Suzuki channels retrofuturism in Waku Spo and Hanare concept vehicles

Japanese auto brand Suzuki has debuted a pair of retro-styled concept cars at Tokyo Motor Show 2019, including a driverless “mobile room” and a hybrid electric coupe with cameras in place of wing mirrors. Suzuki’s latest concept cars both fall under the umbrella name of “waku waku” – a Japanese onomatopoeic phrase used to express […]

Lexus designs LF-30 Electrified concept to develop “mutual understanding” between car and driver

Lexus considered the relationship between a horse and its rider when designing the LF-30 Electrified concept car, which represents the Japanese brand’s vision for a future generation of electric vehicles. With fluid lines and gull-wing doors, the LF-30 Electrified concept was designed to have a futuristic look that is “expected of a BEV” (battery electric […]

Ghostly Ocean Debris is an accessories collection made from discarded refugee life vests

Northumbria graduate Harry Jones has produced a collection of clothing and lifestyle accessories using the life jackets left on European beaches during the refugee crisis. The collection, titled Ghostly Ocean Debris, uses the discarded bright yellow jackets as the raw material to produce items such as flip-flops, placemats, and satchels. Rather than going to landfill, […]

Noma Studio’s anti-AI mask protects wearers from mass surveillance

Polish design studio Noma has developed a mask that makes the wearer’s face undetectable to facial recognition algorithms used in public surveillance cameras. Ewa Nowak and Jarosław Markowicz, who make up Noma Studio, designed the Incognito mask in an attempt to reclaim the privacy and anonymity that they feel has been lost to face-detecting cameras installed […]

Horizn Studios and Alyssa Carson create luggage for space travel

Berlin-based luggage brand Horizn Studios collaborated with the world’s youngest astronaut, Alyssa Carson, to develop a smart, carbon fibre suitcase suitable for space tourism. The Horizn One case concept boasts a shell that would be made from carbon fibre reinforced with super-material graphene. This would enable enhanced flexibility and strength as well as making it […]

Laila Laurel’s chair provides a solution to manspreading

Brighton University graduate Laila Laurel has designed a chair that prevents people from “manspreading”, as part of a project that aims to offer solutions to sexist issues experienced by women. Laurel’s pair of chairs, titled A Solution for Man-Spreading, were created as a tongue-in-cheek response to both hers and other womens’ day-to-day experiences of “manspreading”. […]

Airbus’ Bird of Prey aircraft concept features feather-tipped wings

Airbus has unveiled a bird-like concept for a hybrid-electric airliner that aims to show the potential of using biomimicry in aviation design. Inspired by the “efficient mechanics” of birds, Airbus’ Bird of Prey conceptual aircraft features wing and tail structures with individually controlled feather-like tips, which help with control while minimising drag. The concept also […]

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