Art

Carved Phone Book Portraits

November 23, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Portraits carved from phone books by artist Alex Queral. This is just about the only good use of a phone book I can think of.

Taking an ordinary phone book, Alex Queral carves a face into this object of so many faceless names. With the book, a very sharp X-ACTO® knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. Once the carving is complete, he will often apply a black wash to enhance the features and then seal the entire book with acrylic to preserve the work. However, he never loses the line registration; and the book remains quite pliable.

(via coudal)

 

 



Design

LUMENHAUS: Chicago

November 23, 2010

Christopher Jobson

LUMENHAUS is a solar-powered home designed by Virginia Tech students that generates more power than it uses annually. It was one of only two American entries in the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Madrid, and was on display in Millennium Park in Chicago up until last weekend. Totally kicking myself for missing this.

LUMENHAUS is designed to respond to changes in temperature and environment, which it does through sliding polycarbonate insulation panels filled with aerogel, creating strong insulation while allowing a soft natural light into the space. They move to create appropriate amounts of sun control, cross ventilation, lighting, and privacy. A stretched fabric ceiling provides enough light at night with dim fluorescent and LED lighting, and no electric light is ever required when the sun is up. The roof collects rainwater, which is then filtered and used for drinking and for the water plants. The entire system is monitored and controlled by an iPad and iPhone interface that allocates energy to different areas of the system at different times.

(via fuck yeah chicago)

 

 



Design

Mischer’traxler Made Batteries with Coffee Grounds

November 23, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Love these DIY batteries made from coffee grounds, aluminum, copper and salt water by mischer’traxler. The design was one of three winning entries in a competition entitled SUSTAIN.ABILITY.DESIGN, sponsored by Vienna Design Week organizers Neigungsgruppe Design and Nespresso Austria.

The energy for the movement of the sweep hands is powered by 17 simple, self made batteries. Each battery-block consists of used old aluminium capsules, coffee grounds, strips of copper and salt water. In this mixture between a soil battery and a salt water battery the aluminium functions as the anode, the copper as cathode and the salt water as electrolyte. Due to a chemical reactions a small, but usable, amount of energy is created. Each battery produces about 1,5 – 1,7 Volts of potential and enough power to run a electro–mechanical Quartz clockwork.

Some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations based on my personal coffee consumption over the past decade suggests I could have built a battery large enough to reduce foreign oil dependency in the U.S. by about 15%. (via dezeen)

 

 



Design

PostCarden Mailable Gardens

November 22, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The PostCarden by Another Studio is a mini garden you send through the mail. The version pictured above is their recently-available Christmas card, however they have a bunch of other fun designs available via their web site (ships from the UK).

 

 



Design

Sway: a Multipurpose Rocking Chair by Markus Krauss

November 22, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The Sway is a versatile, dead-sexy rocking chair with a steel frame strong enough to support two people. A telescoping ram can also lock the chair into position for standard upright seating. Designed by Markus Krauss. (via mocoloco)

 

 



Design

Glass Birds by Matti Klenell

November 22, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Little glass containers inspired by magpies designed for Iittalia by Matti Klenell.