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 design news on our favorite topics: Whoop’s 24/7 Health Tracker, the new International Library of Fashion Research in Oslo, Google’s sculpture influence Nest Wifi Pro Router, Anatomic the limited edition 3D knit chair and our very own Perci Emergency Preparedness Vest!
Whoop’s 24/7 Health Tracker
Since 2013, Whoop has been working on fitness wearables that are designed to be worn 24/7. This is possible by making the product comfortable and durable while also having a device that allows the user to charge their tracker without taking it off. The screenless device communicates heart rate variability, skin temperature, and blood oxygen through a proprietary algorithm. Whoop uses this information to give feedback through an app that works as a fitness and sleep coach. The new Whoop 4.0 strap is 33% smaller than its predecessor along with more accurate and advanced technology.
The International Library of Fashion Research opens this month in Oslo
Oslo’s Stasjonsmesterboligen, or “the Station Master’s House” is the new home to the International Library of Fashion Research. The repurposed building houses more that 5,000 pieces of fashion print that were planned to be discarded. Elise By Olsen, the mind behind the operation, explains how the old train station transformed into the ILFR. The space was not originally built for this purpose and while there are challenges, it all came together when they began thinking of the space as a museum rather than a library. The International Library of Fashion Research will not have anything on permanent display but find a way to bring out requested literature, almost like researching digitally, but in real life.
Google’s sculpture influenced Nest Wifi Pro Router
Google’s Nest Wifi Pro Router is influenced by sculpture and designed to compliment an interior aesthetic. The company, who has been releasing routers for years, has left their comfort zone by experimenting with glossy finishes, smooth textures, and soft forms. Not only has the product launched increased functionality and refined aesthetics, but it is also made of 60% recycled material by weight. The Nest Wifi Pro is connected to Google’s Pixel Products through an established color story. Google offers a recycling program where products can be recycled or refurbished.
Anatomic, the 3D Knit Chair
Nynke Tynagel, the Dutch artist along with textile pioneers, Byborre and the new label, inCC:, have collaborated to create possibly the most complex 3D knit manufactured ever. The work, Anatomic, is a 3D knit chair that has the visual representation of the inner workings of the human body. This diagram of different textures took 28 development rounds to get the correct combinations of features. These contrasting textures allow the knit to portray biological elements like muscles, nerves, stomach and other organs. Each of the 600 limited edition chairs are manufactured from Dutch oak and recycled polyester. The wooden component that acts as the structural portion of the chair also doubles as a frame when hung on the wall. Anatomic was originally unveiled during Milan Design Week at the Rosanna Orlandi Gallery.
Perci Emergency Preparedness Vest
Interwoven Design and INVICTA Ready have paired up to design the Perci Emergency Preparedness Vest. The vest is designed to help families be ready for natural disasters as a quick grab and go tool. The Perci Vest organizes disaster readiness items (safety items, tools, toiletries, first aid, etc.) into 10 uniquely designed pocket locations. It is comfortable, water-repellent, and customizable and works in conjunction with a mobile app that saves all your disaster preparedness plans in one place. A specifically designed series reflective labels create a graphic communications system that indicates what is inside each pocket. A large QR code that connects the Perci Vest with the phone application is found on the interior of the jacket near the waterproof pocket. Interwoven designed and prototyped the functional garment and finalized contents to achieve an easy-to-use, durable and manufacturable product.