The design story behind the HomeStove and BioLite’s mission to bring clean cooking to emerging markets. Many households in developing markets face an energy paradox: rates of consumer electronics ownership (such as a mobile phone) outpace rates of electrification, requiring people to spend time and money charging their devices at recharge shops. The male heads of household may not care about a cookstove, but they definitely care about keeping their phones on. BioLite saw this underserved need and realized it could convert a small portion of energy from a cooking fire into usable electricity, accessible via a USB port. The stove now had the potential to become an energy hub for the home, solving for both cooking and charging needs.
The Sea Me collection is an attractive attempt to reconcile the bounty and ecological vulnerability of the ocean. Designer Nienke Hoogvliet has researched the design applications of recycled and naturally produced sea materials for over two years, and her findings are both surprising and attractive.
As one of the most celebrated architects today, Frank Gehry has influenced the world of art and architecture immensely throughout his career spanning over six decades. Using imaginative designs and materials, his breathtaking buildings have reshaped the urban landscape forever. But, his interests exceed the architecture. Frank Gehry lamps will be on view at Gagosian Gallery Rome in the exhibition entitled Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps. These animated and dynamic light sculptures are the result of his interests in other artistic forms such as sculpture and furniture. As fish have become a recurrent motif throughout his practice, he revisited some of his old ideas to produce this new body of work. Each of these Fish lamps is unique and made by hand.
The first museum in Japan devoted entirely to architectural models opened recently, aimed at archiving and preserving the miniature prototypes of Japanese architects’ structures now scattered around the world. Located in a large Tokyo warehouse in the Shinagawa district, Archi-Depot holds models designed by esteemed names including Kengo Kuma, picked to design the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium; Riken Yamamoto; andShigeru Ban, known for his attention to environmental-friendly details. Among the displays are everything from three-dimensional preliminary studies to polished final models, offering a visual timeline of building construction that is rarely seen by the public, particularly in the same place.
In his latest series of illustrations, Alfred Basha depicts a series of images where animals merge with the natural world: trees sprout into the silhouettes of foxes or squirrels, and a forest landscape rests atop a lumbering bear. Basha shares most of his sketches and completed drawings on Facebook.
Sculptor Polly Verity interlocks domes, orbs, and other curved structures by strategically folding large sheets of paper. The result of these intricate manipulations is landscapes of patterns that seem to rise effortlessly from their 2D material. Her works tesselate from one shape to the other, repeating both hard-edged and curved shapes throughout the folded sculptures. You can see more of these dexterous forms on her Flickr and Instagram.