Tag Archives: environment

Backyard House


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Overview: How square would you like you home to be? So square? Me too. Let’s talk about this house right here. It goes by the name of “Backyard House” and it’s designed by Thomas Schaer of SHED Architects. Sitting right up on the hill looking down over downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. Spaces and finishes and big fat giant walls of glass for optimum in livability and having a really, really amazing time just sitting in the living room.

So you’re sitting over Seattle. It’s going to rain somewhat of a lot. That’s what Seattle does, it rains! So you’re going to want to have an amazing house to sit in. Unobstructed views all around, looking over the city, peeking at the people around you. It’s open wide, yet secluded enough to make you feel fabulously elite. The whole place is “Built Green” certified with environment, community, and one more thing in mind:

two and a half words,

rooftop deck.

That’s what’s up.

Designer: Thomas Schaer of SHED Architects

Lamborghini Ferruccio


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Overview: There’s no better automotive brand to experiment with wild design than Lamborghini. With this in mind, Mark Hostler designed the Ferruccio concept as an unrestrained vision of what the automaker’s future vehicles might look like. The flamboyant design takes inspiration from the signature multifaceted, “stealth fighter” aesthetic, but also applies a new design language of aggressive (almost violent), sharp points and dramatic lines that can best be described as crystalline.

The Ferruccio also showcases innovations in the future of performance and environmental consciousness. The trademark of Lamborghini’s flagship supercars has always been a large v12, but in the current climate of environmentalism, car manufacturers are now using smaller, turbocharged engines to meet emissions regulations without compromising on performance. The Ferruccio combines these two ideas, using upcoming technologies in engine design and manufacturing. A v12 is under the hood, but has a comparably small 5.0 liter unit, boosted by two turbochargers The main difference, however, is that the engine would be camless, and activate its valves using computer-controlled pneumatic solenoids. This combination of technologies allows the Ferruccio’s engine to stick to Lamborghini’s power philosophies while being environmentally and economically conscious.

Designer: Mark Hostler

Aviator -The High Performance Hoodies|Go Further


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Overview: The High Performance Fabric will fight off bacteria, germs, and wick away moisture. This will help keep you healthy, odor free, dry, and comfortable. It’s made with a natural non toxic moisture management finish at the molecular level which means you won’t feel it. All you’ll notice is, your hoodie won’t smell after wearing it all day. The 360° stretch fabric will move with you and not against you. This will help you perform your best no matter what the day brings. The Fabric has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

You can back this project at Aviator | Kickstarter

Designer: Colby Kane

Here – Active Listening


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Overview: Through two truly wireless, in-ear buds and a smartphone app, Here allows you to instantly control real world audio so you can hear what you want to hear – no matter the situation – and be fully immersed in your audio environment.

Here does not stream or play recorded music. Instead, the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) inside Here acts as a studio in your ears by providing you with a volume knob, equalizer and effects to transform real world audio. Use this “remote control for your ears” to have an optimal listening experience every time.

You can back them at Here Kickstarter

Designer: Doppler Labs

Biz Cafe


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Overview: I’m embarrassed to admit it but I was one of the first people to criticize the concept of cyber cafés and even bet they wouldn’t last. To cut the story short, I had to swallow my words and I’m here to make amends. What we have here is the Biz Café – a concept targeted towards the jet-set workaholics who need gadget ready environments even while relaxing with a cup of coffee. Think about it, most restaurants and glitzy places in town have access to our social profile and instantly ping the world with a status update! So yes, in the future we will need a semi-office environment, even in cafés, so that we don’t lose out on work!

Designers: Youri Hong, Moonhwan Park & Hyoshin Kim [SADI]