SPIDERWEB is a versatile, modular “Dual Mode” Structural System with unusual behavioral properties.
Inspired both by nature and the holistic philosophy of R. Buckminster Fuller, singular “SPIDER-modules” are assembled to create “WEB-structures” with very high strength/weight ratio.
The unique design of the “Dual Mode Structure” can flex in one direction, while being perfectly rigid in the other direction: the “SPIDERWEB Chair” has spring-like properties on the seat-surface for added user comfort, while providing firm back support.
Using the same system, the “SPIDERWEB Table” provides rigid support of objects placed on top.
This “open-ended" system-design lends itself to the creation of an infinite variety of functional and decorative objects, as well as environmental installations, even load-bearing walls & columns for larger scale architectural applications... limited only by one's curiosity and imagination.
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Advanced Concept Research
The near future of wall air
Technical research; new materials;
New usage scenarios & design concepts.
with Jim Hannon-Tan, Roki Hy
Originally presented to the public at CeBIT in 2001, "New Life Forms" is a collection of 6 video user scenarios examining new ideas for Service & Product Design for the future of wireless mobile communication. Utilizing strategic design thinking led by the Consumer Experience Design Group of Motorola with a multidisciplinary team of talented people from Advanced R&D Engineering, Strategic Marketing, Industrial Design, Interaction Design and Design Planning. With a deliberate emphasis on wearable technology, each video represents a series of entirely new business & service propositions as well as innovative hardware, software and interaction design concepts utilizing wireless broadband intelligent networks (3G, 4G)
Motorola Wearability Design Team:
Jozeph Forakis, Robert Gelick, Matthias Richter, Lorna Ross, Marco Susani, Roberto Tagliabue
Paolo is the owner of the corner bar where I get my morning caffe’. He’s always full of energy and ready with a quick joke and a smile. You never have to ask him what you want: as soon as you walk in – sometimes even before – you can be sure your regular is under the espresso machine. For years mine was Caffe’ Lungo Macchiato: served in the normal small espresso cup, it’s left under the spout a bit more time than a normal espresso, and then hit with a dollop of steamed milk.
(long coffee with a “stain” of steamed milk), meaning a longer version of the normal Espresso Corto (short). I had always found it interesting how Italians named their caffe’ according to it’s physical or geometric properites.