Why you need A ZERO – CARBON home ?


Hidden in the middle of California is a house that is designed to revolutionise the homes we live in by making our buildings produce more energy than they use.

The project’s leader Michael Koenig told Factor that the project will help to create a zero-carbon lifestyle, but it has to give people financial reasons to want the technologies inside.

He said: “There should be some financial incentive, it should save them money on their utility bills or it should allow them to participate in an electrical market where they can buy and sell energy and create some financial value for themselves so that they are intrinsically motivated to have these types of homes and devices.”

The house hasn’t just been built for consumers though, or even for Honda to profit from the technologies further down the line, as Koenig explained: “One of the purposes of this project is to try to create a direct value to society and so one of things that we are trying to do is to advance the state of the art for green buildings, sustainability, and energy efficiency.”


To help achieve the goal of a zero-carbon house, Honda’s Home Energy Management System (HEMS) is included.

It is a joint hardware and software system that controls and optimises electrical generation and consumption through the house’s micro gird.

The system stores solar energy that been generated during the day so it can be used it night when more energy is needed by those in the house. It is heated using only 20 percent of the energy a typical home uses.


Smart adaptive lighting is also used, which adapts to the body’s natural clock: blue-ish tones are projected during the day and amber tones are projected at night.

Koenig explained that the home aims to improve the occupant’s quality of life by adapting to their needs.

He said: “Once we keep having these types of smart homes and connected appliances and connected systems you can start having some very nice improvements like different light scenes at different types of day for example.


“It seems pretty trivial but it is actually really nice to be able to come home and have different lights on compared to when you get up at 10pm for a glass of wine.”



Apple may have just announced its smart home kit for developers and customers to help make their homes interactive, but Honda are one step ahead of them. The company has built a smart home that has connected objects and also is capable of producing more energy than it uses. Not only is the house of the most sophisticated houses in the world it is also incredibly aesthetically pleasing. Here our some of our favourite features of the house:


Passive design: The home is designed to be incredibly energy efficient by accounting for local weather conditions including the sun’s direction. Sustainable materials: Across the house the designers, and engineers, tried to use as many sustainable materials as possible as the house seeks a number of green certifications from agencies in the US. Waste management: To further reduce the house’s impact on the environment 96% of the construction waste from the project, including brick, plastics and lumber, were recycled. Heating and cooling: In the ground beneath the Honda smart home’s garden are eight 20 foot bore holes that allow a geothermal heat pump to harness the ground’s relatively stable thermal sink to heat and cool the home’s floors and ceiling. Windows: The home’s south-facing windows are optimised for heating and cooling, while those facing the north are positioned to maximise natural light and ventilation to keep the conditions in the home comfortable whatever time of year it is.


Smart energy: The house has Honda’s home energy management system, which monitors and controls electrical generation and consumption through the microgrid. Data: There are more than 270 data streams recording information inside the house and feeding it back to the University of California, which has partnered with Honda for the project. Smart lighting: Occupants will be able to select lighting scenes that complement their daily rhythms and routines.


Crystal Rock Lighting



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These pendants may look like faceted gemstones, but they’re actually cut glass pendant lamps. The Crystal Rock lights, designed by Arik Levy for Lasvit, are a collection of roughly sculpted, but precisely cut fixtures that almost look like a non-moving shooting star. The facets on the exterior and the curvy inner surfaces, mixed with the LED light source, create reflections and deflections of gleaming light.

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Not from the Stone Age but closer to Kryptonite, Crystal Rock appears in the cave of the future as an ambassador of the fusion between nature and man, light and reflection, transparency and mass.

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Crystal Rock debuted at Salone in Milan as part of Lasvit


Lasvit – Ice Chandelier



Configurable: Ice Chandelier by Daniel Libeskind for Lasvit, hand-blown by the master craftsmen at Lasvit, refracting light like a prism, is comprised of “clear glass ‘cells,’ blown into angular molds … then clustered together in a series of puzzle-like, triangular patterns” that can be twisted into an endless number of compositions.ice_chandelier_daniel_libeskind_2b.jpgDetails: One of 12 new designs for a variety of products, each fabricated by an “elite manufacturer,” launching at Milan Design Week, April 8 to 13, 2014.ice_chandelier_daniel_libeskind_3b.jpgDesigner: Architect Daniel Libeskind was born in Poland, studied architecture in New York, and at Essex University in England, and operates Studio Daniel Libeskind in NYC with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.



Light e motion by Marcel Wanders



“It is our responsibility to be magicians, to be jesters, to be alchemists, to create hope where there is only illusion, to create reality where there are only dreams”. Marcel Wanders thus introduced the Barovier&Toso project at the Fuori Salone in Milan, from April 8th to 13th, 2014. An installation that was the fruit of imagination – fantasy, in film parlance – that held our hand and accompanied us into a magical world full of surprises, the very fabric of fairy tales and magic. Where everything was itself and its opposite, because they moved according to unpredictable laws and almost miraculously came to life.

A theatrical spectacle – because spectacular is the only way to define the cloisters of the Basilica of San Simpliciano, which have been transformed for the occasion into a wonderland courtyard filled with chandeliers reconfigured with anthropomorphic features: a mixture of forms that surprised and unsettled, because they travelled beyond imagination and challenged the most basic principles of physics.

