Thursday, March 06, 2008

Amazing and Wonderful

Beautiful objects and brilliant design...what could be better?



Remember how Buckminster Fuller designed geodesic domes with a dream that all mankind could have affordable, easily constructed homes? (He's one of my favorite all time heros).

These designs are like that...only different. They are for shoes, bags, chairs...things we all use everyday and don't give a second thought.
Well, this company asked how they could design things with zero waste(at least I think that's what they asked..most of their site is in French).
The results are mind blowing. And beautiful. And textural (come on! water cut felt shoes that come flat and you fold them up yourself???!)

IKEA was one of the first companies to do this in this part of the world, with their flat packing ideas. And Kindersurprise. (I always marvel at the cleverness of their tiny toy designs).

It gives me hope for the future of our planet to think that artists and designers are collaborating on ideas like this.


chausson pod, Feutre sérigraphié en pièce
unique, découpe numérique, assemblage par
clés.
Chaque chausson constitue une tuile dans
un pavage périodique hypothétiquement
infini. Les patrons étant contigus, chaque
coupe permet de produire deux pièces. Ceci
est le principe de la «coupe partagée», que
nous exploitons largement dans nos
créations. La rotation des cadres sérigra-
phiques, ainsi que le «bougé» du chemin de
découpe permet de produire des séries
non-standard.

Pod slippers, felt screen printed, original pieces, water-jet cutting, assembly by keys.
Each slipper constitutes a tile of a hypothetically infinite periodic paving. The patterns being contiguous, each cut generates two parts, instead of one. It is the principle of the «share-cut», which we exploit largely in our creations. The rotation of the serigraphic screens, as well as the «bougé» of the cuts, allows the generation of non-standard series.






sac opla, feutre naturel sérigraphié, découpe numérique, assemblage par fermeture zip.
La hauteur du sac opla représente un tiers de la hauteur d’un rouleau de feutre standard. Sa fermeture éclair est une couture amovible, permettant de le monter, mais aussi d’ajouter d’éventuels «périphériques».


hand bag opla, natural felt screen printed, water-jet cutting, assembly by closing zip.
The height of the "opla" bag equals the third of a standard felt roller’s width. Its zip is a removable seam, making it possible to assemble it, but also to add "options".


Pochette cd alvéole imprimée, 20 feuilles en papier recyclé rainé.
Par simple pliage, on obtient une pochette hermétique munie d’une cinématique d’ouverture efficace. Une pastille d’adhésif double-face permet aussi d’animer les murs de range-cds modulaires et ultraplats.


Printed paper CD case, 20 sheets in recycled paper.
Through simple folds, one obtains a hermetic CD pocket with an effective opening kinematics. A two-sided pastille of adhesive also allows to animate one’s walls through the modular assembling of this ultra flat CD case.


pochette cd alvéole imprimable, 20 feuilles papier recyclé rainé, la pochette à plat fait 29,7 cm de long.
Elle peut être imprimée à partir d’une banque de modèles ou être personnalisée avec le logiciel alvéoprint
téléchargeable en cliquant sur la photographie à gauche.


Printable paper CD case, 20 sheets in recycled paper.
Flat, the CD pocket is 29,7 cm length. It can be printed starting from a bank of models, or be personalized whith the software alvéoprint, just click on the image at left .
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1 comment:

Vinj&Kath said...

wow, those are amazing! i'm going to go to the site with my mom in law and get her to read for me!