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Not sure you could take this on a plane but it would definitely work at the beach, the portable BBQ suitcase.
Wired introduces us to an 89 year-old who built a train in his backyard.
"I've been asked why he didn't have a Trans Am instead. Well, he would've liked one -- it's much sexier -- but I don't think he could afford it." Our Favorite Underdogs: Jim Rockford and his Sierra Gold Firebird Esprit, by Priscilla Page.
So you know, the 55 Best Car Blogs.
Citroen Type H 70th Anniversary Van.
1966 Shelby GT350-H Fastback Mustang. Boss.
Relocatable shipping container pools.
Related to the last, Tests for Colour-Blindness, also from Codex 99.
So you know, how to build a teeny, tiny Macintosh classic that works.
"The pictograms Otl Aicher designed have been pointing the way for 40 years or more and are encountered all over the world. Otl Aicher pictograms set benchmarks in directional signage, advertising, sporting events, websites and media of all kinds." Via P&C.
Sons of Liberty Playing Cards, created by Jeff Trish. Four stars.
Mir manual docking system: Toru control panel and attitude control joystick. Cool.
LEGO compatible tape.
Ideo visualizes autonomous vehicles and ride sharing.
Related to the last, The Branding of Polaroid, 1957-1977, by Paul Giambarba.
Polaroid's SX-70: The Art and Science of the Nearly Impossible, great article from 2011 by Harry McCracken.
Carsthatnevermadeitetc. Like it says.
The All-Black 1979 Toyota FJ40. Boss.
For BB, the Jollylook camera.
Squirrcle, the shape of things you click.
We Made This toured and photographed a sweet exhibition last year, Olivetti - Beyond Form and Function.
"Atmoph Window is a digital window that opens to beautiful scenery from around the world with 4K-shot videos and sound. Place it anywhere, be anywhere."
Lofree, a keyboard inspired by traditional typewriters.
The IBM Selectric Typewriter and its digital to analogue converter. Nerdy, fun film about an all-time fave product design.
The IBM Selectric Typewriter and its digital to analogue converter. Nerdy, fun film about an all-time fave product design.
"Norman Wilkinson, a marine painter who was in the Royal Navy, is credited with being the first to develop dazzle camouflage for ships." Lots of sweet drawings can be found in the RISD Fleet Library. Via the always observant Present & Correct.
"Each of our patterns are artistic interpretations of symbols that Vietnamese associate with new beginnings." Coca-Cola's Tet 2017.
Wired gives us their picks for their fave gadgets at this year's CES Show.
Pocket-sized duct tape.
1969 De Tomaso Mangusta. Nuff said.
ETCH Clock transforms an elastic membrane into digital numbers.
The first line of dialogue in this video is, "Holy shit, holy shit, what the hell? Holy shit." Seems appropriate.
Edison Pen Plotter in action.
If this doesn't start an argument, I don't know what will. Top 20 Logos of All Time.
Not terribly practical for feeding your family, and I don't even really care for pancakes much, but PancakeBot is pretty tempting.
New from Studio Neat, "Canopy is a case for your Apple Magic Keyboard that folds open to create a stand for your iPad or iPhone. Now you can use a full size, honest-to-god keyboard with your device."
Airblock, a modular and programmable starter drone.
A polyhedra calendar system, designed with mathematical precision and finished in high quality European sycamore, Dodecal. Unfortunately, the first edition is sold out.
Dodecahedron + Calendar = DodeCal.
Target is teaming up with Dwell for a collaboration. Start waiting in line now.....
Love these geometric lamps by COZO.
Volkswagen's electric concept, The I.D.
With its mechanism neatly hidden under its machined aluminum base, this compact and minimal bottle opener encourages discovery through interaction.
A golden throne at the Guggenheim.
"For about 90 percent of its history, the Dart was the kind of a car you drove because you were 16 and your parents were getting a new car. But there were some legendary Darts over its 56-year history, and some shouldn't be forgotten."
"Legends. These are the truly great, revolutionary products that change everything. They elevate themselves from being merely a design icon to a cultural icon. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 introduced in 1979 is one of those legends." A great illustrated post by Andrew Kim.
"Unlike a typical radio, Time Travel Radio doesn't tune to frequencies - it tunes to years. You can fill it with songs from throughout your life, then use music to travel through time. There are only two knobs: one controls power/volume, and the other sets the year. Turn the year knob and Time Travel Radio will play music from that year."
Awesome laser-etched radial LED lightbulbs.
RIP father of the 747, Joe Sutter.
Wire furniture by Muller van Severen.
"There's a table surface that rests upon the knees of the couple, physically connecting them as they eat or drink. The nature of the design leads the duo to focus on each other and to be aware during the experience." Sati Tala.
"These tables sport curvaceous wooden legs in lieu of the regular spindly ones, and boasts a new table color called 'Les yeux bleus.'" Rio's Olympic ping pong tables.
Schindelhauer Bikes' Ludwig VIII, Brooks Edition in matte black. Wow.
20 Oversized planters worthy of your fiddle leaf.
Cinefade, a cool camera system that changes the aperture at the same time as a variable ND, so you can rack the depth but the exposure stays the same. Wild.
"The goal is to redesign useful objects making them uncomfortable but usable and maintain the semiotics of the original item." —Katerina Kamprani. Thanks Ron.
A Visual History of the Corvette Logo, by Rain Noe.
Industrial handmade lamps by WO & WÉ.
1980's Porsche 911 Targa Interior.
James Friend has got Classic Mac OS 7.0.1 running in a browser. Sweet.
"This particular 1975 Mazda RX-3 puts a slight twist on the age-old recipe, by adding a whole heap of low into the mix, thanks to a custom air suspension setup." Boss.
Nice interactive experience for the BMW concept vehicle, the Vision Next 100.
2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition. Boss.
