PriestmanGoode designs seating to allow air travellers to stay in their wheelchairs

PriestmanGoode has unveiled Air 4 All, an aeroplane seating system that will allow powered wheelchair users to remain in their own wheelchairs for the entire journey.

Developed by PriestmanGoode in a consortium with campaign group Flying Disabled and aircraft safety company SWS Certification, the concept is designed for commercial flights and is currently being developed into a prototype.

The aeroplane seat folds up to accommodate a wheelchair in the Air 4 All concept

The concept design looks like a standard airline seat, but the bottom flips up when required to make room for a wheelchair, with a guide track to help position the chair and an attachment system that securely fixes it in place.

If no wheelchairs require access, the seats function as regular airline seats.

PriestmanGoode says Air 4 All will allow airlines to give powered wheelchair users equal access to safe, comfortable and dignified air travel, while letting … Read more

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A Transportable, Off-Grid Tiny Home Made From Shipping Containers

A Transportable, Off-Grid Tiny Home Made From Shipping Containers

Stays

by Sally Tabart

Photo – Anthony Richardson.

Photo – Anthony Richardson.

Photo – Anthony Richardson.

Photo – Anthony Richardson.

Photo – Anthony Richardson.

Robbie Walker and his wife Alice first bought this block of land in Mansfield, Victoria, in 2016. While the steep, rocky property was useless to a farmer, the couple saw potential in the incredible views over a gully looking out to Mount Buller, and were able to buy it pretty cheaply with the intention of one day building a family home.

In the meantime, Robbie designed and built a pair of off-grid tiny homes used for friends and family to come and stay, and as short-term accommodation for visitors to unplug and reconnect with the natural world.

For Robbie, using shipping containers as the structure for the tiny homes made sense within the context of the location.

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The Folio Society creates bold neon-coloured Philip K. Dick box set

Rich illustrations by 24 different artists combine with dayglo graphic design to make The Complete Short Stories: Philip K. Dick, a limited-edition box set of books by The Folio Society and La Boca.

The four-volume hardback set brings together all 118 of the revered science-fiction author’s short stories and features illustrations by 24 artists, as well as neon book bindings and a presentation box designed by UK studio La Boca.

The Complete Short Stories: Philip K Dick box set by The Folio Society box open to reveal glitch patterned lining and four neon-coloured volumes
The Complete Short Stories: Philip K. Dick was published in a limited edition of 750 copies

The project was art directed by The Folio Society’s Sheri Gee and Raquel Leis Allion. The duo decided that, because of the breadth of the stories, they wanted to go beyond the usual approach of commissioning a single artist.

To create a contrast from the illustrations they brought in design studio La Boca, which tends to work in a bold and graphic style, for … Read more

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This Blushing Bondi Apartment Makes The Most Of A Narrow Space

This Blushing Bondi Apartment Makes The Most Of A Narrow Space

Architecture

by Amelia Barnes

Blushing Bondi is a 1960s apartment renovation by Studio Weave Architects. Photography – Tom Ferguson

The renovation transformed a tired brick apartment into a contemporary beach abode blending old with new. Photography – Tom Ferguson

Unique joinery pieces and a pastel colour palette feature in this beachside apartment, which seamlessly connect the kitchen and living areas. Photography – Tom Ferguson

The material palette consists of three main elements carried throughout the apartment: terrazzo, brass, and plywood. Photography – Tom Ferguson

Pink stones in the terrazzo governed the cohesive use of the colour throughout. Photography – Tom Ferguson

The kitchen island bench, which needed to feel more like furniture as not to dominate the open-plan space.  Photography – Tom Ferguson

 Curved corners, elevated brass legs, and pastel pink fabric upholstery soften the bench – inviting people

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Almaborealis designs sew-your-own clothing kit for children

Design studio Almaborealis has created a modular DIY kit containing pieces of fabric in an easy puzzle format that invites children to sew their own clothes.

Now called Puzzleware, formerly known as Convertibles, the project has been shortlisted for this year’s Dezeen Awards in the wearable design category.

DIY clothes kit
Puzzleware is a DIY kit for kids

Almaborealis founder Maija Nygren took cues from early learning theories, such as loose parts play, to design a tactile kit for children aged four to 12 that encourages them to make their own clothes.

Puzzleware kits include pieces of colourful Scottish lambswool, which Nygren says are 100 per cent biodegradable, designed with lace holes so that children can sew the fabric together to make themselves a garment.

Children's clothes made from a Convertibles kit
The project is designed for children to make their own clothes

Each kit comes with a chunky blunt knitting needle and a Learn to Stich card printed on … Read more

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