TAG: Wind

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

Called Windworks, this collection of upholstered furniture is made with innovative techniques that smartly incorporate a renewable energy source – the wind. The entire assembly, including the wood, yarn, fabrics and dye application is made with the help of the wind. The designer, Merel Karhof, actually constructed a portable wind knitting factory that is completely ran by the wind. It includes a machine with blades that captures the wind and powers the mill. The windier the conditions are, the faster the machine is able to knit. Taking the upholstery design process to the next level she went to the Zaanse Schans… read more

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

Natural elements are always a source of inspiration for the worlds of art and design. Whether mimicking structure or capabilities, nature influenced designs are innovative and sometimes unique or even unusual. However, what happens when natural design goes beyond imitation and protrudes into the everyday? That must have been one of a series of questions for artist Berndnaut Smilde in creating the idea for his atmospheric, wispy cloud wonders. His cloud formations are art in motion. Appearing in a room by way of a smoke machine, a flowing white cloud drops in and wafts by, then evaporates just like the… read more

Renewable Energy to Surpass Fossil-Fuels

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By 2016 renewable energy shall outsource natural gas, lagging only behind coal as the U.S.’s leading electricity source. Within this time frame, according to the International Energy Agency, power generation rates from wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy will more than double those of nuclear energy. In 2018, it is predicted, that renewable energy sector will increase another 40 percent worldwide and account for 25 percent of all electricity production. This is an increase of 20 percent from just two years previous. As it is, renewable energy sources are currently the fastest growing sector in power-generation; allowing for a diverse means… read more

Coming Soon: Wireless Wind Meter for Smartphones

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Taking accurate wind speed measurements anytime, anyplace, is about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to a new wind meter that’s in the process of being Kickstarted. Being able to measure the speed of the wind at specific times and places can be a boon to many people, including kitesurfers, sailors, paragliders, and yes, even wind turbine owners. But the wind speeds reported from data stations may not be that accurate, due to local geological features and thermal conditions. The folks behind Vaavud, a new wireless wind meter that connects to Android and iPhones, are kitesurfers who got frustrated… read more