Sound of Power is a company that makes speakers built into busts of world leaders. Now includes a limited-edition Trump: "A perfect use of an empty head!"
For MCJ, LYFE is a zero-gravity growing system allowing you to cultivate your favorite plants in the air.
"Ten years before the rise of the supermarket generic brand, Champion Papers produced these colorful packaging designs for a series of print advertisements."
Mario Bellini, Olivetti Programma 101 computer, 1965-1971. Hardware architect Pier Giorgio Perotto, Italy. Sublime. I don't even know what it does but I want one.
The Design Legacy Of Dieter Rams, a nicely illustrated post by Anna Ker.
A simple concrete wall clock.
Cabel tells the story of The Panic Sign on their building in Portland, and how you can change its colors from your phone.
Honey on tap.
UQAM, smart exercises in industrial design.
Thorough and insightful piece on the redesign of Ryanair's boarding pass system by Lynsey Duncan and Aonghus Davoren.
Autodesk's Project Escher, a multiple-nozzle 3D printer for quicker, more elaborate printing. Yow.
40 years ago today.
Building the Moving Axis AirCraft Simulator, a homemade motion flight simulator.
Product, a nice industrial design tumblr.
Julian Bleecker and Rhys Newman are looking to give cyclists a beautiful bike computer that looks and feels just as analog as the bike they are riding.
DIY smart blinds.
Beautiful illustrations for Atari Computer Concepts.
For MCJ, the Mygdal Plantlamp.
Shelby GT500CR Mustang.
Of local interest, if you happen to drive on Ridge Ave between Devon and Pratt, like I do, you're probably always curious about the massive office/industrial compound on the east side of the street. To answer all questions, here's a 16-minute, Bill Kurtis-narrated promo film explaining what goes on over there: S&C Electric Company: The First 100 Years.
Life is too short for ugly cars, Chromjuwelen.
It's not you. Bad doors are everywhere.
Paul Blackburn chooses his five all-time favorite transport logos for Grafik.
How a Mini Cooper is manufactured, in twelve minutes. Thanks Marshall.
Just stumbled on the Hofmeister Kink. Hmm.
1970 Pontiac Firebird brochure. Excellent.
Building a Daft Punk helmet.
Everything you need to know about the awesomeness that is found in the design of TEAC/Tascam reel to reel tape recorders.
A video essay about control rooms in film and television since the 1970s. The Cinematic Control Room. Super smart.
Chris Petty's long, interesting recounting of the development of the "impossible dream", The X-30 National Aerospace Plane.
Jet geeks alert, Qantas Airlines on "that time when we strapped an extra engine on to a jumbo."
Part software promo, part interview, with Mark Henry Phillips, the mixer, sound designer, and composer for the Serial podcast.
"It's an overt declaration that your phone, or your computer, or your tablet is not really yours to tamper with, a public statement that you are not qualified to fix your own things." The Pentalobe and iFixit.
Finally, an acceptable alternative to the selfie-stick.
"That's the idea behind the 1M Hauly Heist, a bag specifically designed for transporting $1 million in cash, discretely." We received a smaller version from our pal Jan at SDR Traveller and next time we have 10 Gs sitting around, we know how we'll carry it.
So you know, how to build your own supercar.
The evolution of the Persian banknote.
Related to the last, the Darwin Tank is a small jellyfish aquarium.
Giants of the Sea from | Avaunt Magazine. Photographs by Greg White, written by Alan Dron.
"Gretel has even made the guidelines and vendor brand central exciting and interesting. Heck, they even make Gotham feel relevant and new again." Amin on a slick new identity package for Netflix.
Farewell Metrocenter, the mall I not only learned to ice skate in, but also was employed at throughout high school. For the non-Phoenician, you'll likely recognize it as the mall from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
The Finnish pocket computer that wants to take over the world, by Olivia Solon.
Meghann Ney flips through a 1960s edition of the IBM Graphic Design Guide. Via Brand New.
Balight is a customizable, lighted bicycle wheel display.
In Through the Out Door, Codex 99 on Hipgnosis and the 1970s Album Cover.
Chromjuwelen. "Life is too short for ugly cars." Amen.
Keyboard Smörgåsbord. Eli Schiff goes deep on the Shift Key on iPhones. Smart.
Eclipse of Rainbow, a lamp design by Eugenia Antoniou. Brilliant.
Moto Borgotaro sure likes the 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans.
I'll take one in Pacific Blue please.
Ear-free headphones that transmit sound via bone conduction.
OMG, I definitely need to get one of these. A cat sneezes a block away and I'm wide awake.
Interface | People, machines, design "explores how design has been applied to information technology products; about how a handful of companies made complicated technology appealing and easy to use." Currently showing at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney.
Patent issued for ultra-rapid air vehicle and related method for aerial locomotion. London to New York in an hour?
Draw with the sun.
The Cyanometer Postcard refers to the variations of blueness when looking at the sky on a certain moment.
Speaking of Polaroid, pretty much any excuse will do for a relink to The Branding of Polaroid, Paul Giambarba's first-hand account of the company's corporate image and product identity development. Required reading.
"The white plastic Swinger, with black and red accents, is now displayed in museums as an example of Pop Art, which was reaching its zenith at the time. Aiming for the 'youth' demographic, Polaroid pronounced it 'the camera for a whole new generation.'" —Michael Beschloss.
If you are at Comic Con, take a look in the skies for this flying R2-D2.
"Massimo Vignelli asked if we could make a watch without hour and minute hands."
A new table for the conference room?
Drop dead gorgeous and built here in our hometown of Chicago, the Floating Record Vertical Turntable. Want.
"...a complex arrangement of gears and cogs that can be used to perform a wide array of calculations by a combination of rotating and arranging an array of dials and sliders." Thanks to Things Magazine I've fallen into a rabbit-hole on The Curta Calculator.
