Some ideas we develop in our concept phase perform, and some don’t… Which is why we always test our designs through the process… This was a cracking idea we developed that whilst definitely fitting in the rad idea category, just didn’t quite cut the mustard. Projecting a dynamic image onto holographic glass with a laminated touch-foil as the interactive surface to produce a clear glass digital information kiosk (how could that not work?)… Close but no cigar.
Room 10, Level 3
37 Swanston Street
(The Nicholas Building)
Its been a great project, and product for Buro North since 2008.. Winning a Premier’s Design Award, an international Green Dot award for Sustainable products and garnering Buro North much press and attention… We have produced hundreds of the trees in different sizes, shapes and timber varieties, but the time has come to hang up the tree so to speak. The tree has now been copied by several different companies, and whilst at first we were grumpy we have since decided to let it be…
We learnt a lot from you little tree, but you need to move on – pick up one of the final 30 Limited Edition (silver branch) Trees at The Quick & The Dead.
Last week I joined an AGideas workshop ran by Natan Linder. Natan is a part of the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab, where his research includes mobile technologies, rapid prototyping, robotics, augmented reality and industrial design. The workshop concentrated on augmented reality, the physical world which is augmented by computer-generated sensory input.
Teams were asked to develop conceptual technologies and functioning prototypes based on real augmented reality ideas. You can see what our team developed here. Thanks to Natan for a great workshop and the organization of the AGideas team for a fantastic experience.
We were all very pleased (particularly Giovanni) when his application for Buro North to sponsor his residency was approved last week.. So much so he came in adorned in Aussie everything, as such we have now bestowed Giovanni with the nickname Jonno..
The International Green Dot awards were announced last month in the States and Buro North were fortunate to have been awarded 3rd place in the Design category for our ‘buro tree‘ amongst fairly interesting competition from Europe, Asia and North America. The Green Dot Award “honors excellence in innovative environmental projects, products and services” and “strives to reward and promote forward-thinking businesses that create environmentally sustainable products or services and to reward revolutionary green business plans and proposals”… So we are chuffed – Well done guys, thanks Dave..
We have developed a new range of X-Mas Tree’s for this season, the Buro Tree is made with 100% environmentally considered ingredients – plantation plywood wrapped safely in recycled card and paper. To make the Buro Tree, a low-energy production technique has been used and waste material minimized.
To support the launch of this years new range of christmas trees we have come up with a new and engaging brand identity. The BuroTree mark manifested as a stamp of quality harks back to the furniture craftsman of old and communicates our strong connection to the local factory floor where the products are made. The mark, based around the silhouette of the ply tree, forms a subtle BT monogram.
Speaking of celebrating, the Christmas Tree most of us know (Norwegian Spruce), actually originated from the Pagan Winter Festival which eventually became a part of the Christian calendar. So our three trees take their inspiration from the three wives of Odin, the father of all gods in old Norse… We bring you; Frigg, Grydur and Rindd — www.burotree.com more images here…
We are seeking an Industrial Designer to work within our multidisciplinary team, with a minimum of 3-4 years industry experience (more preferred), someone confident, conceptually adept with ninja level software capabilities. An inherent appreciation and understanding of Graphic Design would be beneficial, and an ability to both direct, and work within a highly creative multidisciplinary environment whilst delivering complex projects. If you have applied before to BN and fit the above criteria, please feel free to re-submit. If you do not have the minimum requirements listed above do not apply for this position.
Please send an email with PDF attachments no larger than 5MB to; soren(at)buronorth.com
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Our studio project the Green X-Mas tree was far more popular than we expected when we launched it Christmas time 2007, in 2008 we ran out of stock and this year we are redesigning, re-engineering and repackaging with an expanded range, to be released in October. The old design continues to pop up in press though, this time in AT Magazine out of Tel-Aviv…
Absolutely blown away by this concept. Ive been interested in bio-mimicry for a few years, but always in an aesthetic or functional sense, but a generative process is something Id never imagined. Clever, clever, clever…. Tokujin Yoshioka has developed the ‘Venus Natural Crystal Chair’ by growing crystals in a tank over a sponge-like substrate. From the designer “Nature shows us a beauty that exceeds our imagination. On the other hand, it contains a strength that is sometimes frightening. The forms of nature are unique and cannot be reproduced. This endows them with mysterious beauty and makes them fascinating to us”.
Amazing interactive sculptural landmark that responds to human interaction and expresses context awareness using hundreds of sensors and over 15,000 individually addressable optical fibers. Constructed of carbon glass, rising over four meters high, and containing more than 65 kilometers of fiber optics, the Cloud encourages visitors to touch and interact with information in new ways, manifesting emotions and behavior through sound and a dichotomy of luminescence and darkness. Im in awe of the projects coming out of MIT, see them all here…