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studio swine transport mobile foundry to create can city


studio swine transport mobile foundry to create can city.

ransporting a mobile foundry around the streets of são paulo, brazil, designers at ‘studio swine’ have created ‘can city’, a series of stools made from recycled materials. the foundry smelts aluminum cans using waste vegetable oil that they collect from local cafes to be used as fuel. operating around the city streets, the moulds and the finished pieces are all made on location, turning these public spaces into an improvised manufacturing line. in a city with some 20 million inhabitants, the waste is on a massive scale, over 80% of the recycling is collected by an informal system of independent collectors known as catadores who pull their handmade carts around the streets. this new initiative creates a system where their livelihoods can extend beyond the rubbish collection. 

Is this adhoc making the future of manufacturing ? … or a parasitical activity that feeds on a waning mass manufacturing society. What does the future look like?  How does it involve repurposing the past ?


Live Flash Factories | Design Junction


Live Flash Factories | Design Junction.

‘Provenance is a huge watchword in design right now. Where and how objects are produced and their impact on the environment is increasingly important to the design community and the general public alike. That’s why the ground floor of designjunction will play host to a series of Flash Factories this year. These interactive mini factories will offer visitors the unique opportunity get up close and see the various stages of how products are made, before they hit the shop or showrooms’

Have we really moved on from the image above ? Is this image really showing static production  – or an illusion of it that webought into…?

it is interesting that social flexability is  really becoming visible now in modes of production … Not just consumption.



States of Design 11: Handmade Design – Design – Domus

This is an excellent article :

Over the past 18 years or so, while designers were grappling with 3D printing, objects’ lifecycles and recycles, footprints and Linden dollars, crafts have quietly pervaded not only the discussion but also the practice of design. By “crafts” we do not mean the codecraft of programmers or the tinkering of digital and post-digital hackers—for that we recommend the essay on Thinkering in Domus 948. Rather, here we are talking about designers getting their hands really dirty, which for some also means getting their consciences clean.

The loaded history of crafts is once again timely, with its antagonism towards mass production, tinged with ethical implications, coupled with new conditions in the world and in the market—from a general awareness of the environmental crisis, to the attempt to price and sell design differently to appeal to art collectors. Exhibitions and conferences abound, most recently with the phantasmagoric Power of Making show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2011, curated by Daniel Charny, and the Me Craft/You Industry symposium launched by Jurgen Bey and organised by Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion in late January 2012 at the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen, to celebrate a show titled Industrious|Artefacts: The Evolution of Crafts.

There’s nothing haphazard about choosing examples in Great Britain and the Netherlands, for these two countries are at the epicentre of the Crafts Renaissance. In Great Britain, structural engineering is almost considered a branch of aesthetics, and ceramics were the precursors of the Industrial Revolution in the famous Wedgwood factories of the 18th century. It is the country where craftsmanship and standardised manufacturing have shared the most productive dialogue and opposition, but also where mechanisation first took command and where its limits and potentials were first discussed

via States of Design 11: Handmade Design – Design – Domus.

Dezeen » Blog Archive » RSA House chandeliers by Troika

Beautiful reverse chandeliers  – that give virtual reflected light . Also looks a bit like a hot air balloon … That might float across theceiling .

Dezeen » Blog Archive » RSA House chandeliers by Troika.


Projects | Film and Video Umbrella


‘Louis Ghost Chair’ continues a line of subtle and engaging moving-image works by Simon Martin that meditate on particular moments and directions in art and/or design history. At the heart of many of these oblique, discursive reflections is a specific, iconic object – an item of furniture, a sculpture, or a museum piece from a particular canon or collection.

Projects | Film and Video Umbrella.

This looks like it will be a really interesting piece  of film – and worth a trip to Bath for…

IFFS international furniture fair singapore: pepe heykoop


IFFS international furniture fair singapore: pepe heykoop.


there is something very beautiful about these pieces of scrap wood held together as furniture …. but with lead or is it aluminum ??

Mind the Future

Mind the Future

Contemporary trends delineated in a comical, design-forward compendium

this trailer is great !

Mind the Future.

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