2000 years ago, the Romans terraced a hillside just north of Barcelona to grow grapes. Those formations still exist in the sleepy town of Teià and were the first place Berta Barrio and her husband and collaborator Josep Peraire took me to on our visit to her project, the small public library Biblioteca de Can Llaurador. The gesture of the terraced slopes and the green-roofed library are immediately apparent. The building yawns out of the landscape, gently funneling in passersby to a womb of knowledge.
This year Milan Design Week will honor the Miami based Italian designer Vito Di Bari by hosting his newest creation, MyEquilibria, in a solo exhibit at the historical botanical garden, the Orto Botanico di Brera, in Milan. There will be a press conference on Monday, April 11th at 2:30pm and formal unveiling ceremony the day after in the Orto Botanico to mark this historic occasion, and officially launch the annual event.
Following the ceremony, MyEquilibria will be available to visitors free of charge courtesy of Fuorisalone in collaboration with the city of Milan.
According to Di Bari, Milan Design Week was the only choice of venue for the public unveiling of MyEquilibria. Since 1961 Milan Design week or “Salone de mobile” has been an annual event where the world leaders in design unveil the latest trends in design from furniture and clothing to art and architecture. The term “Fuorisalone” is used to describe the tremendous influx of more than 1200 creative exhibitions that sprawl throughout the city of Milan for the month of April. Each year the internationally acclaimed extravaganza draws tens of thousands of artists, tourists, and design elite to share and celebrate the latest breakthroughs and brilliance in design. According to acclaimed architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, “The Milan Fuorisalone has been a benchmark for the Venice Biennale of Art, for the various fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris, for Documenta, Frieze, Pad, Basel and Miami Basel, the Armory Show and so on”.
MyEquilibria was born of Vito Di Bari’s ongoing crusade to promote the “cross pollination of arts and technology for a better quality of life”. The interactive art installation is a vision of beauty that skillfully balances form and function. MyEquilibria is completely comprised of next generation materials and technologies that make it the very first art installation of its kind in existence. MyEquilibria in Milan will pioneer a worldwide fitness community connected through the digital technology woven into the very structure of MyEquilibria’s wellness trees.
At first glance, MyEquilibria appears to be an elegant representation of some unknown organic life form, but the aesthetic appeal is only a fragment of the installation’s genius. The 23’ tall wellness trees are designed to provide an array of over 500 different forms of exercise. Replacing antiquated instruction boards found with other open-air exercise equipment, MyEquilibria has an app for smart phones and tablets that provides instructional videos specifically crafted for each MyEquilibria installation. Thanks to MyEquilibria’s geo-localization and augmented reality features, the app instantly identifies which MyEquilibria installation an individual is using, and offers videos of personal trainers using that very same art installation.
Visitors to MyEquilibria can build their own unique workout routines customized to meet their individual fitness goals through the app’s virtual trainer program. App users can mold their fitness regimens according to their individual body types, health and fitness goals with the aide of the fitness experts that contribute to MyEquilibria. The app also interacts with other smart devices such as wearables and smart phones to provide helpful data for users to monitor their heart rates, time, distance, speed, calorie burning, and progress. MyEquilibria provides a real-time forum for app users to ask advice from fitness experts and get relevant suggestions for improving their exercise experience.
The revolutionary concept of connecting people around the world – united in promoting physical and psychological health and well being, is made possible through MyEquilibria’s social network capabilities. People separated by thousands of miles and across oceans can work out together, compete, help, and encourage each other in real time thanks to MyEquilibria’s online connectivity. The app is also social media friendly for sharing the fun on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
About the Designer of MyEquilibria
Vito Di Bari is the CEO of DiBari & Associates and an innovation designer who develops creative solutions based on next generation technologies and materials. Vito’s Miami based studio, DiBari & Associates is a team of star artists, architects and designers known in the USA as the “Dream Team”, as they are the very best in their respective fields worldwide. Vito has been deemed one of the top three most important futurists in the world, and The Financial Times has defined him as “the Design and Innovation Guru”; Nobel Economics Prize winner, Kenneth Arrow, said, “Vito Di Bari engineers dreams. Concrete dreams, based on concrete facts”. Read the rest of this entry »
Australians are by definition sports crazy, so naturally sports architecture should play a significant role in the nation’s psyche. Sport clubs dot the suburbs like fire stations, but none has the kinetic punch and environmental acumen as Templestowe Reserve Sporting Pavilion. The new sport center packs a lot of solar technology on the roof to support the many hot showers taken inside. It also uses the thermal mass from the deconstruction of the previous building buried below, which acts as a heat sink for incoming fresh air to help cool down exerted bodies. The charged design is the real story because it acts as an active participant in the games. Read the rest of this entry »
A residence this small is no longer a house but too large to be considered furniture. The intention is fully practical by condensing function to elements. It is small enough to be carried to a location—urban, industrial, natural—and support one person’s need as a full-service shelter. At 27 cubic meters, 3 meters to a side, the design relies on portative elements. Read the rest of this entry »
The story of Garden Santa Fe starts with a parking lot. While not usually how a sustainable project initiates, the immense underground parking structure bottoms out at 33 meters beneath the street, placing the ubiquitous automobile where it belongs, well below human and natural habitation. Set above is a typical mall, only its three stories are also subterranean. Lastly, there is the park. It is modest in scope for an urban center but as the surrounding area has been swallowed whole by development, the vegetated refuge will become a core social asset. Read the rest of this entry »
eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition. The award recognizes innovative design and creates a forum for the discussion and development of the discipline. What is the future of furniture design?
eVolo Magazine received 233 entries from 34 different countries. The Jury selected 3 winners and 20 honorable mentions.
