Design archive for 2013-08-18

Knopper Galls

(4 years ago)
Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw.As we move into late summer, fruits and nuts seem to be forming everywhere in all sorts of shapes and colors. While walking through London, these oddly-shaped green acorns caught my eye, with their ridges, knobs and slightly sticky appearance. On closer inspection, most of the acorns were covered with these intricate, ridged growths, called Knopper Galls. The galls result from a chemical reaction in response to the gall wasp (Andricus quercuscalicis), which lays its eggs on the developing acorns. The shapes and textures of the resulting galls are fascinating (and quite variable). The degree of ridging on the gall is thought to be related to the number of larvae competing within the gall and we found as many as three separate galls on a single developing acorn. Their name “Knopper Galls” comes is thought to be derived from the English word ‘knop’, meaning “a small rounded protuberance, boss, stud, button, tassel or the like” and German ‘knoppe’ meaning “a kind of felt cap or helmet worn during the 17th-century”.Galls like the ones we found occur on the Pedunculate or Common Oak tree (Quercus robur), but the wasp also requires a second oak species, the Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris) in order to complete its life cycle. Like aphids, the wasp undergoes both a sexual and asexual components of its life cycle. The knopper galls[..]

Dog Days

(4 years ago)
Designed by Epoch Design | Country: United Kingdom “In 2012, a local 19-year-old entrepreneur approached us in need of a brand, visual identity and packaging for his startup, a Prince’s Trust-funded dog food and pet accessories company. Epoch developed the brand name and created a bright, fun identity with heaps of tail-wagging personality. The new [...]

Blairgowrie House by Wolveridge Architects

(4 years ago)
Small windows scattered across the facade of this house extension outside Melbourne by Australian practice Wolveridge Architects limit the amount of direct sunlight entering the building (+ slideshow). (more...)

Boss Chair byTobias Nitsche

(4 years ago)
German design graduate Tobias Nitsche has developed a chair with a seat and back moulded from lightweight 3D plywood. (more...)

Bestie Currywurst by Scott & Scott Architects

(4 years ago)
Over a hundred peg holes puncture the walls of this currywurst restaurant in Vancouver by Canadian studio Scott & Scott Architects, creating spaces to store furniture, hold lighting and display art (+ slideshow). (more...)

House Extension in Dublin by GKMP Architects

(4 years ago)
Terracotta tiles resembling brickwork cover parts of this house extension in Dublin by Irish practice GKMP Architects (+ slideshow). (more...)

Coors Banquet Special Edition Pint Series

(4 years ago)
Designed by Landor | Country: United States “From its origin as the beverage of choice at Colorado miner banquets to its high-quality ingredients, Coors Banquet is the one and only beer that exemplifies the legendary timeless western spirit. The Banquet Beer celebrates its rich heritage with the limited release of three special edition pint designs, [...]

Vuhl 05 Supercar

(4 years ago)
Dévoilée au début de l’été, petit retour sur la très impressionnante Vühl 05, un petit roadster biplace doté d’un moteur Ford développant 285 chevaux pour un poids total d’à peine 695 kg. Créée par les deux frères mexicains Guillermo et Iker Echeverria, fils du pilote Guillermo Echeverria, découvrez tous les…

House in Buckinghamshire

(4 years ago)
Petit retour sur les excellents travaux du studio McLean Quinlan Architects avec cette magnifique villa construite dans la région du Buckinghamshire en Angleterre. Sobrement baptisée « House in Buckinghamshire » elle offre en outre une très agréable piscine intérieure.Plus de détails en images dans la galerieDescription originaleOur brief for …


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