Animal Lamps by LZF

Wood / fiber animal lamps. Pricey but could be an icon for high-end playroom or maker space.

KOI: http://lzf-lamps.com/products/koi/   $54,000

Elephant: http://lzf-lamps.com/products/elephant/   $29,400

Fish: http://lzf-lamps.com/products/fish/   $20,000

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Water Resistant Wood

Keep seeing references to new(ish) wood products that use natural wood and an alternative process to pressure treating and produce a better performing material. This may be an option for outdoor structures or a water table experience where we’d like to clad a stainless or concrete basin with a more natural material or perhaps even build a table out of wood (was that Steve Langsdorf I just heard groaning?).

If the specs are true, this material is substantially better than pressure treated. Here’s two products that are getting a lot of press the last few years:

Accoya

https://www.accoya.com/

  • Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
  • Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
  • Virtually rot proof
  • 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA

 

Kebony

http://kebony.com/us/content/technology/

  • swelling and shrinkage reduced by 40-60%
  • outdoor life time warranty for 30 years
  • no additional treatment needed beyond normal cleaning
  • high resistance against fungi, rot and other wood destroying micro-organisms

 

– Sean

UCreate Digital Game Panel

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Came across this software “play panel” in Gressco’s literature. Looks like they are rebranding a NunoErin product (the folks who invented the “sparkle bench”).

The 4 games included are pretty good considering the price: $4300 from Gressco. Perfect for a low-cost add to a children’s area that can’t pay for custom software. Comes in wall or table mount form factor.

Here’s the Gressco page -watch the video to see the games in action.

https://gresscoltd.com/haba-grow-upp-mirror-large-124266.html

And the NunoErin link:

http://nunoerin.com/ucreate/

 

 

 

Iconic Visitor Created Paper Structures

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This company specializes in creating simple geometric forms that visitors can assemble and combine into large integrated structures. Could apply to Maker, Engineering, Art, Physics content, among others, as well as special themed events (i.e. a riff on Cardboard City). They don’t seem to be exploiting the decoration aspect of such structures, which could add richness, originality and personalization to the work. They also produce a variety of small Maker style projects i.e. individual stools or lamps, that would seem to be nearly fool proof yet satisfying activities. Hat tip to Joseph for this one.

Here’s the company:

http://www.collectivepaperaesthetics.com/

And a post on a recent installation:

http://retaildesignblog.net/2015/06/13/paper-installation-by-collective-paper-aesthetics-at-polytech-festival-2015-moscow-russia/

A few pics from various projects below:

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CODA WORX Awards

This organization (and their award) is new to me. Seems like it’s the industry inventing an award to give itself for member publicity, but none-the-less, the projects are an interesting animal -large scale commissioned art pieces, some of which are interactive. As we play more and more in this field (think Speed Light Race, Dayton Dragon Flyer, CSC icons) helpful to see to see what types of projects are being funded. EventScape has several pieces in the list:

https://www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2017/top100/

I gave the page a quick review. Here’s a few that caught my eye:

Water Lobby (we should steal this idea, watch the video, very simple, very effective)

https://www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2017/entries/salesforce-lobby-video-wall-salesforce

 

Deep Web (an ambitious dance of lasers & moving sculpture)

https://www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2017/entries/deep-web-f%C3%AAte-des-lumi%C3%A8res-ctm-berlin-592eda3e759a1

Spannungsfeld (interesting conceptually)

https://www.codaworx.com/awards/codaawards/2017/entries/spannungsfeld-university-of-minnesota