Solar Energy Kiosk by Cream on Chrome serves orange juice made using solar power

Dutch design studio Cream on Chrome has created the Solar Energy Kiosk, which uses sun rays to make orange juice as a way of demonstrating how much solar power is needed to complete simple tasks like squeezing fruit.

The installation was commissioned for The Energy Show in Rotterdam, part of The Solar Biennale festival. It was first previewed at Milan’s Salone del Mobile design fair in June.

Solar Energy Kiosk
The installation is designed to start a conversation about the limits and possibilities of solar power

Intended to explore what the world would look like if it ran purely on solar energy, Cream on Chrome‘s kiosk resembles a conventional drinks van with two large, curved solar panels attached to its roof.

By showing the size of the modules needed to produce a single glass of orange juice, it was designed to provoke a discussion about the possibilities and limitations of solar power.

Rear view of Solar Energy Kiosk by Cream on Chrome
Two large curving solar panels top the kiosk

A display indicates how many minutes of sunlight are needed to produce each cup of juice, varying from less than two minutes in the middle of the day to nearly an hour at dusk.

“The biggest challenge of the energy crisis, and of energy management, is that we still don’t know how much energy we really need,” said The Energy Show curator Matylda Krzykowski. “How much do we actually use on a daily basis?”

“That’s why my first commission for the exhibition was the Solar Energy Kiosk,” she told Dezeen. “I thought it would be nice to implement something that visualises how much energy the sun produces.”

Installation for The Energy Show
Cream on Chrome chose a juice van to stick with the theme of transferring energy

The studio, led by self-described social designers Jonas Althaus and Martina Huynh, decided on a juice stand to play into the idea of energy passing along a sequence.

“Cream on Chrome came up with orange juice, because the calories in an orange actually power you back,” said Krzykowski. “It’s a bit of a circle to visualise and start this conversation.”

As well as starting a conversation, the Solar Energy Kiosk serves as a drop-off point for solar energy ideas in the form of objects, drawings and photographs being collected by The Energy Show exhibition through an open call. Visitors are being invited to share their own initiatives on solar energy, with a selection to become part of the wider exhibition.

The Energy Show – Sun, Solar and Human Power, examines the role of the sun and solar power across history and explores how solar technology could enable a post-fossil-fuel future.

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The kiosk stands at the entrance to The Energy Show in Rotterdam

It is running at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch national museum for architecture, design and digital culture. The Solar Energy Kiosk stands at the entrance to the institute.

The Solar Biennale, of which The Energy Show is the central exhibition, is an initiative from solar designers Marjan van Aubel and Pauline van Dongen taking place from 9 September to 30 October in venues across Rotterdam.

The Energy Show is being exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 3 September 2022 to 5 March 2023. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

The top photo is by Aad Hoogendoorn. The other photography is by Isa de Jong.


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Illustration is by Berke Yazicioglu

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This article is part of Dezeen’s Solar Revolution series, which explores the varied and exciting possible uses of solar energy and how humans can fully harness the incredible power of the sun.

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Jan Hendzel tracks down "super special" London timbers to overhaul Town Hall Hotel suites

Living room of suite 109 in Town Hall Hotel with pink-upholstered sofa and armchair by Jan Hendzel at LDF

Reclaimed architectural timber and wood from a felled street tree form the furnishings of two hotel suites that designer Jan Hendzel has revamped for London‘s Town Hall Hotel in time for London Design Festival.

Suites 109 and 111 are set on the first floor of the Town Hall Hotel, which is housed in a converted Grade II-listed town hall in Bethnal Green dating back to 1910.

Each of the apartment-style suites features a living room with a kitchen alongside a bedroom and en-suite, which Hendzel has outfitted with bespoke furnishings. Like all of the furniture maker’s pieces, these are crafted exclusively from British timbers.