Not open to the public, an inside peek at the Le Creuset factory.
"This is a coordinated, comprehensive design program, not just another ornamental badge to be stuck on a multitude of different products by countless personnel and sub-contractors." The history of the NASA "worm" logo.
Watching the assembly of the 2016 BMW 7 Series is sorta boring and hypnotizing at the same time.
Video-gamish preview of "America's next great rocket," NASA's Space Launch System.
Marian Bantjes goes deep on the aesthetics and awesome names of various types of barbed wire. For more, check the Devil's Rope episode of 99% Invisible. Clipped from Quipped.
"Hardly a new design style in sports, nor is it a new fad, roundel style primary logos can be traced back a cool one-hundred years to the 1915 Philadelphia Phillies." —Chris Creamer. Via Brand New.
The jury members have been heard from, now it's your turn, The 2015 Core77 Community Choice Prize.
PicturePhone: How Bell Telephone lost a half billion, but nearly created the internet. From EngineerGuy.
Related to the last. From the pebbly matte steel skin to the zippery feel of the margin controls and the interchangeable "golfball" element, the Selectric stands as an icon of industrial design and a shape that still defines an era of modern business. Check how it fits in the timeline history of the IBM Typewriter. The man responsible for the Selectric, and in many ways for corporate America embracing Modernism and design driven communications, is Eliot Noyes.
Leno takes a long look at one of three hand-built Koenigsegg Trevita CCXR supercars.
Djurdjic Winery packaging by Peter Gregson.
Exquisitely designed light bulbs from Buster + Punch.
Who is the Olivetti girl? And other questions can be answered with a simple, specific search at Design is Fine.
"...I was seized with terror when the 20-foot vehicle developed uneasy, oscillating swivels, with the tail wanting to wobble like a shopping cart's bad wheel." A test drive of the death-trap car designed by Buckminster Fuller, a recreated Dymaxion #1. All car reviews should be this fun.
"The aim was to recuperate the essence of the classic plastic chair. The reference of Robin Day's iconic chair was always present but with the added value of timber's warmth. The shell is then held by a wooden easel." Kuskoa line by Jean Louis Iratzoki. Sublime.
So cool, leather-core plywood.
One more, from Joshua Topolsky, You'll Want One, but You Don't Need One.
Here's the one you've been waiting for, John Gruber goes long on the Apple Watch after using one for a week.
"The Model S is a daring public experiment in automotive vision that has the impudence to make the finest, fastest luxury cars feel like Edwardian antiques. I know a lot of gear heads. The only ones who don't think the Model S is the best in the world haven't driven one."
Data is nature.
A Stella television set from Stern-Radio Stassfurt, photographed by Ben Garret. More information on this 1970 or 71 East German beauty.
"Reviving an old computer is like restoring a classic car: There's a thrill from bringing the ancient into the modern world. So it was with my first 'real' computer, my Mac Plus, when I decided to bring it forward three decades and introduce it to the modern Web." —Jeff Keacher.
A lecture by Antenna Design's Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger at the Vignelli Center at RIT.
"A logo is read; a pictorial symbol is viewed." Paul Rand's notes for a lecture in 1981, courtesy of Mr. Heller.
Nerd alert. How Apple Makes the Watch, by Greg Koenig, an expert and an excellent writer, decodes the 'making of' metallurgical videos presented at the launch. Best thing I've read all month.
"If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip Silicon Valley and book a ticket to Orlando. Go to Disney World. Then, reserve a meal at a restaurant called Be Our Guest, using the Disney World app to order your food in advance." —Cliff Juang
An adorable way to spread butter on your corn on the cob.
Tree trunk turntables.
Air & Space magazine's fantastic cockpit panoramas from inside some of the most iconic planes.
As soon as we figure out how to hydro-dip pocket notebooks, you'll be the first to know.
Six Colors on the : Apple Watch, and what we know so far.
Related to the last, a different small orange car. Don Dethlefsen's restoration of a 1973 BMW 2002tii.
Marc Newson's design for the 1999 concept car, the Ford 021C which, to be honest, is damn ugly.
Engadget reviews the new View-Master, a Mattel and Google collab. No more slide reels.
"Mechanism-wise you can intuit quite a bit about the whole system by watching that video. Note for example the way the rotary action causes a coil-uncoil with the middle whirrer, which uninvolves the pen gear, in turn causing the quirt to devilate, which itself leads to the essential pulsing grombus before the return hose coil inductor is repronged. Couldn't be simpler." A classic Paul Ford post on rotary phones.
Cute tipi lamps.
Love at first site. One of our favorite companies anywhere, Teenage Engineering has released a new line of pocket synthesizers that are just $60 per. Pocket Operators. As with everything from TA, the design is amazing.
Copiously illustrated post from DesignBoom on retrospective of 1960s Braun design, at Moda International in Paris. Beautiful.
Furniture made from seaweed and paper.
The Seaboard, from Roli. A rethink of the piano keyboard which enables "seamless transitions between discrete and continuous input, and captures three-dimensional gestures while simultaneously providing the user with tactile feedback." Just watch. Via Jim Dalrymple.
Related to the last, The 1973 Buick Apollo. Yowza.
Something really different, and beautiful, the au Fx0 Transparent Phone, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka.
Trick Mat. A fun idea from A.P. Works.
"The NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment."
The HB Lamp by Michael & George. So fun, sharp.
With new changeable type bars electric typewriters "really speak your language".
But can it tell time? The 1925 Henry Graves Supercomplication watch by Patek Philippe, as described in this entirely-too-dramatic video from Sotheby's.
Any second now...
Family Flight, a promo film by Airbus featuring five A350-900s.
Relink. Cloudpaint will take you back 30 years.
1. Driftwood from the ocean. 2. Found at a beach. 3. Marked with the coordinates. 4. Equipped with magnets. Genius.
TING's luxury leather flooring re-works vintage leather belts to create a beautiful, glossy and hardwearing surface.
