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I See Clouds Everywhere


I am a collector but not of objects. As a trend forecaster I prefer signs and signals. I recently noticed that I was collecting clouds in all forms: wind-propelled balloons, cloud-like installation, inflatable sculpture, floating device ….

Clouds come in many shapes and forms: there are storm clouds, fair-weather clouds, clouds of change and clouds of war. Clouds symbolize air and,they are often associated with intellectual ideas and abstract thinking. They are above us exactly like the virtual cloud containing all our lives and datas…

I thought also of « The Unbearable Lightness of Being » by Kundera and wondering if in these difficult time we were attracted by something extremely fragile. Something that would give us the feeling of how life is ephemeral. What could be more fragile and elusive than air and clouds?


Kohei Nawa born in 197 is currently based in Kyoto. One of his creation is an immersive cloud-like installation made of foam. Located in a dark room, the piece consists of floating small bubbles (like cells) that accumulates to form a temporary structure. Nawa says, “Each bubble cannot escape the cycle of birth and destruction, which is not unlike the way our cells operate as they metabolize and circulate.”

Google X’s Project Loon is an ambitious initiative to bring balloon-delivered internet access to remote areas and developing countries. Loon began in 2011, it’s first testing period – in 2013-  was in New Zealand and involved 30 balloons, followed by Australia and Brazil. Now P roject Loon is targeting Indonesia because two-thirds of its citizens don’t have Internet access which means 100 million people! Loon will fly its balloons more than 12 miles in the sky to beam down internet access to any LTE-capable smartphone.


In his Invasions series, Paris-based artist Pétillon use balloons to alter the way people perceive familiar things and spaces. He recently did a huge installation in Covent Garden Market, the inflatable sculpture incorporates 100,000 white balloons.  Read more…

Boutique Hostels


The words “hostel” and “luxury” or « hostels » and « design » do not seem to go together, but a new generation of boutique hostels is aimed at travellers who seek style, but who are also budget minded. Please, forget nights in drab dorms, these well located hostels are clean and comfortable, with stylish upgrades in service, accommodations, design, food and beverages.Customers now expect to have the same features as hotels and only pay hostel prices. Hostels have recently attracted older adults, families and even junior business travelers.
One of the best example is Generator. The hostel chain have design-led hostels in 9 of Europe’s most inspiring cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London, Venice, Paris and Rome.
I had the chance to interviewed Matt the founder of HotelGeeks a premium hostel branding awarding 5 Star hostels based on transparent criteria such as sustainability, and design.What they offer to travellers is a real sense of community with free guides and tips.

swanky mint hostel Zagreb
Why did you decide to propose Hostelgeeks as a new online service?
I wanted to build a website where travelers can find top hostel-style accommodation on a budget, based on transparent criteria that I feel helps them to stand out from the rest. I have been working in the tourism industry with a specialization in accommodation and hosteling for five years. With a steady increase of more and more booking platforms and websites for comparing prices, the competition has blown through the roof. Additionally, several more design-driven hostels were popping up all over the world. However, not all of these design conscious hostels were really great – maybe you could say it was a marketing coup from some investors. Finding a really unique and interesting hostel was getting harder, and maybe even overwhelming. I wanted to build a place where travelers can easily find the best hostel in their chosen destination. The users know that all the hostels at Hostelgeeks fit within a transparent criteria, we are not a booking platform, we do not recommend any hostel to simply earn some coins. These authentic reviews and recommendations, and our unique geeky guides are what our users appreciate.

Yim HYuai Khwang Hostel Bangkok
Do you think there is a revival of Hostels and how do you explain it?
I don’t think that revival would be the best word for describing the current development of Hostels, although it may seem so from the outside. I would call it more an evolution. Many hostels used to be part of a network, run by non-profit organizations. This changed quite a while back now, and the hostel industry is adapting itself to the newest standards and requirements for their accommodation. In other words, hostels have, and are continuing to learn how to compete with others out there.
There are specific researches dedicated to the development of hostels, especially in Europe. Due to the financial crisis in Europe you can see the raise of Design and Boutique Hostels all over the place. Additionally, the competition for every type of accommodation, not just hostels, was growing when private house holds started to rent out their spare rooms. AirBnb had a deep impact on the market, for example. As a result of increased competition and the financial crisis, many hostel investors had to make a move. Uniqueness became a key factor for a hostels success and still is.
However, the market is still growing. The hostel industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the travel industry.
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The New Art & Craft

Iris van Herpen
3D printing is every where these days and in everyone’s mind. From high-end products to mass market items.

