DVF | Made for Glass
This is one of a collection of frames by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg that incorporates Google Glass. It’s a great improvement on the alien designs of the original glass, making the frames look almost normal, but some of the other variants in the collection look far more silly. von Furstenberg previously put Glass on her Spring 2013 collection catwalk show, for the first time showing a mainstream fashion show from the model’s perspective.
This proposal for a vertical farm by Aprilli Design Studio could be the solution to our growing cities’ food demands. Featuring gardens, hydroponic decks and orchards in he upper part of the building, with water recycling operations, processing plants and farmers markets on the lower part, the structure could be a futuristic version of Whole Foods. The plants would also provide environmental benefits, by converting CO2 in the air into oxygen, with additional greening provided by rooftop solar panels and wind turbines.
This speaker is 3D printed entirely in wood, making it a world’s first. The nautilus-shaped shell has previously been the basis of conventional speakers due to its acoustic properties, but the real stand-out feature of this design is its use of Timberfill filament from 3D printing materials manufacturer Fillamentum. This filament allows you to produce wooden objects in any shape, while maintaining the properties normally associated with the material. It’s even biodegradable.
Expo Milan 2015 Malaysia Pavilion
Expo pavilions often push the boat out when it comes to show-stopping design, and this organic-looking structure is no different. Designed to represent Malaysia’s agricultural systems, the building is arranged into four seed-like spaces containing multimedia displays and interactive spaces charting the country’s sustainability and agricultural goals. It will be built from Malaysian wood that has been laminated with glue to create beams, a less costly alternative to steel. Decking around the pavilion will be made from recycled rice husks.
Coca-Cola Bio Cooler
This design may be a fairly shameless advertising ploy, but it is also very clever, which made it worth including on this list. The fridge does not need electricity to work, instead cooling air using water evaporation, meaning it cools better in hotter temperatures. Developed in partnership with the International Physics Centre in Bogota, the fridge cooler was taken to Aipir, one of the hottest places in Columbia. Local residents usually have to travel for a day to get access to chilled beverages, so the innovation was very popular.