|Harnais collection by Michele De Lucchi. Photo: Yann Deret|
Hermès will broaden its home line at Milan Design Week this year with two lighting collections, Pantographe and Harnais, created by Italian designer Michele De Lucchi, and the portable, modular La Lanterne d’Hermès lamp, designed by French visual artist Yann Kersalé.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Pizza Hut has released a video of a concept touchscreen table that is activated by diners' smartphones and guides them through building and ordering their own custom pizza. Made in collaboration with Chaotic Moon Studios, the concept also includes integrated payment and a timer that keeps track of the pizza on its way to the table.
The video follows other recent touchscreen innovations such as the Displair, which allows users to swipe through menus in mid-air.
Hexi - responsive wall from Thibaut Sld on Vimeo.
Made of 60 identical components, Hexi is a wall coverage created by Thibaut Sld that responds to movement thanks to an embedded camera and a smart fixture.
The honeycomb-shaped components are made of vacuum casted aluminium and PVC and are fixed on the wall with a fixture that allows them to move and mirror the user's movements and appearing to be floating over the wall.
The surprise element is becoming more popular among designers and artists, who are adding unpredictability to day to day products. Homebuildlife subscribers can read more about this trend here.
|Monkeybiz at Design Indaba Expo 2014|
Design Indaba Expo, part of the Design Indaba Conference, ran from February 28 to March 2 and showcased the best in South African design and high-end craft in jewellery, furniture and homewares. Geometric shapes, retro Scandinavian and folk print, as well as African-inspired design were some of the key themes of the show.
Yellow Owl’s Little Prints shows parents and children how to create practical hand-printed items, covering the basics of stenciling, stamp and prints with clear instructions, lists of materials and graphic templates for each project.
Hiroo store And The Friet offers fries made from six different varieties of potato including rare Bintje potatoes imported from Belgium and Satsuma potatoes from Okinawa. There are also six cuts - straight, wedge, curly, half, crispy or hash out - and more than 10 choices of seasonal dips and sauce.
For more on this idea, Homebuildlife subscribers can read our trend report on mono dining and focused food retail, Pure Produce.
Twinings' new loose leaf teas for spring include a fine black tea, rare green tea and flowering green tea, showcased in a clear glass tableware collection so that the brewing process is transformed into a special viewing experience.
Homebuildlife subscribers can read more about the theatre of tea in our kitchen and tabletop trend report from Maison & Objet.