In the fashion world Iris van Herpen has been challenging what the future of fashion will be for some time. She is an early adopter of 3D printing and passionated by technology. Her latest show in Paris brought this into context with strength: Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie was lying in the centre stage while a dress was being printed onto her.

Herpen shows us that you can take the best of modernity and the best of tradition : future craft will not only be made only by hand but also by smart machines.

On the other hand, Adidas just unveiled Futurecraft 3D, a running sneaker sole made using 3D printing. It supposes to be the most comfortable footwear innovation since the invention of rubber.


« Creating a flexible, fully breathable carbon copy of the athlete’s own footprint, matching exact contours and pressure points, it will set the athlete up for the best running experience. Linked with existing data sourcing and footscan technologies, it opens unique opportunities for immediate in-store fittings. »

This means that in a near future we could all have bespoke running sneakers!

This is just the beginning of a deep movement, a radical change in the way we design and produce objects.We need creative alternatives to the industrialization and the standardization of the products that we touch, feel and wear.
Less is more when objects are really unique and made to measure, this is what 3D printers will bring us.

Silo: The Zero Waste Restaurant

image004Today’s food industry is a mess. Over 100 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU and globally as much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to 2bn tonnes – ends up as waste every year… The world is waking up to the reality of sustainable issues with waste leading the way as one of the biggest topics of recent years. Health is one of the major concern of the future and all the food cycle is involved in this long term trend.
People are now more interested in how their food reaches their plates, and the carbon footprint associated with.

After twelve years fine dining experience from all over the world, head chef Douglas McMaster, returned to the UK hoping to change completely the way restaurants source, cook and sell their food. His philosophy is quiet simple: only locally grown and seasonal food are served; nothing is thrown away! Douglas’s restaurant – Silo– minimises up to 95% of the usual waste produced from traditional restaurants.The concept is so powerful that we hope it will have an effect on the whole restaurant industry.

In the ground floor of a handsome warehouse in the heart of Brighton’s trendy district Silo – the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant- take place.The overall design is pure, raw and undone. Using a local non-profit making community project who ‘use and share unwanted goods’, Baines&Fricker – repurposed old school tables and used office floor insulation to make tables and bench seating. These designs are coupled with modular stools and chairs made from sterling board OSB. Virtually everything in the restaurant is upcycled or made from intercepted waste materials- from cutlery, jam jar glasses to plates made from recycled plastic bags


In his journey to achieve zero waste McMaster and his team discovered primitive food systems that not only support a package-free lifestyle but has led to a way of preparing food from its wholest form. They mill flour, make yoghurt, roll oats, bake bread, brew vinegar and beer, culture cream, grow mushrooms, cure meat, deal directly with farmers and compost all food scraps in-house. It’s a pre-industrial food system adapted to a modern kitchen. The yoghurt and butter are made from fresh milk, any excess milk is being used to make a curd. The flour mill uses ancient grain varieties to make a signature 48 hour sourdough bread.

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The compost machine is functioning well and each week they make over 100 kilos of nutrient rich compost from their food, espresso and other biodegradable waste.Silo has also managed to operate chemical-free with a water electrolysis system. This innovative technology splits tap water into an alkaline and an acidic solution which effectively cleans surfaces killing 99% of bacteria. Electrolized water can be used for both human sanitation and cleaning and offers a more sustainable and ecological alternative to conventional chemical cleaning products.

Behind every dish is a story to be told, of a farmer, a forager, a fisherman, a hunter, a brewer, a baker and many more. So many creative, passionate people are involved that it’s a collective project and a way of life. As Douglas McMaster says : «  Food can be a wonderful vehicle for social change.»


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Poetic Innovation


Daan Roosegaarde’ s goal is simple: “I’m a voluntary prisoner of my own imagination, and I want to update reality,” he explained in a fascinating interview with The Creators Project. His interactive designs are tactile high-tech environments.  ‘Techno-poetry’ is the word Roosegaarde uses to describe the connection, between ideology and technology. His work is changing the way we perceive the world by playing at the boundaries of analog and digital.

Studio Roosegaarde his design lab, recently conceived Smart Highway and team up with the Dutch construction company Heijmans to realize the first interactive road of tomorrow. This smart road use light and road signs that interact with the traffic situation to provide us comfort and safety.The Glowing Lines charge at day-time, and glow at night for eight hours. The first road has been realized and more will come.

