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Dutch artist’s “smart highway” glows in the dark

How would the world look if commonplace elements like roads and highways were designed by artists rather than by engineers? A glimpse can be seen in the work of internationally renowned Dutch artist and inventor Daan Roosegaarde whose Smart Highway in the Netherlands has recently been tested. The glow-in-the-dark road is the first section of what could eventually be a much larger project. Photo-luminescent paint absorbs solar energy by day and releases it as light at night, making the highway more visible and therefore safer for drivers. “The landscape becomes an experience of light and information,” the artist’s studio says. “As a result this increases visibility and safety.” Beyond the ... Read More »

Toronto designer’s flower chair wins NYC competition

Congratulations to Toronto designer Andrew Jones. His entry in a New York City chair competition has been selected from the 679 entries submitted. Jones’s winning chairs will be placed in a waterfront park in Manhattan known as Battery Park. The prize is $10,000 and the creation of 300 of the chairs. According to the New York Times, the park, which is operated by the non-profit Battery Conservancy, wanted a chair with “fabulous design” because one of the group’s goals is to foster “aesthetic literacy.” The competition was announced in 2012 and drew 679 entries from fifteen countries. The Times reports that once a short list of five finalists had been ... Read More »

Animal chairs from Maximo Riera continue to amaze

Looking for a piece of furniture that’s really different, something you can be pretty sure no one—but no one—else will have among your circle of friends? Have you considered a “sculptural seating entity” designed by Spanish artist, sculptor, poet and designer Maximo Riera? He is most famous for his series of animal chairs, and there is no getting around it: they are peculiar. Some would say hideous, but that’s a matter of taste. It’s safe to say that where these creations are concerned, context is all. They probably wouldn’t do at all in a room that’s otherwise filled with conventional furnishings—or would they? Riera says that he chose to design ... Read More »

Personal “thermal bubbles” could replace central heating, says visionary

Using a remotely controlled thermostat, we can already control the heat in our personal environments, i.e., our homes, over time. With a device like the Nest thermostat, for example, we can program the home temperature to rise to 20 degrees at 5 PM on Thursdays, and drop to 15 degrees at 9 AM on Saturdays. But what if we could control heat in our personal space as well as in time? This is the thinking of Italian architect and visionary Carlo Ratti, who has become known for his highly innovative ideas about smart technology and responsive architecture. At his Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Lab, Ratti designed a system ... Read More »

Where to buy great design for your home

On your recent trip to the French Alps town of Saint-Martin de Belleville, you stayed at the Chalet la Transhumance, where you were struck by the beauty of the architecture, and by the furnishings. A little chair particularly caught your eye. It was just what you had been looking for, perfect for your study at home,  but you hadn’t seen anything as nice in any of the stores. You asked about it, and learned that it is called the Otto Con Braccioli, the work of one of Europe’s best known designers, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. How does one go about getting one of these beautiful chairs for oneself? Can one contact the ... Read More »

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