The Red Swing Project started in February 2007 as an urban intervention within the city of Austin, Texas. Our swings are made of red painted wood and hung using retired rock climbing rope. Over the years, we have hung over 150 red swings in USA, India, Thailand, Brasil, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Spain, Portugal, Haiti and Poland.
The red swing remains the constant while the environmental backdrops and cultural contexts change from place to place.
We pay particular attention to public response to this familiar object set in an unfamiliar place.
See more on The Red Swing Project.
Wonderful interventions by “Démocratie Créative” to turn our everyday urban space into a playground.
“The OCD Series is the culmination of my research into Obsessive Compulsive behaviour. For some people OCD is an extremely serious phycological disorder that greatly impedes the lives of those who suffer it. However, everyone to some extent displays signs of personal rituals, quirks and foibles.
In this collection i have created a series of works that reflect obsessive or ritualistic behaviour in relation to everyday objects.” (Mark Owens)
OCD Light Switch
Food Stain Plates
The above picture shows a sketch for the intervention “Invented Shadows” by luzinterruptus.
It was presented at the “fete des lumiers lyon 2009” and at “nuit blanche paris 2010”. Unfortunately it was never realised…
Irina Werning calls herself a “nosy photografer” because of her passion for old photos. In this series she invited people to travell back to the future – and this is what they found.
“I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.” Irina Werning
See more of those wonderful portraits
These are some designs by the industrial designer Karin Ehrnberger and interaction designer Loove Broms of the Interactive Institute in Sweden. They made a series of household objects highlighting energy consumption in daily activities.
“AWARE is a design oriented research project that aims to increase people’s awareness of how energy is being used in everyday life, especially in our home environment. The objectives are to develop strategies and artefacts that make people attentive of their energy use, as well as offer them control and possibilities of making their energy use more efficient. ” Interactive Institute
While I´m not so sure if those objects can seriously contribute to rise the awareness of a wide range of consumers (not only those who are able to buy fancy designer stuff) I still really like how they make our day-to-day objects and behaviour a part of the appearance and function.
The Aware Handle i.e. is a radiator handle with teeth in the surface, designed for a more comfortable use when decreasing temperature compared to the feeling of increasing temperature.
The Share Aware Lights work as a “community”: as one light is made brighter the other lights in the series dim to compensate.
(Pictures via Dezeen)