Nieuwe Heren’s Aegis Parka Warns You about Pollution with Light

Dutch designers Nieuwe Heren make another appearance on!  You might remember them from their very cool Deconstructed Floodlight about a year ago.

Meet the Aegis Parka — a jacket that lights up to warn you about polluted areas in real time.  It reminds me of the movie Cherry 2000 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome all rolled into one crazy looking piece of clothing:

It detects toxins in the air, offers oxygen, and features a very durable ceramic scaly fabric that is supposed to be pretty tough.  From the Nieuwe Heren website on the Aegis Parka:

Aegis: as stated in the Iliad, is the shield of Zeus, possessing great powers, forged by Hephaestus with a surface of gold like scaly snake-skin.

With Urban pollution growing out of hand, and lifespans diminishing due to airborne pollutants we felt the urge to design a jacket that counters those effects.

A sensor in the parka registers hazardous molecules and signals you of the intensity. The more Led’s illuminated the worse the air quality. A built in respirator with an active carbon filter helps you inhale fresh air.

Biking/walking through the city wearing this garment even contributes to the air quality, as the suit is treated with a TiO2 (titaniumdioxide) solution, which cleanses the air due to it’s photocatalystic properties.

The garment is created from schoeller®-Ceraspaceâ„¢, a scaly fabric created out of ceramic particles, making it far more abrasion and heat resistant then leather.

The inner lining consists of schoeller®-PCMâ„¢ a special textile containing millions of microcapsules filled with Phase Change Materials (PCM). They balance out temperatures which are too high or too low to achieve the wearer’s personal comfort climate.

Very cool!  Welcome back to JimOnLight, Nieuwe Heren!

Thanks to Geek, Stuff, and DesignBoom!

Nieuwe Heren’s Deconstructed Floodlight, and an Extra Thang!

Wait, what’s a “thang?”  I think it’s a thang.  I thought, or thunk, anyway that the thing was a thang, but really, who knows what the difference is between things and thangs?  Not this guy.

Uh, hi everybody!

I found this really cool deconstructed floodlight design from Netherlands-based studio Nieuwe Heren.  The project was for an expo, but it’s now on sale at the Nieuwe Heren website.  It’s a conglomeration of wood and concrete, artfully constructed, and with lots of weird symbolic irony, don’t you think?  I kinda love it.

Check out these shots from a few places about the deconstructed floodlight – some from the Design Milk blog, and some from the Nieuwe Heren website itself.  Pretty cool stuff, especially the process shots and the sketch!

Isn’t that thing (thang) awesome?!

Cutting the interior ribs – don’t tell OSHA!  Oh wait, this is in the Netherlands.

De-burring of the internal support tube.

Making of the concrete base.  CONCRETE BASE!

I love this – the process sketch!  This is probably one of my favorite parts of design – seeing the thoughts on paper.

I put together a gallery of the images below – images of the extra “thang” is in the gallery – a cable reel design that studio Nieuwe Heren designed, again I think for an expo.  Whatever it’s for, it’s awesome.  Check it out!

By clicking on any image, a gallery view pops up for your convenience!

Cool work, Nieuwe Heren!