Jim Hughes on The First International Paper Airplane Competition, from 1966.
Smooth, Gillette. Smooth.
Prototype for ZURI 01 Paperbot System, "a programmable robot made from paper and grey cardboard. This motion machine, conceived of as a kit, can be assembled with a few tools."
Modern Christmas trees.
Jeremy Mayer makes people out of typewriter parts.
Branding and identity for the Fort Point Beer Company by Manual in San Francisco.
The baby blanket, yeah, that one.
Growing up, I had a bunk bed. A boring, average, bunk bed. I would have loved to have had one like this.
Let's get some hamster wheel standing desks for the office.
Glowing circular swings in Boston.
Leica M Edition 60.
Aisle One on 5Boro's series of skateboard decks as an homage to VHS videotape packaging. Surprisingly awesome.
Zulkey's interview with Colin Furze, "the Thomas Edison of fart machines, magnet shoes, walls of death, and scooters that go 70 mph."
C-Clamps and other letters too.
"In celebration of the original British retro telephone, also known as the 'modern phone,' the 746 remake retains a vintage look and design featured in the 1967 edition."
Fiero + Harley = Fieri.
Related to the last post, anyone remember Think Big!?
Cute, mushroom shakers.
X to Close, interesting investigation on how an essential part of user interfaces came to be. Also, fabulous old OS screen grabs!
"Like so many Leica products though, the T hasn't been without controversy. People say that it's overpriced and say that it's beauty without any substance. Here are my thoughts." Andrew Kim reviews the Leica T in his Minimally Minimal fashion. Via Toke Nygaard.
Forgotten Chicago, The 12th Street Bridge That Never Was. Beautiful architectural rendering.
An epic tale of lies, deception, stolen work, and crappy logos, by Sacha Greif.
Theatrical Bamboo Lighting by Estudi Arola.
Shaping burgers since 1937. Hollymatic goes The Distance, by Wailin Wong.
GrandArmy's USPS branding and what might have been, by Mark Wilson.
An acorn speaker.
Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm.
A look at Japan's amazing new luxury train. Wowza.
A smashable concrete lamp.
Kottke on The Bike Brothers, a BBC doc on Jack, Ken and Norman Taylor, racers and bike builders.
The design process behind the New York City Football Club identity by Rafael Esquer and Alfalfa Studio.
Carlos Rambaldi's Alien Head.
"Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, is the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors. The film documents 'Putter' Cliff Denton literally a putter together of scissors." Via Colossal. Wonderful.
William Morgan on how we lost our way, regarding the design of license plates. Amen.
For drivers, ↑ works better than ↓.
New test flight footage from Space X's F9R rocket, which rises and then lands in the same spot again using fins.
From 1974, a promo film for the Volkswagen Beetle Mini-Camper. Some fun copywriting along the way.
"These chromolithographs come from a decorative arts book published in about 1910 (or a little later) called The Decorative Use of Wallpapers." —BibliOdyssey. Lovely.
Life is too short for ugly cars, Chromjuwelen.
If I were ever to wear a watch, it might be this one.
"Napkin Table designed by the graduate of the industrial design, Tunghai University in Taiwan and it is a product responding to the dining culture which is influenced by the modern technology."
Data is nature. Truly it is.
Alan Watts built a Wormhole Actualization Machine.
This holiday weekend, get the JAG Grill and make your guests cook their own damn food.
Break out the tie dye and patchouli, VW is bringing back the Microbus.
Count me as one of "the diehard fans of an obsolete piece of software who refuse to bow to the inevitable and switch to more modern alternatives." Freehand: The Software That Wouldn't Die.
Dig the look of the Cylo Bike.
"Our Artisan Canoe Paddles are made from solid cherry sourced from Northern Ontario. Each paddle is selected for its unique attributes and hand finished in our Montreal-based studio." —Norquay.
Span, a "modern timepiece" concept integrating analog and digital, from Box Clever.
"If I had been a photo-realist painter I would have tried to paint the numbers as they focused the light and the shadow on the inner surface of the peanut butter." Nicholson Baker presentation for Dcrit, Wrapping Sentences Around Things.
The Devon Tread 2 Timepiece. A crazy mechanical beauty.
Tons and tons of automobile design sketches. A great resource and a fun browse.
"The 901 and I were born in 1963. I came in with it, I'll go out with it." John Benton restores, races and remakes Porsches. This is his story, directed by Heath Mattioli. Via A Continuous Lean.
Nerd alert, The Mac Pro Daisy Chain Challenge, how many devices can you hook up to one Mac?
Furniture inspired by Japan's bondage fetish.
If you need some patterns of dogs rolled into your dough, here are some nifty laser-engraved rolling pins.
I'm not sure about a liquor made from chilis, but I'm positive that the branding by Sociedad Anonima for Ancho Reyes is tasty.
A clever 3D ad running in a Columbian newspaper.
"We have poles on this floor so the floor above won't fall down on this floor." In response to The Barbarian Group's agency tour video showing off their fancy new offices, Barton F. Graf 9000 made one of their own.
Call me skeptical but, One Ring To Rule It All... By Bluetooth, by Kat Bauman.
"To create and design for all the wrong reasons." kkstudio's The Uncomfortable, a collection of intentionally-irritating design.
A look at the Seven Stars, a super-luxury rail car line in Japan.
Work begins in Amsterdam on DUS Architects' 3D printed house, the world's first.
"Legends. These are the truly great, revolutionary products that change everything. They elevate themselves from being merely a design icon to a cultural icon. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 introduced in 1979 is one of those legends." A great, copiously illustrated post by Andrew Kim. Via Large Hearted Boy.
"Our challenge was to design packaging for a series of 3 guitar effect pedals marking the 35th anniversary of the release of Van Halen's debut album." — Jimmy Dunlop.
