Design archive for 2013-06-17

Joe Pipal's Sweatshop at Show RCA 2013

(7 years ago)
Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she visits the London graduate showcases!One of my highlights from the Kensington campus of Show RCA 2013 was this fun project from Joe Pipal called Sweatshop that brings manufacturing back into cities and allows users to engage with the making process. His Sweatshop system is an all-in-one factory, but uses a minimum of mechanization, employing a traditional process of steaming hardwoods (in the chamber beneath the table), then bending them into shape using templates and clamp on the work surface. The resulting steam bent wood benefits from all strength of the original wood, unlike plywood and other laminates which rely on glue for their strength. The process also produces minimal waste and the products which can be produced by such a method are surprising, including the sweatshop chair and adorable two bend bike for toddlers. More photos on the next page.TO PAGE 2 of "Joe Pipal’s Sweatshop at Show RCA 2013"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See +

Eclipse Speaker by Jack Huston

(7 years ago)
Curves vs. weight is the idea designer Jack Huston explores with Eclipse, a speaker design "based in type and graphical or iconic arrangements."

Kontum Indochine Cafe by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

(7 years ago)
Fifteen conical bamboo columns support the roof of this waterside cafe designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects at a hotel in central Vietnam (+ slideshow). (more...)

Sleek, Warm Interior: Apartment LA by David Guerra

(7 years ago)
A Brazilian apartment that brings a bit of country coziness to a sleek urban dwelling in the big city.


(7 years ago)

28Posti Restaurant by Francesco Faccin

(7 years ago)
This little restaurant in Milan was designed by Italian architect Francesco Faccin and built by inmates from a local prison (+ slideshow). (more...)
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