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LOCAL is just that: the perfect neighborhood bike. Visit friends down the street; ride to shops in the vicinity such as our favorite hardware store, drop-off the kids at the school nearby, grab a picnic and take the whole family (including surfboards) to the beach. We integrated some key elements in the bike: locking, lighting, bags and even music with our wireless JAMBOX speaker!
Over the years, as our lives have become more complicated and full of stuff our traditional bicycles became less practical. So we designed the LOCAL to address the needs of our daily lives...and to bring back the fun of riding around the neighborhood.
♥ ♥ INDEX
We are honored to receive the INDEX:Award for See Better to Learn Better today. Since the launch of the program, 358,000 kids have received a free pair of eyeglasses in Mexico. By choosing their own color combinations, shapes and sizes, the kids are co-designing their future. The INDEX cash prize will allow fuseproject to continue to support our partners, non-profit Verbien and champion manufacturer Augen of Mexico, as well as take the program to new places: from San Francisco to remote islands in Indonesia.
INDEX gave us love 4 years ago when the One Laptop Per Child was awarded the prestigious prize, and 3 million children have used the laptop since. As the first team to receive the award twice, we say thank you thank you.
MY DAD ALWAYS TOLD ME "NO SHIRT, NO DINNER"
After 3 years designing and wearing PACT underwear we have decided to offer a fuller body cover: Essential T’s. Same soft feeling and great fitting approach with the same social and environmental standards. While “Change Starts with your Underwear” still, the new T’s let you “Wear Something Good” on top, too!
Be first to order at www.wearpact.com
UP for it?
How do I get the information and motivation to live a healthier life? The answer is called UP.
We, along with our partner Jawbone, wanted to give you a sneak peek of an exciting innovation we've been working on for awhile. UP is part app on your phone, and part cool sensing band on your wrist. UP tracks movement, sleep and nutrition. What do you get in return for wearing the tech-loaded and colorful band? Suggestions and realistic challenges to help you improve, and get family and friends to do it with you. We're UP for it...Are you?
More on UP later this year...
DESIGN FOR A LIVING WORLD II
Hot cocoa anyone? Our work with the Nature Conservancy and the Costa Rica Talamanca cocoa growers is opening at the Field Museum in Chicago as part of the “Design for the Living World” exhibit.
After visiting the Bribri women in Costa Rica and experiencing their process of making cacao and chocolate, we designed a product ecosystem that conveniently packages the cacao and a tool that allows for shaving and stirring. The ceremonial aspect is in keeping with the local tradition while creating a new economic reach for the community.
Go see the Talamanca Cocoa and the other 10 projects featured in the Design for a Living World exhibit until November 13, 2011...and have a cocoa on us!
KICK ASH, KICK COAL
Did you know that hundreds of colleges and universities use polluting and unhealthy coal to power their campuses? Ongoing pressure by student bodies, and now flash mobs where students spontaneously strip down to their “Beyond Coal” underwear are working: since the Sierra Club and it’s Student Coalition launched this effort, 16 schools have already agreed to phase out the use of dirty coal on campus.
Our friends at PACT together with the Sierra Club are arming students with the mission-oriented underwear’s pattern that evokes coal pollution in a blue sky. Get you own, strip down, and KICK ASH!
Thanks to Miami University and University of North Texas students for the video!
Get the Beyond Coal underwear here
More on our partnership with PACT
THERE IS MORE TO BLACK THAN YOU THINK
We are presenting the Herman Miller SAYL, for the first time at Salone del Mobile, in an ethereal monochromatic theme that transitions from black to translucent in 6 steps. While black is still the dominant color in the task chair world, the white SAYL frame combined with neutral tones takes the task chair to a new level of refinement.
SIT AND LISTEN TO JAMSCAPE
Not only have we been using our JAMBOX on the road for the last few months, but now we are taking 1,642 of them to the Milan Salone del Mobile. Each Jambox is about half the size of a brick, from which we are building 6 large monoliths that will take gallery visitors on a sound journey. With our friends at Dezeen, we commissioned unique ambient music tracks that will be played continually throughout the week. Transmitted wirelessly to the JAMscape monoliths, the sound will envelop each visitor and be a respite from the hustle of the fair. Sit and listen...(it can get very loud)
SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST
Meet our third and final “Pleasure to the People” intimate product with partner Jimmyjane. As with each of its predecessors, FORM 4 is technically innovative, ergonomically minded and made from medical-grade materials. FORM 4’s unique combination of flexible shape and power is wrapped in a form that can be left by the bedside, rather than hidden.
This release is the culmination of a three-year collaboration between Yves Behar and Ethan Imboden, founder and chief creative at Jimmyjane.
Find out more about the benefits of FORM 4 at www.jimmyjane.com/form4.
Peel wants to reinvent the way we watch TV. Gone is the frustration of endless TV guides or finding something good to watch or the over-complicated remote. Peel is a simple, intuitive universal control on your iPhone for any home entertainment system.
The design of the fruit, name and brand, are all about peeling away the layers of complexity. This latest fuseproject design venture keeps your TV fresh! More...