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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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Drink Your Coffee Out of a Cup Made From Coffee Waste
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Your coffee habit isn’t exactly good for the environment. For one thing, 30 to 50 percent of the original coffee plant harvested (by weight) ends up as agricultural waste, and there aren’t many uses for coffee husks and pulp. While coffee pulp can be made into flour, and in Ethiopia husks are used to brew a type of coffee called bruno, typically most of the byproducts of your morning coffee go to waste.

Huskee has another use for coffee husks. The company makes stylish coffee cups, returning coffee back to its original home inside the husk, in a sense. The dishwasher-friendly and microwavable cups are made of husks from coffee farms in Yunnan, China. The material won’t burn your hands, but it keeps your coffee warm as well as a ceramic mug would.

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Designed for both home and restaurant use, the cups come in 6-ounce, 8-ounce, and 12-ounce sizes with saucers. The company is also working on a lid so that the cups can be used on the go.

Huskee estimates that a single coffee drinker is responsible for around 6.6 pounds of husk waste per year, which doesn’t sound like much until you begin to consider how many coffee lovers there are in the world. That’s somewhere around 1.49 million tons per year, according to the company. Though coffee husks are sometimes used for animal feed, we could use a few more ways to recycle them. And if it happens to be in the form of an attractive coffee mug, so be it.

A four-pack of cups is about $37 on Kickstarter. The product is scheduled to ship before February 2018.

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100 Street Artists Turned This College Dorm in Paris Into a Graffiti Gallery

This summer, a college dorm in Paris received a colorful—albeit temporary—interior makeover after dozens of graffiti artists joined forces to adorn its walls, ceilings, and floors with collages, murals, and painted designs.

As My Modern Met reports, the artists spent three weeks painting the student residence at the Cité Internationale Universitaire as part of Rehab 2, an urban festival held from June 16 to July 16. The school will soon undergo renovations, so the artworks aren’t long for this world—but luckily for street art fans, pictures of the vibrant graffiti have been posted on social media for our prolonged enjoyment.

Check some of them out below:

[h/t My Modern Met]

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