Vincent Van Gogh Masterpiece “The Starry Night” is the inspiration behind the design of a glow-in-the-dark bike path in the Netherlands.The trail extends between Eindhoven and Neunen where Van Gogh spent part of his life. The trail’s opening marks the launch of the International Van Gogh 2015 year, which will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the artist’s death.

And, it is just incredibly poetic!



Back from Milan

enjoy Milan


Salone Internazionale del Mobile is THE well known annual trade show for design in Milan. The fair is really big and a lot of events are also happening all around the city in  old industrial areas such as Zona Tortona  and Ventura Lambrate ….

Milan is always exciting even if spring was not there this year Despite people saying it was not such a “great” year, I found  interesting signals at Salon Satellite  the section dedicated to new designers under the age of 35 . Lot of schools were also showing brilliant students projects such as ECAL with an intimist show on “The iceland Whale Bone Project”

The global trend of the Salone is that in this crisis period we are looking for clear point of view and affordable pieces. We saw clear statements every where with words, simple colors and bright fluos or with warm material such as copper. Let’s go!


A lot of messages in regular typefaces were written on the walls.As if, Tired of images, words seem more meaning full today.

words in Milan

words #2 In Milan



Copper was every where this year . Its warm color brings something new to our home or to the Tea House imagined by Tom Dixon at the MOST . This metal is very often used in addition to another material such as wood or bark to make it more precious.


Left Silla Atacama at Universidad del Desarrollo / Chile. Right : Tom Dixon at MOST

copper Milan

Left : Matti Syrjala for Kaamos . Right Patina by Alhambretto

Klein Blue

The revival of this fantastic color is coming.  IKB  – International Klein Blue-  was chosen by Ros Lovegrove for Renault  with the concept car Twin’Z  and by Mariscal  for Artemide. To follow…. Read more…

Gun for peace

We do speak a lot of guns and gun control, sadly there are always tragic disasters that remind us how fragile a human life is and how violent guns can be. Some signals make me think that we are trying to do something against that human drama.

Gun control a never-ending fight

In a show of support for gun control, Yoko Ono recently tweeted a photo of the bloodied glasses John Lennon wore the day he was murdered with this message : “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980″ . Ono is an activist for many causes, she turned her attention to gun violence with a series of tweets that all included this image, which was also used on the cover of  “Season of Glass”  in 1981. She is really speaking loudly to her 4 millions followers on Twitter and giving power to the fight for gun control.


USA is ranked for the highest gun ownership rate in the world. To reduce the number of weapons on the street in cities, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, San Francisco have a gun buyback program . Last december, a one-day gun buyback event in Los Angeles gathered 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons and a rocket launcher! The total was nearly 400 more weapons than were collected in a similar buyback earlier this year. People bring their firearms and each participant received $200 cash for each gun turned in.

Instead of following the ‘gun buyback’ model that has been implemented in the United States and Australia as a way of getting weapons off the street, Uruguay’s “Armas para la Vida / Weapons for Life” program is taking a different approach. Instead of getting cash, residents turning in their unregistered weapons will each receive either a new bicycle or a low-end computer.

Those initiatives are great, is it possible to do more? Some people thought the answer is yes.

Up-cycling as a solution

Jessica Mindich is a former lawyer, about a year ago, she was at a conference and ran into the Mayor of Newark. They spoke about Newark’s no-questions-asked gun buyback program, which was founded in 2009. The program needed money, and the Mayor didn’t know what to do with the weapons the city had amassed. “I know what to do with your guns,” Mindich said. Turn them into jewelry. She has transformed recycled pistols, rifles and shotguns into a line of sleek bangle bracelets, some dotted with tiny diamonds: “The Caliber Collection” .The word Newark is inscribed on the inside. Each bracelet has a serial number that corresponds with one of the actual guns taken off the city’s streets. Since the end of November, she has received over 1,000 orders from places as far as Brazil, Malta and New Zealand. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go directly to the gun buyback program in Newark, she said.
Will you wear a “Caliber Collection” bracelet? The message is very direct and make a permanent reminder of the gun crime your jewel was associated with…. Is it disturbing or just a really strong message?

"The Caliber Collection"

“The Caliber Collection”

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Is bed the new desk?

The art of working on pillows

Is typing on a laptop while be lying in bed more comfortable and productive than hunching over a desk? May be not but, the time when we only were working sitting at a desk is really behind us. Thanks to phones, laptops, and tablets, our places of rest are increasingly becoming our places of … work!

