Jolla launched its Sailfish SDK at MWC 2013 and we got the chance to chat with CEO Marc Dillon about the company’s history and find out how things have been coming along with Sailfish OS since our hands-on late last year. We also discussed the time frame for Jolla handsets (still on track for H2 2013) and what the Sailfish SDK brings to the table for developers today. You’ll find a full transcript of the interview along with our video after the break.
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Want to know more about what goes into that smartphone you’re carrying around all the time? This one’s worth checking out. We’ll be sitting down with Simon Segars, the president of ARM Inc. about the technologies that power many of our mobile devices.
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After yesterday’s hands-on with the Optimus G we had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Henry Nho, LG Mobile’s Chief Research Engineer, to discuss the technology behind the company’s beautiful new flagship smartphone. We talked about the challenges his team encountered while designing the world’s first handset to feature Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC — including issues such as power and thermal management. Making the handset 8.45mm (0.33-inch) thin was another major engineering feat made possible by the Zerogap Touch display, sealed 2100mAh Li-polymer battery and compact 13-megapixel camera module. Want to know more? Go ahead and watch our video interview.
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Christine Meyer-Eaglestone is a contemporary marquetry artist. Chris Tribe is a highly skilled furniture designer maker who has exhibited nationwide. They are currently collaborating on a series of furniture entitled Opposites, a range of high-end, one-off, exciting furniture that is instantly recognizable, compelling and unforgettable. Circles & Stripes is the first in the series. How do the designers harmoniously work together? Christine, who trained in fine art, uses her extensive collection of both natural and ‘reconstructed’ wood veneers as a palette to create each unique design. Her method of hand cutting allows the design to evolve organically under her knife. Once Christine has laid her veneer design on to a man-made substrate, Chris then takes over to joint the panels to form the structure. We challenged both of them to an interview, in order to find out more about their design “alliance”:
What triggered the idea of this fruitful design collaboration?
- Christine and I both exhibit in a local gallery, we were interested in each other’s work, we both have a meticulous approach to quality of making, so it seemed a logical step to co-operate. I am constantly impressed by the accuracy of Christine’s work, the patterns are all hand cut, she has no truck with laser cutting!
What determined your passion for furniture design and development?
- Chris – I came to furniture making with a craft approach to the work. I enjoy wood as a material and get pleasure from working it. Combine this with the satisfaction of creating work that fully meets the customer’s needs, both functional and aesthetic, and you have a job worth doing.
- Christine – when I was introduced to marquetry during a cabinetmaking course this was to be the catalyst for bringing together my fine art background and passion for architecture and design to produce pieces of furniture (and artworks) with a contemporary marquetry surface, ranging from minimal to complex.
Tell us more about the Circles & Stripes Collection. How would you describe the process of development? Who comes up with the ideas for the patterns?
- Christine brought a wealth of ideas to the table when we first discussed the collaboration; some had been in her sketchbook for many years. However matters of proportion were decided jointly and Chris decided on the details of construction.
How long does it usually take to develop a furniture item in the collection (from the concept to the final phase)?
- As mentioned before some ideas may go back many years waiting for an opportunity for development. Once design has been decided it may take a couple of months to completion.
Who is your target audience?
- We are aiming for domestic customers with a strong sense of design. The Circles and Stripes sideboard would also make a fantastic centerpiece for a design conscious retail venue.
What type of interiors are suited for this collection?
- With their striking patterns these pieces will work best in a spacious interior. Although they are determinedly contemporary pieces we believe that contemporary and traditional are not mutually exclusive. You would need a certain amount of chutzpah to incorporate Circles & Stripes into your interior. The bold geometric shapes and contrasting hues command attention. It is furniture without compromise, taking a stand against the blandness of much contemporary furniture. Its quirkiness is eye-catching while the quality of its workmanship is rare. The sideboard is composed of a central carcase holding six walnut fronted, push-to-open, hand-dovetailed oak drawers. The dark walnut contrasts with the predominantly maple background of the surround.
Photo above: Marquetry wall relief – Tranquility by Christine Meyer-Eaglestone
What response did you get from the market so far, regarding the Circles & Stripes Collection?
- We exhibited the first piece, the Circles and stripes sideboard at the Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design in Cheltenham in 2011. It drew considerable attention a number of people commenting that it was the best piece in the show. When we exhibited at the Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers 5th Annual Exhibition it drew a lot of attention and everyone seemed to love it although very few felt their own home could accommodate such a bold piece.
photo above: Marquetry chest – Jazz by Christine Meyer-Eaglestone
What are your plans for the future? Will you continue this collaboration?
- We are already discussing new designs for production this year, these include a possible wall cabinet and side table.
If you could say something important about your work that would instantly reach millions of people (Freshome has this ability), what would it be?
