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Self-Healing Polymers

Dec 27, 2009No Comments

A structural polymeric material with the ability to autonomically heal cracks Structural polymers are susceptible to damage: cracks form deep within the structure where detection

WET Lamp

Dec 23, 2009No Comments

Water-filled glass lamp with manual dimmer According to Los Angeles-based NONdesigns, water and electricity have become friends. WET Lamp is an elegant and playful series

Hanabi

Nov 11, 2009No Comments

Shape-transforming lighting fixture Like the Lotus flower, which opens its petals in the presence of the sun and closes them in its absence, Hanabi opens

Softseating

Nov 02, 2009No Comments

Expandable and stackable paper seating Softseating is made entirely from kraft paper, utilizing a flexible honeycomb structure to fan open into stools, benches, and loungers.

Sonomorph

Oct 29, 2009No Comments

Sound-responsive wall Inspired by the natural phenomenon of tropism—in which a plant actively responds to external stimuli—designer Natasa Sljivancanin constructed an intelligent kinetic building system

Intelligent Bioplastic

Oct 25, 2009No Comments

Recyclable shape-memory biopolymer Unlike conventional petroleum-based plastics, polylactic acid (PLA) plastic is mass produced by chemical synthesis using raw materials derived from corn. The production

Eterno Luminoso & Lumineo

Aug 23, 2009No Comments

Photoluminescent and fluorescent terrazzo Eterno Luminoso and Lumineo add luminescence to terrazzo flooring. Specially treated, masked aggregates can be evenly distributed over the surface or

Hammock Chair

Aug 05, 2009No Comments

Folding fabric vessel and suspended knitted seat Designer Nicola Lagan conceived of the Hammock Chair as a means of displaying her Mar(ca) geometric textile research.

Active Protection System

Feb 03, 2009No Comments

Smart impact-protection textile Dow Corning’s Active Protection System is a “smart” textile that remains soft and flexible until it is struck by high-impact force, in

Fabcell

Dec 31, 2008No Comments

Color-changing textiles Fabcell is a chameleonlike fabric that changes color when conducting an electric charge. Developed by Dr. Akira Wakita’s Information Design Laboratory at Keio