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Wednesday, 15th January 2014 at 2:44pm
Traditional cardboard boxes tend to be environmentally unfriendly, difficult to pack and hard to open, so delivery is not as smooth as it could be.
Henry Wang and Chris Curro have created the ‘Rapid Packing Container’.
The Rapid Packing Container starts flat, allowing the packer to easily slot it together in a size that suits them. It also needs no tape, as it has a built-in adhesive strip, thus saving time and effort. The recipient just has to press the tab at the top, which completely unfolds the box back into its original state – so there is no need to rip open the box or try to lift the item out carefully.
The box is also better for the environment than conventional cardboard boxes, as it uses 15-20% less cardboard and is also reversible, so the box can be used ‘fresh’ again. With a maximum load strength of 120kg, the box is also remarkably sturdy.
Wang and Curro study at Manhattan’s Albert Nerken School of Engineering (Cooper Union), where they won the university’s first Invention Factory prize for the design last year.
Take a look at their video below and tell us if you would give this box a go.
Wednesday, 15th January 2014 at 12:16pm
Inspired by founder Harry Selfridge’s mantra, ‘Develop imagination, throw away routine’, the campaign has been devised by Selfridges’ Creative Director, Alannah Weston. It incorporates an ‘Imaginarium’ amphitheatre designed by famous architect Rem Koolhaas, shop windows dedicated to ‘imagineers’ and The Imagine Shop.
The Imagine Shop features pioneering technology products, a preview of the future of shopping by Dezeen and contributions from 19 Greek Street.
19 Greek Street is a Soho-based collective, describing itself as ‘London’s hub for international contemporary design’. Based in a Victorian townhouse, 19 Greek Street acts as a gallery and consultancy. Its contributions to The Imagine Shop include ‘Dandelight’ and ‘Chubby Coat Hangers’.
The campaign opens in-store on the 16th January and runs for over five weeks. Take a look at all the events on offer here and tell us if you’re going along to the Festival.
Tuesday, 14th January 2014 at 3:35pm
Described by the duo as a bracelet, the ‘Durr’ has a bright 4cm-wide disc where a conventional watch face should be. Available in five disc colours (including the vibrant ‘Banana Yellow’), its strap is made of vegetanned leather, which also acts as the back-cover of the Durr. The bracelet vibrates every five minutes, reminding the wearer of how much time has passed.
Vedeler and Tveterås, from Oslo studio Skrekkøgle, say they wanted to play with our perception of time, pointing out that we often experience time faster or slower than it actually passes. They have initially released an alpha run of fifty Durr bracelets (ten in each colour), as they put them together by hand, but they seem to have taken the design world by storm.
Take a closer look at the bracelets here – would you wear one?
Tuesday, 14th January 2014 at 12:17pm
Taking cues from the Modernist movement, Eckersley created simple yet clever bold designs which influenced generations of graphic designers.
The poster artist produced work for London Transport and other public service organisations throughout his sixty-year career.
He also established the UK’s first undergraduate graphic design course at the LCC’s predecessor, the London College of Printing.
This year marks the centenary of his birth and the forty posters on display come from the LCC’s own archive. The tribute runs from the 11th to the 29th January.
Take a look at some of Eckersley's work here and tell us if you'll be going along to 'Tom Eckersley: Master of the Poster'.
Monday, 13th January 2014 at 2:09pm
‘Waste Waste’ uses the wood offcuts that are too small to be used in the original ‘Waste’ collection, in which he takes scrap material and constructs items from scratch. For the new range, Eek cuts the awkwardly-shaped remnants into 40mm by 40mm cubes and uses them as a skin on a design rather than the whole construction, cutting down on labour and time.
This method creates simple, strong pieces, such as round ‘pixellated’ tables, and each piece is unique due to the cubes’ original varnish or paint.
Take a look at the collection here and tell us if you would have one of these pieces in your living room.
Friday, 10th January 2014 at 4:01pm
Makoto Azuma filled over a hundred large jars with water and real flowers, which were leftover from a nearby florist. The brightly coloured jars were then arranged into the shape of a six-tiered cake for the Imperial Hotel Plaza in Tokyo, where the installation stood for a month to celebrate the Plaza’s 30th birthday.
Specialising in installations featuring plants, Azuma has been a flower artist since 2005 and now has his own experimental laboratory. He also owns an haute-couture flower shop and has run a private gallery.
Take a look at Azuma’s stunning pictures of the installation here and tell us if this inspires you to experiment with flowers.
