Posts Tagged ‘Design Museum’

Brit Insurance Design of the Year

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Brit Insurance Design of the Year was announced yesterday at the Design Museum in London.  A panel of judges selected the Plumen low-energy (and aesthetically pleasing) light bulb designed by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger (left).  Judge Stephen Bayley explained,  “The Plumen light bulb is a good example of the ordinary thing done extraordinarily well, bringing a small measure of delight to an everyday product.”  Last year’s winning product was also related to energy use.  Designer Min-Kyu Choi created a slimmed down version of the UK electrical plug (right).  It’s nice to see that in the glut of design junk that gets produced, thoughtful designs can still rise to the top.

Elemental: Half-House

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Elemental is an architecture practice located in Chile.  Recently, they were charged with providing housing for 100 squatter families…on property within city limits.  Given the expense of the land alone, Elemental came up with a fascinating solution: build half a house.  The firm designed units that would cover the basic structure of a home (including a kitchen and bath), but would leave that shell to be built-upon and adjusted by future tenants.  Elemental won the Brit Insurance Architecture Award for their Monterrey project – photos of their first ‘Half-Houses’ in Iquique are above.


Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The 2010 Brit Insurance Designs of the Year are now on display at the Design Museum in London.  While the show includes some very worthy nominees, somehow several of the products fall short.  Some items seem like newer, shinier versions of very old ideas, while others are simply just uninspiring.  Sugru, a moldable silicone material developed by Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, is one the highlights.

Sugru is a fix-it persons dream – a substance that can be used to repair (or customize) just about anything.  The clay attaches to most surfaces and is waterproof, dishwasher-proof and, since it sets in 30 minutes, pretty much foolproof.  The idea of extending the life of the products we have, rather than churning out new ones is both refreshing and significant.

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