Showing posts from September, 2011

Will o' the wispahedron

Textured Transluscent Plastic  is a very curious material.  With a light behind it, the material seems to glow as a smoky monsoon of diffuse radiance.  A laser through it will diffract into chaos, but a laser through two layered sheets will instead spread into constellations. But how to build a lamp of it? Originally, I wanted to see if I could get the lamp to float, perhaps held aloft in a fan, or somehow using magnets.  Ultimately, the imperfections in construction made these plans impossible; a fan will not hold it up much better than it would hold up a cheesecloth. That said, the construction is hours away from a semi-permanent home above my bed. Behold, a 3-photo tour-de-force of its construction:  Parts used: 1 yard of textured transluscent plastic Clear tape Garage lamp (deconstructed) Grate from a kitchen strainer Clamp to hold the lamp parts, and rest the strainer atop it Ideas for improvement: Stronger tape and more precisely cut par

Glen Liberman from Kinekt Design

Last week, we spoke to Glen Liberman from Kinekt Design ( ). Glen launched his company with the patented Gear Ring, which features six micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun. The Gear Ring currently has over 1 million views on YouTube ( ). Glen has been designing since his 3rd year in college where he became interested in making prototypes of objects and products. Please find three examples of his work below: One of his most recent design objects, inspired by Toshio Iwai’s Electroplankton game, is a square object designed to convey a sound wave. For fabrication, Glen intends to make each limited edition object out of glass and create a “new kind of snow globe” by filling the object with water and tiny plastic “square wave” fish. Glen describes another design, Bauhouse Blocks, as a play on the German art movement, Bauhaus. To help convey the concept, Glen added i