For BB, the Vespa Segway.
Smart rearview mirror, from Nissan.
Game Frame is a grid of 256 ultra-bright LED pixels, perfect for showcasing pixel art and old school video game graphics.
"...artistic taste in selection and arrangement of type faces and pictures, grammar, spelling and appropriateness of copy." An utterly charming post by Jennifer Kennard on Superior Marking Equipment's "The Cub," a tiny printing press marketed to kids and other aspiring press barons in the 50s.
Learning from SciFi, Wearable Control Panels, from Make It So.
Robot riding a fixie, bet it blow through stoplights too.
Interesting study of touch interactivity for car dashboard controls by Matthaeus Krenn.
Here's a review of the FourSevens XM18 Maelstrom, a flashlight/searchlight that puts out 15,000 lumens of light.
Renault concept car, complete with quadrocopter.
"The technique of marbling entails floating colours on a liquid and mixing them by chemical and physical means to achieve a pattern. A sheet of paper is placed on the pattern and is then removed, essentially forming a monotype print." BibliOdyssey on Marbled Paper Designs.
Regular Car Reviews takes on the 2006 Mazda RX-8. Some of the best Wankel jokes you're likely to hear all day.
Half for you, half for them.
Select potential customers are given this Audi Test Drive Cube. Once they press the start button, the clock begins to count down, reaching zero when a new Audi A8 is delivered to the cube-holder for a 24 test drive.
Terrific read from Rebecca Burns in Politico, "The Day We Lost Atlanta," about how it wasn't the snow that shut the city down, it was decades of terrible urban planning across the country. Atlanta just had the misfortune of being the poster child.
You'll start this real estate tour video thinking, "Who would want a mini-train on their property?" but then very quickly transition to, "I wish I had a mini-train on my property."
"Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste — Z, X, C, V." Special, by John Gruber.
"When it rains it pours."
Get in the car.
Garamond and Helvetica eyeglasses from (of course) Japan.
D is for DeLorean, Dodo, Darth Vader, and Dalek.
Related to the last, an Eames promotional film on the Polaroid SX-70.
Polaroid's tiny cube.
Audioklassiks vintage hi-fi equipment from the 60s and 70s. So beautiful.
Toyota FT-1 Concept.
First Car Illustration, Carlos at Cartype checks out a sweet service for the car lover who has everything, custom illustrations of that one car you had and loved. Hmm, do I really want a picture of an early 70s Celica?
"We got this over Christmas. It's a handy little tool for opening that horrible sealed plastic packaging that's everywhere these days."
Pioneer SD-1100 Scope Display, stereo unit, 1972, as 3D paper model. Nerdiest thing I ever posted?
The "Moonshot Factory." Core77 goes behind the scenes with the design team at Google X.
Architecture for Dogs.
Nendo redesigns the chopstick.
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater. Via ISO50.
1962 Volkswagen T1 (Split Window) bus modified with a 500 Bhp Porsche 993 Twin Turbo engine, and Porsche 996 GT3 six-speed gear box. Holy shit. Here's what it looks like on the outside. Via Bodie Stroud.
From pet rocks to iPads, 50 Years 50 Toys.
2015 Ford Mustang. Bam.
1970 De Tomaso Mangusta Coupe.
A funded Kickstarter project by Kano. A computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. "Simple as Lego, powered by Pi."
"A minimalistic, unconventional, retrofuturistic analog GIF player, handmade with passion, precision and patience in Italy." The Giphoscope by Officina K.
Coin. One card to rule them all. Brilliant idea.
The Rio 2016 Olympic pictograms are lovely.
This silly Huffington Post collection of architectural renderings, "This Is What New York City Could Look Like In 2033," fails to mention the most exciting thing about this exciting future: it will always be bright and sunny!
Core 77 takes a look at old school coffee mills made by Peugeot.
The new Nikon Df looks just great.
So you know, putting wine in a beer can is not as simple as it sounds.
Math, magic and design. I found these new German playing cards impossible to resist. Cha-ching.
Luggage tags made of reclaimed truck tubes.
Form in fact, does follow function. Rogues' Gallery and the "Farming Cars" of Awaji Island, by Shogo Jimbo for PingMag.
Need a keychain?
1970 Orange catalog.
Nice video preview of the previously mentioned new book Iconic, which catalogs every single Apple product.
Donhou Bicycles in London builds custom bikes and wanted to see how fast they could go. Turns out the answer is very fast.
"The arm of the bench acts as the focal point of the piece and casts a shadow that works as the hour hand of the sundial." Core77 on the Shadow Memories Bench/Sundial.
Tikker is a wrist watch that counts down your life from years to seconds, and motivates you to make the right choices.
Great rundown by Chris Ziegler for The Verge, The Amazing Products of Weird Sony.
Handsets for your iPhone from Native Union. Smart.
Swell work from Someoddpilot, a rebranding for our pals at Sound Opinions. Bam.
Sweet video of the design development of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. Thanks Marshall.
Just the needle and the numbers, Chevrolet Speedometer Design from 1941 to 2011. Like our main image today, this by way of Christian Annyas.
From Jessica Svendsen: "Every day for 100 days, I redesigned a canonical Josef Müller-Brockmann poster according to four criteria: line, circle, movement, and sound."
The Minox Riga, the first true subminiature spy camera from 1936. Sweet.
The Royal Mail celebrates British automotive design with this series of stamps. One of those MGs, please.
Fun animation and really nice sound design: 108 Years of Herman Miller (in 108 Seconds).
Graft is a series of bioplastic disposable tableware designed to look like plants.
Formzoo's sweet identity for Gybe, a German racing team.
The 1939 Pontiac plexiglass ghost car.
Rethinking electric cars, the i3 from BMW. Very interesting.