Researchers who study work habits say a new generation reared on mobile devices is increasingly accustomed to using them while propped against pillows, lying down or in a fetal curl. A lot of us already read or respond to work emails from bed. Some people who work from bed are intent on staying ahead of email, or responding quickly to customers or co-workers in different time zones. It is true that when you work with people all around the world, it is really difficult to avoid working from bed.
The trend has spawned demand for gadgets that make plugging away from our pillow even more comfortable, from stands and cushions to beds. In US bed manufacturers are working on building into the base of the bed plugs for lights and electronics.

Working in bed is not just about convenience or comfort: it is also a statement and a hijack. Previously, only creative people had this fantasy which is now open to any one of us. Famous writers like Orwell, Proust, Colette, Mark Twain and Churchill all liked doing it. Could it have been because writing in bed can help access the unconscious?

Beds or offices ?

This long term trend is also entering in offices to make them more casual and cooler. “Hosu” recently designed by Patricia Urquiola is a convertible work lounge or can we call it a “work-bed” that creates a comforting personal space with storage pockets for devices and cords.

Hosu by Patricia Urquolia

As the boundaries between work and leisure are getting more and more blurred every day, bed offices could really be a part of our future. Read more…

Simple as abc

“Plugg” is a prototype DAB radio, investigating physical and metaphorical interaction with electronic devices. A cork fits nicely into the hole where the radio’s speaker sits beneath. By pushing the cork into this hole, the radio turns off…..and by removing it, the radio turns itself on again.
Theo Tveterås and Lars Marcus Vedeler, established Skrekkøgle to experiment their quirky design ideas.

“Plugg” is one of their latest prototyped projects. A “yellow cube radio” with a big cork button which fits nicely into the hole where the radio’s speaker sits beneath. By pushing the cork into this hole, the radio turns off…..and by removing it, the radio turns itself on again, a low tech system for fan of low-fi.
This clean geometrical design in bright color is exactly what we need after years of rounded shapes in design. Clean cut and edges feel fresh and new to my eyes. This radio is so easy to use that it will immediately brings a smile to your face.

Green cities

Mur végétal by Patrick Blanc at Musée Quai Branly Paris

Our modern way of life is centered on megacities. This will continue and the percentage of the global population living in cities will soon rise 80%. We are all looking for greener cities and a healthier life. Urban farming, rooftop gardening, vertical gardens, biological concrete … all offer a vision of an urban architecture with an added layer of sustainability.

The precursor of this interest for giving more visibility to nature in the city is Patrick Blanc, a french botanist working at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, specializes in plants from tropical forest. He is the creator of the Vertical Garden ( Mur Végétal), the first one was made for Cité des Sciences in 1986. Blanc’s gardens are transformative as the flora is constantly evolving. The botanist uses his profound knowledge of plant life, particularly drawing inspiration from flora found in Thailand and Hawaii. He creates patterns of colour mostly with a large green palette. During the first two decades of Blanc’s experimentation, architectural firms showed little interest. It was only decades later, after he had executed a large number of projects for private homeowners, international hotels, museums and luxury brands such as Chanel, that the architectural world has become interested in the potentiality of vertical gardens. One of his most famous creation is for the Musée du quai Branly, Paris in 2004 during an interesting video interview he explains this realization.

Urban Farm, Urban Epicentera€™ style

Another idea called “Farmscrarper” could make our cities greener by cultivating plant or animal life within skyscrapers. The idea of a vertical farm has existed since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The modern version of vertical farming uses techniques similar to glass house. Dickson Despommier a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University in New York City, developed this idea of vertical farming in 1999 with graduate students in a medical ecology class. This might be a solution for feeding people in the future in a “locavore” way.

Bosco Verticale in Milano by Stefano Boeri

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Candy 2.0

We love and eat candy for fun, sharing, friendliness, gentleness, transgression, consolation, regression, reward, reinsurance, compensation …

Candy is an old word – late 13c.- coming from French sucre candi “sugar candy,” ultimately from Arabic qandi. During Antiquity, honey was used a lot, cane sugar is imported to Europe only during the Middle Ages and the beet sugar industry is developed in the nineteenth century. In Europe the beginnings of confectionery are slow because sugar is very expensive.Until the end of the eighteenth century, sweets are reserved for the rich. From the early nineteenth century, sweets become accessible to all.

