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BlingCrete

Oct 15, 2017No Comments

Retroreflective concrete BlingCrete is a textile-reinforced concrete designed to reflect light back toward its origin. The precast panels are fabricated with an outer layer of glass microspheres that enable retroreflectivity, an optical phenomenon in which

VarVac

Oct 08, 2017No Comments

Variable vacuum-formed plastic Although vacuum-forming molds are typically costly, the parts they produce are relatively inexpensive due to the economy of mass production. Vacuum-formed thermoplastics display several other positive attributes. For example, the plastics are

Propolis Vessels

Oct 01, 2017No Comments

Bio-resin coated receptacles Propolis is a biodegradable resin collected by honeybees for patching beehive openings. Its color varies with its particular botanical origins, although brown is the most typical hue. French designer Marlène Huissoud works

Self-Flexing Membrane

Sep 24, 2017No Comments

Vapor-responsive artificial skin Self-Flexing Membrane is a synthetic skin developed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. The membrane is extremely sensitive to solvent vapors and quickly curls in the presence

Landscapes Within

Sep 17, 2017No Comments

Hybrid plastic and wood furniture Landscapes Within is a collection of furniture that contains visible inclusions of natural materials, combining the traditional craft of basketry with modern materials and processes. Created by furniture designer Wiktoria