Thursday, 9th January 2014 at 5:04pm
They blew their homemade bubble mix (corn syrup, washing up liquid and water) outside their home in wintry Washington, capturing the bubbles’ crystallisation on Angela’s DSLR camera.
While smaller bubbles froze instantly and dropped to the ground or shattered, the larger ones hung suspended in the air with patches of ice forming within them. They also found that the bubbles could deflate, and if there was sunlight, they would only partially freeze. Frosted surfaces, such as their car and patio table, helped to create the intricate crystals.
You can see more of the beautiful pictures here and tell us if you will give this a try.
Thursday, 9th January 2014 at 3:57pm
Mattias Lind used durable MiniWell corrugated paper for the cabin and each alternate ridge was painted black or white, which creates the interesting effect. Depending on the angle, the cabin looks striped, completely black or completely white. The inside of the cabin is painted bright yellow as a vibrant warm contrast.
The cabin is constructed from 92 separate modules that fit together with tabs and slots, so it can be extended. For this project, the cabin is short and compact (7sq m), resembling a Swedish ‘friggebod’ shed.
Lind, who works at White Arkitekter, created the cabin in conjunction with Happy F&B for local company Göteborgstryckeriet.
Take a look at the quirky cabin here and tell us if you would like one of these fun sheds in your garden.
Thursday, 9th January 2014 at 10:30am
Prince George, Peter Capaldi and Nigella Lawson, who were at the centre of big announcements last year, proved to be very popular online. The ‘How to…?’ searches reveal a diverse range of requests, such as ‘how to make pancakes’, ‘how to write a CV’ and ‘how to draw manga’.
Most of the top 10 searched movies were box office hits, including ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Life of Pi’, while the soap operas ruled the television searches. Rome topped travel searches and 2012’s Gangnam Style scored surprisingly high in the music list.
As well as presenting the individual lists, Google Zeitgeist 2013 allows users to explore the top 100 search trends and what trended where throughout the year.
Take a look at all the trends here and let us know which ones you searched for throughout 2013.
Thursday, 9th January 2014 at 8:38am
Certainly one of the most memorable buildings we saw last year was this attempt in China to build what would be the world's tallest building - remarkably inside 90 days. The controversial designs for this made for fascinating reading, you can remind yourself about them here.
Back in January we blogged on some remarkable photos taken of a thawing cold storage building. The images showed the amazing ice structures that had formed within the building - you can take a look at these here.
Another memorable blog was our look at the ten greatest offices in the world. This piece featured offices from Google and Red Bull - to name just a few - and certainly made us jealous that we couldn't work in offices such as these! Take a look at them here.
As part of The Think Tank's ongoing sponsorship of B2B Marketing's Knowledge Bank PR Channel, our PR Director Samantha Dawe produced a Whitepaper titled 'PR in a changing media landscape', which took a look at the need for a new mindset to accommodate a changing media world. You can download it here.
Finally one of the most memorable adverts we came across last year has to be the Poo Pourri advert. This video advert contrasted an elegant actress with a toilet spray product and a hilarious script. You can watch this advert here.
Wednesday, 8th January 2014 at 5:07pm
Six Citi Bikes were rigged up to a rack of power stations, with 75-watt-hour dynamometer generators attached to the bikes’ back wheels. Tourists and residents were encouraged to hop on the bikes and get pedalling to offset the 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity that the Ball consumes every New Year’s Eve – there was even a meter keeping tally of how much energy the cyclists had generated so far.
Most people pedalled for under five minutes, but one intrepid cyclist completed a whole hour on a bike, hitting his 75 watt target.
The cyclists were expected to produce 10 kilowatts of electricity in the three days before the celebration, or two-thirds of what the Times Square Ball requires.
The Ball, now on its fifth model, uses more than 32000 LED lamps with computerised lighting patterns. The scheme was part of the ‘greening’ of New York, which has included the introduction of the Citi Bike and pedestrian plazas, and it is hoped that the idea can be used for other events in the city.
You can take a look at some of the photos from the event here.
Tuesday, 7th January 2014 at 12:23pm
Milk has often been used as a remedy - it has been mixed warm with soot (a favourite among chimney sweeps) and shaken while chilled with Coca-Cola, which once impressed guests at The Ritz.
Another hangover solution is the Victorian ‘prairie oyster’, a non-alcoholic cocktail. Consisting of Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, a raw egg, and salt and pepper, the drink was immortalised in a Jeeves and Wooster story. The recipe tells you to break the egg carefully into a glass so the yolk remains intact, giving the concoction its oyster-like look and texture.
Take a look at more quirky ‘cures’ here and tell us if you would try any of them.
