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The two countries that are faring the worst from the early signs of climate change are Spain and Australia. Both nations are drying up and blowing away with encroaching desertification.

They are also the two with by far the most innovative solar technology. There’s probably some connection there…

For example here’s a very clever solar-centric home from Spain that not only has an entirely (485 square foot) solar roof that moves in relation to the sun all day to squeeze out every last possible electron from sunpower –but even the walls are solar power stations churning out electricity too.

I hope it doesn’t buzz inside like a transformer! I’m a huge fan of solar powered zero carbon dwellings, but even I think this is possibly going a bit far.

This house literally would be a power station.

“The house’s interior is a unique transportable module that includes all the technology needed for energy self-sufficiency, since not only is energy captured by the solar panel on the roof but also by vertical panels on the walls that also move in keeping with the Earth’s rotation.”

It will show here at this year’s Solar Decathlon organized by the U.S. Department of Energy in October. A solar city is constructed at the Washington Mall in October where all the solar houses competing are displayed. Each home is judged on 10 criteria including style, innovation, efficiency, lighting design, engineering, market viability, appliances and home entertainment.

In 2010 Madrid will host the first of these in Spain: the Solar Decathlon Europe.

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‘hendekagram’ by qed*

image © designboom

alexander rybol and michael neubauer from qed* presented their new product ‘hendekagram’

at the imm cologne. ‘hendekagram’ is an extension of earphones, it can be connected to

various portable audio equipment such as an mp3 player, an ipod and a computer.

image © designboom

… just connect them to your earphones.

alexander rybol und michael neubauer from qed*

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wind power technology

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Decorative and functional – what could be more fitting for the upcoming winter season than these pretty sound absorbing screens by Abstracta? Dividing space to add a more intimate feel, or simply fixed to the wall as an artistic touch, the Airflake Wall Coverings are moulded fibre felt panels. They come in four distinctive patterns, all in a lovely hexagonal snowflake shape. The design is by Stefan Borselius, but you can get involved in the fun of designing too! Just visit the Abstracta site and use their Airflake configurator tool to build your own perfect Airflake screen arrangement. Choose from snowflakes in red, green, brown, black or white. Airflake News also can store magazines and newspapers – a convenient detail that can be combined with the ordinary Airflake module. A great idea from Abstracta!






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Contemporary ceiling fans from Modern Fan - Pensi

The gentle, cooling breeze of a ceiling fan adds a certain comfort to a room – and these contemporary designs from The Modern Fan add an aesthetic dimension too. These three new fans are designed for today’s living: they are unobtrusive yet quietly stylish. Each comes in a metallic finish (aluminium and anthracite for the Pensi or bright nickel for the Velo designs) or a gloss white finish. Also, each fan can include an integral down light if you wish. The four-bladed Pensi is designed by Jorge Pensi with a contoured blade feature and streamlined appearance. The essence of minimal, Pensi has a clean, functional look. Velo is a three bladed fan that also comes in version ideal for low-ceiling rooms – the Velo Hugger that hangs only 14” from the ceiling. Stay cool, calm and collected with a great new fan from The Modern Fan Company.


Velo Hugger

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Ideas so useful you’ll wonder how you lived without them – the Hollywood and Dolce Vita Plasma LCD TV Console Stands are from Cattelan Italia, and designed by Paolo Cattelan. These days, we have so many options when it comes to displaying TVs that are lighter and thinner than ever before. It makes sense to exploit their portability with the Dolce Vita and Hollywood Plasma TV Stands, structures made of stainless steel that offer adjustability in the height of the TV from 32H to 71H. You’ll avoid straining your neck, viewing the TV in comfort wherever you are sitting. Not only this, the stable TV stands have a strong visual presence, including a handy glass shelf under the TV to store other electronic products. The Dolce Vita stand can accommodate TVs up to 32” wide, whereas the Hollywood Plasma TV Stand is made for a bigger TV, accommodating up to a 42” wide Plasma TV. Buy the Dolce Vita for USD $1,468 or the Hollywood for USD $1,573 at Spacify.




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A dazzling reflection of modern innovation and contemporary style, the multimedia mirror Hi_Mirror by Italian company Valli Arredobagno fuses fashion, quality and technology into one striking yet simple design. The Hi_Mirror combines a clock, a weather station, a radio, a television and your own reflection in a modern must-have to complete your luxury spa experience at home. This cool collection of six mirrors features clean lines and a refined elegance worthy of the most discriminating tastes. Their sleek, lacquered-metal frames, available in black or white, softly curve around the multi-media center and the mirror itself. Designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, this all-in-one multimedia mirror can easily go from bath to bedroom to foyer to kitchen, taking function with it wherever it goes. For more information on the Hi_Mirror, visit Valli Arredobagno.

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