Seek Refuge in this Blossoming Oasis

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It was in the 1950s that Malcolm McLean developed the shipping container which went on to completely revolutionize the transportation industry. It was the structural rigidity, industrial strength steel boxes that made transporting in bulk to be a breeze. Those same features that made the shipping container a godsend for transport, made them a godsend for building materials too. As history would have it, McLean’s shipping containers went on to completely change the world – from shipping supplies, creating instant shelters, emergency centers, all the way down to commercial and residential structures. And of late, architects such as Whitaker Studio, are increasingly playing around with these containers as a child does with LEGO blocks – unlocking an array of strikingly wonderful industrial sculptures and homes across the globe.

This Joshua Tree Residence is a true thing of beauty – breaking out from its core and exploding in all directions. The exterior reaches out like branches of a tree, soaking up every ray of light the day will give. The interior design of this Joshua Tree Residence is given a wide envelope with giant sculpted ceilings – eluding the reality that the house is in fact a construction of McLean’s transport containers. To those who come across it by accident, this home may seem somewhat of a mirage but oddly not looking out of place. Overlooking a stunning cinematic landscape, the Joshua Tree Residence can only be described as something truly magical.

Designer: Whitaker Studio

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A Life Saving New-born Kit

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The life of a new-born is indescribably delicate. Of course, there are always complications that arise that cannot be planned for. With a staggering one million babies dying each year due to lack of oxygen at birth – an even more alarming figure is that 99% of them take place in low resource settings. It is said that the risk of death could be decreased by 16% for every 30 seconds reduction in time to ventilation (Ersdal, Mduma, Svensen, Perlman, 2012).

Darja Wendel’s Kanga addresses the process of resuscitation of a new-born and the training that’s involved with it. Working closely with Laerdal Global Health, Wendel constructed Kanga, which comprises of a support cradle and a transparent blanket. Kanga enables the resuscitation to happen anywhere and at any time, not separating the mother from the new-born. What makes the Kanga truly powerful, is its ability to provide the midwife-in-action with a light system which provides feedback and indication or when and/or how long to proceed with ventilation. Accompanying the Kanga is a support app which creates a training culture through feedback on what to focus on during the training.

In a world where it’s easy to get caught up in the latest smartphone to be released, it’s refreshing to see such great advances and thought towards medical practices in developing countries.

Designer: Darja Wendel for Laerdal Global Health

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The Name’s Neptune, Project Neptune

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Think submarines. What’s the first image that comes to mind? Is it that dark elongated World War 2 styled sub gliding through the water? I can guarantee you never had anything in mind like Project Neptune, the offspring of a Triton and Aston Martin partnership. A truly beautiful and awe inspiring design, Project Neptune explores the elegance, sophistication and truly sleek appearance that Aston Martin have embedded in their DNA.

It’s not all Aston Martin of course – Project Neptune has the diving and aquatic expertise of the Triton master craft. Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have potentially leaked about dipping their current car designs into other fields of luxury transport such as submersibles saying “we have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.” Does this mean there are more collaborations and partnerships to come? I feel this may not be the last time we see Project Neptune with an investment likely to be made in the further development of this submersible.

Designers: Triton & Aston Martin

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The Name’s Neptune, Project Neptune

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Think submarines. What’s the first image that comes to mind? Is it that dark elongated World War 2 styled sub gliding through the water? I can guarantee you never had anything in mind like Project Neptune, the offspring of a Triton and Aston Martin partnership. A truly beautiful and awe inspiring design, Project Neptune explores the elegance, sophistication and truly sleek appearance that Aston Martin have embedded in their DNA.

It’s not all Aston Martin of course – Project Neptune has the diving and aquatic expertise of the Triton master craft. Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team have potentially leaked about dipping their current car designs into other fields of luxury transport such as submersibles saying “we have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.” Does this mean there are more collaborations and partnerships to come? I feel this may not be the last time we see Project Neptune with an investment likely to be made in the further development of this submersible.

Designers: Triton & Aston Martin

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Powpro Kfun PP-J52 Underwater Camera

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Check out this affordable underwater camera ‘Kfun PP-J52’ from Powpro. Designed especially for kids, this waterproof, shockproof and dustproof camera sports a 5MP image sensor, a 65-degree angle lens, 4x digital zoom, a 2.0-inch 960 x 240 LCD screen, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a mini-USB port and built-in microphone/speaker.

Powered by 2x AAA batteries, the Kfun PP-J52 has the ability to capture 720p HD video @ 30fps in AVI format and up to 12MP still images (software interpolation) in JPEG format. If you’re interested, the Powpro Kfun PP-J52 will set you back just $34.58 (Backed by a 12-month warranty). [Product Page]

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