Black Gold, an exhibit at the first Slow Food Nation festival in San Francisco, championed the value of compost (named "black gold" for its ability to transform ordinary soil into rich fertilizer). Worm castings, mulch and compost were on display for participants to touch, feel and smell, while engaging graphics, signage and volunteers told the story and process of composting.
The California Academy of Sciences, one of the world's leading scientific and cultural institutions, is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs. The new facility's dynamic design makes nature a part of the building's structure with its living roof, and integrates the Academy more sensitively into Golden Gate Park.
The Hall of Fragments is a site-specific installation for the entrance of the Corderie dell Arsenale at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Upon entering, visitors are confronted with a glowing passage of moving imagery projected onto two giant convex screens. The installation uses movement to build the architecture, transforming the relationship between human beings and their architectural environment.
The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter is a fast, precise, affordable cutting system that allows quilters to cut fabric as much as 90 percent faster than with scissors and rotary cutters. To cut out shapes, users place the fabric on a die and use a hand crank to draw the die though two rollers. The GO cuts multiple layers of fabric quickly and easily, thus enabling quilters to create quilts faster and with no measurement errors.
The Asymmetric Series range of integrated kitchen products allows consumers to express their love of modern decoration and furniture design. The range hood, cook top and sterilizer set offer a distinctive, consistent design language. This series accommodates Western and Chinese cooking requirements, such a providing extra volume under the range hood and Vatti twisting fire technology.
Cliq can press up to six cloves of garlic at a time, even with the skins on. Using just a series of light one-handed squeezes, the paddle ratchets down, crushing multiple cloves without noticeably increasing the effort. The crushing screen is removable, and the whole unit is top-rack dishwasher-safe, a prerequisite for today's kitchen tools.
The extendable shower caddy offers many features for customization to fit individual needs. The extendable rod keeps the top shelf within easy reach, and the adjustable shelves can shift horizontally and vertically to maximize space and make it easier to accommodate oversized shampoo bottles. Hooks and holders provide convenient storage for smaller items.
The appearance of the Fadin Air-Conditioner is clear and natural, projecting simplicity and elegance. Its whirlpool technology circulates air, which can cool or warm a room quickly and evenly. The red control panel provides information about air quality, temperature and humidity, and the touch buttons and instant sound and light feedback ease the user experience. It can also be monitored remotely using a Wi-Fi connection.
The GE Profile Single/Double Wall Oven accommodates two ovens in the space of a single wall oven, enabling consumers to simultaneously cook two or more dishes at two different temperatures within the space of a single standard 30-inch wall unit.
The Horizon range hood boasts a sculptural, minimalist design with sensitive, refined attention to such details as the striking remote control. It is offered in red, black or white glass on stainless steel. The glass surface may be etched in a variety of patterns, such as a leaf motif. The removable front glass also provides easy access to the blower without any heavy lifting.