Living on the edge with the G7 POD

September 1, 2019

Imagine you’re climbing up a sheer rockface, and you want to take a break. If you’re a rock climber on an extended expedition, this scenario is quite conceivable. However, one of the problems is gear. A traditional framed hanging tent system known as a portaledge weighs as much as 16 pounds or more—a lot of …

Enhancing corporate culture with fabricated space

Capital One Corporation had a vision for their new Canadian headquarters in Toronto’s financial district: a design to enhance the company’s collaborative culture and be attractive to young tech talent. The financial services organization worked with IBI Group, a Toronto-based architecture and design firm, to create an interior design for the existing five-floor office space. …

From train seat to handbag

Amtrak’s Acela Express trains, which offer comfort and upscale amenities for passengers along the northeast corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., were in need of a makeover. The redesign of the interiors, which began in 2018, included replacing 6,080 leather seats from 100 train cars.  The company didn’t want to waste the leather, so it …

An experiential exhibit of fabric color, texture and performance

August 1, 2019

When Belgian textile designer Casalis returned to Milan Design Week in April after a three-year absence, the company made a statement with its signature style. Casalis worked with designer Anita Kars to create an experiential display inspired by a labyrinth. Visitors walked through a series of spaces and were met with the colors and textures …

Gas-detecting threads

The detection of volatile gases can be critical in public health, workplace safety, military and rescue situations. The process requires the use of electronic devices operated by specially trained technicians. Engineers at Tufts University’s School of Engineering have recently developed threads that can detect dangerous gases—and while the technology doesn’t replace the precision of electronic …

Fibers of the future

This summer, visitors to the Bundesgartenschau grounds, a park in Heilbronn, Germany, will see an architectural marvel seemingly rising from the landscape. The BUGA Fibre Pavilion showcases the potential future of construction—created by combining construction principles found in nature with cutting-edge technologies. The design is the result of a partnership between the Institute for Computational …

Nanofiber veil for composites

The world’s first commercially available interleaving nanofiber veil for use in fiber-reinforced thermoset polymer composite materials has been developed by New Zealand-based Revolution Fibres in partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company.   Xantu.Layr® XLB is made from Lexter, a XD10 thermoplastic, bio-based polyamide resin developed by Mitsubishi. The veil is produced using sonic electrospinning technology, …

A pocket-sized washing machine

When you’re hiking and camping, sometimes all you want is to freshen your clothing. But, short of beating your socks against the rocks, there usually aren’t many good options on the trail. Calibre8, the Australian creator of the original five-ounce Scrubba wash bag, has introduced an even lighter model weighing in at 2.5 ounces. Scrubba …

Robots on the wing

Hummingbirds are amazing creatures: They flap their wings as fast as 80 times per second, they’re able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-eight pattern, and they can even fly backwards and upside down. If drones had this capability, possibilities could include daring rescue missions such as maneuvering through collapsed buildings and other …

Partying in sustainable style: Cannes Film Festival

Since 1998, Swiss jeweler Chopard has been an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. The luxury house crafts the festival’s Palme d’or and trophies and adorns the stars in attendance with pieces from its dazzling Red Carpet Collection. Chopard also organizes unforgettable parties each year. This year’s theme was “love,” and it was carried …