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minus k house’ by KUU in nanhui, shanghai, china
all images courtesy KUU
image © jeremy san / stzernstudio

shanghai-based practice KUU (kok-meng tan, satoko saeki) has sent us images of their most
recent project ‘minus k house’, a private dwelling adjacent to the client’s slipper factory in nanhui, china.
composed of two components – a weekend house and a residence for the worker – the design is
a collection of 3m by 3m volumes that connect to one another to result in a flowing and porous
circulation within.

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We all know alkaline batteries are really bad for the environment if you don’t dispose of them properly. The right thing to do is send them to special recycling centers but hundreds of tons end up in landfills where their toxic innards seep into the earth. Perhaps a good solution is the Energy Seed, an LED lamp post powered by trashed alkaline batteries.

The idea is to encourage people to throw their batteries away into the Energy Seed. There’s a slot for nearly every size battery. The unit combines any left over juice from all the batteries to power a super efficient LED ring.

Of course once the bins are full, we’re left with the same original problem. Somebody has to collect all those spent batteries and recycle them.

Designer: Sungwoo Park & Sunhee Kim

 

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dutch practice seARCH has created ‘synagogue LJG’, a synagogue for the progressive jewish congregation in amsterdam.
riddled with symbolism of the jewish faith, the neutral rectilinear volume generates a simplistic outwards aesthetic which
conceals the building’s complex narrative and inverted sense of spatiality. drawing from both traditional and modern concepts,
the building seeks to create an environment that abstractly emulates the ideals and beliefs at the center of judaism.

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‘towards a poetic morphology’, a temporary installation by the europe-based artist network the cloud collective,
fills a small room with a landscape of letters, together forming robert walser’s poem ‘oppressive light’.

the piece was installed at la fabrique, a former textile printing factory, for the 22nd international poster and graphic design festival
of chaumont
 in france. in the work, a small opening pathway invites visitors to explore the letters and forms, in a windowed room
whose ambiance constantly changes with the sunlight and weather outdoors:

this arrangement in space– strongly affected by sunlight, time and weather– allows the text to slowly detach itself
from its intrinsic meaning and to let form, typography and composition take over. the snowy landscape becomes malleable,
thus creating a multitude of meanings for the observer.

 

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nintendo‘s ‘wii u’ console was just announced at E3 2011, alongside a multi-input game controller for the device
that doubles as its own screen for both gaming and navigation of websites or other media.

the new tablet-sized controller features a 6.2-inch touch screen, framed by traditional button controls (A/B/X/Y buttons,
L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, and two analog circle pads, alongside power, home, start, and select). a built-in gyroscope
and accelerometer permit the gesture-based interaction that defines the game system, while a rumble feature and stereo
speakers provide feedback. the controller also features a camera and microphone.

at 1.8 inches thick, 6.8 inches wide, and 10.5 inches long, the ‘wii u’ console is backwards compatible with all wii accessories
and games, loading 12-centimeter high-density and wii optical discs. up to four wii remote controllers can interface with the device,
which supports HDMI audio and video output, up through 1080p.

together the new products offer new ways of interacting with wii games. the system is designed to switch seamlessly
between viewing on a an external screen and on the controller itself, and in fact a monitor is no longer necessary
for wii devices to interact with one another. in addition, in a golf game, for example, the ‘wii u’ controller can be played
on the floor to simulate the virtual golf ball and the ‘roughness’ of the grass or sand surface, while a wiimote is used as a club.

 

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apanese designer kaori aoi creates home products under the moniker innocent blue.  driven by modernist optimism,
her designs feature novel ways of integrating more light into the home.  an oversized ring-turned-lamp,
‘ring light’, for instance, subverts expectations of scale as well as a diamond’s natural light source.

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andrea claire studio is a new venture of andrea claire lighting, which has been producing custom lamps since 2004.
based in williamsburg, brooklyn, andrea claire studio started in 2010 to specifically develop and launch a new line of bespoke,
green lighting. ‘constantin’ is the first of several designs in development. merging the latest three-dimensional rendering technologies
with a commitment to hand-crafting techniques, the constantin line features a proprietary method of forming bamboo over metal frames
and armatures finished in brushed brass, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze, or chrome. the studio will work closely with its clients to
produce chandeliers that meet specific size and finish requirements while drawing on the unique vocabulary of shapes, materials,
and the hanging systems it has developed.

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israeli designer idan friedman of reddish studio has created a series of portraits embossed into disposable aluminium food trays.
the collection depicts people who are part of friedman’s everyday life, ranging from close friends to passers-by.
the combination of image and material reference historic medallions, and perhaps allude to our present day
lack of appreciation for traditional art forms.
you may see more profiles on friedman’s flickr

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zaha hadid’s mobile art pavilion has found its permanent home outside of the institute du monde arabe in paris
after a world tour – inclusive of new york, tokyo and hong kong – that began in 2008. donated to the institute by chanel,
the unit will aid in the development of broader cultural programs at the center and will host exhibitions that showcase
the talent of designers, artists and architects from arab countries.

conceived through a system of natural organization, the structure is shaped by both functional and conceptual considerations.
fluid geometries and organic lines compose a continuum of fluent and dynamic spaces, where oppositions between light and dark,
interior and exterior and natural and artificial are manufactured. undulating surfaces and flowing volumes converge,
constantly redefining the quality and experience of each exhibition space, while guiding movement throughout.

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