2019/6 design magazine

Get inspired by the latest innovations, like Bamboodia, Seampathy, Green Cathedral, Segway Drift W1 en HyQReal.


According to a report published by the Cambodian government, there are approx. 60.000 casualties caused by landmines in the last 30 years. Often these amputees don’t have enough financials to afford prosthetics. Based on that study, this prosthetic has been designed and developed by using bamboo, the cheap and locally sourced material that allows for low-cost production. The bendable and elasticity features of bamboo allow this prosthetic to simulate the curve of human ankles.

Ferrari’s hydroplane

Back in the 1950s, Ferrari powered a hydroplane built for one thing: to break the world speed record on water. Achille Castoldi had been setting records on water since 1940 and to achieve the record, he commissioned Cantieri Timossi to build a 3-point hydroplane from hardwood, covered in mahogany veneer. It culminated in a world record: 150.40 miles per hour, which still stands to this day. Now it is for sale. It comes with a well-documented history file that includes hundreds of period photographs and handwritten notes from ferrari’s engineers.


This project explores using algae to make a series of vegan materials. Harnessing circular design and a zero waste approach, Daniel Elkayam has created the biomaterial so that it can be used and reused by repeating the process of its ‘cooking’. At the end of its life cycle, the sheet can be used as raw material for new casting, or returned to nature. watch the video watch the video

Segway Drift W1

This seems to be the first e-Skate. Drift W1 still uses the same Segway’s proven, stable self-balance technology, while they are lightweight and highly portable. The tires have been designed to offer great steering capabilities as well as stability.

Green Cathedral

The Green Cathedral located near Almere, the Netherlands, is an artistic planting of Lombardy poplars (Populus nigra italica) that mimics the size and shape of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims, France. The work was planted by Marinus Boezem on April 16, 1987. Now mature, the cathedral has become a location for weddings, funerals, meetings, and religious services of all kinds. Marinus Boezem is known for his radical view of art and his works in public space and is seen as one of the main representatives of conceptual art and arte povera in the Netherlands in the late 1960s.

Conductive origami

Inspired by origami folding techniques, Yael Akirav has developed ‘conductive origami’ that explores a new way of turning on light fixtures by using 3D printing of conductive filament, directly on textile. That allows the creation of complex elements and an array of different designs. The filament is also used as a skeletal structure of the lighting fixtures, each with its own unique folding and unfolding method. watch the video

ROSE Injera Grill

ROSE presents a modern version to traditional clay stoves, used everyday in rural areas of East African countries such as Ethiopia and Eritrea. The company wants to provide you with a modern Habesha lifestyle, using induction technology that allows you to grill safer, faster, and more efficient. The use of induction as most efficient heating technology allows you to make lots of injera in a fraction of the time.


A family of beautiful devices that have been thoughtfully designed to streamline the routine of monitoring nine of the most common health conditions. The assortment of products includes a finger-prick, urine-analyzer, blood tester and spirometer. “The project is designed to alleviate the pressure on general practitioners, by allowing patients to monitor elements of their condition that wouldn’t normally be possible with in-home devices. Underlying this aim, there is a core belief that functional devices should be intuitive and beautiful,” according to designer Matt Canham.


PAB is a Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter, the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB relies on the piezoelectric effect to enable underwater communication and sensing at near-zero power. PAB nodes harvest energy from underwater acoustic signals using piezoelectric interfaces and communicate by modulating the piezoelectric impedance. The system would enable better monitoring of marine life and ocean temperatures — factors integral to better understanding climate change and predicting the rise in sea levels. And it also presents the opportunity for testing on other planets. watch the video


HyQReal is robot powered by hydraulics. The robot has been developed to support humans in emergency scenarios. Its capabilities were demonstrated by pulling an 3.300 kg airplane for more than 10 meter. The compact HyQReal is just 1.33 m long, and stands only 90 cm tall and weighs 130 kg, including hydraulic infrastructure and batteries. watch the video

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