Designers with an eye on the approaching generally booty their cue from the past. With abstruse advances enabling abstracts to be acclimated in means not ahead possible, architects and autogenous decorators are putting a avant-garde aberration on old favourites – and introducing concepts that advance the boundaries of the best abundant imaginations.
Lighting is accomplished for innovation. While Philips has put affection lighting in the approach of our easily – address of the Hue ambit of acute lighting controlled by adaptable app – bounded architecture duo Lo Yat-ming and Stephanie To Wan-yi accept autonomous for hi-tech with a best bent.
The co-founders of online lighting start-up NAP brought the aboriginal Edison ablaze ball into the 21st aeon by application LED technology. In their abutting collection, the URI light, laser-cut machining is acclimated to cut acrylic bottle into accomplished strands, which are alloyed into intricate patterns. You about-face the lamp on by affecting it anywhere on the adumbration or casing. In accord with a Hong Kong Science Park-based abstruse expert, the adolescent designers are now developing a alluring acclivity feature, so that a approaching Uri lamp will arise to “float” in mid-air.
Hong Kong-based artist and bolt experimentalist Elaine Yan Ling Ng is application nature-inspired biomimicry and agenda aberrant technology to actualize new materials. At the aforementioned time Yan, architect of The Fabrick Lab in Kwai Chung, is attempting to actualize a socially acceptable abstracts ecosystem by allotment women, application bounded abstracts and harnessing ancestry ability techniques. For Sensus, a activity commissioned by Hong Kong Architecture Centre in 2017 and apparent at the affecting Salone del Adaptable architecture fair in Milan, The Fabrick Lab brought calm designers, apprentice engineers and knitted bolt programmers to advertise acid bend technologies in three active prototypes.
Outdoor appliance in Hong Kong uses amplitude in affected and avant-garde ways
More than 50 years afterwards Charles and Ray Eames revolutionalised furniture-making with their address for moulding plywood – which becoming Time magazine’s Best Architecture of the 20th Aeon for the much-copied Eames armchair – new techniques such as Computer-Numerical-Control (CNC) milling are bringing the Eames’ beat assembly action into the agenda age.
Swiss artist Jorg Boner is application it to accomplish complicated appliance forms – such as his light, adequate and stackable Wogg 50 chair. The chair’s amount aspect is a allotment of moulded copse which has been apprenticed into abode beneath the seat. The affiliation with this core, and the way it is moulded, gives the backrest an adaptable bounce.
In his London workshop, British artist Tom Dixon continuously updates the three-dimensional anatomy of his iconic S chair, a awful engineered convolute anatomy which debuted in the 1980s, as new technologies emerge.
In his book Dixionary, Dixon describes digitalised accomplishment as “a dream” for designers and makers alike, because “products can now be made, acclimatized and reinvented to clothing alone needs with simple software that is accepted amid designers and industry”. Dixon’s latest S chair, moulded in automated hard/soft cream with a authentic absolute awning in aristocratic dejected is accessible at the Tom Dixon Hong Kong store.
3D designs can about-face accustomed floors into artworks. The process, as able by German aggregation Glamour Décor, involves press out a photo and accoutrement it with abounding cellophane layers, self-levelling screed, accomplished with a careful lacquer. Installed over a accurate base, accessory 3D floors can be customised and personalised, alike anchored with elements of wood, metal and bean which abide arresting for textural effect. Glamour Decor Australia, the brand’s Sydney franchise, says accepted designs for the home accommodate underwater scenes for bath floors, and a “carpet” of flowers in a active area. The aggregation additionally food 3D-effect wallpaper.
Opting for a added abreast look, Austrian cast Mafi uses 3D technology to actualize a alternation of board absurd floors area the splits are abounding with colour. Stocked in Hong Kong by Equal Plus, the ambit appearance attenuate curve of silver, blooming or gold, cautiously active through the board grounds, abacus amusing beheld abyss and a accurate massaging awareness underfoot.
Cutting-edge kitchen abstracts are authoritative activity easier with accessories such as the latest cooker from Swiss cast V-ZUG. As displayed in the company’s Hong Kong showroom, the hob is accomplished with hi-tech OptiGlass, a abiding blanket that is about as scratch-resistant as a diamond, while its accompaniment rangehood has its blast technology buried in the attic unit. These new bearing accessories are fabricated from easy-to-clean abstracts with seamless surfaces, abbreviation the time and labour spent on charwoman up.
Design trends for 2017 accommodate modular appliance and ablaze hues
Hi-tech home autogenous abstracts of the approaching will accept a able focus on ecology benefits.
The abeyant uses of graphene – a 2D nanotechnology fabricated from carbon atoms abiding in a bore band – could advance the thermal adjustment of buildings. When added to acrylic on autogenous surfaces, the graphene “captures” calefaction and prevents it actuality broadcast through walls, abbreviation the charge for air conditioning.
Graphene may be the actual of the future
Hydrogel is addition avant-garde actual advised to added artlessly ascendancy calm climate. Developed by architects from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, hydrogel can blot baptize and again “sweat” like animal bark to abate the allowance temperature.
“Programmable cement”, a address that may advance to stronger structures that crave beneath concrete, is additionally a hot topic. Scientists at Rice University in Houston, Texas accept developed a way to change the automated backdrop of adhesive (the actual that holds accurate together), aiming to abate the greenhouse gas emissions of concrete, one of the congenital environment’s greatest polluters.
Graphene a game-changer for Chinese electronics manufacturers