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Sep 29, 2011

The Arcade Washing Machine


Not content with shooting alien invaders or zapping zombies, an MA student at Kingston University in south west London has designed a video game which involves doing the laundry. Lee Wei Chen's "amusement washing machine" resembles an arcade style video console - but the bottom half of the unit is a washing machine. Lee Wei has linked the circuitry of the two devices, so that the washing cycle becomes dependent on the gamer's progress. If he or she struggles while playing the game, extra coins will be needed to complete the cycle. Lee Wei, who is originally from Taiwan, said he wanted to find a productive use for the "wasted but enjoyable time" he spent gaming. "I realised that the skills I had developed in the virtual world were useless in the real world. I wanted to make them useful," the 27 year old explained. Players put three pound coins into the machine and are given three lives - this also turns the washing machine on. If players fail to progress beyond a certain level without losing their lives, the washing machine responds by refusing to move onto the next stage of its cycle and the player has to add more money. "This is a big and original idea - examining the possibility of transporting the enjoyment and skills of electronic gaming into the more mundane world of practical electronic devices," Lee Wei's course leader, Colin Holden, said. "He's chosen two instantly recognisable objects - a washing machine and an arcade game - to illustrate this idea. Together the two objects produce a striking new electronic device. It's an extremely well-executed design concept." lee wei chen master of design student at london's kingston university.



Sep 28, 2011

2011 Oregon Manifest Winners Announced


Bike Craft, Design and innovation.
The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is an innovative, pioneering design/build competition that is harnessing the power of American bicycle craftsmen and global design firms to create the next-wave bicycle for the everyday cyclist — a bike yet to be found on the retail floor.

In an unparalleled partnership, three global design firms – IDEO (Palo Alto, CA), Yves Behar and fuseproject (San Francisco, CA) and Ziba Design (Portland, OR) – have each paired with accomplished custom bike builders to push the boundaries of what a modern utility bike can be. The 2009 debut of the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge featured twenty-nine bicycle frame builders representing seven states across the nation. Builders presented best solutions to a transportation style bicycle, putting their entries to a rugged road test and under the scrutiny of a panel of seasoned bicycle experts. More than 5,000 people viewed the twelve winning solutions exhibited in the Oregon Manifest pop-up gallery in Portland, Oregon’s downtown Pearl District. The winner's of the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge were awarded, as well as three incredible designs from collaborations with constructors with IDEO, Fuseproject and Ziba Design.



Sep 27, 2011

WALTER van Beirendonck Retrospective


Dream the world awake

The Antwerp Fashion Museum present the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of the work of fashion designer WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK. Over three decades, Van Beirendonck has built up an impressive international career. He is the maverick of the Antwerp fashion scene and became primarily known for his colourful designs, his spectacular fashion shows in Paris in the 1990s under the W.&L.T. label, and the critical messages on society he proclaims in his designs. His work combines the most diverse sources of inspiration, ranging from technology, art and pop culture to ethnography. In addition to many of the most exceptional silhouettes from Van Beirendonck’s collections, the exhibition provides an overview of the world he lives in, his sources of inspiration and his numerous other projects. By way of different themes, it takes a deeper look into the narrative character of his oeuvre, his fascination for ethnography, spiritualism and the supernatural, rituals, science fiction and technology. The exhibition reveals how Van Beirendonck examines the frontiers of beauty, creating his own interpretations of concepts imposed by society, for example, in terms of gender and sexuality, and how he incorporates topical themes, including ecology, Aids or mass consumerism into his collections and presentations. The exhibition  runs from September 14th, 2011 until February 19th, 2012. Catalogue will be published in collaboration with Lannoo Publishers (Dutch) & ACC (English), hardcover, 240 pages. (c) Photography: Ronald Stoop

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