Debt salt & pepper shakers comment on personal economic crises

The state of the world economy has been shaky since the global recession in 2008, leaving many people jobless and many were even forced out of their homes due to mortgage woes. Consumerist as we are, the economic crisis appears to be heightened when we find that we cannot afford the same luxuries that we could when the inflow of money was smoother. To highlight the severity of personal economic meltdown and just how depressing and overwhelming the current economic climate is, designer Sebastian Errazuriz has created the Drowning in Debt Salt and Pepper Shaker Set.

Drowning in Debt Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

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‘Wooden Foliage’ recreates natural playfulness of dried foliage for the indoors

Designer Rooshad Shroff from Mumbai-based Rooshad Shroff Architecture + Design and designer Jwalant Mahadevwala from Ahmedabad-based AndBlack Design Studio collaborated to create the Wooden Foliage project. Based in Ahmedabad, India, the project was completed on 10th June, 2012. The project is currently on display at in the main plaza of the Ahmedabad, india-based CEPT University’s School of Interior Design (SID). The designers were asked to repurpose wood parts left over from a previous project at the institute into a canopy using the resources available at the institute’s Design Innovation and Craft Resource Center (DICRC).

'Wooden Foliage' by Jwalant Mahadebwala and  Rooshad Shroff

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Stéphanie Van Zwam’s Airborne Collection makes jewelry interactive

The Airborne collection by Central Saint Martins graduate Stéphanie Van Zwam investigates the possibility of the use of air in the creation of jewelry that stimulates the physical senses as well as the viewer’s imagination. The collection uses static air, the movement of air and enclosed air to create stunning yet simple visual. The jewelry thus, essentially forces the wearer to “perform” to bring the full effect of the jewelry to the fore. The entire Airborne collection includes nine pieces including the Zephyrus Wings Statement Piece that is constructed of a plastic, brass tube, carbon fiber rod and a black finish.

Airborne Collection by Stéphanie Van Zwam

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Computer-controlled sun-screen systems – big hit for natural cooling in desert buildings

Sun-Screen Systems

Solar cells and other sustainable sources of energies are widely used as efficient cooling and heating systems in buildings across the world, but two new 25-storied buildings in Abu-Dhabi have come up with a unique innovation to help manage building temperatures effectively. The automated sun-screen systems were designed by globally acclaimed architectural powerhouse Aedas. These sun-screen systems are positioned on the periphery of the buildings and are opened and closed depending on the intensity of the sun’s heat.

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Origami-inspired Viva Docking Speaker fits right into modern Asian decors

Are you tired of picking up decor accessories made of bamboo and rattan to make your Asian-inspired décor appear more authentic? Then, you’re simply going to love this lovely new Viva Docking Speaker by designer Jang se-chan. Inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding AKA origami, the docking speaker comes folded flat though it can simply be twisted and turned into a cube-shaped speaker. The perfect space saving solution for people who do not like to see their countertops, tabletops, shelves and mantle-tops cluttered with audio accessories that are used occasionally.

Origami-inspired Viva Docking Speaker

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Tentsile portable treehouse looks like a inverted pyramid

You’d think a prerequisite to building a tree house would be having trees. But for the innovative designers of the 21st century, no challenge is to too big and a team of designers actually came up with a tree-less tree house in 2010. Dubbed Tentsile, the tree house apparently can be set up almost anywhere even if the particular location has no trees to hang it from whatsoever. For the average user, the Tentsile would appear to be more of an airborne tent or even a covered hammock but its creators insist that it is in fact a portable tree house. Designed to be set up in just half an hour, the portable tree house is made out of waterproof polyester which makes it ideal for use in almost all climates.

Tentsile Portable Tree House

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Tangible Textural Interface, a shape changing stereo crafted using flexible fabric

Sound systems have gone through a variety of changes over the years and each change has been accepted with open arms all across the globe. Taking it a step further is designer Jo Eunhee, who has come with a sound system that will give an all new meaning to touch surfaces.

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