Finally found the perfect gift for my son's first birthday next month: the Crazy Cart.
Noted without comment. 1970s Skyline GTR.
AeroVelo's "Atlas" won the Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition by thinking big.
"Syd Mead didn't work on The Empire Strikes Back, but he made a significant contribution nonetheless, when his designs for US Steel ended up informing the imperial walkers deployed on Hoth."
The Bike Craze of the 1890s.
A new site featuring iconic industrial and product design by Richard Sapper.
A nice collection of packaging for 25 Craft Beers at The Dieline. Love the bittle for Ippon Matsu.
A great chat by a longtime CP friend: Chris Glass' talk from the Cincinnati chapter of Creative Mornings. Do yourself a favor and put aside the next 45 minutes.
Jeongwon Ji has made her own bioplastic from crab shells.
You know you need this.
Ooohh, they made a wristwatch.
Think of it as a really big Lego kit. The Camatte57 concept car from Toyota is a "build-it-yourself" model.
So you know, what's inside Google Glass. Star Simpson tears one down.
As James just tweeted, "The original Game Boy box art from '89 sure was awesome."
Core77 on Elon Musk's latest idea, The Hyperloop, a fanciful, futuristic transportation system that echoes an idea from the Rand Corporation. See also Logan's Run, sort of.
Core77 on Victor Johansson and the thinking behind his circular Ceramic Stereo design.
Teddy's photostream is chock full of industrial design greatness as embodied by plastic, lamps, TVs, radios, clocks and ball speakers from 60's & 70's. And, especially the magnificent Sony TR-1825 from 1970
io9 has a nice roundup of automatons, the predecessors of the early 20th century electronic robots.
MS: "Can I get one of these?" JC: "No." MS: "But NASA says it will boost my productivity!"
Volocopter VC1, an electric "multi-copter."
Quite likely the only nice thing I will say about Detroit during the next couple weeks, Shinola Watches are sweet and made in Motown.
The winners of the 2013 National Design Awards have been announced and include Paula Scher and local firm, Studio Gang Architects.
"I have a follower who likes Nikon schematics, so I scanned a few from an old French magazine."
Even though this hasn't been updated in a long time, I visit this gallery of early Atari industrial design drawings regularly.
The Me.We, a Toyota concept car by Jean-Marie Massaud. Crazy, but sort of adorable too.
Kottke on the Design of Cattle Brands. Great.
"Dealership emblem salvaged from my first vehicle. The 1967 Plymouth Belvedere was my mom's daily driver until 1981, when I inherited it in high school. The slant six threw a rod in 1986 and I ended up storing the car outside for at least another decade. I finally realized that I would never get around to repairing (let alone restoring) this creaky, old Mopar." —Grant Hutchinson.
An admirable project from Bethany Heck, The HalfLiner, a beautifully designed baseball scorebook.
In response to this Godawful thing, Core77 reminds us that the best-looking-ever U.S. money was designed in the 1890s. Amen to that.
Oh, for Christ sakes.
"Since its debut in 1951, the Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair- - a body-embracing wonder designed by Charles and Ray Eames- - has come a long way. The first unupholstered chair to be mass-produced in plastic, it has metamorphosed into a wiry creature, learned to rock, gone to school, entered the workforce as quintessential office furniture and found its way back into the canon of high design."
Mid-Century Modern Freak.
Looks like the US has lost the race to build the first working time machine.
"Current camera devices are steeped in antiquated gestalt." Jared Mankelow's Conran Camera Concept.
To support the increasing number of cyclists in Zurich, Switzerland, the government--with the help of designers--has unveiled a 'drive-in' for bicycles.
A classic Raymond Loewy logo heads for the ash tray, Lucky Strike rebrands. LSMFT.
A look at the impressive, mechanical, full of hidden drawers Berlin Secretary Cabinet owned by King Fredrick William II in the early 1800s, and designed by Abraham and David Roentgen.
A nice look back at the last twenty years of The History of Rotoscoping in After Effects. Lots and lots of hours spent with a big bunch of those iterations.
An Aqua Velvet Logo Collection, Billows & Curves, 1970s.
When you dip the egg into your carton of paperclips it comes out looking like and egg sitting in a nest.
Hotello, the portable hotel room.
The new Finnish passport has a moose animation.
Related to today's main link, The Tamiya Volkswagen Type 2 Wheelie. Boss.
We definitely need one of these for the studio.
Mug Tray by ideaco.
Great. Now they've taught the Boston Dynamics robot how to throw bricks. Next is implementing its human-catching nets and brain-scrambling ray?
The Sports Car, The Laptop And The Science Behind The Golden Proportion, by Anthony Wing Kosner, for Forbes.
An explanation of how that familiar got to be that way: "Why the School Bus Never Comes in Red or Green."
"He was a scientist - he wasn't a showman, although I think he rather liked the involvement of his technology in the world of entertainment." RIP Petro Vlahos, blue and green-screen effects pioneer.
Relink. New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, Unimark International, New York 1970. Only fabulous. Via Swissmiss.
"Rely contains a sleeping bag and light shelter, a bottle of water, a lighting tool, a stool, tableware, and toiletries. All the components are rolled up into a hexagon-shaped cylinder that can be zipped up and carried on one's back with the help of straps."
Think I need one of these for my office wall.
Piamo is a microwave espresso maker.
The handsome City Bike from State Bicycle Co.
A fun demo of the quality of the motion capture "Depth Analysis" software used in the game: L.A. Noire Gag Reel.
Antrepo redesigns modern companies' logos using the line-based text and extended outlines that were popular with Japanese camera companies in the '70s and '80s.
"As we descend deeper down the rabbit hole of lid support design, it appears that many of the variations are attempts to save plastic." A Large Pepperoni, and Don't Skimp on the Cheese, by Paul Lukas.
The Blop Lamp, a shapeless mass made from paint chips.
