sounds a tad “out of this world,” to put it mildly. And yet that is what El Salvador is embarking on if the construction of this vision actually begins.

Announced late last year by El Salvadorian president Nayib Bukele, the “Bitcoin City” will be built on the side of the Conchagua volcano, which has thankfully never erupted in a very long time. The general layout of the city will be in the shape of a coin, as much as the terrain would allow it to be round, with a central plaza that bears the Bitcoin logo. At least based on the model that was recently unveiled, even the pattern of buildings and roads will give the city a remote semblance to the digital bits that make up all of the digital world as we know it.

Of course, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies don’t exactly have a defined form, despite the “coin” in their names, so this is pretty much an artist’s interpretation of what a city built on it should look like. The designer also opted to paint the model in gold, almost giving it a Game of Thrones opening sequence vibe, but President Bukele assures that the actual city won’t look so pretentious. It will be a mix of greens from trees and blues from the nearby sea, so its associations with Bitcoin can really only be seen from high above. Fortunately, there are also plans to have a viewing deck over the volcano for that very purpose.

Bitcoin City, which might be its actual name, isn’t just a tribute to the first cryptocurrency that made it big. The whole city will be built on Bitcoin, or rather its construction will be funded by the sale of Bitcoin bonds. The city will also be powered by geothermal energy from its neighboring volcano. Of course, that energy will also be used to mine bitcoins, which became El Salvador’s official currency last year, the first and so far only country to adopt a cryptocurrency in this manner.

The city’s design is admittedly enthralling, but its concept and execution will most likely leave many scratching their heads. Basing an economy and an entire city on cryptocurrency is a huge leap of faith, and there have already been signs of trouble even before sales of those bonds have started. Bitcoin City wouldn’t be the first bold enterprise to capitalize on new technological trends, but it is definitely one of the more ambitious ones. One could almost say it is Bitcoin-crazy, and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration, especially considering how the city is designed around a Bitcoin.

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