The innovations list

11 July 2017

Our favourite products from the past few months.

1. OMA has combined fluorescent rods and spotlights in a range of linear lighting that can be manipulated around a hinged fixture to form geometric patterns. The three-piece XY 180 collection has been made in collaboration with Belgium’s Delta Light and centres around three important architectural elements: point, line and space.

2. BMW’s conceptual zeroemissions scooter, the Motorrad Concept Link, connects the rider, the vehicle and their calendar to ensure that the quickest or most scenic route is plotted to get to scheduled events. The route is projected on the windshield. The rider’s clothes can also be linked to the vehicle through a jacket equipped with a sleeve sensor that can be swiped against the bike to open and close the storage unit.

3. Perhaps the most worrying of all ecological concerns is the depletion of water resources. Fortunately, Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel has blended sustainability and design in the Tropic City bench. The bench’s seat is made from multiple water pipes to store and circulate rainwater in times of bounty to use when water is scarce. The effect is transfixing and calming.

4. The Bookchair is almost what it sounds like; Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and Italian design brand Alias have collaborated to design and build a sleek, minimalist bookshelf with an inbuilt chair. When packed away, the chair doubles as part of the shelving unit and can be filled with books, but it can also be pulled out as a reading perch.

5. Slouching in an office chair for extended periods has been linked to health issues and even premature death. Designer Yves Behar has partnered with Herman Miller to design an intelligent range of office furniture called Live OS. A small module attachment alerts workers to stand up and walk around. Additions to the range will soon be able to record and alert sitters to postural concerns.

6. Foster + Partners has extended its design expertise to waiting room furniture with the new Foster 512 for Walter Knoll. Focusing on modernity and minimalism, the upholstered bench appears to float above aluminium blade legs. The design aims to add style and elegance to spaces such as lobbies, airports, museums, galleries and showrooms.

7. The New Geometry of Sound is a €1,600 speaker designed in collaboration with British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye and Master Dynamic. Combining premium materials with sensoryfocused craftsmanship, the speaker offers an enhanced acoustic experience. At 16×20×10in, it is also powered by 100W of Class D amplification.

8. To commemorate what would have been the late, great architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday this year, LEGO has honoured his memory with a Guggenheim Museum set. Wright was asked to design a museum to house Solomon R Guggenheim’s collection of art in 1943 and the now-iconic New York museum was completed in 1959.

9. Zaha Hadid Architects and fashion boutique Perrin Paris have added a literal element to their new clutch bag designs. With sculptured metal cuffs adorning the simple design, owners of these purses really do have something to clutch. Combining notions of fashion and jewellery, the limitededition range features three collections: the strae, mobi and loop, and the bags sell for $2,200.

10. Architect, artist and leather enthusiast Peter Marino has teamed up with Swiss company Caran d’Ache to design five different pens costing $1,000–2,650. Writers have a choice of the Varius roller, ballpoint or fountain pen, or special-edition roller or fountain pens. The latter two come replete with calf leather hand-laced through silver-coated eyelets around the handle and a silver skull as the lid to encase the 18K rhodium-plated solid-gold nib.

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