Sweet (and unexpected) update to the Swedish market 7-Eleven branding by BVD. Let's move it over to the states please.
From the archives of the Artificial Language Laboratory: "Donald Sherman orders a pizza using a talking computer, Dec 4, 1974."
Daniel Libeskind will lead the first course through the free online school offshoot of Leuphana University in Germany: "ThinkTank: Ideal City of the 21st Century."
We totally need a squishy monster fishy for the office.
Really clever and great idea for my next dinner party.
Eames House timeline. Fab.
This should fit in the corner of my office quite nicely.
Lina-Marie Köppen's Learn To Unlearn project shows how everyday objects might look – if we knew nothing about them.
The latest in a long history of collaborations between LaCie and Philippe Starck: the Blade Runner external drive.
Pretty sure this will fit on the deck.
Cool electric bike concept, The nCycle by designers Skyrill and Marin Myftiu.
Fifteen minutes of b-roll from 1982 from inside a Bally/Midway factory as workers assemble Ms. Pac-Man machines.
Classic JBL speaker designs as selected by Scott Hansen. Amen.
Ambigu is the easiest clock to adjust for daylight saving time.
Pinokio likes attention.
Gorgeous, the Brick Alarm Clock.
The 365 Knitting Clock by Sirene Elise Wilhelmsen is stitching the time as it passes by.
The Donky Bike, a bicycle that moves the cargo load off of the handle bars and onto the frame, allowing you to both haul bunches of stuff while also managing to keep safely steering.
Created By Us, a newly launched web series profiling interesting things being made by interesting people here in Chicago.
Designers and their lights, 1950-1985.
Staying with this week's occasional Otl Aicher focus, here's a short doc on the design and identity for Lufthansa, 1962.
Bravo OMFG, Bravo.
Ever dreamed of nesting in a tree?
Armin on the Winter Olympic Games pictograms for Sochi.
Let's all pause for a second to appreciate the DS Citroen.
Veerle got a new bike so, of course, she recreated it in Illustrator. Sweet ride.
Autographer, an "intelligent, wearable camera." A sweet design and an interesting combination of features and specs, due in November.
Aside from an OP-1 from Teenage Engineering I now have to get a 3-D printer so I can print my own replacement parts. So cool. Via Waxy.
Custom Designs Gallery and Construx Creations! show off things built using the Fisher-Price toy series, Construx. Sure, it was a somewhat blatant Lego knock-off, but growing up in my house, it ruled supreme.
LEGO Great Ball Contraption. Wow.
Really? C'mon, really?
Apropos of nothing. Wild Dragster Bike from Popular Mechanics, July 1969. Via Chromjuwelen En Route.
For SD, the Bubble Baby Bed.
Why would you buy a plain old ukulele when you could get one shaped like an avocado?
"This camera will be the mother of all limited editions based on one simple fact: only a single unit of the camera will ever be produced." That, and the fact that it's to be designed by Jonathan Ive.
Well, we do need a larger kitchen table in the studio...
Great new episode of Depth of Speed, this time featuring a Datsun wagon.
A terrific adaptation of classic hotel key tags: Three Potato Four's Secret Club Tags.
Luminch One is an interactive lamp controlled by the movements of your hand.
Hidden Radio. The further you lift the cap the louder it gets.
The blade of this simple, contemporary handmade letter opener is constructed from a fusion of 100% post consumer recycled paper and a clear, 100% water-based resin made using cashew nut shells.
Practical Motorhome reviews the VW Doubleback Camper. Would love to take this up to my favorite spot at Gov. Dodge State Park.
"He has designed chairs, restaurants, boutiques, cars, planes, and even a spaceship. For Australian industrial designer Marc Newson, the sky is no limit." Daily Icon on a new monograph, Marc Newson: Complete Works. Looks great.
Bobby on the design of the London Olympics medals.
"Solving for y is as simple as typing your name." Great post from Codex 99 on The HP-35 Scientific Pocket Calculator.
This clearly can't be a good development for humanity: video of the Shark Robot in action.
Designing 007, fifty years of James Bond style.
Core77 2012 Design Award winners. Lots to love here.
A beautiful, simple weather app that you don't even need to go to the iTunes store to download: Sun.
We could use a few of these bike racks in the studio.
Orange. Definitely the Orange.
Selling Olympic branded merch, circa 1972. Fab.
"The idea of painting with light had become a reality." Quantel Paintbox Demo, 1990.
Egmont Arens: Ever Hear of Him? Thankfully Steven Heller has.
Weird: the Steadicam Smoothee for iPhones.
An interesting and in-depth making of the Madonna Super Bowl halftime show from Moment Factory, the Canadian company who put it all together. The projection stuff is fascinating.
Have an extra million bucks laying around? Get yourself a restored genuine PT Boat.
Interesting ongoing series from Slate about where and how the things we use came to be. The Evolution of Everyday Objects.
A series of concept designs for the Orbit, a more compact and efficient food cart for airplanes.
A story about an ill-fated, semi-autonomous employee of an Italian restaurant in Tokyo: "The Rise and Fall of Ken-chan, the Robot Waiter."
Cute spot for the Pannier Skaterack, which helps you carry your skateboard on your bike.
1961's future is swanky, according to Motorola.
Shape as a brand attribute by David Airey. See also Brand Spirit from Andrew Miller, "every day for 100 days, I will paint one branded object white, removing all visual branding, reducing the object to its purest form." Fabulous.
SoupStudio's tear-off top Post-Itable.
Sagmeister Inc. has become Sagmeister & Walsh, a change which was announced with a set of decidedly revealing images. Probably NSFW, unless you work there.
Mid-Century furniture by Arne Vodder.
LiquiGlide, a solution for getting all liquids out of bottles; most notably: ketchup.
