Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai use magnesium to create extremely light Vela chair

Tel Aviv designers Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai have used magnesium, one of the lightest metals, to create a stacking chair that weighs just 2.5 kilograms. Unveiled by Italian furniture brand Magis during Milan design week, the Vela chair plays to the strengths of its low-density material. Whilst structurally strong and easy to work with, magnesium weighs 30 per cent less […]

De Castelli unveils new furniture that shows how metal can have colour and texture

A set of cylindrical golden drawers and a set of geometric tables made from etched and oxidised metals are among the new products launched by Italian furniture brand De Castelli for 2019. De Castelli introduced four new metal furniture designs at the Salone del Mobile during Milan design week. They included a set of modular tables, a set of drawers, a console […]

Thermobimetal shutters by Doris Sung self-regulate the temperature of buildings

Buildings could be cooled with zero energy using the Invert shading system, made from a smart material called thermobimetal that changes shape in response to heat. The invention of architect Doris Sung, Invert looks like a regular decorative shutter, but its metal pieces curl and flip over in the sun, altering how much light and […]

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