Minimalist lifestyle brand, MUJI, unveiled MUJI Huts at Tokyo Design Week! The micro living spaces cater to simple and (presumably) mostly solitary pleasures. 3 different designers came up with 3 distinct types of huts: Naoto Fukasawa (Wooden Hut), Jasper Morrison (Cork Hut), and Konstantin Grcic (Aluminum Hut). Set to hit the market in 2017 at 3-5 million yen or $30,000 – $50,000 CND, check out more images below! Or, if you live in Vancouver, just head straight to the comments and rant about housing prices!
Experimental, interactive technology from MIT’s Tangible Media Group. Led by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, TMG is concerned with Tangible User Interface (TUI) and bridging the gap between the physical and digital world. In less complicated terms, LineFORM is basically a robotic line that can change shape! Check out the video below to see some cool potential uses for this technology!
Japanese studio, Nendo, takes minimalism to the next level with this insanely thin table design called the “Border Table“. Part of a solo exhibition at “Eye of Gyre” gallery in Omotesando, Japan for Tokyo Designers Week 2015, this piece is pretty much the perfect blend of functionality and optical illusion! See more images below!
Kinda like a highly-advanced tape gun, only one that gives you a sense of how furniture will look/feel in your home before you go to the hassle of installing it. Video of the Protopiper by German tech university Hasso Plattner Institute’s The Human Computer Interaction Lab below!
Emerging from the belief that texture influences taste, design studio Nendo has come up with 9 different types of chocolate all made from the same “raw materials” and according to the same size (26 x 26 x 26 mm) but varying in things like roughness, smoothness, hollowness etc. Each is also named after a specific Japanese expression related to texture. Check out more images from this insanely meticulous project below!
Not much else to say. There’s just something so satisfying about watching this curb roller do its thing. Click below for the full video!
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own piece of “Martian Atmosphere” or 19,551 year old “Mammoth Meat,” this Kickstarter is for you! Hans Fex, creator of the first Mini Museum, has just announced another hand-crafted, limited-edition collection, filled with curiosities that are truly out of this world! More images and video below.
Another bike-based projection project, this time by Swiss coder and graphic designer, Michael Flückiger. Made using “a speedometer, a projector, a car battery, an iPad mini and OpenFrameworks,” Flückiger’s bicycle casts a projection made to look like the shadow of an elephant walking and/or galloping (depending on how fast he peddles).
Wait… Do elephants gallop? Is “stampeding” inaccurate if there’s only one?
Watch the video and feel free to weigh in on the whole “galloping” thing in the comments below!