•May 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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‘Genetic code’ table by Tjep. and Dutch DNA

•April 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment
A map of genetic code generated the forms of a table on show at Dutch studio Tjep.’s stand at Ventura Lambrate in Milan.


Produced with Netherlands-based company Dutch DNA, Tjep. has utilised gene mapping to create patterns that can be manipulated with specially designed software, producing forms that can be translated into furniture pieces.

'Genetic code' table by Tjep. and Dutch DNA

To create the DNA map, a sample was taken from the saliva of Dutch contemporary dancer Giulia Wolthuis, whose father Eric founded Dutch DNA. “The process starts with a simple and very established genetic profiling test, the same that’s used by the police or in parental tests,” Tjep. founder Frank Tjepkema told Dezeen.


Analysis completed at a laboratory in Holland is fed into a program that charts the data, then the lines are built up into 3D forms. “The mapping process is based on a designated design map that we put together ourselves,” said Tjepkema. “We map the unique genetic markers, which are essentially numbers, against design points and then can use a range of modelling tools to visualise the patterns and create the final forms.”


As everyone’s DNA is unique, the patterns created by mapping the genes of individuals will each be slightly different and could be used to create personal furniture pieces. Wolthuis’ sample was used for the sculptural glass-topped Darwin table, which was milled on a CNC router and finished in lacquer.



Porsche Panamera plug-in electric hybrid

•April 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment
In the second generation of the Gran Turismo, Porsche has introduced the world’s first plug-in electric hybrid to the luxury class market.

Porsche Panamera

The Panamera S E-hybrid is equipped with a 416 horsepower V6 bi-turbo engine taking the GT from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds. New compared to the previous 4.8 liter V8. The E-hybrid receives an additional 95 horsepower thanks to its electric drive motor, drawing its energy from a newly developed 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. When connected to an industrial outlet, it can be charged within around two and a half hours via an integrated on-board charger.

Porsche Panamera

Driving range is estimated to be 36 kilometers with top speeds reaching up to 130 km/h in all electric mode. The parallel full hybrid concept offers ‘coasting’ at higher speeds, switching the internal combustion engine off and recovering energy by generating electricity.

Porsche Panamera

The new exterior face-lift sees tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements, which is especially apparent in the larger air intakes and the distinctive transition to the newly developed LED headlights. The rear is also redesigned, including a wider spoiler showing a tighter transition to the taillights, similar to the visual transition at the front of the car.

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera


Olympic swimming pool in Kurdistan by DOS architects

•April 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Having won the competition to build the ‘olympic swimming pool’ in Erbil, Kurdistan. London-based DOS architects have shared some images of their proposal.

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

Taking cues from undulating waves formed by water, the stadium is comprised of two massive curving concrete beams that replicate the same bend as a section through agitated water.

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

The two integrated counteracting structural members define a steel and glass roof plane that illuminate both, the interior pool and 2000-seat capacity arena with plenty of natural light.

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

As well as the timber-clad sides that taper out towards a public square buffer zone between the parking and the event building.

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

The entire ground floor is wrapped in a continuous layer of transparent glazing that creates a clear threshold through which guests may enter into the venue. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects

Olympic swimming pool in kurdistan by DOS architects


Floating ripple vases by oodesign

•April 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Fill your favorite container with water and float the vase!

Floating ripple vases by oodesign

Shaped like ripples in water, the vases by japanese oodesign allows users to place flowers into a PET formed resin void, floating nonchalantly on the water. According to the movement of the air, the plants change their position within the container.

Floating ripple vases by oodesign

Floating ripple vases by oodesign

Floating ripple vases by oodesign


Laferrari’s unseen concepts: project F150 by Ferrari

•March 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Designboom travels to Maranello to attend the grand opening of ‘ferrari supercar – tecnica. design. mito’ exhibition at museo Ferrari – taking an exclusive look into the vehicle concept development, 1:1 scale prototypes and study models illustrating the birth of ‘Laferrari’. originally motor show, the installation recounts the technical contents and the history of style – explaining in the detail the path that has been traversed from the 1984 GTO production model – to the first concept and final iteration of the car. preceding the ‘Ferrari enzo’ which launched in 2002, the new supercar combines formula one performance and sustainability with ferrari’s first ever hybrid powertrain – a HY-KERS system that delivers 963 horsepower from its V12 engine and its two electric motors.


























Folio Staircase by Disguincio & Co

•March 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Italian studio Disguincio & Co has produced a concept for a spiral staircase with steps made from folds of fibreglass.


The Folio Staircase by Pordenone-based practice Disguincio & Co would comprise a repeated sequence of steps that slot into each other to make a spiral staircase.


Each step is flexible and relatively weak, but when pieced together the whole staircase would become stable and robust, says designer Mirk Daneluzzo.


The steps would be made from fibreglass reinforced with carbon fibre strips, although Daneluzzo hopes to utilise other materials in the future. “We are actually doing research to select environmentally sustainable solutions to have a natural fibre and bio-polymer-matrix composite,” he told Dezeen.


For the moment there is no working prototype of the staircase, only a small model. “We are working to make it as soon as possible, in collaboration with some producers,” added Daneluzzo.