Green-upholsterd armchair by Jan Hendzel
Jan Hendzel has overhauled suites 109 (top) and 111 (above) of the Town Hall Hotel

But for his first interiors project, Hendzel took an even more hyper-local approach with the aim of finding all of the necessary products inside the M25 – the motorway that encircles the British capital.

“We started out with the idea that we could source everything within London,” he told Dezeen during a tour of the suites.

“Some timbers have come from Denmark Hill, some are reclaimed from Shoreditch. And we used Pickleson Paint, which is a company just around the corner, literally two minutes from here.”

Living area of suite 111 in Town Hall Hotel
The living area of suite 111 features green upholstery by Yarn Collective

The reclaimed timber came in the form of pinewood roof joists and columns, which Hendzel found at an architectural salvage yard.

These had to be scanned with a metal detector to remove any nails or screws so they could be machined into side tables and tactile wire-brushed domes used to decorate the suites’ coffee tables.

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Rippled wooden fronts finish the kitchen in both suites

In Suite 111, both the dining table and the rippled kitchen fronts are made from one of the many plane trees that line the capital’s streets, giving them the nickname London plane.

“This London plane is super special because it has come from a tree that was taken up outside Denmark Hill train station in Camberwell,” Hendzel explained. “We couldn’t find timber from Bethnal Green but it’s the closest we could get.”

Dining table set up with rippled bench by Jan Hendzel
The dining table in suite 111 is made from London plane

For other pieces, materials had to be sourced from further afield – although all are either made in the UK or by UK-based brands.

Hendzel used British ash and elm to craft mirrors and benches with intricate hand-carved grooves for the suites, while the patterned rugs in the living areas come from West London studio A Rum Fellow via Nepal.

“People in the UK don’t make rugs, so you have to go further afield,” Hendzel said. “Same with the upholstery fabrics. You could get them here but if they are quadruple your budget, it’s inaccessible.”

Hendzel’s aim for the interior scheme was to create a calm, pared-back version of a hotel room, stripping away all of the “extra stuff” and instead creating interest through rich textural contrasts.

This is especially evident in the bespoke furniture pieces, which will now become part of his studio’s permanent collection.

Among them is the Wharf coffee table with its reclaimed wooden domes, worked with a wire brush to expose the intricate graining of the old-growth timber and offset against a naturally rippled tabletop.

“It’s a genetic defect of the timber, but it makes it extra special and catches your eye,” Hendzel said.

Rippled mirror in Town Hall Hotel suites hotel room by Jan Hendzel
Grooves were hand-carved into the surfaces of mirrors and benches featured throughout the suites

The coffee table, much like the nearby Peng dining chair, is finished with faceted knife-drawn edges reminiscent of traditional stone carving techniques. But while the table has a matt finish, the chair is finished with beeswax so its facets will reflect the light.

Unexpected details such as loose-tongue joints, typically used to make tables, distinguish the Mowlavi sofa and armchair, while circular dowels draw attention to the wedge joint holding together their frames.

Chunky wooden side table in Town Hall Hotel suite 109
Reclaimed architectural timber was used to bedside tables in room 109

Alongside the bespoke pieces, Hendzel incorporated existing furniture pieces such as the dresser from his Bowater collection, presented at LDF in 2020. Its distinctive undulating exterior was also translated into headboards for the bedrooms and cabinet fronts for the kitchens.

These are paired with crinoid marble worktops from the Mandale quarry in Derby, with roughly-hewn edges offset against a perfectly smooth surface that reveals the fossils calcified within.

“It’s a kajillion years old and it’s got all these creatures from many moons ago that have fallen into the mud and died,” Hendzel said. “But then, when they get polished up, they look kind of like Ren and Stimpy.”

Bed with rippled wooden headboard in by Jan Hendzel at LDF
A rippled headboard features in both suites

Going forwards, the Town Hall Hotel plans to recruit other local designers to overhaul its remaining 94 rooms.

