In Kenya, seawater becomes drinkable thanks to GivePower

In Kenya, seawater becomes drinkable thanks to GivePower

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Design

Before talking about the project signed GivePower, it seems to us to give some useful data. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three people today has poor access to water and sanitation and, although the situation has slowly improved over the past twenty years, about 2.2 billion people still do not have safe access to drinking water. This condition is most consistent in developing and underdeveloped countries, where the problem of water makes life a continuous struggle against diseases and viruses. 

Fortunately, the agencies and organizations that try in every way to solve these situations are growing and one of them seems to have found the ideal solution. It is, as we mentioned at the beginning, GivePower that in the small Kenyan village of Kiunga has recently completed the installation of a desalinator that transforms the water of the nearby Indian Ocean into drinking water. 

In addition, the most surprising aspect is that the entire system works thanks to a roof of solar panels that can purify about 75,000 liters of water per day. 

On the GivePower website, where it is specified that with a donation of 20 euros a person can be assured of drinking water for 10 years, the project can be financially supported and everyone else discovered. 

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Ninehours, the new hotel capsule in Osaka

Ninehours, the new hotel capsule in Osaka

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Design

Japanese hotel chain Ninehours recently opened its second hotel in Osaka near Namba Station.
The project was entrusted to Naruse Inokuma Architects, who built a capsule hotel. Unlike many other hotels where quality is often neglected, the studio decided to improve the guest’s stay experience by improving the structure and services offered. To do this, the architects designed a hotel divided into four different rooms that correspond to the four phases of the living room: the reception, the corridor, the living room and finally the spaces containing the sleeping cabins.

The Ninehours was designed with a totally new formula of hotel capsules, which enhances the image and brings a certain level of functionality and comfort to the guest, ensuring a high-quality experience. For this reason, the details, colors, materials of the furniture and lighting most suitable for each environment have been chosen with the utmost care.

Furnished in a minimalist style, guests can check-in 24 hours a day and use the facilities for a minimum of one hour. Once past the reception, guests are invited to use the lockers (separated between men and women) and place their belongings and, after that, the nightwear is given. Then we move on to the shower area where guests can wash with products provided directly by the hotel such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, and then go to sleep in the capsules and enjoy a quiet and undisturbed sleep. In fact, each mini-room offers a soundproofing service so that guests can rest in the best possible way.

All chain facilities are located in strategic areas of the city and are usually less than three minutes from major airports, train stations or the city center.

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Text by Anna Cardaci

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Song Ball, a song to give to those you love

Song Ball, a song to give to those you love

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Design

Until the ’90s, when we wanted to listen to a song, we would turn on the CD player or the stereo and it would start. With the modern culture of listening to music on Spotify’s online playlists or via streaming services, the custom of giving a friend or loved one a CD, a vinyl record or even, if we really want to feel old, a tape has practically disappeared. Finding all this today is a mirage at least that you don’t go to a vintage discography store or buy your favorite singer’s latest album vinyl on Amazon -obviously in case the format was on the market. Pierpaolo Lazzarini, an Italian designer, wanted to find a solution by recreating the physical touch of music – now lost – inventing the “Song Ball” a small customizable object that contains only one special song.

The Song Ball, which the designer describes as a small “musical jewel”, allows those who buy it to put inside it the song you want to give. With a diameter of 3 cm, the ball can be customized and made of different materials: plastic, wood or precious metal. The ball is, therefore, a sort of mini case that, once turned on, reproduces the chosen song in a loop.
Each Song Ball is delivered with the name of the artist or band, the title of the song chosen and the year in which it was given engraved along its circumference.

Since each song represents a unique and memorable moment, the possibilities of customization are countless. You can record an individual message or a signature. The ball is given in a package that also contains the lyrics of the chosen song.

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Bent Pool, the arched pool of Elmgreen&Dragset

Bent Pool, the arched pool of Elmgreen&Dragset

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Design

Over the past ten years, Miami has been put to the test by storms, hurricanes, and rains. Slowly but surely the sea level continues to rise, while the beaches continue to fill with buildings and skyscrapers. These are just some of the reasons that have led to the ever-increasing construction of swimming pools in the city, in practice almost every house and building complex has one. 

The Scandinavian artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, to celebrate this new architectural tradition in Miami, but also to raise awareness of issues related to climate change, presented Bent Pool

It is an oval pool bent on itself that forms an arch 20 feet high, about 6 meters, located in front of the Convention Center in Miami, where every year in this period kicks off the Art Basel of Miami. 

The sculpture, with its trampoline, blue surface, and lights, obviously cannot be filled, but its overturned “U” shape was chosen specifically to emulate the arches, architectural structures created to mark the entrances to the city. Unlike the latter, under the Bent Pool, one can pass one at a time, transforming the sculpture into an immersive work. 

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Cubic Clock, Nendo’s clock in the shape of a cube

Cubic Clock, Nendo’s clock in the shape of a cube

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Design

Transforming any object into a unique piece of design is Nendo‘s main feature, the one that has made the Japanese design studio a leader in the sector and the latest object made confirms it. 

It’s called the Cubic Clock and, as the name suggests, it’s an aluminum clock in the shape of a cube. While one vertex has been cut to allow the object to remain in balance, another edge has been cut to obtain the hands. Twice a day, precisely at midnight and noon, the hands return to their original position and the Cubic Clock returns to being a real cube. 

Nendo designed this small piece of design to mark the 40th anniversary of The Hour Glass and will be sold exclusively during the Then Now Beyond exhibition at The Hour Glass store in Singapore until January 31, 2020.

Unfortunately, 10 Cubic Clock models have been produced. 

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