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Milan Design Week 2017: Everyone is a Winner at HEAD Genève’s Salone Ludico

As of last year, mobile gaming revenue surpassed that of console and PC. Angry Birds or Pokémon Go may be great ways to kill time, but digital games need not be solitary pursuits confined to screens—on the contrary, distraction can aspire to reveal something more profound. Case in point, a series of interactive games developed by the Master students in the Media Design department of HEAD Genève, unveiled in Milan last week.

Easily a highlight of the Fuorisalone, Salone Ludico was tucked away on a side street of the Brera District, away from the bustling retail arteries where design-week revelers spill into the streets when the wine starts flowing. From April 4–9, the students transformed Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea into a futuristic gaming den, a “salone ludico,” the latter term meaning “play.” The space may have resembled a white-walled gallery space at first glance, but the projects on view were less objets d’art than properly interactive artworks—proposals to show both for how gaming can be more than mere distraction, and  how design can mean more than just tables and chairs.

From a card game based on particle physics to a supine VR experience of the afterlife, all 12 of the projects—upwards of 18 months in the making—are thoughtfully conceived and rigorously executed. Standouts included Benoît Renaudin‘s speculative wunderkamer from 3017 (featuring Swiss-designed items enhanced by audio commentary), and Margaux Charvolin and Jessica Friedling‘s app-powered alchemical cocktail-making contraption.

“Murmures” by Benoît Renaudin
“Penultimo” by Margaux Charvolin and Jessica Friedling.
Detail view of Penultimo

But the best part was that the projects weren’t merely on view—to be admired and photographed for social media—but that they worked more or less flawlessly: Visitors could actually navigate “Bloodbank,” a side-scrolling video game, with a lit match; experience a “concert” at home via “KBPS”; and, of course, actually taste the cocktail that they just whipped up.

Doesn’t that sound better than star ratings or experience points?

“Ximoan” by Patrick Donaldson, Yoann Douillet, Raphaël Henocq and Laurent Monnet
“Oniri Islands” by Marion Bareil and Tourmaline Studio
“DarkLight” by Sarah Bourquin, Jessica Friedling, Valérie Pierrehumbert and Eun-Sun Lee
“Democrapcy” by Yoann Douillet, Mélissa Pisler, Israel Viadest, Marion Bareil and Léa Schönfelder
“Gravity” by Sébastien Beureux, Jessica Friedling, Charles-Henri Hayoz and Vincent de Vevey, adapted from PadPad by Jérémie Lasnier

More information about the exhibition and all of the projects is available at SaloneLudico.ch.


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Everyone Needs A Niffler Necklace

Fans of ‘Fantastic Beast’s fell madly in love with the adorable little thief known as Niffler who just wants to get his little hands all over any thing shinny. While you can’t have your own actual fantastic beast, you can get your hands on this precious jewelry version made by Aisha Voya -or at least you could if the pre-sale wasn’t already completely sold out.

More info: Aisha Voya, Etsy (h/t: neatorama)




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Everyone Needs A Niffler Necklace

Fans of ‘Fantastic Beast’s fell madly in love with the adorable little thief known as Niffler who just wants to get his little hands all over any thing shinny. While you can’t have your own actual fantastic beast, you can get your hands on this precious jewelry version made by Aisha Voya -or at least you could if the pre-sale wasn’t already completely sold out.

More info: Aisha Voya, Etsy (h/t: neatorama)




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Winnie The Pooh Face Masks Are Giving Everyone Nightmares

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Deep in the 100 acre wood, where Christopher Robin plays… You’ll find a face-melted orange monster that will haunt your nightmares. These photos show people donning ‘relaxation masks’ which come in sweet cartoon packaging but are FAR from cute when people actually put them on.

h/t: metro

‘I think Eeyore just killed himself out of sheer terror,’ one poster on Imgur wrote. Quite.

They look like Winnie the Pooh had Botox injections for years trying to to cling to the fresh-faced bear we all remember, eventually had a full face transplant and then stood too close to a bonfire.


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Everyone Will Love the New and Unusual Folding Beach Hammock

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Beach gear has always taken on a minimalist design, but a new outdoor gadget has combined lightweight design with comfort and leisure.

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The new Folding Hammock from BoatsToGo.com is a game changer, sure to make those lazy days on the beach, campground or anywhere else more relaxing and leisurely. This hammock is one of a kind, with a moon-like, half circle shape and a lightweight frame, it stands out from the usual outdoor gear, and will surely bring attention on a beach or anywhere else.

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Gadget lovers will appreciate the unusual design and ease of hammock assembly. The frame tubes easily snap together, and the heavy duty but lightweight aluminum frame breaks down into 4 pieces, with a maximum length of 44 inches. Broken down, the hammock is easy to transport via boat, plane and car, or over the shoulder.

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The Folding Hammock, when assembled, is approximately 9 feet long, which means that it’s large enough to accommodate one adult comfortably. The hammock is sturdy and can hold about 200-230 pounds, and is designed for stability on sand, grass or any other soft surface. Beach enthusiasts worldwide can ditch the uncomfortable “towel on the sand” in favor of this relaxation item.

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