And here we are now : the Dutch are the biggest eaters of candy, at 29 kg per person a year, in Sweden the annual consumption is over 18 kg per person, Americans eat about 9,5 kg a year … This industry is looking for new territories, we found recently two new directions for this everlasting product.


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Low-tech & High-design

Mine Kafon 2010 by Massoud Hassani

Mine Kafon 2010 by Massoud Hassani

In the new generation of designers we find people really involved in changing the world around them.

Massoud Hassani is one of them. He designed “Mine Kafon” – a low-cost wind-powered mine detonator. As Hassani explains “The design industry is perhaps too focused on tables and chairs, I think we can use our talents to find design-based solutions to more serious problems.”

Built out of inexpensive, prefabricated materials, the device consists of a heavy plastic core containing a GPS tracker, which is attached to bamboo sticks with plastic feet at each end that enable it to “walk”. Mine Kafon with its skeletal structure of spiky plungers resembles a giant spherical tumbleweed  and all it needs is a windy day to move across a minefield. If it get destroyed by the landline it’s easy to replace the broken “bamboo legs”.The video done by Callum Cooper will show you this low tech and high designed device.

Mine Kafon by Massoud Hassani

Mine Kafon by Massoud Hassani

Hassani explains the roots of his project: “I grew up in Qasaba, Kabul. My family moved there when I was 5, and at the time there were several wars going on. My brother Mahmud and I we played every day on the fields surrounded with the highest mountains in our neighborhood. Read more…

Edible wrappers

photo courtesy of wikicells

photo courtesy of wikicells

Would you eat the plastic package that held your yogurt or orange juice this morning? Of course not and also like most of us you wouldn’t recycle that container either. David Edwards a Harvard professor has come up with a form of edible packaging that houses food in the same way the inside of a coconut or a grape is protected.

This edible packaging, called WikiCells, is “entirely comprised of natural food particles held together by nutritive ions.” It can be used to hold either food or drinks and taste like whatever is hold. WikiCells could be the answer for both the health conscious and environmentally-conscious consumer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States alone generated almost 7 million tons of plastics as nondurable containers and packaging in 2010. Only 12% of these packaging plastics were recycled.

wikicell yogurt

wikicell yogurt – photo courtesy of wikicells

“The notion of Wikicells is that you are englobing liquid, foam, or something else in a soft membrane held together by food particles that are being connected by electrostatic charges to each other and to a small amount of natural polymer” says Edwards. Read more…

Charity is the new black

charity: water

courtesy of charity: water

Last week at leWeb – the biggest european event on internet and tech – a lot of smart people, post nerds, young geeks and successful entrepreneurs announced on stage new products, new services, new apps … One of the things that caught my ears in that future oriented event was an “old fashioned” word : charity.

Loic Le Meur leWeb ‘s founder, invited Scott Harisson the charismatic young man behind charity: water for a sensitive talk that moved the whole room. During the first part of his life, Harrison spent 10 years working in the nightclub industry in New York. He was successful but totally unhappy. In 2006 he started charity: water when travelling to Africa he saw the terrible plight of so many without the most basic of human needs – water. Charity: water is not an average nonprofit, it has very successfully found new ways of fundraising and got it story out to millions of people globally through the clever use of technology and social media. In fact, Harrison didn’t just want to provide clean water; he wanted to reinvent charity. For that he runs his “business” as a tech start up and found partnership with the biggest .

courtesy charity : water - scott harrison

courtesy of charity : water – Scott Harrison

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Disco soupe

Branding & packaging by Blend-it of Soup-Co

Branding & packaging by Blend-it of Soup-Co

Soup is a comfort and sensible food. It’s not the most glamorous and sexy option of all, but once the weather gets rough, everyone needs a little comfort food action with humble, homely soup.

Soup is today perceived as a healthy food, an easy way to eat vegetables. Americans sip over 10 billion bowls of soup every single year. Market research predict that by 2012 in USA soup sales will reach $6.3 billion, projected growth of more than 25% in just a few years! A trend that is not over….

Recently, we have seen the openings of many “Bar à Soupes” in our cities. More and more  fresh, “home made” soups are stored in our supermarket. We also started to eat cold soup in summer with the rise of gazpacho followed by cucumber, carrots…

This somehow regressive food is getting more and more trendy and stylish. Read more…

Gangnam for freedom

If you had no access to internet during the last 6 months then you might not know anything about a world phenomenon.