- Sometimes it’s good to startle people, these designs grab your imagination.
photo above: Marquetry screen – Bold II by Christine Meyer-Eaglestone
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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: interview with Chevy, breakthrough LED light and spider silk violin strings
This week the Chevy Volt lit up the newswires after GM announced plans to temporarily halt its production — Inhabitat brought you an interview with Chevy on the shutdown and explained why it doesn’t foretell electric vehicle doomsday. We also showcased you the hottest new vehicles straight from the Geneva Motor Show — including Infiniti’s sexy Emerg-E sports car, Toyota’s ultra-compact FT-Bh hybrid, and Nissan’s Hi-Cross hybrid crossover. On the lighter side of things, this week a LEGO space shuttle soared into the stratosphere, we featured an insane Russian bicycle powered by a chainsaw, and DARPA’s robotic cheetah broke a world land speed record.
Groundbreaking green architecture projects reached for the sky as Tokyo’s Sky Tree was crowned the world’s second tallest building and the eVolo Skyscraper Competition unveiled its futuristic finalists — including an energy-generating tower made entirely from trash, a spiraling water-storing spire for the Himalayas, and a spherical underwater skyscraper that recycles plastic pollution. New York City also made waves as Mayor Bloomberg called for a solid waste to energy facility, Terreform proposed plans for a self-sufficient NYC covered with vertical gardens, and a new cupcake ATM hit the streets of Manhattan.
It was also a big week for consumer tech as Apple launched its brand new iPad — however in the light of recent criticism over Apple’s labor conditions we took a look at the human cost of Apple’s products and we shared 5 things you should know before buying the iPad 3. Meanwhile, researchers at MIT developed a breakthrough LED light that exceeds 100 percent efficiency, and we brought you an inside look at 5 high-tech green data centers that serve the environment. Finally, scientists discovered several amazing new uses for spider silk by weaving it into violin strings that create superior symphonic sounds and insulation that conducts heat 800 times better than any other organic material.
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The Engadget stage was home to many an interview at this year’s CES. Many, many interviews. Given the deluge of guests we hosted in Las Vegas this year, you could be forgiven for not keeping up — for throwing up your hands in exasperation and making a sandwich to heal the hurt. You could, but you won’t. That’s because this year, we thought it’d be a good idea to corral all of our CES 2012 interviews into one big metallic box, and hand-pick only the plumpest, juiciest and most eyebrow-arching ones for your enjoyment. We then took those select few and put them in a smaller, spotlit box, which was affixed atop the aforementioned metallic box with a butterfly shaped bow and maybe some duck fat. Add some mood lighting, a splash of bourbon, and voilà. It’s the CES 2012 interview roundup, and it’s after the break.
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Pieter Brenner thinks of himself as a “German designer”, even though his childhood was spent in Amsterdam. Focusing on the premium segment of design, Brenner’s projects are said to be characterized by a careful research of design-history and an interest for clearness. One of his recent designs, The Sugarchair, caught our attention due to its playfulness. We decided to challenge him with a few questions in order to see what his arguments were for designing a chair made entirely out of sugar.
- Freshome: How did you come up with the idea of creating a chair made out of sugar? What was your inspiration source?
- Pieter Brenner: I was just wondering why we know thousands of chairs and just a few possibilities of sitting. But design is still searching for the right chair. I wanted to make a chair that can be shaped by the costumer through consumption, because most of the time he is much more intelligent than the science of ergonomics.
- Freshome: How is the Sugarchair different from any other seating unit?
- Pieter Brenner: The sugar chair is editable, eatable and recyclable. And it doesn’t care much about ergonomics, it cares about your fantasy and your thoughts.
- Freshome: Describe the chair a bit in terms of durability.
- Pieter Brenner: Look at the picture i have sent with the girl. I built the chair, that a normal person could sit on it, but in real life you should´not do it. The durability of the chair depends on the costumer and his appetite. The more he consumes, the less chair he will have.
- Freshome: What’s your target?
- Pieter Brenner: There are many targets for every person who see the chair differently. I think people should get involved with the design, and I think chair design is a job I can give up to my consumers. I think the connection of raw material and consumption is very important. Furthermore I have just made an object of fantasy, you should move in it with your own thoughts.
- Freshome: If you were to have an unprecedented success with this design (in all aspects), what would you create next?
- Pieter Brenner: Maybe I would create a museum for all the design stuff. Most of the design should be in a museum, but until now, no suitable museum was ever created. I want to create this design museum and i am working on this concept. If anything fails, I will create a popular shelf, but I hope this will not happen..;-)
- Freshome: How did people react so far to your uncommon design?
- Pieter Brenner: Actually I don´t know much about the reactions, because I prefer listening to myself, which is much more difficult.
- Freshome: In the end of each interview we like to ask our “guests” to say something they would like the world to know about their work and their ideas…
- Pieter Brenner: Design will change the world with sustainable sugarchairs.
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