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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:53 pm

Yes indeed John! Not only British design but also British workmanship!

I see a new trend over the past couple of years whereby small manufacturing companies are starting up and producing quality products in locations in the Western world that have been devoid on manufacturing for some time.

I am not sure about what is causing this but I imagine the recession with all the layoffs we are seeing from the large multi-nationals has kickstarted this new trend. Also small start-ups can more easily get into quite high-tech ventures with the now low cost availability of design and manufacturing processes. It no longer takes 3-4 years and multi millions to design, develop and produce a car! The Qbeak and Lit C-1 are cases in point.

An excellent some scale example of this trend is Kickstarter and in many cases SketchUp has been the design tool of choice, at least on the initial design concept. I hope this trend keeps moving forward.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby simon le bon » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:49 pm

A little time since I have posted 8-)

This is the result of my search for today:

Hand Paintings by Annie Ralli


Top 15 Exotic Retreats For Design Lovers



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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:41 pm

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Good to have you back. Those retreats are incredible. Kenya under the stars. :thumb:
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby simon le bon » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:10 am

Hi Dale :)


I agree with you. The simplest is also my preferred :thumb: :enlight:

(Can we still call this "Design" ?)

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:13 pm

Design is a process, and when a design is well thought out and executed you will see an end product like this that has considered everything for the users it is intended for.
Stephen, well done!
http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=436919#p436919
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Transforming sofa converts into dining table and bed for two

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:02 pm

I'm quite fascinated with some the the transforming furniture designs that come to fore. This particular sofa/double bed/ workstation is one such!




http://www.homecrux.com/2012/10/16/1597 ... r-two.html
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:57 pm

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I was just listening to a radio show about a new development in Vancouver that will offer living spaces under 400 sq ft (just over 37 sq m)This is highly unusual in Canada where people consider 2500 sq ft (232 sq m)small. We still think we have a lot of space to waste.
This style of furniture will be essential in a space this size.
It really requires some innovative design and joinery, and out of the box thinking.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby stefanq » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:32 pm

Mayor, I think you'll love this vid. then . :bounce:
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:37 pm

The idea of converting one object and its function into another.
Red Dot Award winner for Design Concept Chan Wen Jie, with his "Convertible" stair that converts to a ramp.

Convertible is a user-friendly, dual-function staircase that can be transformed into a ramp.
The goal of this design is to help the elderly, those who have walking difficulties, or those who need to move heavy items in a trolley or on a cart to climb stairs more efficiently and conveniently. It aims to minimise falls and injuries.

Convertible incorporates a simple linkage mechanism system that requires minimal effort to operate, making it quick and easy to use. It is mounted directly onto existing stairs, and makes efficient use of space, time, and money in comparison to the construction of a new ramp. Convertible has been designed for a low construction cost, easy installation, and minimal maintenance.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:43 pm

And this type of conversion is made more pertinent with the major storms happening world wide right now. Designer Chen Yu Jung

It is important to promptly and efficiently settle and comfort survivors after disasters. Rely – a foldout sleeping domain – makes things easier by accommodating a survivors’ needs within it.
After a disaster has occurred, refuges and aid centres typically gather the survivors and distribute the required resources. However, the distribution of resources can potentially be ad hoc depending on their availability. Rely presents a survivor with everything they need (bar food) and encourages feelings of warmth, safety, reassurance, and comfort.

Rely contains a sleeping bag and light shelter, a bottle of water, a lighting tool, a stool, tableware, and toiletries. All the components are rolled up into a hexagon-shaped cylinder that can be zipped up and carried on one’s back with the help of straps. The rigid cylinder casing can be used as a sun shelter for the head when the bed is unfolded.

The two ends of the cylinder store goods. On one side, a small storage compartment houses the bottle of water, tableware, and toiletries. When it is turned upside down, this ‘cabinet’ can be used as a stool. On the other side, a lighting tool is accommodated. It can be used as a lamp, and also as a flashlight that is charged via the kinetic energy associated with pushing a button. The lamp can be stood upright on its base. The rolled-up unit is efficient to stack and transport.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:52 pm

And for the Kids Designer Hsu Wei Chih

This build-it-yourself children’s bike is made (with parental help) almost entirely from a pre-cut cardboard sheet.
Almost all the components of D-Bike are made from reinforced honeycomb cardboard. They are all punched out from a pre-cut cardboard sheet. Parents and their kids work together to assemble the bike, enhancing the parent-child relationship in the process. The intention is also that kids will learn from the assembly process.