Monday, 6th January 2014 at 5:14pm
From the novel to the practical, here are a couple of clever things ideal for your fitness regime.
The HAPIfork monitors the way you eat, so you can ‘adopt healthy eating habits’. It measures the speed and pace of your 'fork servings', as eating too fast can lead to digestive problems and obesity. The fork also comes with apps and a coaching program, making it easier to keep an eye on your habits and tweak them if necessary.
Another innovative product is the Contigo AUTOSEAL Water Bottle, which includes a built-in compartment (‘kangaroo pouch’) designed for keys, money and cards, solving any jangly-pocket issues while running and exercising.
There are plenty more clever products here, including an interesting take on the alarm clock – which ones would you use to help you get in shape?
Friday, 3rd January 2014 at 4:40pm
A Beijing-based designer has sculpted a range of candles resembling famous skyscrapers, such as the Empire State Building and the ‘Gherkin’.
Architect Naihan Li created the ‘Flammable’ series as a reaction against the trend for extravagant towers and wrote: ‘watching them burn down can be truly satisfying’.
Sold online, the white wax candles are over a foot tall and are to scale, carved to capture the unique look and shape of each iconic building.
Naihan is known for her collaborations with the famous artist Ai Weiwei and for her work at OMA .
Take a look at Naihan’s ‘Flammable’ gallery here and tell us if you would want these landmark candles in your home.
Thursday, 2nd January 2014 at 2:55pm
‘Natural Palettes’ uses images from nature, such as mountain scenes, animals or striking sunsets, and matches them to the Pantone spectrum of colours.
The blog welcomes submissions, which include photographs and gifs ensuring a wide variety of different images are used.
Take a look at 'Natural Palettes' here and tell us if it inspires you to take your own beautiful photographs.
Thursday, 2nd January 2014 at 11:40am
The building was originally used to store horses and carriages - before Chinneck radically revamped its appearance.
The piece is entitled the 'Miner on the Moon' and features windows, shopfront signage and doors all turned on their heads to create the upside-down effect.
Take a closer look at this project here, and tell us if this would interest you if you saw it on your street.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013 at 12:48pm
The study surveyed 2000 people between the ages of 17-31 to better understand how younger people are spending their time online.
Some of the findings were quite surprising, for example 43% of the respondents claimed not to use Twitter at all.
Furthermore 65% claimed that the majority of their internet access came through a laptop or a desktop PC opposed to a tablet or a smartphone.
You can see the research in full here, and tell us if you find these results surprising.
Friday, 13th December 2013 at 4:56pm
Canadiano is a personalised coffee filter - in the shape of a wooden block that easily fits on your mug.
Simply add two spoonfuls of your coffee into the block, pour in the hot water and wait for your coffee to filter through.
The best bit is that over time the wood absorbs the natural flavours of the coffee beans - giving its users a truly personalised coffee experience!
You can see this in action in the video below or find out more here, and tell us if this would fit into your morning routine.
Thursday, 12th December 2013 at 2:56pm
Facebook has released new data which reveals the most talked about topics of 2013.
The list includes some obvious contenders and some less obvious topics.
Predictably the Royal Baby and Pope Francis both feature highly, however so does Miley Cyrus and the Harlem Shake.
The data also contains the locations that people have 'checked in' at the most - which also provides an interesting read.
Take a look at the Facebook trends of 2013 here, and tell us if you have contributed to these online topics.
Monday, 9th December 2013 at 4:48pm
We’re delighted to announce that 10x10 Drawing the City London, the flagship event for architectural charity Article 25, raised £90,000.
The event brought together world-renowned architects, artists and designers to create artwork of a chosen area of London. The images went under the hammer at the special live auction which took place at The Crossing, 1 Granary Square, London on Thursday 28th November.
The thrilling evening provided a chance to view and bid on a great variety of over 100 pieces of unique artwork with 25 selected pieces auctioned by a Sotheby’s auctioneer.
The magnificent pieces of artwork, which captured the extraordinary, the unnoticed and the ever-changing City of London, included images from some of the UK's leading architects and artists, such as Dame Zaha Hadid, Lord Richard Rogers, Roger FitzGerald, Sir Terry Farrell and Piers Gough. This year focussed on areas such as Hackney, Shoreditch and the Barbican.
All proceeds of the sale of the artwork will go to Article 25 building Street Children Centres, helping to get thousands of Africa’s most vulnerable children off the streets permanently and reconnecting them with their families or foster families.
The Think Tank is proud to be this year’s media partner for Article 25.