Furniture hidden in a book!

When I say “Furniture in a book”, your mind would probably think that the book in question was about furniture. However, Bookniture is way more literal than that! It literally is a book that opens up to become furniture!

Relying on folded paper’s ability to withstand large amounts of compressive stress against its thickness, the Bookniture literally comes as thick as a coffee-table book and as light as one too. It contains paper pages on the inside that are honeycombed together, and opens up like a regular book would. After opening the book up, just lock the covers to each other and place a circular mat on top and you have yourself an Ottoman Stool, or even a rather nifty side-table that can take up to 1100 kgs (2400 pounds) of load without breaking a sweat!

Just the most amazing product for picnics (forget those picnic mats!), or travel, or even in the most minimal-loving home/office, the Bookniture is undeniably stylish (it has a place in the Museum of Modern Art, btw!), supremely functional, and fits like a charm in any bookshelf! You could literally fill your bookshelf with these! Would that count as furniture-ception though?

Designers: Mike Mak & Plateaus

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The most expensive car you “can’t” buy

Not all of us are rich enough to have a Rolls Royce automobile parked in our garage… but this stunner of a car isn’t for sale. The Rolls Royce Sweptail isn’t a concept, but rather, it’s tailor-made for one RR patron who wanted a luxury car that was comparable to that of a yacht.

Designed with Rolls Royce’s signature styling on the front, you’ll notice a rather large overhang on the back, and a styling that almost resembles the hull of a racing yacht. It even comes with the number 08 on the front and back, giving it more of a racing yacht touch. Despite its large, dominating, extravagant build, the Sweptail only has room for two on the inside. How’s that for lavish?

The video above gives a beautiful demonstration of exactly how bespoke the car is. Aside from designing work being done with utmost care, the entire car is built and put together almost by hand, in a move that brings the brand back to making bespoke luxury coachbuilt cars.

Rolls Royce has been pretty hush-hush about the price of this beauty. Upon being asked, CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös replied that the Sweptail was “substantially expensive”. Coming from the CEO of a company known to make the most expensive luxury rides in the world, that probably means a LOT!

Designer: Rolls-Royce

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Race against this clock!

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Time rushes by… and so do Audi’s cars. This rather innovative clock concept uses Audi’s logo for some imaginative visual trickery and a pretty uniquely enjoyable time-telling experience!

Breaking the logo down into two static and two dynamic elements, the clock uses a long hand and a short hand to tell the time (as is expected with clocks!). The static elements mark the 12 spot on the clock so you know which way to hang it. When the clock strikes 12 (noon and midnight), the rings align to form the German carmaker’s iconic logo while a tubelight at the back lights up, giving it a halo!

Seems like a rather clever idea! I wonder what other brand logos we could use! The Mercedes clock would be a good addition to this range, no?

Designer: JongChan Mun

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Your Backpack, Your Canvas!

You know how the apparel you wear are supposed to make a fashion statement? With the Manuable Backpack you can literally make a statement! Designed in white durable fabric, the backpack comes with a “communication kit” of various attachments featuring characters and emojis that can be placed around the canvas.

It’s no secret that we’ve become a more visual people. No one likes reading things that are too text heavy (ironically, I’m typing this in text); people are much more comfortable consuming videos, images, gifs, and expressing in memes and emojis. That fundamental direction of communication is what resulted in the Manuable Backpack, allowing it to not be just a functional luggage carrier, but rather a speech bubble, or an extension of your self.

The Manuable comes in pure white, making it a great canvas for whatever you want to place on it. It could be relevant messages (if you’re wearing this while cycling), or almost like your personal bumper-sticker, or locker, decorated with quotes, emojis, etc.

Before you express concerns about the whiteness of the bag, let’s have you know that the Manuable’s fabric is completely water-repellent! Which means it doesn’t stain or even retain drops of water, mud, or grime. The water-repellent, stain-resistant bag is also entirely machine washable. They say you can literally place the whole bag (emptied of its contents of course) into the washing machine and give it a good cleaning!

