Analogue website Written on August 31, 2009, by Ingeborg.

What to do when you’re  writer and are asked to make an exposition? The analogue website is the paper version of the website you’re visiting now. No fancy font but by hand, no pictures but the real thing, no weblinks but a post-it for you to take home. To be touched from August 28 at Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam in galery Aanschouw. I’m nr. 1 in 10x Van Lieshout.

Stuff it Written on August 31, 2009, by Ingeborg.

Lida Baday designed the 15 below zero jacket to help homeless people through the cold. The insulation is provided by yesterday’s information: newspapers. To keep costs low the jacket comes without insulation but with an abundance of pockets to fill up with old papers. A temperature adjustable jacket that can also be worn as a backpack plus doubles as pillow.

Enjoy twice Written on August 28, 2009, by Ingeborg.

In 2010 in the US only, 236 billion drinking packages will be used. Due to the aluminium layer, the package is not suitable for paper recycling. Graphic designer Niels Craens researched advantage and disadvantage, and produced lamp Enjoy Twice. The words shine through the packages that lack aluminium. This makes the text only legible when the lamp is switched on.

Smash Repair Written on August 10, 2009, by Ingeborg.

“I hope to smash the structure and repair it once per day, but we’ll see what happens…. the process is quite unpredictable,”says Design Academy Graduate Guy Keulemans. Crossing the line between design, performance and art he made modulair building tiles following the Repair Manifesto. The detailing of the lasercut tiles is beautiful. One thing Lego lacks.

Live with it Written on August 3, 2009, by Ingeborg.

The Dutch have been known to dam and polder water. In the housing project Nieuw Water, a green house area will be given back to nature. The polder fills up and functions as a water container. A housing area with  appartment complex The Citadel floats atop, using 25% less energy thanks to water cooling techniques. “Stop fighting water, live with it” says architect Koen Olthuis.

Kick the closet Written on July 30, 2009, by Ingeborg.

A cabinet stuffed with clothes with doors unable to close, is usually not so nice to see. At the Art Academy in Utrecht, Nynke Boelens, made the stuffing into concept. ‘All the Things I Keep Inside’ is built of 580 loose elemenst tied together with elastics. The more junk, the better. Reminds me of the Kickit cabinet for sale at Magazin.

Secrets in wood Written on July 29, 2009, by Ingeborg.

In the Dutch Design graduates series, that is starting to evolve here, see Dear Diary 1.0. Marlies Romberg (21) built this traditional and trustful looking wooden workstation. As the new diary is blog, twitter and facebook, this computer with lock and key gives nostalgia a place in our modern world.

Threads and layers Written on July 27, 2009, by Ingeborg.

How does it feel if you can’t decide whether you should write with your right or left hand? What does it look like if a dyslectic person tells there’s holes in words, or that he can’t recognize a letter in the alfabet he’s known for many years? Typography graduate Miranda van Hooft makes it unmistakably clear with her graduation project for the Royal Art Academy in The Hague.

Turn the heat on Written on July 20, 2009, by Ingeborg.

Seiko applied the warmth of your wrist to power their watch. During sleep we generate 80W of thermo electric energy. Design Academy graduate Martijn Dijkhuizen managed to capture this energy through this Teddy bear to take to bed. Teddy is based on the Seedback effect where a current is created between two plates of different temperature, one being warmed by your body.

Hey ho, let’s go Written on July 15, 2009, by Ingeborg.

Finally. I can sell this 100 horsepower carbon burning machinery and switch to electric. The long awaited Enertia by Brammo hit the market. 12,000 dollar is not cheap, neither expensive for a bike. 180 kilo’s of weight can become 130, but 250 km/h top speed will then be 90 km/h. But hey, it will be the talk of the cleaner town.

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