Design News N. 026

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated weekly by Interwoven Design. In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including adaptive design, innovative technology, and sustainable design. In this issue: The VITURE One smart glasses create a panoramic virtual reality, the Pixy drone is the ultimate selfie sidekick, and Nike’s new glue-free shoe promotes a circular economy as an admirable example of design for disassembly.

Stream immersive video anywhere

A product shot of Layer's Viture One smart glasses
Layer’s VITURE One smart glasses create an immersive virtual reality for the user. Photo courtesy of Layer Design.

Benjamin Hubert’s studio Layer has designed a pair of smart glasses for tech company VITURE that displays a virtual screen for the lucky wearer. The wearer is able to play games and stream media on a virtual, cinematic 120-inch screen without the aid of any other devices. The style of the design was led by fashion trends to appeal to the lifestyle market rather than to get lost in sea of tech devices. “We see one of the biggest use cases being streaming media and communicating with friends, colleagues and family nomadically,” Hubert shared with Dezeen.

via Dezeen

Mini friendly-flying camera

The Pixy hovers against an unfocused background.
The Snap Pixy drone is a camera that tags along with the user to document their activities. Photo credit: Snap.

Snap (the owners of Snapchat) has announced the launch of its flying camera. Called Pixy, the bright yellow block is like a selfie-enabled drone. The device takes off right from your palm to follow you around and capture footage that can be sent directly to the Snapchat app. Once you have the footage you want, you place your hand below the device to have it land again.

via Designboom

Shower-proof prosthetic leg

An amputee rests his knee on the Lytra prosthetic.
Lytra’s shower standing aid was developed for lower-limb amputees. Photo courtesy of Harry Teng.

The Lytra lower-limb prosthesis uses an interchangeable modular system to avoid the expense of custom building that pervades the prosthesis market. Creator Harry Teng wanted to produce a safe, inexpensive standing aid to help amputees shower. An adjustable height pole features a hand grip for added stability and a customizable socket gives amputees options for the best size and fit. This is the kind of thoughtful, user-centric design we really love to see; design that has not only thought about the immediate functionality of the device but about the entire system.

via Dezeen

Nike glueless ISPA Link trainers

Three components of the ISPA trainer are laid out on a white background
Interlocking parts eliminate the need for glue in Nike’s new ISPA trainers. Photo courtesy of Nike.

Nike has unveiled ISPA Link, a collection of modular trainers that can be easily disassembled, as part of the brand’s move towards a circular design economy. The line comes from Nike’s ISPA (Improvise Scavenge Protect Adapt) design division, which works to create sustainable solutions to design. Standard shoes need to be shredded to be recycled, which is an energy intensive process that ultimately creates a recycled material with significantly limited applications. Once the shoe can be disassembled, individual materials can be recycled or reused to prevent waste and feed future manufacturing.

via Nike News

NYCxDESIGN 10th anniversary

NYCxDesign 10 year anniversary logo
NYCxDesign celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year. Image courtesy of NYCxDesign.

NYCxDESIGN returns to New York for its tenth anniversary edition to showcase the city’s design talent. Hundreds of events are spread over the five boroughs in a celebration of local design. The festival will take place online and at various locations around New York City, May 10th – 20th, 2022.


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Design News N.023

Design News is your tiny dose of design, technology and other important news, curated monthly by Interwoven Design. In this series we share the latest on our favorite topics, including exhibits in NYC, sustainable design, technology, and design for disassembly. In this issue: some museum and gallery exhibits to enjoy, and a tech company that embraces design for disassembly.

Barber Osgerby presents ‘Signals’

’Signals’ by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Paris exhibition, © Alexandra de Cossette courtesy Galerie kreo.

Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have designed a series of lamps inspired by the form of the cone. Their new solo show at London’s Galerie kreo is ‘Signals’, where the Barber Osgerby exhibition features floor, wall, and pendant lamps made of aluminum and hand-blown glass. The designs are a compelling blend of the industrial fixtures and the artisanal glass. The elements share clean geometry while the delicate, organic transparency of the sconces is in contrast with the rigid, glossy base. The color and opacity variation in the glass modulates the quality of light beautifully.

via Wallpaper* Magazine

Hard, Soft, and All Lit Up with Nowhere to Go

Blue and white sculptures in the Noguchi Museum
Formations (2018) by Objects of Common Interest, with sculptures by Isamu Noguchi. Installation view, Objects of Common Interest: Hard, Soft, and All Lit Up with Nowhere to Go, The Noguchi Museum, New York, September 15, 2021 – February 13, 2022.
Photo: Brian W. Ferry. © Objects of Common Interest / The Noguchi Museum / ARS

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum has collaborated with the New York-based studio Objects of Common Interest to create an exhibit inspired by “moments of unfamiliar simplicity”. Senior curator Dakin Hart writes, “despite often having no explicit, or essential, purpose, and even though their works are clearly in search of something more than function and attention, they never wander far from an unidentifiable usefulness.” On view September 15, 2021 through February 13, 2022.

*While this exhibit has ended the images and thoughtful curator statement are well worth investigating.

via Noguchi Museum

Preassembled or DIY modular laptop

Modular components allow the Framework laptop to be disassembled and repaired. Photo courtesy of Framework.

Tech company Framework has designed a modular laptop that was created with disassembly and repair as priority features. The ability to replace components reduces e-waste and ultimately increases the lifespan of the product. Tools for disassembly are included in the product kit, and customers can purchase a preassembled or DIY version to encourage building and interaction. Individual components can be more readily recycled than the usual hybrid monsters. The laptop is not just a product but a system that supports a circular economic system.

via Dezeen

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