issue forty-six

From the publisher

It’s a bright and exciting place, where design is leading the way. From concepts to current-day realities – products for every facet of life are set to make living easier and more enjoyable.
 

In our Work segment we investigate how office spaces are changing the future of work as we know it. New design directions for office work spaces are not what you would expect – resembling a hybrid style, closer to home interiors than the traditional office environment.
In Play, an Italian electric-eco superbike, built and styled like a true muscle machine, races to an eco-driven future, and Zaha Hadid’s luxurious Unique Circle Yachts glide on the sea.
Neri Oxman, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and director of the Mediated Matter research group at MIT, is a high-profile change agent. In our Share segment she predicts how products will be transformed and created in our future.


Inside this issue

African design hub

As 2014’s World Design Capital, Cape Town will host a year-long program of more than 450 projects in the hope of positioning the city as the design and creative hub of Africa.

News

Brace yourself

London-based product design consultancy, Seymourpowell, has co-founded a back-care brand, aptly named bac<, to bring to market innovative products that help target back pain.

You

Down memory lane

Every year from September to January London’s Design Museum stages the Designers in Residence program, a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers.

You

Flexible furniture

Docks is a modular furniture system that can be combined in a variety of ways to create different office islands. Created by German designers Till Grosch and Bjorn Meier for ophelis, Docks can be used as both a meeting place in the office environment, as well as a retreat for relaxation and concentration.

Work

House in order

“Prefabs and architecture used to be two worlds apart,” says Ola Rune, one of the three partners.

Rest

More than wood

Many believe that when it comes to parquet floors, ceramics that look like wood are a little odd: what’s the point of imitating nature when nature can do the job itself?

Rest

Neri Oxman’s 3D vision

“Neri Oxman is one of the 20 talents that will change the world of design and architecture,” says Paola Antonelli, the design curator of the Moma in New York, and at 37 Oxman has certainly gone far

Share

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

Edited by Ronald T Labaco and published by Black Dog Publishing, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital examines the interdisciplinary trend in today’s postdigital world that artists are using to achieve levels of expression that were never before possible.

News

Pedal to the metal

Some may argue that an electric superbike wouldn’t be any match for a petrol one in terms of speed and sound.

Play

Riding the waves

Famed Iraqi–British architect Zaha Hadid has turned her hand to yacht design. Having conceived a master prototype of a 128 metre yacht, she has now collaborated with German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss to bring it to life in a family of five individual 90m yachts – the Unique Circle Yachts.

Play

Workplaces of the future

Gone is the equation office = playground. The places where we work will increasingly look like homes and will make us perform and feel better.

Work