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RITHMS – 3D Printed Jewelry


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Designer: David Allin Reese & Ringling College

Categories: Accessories & FashionProduct Design

Year: Present-2020

Overview: Born from the idea of generative life, RITHMS was created as an exploration into the realm of algorithm-based replication. Continue reading →

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center


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Designer: Alan Maskin

Categories: Architecture Interior

Year: Present-2020

Overview: A series of five galleries lead the visitor through an exploration of the foundation’s history and interactive investigations Continue reading →

GNARBOX – Edit & Share HD Footage


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Designer: GNARBOX

Categories: GadgetsTechnology

Year: Present-2020

Overview: Working with high resolution footage while traveling is a challenge. Professional and amateur photographers all struggle with the decision of whether to shoot away Continue reading →

Stealth Yacht


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Designer: Ken Freivokh Design

Categories: YachtProduct DesignSketches

Year: 2021-2030

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Stealth Concept Photos

Overview: The project was developed for an owner keen to explore a number of lateral thinking possibilities within a highly efficient, sleek 100m displacement motor yacht.
The accommodation brief was ambitious, even for a 100m yacht, and particularly so for a low profile, streamlined and elegant yacht: The owner required a full helicopter hangar, a handsome size swimming pool and gymnasium convertible to a disco, a full blown cinema and a dedicated owner’s deck.

The Freivokh team proposed an unusual solution aimed at creating a spectacular guest space which required less internal volume compared with the typical Superyacht array of multiple similar saloons located on every deck. Instead, the Stealth design allocates maximum resources and volume to a single, amazing double height saloon including a library, office and corporate amenities on an open plan mezzanine. All guest areas overlook the aft terraces and water features which have been developed as the key focal point, whilst the helicopter hangar, tender garages and shell doors have been sited at the optimum location for launching and recovery.

Whilst the unusual solution creates a particularly attractive area aft, a Superyacht is expected to cater for a variety of interests at all times. Sporting and intense activity areas are best kept apart from the aft terraces associated with less frenetic activities, so a new area has been set up forward of the bridge, designed to be well sheltered, to incorporate a very acceptable size swimming pool with a current generator, and a handsome gymnasium which opens to the pool. To create the right backdrop, there is a waterfall feature which leads to the elevated deck over the helicopter hangar.

The unique approach does not limit itself to rationalising the different areas – there is extensive use of half levels within the open plan layout, so the transition between the various guest areas is a gradual and interesting sequence, rather than the more usual corridors and segregated stairs.

Placing the helipad and hangar forward may be the ideal solution to avoid interfering with guest enjoyment of the areas forward and aft of the main superstructure, but potentially would mean that the landing pad is simply not wide enough. To overcome this, the Freivokh team has designed the deck to hinge out, which in turn allows the hangar sole to rise level with the hinge-out sections, creating an excellent landing facility which exceeds the stipulated requirements. The forward mast is a telescopic structure, which fully retracts when the helipad is about to be used.

The cinema, placed at tank top level includes an underwater viewing area to enhance even further the scope of enjoyable features available to the guests. Further, the extensive tender garage has been designed to house a pair of 10m Pascoe tenders in addition to a 6.2m general purpose Pascoe shuttle and a 6.2m SOLAS Pascoe rescue boat. The shell doors hinge out to create further beach and landing areas both sides.

The yacht has been designed to maximise waterline length, with an aggressive sectional reverse bow and extended aft platform, optimising displacement speeds and efficiency.

Ghost Yacht


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Designer: Ken Freivokh Design

Category: Yacht

Year: 2031 – 2040

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Overview:  “Ghost” is a concept which explores the possibilities available when yachts design starts to adopt the technology and approach which is already evident in architecture and transportation vehicles such as planes and trains.
Since time immemorial, yachts have been built as modular ships, with a very simple orthogonal grid of frames, bulkheads and columns – not exactly the technology of the future, where carbon composites, spaceframe structures and advanced glass technology can play essential roles in the overall structure and cladding of a contemporary yacht.

On “Ghost”, the essential elements of the yacht, structure and envelope or skin, are handled quite separately for optimum efficiency as part of a minimalist approach and to achieve the free-form surfaces which suit the function and style whilst retaining the structure in its purest sense, creating a fully visible articulation of the space frame structure. This approach has already been adopted on many of the latest skyscrapers and buildings such as airport terminals, museums, etc., which require large unobstructed spans and where it is fundamental to define the most streamlined and efficient structure, and separately determine the required cladding, transparency and look and feel of the building. This is a particularly obvious approach for large yachts, subjected to massive loads and pressures, yet built without consideration of the potential of using the latest materials on a tremendously light, strong and rigid structure with a highly versatile skin, designed to keep the water out, the guests protected and achieve amazing panoramic views out. This approach is totally functional and yet another creation from a team that enjoys lateral thinking and an “out of the box” approach to design.

The Ghost concept is one of total flexibility, where a tremendously rigid spaceframe system takes care of the torsional rigidity, and allows large span openings, such as particularly handsome shell doors capable of accommodating a 15m limousine tender, which on most yachts could only run-alongside or deck stowed. Conversely, the skin of the yacht is designed for maximum efficiency underwater, and thanks to the developed transparency, allows the creation of open spaces with excellent outward views, yet fully shelter from the elements.

A further “first” in yachting is the honest expression of the complex systems as an integral part of the design. Such visibility will not only add to the interest and the feeling of being part of a complex machine, but of course, will also help efficient maintenance and control.

Ghost also boasts a number of unique features, such as underwater viewing, sliding helipad platforms, opening skylights, a telescopic signal mast forward, a glass sided pool within a handsome gymnasium, a massive atrium around one of the main structures, with balconies and flying bridges linking the various spaces. Green credentials are particularly strong, with the adoption of a new light sensitive film imbedded on the skin of the yacht, generating electricity to take care of all the hotel loads.

The design has not only been developed to achieve efficient hydrodynamic characteristics, but also aerodynamic – that should not only boost efficiency, but also provide a quieter environment underway.