Sunday, June 15, 2008

nothing that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful

I'm not interested in how we can make materials sparkle and glimmer and make them visually spectacular, but how we can make them performatively spectacular.

Architect Eric Olsen in the May issue of Metropolis magazine, commenting on his winning entry -- the pleated bucket -- in the 2008 Next Generation design competition.

Constructed from pleated tarpaulin, the pleated bucket takes a cue from the Saguaro cactus -- each of its pleats expands as it fills with water. The "bucket" -- which is actually more shawl like, designed to be worn in just that way to transport water from one place to another -- will disinfect the water it contains when set out in the sun for five hours.

winter cactus

Illus & Photo: Metropolis

1 comment:

anne said...

This is briiliant - thanks for sharing!

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