“Human Organs-on-Chips” wins Design of the Year Award 2015

Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015 - the first medical device to win this prestigious reward. The Human Organs-on-Chips were nominated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA's Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D, who called the project "the epitome of design innovation – elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept and pioneering application."

Melt your own slippers

Playful Tokyo-based designer Satsuki Ohata presented his "Fondue slippers" in Milan: a new kind of footwear obtained by "dipping" your own foot into melted PVC, before blowing it dry. The DYI kit is on the way. "I have named it "Fondue Slipper" because the production process is similar to cheese fondue. It's very easy to make. You just dip your foot and dry it. That's all. *This prototype is using PVC, which hardens at 200~300 degrees Celsius (392~572 degrees Fahrenheit). This time I used my foot mold instead of my foot. I am currently developing a kit which allows Fondue Slipper to make at home. Soon this new kit will be complete and you will be able to make your own Fondue Slipper that fits your foot perfectly. You can wear Fondue Slipper both inside and outside. It can also be used as slipper by folding the heel, or you can wear it without folding the heel if you want to run."

“Golden Meaning”: Designing mathematics

Published by GraphicDesign& (founded by Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright), "Golden Meaning" presents works by 55 designers and creatives invited to share a personal view of a mathematical concept: the golden ratio - AKA the golden mean or divine proportion. Finding its roots in the civilization of Ancient Greece, the golden ratio has been used for centuries to create work with harmonious proportions in the art and architecture fields. Mathematically accurate? Not always, though this book offers creative (Homework Studio turned the Fibonacci sequence into a glorious "golden ass", see below) and understandable visualizations of a complex theory. Designer Mark Hudson drew comparisons between the proportions of everyday objects in Britain, from a Kit Kat chocolate bar to a post stamp. French graphic designer Malika Favre imagined a woman using a golden ratio grid (above). Design studio Bibliotheque devised a mnemonic to help people remember the golden ratio as an angle, while Oli Kellett got a picture of his face altered by a surgeon who uses the golden ratio to determine how a beautiful face should look.

Terence Conran: Define Sleek Design?

I've been lucky enough, recently, to ask a few questions to Sir Terence Conran. J'ai récemment eu la chance de poser quelques questions à Sir Terence Conran. I could not resist: Based on his 60-year experience, what would his definition of "sleek design" be? ""Sleek design", "Good design"... It’s the question I have been asked perhaps more than any other but always end up tying myself in knots trying to answer." (...) Et je n'ai pas résisté à l'envie de lui demander ce que, fort d'une expérience de 60 ans, serait sa définition du "sleek design". ""Sleek design", "Good design"... Peut-être est-ce la question qui m'a été le plus souvent posée, mais je finis toujours par m'emmêler les pinceaux en tentant d'y répondre." (...)

Objets cultes du mobilier industriel

Les secrets des lampes Jieldé ou des chaises Tolix, l'histoire méconnue de la chaise Navy... Les "objets cultes" du mobilier industriel lèvent le voile sur leur secrets (de fabrication, de longévité...). Amateur ou pas du "style industriel", le périple historique comme anecdotique que propose cet ouvrage ne vous laissera pas indifférent. J'ai eu la chance de participer à ce projet, et ai découvert avec plaisir les surprenantes vies des pépites dénichées par Brigitte Durieux, puis magnifiées par l'objectif de Laziz Hamani. Le parcours de ces quelque 50 objets industriels, iconiques ou plus confidentiels, se ponctue d'images d'une beauté à couper le souffle. Une future bible pour les chineurs, collectionneurs et amateurs du genre, "Les objets cultes du style industriel" vient de paraître aux éditions de la Martinière (plus d'images ci-après).