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Hi-Tension Stairway


June 4, 2004

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An environment of suspended "spaces", CloudNine is a new structural system based on tension (cables) instead of Compression (columns), built exclusively for the November Chicago Design Show. The enormous strength of tensioned steel allows thick columns to be replaced with very thin non-rigid cables, leading to a design of openness and lightness. The ingenious design ensures that the spaces are well supported and are held completely motionless in mid-air.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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