The Manuable bag may be white on the outside, but the minute you unzip it, you’re greeted with a fresh blast of color on the inside. We love this understated-outside yet vibrant-inside effect the backpack has. You can choose between orange, pink, gray, and blue interiors (although our heart’s set on the orange!). The backpack is equipped with a padded laptop slot and a set of stencils/sticker packs of your choice.

Manuable somehow fits into a Venn diagram that we’ve seldom seen before. It sits perfectly in the intersection between apparel and the future of communication. The reason it is so relevant is because the minute you look at the apps on your phone, you realize that emojis, gifs, and stickers have become a pretty much standard method of communicating now. Let’s celebrate that movement by wearing it on our sleeve! Or in this case, on our back!

Designers: Ubaldo Ortiz, Sara Wong & Claudio Tello

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Chosen for its neutrality and durability. The ivory white backpack is made with water repellant and easy-to-wash fabric. Inner lining comes in orange, pink, grey or blue.

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The Manuable Backpack should be constantly modified by its owner. Its design and construction is made for this.

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Padded laptop compartment in the back for better protection.

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Outer fabric is water repellant, abrasion resistant and easy to wash.

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The Non-lens Camera Lens!

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Although most of the earliest cameras didn’t have glass lenses. They relied solely on pinholes (that provided a point source of light) for a focused image to be captured on film. The results were beautifully eerie and vintage and looked like Instagram filters WAY before Instagram was even a word.

Contemporary cameras use state-of-the-art lenses, mirrors, mounts, AF/MF techniques to deliver amazing images, but those images are too life-like. There’s always a charm to vintage filters, with the way their colors are de-saturated/different, with the vignette around the borders. Rather than relying on software, the Pinhole Pro lens allows you to harness the vintage style of photography using your go-to camera. Available in a series of mounts that allow it to fit onto most popular camera brands, the Pinhole Pro employs a series of pinholes of varying apertures that can be adjusted, not just to achieve different styles of photography, but to also intimately understand the intertwined relationship between light and photography.

The Pinhole Pro comes with a completely machined metal construction. The absence of a glass lens makes it more resilient and impervious to damages like scratches, smudges, etc. What’s the most interesting is that the Pinhole Pro features a variable aperture, with pinhole sizes going all the way from 0.1mm to 0.8mm in diameter. The pinhole diameter is adjustable by the dial around the lens, allowing you to play with multiple pinhole diameters, allowing for real-time experimentation and manipulation, a feature that doesn’t exist in any model so far. Smaller pinholes provide crisp details but require a lot of light, while larger pinholes are great for shooting vintage, Hitchcock-esque videos!

What’s more, is that the Thingyfy Pinhole Pro brings professional vintage-style photography at a reasonable price. Rather than shelling out more than $1000 for a pinhole lens, the Pinhole Pro comes with the same precision, but at a fraction of the price. Based on tour camera make, you can get yourself a Pinhole Pro custom made for your camera’s mount. Thingyfy currently works with Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro 4/3 (MFT) and Pentax K style mounts. Early buyers can even get their name laser-engraved on the lens! Definitely worth a ‘shot’ I say!

Designer: Chenchen

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Architreasure Weekly #6

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Enough talking, let’s get into this week’s architecture round-up! You can tune in every Friday to check out our top 10 weekly picks from the world of Architecture Design. Or click here for an archive of all our Architreasure posts.

