Culture, Design, Fashion

Naomi Kizhner designed a piece of jewellery that harvests energy from your veins


As the world’s fossil fuels are becomingly increasingly scarce and hard to extract, it’s time to develop new technologies in harvesting energy. Naomi Kizhner, industrial designer and graduate student from Hadassah College in Jerusalem, has created a piece of jewellery that theoretically harvests energy from the wearer’s own body. Kizhner, who describes herself as “a trend theorist that is looking to define the new black — practicing everyday escapism” has made this ‘speculative’ jewellery that is embedded into the person’s veins and uses their blood to turn small wheels inside the device. The piece called Energy Addicts is her final year project and as she explained to Wired “seeks to deal with questions of how to see the world, based primarily on biological energy and what the meaning of biological capital is when the accrual is contingent on biological data”. It is however not meant as a practical source of energy but rather as a discussion piece “about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in the world of declining resources.” Read More »

Architecture, Art, Design

FCB Studios installs mobile ‘observatory’ residences aimed at artists


British architecture firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have commissioned four of their graduate students to design mobile artists’ residences titled ‘The Observatory’. Installed on the chalk hills of South Downs, the residences are built on portable foundations and are set to visit three other locations over the next two years. The first two are called the ‘Study’ and ‘Workshop’. The project combines architecture, art and lanscape through functionality and design. Two small timber structures – that are designed to fit a flat-bed truck – sit on prefabricated pivoting bases that allow the residents to create their own view, while also determining the relationship to one another based on their orientation. The residences are built with sustainable materials, such as locally grown and harvested Siberian larch and Shou Sugi Ban that is used to create a naturally protected exterior cladding. On the inside we find durable and virtually maintenance-less Accoya wood. Each structure is also designed to produce or harness energy: the ‘Study’ produces and stores electricity by use of a solar roof panel while the ‘Workshop’ stores rainwater for consumption and cleaning the artists’ supplies. Read More »

Design, Fashion, Technology

Social Textiles is a piece of social media you can actually wear


Fashion always offered the ability to break the ice by complimenting a stranger at a party who wears something you like. This new project called ‘Social Textiles’ is aimed at turning fashion into a wearable social network that alerts you when a friend is in the neighbourhood and lights up among the like-minded to attract their attention. It’s the latest instalment of MIT’s Tangible Media Group and Fluid Interface Group, a design team that creates everything from shapeshifting displays to reinvented power cords. The Social Textiles project began when a group of MIT students – Viirj Kan, Katsuya Fujii, Judith Amores, and Chang Long Zhu Jin – questioned how tech could make social media more tangible: “If you think about it, our Facebook and Twitter profiles reach and even impact thousands of people every day, but it doesn’t feel like it,” Kan explained to Co.Design. “But while the way we represent ourselves in social media is intangible, what we wear isn’t. We wanted to see if we could merge the two to create social catalysts.” Read More »

Design, Fashion, Photography

Time inspired collection Beating Lines by Marcha Schagen

Collection Beating Lines

Collection Beating Lines

Marcha Schagen graduated from HKU in 2012 (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht) and has been on a journey ever since. She is continuously asking herself how to relate to society as individual and to the creative industry as the artist she is today. After a variety of successful fashion- and performance projects she felt like starting something of her own. Last year she has been working on her project ‘Beating Lines’, a collection that consists of five wearable pieces. ‘Beating Lines’ reflects on moving and rejecting existing preconceived ‘lines’ as a metaphor for barriers and frameworks. Schagens newest collection is a portrayal of development, inspired by the element of time. Read More »

Design, Literature

Penguin Classic paints its orange covers black for its 80th anniversary


We’re certain everyone has at least once picked up a Penguin Classic paperback, characterised by their typical orange covers. Whether it was in a secondhand bookshop, during class, or in one of your grandparents’ bookshelves, the orange hue has become synonymous with great literature. Penguin Books has paid particular attention to the design of its books since recruiting German typographer Jan Tschichold in 1947. The early minimalist designs were modernised by Italian art director Germano Facetti, who joined Penguin in 1961. Now to celebrate the publishing company’s 80th anniversary, they’ll release 80 seminal novels for a mere 80p each. For this series, the iconic orange covers have been painted black and are entitled the ‘Little Black Classics‘.  Read More »