Kids can create their own drawings on the provided self-adhesive paper, and stick them on each side of the bike. A unique bike is therefore created. Kids will gain confidence and have fun during the assembly, drawing, and resultant play with the bike. D-Bike is easy and inexpensive to manufacture.

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Roger » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:10 am

dale wrote:The idea of converting one object and its function into another.
Red Dot Award winner for Design Concept Chan Wen Jie, with his "Convertible" stair that converts to a ramp.

Convertible is a user-friendly, dual-function staircase that can be transformed into a ramp.
The goal of this design is to help the elderly, those who have walking difficulties, or those who need to move heavy items in a trolley or on a cart to climb stairs more efficiently and conveniently. It aims to minimise falls and injuries.

Convertible incorporates a simple linkage mechanism system that requires minimal effort to operate, making it quick and easy to use. It is mounted directly onto existing stairs, and makes efficient use of space, time, and money in comparison to the construction of a new ramp. Convertible has been designed for a low construction cost, easy installation, and minimal maintenance.
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So instead of being a "Thread for Fine Design," this is a "Tread for fine Design."
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:24 pm

Well Roger, I was just nosing around the internet, and thought this might be a step in the right direction. :D
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:06 pm

Apologies for the lapse in time between posts. Just crazy busy.

So it was very refreshing to stumble across this Architect. Makoto Tanijiri / Suppose Design Office. http://www.suppose.jp/profile/index_e.html
I was researching small residential spaces, and if there is someone who has a handle on this it is certainly this gentleman. But in looking thought his website, you can get a feeling that this is a very creative individual. Well worth the peruse.
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And the street view.
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And some other projects
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I was taken by this rendering style
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:31 pm

Can't find much on the Lexmark site, but I know this would solve a lot of problems.
Seems to get up to A2.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby pbacot » Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:24 pm

Accomadates all types of Medias ?
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby david_h » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:22 pm

great design. . .not so great English.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby pbacot » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:34 pm

I just wondered how official the image is. Where did it come from?
How are those big cartridges to move back and forth (no room), or are there separate print heads?

I'd want one, just to be cool.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:19 pm

I stumbled across it here http://www.behance.net/gallery/Retractable-Concept-Printer/5113515
But a subsequent search of The Lexmark site came up blank. It does say conceptual printer, and it certainly seems feasible, but no confirmation of its development or existence.
really too bad. :thumbd:
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:27 pm

As someone who love concrete and its potential, I really fell in love with this residence.
The Tea House http://www.archi-union.com/allCase.aspx
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:43 pm

Interesting volumes Dale but I don't share your love of concrete for interior finish ..... maybe its because I live in a climate that tends to be a bit on the cold and wet side :)
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby david_h » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:51 pm

Fine Design? . . .I don't know. . .but pretty clever. I always wondered what could be done with these with the advent of the flash drive!

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See it animated here
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby bmike » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:15 pm

David_H wrote:Fine Design? . . .I don't know. . .but pretty clever. I always wondered what could be done with these with the advent of the flash drive!

7-neulant_van_exel-floppytable.jpg


See it animated here


I imagine a dinner table out of Bernouli or Iomega discs...
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby david_h » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:50 pm

I had my IOmega Zip Drive converted into a toaster.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby pbacot » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:50 pm

That's a geeky piece of furniture. I still have Teva boxes full of those Zip floppies. Actually they started to become old with re-writable CDs and DVDs. Not using those anymore either.

Now all I use to backup is TimeMachine (Mac) to HD's.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby david_h » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:31 pm

Dont know if this is the right thread for this. . .Good Design? Great Photography! Check out these amazing 360's of my beautiful state. . ..UTAH!

Arches National Park
Sulphur Creek
Payson Canyon
Canyonlands Aztec Butte
Canyonlands Nat'l Park

Fine Design? I would have to say so!
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby solo » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:39 pm

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby porch_unplugged » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:37 pm



he looks like vladimir putin. in soviet russia, books shelve you etc... :)
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby david_h » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:24 pm

I think I would enjoy a bookshelf like this . . .if I had had a large empty white room with a wood floor to put it in and no other furniture around it. :)
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:43 pm

Making me wish I didn't give up vinyl!
Oracle Delphi Mk VI
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