1. It may not be aurora season yet, but this floating treehouse in Sweden is just the perfect spot for some Borealis-watching! The 7th Room by Snohetta is designed based on the traditional Nordic cabin, except it hovers 10 meters above the air and features a balcony with a full glass construction from top to bottom. There’s nothing quite like floating above the snow-laden floor, staring at the Northern Lights! You can even book the cabin for yourself here!
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2. Why demolish a building when you can just build on it?! The Elbe Philharmonic Complex stands proudly ON TOP OF a warehouse on the Elbe river. Designed by Herzog and de Meuron (designers famed for the Beijing Olympic Stadium), this glass-fronted, wave shaped building sits right on top of another one, looking almost like a meringue on a pastry. Inside it are 3 concert halls, 205 hotel rooms, 45 private apartments, and a massive 43,000 square foot plaza that offers a stunning panoramic view of the city of Hamburg!
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3. Famous for his vertical forest in Milan, Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for yet another vertical forest in China, a twin set of towers covered with trees and trailing plants in the center of Nanjing. With over a 1000 trees and 2500 other plants in it, the residential tower (with over 240 suites) has the capacity to produce 60 kilograms of Oxygen PER DAY!
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4. Gathering inspiration from the sun, Studio Gang has revealed their design titled the Solar Carve, to be built in New York’s Meatpacking District, right off the Hudson. Taking cues from the sun’s angles, the building has chiseled cuts removed from the cuboid form of the building to prevent the blocking light and views. This also leads to the building having an almost gem-like appearance!
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5. Ole Scheeren’s latest tower design looks like architecture met Minecraft, and it’s glorious! The 77-story MahaNakhon tower topped out at 314 meters, becoming the tallest building in Bangkok!
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6. The Center for Jewish Life in the Drexel University, designed by Stanley Saitowitz & Natoma Architects certainly has an interesting facade. By making use of a 3D brick pattern, the building manages to appear in two different colors, when the shadows cast by the sun kick in. Each brick creates a shadow that somehow from afar makes the building look like it’s been striped with both dark and light red paint. However when you come up close, you realize that it’s just clever design!
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7. The prefab home craze is back! It never left to begin with though. These homes designed by Vipp are termed as Battery Charging Stations for Humans… and truly so! Located amidst nature, who wouldn’t feel refreshed and rejuvenated after a weekend in this ready-to-live cabin in the woods!
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8. Another one of Herzog & de Meuron’s wonders, the Beirut Terraces located in Lebanon feature multiple offset levels that create visual tension and drama, while looking stunning. Each level overhangs to an extent, creating multiple balconies and even terraces on every level. With no two levels being identical, there are parts of the balconies where you get shade, and other parts where you can bask in the sunlight.
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9. These huts are like nothing we’ve seen before. The Jikka, by Issei Suma are located on a flattened mountain ridge, but their architectural style in ways, pay homage to the peaks of the mountain. Designed as a final abode for the clients (two women in their 60s), the mountain home is designed to be the place where they spend the rest of their lives, amidst nature.
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10. Episode #6 could not end on a more high note than this next and last building. This is the entrance to Mitoseum… a Dinosaur Museum! Designed by rimpf ARCHITEKTUR, the building looks almost picked from Jurassic World, with its habitat center aesthetic. Making brilliant use of daylight during the day, and lighting up like a beacon at night, the entrance is sure to set the mood for the rest of the Museum/Theme-Park. Besides, with the life-size dinosaur sculptures inside, you’ll definitely grab the interest of passersby!
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The Zero-Emission BMW Mission

Just hours ago we were introduced to this mean machine, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link. Fresh from its reveal at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017 in Italy, the Concept Link is BMW’s concept scooter aimed to usher in a new era of urban mobility.

The design of the Concept Link is by far the most interesting. The e-scooter is broad, dominating, low-slung, and you immediately notice the majority of horizontal straight lines making it feel like the scooter is zipping forward. Looking like it was picked right out of a transportation designer’s sketchbook, the scooter’s aesthetic and silhouette are immediately striking and novel. Showcasing BMW’s absolute love for the black/gray color combination, the Concept Link features electric orange highlights that stand out beautifully, almost like war-paint, giving the bike a sense of dynamism.

The sleek e-scooter doesn’t just showcase a different aesthetic, it boasts of a connected approach to transport. The Concept Link “knows what’s in the rider’s calendar and therefore his next destinations.” This allows the two-wheeler to plan the fastest route or even the most scenic. The design features two displays, a windshield HUD display shows vital stats like battery, speed, navigation, while a lower touch-capable screen is reserved for other functions.

