dinsdag 5 maart 2013

dinsdag 18 december 2012

We are now Live on Kickstarter,

Thanks everybody for your nice reactions on Mine Kafon project. We are following them with a great interest.

Now we just launched our Kickstarter to Make our dreams come true on Mine Kafon project. Please visit this link and spread the word. So lets get it rolling.

Thanks a lot for your collaboration and a have a nice christmas :)

donderdag 15 november 2012

Support us to make this project realize.

Massoud Hassani (1983)
“I grew up in Qasaba, Kabul. My family moved there when I was 5, and at the time there were several wars going on. My brother Mahmud and I we played every day on the fields surrounded with the highest mountains in our neighbourhood.

When we were young we learned to make our own toys. One of my favourites was a small rolling object that was wind-powered. We used to race against the other kids on the fields around our neighbourhood. There was always a strong wind waving towards the mountains. While we were racing against each other, our toys rolled too fast and too far. Mostly they landed in areas where we couldn’t go rescue them because of landmines. I still remember those toys I’d made that we lost and watching them just beyond where we could go.

Almost 20 years later, I went back to Qasaba and made those toys again. That was my graduation project for the Design Academy Eindhoven (2011). I remade one, making it 20 times bigger as well as heaver and stronger. Powered by the wind, it’s meant for the same areas which were (and still are) full of mines.

Now if it rolls over a mine, the toy, now a Mine Kafon, will destroy itself and the landmine in the same time. Made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the Mine Kafon also has a GPS chip integrated in it. You can follow its movement on the website and see were it went, where are the safest paths to walk on and how many land mines are destroyed in that area. On paper, Afghanistan is said to have 10 million land mines. In truth there are far, far more. Every destroyed land mine means a saved life and every life counts.”

Mine Kafon – Deminer (2012)
After getting to know the design of Mine Kafon, director Callum Cooper of ardentfilm.org contacted Massoud Hassani to collaborate on a documentary. The aim of the project is to create more attention for this worldwide problem and help along the production of the Mine Kafon as well. The result will be a short film, which shows a personal portrait of the designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance.

Mine Kafon will be part of the collection MOMA (New York) and Hassani will also have an exposition in this renowned museum in March 2013.

During the shooting of the film it was proven that the prototypes work, now Hassani is in the process of finding collaborative partners – technical companies, fundings and governments – to start to produce these live saving deminers.

Thanks for your support.

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very first presentation in Milan 2011

dinsdag 13 november 2012

lecture - TEDx Utrecht

It was awesome to hang around with the most talented people. Loved it.
Watch the TED talk here

“Once something becomes digital, you can do amazing things with it" - Andrei Herasimchuk

“Be aware with an attitude of openness and curiosity. Be like a mad scientist” - Todd Kashdan

“School’s out forever: What do you need? 1. Enough time 2. Enough headspace 3. Enough energy 4. A partner” - Rebecca Bortman

Full Creative Potential - thanks to Arjan Haring and his team of 70 members.

maandag 5 november 2012

Interview by FastCompany

Hassani explains that for the past 60 years, mine removal techniques have stayed largely the same. “Local people are often the ones doing it,” he tells Co.Design over the phone. “Those who need the money. A lot of people end up getting hurt.” Typically, the professional removal of a single mine costs around $1,200, and can take days. In contrast, Mine Kafon will cost around $40 when it’s put into production, and can sustain up to four explosions before needing to be replaced. The system has undergone two years of testing, mainly at the hands of the Dutch government, who put Mine Kafon through a series of strength tests. Eventually, a full-scale mockup was tested in the deserts around Morocco (a documentary about the trip is forthcoming).

This week, the team exhibited Mine Kafon at the Dutch Design Week, and Hassani says he plans to launch a Kickstarter in a few weeks. The proceeds will fund the next round of testing, and hopefully, a finalized design ready for implementation. He’s also prototyping a similar device that can be controlled by a remote sensor, plus a cylindrical version of Mine Kafon that is modular, making it possible to create a long, rolling sweeper. Though he hopes to deploy the first Mine Kafon in his home country, he says the team is also looking to implement the device in North Africa, as well as Angola, which is riddled with more undetonated mines than Afghanistan.

