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Designer Gives the Printer a Minimalist Update

Printers aren’t normally seen as fashion statements, but this conceptual design from Ludwig Rensch may have you thinking otherwise. The German-based designer has reimagined the home-office gadget by turning it on its side, Fast Co. Design reports.

The device, dubbed “Paper,” more closely resembles a piece of brightly colored luggage than something that prints documents. In place of a stack of single pages, an upright scroll is fed into the machine and cut into individual sheets once it emerges from the other side. Paper can also be used to make scans and copies. After opening a panel in the back, users insert the document and watch as an LED light on top of the box tracks its progress.

According to Rensch, his goal was to make a printer that reflected the designs he was seeing in the digital sphere. He told Fast Co. Design, “I wanted to make a product of the future, but it shouldn’t be blue and translucent like an item of Star Trek. So I asked myself, how would a company like Google design my printer if it was an app?”

Paper is just a concept for now, and its unique design would likely make it a poor candidate for mass production. Rensch says he’s not sure if the device’s printer heads and arms are able to fit a standard inkjet, which would be a major hurdle for commercial buyers. Luckily there are plenty of practical options out there to meet your printing needs.

[h/t Fast Co. Design]

All images courtesy of Ludwig Rensch via Vimeo.

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Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture
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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.

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“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]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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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.

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