The Concept Link is envisioned to be a fully electric, zero-emissions ride and even features a reverse gear. The seats are adjustable length-wise and we can’t get enough of the way the below-seat storage opens up! What’s more, BMW plans to launch a range of connected clothing that are compatible with the Concept Link. A specific touch-gesture on the sleeve of the connected-jacket, for instance, opens and closes the bike’s sliding cargo door! I’m so excited for the future!

Designer: BMW Motorrad

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Literally your ‘Utility Belt!’

There’s a subtle socio-cultural reason why the SOG Sync II is such a wonderful piece of industrial tool design. Aside from the “utility belt” reference that just works, because the SOG Sync II puts 12 tools into one small 2 inch X 6 inch belt buckle, the reason it fits socio-culturally is because (and I’m sure you’ve noticed this) belts have a strangely synonymous relationship with any sort of tool-work. Whenever the plumber comes over, or a carpenter gets to work, there’s always that action where they pull their pants up by the belt, before they get to the dirty-work. Even when they’re done, there’s always a need to rest your hands on your belt (in an akimbo fashion) and examine/admire your work.

The SOG Sync II is a rather interestingly designed multi-tool that doesn’t try to be as compact as possible, but rather as conveniently compact as possible. Designed to fold into a small rectangle that can then be retro-snapped onto your belt buckle, the SOG Sync II comes with 12 tools (pliers, scissors, screw-drivers and blades to name a few), a solid Stainless Steel construction, and a lifetime warranty. It comes with a base that can be fitted onto most existing belts or even onto backpacks, with the multi-tool snapping perfectly into place and releasing at the press of a button, just when you need to look like an absolute DIY pro!

Designer: SOG Specialty Knives

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Become a Multitasking Mastermind!

From a very technical standpoint, two screens should mean double the productivity, right? Either which way, with the Mountie, you can convert two gadgets into one, by allowing your tablet or phone to become a secondary screen for your laptop!

The humble Mountie is a small contraption that fits securely to the side of your laptop screen. With two clips facing in opposite direction, while one clip holds the Mountie in place on your laptop, the other clip allows you to fit in a tablet or a phone, effectively making your workspace larger and putting a secondary screen in your periphery. This secondary screen can either be an extension of your laptop screen (Apple users could use the AirPlay feature), or better still, the side screen could be running a conference call or hold up some Excel sheet or PDF, or you could just use it to watch yourself some YouTube while working (you didn’t get that advice from us!). It allows you to double your productivity only because with the secondary screen mounted right beside your primary screen, you don’t really have to look away. Everything sits right within your peripheral vision. Besides, the Mountie even tilts your secondary screen at a slight angle so that it faces you.

Absolutely ideal for the developer who wants to code and test apps at the same time, or for the office goer who wants to work and facetime/conference together, or just the serial multitasker, the Mountie lets you easily expand your screen estate just by simply clipping your tablet or phone conveniently near your screen. Want to push things a step further? Use two Mounties on either side and go full-on panoramic!

Designer: Ten One Design

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Behold the tires of the future!

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What we’re seeing here is the future of tire design. With companies like Bridgestone and Michelin investing efforts in airless-tubeless tires that absorb shock beautifully, we may one day see conventional tires become completely obsolete.

The Soft Creeper is a conceptual bicycle tire designed by a team from the Dalian Minzu University in China. It features a wheel that’s split into multiple identical pieces with the spokes being designed specifically for shock absorption. Upon encountering an obstacle, the spokes just simply bend inward, allowing the tire to deform in the shape of the obstacle, and the bike to ride right across like cutting through air. The same would work for potholes. If and when a wheel gets damaged, just simply replace the damaged components rather than the entire wheel itself!

The Soft Creeper is a winner of the Red Dot Award for the year 2016.

Designers: Su Hengchang, Zhang Dianming, Qiao Song, Zhang Mengbo, Cao Xinyu, Wu Jiahao, Xu Zhe & Ran Xuyang.

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