A home that restores faith in humanity

Most design schools make it mandatory for a student to do at least one project that revolves around disaster aversion and management. There are a lot of projects out there that explore the concept of a temporary disaster-relief shelter for victims and refugees. The temporary housing project by Maja Jandrić however arrives at the same end result (of providing a place to stay), but offers a different and more beautiful process.

The housing kit comes in segments that can be pieced together by the refugees themselves. Rather than opting for a design that requires heavy machinery, construction equipment, or experts, the housing system comes as a set of flat panels, furniture, and drapes. The houses are then assembled by the refugees together, allowing them to work together as a community and therefore instill a sense of harmony and a kindred spirit. Each housing unit is modular, allowing you to create grids, or neighborhoods of houses. The houses also provide curtains for walls, entitling you to your personal space when you need it, or allowing you to make your house a part of a mini, open community when you choose.

Designer: Maja Jandrić

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A Prison for Photons

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Here’s a great example of how 3D printing really helps a designer unleash creativity. We spoke about the boom of industrial design with the launch of the 3D printer in our previous article and it’s such a coincidence that we’re now featuring an award winning 3D printed design here!

The LightCAGE is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of being a lampshade, it makes the attempt to cage light in a man-made 3D printed prison. Crafted from PLA, the lamp’s unusual design isn’t just a treat to look at, it casts a kaleidoscope of shadows that decorate the room. However, it still casts a spot of diffused light at the base, allowing it to be a functional as well as decorative lightpiece.

The LightCAGE was awarded the second place in the VModern Furniture Design Competition 2016.

Designer: Emmanuel Osorno

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Fruits from Start to Finish

Simply called the “Fruit Bowl”, this innovative packaging design makes it easy to transport fruit from the grocery store, home, and then to the waste bin.

Available at the store, users can pick one up and place their fruit of choice inside to carry home. Then, they can easily rinse the fruit by adding water and using the drain located on top. Store your favorite fruits or eat them directly from the canister. The convenient cap doubles as a place to temporarily throw your seeds or pits and makes it easy to dispose of them.

Designers: Orsan Berkay Tuluce & Ahmet Akbülbül

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Design Factory on your Desktop

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The design community’s massive growth can be attributed to one major event in the recent past. The birth of the 3D printer. The 3D printer has not only enabled the designer to unleash absolute creativity, it has also brought prototyping abilities into the home, allowing anyone to set up their design and manufacturing studio virtually anywhere. That statement wasn’t completely true until recently. 3D printers may have been around for a while now, but they weren’t small, and they definitely weren’t affordable. The Micro by M3D is quite a game changer in that regard. Aptly named, the Micro truly is a consumer desktop printer… because it literally fits on your desk! The compact printer however isn’t a toy. Crafted with a carbon fiber framework, the Micro is more than sturdy. It even houses a ceramic heating system for the extruder nozzle that’s aerospace grade.

If you thought that was all, hear this. M3D’s micro is the smallest, and one of the only printers to work with carbon fiber. This means your prototypes get a next-level quality build that can withstand real-world applications, allowing designers to unlock serious potential… right in their own backyards!

Designers: Michael Armani & David Jones

Buy It Here: $369 $449

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The Future Looks Quantum Clean!

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Designed with the European Unions goal to drastically reduce emissions by 2050, Quantum Levitate not only introduces an entirely new clean-energy cargo vehicle to the market, but an entirely new transportation system to be used by any type of road vehicle.

The vehicle itself bridges the gap between trucks and maglev trains – workable on both maglev lines and common roads. This, of course, calls for a next-generation road infrastructure with electric superconductor power lines, solar panel roads, and quantum magnetic lanes. A huge undertaking, sure. However, the end result is longer journeys without stops, unmanned vehicles, and clean, green power!

Designer: Michael Bedell

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