Monday, 15 September 2014

>> Technology: The Worlds First 3D-Printed Car


Jay Rogers and the team of Local Motors

You and I knew, that it was only a matter of time until somebody would attempt to 3D-print a fully functional car! Well it is 2014 and THAT TIME has now arrived. Jay Rogers and the team of his Arizona-based company Local Motors made it happen! In a total of only 44 hours, they printed all the necessary parts and put them together at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in front of hundreds of interested witnesses. The 2-seater was named 'Strati' which means 'layer' in Italian and looks to us like a XXL Playmobil car. (in a good way :) See the fascinating video of its production below or read a full length interview with Jay Rogers on this project and the future of auto manufacturing at Inc.com. If someone could print us a silver one.. that would be AMAZING, thank you.


(photo and video via LocalMotors.com)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

>> Campers - You Are So Going To LOVE This!



If you are reading our Blog on a regular basis, you are probably an adventurer! :) Good! If camping is one of your favorite activities, we have got some great news for you: The invention of 'the anywhere bed' or Cot One. This genius product by Helinox, is with a total of 2 kg a very light weight to carry around. It is easy to build and can hold a person of up to 150 kg! So after a long day of hiking and kilometer long walks through the forest, this could be your ticket to a good night of comfortable sleep. For more info click HERE.




Wednesday, 10 September 2014

>> Last Chance To See The London BookBenches


'Around The World in 80 Days' at Stanfords

You have exactly until the 15th of September (which is in 5 days!!) to take a look at one of the 51 book bench sculptures that are spread across London in a collaboration between The National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art. The benches are formed in the shape of open books and have been illustrated by professionals as well as local talent.

'Bridget Jones Diary' at City Trail

Agatha Christie at Bloomsbury Trail

Paddington Bear at Riverside Trail

This project is about 'exploring the capital’s literary connections and to celebrate reading for enjoyment.' All BookBenches will be collected from their locations soon and auctioned off on the 7th of October at a special event at the Southbank Centre. You can buy tickets here or bid for your favorite bench online.

'The Jungle Book' at Greenwich Trail

(all photos © BooksAboutTown.org.uk)

Saturday, 6 September 2014

> Cool & Clever: Products To Save You Space



Honestly, would we ever bring you something that is not ridiculously cool? NO! Check out these products, that will not only help you solve a task, they will also occupy as little space as possible. For example, the lounge chair above or 'Sessel' as we say in German. You can not just hang out on it, you can also neatly store your DVDs in it. Very useful and extremely convenient!



Another intelligent solution, is  the ironing table that closes upwards into a cabinet with a mirror. Open it 10 minutes before you leave for an important appointment, to get your shirt wrinke-free last minute. For more astonishing examples, go to ColorsAndJoy.com now. PS. If you live in a tiny apartment, the chair below is what you and your guests must have been hoping for. :)



(photos via ColorsAndJoy.com)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

>> Our Instagram Favorites: Domenic Bahmann



Hey! Our Instagram recommendation this time, is Domenic Bahmann. The artist and maker of things, is based in Canberra, Australia. His artwork is 'a mixture of assignments and personal work.' On his website he is sharing, that he is always seeking new ways to see the world and that his ideas are based on daily observations.




Domenic likes to use every day situations and objects like fruits, food or leafs, to create logos, animals and friendly faces. We think he would be the perfect candidate, to illustrate a children's book! His creations are optimistic and light-hearted. Give him a follow on Instagram or take a look at his other projects at StopThinkMake.com.


(all photos © Domenic Bahmann)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

>> Interesting Design: A Violin-Shaped Pool



Somebody in the NYC area must have a thing for stringed instruments! Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping is a US based company, that can make the most unusual pool concepts a reality. Today we want to show you one of their recent accomplishments, as requested by a client: A custom-built pool in the shape of a 1700’s era Stradivarius Violin.



  
Included are: 12-person overflow spa with independent LED lighting, 2 fish filled koi-ponds to represent the violin's bow and 5760 strands of fiber optic lighting, which will shine bright at night time and can even be synchronized with music. If you want to find out more about this unique project and its details, visit the Cipriano company website.



Monday, 1 September 2014

>> Frozen: Discover The Beauty Of Iceland


photo by Alexandre Deschaumes

Until just now, Iceland was not exactly on our 'must visit' travel wishlist. But as more and more spectacular images emerge, we are kind of intrigued by the sights of the Nordic country. With a population of only 325,671 on an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. There is much to see!

photo by Milko Marchetti

photo by Menno Schaefer

photo by Manisha Desai

With Reykjavik as its capital, the Nordic country offers some rural sights and lots of space for explorers, which makes it a dream come true, for every aspiring nature-photographer. Communicate in Icelandic or listen to the interesting North Germanic language, that is spoken in some areas. Visit BoredPanda.com now, to go up north.

 photo by Wim Denijs

 (photos via BoredPanda.com)

Friday, 29 August 2014

> Wow: Futuristic Designs For Your Household


Cloud Couch Concept 
by David Koo and Zheng Yawei

Today, we have got some highly futuristic product designs for you. Whoa, we are so ahead of our time. :) Taking a nap on the cloud above looks dreamy! So how does it work? The magnetic power of the base will levitate the fluffy upper cushion and keep you floating, if everything works out. We would really like to know, what the weight limit is and if 2 people can sit on there together.

Toyo Isola S Kitchen Island by Toyo Kitchen

If you do not recognize the purpose of this ying and yang design, we can clear it up for you. This, is an electric cooker including sink and an area to cut the food. Once you have prepared your meal, you can sit down at the big round family dining table below. It glows in blue and can also be closed, to save space. Interested? Go to Hongkiat.com for more futuristic and useful inventions.


Kure Family Dining Table by Faith Can Sarioz 

(images via Hongkiat.com