A transparent housing shows off a sweet alternative to melted plastic, plus a new platform for sharing disaster-relief data, 3D-printed furniture, an exo-skeleton to take a load off at the jobsite, and more.
Spanish designer Marta Alonso Yerba uses a technique she discovered in architecture school—an environmentally friendly alternative to melting plastic for a colorful temporary pavilion—to create a series of decorative lightboxes (shown above) that will be on display at Wanted Design in New York later this month. She boils down Haribos into a plastic-like liquid that is then poured delicately into a one-square-foot metal frame fitted with glass panels for a deliciously marbled effect. [Wired]
Yerba isn’t the only one putting a fresh twist on stained glass. Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel created a colorful window inspired by photosynthesis, generating an electric current when sunlight interacts with a pigment in the glass to harvest daylight. [Inhabitat]
Take a walk in Ekso Bionics’ industrial exoskeleton, which foresees applications in construction by helping workers move items around a jobsite. [Wired]
HDX, a data-sharing platform created by the United Nations with global design firm Frog, is being used to analyze and share information gathered from areas affected by the earthquake in Nepal, including population density, climate, natural features, and infrastructure. The goal is to promote collaboration among humanitarian aid groups during the initial rescue phases and subsequent reconstruction following a crisis. [Fast Company's Co.Design]
#longread: Can graphene match its early hype with a long-term value proposition? If so, what will it be? [The Economist]
Supermod, a 3D-printed modular storage system (shown above) that doubles as a room divider, was designed by Brooklyn, N.Y.–based studio Simplus Design during a recent residency at Stratasys’ innovation workshop, Bold Machines, and was fabricated using MakerBot Z18 Printers. [Simplus Design]
The trailer for the documentary A Lego Brickumentary, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and will release to the U.S. on July 31, shows how the toy’s following persists beyond childhood. Not that you needed any new evidence. [Gizmodo]