Instead of sending old Vespas to the trash pile, Spanish design studio Bel & Bel has a more creative solution: turn the stylish relics into awesome pieces of furniture.
Bel & Bel’s series of handmade leather chairs is constructed from the front shield and spare parts of old Vespas.
«We believe in making solid pieces and unique designs that endure over time, as opposed to the current mass production. We support responsible production. We trust our parts as they are some of the designs from the past we admire, as the legendary motorcycle Corradino D’Ascanio or our beloved SEAT 600, which somehow were built to last lifetime.»
«Our artistic production aims to draw attention to the so-called planned obsolescence. A result of modernity and towards which we position totally contrary.»
«Thus, we can speak of “creative recycling” or “upcycling” where the principle of the three “R” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) applies, but now using the latest technology and renewable energy.»
Wingdings is the font made entirely out of symbols. But why?
As a means of writing sentences, Wingdings fails — but that was never its purpose. It was created to be used as a unique tool for the pre-internet era. It was akin to emojis, but with even more utility.
A family business for eighty years
Why and How I Created Emoji
«The prototypes of emojis were born in Japan at the end of the 20th century. The man who created these images in the first place was Shigetaka Kurita, who was involved in the launch of the world’s first mobile internet platform.»
«Kurita says he thought it would be difficult to deliver enough information on feature phones due to the limited screen space without emoji.»
“Prior to our i-mode, AT&T was already offering information services for cell phone users. Everything was shown by text. Even the weather forecast was displayed as ‘fine’. When I saw it, I found it difficult to understand”, recalls Kurita. Japanese TV weather forecasts have always included pictures or symbols to describe the weather—for example, a picture of sun meant ‘sunny’. Being so familiar with this culture, Kurita thought “I’d rather see a picture of the sun, instead of a text saying ‘fine’. “
«Taxis in India, particularly in Mumbai, are not only the most convenient form of transport but have also become an iconic piece of culture. Although much attention is given to each taxi by its driver – to make it stand out from his competitors – very little thought is given to the fabric used on the seats. The designs that cover the taxi seats are often functional and forgettable and with the outstanding design talent Mumbai has to offer, this shouldn’t be the case.»
«Design, as a job or even simply something studied at school, is unfortunately not widely recognised in India. Older generations don’t understand it- design to them, just performs a function. Many people don’t know that design can create a real impact. With so few spaces for young people to show off their skills, it’s hard to change that perception.»
«We put two and two together and started connecting designers with taxi drivers- turning seat covers into canvas’ for young Indian designers to show off their design talent and storytelling skills.»
An innovative window that morphs magically into a balcony at the push of a button
Designers Hofman Dujardin and Kawneer France have transformed a prototype into a final accessible facade product.
When a dozens of them are installed in a single apartment building, like Hofman Dujardin’s proposed housing block, the result is a dynamic, constantly changing facade pattern.