The French senate may have ruled that Notre Dame Cathedral must be rebuilt to the ‘last known visual state’, but Shepherd Studio wants to add a fun twist to the restoration. Called ‘Divine Intervention,’ this proposal calls for a giant inflatable balloon to be added to the top of the cathedral, sort of like a protective layer rises up at night and comes down during the day or during inclement weather. Read more for another picture and information.
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue teamed with Lucasfilm LTD to create a Star Wars-inspired furniture line that just might be the geekiest yet. You’ll find everything from an Imperial TIE Fighter Wings Easy Armchair Imperial TIE Fighter Wings End Tables, a Darth Sidious Easy Arm Chair, a Chewie Rocking Stool, hanging / floor Jedi Lamps and a Darth Vader Covered Computer Easy Chair. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019 earlier this month, and ever since that time, people have been comparing its design to a cheese grater, and rightfully so. Aerospace enthusiast and maker Winston Moy wanted to see just how an Apple cheese grater would perform if they ever made one, so he fired up the CNC machine create his very own replica. Does it do a good job? Let’s just say that Apple should stick with electronics. Read more for the video and additional information.
New York City-based artist specializes in creating kinetic sculptures, and he’s best known for his ongoing mechanical mirror series. His older versions used hundreds of motors to rotate the pieces at different angles to change their appearance and a camera to observe the viewer capture them to be displayed. The latest ones utilize motion and laser sensors to “see” the person standing before the piece. “As you move, suddenly the piece moves. So then the piece is moving and that captures your eye, and you say ‘Oh my God, this is a kinetic piece. It’s moving. That’s very cool.’ And after maybe a few more seconds, you say ‘Hey, this piece is moving in tandem with me. It’s interactive. I’m actually creating what’s going on there,'” said Rozen. Read more for a video and additional information.
Industrial designer Hasan Kaymak likes the new 2019 Apple Mac Pro, but felt that the computer could use a few tweaks to make it the ultimate all-around machine, while not looking like a giant cheese grater, and thus this project was born. Instead of the dual-sided CNC machined detail, that was replaced with the slot and mesh you’re used to seeing. Other features include: 8 USB-C ports, two audio jacks for audio mastering, and push rod access. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: SHoP Architects
Uber’s announced today that it is planning to start delivering fast food by drone in San Diego this summer, but it won’t be coming straight to your doorstep. That’s right, there will be “designated safe landing zones,” like roofs, parked cars, or in the future skyports, where Uber couriers will unload the package by hand and take it to your front door. How much will this cost you? Expect to pay the regular fees, which average $8.50 in San Diego, and since McDonald’s is an early partner, special delivery packages arrive piping hot, fries and all. Read more for two additional videos of proposed skyports.
Photo credit: Amazing Escapes
At first, these geodesic domes may appear to be a set location for an upcoming science fiction movie based on another planet, but in reality, it’s just the Kachi Lodge at the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. There appears to be four different structures, with two being the sleeping area, another a dining hall, and the last just a relaxation dome. with plenty of lounge chairs as well as breathtaking views of the barren landscape. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Compass Pools
UK-based Compass Pools has proposed the world’s first 360° infinity pool atop the 55-story Infinity London skyscraper. In addition to the breathtaking views from all angles, the pool’s walls and floor are completely transparent, so you’ll be able to view the skyline even when swimming. It’s made of cast acrylic and a built-in anemometer monitors windspeeds, while a a digitally-controlled building management system ensures optimal water temperature. Read more for two additional pictures and information.
For the 2019 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, one team of designers submitted “Crypto-Park,” which is exactly as it sounds, a water park sksycraper that doubles as a cryptocurrency mining tower. Standing 1,837-feet tall, it boasts a semi-exposed glazed façades that enables spectators to look in and see a theme park, while hidden beneath this infrastructure is a high-tech server farm designed to mine cryptocurrencies. Read more for additional pictures and information.
IKEA United Arab Emirates latest ad campaign, called “IKEA Real Life,” recreates three of television’s most iconic living rooms by recreating using solely the company’s furniture and decorations as well as a little help from 3-D design software. They were created by Publicis Spain, and it took about two months to track down all of the right components, which were then compiled and designed using the 3-D software to look as close as possible to their TV counterparts. Read more to see the others.