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French Designer Creates Space Suits to Keep Space Travelers Healthy

French designer, Clément Balavoine, has designed space suits that can be precisely tailored to support the musculoskeletal system of SpaceX travelers. Balavoine is now proposing that Elon Musk—owner of SpaceX—should adopt the space suit designs for the those traveling to Mars, a trip proposed to be launched by SpaceX in 2022.

The microgravity environment of space means that astronauts’ bones become more fragile, and muscles lose mass. With Balavoine’s flight suit design, these ailments will significantly decrease with the help of the suit’s electroactive fibers, which are currently used mainly in sport and for rehabilitation. These fibers send tiny electric shocks to the wearer’s muscles, which help keep them active and also revitalize them. The material could also be used with a health monitor to record movement and vital signs, control heat and also track the effect of the environment on the body. To combat the effect on traveller’s bones, Balavoine designed flexible protective sections for key areas, such as the spine, which work as an exoskeleton to provide extra support. For a perfect fit, suits could be accurately tailored to a space traveler’s body by using a body scan and X-ray, and could also be adapted and combined with a space helmet for outdoor use.

“I truly think that any product must visually reflect its purpose, so I wanted to design a suit that would inspire strength, aero-dynamism and calm,” Balavoine said. Clément Balavoine, who is based in Amsterdam, studied product design in France before moving to London and collaborating with a number of fashion labels. He later worked as a designer for United Nude in China before striking out on his own.

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Via: Dezeen

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Takashi Murakami will Present New MCA Exhibition with Pharrell Williams Curated Performances

Japanese artist, BBC collaborator and longtime friend, Takashi Murakami, is set to present his latest exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) tomorrow, June 6th.

Titled “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg”, the exhibition shows how Murakami’s art is rooted in traditions of Japanese painting and folklore, and highlights the artist’s careful attention to craft and materials. It also showcases the artist’s astute eye for the contemporary influences of globalization, media culture, the continued threats of nuclear power. “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” will be available for preview by fans at MCA’s “ArtEdge: 50” gala, celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary. The event will also feature a special concert curated by Pharrell Williams, including a performance by singer/songwriter and actress, Janelle Monáe.

MCA “ArtEdge: 50” tickets will be sold starting June 6th, and prices will start at approximately $2,500 USD for both the gala and concert, and around $250 for just the concert. Murakami’s “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” will be open to the public up until September 24th.

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Via: MCA

Designers Created a Giant Golden Egg Solar Sauna in Sweden

Designers from Studio Bigert & Bergström have built a sculptural chamber in the shape of a golden-egg solar sauna, installed at Luossabacken in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town.

The egg is made out of stainless golden mirror sheeting, its multifaceted form breaking up the surroundings that it reflects into a multiplicity of different mirror images. The egg’s interior has been formed out of wood, with the wall panels and floor decking made out of pine and the bench of aspen. In the center of the egg stands the wood-heated, heart-shaped sauna stove made out of iron and stone. The temperature inside the egg varies between 75° and 85° Celsius. Click the jump to read more about the golden-egg solar sauna.

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