Other installations on show as part of LDF this year include a collection of rotating public seating made from blocks of granite by designer Sabine Marcelis and an exhibition featuring “sympathetic repairs” of sentimental objects as the V&A museum.

The photography is by Fergus Coyle.

London Design Festival 2022 takes place from 17-25 September 2022. See our London Design Festival 2022 guide on Dezeen Events Guide for information about the many other exhibitions, installations and talks taking place throughout the week.

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Domus Academy invites young designers to apply to its master's scholarship competition

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Promotion: Milan-based design school Domus Academy invites young talents in design, fashion and business to apply to its competition to win scholarships to study a master’s course or a double award master’s degree.

The highly ranked postgraduate school has a mission to “envision the future and inspire life and people over all the world through design” and has an open and interdisciplinary approach to learning.

A render of people watching a theatrical dance by Lee Mingyeong
Domus Academy is a highly-ranked design school. Image by Tuğçe Şanlıtürk, Malvika Ajay and Evelina Zhelyazkova. Top image by Lee Mingyeong

Designers can apply for a scholarship worth up to €5,500 for the portfolio contest or €9,000 for the project-based contest and can apply to both types of competition.

Portfolio applicants must have a first-level degree or a strong background in fashion, design, architecture, visual arts, communication and/or business, and are invited to submit a portfolio of work and their CV.

Project applicants must submit work along a specific brief, depending on the course they are applying to.

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Young talents can apply to one of the academy’s courses. Image by Daan Snippe

For Masters in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising designers are required to create a global strategy to integrate the “visual identity” of a brand of their choice, while applicants applying for the Masters in Fashion Design are asked to design an “innovative drop fashion collection”.

For those applying for the Masters in Luxury Brand Management and Master in Fashion Management, designers are asked to propose a “customer-centric experience through omnichannel pillars”, while the Masters in Visual Brand Design course requires them to create a communication campaign to showcase diversity and inclusivity.

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Domus Academy is giving young designers the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to study one of its courses. Image by Shivangi Aggarwal, Ching Tung Givy Lee and Chang Tzu-Min

Designers can also apply for the Masters in Business Design and should present an analysis of a crowdfunding project that has been successful over the last five years.

Other master’s degrees that young designers can apply to include Masters in Interior and Living Design, Masters in Urban Vision and Architectural Design, Masters in Service Design, Masters in Interaction Design, and Master in Product Design.

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The school has an open and interdisciplinary approach to learning. Image by Ruijun Yu

Applicants must apply before 7 October 2022, with courses beginning in February 2023, and all applications should be submitted on Domus Academy’s website.

Domus Academy opened in 1982 and was one of the first post-graduate design schools in Italy.

The academy has since won multiple awards for its teaching and is now recognised among the top three design schools in Italy. It is also one of the top 100 art and design universities in the world, according to the 2022 edition of the QS World University Rankings.

To view more about Domus Academy’s courses and its competition, visit its website.

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Mále Uribe unveils salt mural made lithium-extraction waste

Architect Mále Uribe has unveiled the Salt Imaginaries exhibition of works created from discarded salt from lithium extraction in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Located in Santiago, the exhibition aims to draw attention to the salt waste produced during lithium extraction in the Atacama Desert and reconsider the value of this material.

The Salt Imaginaries exhibition opened in Chile at the end of August

“I came to Chile to look at all the discarded salts that are produced during lithium extraction at evaporation ponds in the Atacama Desert,” Uribe told Dezeen.

“Salt Imaginaries is part of a larger proposal to re-think the value of minerals found in the Atacama Desert, understanding them as carriers of natural and cultural value,” she continued.

The featured work includes a wall of rock samples from the Atacama Desert and a sylvinite mural

At the centre of the exhibition is a 3.5-metre-long mural made entirely from discarded salt, which is a waste product created when the underground brine containing lithium is placed in evaporation pools to extract the mineral.

