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Acoin

Think of Acoin as a USB flash drive for money. It stores cash electronically and displays the amount stored. Acoin anonymizes electronical payments, by existing as an offline node in our online interconnected world.

Our spending habits create an outline of who we are. You might think targeted advertising is all there is to this story, but your data gets traded with whoever is willing to pay. Acoin is designed for a future where governments have gotten rid of cash. Not if, but when this happens: how much freedom will we have left?

This project came about after living in Singapore, and feeling observed all the time. Even when there is nothing illegal about your actions, the awareness of being watched leads to a forced obedience and conformity. This suppresses behavior: creativity and critical thinking are muted and democracy is thrown out the window.

Acoin works together with your phone. From your e-banking app, you can transfer money to the device. This money is now offline. When making a payment, there are three possibilities:
1. By holding Acoins together you can send the value on your Acoin, or a pre-set amount, to another Acoin. Confirmation of sending money occurs through the fingerprint reader. 
2. You can erase your fingerprint, and swap Acoins. In this scenario, one Acoin contains money, and the other does not. The only transaction is the data stored on the device, as the exchange of hardware is mutual, and therefore zero. 
3. When making large payments, you can give Acoin away, together with the data it contains. 

Because of this unpredictability, no one can tell where your money came from, and through whose hands it passed. The money on Acoin becomes untraceable, and paying with it anonymous. For storing money, Acoin relies on cryptocurrency keys.

For storing money, Acoin relies on cryptocurrency keys. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are a decentralized form of currency, free from all government controlled banking systems. The integrity of the system is maintained by the community of users. Every connected phone or computer becomes a node in a network that verifies the validity of transactions. This ensures the safety and stability of the currency.

Cryptocurrencies are relatively new forms of currency. Acoin relies on them for their anonymity and ability to store money electronically on storage that is physically on the device instead of in a cloud. So when you lose your Acoin, your money is gone. Just like cash. This also means that as the money is offline it can be passed around freely. 

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Lightning

A statement ring made of sterling silver, designed after a lightning bolt. It wraps around two fingers. For sale here.

Seven Headed Naga

The seven headed naga: the serpent that forms a bridge between life and afterlife. Set with seven black onys stones.

This piece was inspired by a trip to Cambodia, where I saw the temples of Angkor Wat. All of them richly decorated with seven headed nagas, garudas and more mythical creatures.

For enquiries about personalised jewellery, please drop me and email at felix_mollinga@hotmail.com

Growing 3D

What if our 3D prints could grow?

Experimentation with 3D printed structures, in combination with growing materials. Can 3D prints break the size barrier by growing? Can printed structures be filled in by organic materials? How do printed and growing materials interact when combined?

3D printers have become more and more refined; ironically making products smaller and more detailed, instead of bigger. Is there a way to combine 3D printing with "the large scale"? What are the possibilities in expanding prints during printing, as well as after printing? Can I combine materials like crystallizing salts, scobys, expanding foams, corals, and other (natural) growing materials, with 3D printing?

Salt crystals growing on PLA woodfill print
Seeds sprouting inside and on silicone print
Foam expanding through ABS print

E

"E" is a family of door handles, constructed out of stacked layers.

"E" also features a swipe activated electronic lock.

Spirulina System

It is a 20L tank, filled with Spirulina micro algae.

It produces a protein equivalent of one steak a week.

It consumes 80kWh/year.

It uses 8% the amount of energy per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It uses 0,01% the amount of water per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It fixates 40gr of CO2 each week. Producing a steak releases 12kg of CO2.

It is a 20L tank, filled with Spirulina micro algae.

It produces a protein equivalent of one steak a week.

It consumes 80kWh/year.

It uses 8% the amount of energy per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It uses 0,01% the amount of water per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It fixates 40gr of CO2 each week. Producing a steak releases 12kg of CO2.

A Warm Welcome

Jackdaws in Woensel West, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. With nearly 50% immigrants Woensel is the neighborhood of Eindhoven with the most non-Dutch inhabitants.
Syrian refugees walking across Europe, after crossing the Medditeranean sea.

They both risk their lives on the move,
looking for a place to settle.

A WARM WELCOME

A warm welcome is a birdhouse. A birdhouse that is also a statement.

It connects the fate of crows and refugees, both unwanted and without a roof over their head. We close our chimneys, much like we close Europe's borders. We have warmth to share, there are places for them to stay, but we turn our backs to the problem in the hope it goes away.​

This birdhouse is a public declaration of helping the unwanted. Of the willingness to share warmth, and to boost and engage in public debate. To create openness, and take away fear. To create a platform for discussion, to question the actions of politicians, and in the best case scenario create couch surfing for refugees.

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Jackdaws nesting in chimneys is a small scale issue. Relatable, because they might one day nest in your own chimney. Relatable, because I had a jackdaw's nest in my chimney.

The refugee crisis, on the other hand, is huge, complicated and not relatable. So why not use the first to bring attention to the second? To solve the bird-in-chimney issue, you need a birdhouse. An alternative to the chimney, a fake chimney. But chimneys can have a public function. They are on top of a roof and visible from far down the street. This makes them a good platform to communicate a statement with.

This birdhouse is a public declaration of support. Of helping the unwanted. Of the willingness to share warmth, and to boost and engage in publicdebate. To create openness, and take away fear. Because being afraid shuts the door to possibilities.

For this, it uses the most desperate part of the crisis. People risking their own life to travel to Europe, on a boat as fragile as a paper folded boat. Refugees enter Europe through the boat, just like the jackdaws enter the birdhouse through the boat. At night chimneys can act as a beacon. Like a lighthouse guiding a boat, this birdhouse draws attention. It sheds light on a problem, by glowing in the dark.

As it is a statement, it is public. To be successful it needs to spread, it needs to go viral. For it to successfully spread it needs to be cheap and mass produced. Like normal roof tiles, it is made of terra-cotta. The texture serves multiple purposes.It is necessary to hold the luminescent paint. And, during the slip-clay casting process, it creates a texture on the inside, which is necessary for the bird to get out.

This is a birdhouse that is not just a birdhouse, but it addresses the bigger issue.To maintain your house, to save a nest, and to give a home.

Teapot

creating curvaceous unity
by merging handle and spout

Sequence Rings

A set of three​ personalised rings. Each incorporates references to a family member, a location, and a period of life. For enquiries about personalised jewellery, please drop me and email at felix_mollinga@hotmail.com

Let There Be Light

The backrest references to wings, and the light is at just the right height to form a ceramic halo for the person seated. The back legs point upwards, perhaps to heaven. Even the direction of the wood in the seat points to the light. The chair and light are one.  

This chair was exhibited at Lampuniek during DDW2016.

Grandfathers Clock

One piece of furniture every student requires is a closet. Considering the average room size of Dutch student housing, closets should not occupy too much floor space, but be tall instead. Another object every student requires is a clock. Traditional grandfathers clocks can be very beautiful, but are very unpractical in small rooms where they only take up valuable space.

This wardrobe combines the clock and closet, using the space traditionally occupied by the pendulum for storage. It is a wardrobe annex grandfathers clock; modern, unique, and a little futuristic.

Reflectile

Derived from the words "reptile" and "to reflect", this copper candle holder reflects the light of a single candle in a unique way. 

The industrial material, and the curvaceous shape are forced together, creating a faceted,  dangerous, and imposing piece of table top design. The coloration of the copper enhances the threatening, scorpion- and cobra-like shape, giving the piece natural as well as machanical characteristics.

This work was auctioned at Suara Rimba. A charity auction in
Bali, Indonesia, for the preservation and restauration
of rainforests in Indonesia