Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hublot Loves Football – A Unique Project From Hublot And FIFA

Swiss watchmaker Hublot’s involvement in this year’s FIFA World Cup is huge, they are the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch for the event. Hublot also worked on additional football related projects with FIFA, one of them is “Hublot Loves Football”. What do the biggest names in football like Pelé, José Mourinho, Turin’s Juventus, Roy Hodgson, Xherdan Shaqiri and more, have in common apart from playing the legendary sport? All the living football legends, including Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Falcao, Guangzhou Evergrande FC and Amsterdam’s Ajax, have teamed up with Hublot, the Swiss luxury watches manufacturer.

Object of the project is to showcase unique personalities involved in the beautiful game of football. Exceptional portraits captured by Swiss photographer Fred Merz tell a story of relationship between the ambassador and the Hublot team. For instance Pelé, the King of Football “was photographed on a stair landing in a fashionable Ipanema hotel in Rio revealing his kindness and attesting to a strength and fitness extraordinary for his age.”

World Cup football decorated by Brazilian painter and sculptor Romero Britto takes center stage along with the official FIFA Hublot watches in the project.
Pelé, the King of Football, was photographed on a stair landing in a fashionable Ipanema hotel in Rio revealing his kindness and attesting to a strength and fitness extraordinary for his age.

Jean-Claude Biver is the current President of Hublot and truly responsible for the rebirth of this brand.

Bayern Munich, training center, Munich, Germany

José Mourinho, also known as The Special One, was photographed surrounded by clocks in a shadowy basement during a visit to the Hublot manufacture in Switzerland.

While the Juventus players were beautifully captured in high spirits the day after their match against Fiorentina.

The Paris Saint-Germain team are portrayed on the turf at their training centre.

Pelé, the King of Football, was photographed on a stair landing in a fashionable Ipanema hotel in Rio, revealing his kindness and attesting to a strength and fitness extraordinary for his age.

Falcao, Madrid, Spain

Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot Manufacture, Nyon, Switzerland

Howard Webb, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Limited Edition “Open Side” Cufflinks With Tourbillon Inside From TF Est. 1968

Swiss accessory maker TF Est. 1968 is adding new cufflinks to its Tourbillion range. Named Tourbillion Open Side, these cufflinks are a perfect match for wearer’s tourbillon watch. The collection will be arriving this summer as a limited edition of 1968 numbered pieces each in three color combinations – steel against black, rose gold-plated against black and chocolate brown on a ‘vanilla’ ground. A highlight of the new collection is its transparent body that allows for better view of the tourbillion’s movement.

The tourbillon is housed in a steel cage decorated with carbon motifs. Its mechanism is powered by the movements of the wearer’s wrist, and encased beneath a sapphire-treated crystal to ensure quality and resistance. A smart spring clasp system hold and fix cufflinks firmly to the shirt cuff. The Open Side cufflinks are strongly built to withstand knocks, water-resistant and shock-resistant.

This product is already available at Amazon, get them while you can.

Bounce Stool By Véronique Baer

These quilted stools by Swiss designer Véronique Baer squish down when sat on and bounce back up when the sitter stands up.

Véronique Baer designed the Bounce range with the aim to "create a seat which will adapt totally to any kind of body shape and which will therefore offer the maximum amount of comfort."
The seats are created by gluing together two pieces of foam, forming symmetrical shapes that have no front or back.

Four oak wood legs support these mushroom-like tops, which are covered in quilted upholstery by Dutch textile brand Febrik.

"It is fascinating how materials are able to change shape and transform their functions again and again," said Baer.

The largest of the three stools in the range, named Anton, is designed to be big enough to provide side and back support for the sitter.

Christine is a smaller version with a rounded top, while the smallest model has a cylindrical seat and is called Olaf.

The three designs can also be used in a row and reclined on like a lounger.
Baer graduated from Lausanne's ECAL design school in 2011. She presented her Bounce collection at the Blickfang Designworkshop that took place at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France.

Anna Czaniecka Shapes Kettle Like Mugs To Save Water When Making Tea

This kettle by Kingston University graduate Anna Czaniecka is shaped like two mugs so the user can precisely measure how much water to boil for cups of tea.
Anna Czaniecka's Kttl is designed to save energy, and therefore money, that is wasted from boiling too much water in traditional kettles.

I started this project by looking at kitchen appliances and I came across some data about the unusually high energy usage of a standard electric kettle," she told Dezeen, stating that three quarters of British households overfill their kettles – wasting a total of £68 million per year.
"Boiling more water than necessary has several implications - it takes longer time to boil which equals wasted electricity and higher energy bills," Czaniecka said.

"I realised that it might be the shape of a standard kettle that causes a problem as it is so different from a cup shape it might be quite difficult to imagine the volume of how much water do we need," she said.
To test her theory, she asked people to fill different-shaped vessels with the equivalent of one cup of water (around 284 millilitres) and found that the best accuracy was achieved using a standard mug shape.
Czaniecka created the kettle to hold 568 millimetres– the volume of two standard mugs. The mug-shaped sections stack on top of each other, creating with a line between the two for measuring.

"Its construction forces the user to look inside while filling it with water to have a better control over the amount of water needed," she said. "It is a perfect product for small households."
Czaniecka 3D-printed a full scale model of the kettle, which was on display at the Kingston University graduate show earlier this month. If the product was to be mass produced, it would be injection moulded from heat-resistant plastic.

"At the moment it is a speculative project which highlights the amount of water and electricity being wasted in the scale of the country and offers a simple, pragmatic solution," Czaniecka explained. "However I would love it to become a real product that could be mass produced."

Yu-Chang Chou Develops A Reusable Packaging Support For Sustainable On-line Purchasing

Royal College of Art graduate Yu-Chang Chou has developed a "return and reuse" packaging system to help online retailers reduce waste.

After watching his wife throw out perfectly useable packaging from her online shopping purchases, Yu-Chang Chou was inspired to develop a sustainable alternative, using a similar model to the bottle-return system used in many European countries.

The customer would opt for for the packaging when they make their purchase. Once they receive the product, they simply fold and reseal the Repack bag and post it back to a central address, in exchange for a refund of the deposit they paid when ordering.
Royal Mail – the UK's national postage system – would then collect the bags and resell them through local post offices.
"One of my favourite parts of the Repack system is using postboxes as return spots," Chou
"Letter volume has decreased significantly and is expected to keep decreasing. Therefore in the future, maybe post boxes will become useless. Using postboxes as the packaging return spots for Repack can give them a new life and function."

The Repack bags are made of two parts - an outer bag and an inner cushioning. The external layer is constructed with durable polyester fabric made from recycled PET bottles, which is screen-printed and sewn together. The cushioning is microcellular polyurethane, often used in protective sportswear. Both materials are durable and recyclable.

The bags are expected to last for 200 cycles, after which Royal Mail would be able to repair or recycle them.
"Repack provides packaging as a service in collaboration with existing postal systems rather than as a one-off product," said the designer.
"Using these durable Repack bags to send parcels not only increases packaging efficiency and saves packaging costs per use, but also significantly reduces the environmental impact of producing new packaging."
"Through return and reuse, Repack makes online shopping more environmental friendly and cost-effective for both the retailer and costumer," he added.

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