Produced in collaboration with the Advanced Technology Laboratory for Mining, the mural comprises over 800 triangular tiles.

Salt Imaginaries exhibition in Chile by Mále Uribe
The mural is made from 800 angular tiles arranged into a 3.5-metre panel

The mural was made with individual tiles with a triangular base in two inverted shapes, so they can be arranged in multiple ways to create different geometrical compositions,” said Uribe

The intention is to create a sense of order, of geometric alignments that contrasts with the unexpected shapes in which salt crystallises in the territory, and also contrasting with the chaotic perceptions usually attached to mining tailings and waste.

Salt from the Atacama Desert was used to create the tiles

At the centre of the exhibition is a totem formed of nine cone-shaped modules which Uribe left submerged in Chilean lithium ponds to crystallise over a one-month period.

A geological panel on one wall displays 24 rock samples sourced from the lithium ponds of Salar de Atacama, Chile’s largest salt flat. Uribe selected the rocks while working with the communities and on expedition trips.

Totem pole made entirely from discarded salts with nine stacked modules
Nine stacked modules crystallised in the Lithium pools make up the central totem

Th earchitect hopes that her work will demonstrate the versatility of salt as a design material and highlight the value of discarded materials.

“I think we need to change the way we think about extracting natural resources, where we take what we need while ignoring all the matter and ecosystems involved in the process,” said Uribe.

“From a multidisciplinary approach that collaborates with art, science and design, the project aims to reuse Lithium discarded salts in ways that – besides creating new functional & economic value – can capture new symbolic and aesthetic dimensions,” she continued.

“Basically, waste and value are culturally constructed concepts, and art & design have the power to invert them, or at least re-imagine them. These materials and art pieces intend to connect us back to the incredible energy of minerals that have been shaping our planet way before humans appeared.”

Rock samples from Atacama Desert in Chile on yellow wall
Rock samples from a Chilean salt flat were mounted on a yellow wall

Uribe previously created a salt-focused installation at the Design Museum in London. Other projects exploring the potential of salt as a material include a glass-like cladding material made from salt crystals and salt-covered vegan furniture.

The photography is by Francisco Ibáñez.

Salt Imaginaries is on display at Galería Gallo in Chile until 14 October. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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Ten student showcases from universities based in the USA

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Dezeen School Shows: student projects from architecture, interiors and design courses at USA universities are included in this roundup of Dezeen School Shows.

The selection features designs from institutions across the country, including the University of Oregon, California Baptist University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington DC and the School of Design in New York.

Dezeen School Shows provides universities with an affordable digital platform to put the work of their students in front of Dezeen’s global audience of over three million monthly readers.

Here are ten school shows presenting student projects from universities based in the USA:


Exploded architectural model on a grey background

University of Oregon
Architecture

The University of Oregon presented 10 student projects from the school’s architecture courses, including a music hall based in Vancouver that is designed to withstand rising sea levels.

The showcase also features a plastic recycling hub that reuses waste plastic in the building’s structure and a forest research centre that promotes local land stewardship while providing the resources for natural disaster relief.

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Render of an outdoor red steel market structure

California Baptist University
Architecture Programme

A poetry museum with contemplative interior spaces and a building informed by immersive esport technology are included in this showcase by students at California Baptist University.

The school show includes 11 architecture projects from the university’s College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design.

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Person presenting at a board with sketch characters overlayed

Illinois Institute of Technology
Master of Design

Illinois Institute of Technology showcased five postgraduate design projects by students studying at the school’s Institute of Design.

Among the projects featured is a design that connects remote workers with each other to reduce feelings of loneliness and an informative anti-racist pop-up that travels around the city of Chicago.

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Architectural render of an outdoor courtyard

Drexel University
BArch, BS Interior Design, MS Interior Architecture and MS Design Research

An entertainment venue that combines film and architecture to induce an emotional reaction from visitors is featured in this school show by students at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The showcase includes 14 projects by students enrolled in the university’s BArch, BS Interior Design, MS Interior Architecture and MS Design Research courses.

