Posts Tagged ‘industrial design’
November 5th, 2013 – The much awaited Magnum MK5 has been officially unveiled! The first track-focused street-legal lightweight supercar from Canada is whispered to be quite addictive. Created from a passion for motorsport in the late 60′s, when original founder Jean-Pierre St-Jacques built Magnum’s first formula race car, Magnum Cars is now entering the lightweight supercar segment with the introduction of the MK5. The brainchild of his son Bruno St-Jacques, himself a well-rounded and successful race car driver, the Magnum MK5 aims to offer an incredible driving experience; the closest that most will get to experiencing a real race car.
In addition to being an amazing track warrior, the Magnum MK5 is also an outstanding street fighter. One that will challenge any sports car or supercar on their preferred territory: the road. With its light and agile nature, the Magnum MK5′s amazing acceleration and handling is pure driving bliss. The MK5’s open cockpit “speedster” styling is perfect for both the thrills of track days and Sunday drives through mountain roads. The MK5’s “rock star” stance will make owners feel right at home amongst luxury supercars during a night out on the town.
Featuring impressive power-to-weight ratio of 460 bhp per tonne, remarkable handling with cornering forces of over 2Gs, second-to-none build quality, and cutting edge design, the Magnum MK5 strives on offering the ultimate excitement for all the senses, so that both driver and passenger can enjoy the true feeling of a pure and exhilarating car. Having recently completed its development program, including 3 years of extensive track testing, the Magnum MK5 is now ready to be unveiled to car enthusiasts around the globe.
“The MK5′s amazing power-to-weight ratio delivers mind-blowing acceleration in the low 3-second range, while amazing handling conveys confidence and predictability which makes it is very easy to drive fast. We built the MK5 to offer the speed and agility of a racecar combined with the stance and refinement of a supercar, without the high cost of either one.” Points out Bruno St-Jacques, President and CTO of Magnum.
The Magnum MK5 is not only fast; it is equally versatile. From its cargo compartment that can easily accommodate two race helmets and a briefcase, to its street-legal amenities like full lighting and reverse camera, the Magnum MK5 can “bring it” both at the track or on the road. This reflects the MK5’s dual personality.
October 22, 2013 - From conception to realization, the transportation designers at French based auto company Lazareth, control all of the construction operations on their vehicles. Because of this process, there are very little limits to what Lazareth’s talented team can build – enter the WazumaV8F “Matt Edition”! This Batman-like vehicle is a custom built, V12 powered, with a horse power of 250! The Wazuma V8F is like a flattened down motorcycle with two extra wheels, causing the rider to drive in a horizontal position.
The vehicle is unique in many ways, the most obvious way is it’s “W-wheeled geometry,” which consists of 2 largely spaced front wheels and 2 closer twin rear wheels.
Based on the same atypical 3 wheels geometry (2 largely spaced front wheels and 2 attached rear wheels), it has been thought to be simple, aggressive and highly performing. This Wazuma is powered by a Ferrari 3.0L V8, developing 250 hp for less than 650kg.
This engine incorporates the injection system of two sport bike engines and is electronically controlled by a Sybelle system. All the engine management can be modified and monitored with a computer. The 6 speed sequential gearbox comes from a BMW M3 and is controlled from the handlebars.
The machine gets specific and highly exclusive equipment like modified Momo (+Power) rims with Brembo calipers and four 324mm brake discs. The suspension system is very specific, featuring four horizontal shock absorbers, made?to?measure by EMC. Everything is enormous. For instance, the wheels are slicks 285?30ZR18 for the front and 315?30ZR18 for the rear. Another obvious unique quality to the Wazuma is it’s high price tag of a whopping $250,000.
July 9th, 2013 – An object of simplicity understood by an adult, can be the very same object that ignites a child’s imagination and sends them into a creative wonderworld. Barcelona-based industrial designer Quim Falco balances creativity and function for the creation of his Cloud Kids Hanger. The Cloud Kids Hanger takes on a cartoon-like shape of a white cloud with tiny little lightning bolt or rain drop hangers that descend from the bottom of the cloud. Pair a series of the Cloud Hangers with wall stickers that illustrate a colorful city scene, mountain scene, or maybe a tropical destination – the cloud hangers go perfectly with any scene and might just help get that jacket and scarf off the floor!
June 27th, 2013 – Parisian designer Gregoire de Lafforest is taking the term ‘centerpiece’ to a whole new level. The designer’s new Archibird Cage Table combines the idea of sculpture and furniture when Lafforest retrofitted a custom designed birdcage into a wood console table. Lafforest explained that “the idea was to develop a cage that would break conventional codes, the bird is staged as in a theater. Its pure materials it gives a great view of nature.”