The first place was awarded to I-Ting Tsai, Xixi Zheng, Yiru Yun, and Somdatta Majumdar from the United Kingdom for the design of Fabric Chair. This project is an investigation on the use of fabric as a structural material in furniture design. A special resin was developed to harden fabric placed on a rigid mold. The resin hardens the fabric to become structural while retaining its softness in specific locations.
Studio La Cube from Spain received the second place for their project Simmis Chair. This simple and elegant design is a study on symmetry and proportions. The goal was to create a dialogue between visual lightness and the strength and heaviness of wood and steel.
The third place was awarded to Open Source Workshop from Italy and the United States for the design of Helix, a diffuse furniture system that generates a continuous interior space by adapting simultaneously to any vertical and horizontal surface while defining an immersive spatial atmosphere.
The honorable mentions include materials explorations, the use of digital design and manufacturing processes as well as studies in ergonomics and experiential possibilities.
The members of the Jury are: Ammar Eloueini [principal Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio], Joel Escalona [principal Joel Escalona Studio, NONO], Mitchell Joachim [principal Terraform ONE], Po Shun Leong [principal Po Shun Leong Design], and Alexander Lervik [principal Lervik Design AB].
Pen Uno is a most minimal pen designed by award-winning studio ENSSO to be both a pleasure to write with and beautiful to see. With only 5.3mm (7/32in) in diameter it is one of the slimmest pens ever manufactured, yet it is very comfortable to use because its holding barrel is slightly wider. This barrel also serves as a twisting cap that protects the pen tip when not in use. Pen Uno is precision-machined out of space-grade aluminum and anodized in four distinct colors: space grey, silver, gold, and rose gold.
Pen Uno uses the widely available Hi-Tec-C Coleto gel ink cartridge. This cartridge writes exactly the same as the regular Hi-Tec-C cartridge but it is much slimmer in diameter because it was designed for a multi-color pen system.
Pen Uno is available on Kickstarter until December 18.
-> Available on Kickstarter until December 18
Se’Paar is a series of hanging lighting fixtures designed by Taeg Nishimoto made of Buckram fabric. Buckram is a resin impregnated mesh fabric that sustains the form when they are manipulated with water and left to dry.
Two sheets of white and black fabric were first laminated to make a double layer of sheet for the stability. This double layer fabric was then cut into a specific proportion of a rectangle. This single sheet goes through the operation of first folding in the center, then cutting into certain length on both sides of the fold, and finally pulling the cut part together to make an overlap that forms two triangles at the overlap. This process results into a sheet that warps on both sides of the central fold. The black fabric is placed for the outside and inside is in white. Depending on the positioning of the fold and the length and direction of the cut, exactly the same operation results into different configurations. Read the rest of this entry »
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite designers around the world to participate in the 2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition. The award was born from the desire to create a forum for the discussion, debate and development of innovative design. Our goal is to discover and promote the most creative pieces of furniture that will transform the way we live and interact with our environment. What is the future of furniture design?
This is an ideas competition and designers may submit pieces in production, prototypes, and/or concepts. Projects will be evaluated based on creativity, originality, feasibility, function, and aesthetics.
Participants may submit designs in any of the following three categories:
- Seating: armchairs, benches, chairs, lounge chairs, recliners, stools, etc.
- Planes: beds, coffee tables, desks, shelving units, tables, etc.
- Lighting: ceiling, floor, table, wall, etc.
August 10, 2015 – Competition announcement, registration begins
October 6, 2015 – Early registration deadline
November 10, 2015 – Late registration deadline
November 24, 2015 – Submission deadline (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
December 15, 2015 – Winner’s announcement
Ammar Eloueini [principal Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio
Joel Escalona [principal Joel Escalona Studio, NONO]
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terraform ONE]
Po Shun Leong [principal Po Shun Leong Design]
Alexander Lervik [principal Lervik Design AB]
Zhang Zhoujie [principal Zhang Zhoujie Digital Lab]
1st Place: US $2000
2nd Place: US $1000
3rd Place: US: $500
For more information and to register for the competition please visit:
Airy is a lamp that uses laminated Japanese rice paper as a main material. Lamination on the surface makes the paper prone against tearing, tarnishing and fire-retardant. A simple slot-in assembly is required to complete the kit consisting of five- and six-sided panels with finely cut perforation pattern. This allows Airy to be shipped flat-packed to save on packing materials. The finely cut perforation pattern in each panel allows the end users to extrude each panel into a desired form.
Available in four sizes (small, medium, large, and medium sphere) and two styles (pendant and floor lamp), Airy kit also includes a laminated Japanese rice paper ceiling cap, shade holder, and socket.
While maintaining the characteristics of the rice paper that provides soft diffused light effect, geometrical pattern brings unique experience to the space when Airy is lit.
Airy Lamp Series exhibited at Milan Design Week at Ventura Lambrate (April 8 – 13, 2014 Milan) and 2014 Tokyo Designers Week (October 25 – November 3, 2014 Tokyo). Airy was also one of the winners of SHADE – International Lighting Design Competition (Canada) and received a Special Jury Award.