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It was fifty years ago that NASA’s Apollo 11 took humans to the moon. Upon the return voyage, the command module Columbia was travelling at a speed of 25,000 MPH as it entered the earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft’s heat shields protected the astronauts from temperatures of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit by deflecting and absorbing the extreme heat. NASA said that the Columbia, for a short time, would have resembled a flaming orange ball of fire! Read this month’s Orange.
The runway was filled with excitement at this year’s annual BA fashion show at London’s renown art school – Central Saint Martins. Fashion student Fredrik Tjaerandsen presented his collection of shape-shifting balloons that engulfed the models. As they proceeded along the runway the balloons deflated to form dresses or skirts. All in all, a remarkably creative display. Our favourite, of course, was the orange balloon. Read this month’s Orange.
This striking, 23-storey building in Leeds, England is made from Cor-ten steel, a material that turns rusty-orange as it weathers. The architects say that the work of sculptors Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, who both attended art school in Leeds, influenced their design concepts. In 2010, the Broadcast Tower at Leeds Beckett University was selected by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as one of the four best towers erected in Europe. Read this month’s Orange.
California-based industrial design firm AWOL Company created this alpine race helmet for Fast Company’s Porsche Design Challenge. Inspired by the 1969 movie Downhill Racer starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, it refers to the moment in the film when a streamlined orange Porsche 911T Sportomatic plows through a pristine snow-covered landscape. We are convinced that the wearer of this helmet will capture the speed and perfect lines of that famous car. Read this month’s Orange.
The atrium at California's Berkeley Art Museum now offers new lounge seating for visitors. Whether you’re relaxing or watching live performances, the benches are sure to please. Their organic shapes are made from a rigid foam substrate laminated to layers of painted plywood. Be careful if you visit – with wireless Internet and built-in power outlets, you may never leave this orange oasis. Read this month’s Orange.
M&M Sculpture was created in 2012 by American artist Dan Colen. Artsy, the on-line resource for art collecters, refers to it as “...a clever take on the notion of artifice, merging the natural world with the inordinately artificial, and a wry approach to consumption.” We just think it’s cool to paint a big boulder like an orange M&M. Read this month’s Orange.
The Danish firm JDS Architects created the Skinny Playscape as part of their new boardwalk design for Kalvebod Brugge, a waterfront area of Copenhagen. The playscape is a continuous orange metal strip that provides steps, balance beams, ladders and other challenges for adventuresome youngsters. Ahhh, the Dutch and their love for the colour orange. And did you notice? There are no rubber mats or safety nets. Read this month’s Orange.
“Space Age Design” was all the rage in the late 1960s – early 1970s and the SHARP television is a favourite amongst collectors. The television disconnects from its swivel base and can be carried by its retractable handle. Made in Japan, it was an early example of a battery operated television (10 D batteries). It came in several colours, but the orange model was – out of this world! Read this month’s Orange.
Based on the study of ergonomics, American industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss launched the renowned Dreyfuss Charts in 1974. Over the years these charts have been a valuable reference guide for designers and architects to assist them in better understanding human proportions and mobility. The orange template shown here is #3a for Wheelchair Users. Read this month’s Orange.