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Police badges modified into beer bottle openers

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Design on Tuesday 19 February 2013

The police are known pranksters, handing outtickets for no reason, converting tax money into donuts etc. The Vermont State Police found out that they where pranked: a pig was pictured very subtle in the logo on 30 of their cruisers (one of the spots on the cow). It turned out an inmate working in the […]

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Bird In Hand: a compostable shadow playing light

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Design on Monday 18 February 2013

I designed this large suspended lamp as a tribute to the universal art of hand-shadows; making shadows on the wall using your hands to create birds, rabbits, and other figures. Playing with light and hand shadows is a centuries old past-time, long before electric light was invented. Bird In Hand plays with this concept: all […]

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The Wheeler lets you exercise and power your gadget at the same time

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Design on Monday 18 February 2013

An article in a Dutch Newspaper stating that the use of electronic gadgets alone is responsible for the forthcoming creation of an extra 30 power plants in the very near future, made Michiel van der Kley decide to do something extra as a designer. Having designed furniture for 20 years, he wanted to design things […]

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I-SPEX: use your iPhone to measure the pollution in the air

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By J.P.Meulendijks in Tech on Monday 18 February 2013

I thought smart phones where mostly social tools. “I-SPEX” (Spectropolarimeter for Planetary EXploration) turns your iPhone into a scientific instrument. SPEX enhances the lens of the iPhone in such a way that you can measure the pollution in the air: especially PM (Particulate Matter). Developer and scientist Frans Snik’s first goal is to use it […]

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New music by Belgium-based band Triggerfinger

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Music on Monday 4 February 2013

I am a big fan of most alternative music coming from Belgium. Triggerfinger is one of Belgium’s loudest hardest rocking bands, especially during their very energetic live shows. For a radio show, they where asked to do a recent pop chart 40 song meant as a joke. They took 15 minutes to cover the cheesy […]

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JCVD: the best Jean Claude van Damme movie ever

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Film on Thursday 31 January 2013

The muscles from Brussels in a art-house-movie? I watched JCVD recently, a very funny and dark movie about Van Damme as almost himself as he gets held hostage in a bank while trying to get money for a custody battle over his daughter. A very memorable scene is where van Damme turns to the camera […]

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Lock: a beautiful dinner table made from bamboo

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Design on Wednesday 30 January 2013

Dinner table LOCK is designed from the qualities, possibilities and characteristics of its highly sustainable material: bamboo. The frame is built up from layers of flexible bamboo, while the shape is formed by the bamboo’s natural bending curve. The layers of bamboo curve through each other and entwine, locking each other in place. The end result is a mix of nature and mathematics, of possible and impossible: a super strong masculine dynamic shape that looks different watched from different viewing points.

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