Holiday gift guides are being overtaken by remote-control flying spheres (are our cities next?). The technology for computerized self stabilizing helicopters is so ubiquitous, that they are popping up on many wish lists. Perhaps the Tacocopter and Eco-Drone are not too far behind.
Posts tagged design
WOW! This building is amazing…
Seed Cathedral by Thomas Heatherwick
Some amazing and very cool medical and disaster aids design here. Check it out.
The Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year exhibition never ceases to inspire - after all, seeing last year’s Universal Gown encouraged me to start this blog in the first place. It was disappointing to discover no photography was allowed, as its such a great way for people to interact with and remember the exhibition. The projects themselves, however, were as diverse and intriguing as ever.
Medical design has always been something I’m interested in, so it was wonderful to see life changing products being improved, developed and appreciated. Andrew Slorance, a wheelchair user, designed the Carbon Black model to remove the stigma associated with such medical products. The wheelchair is sleek, fast and can be disassembled by the user easily - see it in use here.
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design - associates of the RCA - produced an incredible ambulance redesign after six years of research. The designers worked closely with paramedics and medical experts to product a concept that focuses on the patient’s health and experience. The central stretcher makes the patient the centre of all work, and a digital monitor sends information about their condition ahead to the hospital. Sterile, colour coded cabinets house packs for common treatments.
However the stand-out product definitely had to be Arthur Brutter & Ido Bruno’s Earthquake Proof Table. This incredible piece of engineering would remain structurally intact, even if a tonne of debris was to fall on the table top. It would provide protection for children in schools in earthquake prone areas, and if lined up could create a channel for rescuers to access those in trouble. Unbelievably it’s still light enough to be carried by two children. (If there’s one thing you do today, watching this video is well worth it).
Gorgeous chairs, a landmine detonator and wind reactive glass all contributed to making this a highlight of the Design Museum calendar. I look forward to the results in April!