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3D digital model of a curved high rise building in a city plan

Savannah College of Art and Design
Master of Architecture, BFA Architecture, MFA Furniture Design, BFA Furniture Design, MFA Interior Design, BFA Interior Design and BFA Preservation Design

Savannah College of Art and Design presented 15 projects by students enrolled in the school’s architecture, interiors and furniture design courses.

Included in the showcase is an olive-hued lounge chair that forms part of a three-piece furniture collection and a large-scale urban intervention in Bogota, Colombia.

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Collage of black and city architectural isometric city drawings

Tulane School of Architecture
Architecture Thesis Studio

An architectural intervention set in the metaverse and a memorial site at the port of Beirut are included in this school show from Tulane School of Architecture.

The institution, which is based in New Orleans, Louisiana, presented 10 architecture thesis studio projects in the showcase.

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Four renders of a 3D model of a geometric white building across a forest landscape

University of Kentucky College of Design
Undergraduate and graduate design studios

The University of Kentucky College of Design showcased 10 student projects from the university’s undergraduate and postgraduate design studios at the School of Architecture.

The school show includes a landmark that emphasises the creativity of Kentucky artisans and an art project that aims to connect people to nature.

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Perspective interior render of an atrium space with hanging pendant lights

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Interior Architecture Master of Fine Arts (MFA) – Studio 5

A marketplace designed with a botanical garden is included in this showcase by graduates of Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University.

The school show features 10 postgraduate projects from the institution’s Interior Architecture Master of Fine Arts course.

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Interior render of a double-height space with circular circulation core

School of Visual Arts
Senior Thesis

The School of Visual Arts in New York presented 10 design projects by students enrolled in the Senior Thesis course.

Among the projects featured is an agricultural centre that aims to address issues of food access and an experimental fashion centre that combines design and research.

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Hand drawn image of a market interior in pink hues

Virginia Commonwealth University
Interior Design Thesis Studio

A library that encourages social interaction and a rehabilitation space with curved organic forms are featured in this school show from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The showcase includes 12 thesis projects by students studying at the school’s Department of Interior Design.

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This sleek electric toothbrush uses a MagSafe-inspired magnetic wireless charging dock

You have to admit, MagSafe was always a little too impressive. Aside from being convenient (you don’t need to align ports and chargers, or worry about whether the jack is plugged in), MagSafe was just satisfying. A simple snapping sound would tell you that your device, be it your MacBook or your iPhone, was securely connected to the charger. Why am I talking about MagSafe in a piece that’s very clearly about a toothbrush? Because the Mode Electric Toothbrush comes with that same reliably convenient snapping action. Meet Mode – a slick-looking toothbrush that charges as easily as it cleans your teeth. Armed with a magnetic dock that plugs right into a standard socket, Mode lets you snap the toothbrush onto the dock when you’re done brushing. Once it snaps in place, not only does it conveniently stay there till you need it again, it also charges its batteries so you’re at 100% always, all the time.

Designer: Enlisted Design

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Mode quite rightfully ditches wires entirely with its design. Wires are clumsy, and in the bathroom, even more so. Mode simply comes with a magnetic dock that plugs into a socket, keeping your toothbrush at hand’s length. It doesn’t clutter your bathroom countertop and given most basins have plug points located nearby (for hairdryers, shavers, etc.), the Mode remains conveniently within access.

The toothbrush embodies a visual cleanliness that feels incredibly modern, opting for a matte black finish with no frills, overtly ergonomic curves, flashy bristles, etc. The brush looks undeniably sleek to the extent of feeling futuristic and comes with an aluminum body, rubber grip, and soft tapered bristles that vibrate at 38,000 times per minute to remove plaque and debris from your teeth and gums gently but effectively. To ensure maximum use, Mode’s detachable bristle-head lets you replace your bristles periodically, increasing your electric toothbrush’s overall lifespan while reducing plastic and e-waste.