“Gangnam Style” is a dance pop single written and performed by Korean pop singer Park Jae Sung, aka PSY. Since the release of the song and its video in mid-July 2012, the video has gone viral on YouTube and had already been viewed more than 795 955 000 time! “Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism referring to the upscale fashion and lavish lifestyle associated with trendsetters in Seoul’s Gangnam district. “Gangnam” means swag.

With that huge success the video was parodied hundred times  and becoming a mème – a part of our modern culture. The visual language of the video is somehow surrealistic and baroque giving us an exotic escape to our daily life. Excatly what we need right now!

Some renewed worldwilde  artists started to use “Gangnam Style” as a self -expression. In october, less than a day after dissident and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei parodies “Gangnam Style” to laugh at Chinese government,  the Chinese government censor has banned and removed the video from all Chinese sites.

Sculptor Anish Kapoor just made a special Gangnam Style video in support of the artist, Ai Weiwei. “Gangnam for Freedom” by Anish Kapoor and Friends has been released to promote freedom of speech and in support of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Kapoor’s Gangnam Style video is supported by human rights organizations including Amnesty.

What a great humorous and joyful way to fight for freedom!

Smart bicycles


Cardboard Bike by Izhar Gafni

Cycling is the simplest, most natural means of transport, after walking. It’s cool, green and money saving. From Berlin to New York… all hipsters have a bicycle. But, it ‘s not only just fashionable: it is a long term trend.

For the first time since the end of the Second World War the number of bicycles sold in Italy – a real car aficionados country – has overtaken the number of cars. In more than 170 cities around the world, public bike sharing programs are getting more and more popular. Since 2007, velib in Paris is the biggest bike-sharing in the world. Even in USA young people are driving less and not only because of the recession!

Bicycle is now one of the favorite products developed by designers who are no longer only interested in lamps or chairs as during the turn of century. Some designers really want to change the world and they understood the potential of this object.

Israeli engineer and systems developer Izhar Gafni has invented a sustainable cardboard bicycle “alpha” that’s strong, waterproof and costs less than £10 to manufacture. Alpha is mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials, yet uses a belt-driven pedal system that makes it maintenance free. Read more…

Low-tech factory

We are living in a world where high tech is a major topic. Most often, new in our world is synonymous of more powerful, speeder, faster, further… It’s an endless quest. Sometimes we just forget about the simplest way to do things. Every action doesn’t need an elaborate tool or a brand new product or a lot of energy. It  can be done differently.  And one of the answer is Low Tech,  a growing major Deep Trend. We see more and more projects developed with that idea.

“Low-Tech Factory” is one of the latest project realized by students at ECAL – a famous Swiss university for Art and Design. During an exhibition,  a selection of machines designed by Bachelor’s and Master’s students of Industrial Design and Product  were presented.

“Low-Tech Factory” tackles the subject of automatic production beloved by designers, bringing together six entertaining machines which throughout the exhibition produce mirrors, hats, sacks, toys, lamps, and even popcorn!

I particularly enjoyed “Rocking-Knit”,  a new interpretation of the rocking chair which offers its user productive moments of relaxation. And, you don’t even need to know knitting!



cookening food platform cedric giorgi

One of the major deep trends is our unlimited interest on Food. We all have seen the growing importance of sharing your best meal on Instagram, the success of TV shows dedicated to Food , the renew of grocery stores…The next level is that we want to be more involved in real life.

Cookening is a new platform that aims at connecting people and cultures through food. It is an adaptation of the French concept “Tables d’hôte” mixed with the power of internet. Complete strangers will be able to meet through the platform and to share a home made meal. It is a real privileged experience where locals and travelers can exchange on food and culture.The Airbnb for food is born!

The team who’s behind Cookening is a French team passionate about three things: discovering new food, meeting new people, and traveling around the world. Currently the platform is on alpha, focused first on Paris before spreading.





photo by arnout hulskamp

photo by arnout hulskamp

Adults miss toys … Fortunately there are many solutions to resolve that! Some real “old classic” toys have now versions devoted solely for adults. Lego has developed several architectural kits like the impressive one for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

Ingrid Hulskamp, recently graduated from Central saint Martins, has created a series of contemplative toys for adults.
She says:”these objects remind us of the candid fun we had as a child, when we fully got caught up in the moment.” She wanted those toys to catch our attention, to afford us a poetic moment with different sensory experiences: tactile, visual and sonorous.

The ideas behind those signals, coming from major companies and from young talent, are that tangible items are taking on a new allure in a very digitized world and that we, as adults, really want to have our own toys which are more than just fun and games.


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