More on the Kickstarter launch to come. In the meantime

Read the article here

zaterdag 3 november 2012

Thanks to - Mail Online

Some Quotes from Mail Online readers:

Maybe this lad should have been awarded the noble peace prize as this is more deserving than the european union.
- Sick of the waste, Leeds, United Kingdom

Why on earth has this not been done before. Great invention.
- Aaron, Exeter,

What ever it costs it is worth every penny if it saves one life or stops these bombs from maiming anyone else. Great idea I love it x
- sunshine65, london

This is the apex of genius!!!!!!!, simple effective and life saving. I would nominate the inventor for a Nobel Peace Prize. Inspiring!!!
- Nick, Imagined View of the Past, United Kingdom,

How fantastically simple.
- Wrighty, Worcester, United Kingdom,

- if I was in the desert and saw one of these hurtling past me for the 1st time i'd think that tumbleweeds were secretly planning to take over the world. seriously though hats off to this simply great inventio
Tom Avenged, Malaga, Spain

Whatever it takes! Anything it takes. Even if it only clears one, that is one less that could harm someone.
- Sarahew88, Kandahar, United States

Wow, neat idea - a great start to solving a terrible problem that doesn't go away when the troops leave!
- Sally, Rochester, United Kingdom,

Quite impressive! Funny thing is, it looks so unique I'd buy this to put somewhere in my house.
- Le Chiffre, Paris,

check for more on Mail Online


Read more on Mashable website

maandag 29 oktober 2012

Mine Kafon project on CNN - Fareed Zakaria GPS

“Necessity is truly the mother of invention.” Quote at the end by Fareed Zakaria (CNN reporter and Time Magazine columnist)
Video about Mine Kafon on CNN
Check for more on CNN

zaterdag 20 oktober 2012

Invitation - Dutch Design Week 2012

You are most welcome to visit our exhibitions during the DDW (Dutch Design Week).
We will be presenting at these locations below together with my brother Mahmud Hassani.

Teahouse, Living room like Dali and Rumi.
By Massoud & Mahumud Hassani
We invited a few important friends to exhibit with us. They have inspired and helped us during our jorney. We are honored to have the latest works of Maarten Baas, Kiki Van Eijk, Joost van Bleiswijk, Paul Heijnen, Joep Huisinga and Callum Cooper (the movie producer)
We transformed the living room into an experimentel teahous. Among others We are presenting our new products including the new Mine Kafon, a short movie about it and the Beastly Lamp. Made from the exploded parts of Mine Kafon, this lamp will be for sale to fund the Mine Kafon procces.
We will serve tea during our expo, join us and talk about the small things in live.

Teaser of Mine Kafon short movie

The Mine Kafon (teaser) from Callum Cooper on Vimeo.

more info @ DDW website

Massoud & Mahmud Hassani
Aynda Crafts, Living room like dali and rumi
Hemelrijken 105
5612 LC Eindhvoen
dates: 20 – 28 october
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 hours

Exhibiton at our workshop;
Sectie C, Working like an Iron man

Our second location is at the Sectie C. The small indusrtial area in Eindhoven where we have our workshop located.
At our workshop we will present our latest work including Mine Kafon and the short movie. Here you can hang around at the space and see how we work.
Joep Huisinga presents his new products as well at the workshop. We are sharing the space together.
We will server dinner as well, everyday from 18:00 up to 23:00. It is a collaboration with the Smalle Haven restaurant from Eindhoven.

more info @ DDW website
Massoud Hassani, Sectie C
Daalakkersweg 2-8,
5641 JA Eindhoven
dates: 20 – 28 october
Open: 16:00 – 23:00 hours

Strijp S
Produtcts for sale at Motta
During the week we have products for sale at the Strijp S by Motta. They are exhibiting and selling our latest products including Beastly lamp (inspired by Mine Kafon). Also you can get our latest cooking book Moeders Gerechten, written by our lovely mother Parwin Zamani.

