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Transforming bookshelf

Fusillo is an Multi-functional wooden bookshelf made of modular elements. All the modules are designed to rotate around a central axis providing support for the books. When untwisted the shelf is completely monolithic, the bottom part bottom part can be used as an hanging device where you can hang anything you like. Hence, it is a bookshelf, but also can be transformed into a sensible coat hook, bicycle rack, or book ends. Moreover, multiple shelves can be endlessly combined to customize your space. Nice design help you to utilize space.

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf

Pros

  • multi-functional has many purposes other than as a bookshelf
  • simple to use
  • easy to assemble and attach to he wall
  • ergonomic: can be used by anyone for any thing e.g for adults its a bookshelf, but for kids its a place to hang toys like bicycles etc..
  • saves space, because it is usually used to organize things

Cons

  • it’s not really very aesthetic, looking at it is like looking at a slab of unfinished wood from home depot, and painting it is not an option(look below and you’ll see why). since all the pieces are attached together at one point, you would have to separate the entire thing to paint it

despite the overall hideousness of the design i have to admit that it is very multi-functional bookshelf, it’s design just needs a little refining  🙂

Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf
Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf
Fusillo: a Multi-functional Bookshelf

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Portable solar powered window socket

Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the Window Socket is a portable solar-powered electrical socket that affixes to a window and harnesses solar energy through a built-in solar panel. It is designed to be as intuitive as possible, and can be used in an apartment, on a ship or inside a car – or anywhere with access to sunlight. The socket stores excess energy in an internal 1000mAh battery, which is enough to charge a mobile phone. Once charged it can be taken off the window and carried anywhere while in use – including on the move. Simple and elegant! Too bad it is still concept now.

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

i really love this design, it’s a pity it hasn’t been created yet, but when it does i’ll be sure to get it. Here are some pros and cons of this design

Pros

  • it’s portable, small and easily carried in a purse or bag
  • can be used anywhere as long as there is a window and light, very useful for travel no need to buy countless transformers/converters for each new destination
  •  easy to use
  • cheap to maintain(don’t need electricity) and practically pays for it’s self
  •  if the design was modified it could be used to power much more than just phones

Cons

  • it’s not realistic a solar panel that small would not produce enough energy to power a phone in a short period of time
  • no protection for the solar panel: even the smallest scratch could ruin the overall efficiency of the socket, the suction cups are too flimsey to provide protection from scratches or even potential falls that could result in a cracked solar panel

Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket
Window Socket: Solar Energy Powered Socket

to see the pictures go to http://www.designswan.com/archives/window-socket-solar-energy-powered-socket.html#more-5764

Honey bee hive house in Jerusalem

Honey Bee Hive House (Jerusalem, Israel)

This honey bee hive house was designed by the architects Ram Carmi, Abraham Yaski, and Aryeh and Eldar Sharon

their design isn’t a particular favorite of mine due to it’s hidden flaws:

Reason 1: it doesn’t match it’s surroundings, when 1st created it was significantly different from the rest of the new building in the city, from the materials it was created from to the outer structure of the building, it just looks out of place. I can easily liken this to putting a california beach house in the north pole, it just doesn’t fit.

Reason 2: it’s not being innovative it’s just being cheap, the fancy outer honeycomb structure is just the fancy gift wrapping that was placed there to hide the fact that the interior is just a small rectangular box.

Initially the creators thought i was a great idea because it was cost effective to build and the public considered it popular  because of its low prices, but the residents claimed that the quality of building was inferior and needed ‘additions’. in conclusion this honey comb hive house may look pretty, but is an overall terrible design when you take into consideration the needs of the people and the area where it’s located.

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven, Connecticut

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Designed by Gordon Bunshaft in the late 1950s for Yale university

what i love about his design:

–  makes really good use of space

– he designed it according to it’s function it’s a library so he placed all of the books where they could be easily organized,seen and accessed (in the middle of the room). he also did this by opening up the sides unlike traditional library designs

– the are around the library doubles as a lounge area where students can relax and study (another function of  library)

– the natural effect: the inner walls of the library give off the illusion of being underground and the ceiling lighting only adds to the effect

What i don’t like so much about this design:

– the safety features or lack thereof; sure it has those little bars at the bottom, but i find it hard to believe that those tiny thing could prevent someone from falling to their possible death, couldn’t they have put in glass or something!

– the lighting above the books themselves: i can’t help but feel that there re too many lights above the books couldn’t the designer have chosen bigger lights so that it wouldn’t be necessary to have so many. Using that many lights isn’t just expensive to buy and maintain (considering the electricity bill), it’s also just wasteful from an environmental perspective

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To learn more about this library you can go to http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/about/timeline

Multifunctional design

The one thing i believe should be incorporated into EVERY design is multi-functionality. Why bother designing a product for one thing when you can design it for more than one thing, that’s a two-for-one deal. Especially when it opens up space and allows you to organize so much more thoroughly.

This is why i can’t help, but admire this panorama house by Cheoongwon-gun, Chungbuk. Not only are these stairs used for walking up(or sliding down 🙂 genius!!! ), but they also double as shelving compartments.

Pros

– fun, very ergonomic, stairs for adults and a slide for kids, useful for all ages especially families

-it’s open and airy, all rooms open up into each other, it’s almost like there are no doors, windows in different places make it almost scenic (windows are also useful for checking up on the kids, very multifunctional!!)

Cons

– Safety, just looking at this staircase scares me, the upper staircase may have metal fencing, but the lower staircase has absolutely not safety measures put into place to prevent a potentially deadly fall. In addition the staircase is wooden which only adds to the danger of slipping, someone could seriously injure them-self

-Material, like i said wood is a dangerous material to use, the risk of slipping is increased as well as the possibility of the wood rotting or having a weak spot in the future. Having too much in the shelving compartments or on top of the stairs could possibly weigh down and break the wood if the staircase had too much weight on it.

To see more go to  http://www.moonhoon.com/sub/project/panorama/panorama.htm