Pressed Shoes inspired by auto upholstery

March 1, 2019

Are there similarities between manufacturing upholstery for automobiles and making a pair of shoes? Artist Joris de Groot thinks so. The Amsterdam-based product designer is interested in the tension between craftsmanship and industry. De Groot looked to the techniques involved in manufacturing car interiors to create his In4nite II 2000N Pressed Shoe collection. He chose …

Textile origami for space habitats

So, you move to Mars—now where are you going to live? As a matter of fact, there is innovative work being done on that subject. A design team is working on the MoonMars project—architecture plans for smart human habitats and research stations on other planets. They are experimenting with origami and high-performance textiles to create …

Eight-story banner helps Seattle sizzle

February 1, 2019

The new mixed-use building 9th & Thomas, located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, takes a fresh approach to commercial space with floor-to-ceiling glass, gardens, integrated outdoor decks and a welcoming lobby that serves as a community living room. Developed by the Redman family, whose Sellen Construction Company occupied the site for 70 years, the …

Apartment honors history with fabric images

Designer Cory Gans of Boston’s Planeta Design Group had a unique idea to honor the history of the site where the new Montaje Apartments in Sommerville, Mass., now stand. Gans wanted to incorporate photographs from the old Ford Motor Company assembly plant that once inhabited what is now Assembly Row, a residential and commercial redevelopment …

Truck wraps promote Wreaths Across America program

Each December, wreaths are laid at Arlington National Cemetery as well as more than 1,400 cemeteries across the U.S. and abroad to remember fallen soldiers during the holiday season. What began in 1992 as a gesture of respect by Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, Harrington, Maine, has developed into an annual nationwide tribute …

Dramatic visuals for luxury car show

It’s all about the visuals when you want your brand to make an impression at a busy exhibition. That’s something that Belgian exhibit builder Conceptexpo understood when it was contracted to create stands for Porsche and Ferrari at the January 2018 Brussels Motor Show. Conceptexpo chose Van Straaten, a Netherlands-based visual brand producer with large-scale …

Helping children heal through fabric graphics

A hospital can be a scary place for children facing serious illness. Medical equipment and sterile surroundings hardly make for a comforting atmosphere. Step into Nino Jesus University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, and it’s a much different story. Colorful butterflies and birds cover the ceilings of the pediatric cancer treatment center while fish and ducks …

Mural brings a taste of the tropics in San Francisco

Tanduay Rum, the Philippines-based international brand, wanted to create a little bit of home on the rooftop terrace of the company’s U.S. headquarters in San Francisco. They looked to Moss Inc., a developer of brand environments, to create custom art to transform the expansive space. Moss designed a mural that combines jungle flora and fauna …

Exhibition combines the physical and digital worlds

January 1, 2019

Contemporary artist Michael Rees likes to create artwork that connects to a specific space. His experimental exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park, museum and arboretum founded on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds, began in the exhibit hall looking for inspiration. His show, “Synthetic Cells, Site and Para (Site)” …

Upward mobility: on-the-go hot air ballooning

Who doesn’t wish they could just fly away once in a while—especially at the sight of hot air balloons gracing the horizon? But expense, equipment and accessibility can make hot air ballooning prohibitive for the average person. FlyDOO, a start-up company based in southeast France, is aiming to change all of that. Founder Leandro Corradini, …