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Oct 04, 2011

Tomás Saraceno - Cloud Cities



 

@ Hamburger Bahnhof / Berlin 15.09-15.01.2012

Tomás Saraceno's installations shatter traditional concepts relating to place, time, gravity and traditional ideas as to what constitutes architecture. His works are utopian and invite the viewer to play a part in their impact on a particular space, as they reach up to the sky and down to the ground. The artist creates gardens that hang in the air and allow visitors to float in space, fulfilling a dream shared by all humankind. Saraceno draws inspiration from soap bubbles and the incredible strength and flexibility of spider webs. The interests of the artist (born in 1973, in Tucuman/Argentina) are broad and he moves with confidence from place to place throughout the world. With his studio in Frankfurt, it is unsurprising that the city's international airport plays an important role in his work. Everything he does appears to develop from a certain degree of boundlessness, motivated by an interest in the changes taking place in the world in which we live. Each of his objects invites the viewer to consider alternative forms of knowledge, feelings and our interaction with others. The exhibition in the Hamburger Bahnhof will for the first time see approx. 20 of his balloon models go on show at one time. The exhibition will give visitors the chance to see for themselves how the hanging settlements interact with each other and the space, not merely by observing them from afar, but by actually entering them. Curated by Britta Schmitz, curatorial assistance Katharina Schlüter (c) Photography: Jens Ziehe & Tomás Saraceno



 

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Oct 04, 2011

The ICON Family lamp by LE BLUME



 

Reduction, and simplification makes this lamp seem to be designed out of a screen design-context.
An ICON, as simple it is depicts as the ICON-Family lamp clearly its purpose. The lamp works with LED Lighting or energy saving light bulbs.

LE BLUME was founded by Damián López in 2009, he presents object designed to bring sustainability into the most mundane environments. “As designers we have to take on board the responsibility implicit in creating objects for the mass market. What we have a society dominated by a growth economy whose logic is not to grow in order to satisfy needs but to grow simply for the sake of growing.
At LEBLUME we back sustainable design because we like things that are natural, we like to look after environment and... because we would not know how to operate any other way!
Our starting point is the strong bond that develops between an object and its user and how objects interact in our lives, changing our habits and behaviours.
We hope we make products that can re-educate consumers and teach them the value of a society where consumption is sustainable - objects that demand to be used in conjuntion with a simple, natural lifestyle and environment.”



 

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Oct 03, 2011

BlackTrail The non plus ultra eBike



 

Developed & manufactured by UBC - Design by Christian Zanzot - Limited to 667 bikes worldwide We have rediscovered the wheel. The fastest, most modern and exclusive e-Bike in the world. Precision handwork emotionally combines carbonfibre, titanium and fine leather to create a unique bike. The BlackTrail was developed with Formula One know-how together with our partner UBC and manufactured to Formula One standards.

COMPONENTS
extremely robust e-Bike lightweight frame, metal components from aerospace alloy, Carbon components from high-strength carbon fibers:
Frame - Fork - Wheel set - Handlebar
System-integrated designer components:
• LED stop light, headlight & taillight
• On-board computer with OLED display
• Internally ventilated break discs
• High-quality leather grips and leather seat
TECHNICAL DATA
Max. range: 200 km (124 miles)

Max. speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
Weights:
frame: 2.300 g - wheels: 1.600 g
bike (excl. engine and battery): 13.800 g
Battery (max. output): 6.500 g
engine and shifting system: 6.300 g



 
 
 
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