While exploring his idea, Lafforest contracted the fabricating creatives over at Paris-based SeeWhy Workshops to help build the actual cage (see the whole building process here). The designer says that the glass domes are a reference to the curiosity cabinets of the past. The main intention of the design has been the drive for lightness and illusions, for instance, the bottom part of the cage is suspended to the steel rods, but in reality it is supported by the tree branch. The legs are also shaped to achieve this aerial feeling. Its purity gives an idealized vision of nature. Though the Archibird Cage doesn’t seem like your regular bird cage, it has all the attributes of a bird cage: it can be opened for cleaning, and it has mangers and a small washing pool.
May 22nd, 2013 – Swedish born industrial designer Victor Johansson’s new Ceramic Stereo seamlessly merges the physical and digital to create interactions with improved sensory richness. Using the Ceramic Stereo is simple; connect your smartphone device via bluetooth, place your phone on the wooden center, then move your phone towards a specific edge of the speaker where the phone will detect a command (play, pause, radio, etc.).
Johansson constructed the Ceramic Stereo during his final year at London’s prestigious Central St. Martins University, to illustrate a cohesive way of human interaction with digital design.
“The Ceramic Stereo is one of three outcomes from my degree-project at Central St. Martins. This means that there is about 6-months worth of research and design work preceding the concept,” Johansson explained. While building the Ceramic Stereo, the designer seemed to breeze through the technicalities of constructing the device, but molding the ceramic was a different story. “What took the longest was to create the ceramic bowl itself, I had no prior knowledge to working with ceramic so this was quite a challenge, luckily the amazing technicians at CSM helped me.”
“The interaction-design paradigm of the moment is being centered around swiping our fingertips on glass. May it be phones, tablets, computers, in-car systems, or even refrigerators.” Johansson wanted to reach further, and create objects that humans can interact with in a less tangible way, such as voice commands and waiving your hands in the air.
More tangible options do exist. These options often offer more natural interactions with greater tolerances and error margins and that stimulate a wider range of human abilities than it’s screen counterpart. However, more often than not these tangible interfaces end up having very few functions and limited in terms of adaptation and customization. The Ceramic Stereo is Johansson first stab at creating an interactive product containing user friendly commands that act upon movement.
March 25th, 2013 – When Alberta College of Art & Design asked their design students to create something that generates social or economic value, students Sarah Jensen, Janet Molchanko, Amy Pon, and Morgan Smith immediately thought of one thing – number 2. An adventure in the great outdoors comes at a steep compromise of comfort, and when nature calls, leaves don’t always do the trick. In response to the discomfort of forests-sans-toilets, Jensen, Molchanko, and Smith created a waterproof toilet paper capsule made from a 2L plastic soda bottle, a resealable bag, reflective tape, silicone, twine, and recycled paper. The capsule is designed be hung and has an optional light attachment, for those late night rumbles. Now, at one point or another, every camper has made some sort of make-shift toilet paper holder, but kudos to this crew for refining it, packaging it, and giving it a clever name, When Nature Calls.
February 22nd, 2013 – The GROWLER City Bike was created with the design lover, recreational urban rider, and local pub in mind. Industrial designer Joey Ruiter, Founder and design lead of jruiter + studio, has a soft spot for people who opt to cycle instead of drive. Riders have needs too, and one of those needs is transporting their beverages. Now, we’re not condoning drinking alcoholic beverages and cycling, but we are condoning functional and easily accessible bicycle storage. The GROWLER is outfitted with a 29er fat wheel set, monarch springer front end, 2 speed internal kickback hub, disc brakes, and a drink holder that fits a 1 gallon jug of beer….or milk. As spring is approaching, yes, we’re almost there, the bikes are starting to hit the roads in effort to make up for lost time. If one of your favorite summer pastime is taking a ride to meet friends for an outdoor BBQ, then the GROWLER is right up your street.
Dean Van Dis Photography
January 10th 2013 – The Netherlands is known to get cold. Very cold. Dutch designer Joost van Veldhuizen, founder of VanJoost, created a portable standing fireplace to help beat the freeze. Calling the little heater Brazier ‘Mikado’, Veldhuizen’s cool arrangement of bent steel is able to maintain its sturdiness, even amongst the very spastic set of legs. Because the Mikado is light weight and compact, it can easily be moved from spot to spot depending on where the outdoor gathering is happening.
Joost van Veldhuizen at work in his Voorthuizen workshop for VanJoost.
Industrial Designer Xavier Lopez says that “we are experts in precooked meals made in 5-15 minutes.” It seems, at times, we can be so caught up with our faced paced lives that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Lopez’s DOME Oven might just be the trick to slowing us all down!?! “The idea is to recover the idea of DOME cooking fire and slowly, as our ancestors did, generating a meeting around food because you have to wait to be done,” the designer explained. The DOME is relatively light weight and can be used in the kitchen, or you can take it on a picnic to the beach. The oven is constructed of all handmade pieces with a refractory ceramic and a little shallot. Lopez chose a dark black glaze to line the inside so the food becomes more attractive and the small structure is sculpted to give the food perfectly distributed heat!
(Photography: Xavier Lopez)