The protagonists of this extraordinary performance were puppets and dancers: the former – Harlequins with ceramic faces and glass bodies moved by the invisible Mangiafuoco Puppet Master, populated the smaller cloister next to the church, the latter – elegant and graceful in their majesty, pirouetted on the extraordinary stage of the grand staircase of the main building. In the middle, rotating chandeliers and inverted pendulums swayed in slow perpetual motion.
Light sculptures that describe how emotion is, in fact, a movement (of the spirit) that Barovier&Toso crystallises in over seven hundred years of creations.


Lasvit – Moulds by Czech glassmakers

Moulds by Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus for Lasvit

Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus have designed a collection of hand-blown glass lights named Moulds, for manufacturer Lasvit.






Moulds is a collection of suspended lights, showcasing Czech crystal at its most resilient and lively form. The series captures a specific moment when molten glass resists its expected shape and freely escapes from the mould as a random, amorphous bubble. The energizing this series arises from the contrast of used materials, using the traditional craft techniques of blowing crystal glass into a beech form.

“The idea came when we came across a warehouse filled with old wooden moulds that Lasvit had in their archive. We were absolutely fascinated by the thought that something as delicate and pure in terms of form could be born out of something as raw and elementally primitive as charred glassmakers’ forms,” Jan Plechá? explained. Henry Wielgus added, “We successfully attempted to create a light that blends the elegance of crystal with the rustic beauty of wooden forms, pounded together with iron cramps. Our design takes its strength from the rougher side of the traditional glass craft that stands behind its production.”

The Moulds collection brings powerful emotions into an interior. The composition of varied ‘overblown’ shapes creates a particularly striking visual effect. Integrated LED light sources were set directly within the charred form, creating an impression that the heat and energy of the glassmaker’s kiln remained inside, in historic reference to the art of Czech glassmakers…

Design: Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus
Manufacturer: Lasvit

Photography by Martin Chum


ISALONI 2014 DelightFULL Lamps

iSaloni 2014

Design Studio | Delightfull LifeStyle 


Unique People, Unique Ideas, Unique Lamps
DelightFull’s Unique Lamps are produced in Oporto.
Full of inspiring places with vibrant and warm sun.
One brand with young creative team.
Sometimes they think that the lamps come from their own hands…
Well… maybe not!
Skilled professionals are in charge of that.
We love to create handmade pieces that inspire others…
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Terzani & International Product Design Awards 2014

Terzani Is Shortlisted for the Pendant / Chandelier Award In The International Product Design Awards 2014

Volver,  Breath of New Light by Terzani

Terzani  is known for working with some of the brightest young stars in Italian design.  For its new light, Volver, designer Diego Bassetti and architect Andrea Panzieri of Studio 14, protegés of Bruno Rainaldi, applied their multidisciplinary approach to create Terzani’s first LED suspension light.



This geometric design combines thin nickel chains with the latest in LED technology to create a light that is both elegant and modern.  A breath of new light, Volver melds technology and art to achieve a new level of luxury.

Volver combines technology with luxurious style and creativity.  Volver is 198 cm high, 132 cm long and 30 cm deep.  It will also be available in a circular variation soon.






tom dixon’s éclectic restaurant opens in paris

tom dixon’s éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

all images © thomas duval

after redeveloping le bon and launching ma cocotte, fabienne and philippe amazalak open the éclectic restaurant, situated amid the attractive surroundings of the beaugrenelle centre in the 15th district in paris. for this occasion, launching during maison et objet 2014, the couple enlisted UK designer tom dixon’s design research studio; its first flagship interior in france. the menu offerings give a contemporary twist to brasserie classics in this new 160-cover eatery. in a happy marriage between parisian chic and british eccentricity, the bistro is conceived as a free-form tribute to 1970′s architecture, proposing a new take on the traditional brasserie format to create a more private and more profound experience.

tom dixon's éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

tom dixon’s éclectic restaurant is situated amid the beaugrenelle centre in the 15th district of paris, france

tom dixon's éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

lighting is central to tom dixon’s scheme; an orchestra of different lamps provide controlled lighting designed to reflect effectively from exotic surfaces of wood, metal stone and paint. the plan creates an interior where the influence of the architectural environment is balanced against the appeal of a department store aesthetic.

tom dixon's éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

throughout the space, interspersed sculptural bespoke chairs and tables furnish the restaurant. it structures the dining room around key elements that include the imposing colored leather bench seats, the central alcoves and a succession of small open lounges along the wall overlooking the seine river.

tom dixon's éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

the menu reflects the eclecticism not only of the surroundings, but also of beaugrenelle center visitors

tom dixon's éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

the bistro is conceived as a free-form tribute to 1970′s architecture, proposing a new take on the traditional brasserie

tom dixon's éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

throughout the space, interspersed sculptural bespoke chairs and tables furnish the restaurant

tom dixon's éclectic restaurant opens in the beaugrenelle center, paris

controlled lighting amplifies exotic surfaces and copper bathroom sinks


boadesign studio records sound collection in Crystal glass

prague-based boadesign studio has graphically recorded the unique vocal composition of singer, never sol in crystal glass. the sound collection was produced for preciosa lighting and comes alive with music to create a glowing, multi-layered piece. the light moves dramatically through the entire length of the fixtures in a series of fluid motions – gradually illuminating the individual segments of the melodic composition.
the sound collection piece is illuminated in crystal glass


light moves through the fixtures in a series of fluid motions









concept sketches


detail sketches

petr mikosek & michaela vratnikova from boadesign studio

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