About 70 percent of the earth’s surface is water, so as the pressure on land grows, it would be sensible to seek water as a place to host cities. Designer Phil Pauley’s Sub-Biosphere 2 concept is a city established to live under water. A huge self contained structure, the city would be 1,105 feet wide housed in eight spherical pods called Bio Domes.
Honey, I shrunk the kids, and I saved the world. We could at least imagine that happening given this speculative but interesting concept by Arne Hendriks. A nearly two meters tall man, Hendricks imagines the world would be a better place if humans were shrunk down to the size of 50 centimeters.
Kisa candles from PyroPet take the cute geometric shape of cats, which of course doesn’t even border to telling the story of the dark secrets held inside the candles. Once the candles start burning, as the wax melts off you get to see an animal skeleton emerge from the candle. You just set a wax cat on fire, don’t be surprised when its steel skeleton shows up! Designed by Thorunn Arnadottir and Dan Koval, the 7-inch tall candles are currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
Ridiculously high costs of printer ink aren’t lost on anyone, neither is the fact that the prices border on the obscene. For a satirical take on the situation, Celeste Watson, packaged HP Printer ink like the packing of the famous Chanel No. 5 perfume. That’s actually downgrading the printer ink, because as it turns out, Hewlett Packard’s printer ink costs $4285 per liter, which is more than twice the cost of the Chanel perfume per liter. The repackaged ink is called Hewlett Packard No. 564.
Zaha Hadid worked with master yacht builders Blohm+Voss to create a set of concept superyachts with organic design touches. The set includes one 128-meters (420ft) long superyacht with five 90-meters (295 ft) yachts. The larger yacht at 128-meters is the one that shows off its design to full scale with a somewhat unconventional shape and a creative design full of “organic lattices” that follow the appearance of natural marine formations themselves.
South Africa’s Kulula Airlines has its planes dressed in a livery that is a far cry from usual standards. Perhaps the most interesting one is the Flying 101, a plane that is painted with descriptive words for most parts of the aircraft, and humorous quips to go with them. For example, it shows off the plane’s “Secret Agent Code” which happens to be its registration number, seats that are “better than taxi seats”, and a place dubbed as the “mile high club initiation chamber”, which just happens to be the loo.
A full-sized version of the pin art toys, the PinPres shelf is a fun modular system that you can change to suit your will and requirements, while generally having a fun time with the piece. Made primarily for kids’ rooms, the shelf is available in two sizes: a wall-mounted mini, and a standalone version.
California based designer Robby Cuthbert builds furniture that is not held together by conventional means like adhesives or nails, but relies on tension to keep its elements in place. All the wires you see in the furniture are to get the tension in the material built up enough to keep it a tangible furniture item, while staying on the course of novel design.
The magical world of Pandora from the movie Avatar was a beautiful place; that someone would want it as a theme park is a totally wise idea. Disney is stepping up into the direction with a recent series of concept art to show what the proposed Avatar Land might look like when it opens its doors in 2016.
Dressing lamps from Italian designer Marcella Foschi employ old clothes as shades. While that is a brilliant idea that lends both form and shape to the lamp, we wonder how effective could a lamp like this be. Wearing lamp sized clothes would perhaps be much better.