Mode’s dock, however, is perhaps the area of design intervention that feels the most impressive. The dock securely holds your brush after you’re done, charging it simultaneously. Got switches or plug points coming in the way? The dock rotates 90°, turning horizontal so your brish doesn’t end up blocking anything else. The most impressive bit? A backlight built into the dock automatically activates in the dark, turning your Mode toothbrush into an ambient night-light of sorts, so you’re never fumbling around in the dark for switches!

The patent-pending Mode toothbrush is built to be IPx7 waterproof, while the dock itself is IPx4 splash-resistant. A full charge gives you 30 days of use, so you can pack the Mode brush into your travel kit and go on a holiday without needing to carry your dock along with you. For $165, you can snag the brush and dock as a one-time purchase, or opt for a subscription package for $150 which allows you to buy replaceable heads every 3 months for just $10. The Mode Electric Toothbrush comes with a 30-day risk free trial period, and a lifetime warranty on the product.

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This electric scooter fit for a Bond movie is something you can own right now

Electric scooters are the rage in modern times given their compact form and practical aesthetics. The two-wheeled rides are well suited for urban landscape, and their minimal carbon footprint is mild on the already battered planet. Most electric scooters are made out of plastic material but if you’re someone who’s craving a classy electric commuter, look no further than the Nano designed by Bandit 9.

One can call it the luxury option of electric scooters as the Nano has been designed with maximum precision. Every curve and edge are refined to the last possible intricate details. Bandit 9 views the two-wheeler as one belonging to a “modern art exhibition” riding on the streets of “Paris during Fashion Week.”  We like to portray it as one fit for a Bond movie though.

Designer: Bandit 9

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Crafted out of Rolex steel (904L) and polished in an attractive silver finish, the scooter is laden with a lasting impression. The makers have created two separate versions of the electric ride– Nano variant that maxes out at a top speed of 45 km/h and Nano+ model capable of going at 75 km/h. The range on them is the same as they both clock 60 miles on a full charge of the 4.2 kWh battery juiced up in just four hours.

The all-metal finish of the electric scooter exudes luxury in the glossy silver hue and the makers are rightful in portraying the Nano as an object to behold with the eyes. The front section is covered completely in the body frame molded out of a single piece of metal. That gives the electric wheel hub motor-powered scooter an elongated retro feel. From the rear, the Nano looks like a modern moped in its best possible version, and will surely appeal to the young crowd.

Bandit 9 claims that the electric motor requires little or no maintenance at all which is another advantage to owning it. The Nano base model comes for a price tag of $4,499 and the Nano+ version costs a bit more at $4,990. While this electric scooter is quite steeply-priced, for someone who values class in things they own, this is worth the investment.

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Nothing just cryptically revealed a new (old) pair of TWS Earbuds

It’s not entirely clear if Nothing is releasing an upgrade to the Ear (1) TWS earbuds, but the rumor mill seems to indicate that their latest product, the Nothing Ear (Stick) is simply a new charging case for their existing TWS earbud design from last year.

I bet you have a lot of questions. Don’t worry, so do I. The announcement (or rather reveal) for the Ear (Stick) dropped rather unexpectedly, without as much as a poster or keynote to mark its moment. Revealed as an accessory at Chet Lo’s SS23 fashion show on the runway, the Ear (Stick) seems to be a new case design for the Ear (1) buds. Unlike the old case that’s square-shaped, this one is styled to be the same shape and size as a lipstick (or if you’re looking for a less glamorous term, a nebulizer). It’s unfair to assume or speculate that the earbuds with the Ear (Stick) are simply the older earbuds. As far as we know, the design hasn’t changed, although Nothing did indicate that maybe this new SKU will get some sort of revamp in the form of a spec upgrade.

