“UPPRINTING FOOD” at Beijing Design Week 2018

Exploring the future of food analysis and 3D-printed meals in China and beyond

Human-centered design and sustainability have rightly become global priorities. In China, more often known for its megacities and high-speed urbanization, these were core themes at this year’s Beijing Design Week (BDW). As global resources shrink and climate change will soon impact the way we eat, food becomes a key aspect of sustainable development—especially in China, where the richness and diversity of local food culture struggles to keep …

Zero-Impact ‘Agrihood’ Community of 3D-Printed Huts

The Galini Sleeping Pod, a zero-impact 3D-printed hut proposed by New York-based architecture practice DFA offers an idyllic vision of future reprieves. The 300-square-foot suspended pod features a water system (show, sink and toilet) that pulls its supply from atmospheric water (and recycles waste-water). Meanwhile, its electricity is drawn from a combination of solar and wind technology. Of course, it also offers a place to …

Reebok + Modla Flexweave Altitude Training Mask

Applying the sneaker brand's innovative, forthcoming material to a fitness prototype

As a demonstration of the dynamic nature of their forthcoming Flexweave material, Reebok invited three global design firms each to imagine a new collaborative product—and produce a prototype of it. Rotterdam’s Odd Matter envisioned a furniture series of “active sitting” chairs. NYC’s Joe Doucet proposed form fitting running gloves. And London’s Modla ventured into the territory of high altitude training masks. These items all employ …

Hintlab’s Customizable LEGO Jewelry

With LEGO blocks as the centerpiece, Paris-based hintlab’s 3D-printed precious metal rings can be customized according to the wearer’s whims. Each ring comes with multiple LEGO pieces in a range of colors—solid and translucent—for swapping out. Naturally, they can also be stacked one atop the other. There are various styles of metal frames, but the heart is all the same: a little piece of nostalgia. …

Discovering the Future of Customization at Vans’ Global Headquarters

Surprises reveal themselves as we explore design and production at the new California hub

In 1964, Paul Van Doren moved from Boston to Costa Mesa and brought his family along. In ’66, Van Doren would co-found Vans in the area. From Anaheim factories to the brand new 182K-square-foot global headquarters, the brand’s history is embedded in the very soil. But the new space is something more. It’s the product of a half-century’s worth of collaboration. Employees had a say …