Klokgebouw, hal 1
Klokgebouw 50
5617 AB Eindhoven

vrijdag 6 juli 2012

COMMON Pitch at Design Indaba 2012 | Design Indaba

COMMON Pitch at Design Indaba 2012 | Design Indaba

Presentation in the City Hall during the Common Pitch competition. In the same building where Nelson Mandela held his first speech. That night we won the public Choice awards! many thanks to Design Indaba, Common Pitch and the people who voted for us! cheers

woensdag 16 mei 2012

Live talk show on TVL (dutch tv)

Yesterday we were invited to joying the Live tv program of TVL. It is a Dutch television network. In the video were are talking about the process of Mine Kafon and the next steps in the future.

zaterdag 12 mei 2012

interview with Belgian Radio 1 - Live

listen here on Radio 1

Radio interview with Clark Boyd from BBC by The World

interview with Clark Boyd about MK project

Latest column by Clark Boyd on BBC

A simple device that is designed to clear some of the millions of landmines scattered around the world offers a lesson in thoughtful design and adaptation.

The global statistics on land mines and their effects make sobering reading. According to the United Nations, up to 110 million mines have been laid across more than 70 countries since the 1960s and that between 15,000 and 20,000 people die each year because of them. Many of the victims are civilians - children, women and the elderly - not soldiers. Thousands more are maimed. Moreover, mines are cheap.

The UN estimates that some cost as little as $3 to make and lay in the ground. Yet, removing them can cost more than 50 times that amount. And the removal is not without human cost either. The UN says that one mine clearance specialist is killed, and two injured, for every 5,000 mines cleared.

One of the worst affected countries is Afghanistan, with an estimated 10 million land mines contaminating more than 200 square miles of land. It is something that Massoud Hassani, who grew up in the northern part of Kabul, knows that all too well. "We lived out by the airport, and there's a big desert out there where all different militaries trained," Hassani tells me. "It was a real war zone. They left a lot of explosives, including land mines." read more on BBC

maandag 23 april 2012

The tested Mine Kafon was exhibited in Milan during the Salone

Recently we presented the tested version of Mine Kafon at the Salone. This is the prototype which got totally damaged a few months ago. It looked badly but after repairing it, it wasn't that bad at all. Lots of parts flew off, because of the air explosion. It's improved now. In Milan we presented it with two colors. White means exploded parts. So every white leg means that it got damaged during the test sessions. So now it is selected in a way to visualize the impact of 100 gram explosives. Which is deadly for a person but Mine Kafon's central ball has survived it and it can be reused again and again and again!! The GPS chip will stay intact as well.

Pictures by Jeroen van Oirschot

maandag 16 april 2012

exhibition in Milan 2012, opening 17th april at Studio Zeta

Premsela at the 2012 Salone

This year once again, Premsela is bringing a full programme of events to Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile. We’ll stage Spring, our first exhibition in the Italian city. We’ll also hold our annual Dutch design cocktail hour at the Netherlands consulate (for invited guests only) and reprise last year’s popular Milan Breakfasts. And we’re organising a mini-symposium with the Vitra Design Museum.
For Spring – opening at 11am on Tuesday 17 April at Studio Zeta – curator Miram van der Lubbe selected 15 designers who got their start in Eindhoven. Their work will appear alongside designs by young colleagues and established predecessors they admire. Spring is the first exhibition to be cohosted by Premsela and Capital D during the Salone. It was previously on view in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2011.

more info

Lectures at Design Indaba in Cape town

Pecha Kucha at Design Indaba 2012 from Design Indaba on Vimeo.

Design Indaba

@ Times

AFGHAN designer Massoud Hassani's landmine decommissioning device - called the Mine Sweeper - was one of thousands of extraordinary creations showcased at the Design Indaba, which started in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Creative types from around the world gathered at the city's Cape Town International Convention Centre where Hassani explained that his invention was inspired by a childhood toy.

Mine Sweeper is a ball with bamboo poles sticking out of it. Each pole ends in a flat rubber surface, which detonates landmines as the wind-blown ball rolls.

The Design Museum in London has nominated it for Design of the Year 2012 - alongside Kate Middleton's wedding dress and the UK's Olympic torch.
reed more on Times Live