Designer: Nothing

Without getting too much into the actual art direction of the images (I never really understood experimental fashion, tbh), let’s just analyze the tech before us. Pei has often claimed that Nothing aims at doing things differently, creating an ecosystem that’s open to all and that’s designed to shake the status quo. Without any details on the Ear (Stick), it’s difficult to really make critiques on the company’s implementation of the philosophy… however, the Ear (Stick) does look different from any other TWS case from a major company. They also open differently, by rotating the transparent outer cylinder to have the cutout on it match up with the TWS earbuds in the inner cylinder.

Maybe there’s also an ecosystem feature in play (who knows, the earbud case could also unlock your Tesla or something), although one thing stands out… the company has touted the phone (1)’s ability to reverse-charge devices like TWS earbuds simply by placing them on top of the phone (1)’s coil. This seems unlikely with the Ear (Stick) given its cylindrical shape will probably roll right off the phone.

With this announcement, it’s expected that Nothing will reveal more details about the Ear (Stick) over time. If anything, the company’s mastered the art of the reveal, leaking out bits strategically to fans and the media… like the Glyph Interface was first debuted in March, 4 months before its launch in July!

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Natural energy-free air conditioner uses the cooling properties of terracotta to regulate temperatures

Working on a principle that’s about as old as mankind itself, the Nave Air Conditioning System uses terracotta’s evaporative cooling abilities to naturally regulate temperatures without requiring any electricity or complex electronics. It’s fairly sustainable, and has zero emissions, offering a nifty low-tech way to keep spaces cool in the summers.

Designed by Yael Issacharov, the Nave bases itself on the Palestinian Jara – a traditional terracotta water container that would be hung from the ceiling of a room, working as both a water cooler and a room cooler. Nave, with its larger size and intricate design helps cool rooms too, while also serving as a sculptural artpiece that’s a part of a room’s decor. Designed in both floor-standing units as well as wall-mounted panels, Nave can be placed in any part of a house and begins working the minute you pour water into its hollow internal structure.

Designer: Yael Issacharov

Designed to be customizable and modular, Nave integrates wonderfully into spaces thanks to its unique Arabesque-inspired design. The grill patterns are a major hat-tip to the Nave’s humble Arabic origins, and add a wonderful touch to a room’s aesthetic.

The way Nave works is rather simple. Water inside the hollow vessel travels outwards through the porous terracotta walls. As it does, it gradually evaporates and turns to water vapor – a reaction that absorbs heat from the air around it, cooling the terracotta, the water, as well as the room you’re in… without any electricity or emissions. The technology’s also been seen implemented in cooling down subway stations, and also in low-tech cooler-humidifiers for small apartments.

The Nave Air Conditioning System is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2022.

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Action camera for your pet comes with built-in clip that fixes onto any collar

Ever looked at your pet and wondered what they’re thinking? Although that just isn’t physically possible given current technology, you can, however, see what they’re seeing! The KIVI is a GoPro-inspired camera that’s designed to strap directly onto a pet collar, giving you the most glorious PoV of all time. Just plug it on your dog while playing fetch or at the beach, or onto your cat while you’re at work, and you can live the good life right from their perspective. Plus I like the idea of being able to see yourself the way your pet sees you!

Designer: Eli Lan

The KIVI Pet Camera is an action cam designed to be collar-compatible. Although most cameras are human-centric, the KIVI raises the question – Why should sapiens have all the fun?!

Armed with a single lens sitting in a cube-shaped form (with a built-in flashlight no less), KIVI sits on your pet’s collar, recording everything they do and see. There aren’t any details on the action camera (given that it’s a form exercise and not a professional concept), but I’d imagine that without a display (like the one on the GoPro), the KIVI has a fairly long battery life. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had a robust stabilization system either, given how frisky pets can be.

The KIVI Pet Camera also comes with a charging dock that allows it to replenish its battery after a long day of recording.

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