The Cloud | : AN ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIVE BALLOON STRUCTURE I.D. 2009 Annual Design Review Environment category, Design Distinctionxrange 十一事務所
A beacon for the 2008 Taiwan Designers’ Week, the Cloud is a self-floating temporary canopy for an outdoor plaza where the design fair is held. The Cloud defines an outdoor hang out area for events and DJ parties with its shape-shifting 900m3 mass that responds to wind movements and air pressure changes. Encased in a soft translucent sac of synthetic fibers, the Cloud filters scorching sunlight into an ephemeral glow. As air pressure drops before rain falls, the Cloud will react by lowering from its 9-12m flying height to hover just above ground, therefore “predicting” rain during the hot summer week.
The Cloud is buoyed by a 10x30x3m transparent balloon space frame. 12 balloons (d=3.5m) filled with 150,000L of helium gas are tied into a 3D web structure with the balloons acting as “nodes” and nylon ropes of varying lengths as tensile members. The Cloud combines CAD/CAM with a very simple design concept: using minimal means and everyday materials to create surprising environmentally responsive effects.
Everyday Energy: What People Around the World Eat on a Daily Basis
37-year-old Ecuadorian mountain farmer, 5’3”, 119 lbs, typical daily caloric intake: 3,800 kcal. Food staples: Empanadas, barley flour soup, roasted potatoes, plantain, hard brown sugar mixed with hot water.
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda F/W 2014-15
Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda Fall Winter 2014- 2015 collection features on Vogue Italia’s Unique September issue with a shoot by Steve Hiett in Capri.
A private terrace in Capri with the Faraglioni and the blue Mediterranean sea acted as a backdrop of the Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda collection for Fall Winter 2014-2015 which showed in July. Though information was scarce, we caught a glimpse of beautifully printed gowns worn by the models of the moment arriving by boat, and plenty of extravagant applications, and furs. As the season stats, we editorials featuring the collections are beginning to surface, first among which the editorial on Vogue Unique (Vogue Italia’s September issue 2014 couture insert) shot by Steve Hiett and styled by Robert Rabensteiner. The contrast between the prints, the backdrop, the textured fur, and the signature photographic style of Hiett create a unique statement apt for Alta Moda.
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American Denim (1975) by Peter Beagle, Richard M. Owens and Tony Lane