Design is currently in an exciting phase, exploring the possibilities of technology but also the big challenge of creating a sustainable society. Crossing Borders – Smart Design features Swedish products within design and digital communication, design and digital production, and design for sustainable development.
The exhibition is part of a joint project between Nationalmuseum and Swedavia to show art and design at airports. The Nationalmuseum has Sweden's largest collection of design and crafts. The museum's main building in Stockholm is closed for refurbishment and will open again in autumn 2018.
Bicycle helmet Corpora Aid, POC Sports
The voice-controlled app C.Me and light diodes on the helmet enable cyclists to communicate their turns or decelerations just like a car's turn signals and brake lights. In case of loosing consciousness in an accident, a crash-sensor communicates the geographical position of the location.
Energy Aware Clock, RISE Interactive
This clock connects wirelessly to the electric panel in your home, and shows the hours of the day when your family uses the most energy. Yesterday's energy consumption fades out slowly, so you can compare it with today's. Visualising electricity usage can contribute to raising awareness about your family's habits, and family members can minimise their ecological footprint.
Hand saw Handsaw System, Ergonomidesign/Veryday, SNA Europe & Bahco
Switchable saw blades of different widths increase the functionality of a saw and extend its lifespan. The ergonomically designed handles – also available for left-handed users – have a locking device, for easy blade change. Worn blades can be recycled, while the handle is still usable.
Guitar Atom, 3D-printed nylon, Olaf Diegel
The technology for printing three-dimensional objects opens up new possibilities for designers, consumers and producers. It consumes very little material since it generates no waste, and commodities can be printed anywhere in the world, reducing the need for freight in the future. You could even buy a digital file for a guitar and print it at your local food store!
Vases, 3D-printed china, Hilda Nilsson
For generations, people have been afraid that technology will take over something specifically human. Hilda Nilsson manipulates the digital repetitions of the 3D printer by manually influencing the pressure of the porcelain clay through the print-head, to create unique objects.
Disposable toilet Peepoo, Anders Wilhelmsson, Peter Thuvander, Camilla Wirseen, Peepeople / International Aid Services
Many people don't have access to toilets. This causes problems since faeces spread serious diseases. The Peepoo bag is a disposable toilet that is self-cleaning and completely biodegradable. It works as a micro sewage treatment plant with the enzyme Urea that transforms the excrements to nutrient-rich fertiliser.
Cord, The Power Aware Cord, RISE Interactive, Poweraware AB
When we open a water faucet, we see the water flowing and can adjust the flow according to need. Is it possible to create a corresponding awareness of invisible electricity? Scientists and designers at RISE Interactive developed a power cord that shines more brightly the more electricity you use. This cord is produced and sold today.