Introducing the Floating Hammock of Your Vacation Dreams

If you’ve ever indulged in a beach or lakeside vacation, you’ve likely faced the ultimate lazy person’s dilemma: Should you relax in a hammock onshore, or enjoy the water? Thanks to the Hammocraft, you can now do both.

According to Outside, the Hammocraft is a sturdy aluminum frame that's designed to be mounted on a raft, paddle boards, or other small watercraft using push-button connectors. Simply hang your hammock from the Hammocraft, climb in, and enjoy drifting along the water as you sway in mid-air. When you’re done with the Hammocraft, you can disconnect it, fold it up, and toss it into a beach bag (if you're traveling, the frame also fits on top of your car).

Up to five hammocks can hang at a time using the Hammocraft, however Travel + Leisure points out that you shouldn’t whip out the foldable frame while, say, whitewater rafting, as it’s bound to tip over easily.

Want one of these fun creations for yourself? Hammocrafts sell for $1000 online—but keep in mind, you’re only buying the frame. You'll have to purchase paddle boards, hammocks and that beach house separately.

[h/t Outside]

Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture

The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

A plastic chair is surrounded by trash
Print Your City!

“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs

Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]


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