A "hotel of the future" concept by Pentagram's Daniel Weil, which automatically orients a hotel's bed in the same direction as the one they sleep in at home, thus helping to fight off jet lag. The Way You Sleep.
A strangely hypnotic demonstration of new soft-body physics for video games.
And just like that, I realize I need an axe. Lovely.
Touchscreen minus the touch part.
Designer scooter helmets.
The Hornster, a "bicycle equipped with a horn that is louder than Concorde."
While the OutRun Augmented Reality Driving Video Game is certainly interesting, the most impressive part of the whole thing has to be its inventor's grant writing skills.
So simple. Stamp for check list from Muji. Check.
A collection of Fortune covers from the magazine's annual '500' rankings issues, starting with July 1955.
If you like it, then you should put a ring in it.
For MS, Booh shakers.
It's the Lamborghini of bicycles. No, it really is.
A nice collection of wood housewares by French collective Y'a Pas le Feu au Lac.
I'll say this, going black and white with a pro sports logo is a bold choice, and it's going to sell a ton of swag. Hello Brooklyn.
A handful of strange automobiles spotted on the set of Michel Gondry's latest, Mood Indigo.
A working, full-size 737 flight simulator in a suburban garage.
What time is it? Want.
For $12,000 you figure you bought top-of-the-line speakers. Until you meet the guy who just dropped that much on speaker cables.
The future may include Breadfast.
For MS: Chop Salt & Pepper.
Power pylons Core77 would like to see.
Randy Sarafan made an energy saving light that turns off when you close your eyes.
Things Christen Carter learned from researching the history of buttons, an Ignite Talk from ORD Camp.
QlockTwo by Biegert & Funk. We have their wall clock, this is the watch version of "time in words."
Forbes on technology to help improve cell phone audio quality, but hampered by a terrible name: HD Voice. Though I suppose that's better than "Noise Gate Voice," which would be more accurate.
Nao Matsumoto created hundreds of middle finger candles to protest nuclear power in Japan.
Footage of the maiden voyage of the PAL-V, a Dutch-built flying car.
Put to use Brandon Setter's excellent DIY camera dolly plans this weekend and everything turned out great. Comes highly recommended.
A 92% bamboo keyboard.
A quick game of Plate Roulette decides who pays for the pizza.
Glitches are the new stitches.
A stylish leather seat bag for your bike.
This video of the Bachelor Thesis project of Tobias Precht and Jonas Kimmelmann needs no translation, they've developed An Interactive Tool for Schools that is friendly and entertaining and the proposed user interface is pretty much the best thing ever. Via DMiG.
Alice Rawsthorn on the demise of the pocket calculator.
"To bake a nice loaf of bread you only need flour, water, yeast, sugar and oil. Every spoon is for one ingredient, you can see this on the side of the handle." Bread spoons for MS.
An Audi concept car that uses OLED lighting.
Some fun proposed hallway makeovers for the Lyon airport in France.
Interesting look at the various iterations of a recent issue of the NY Times Magazine: "Fiddling with the Irish Cover."
"Got that? We're talking about children's toys built by an AI scientist from where Siri was born, that tracks human movement, can interact with spoken words, is connected to the web and mobile by an engineer with a world-beating scalability background, promoted by an early advocate of blog publishing software that changed the world and designed by people behind the most popular children's movies in history." Yowza.
"It's been a great hobby thus far, dreaming up - building all sorts of different miniature equipment from kits or from scratch for this 'mining' project." Digging out a basement using only RC trucks and tractors.
Brian Jewett makes bowls out of rolls of tickets.
A new desk for BB.
Printed a year before the attack on the Eastern Front: a German-Russian Translation Guide from 1940.
To help celebrate Helsinki being named 2012's World Design Capital, the Kauko coffee shop has opened in a popular mall. All the drinks are free, but the heights of the chairs and tables, the lighting, and the music are all controlled by visitors to their site, making for an interesting and unpredictable experience. More info here.
Yourtime, Worldtime, Timer, and Alarm. All in an innovative graphical interface. The Nooka App for iPhone.
'Tis the season for this sort of post: FotA Steven Heller, Debbie Millman, and Alice Twemlow offer up commentary on the 2012 campaign logos.
"I suspect that a consultant has convinced too many companies that it's best to have as few moving parts as possible and therefore the future will be all about unsatisfying pokes and swipes at lifeless stretches of glass." Touching the Void, by Tyler Brûlé.
Ross Anderson on Why Apple Should Start Making a 3D Printer Right Now for The Atlantic. The article focuses on our occasional co-conspirator Brendan Dawes and Field Notes gets a shout too. Thanks for that.
Star Trek Enterprise NCC 1701-C coffee table.
Jalopnik's great effort to ban the check engine light in cars.
"Nothing else, simply time." White & White LED Clock by Kibardindesign.
The Solar Bottle Bulb. Developed by MIT to help bring interior lighting to developing countries.
A table full of secret compartments.
Lukas Peets' Hanging Clock.
Photoluminescent objects by Lucedentro.
"For better or worse, construction materials, methods, and dimensions are quite homogenized in the United States. From the 2x4 wall studs to the cheap light switches, it seems that when building a wall, location is really the only decision left to make. The utilitarian relationship between these standard materials, dimensions, and parts comes together to create a modern icon that is hidden in plain sight. By deriving its character directly from this set of rules, the American Standards Lamp's is instantly familiar and intuitive to use."
We need a few of these in the studio for post-lunch food comas.
Gah! It's so cute! I think I need one of these for my desk.
The perfect stool for time out.
A look at the new London Bus design.
The grass filled picNYC dining room table. Just supply your own ants and you're all set.
For CalArts online holiday card, they built a slightly spooky robot that plays a slightly spooky version of Jingle Bells.
By pointing out errors in posters, greeting cards, wrapping paper, and so on, the Campaign for Real Snowflakes hopes illustrators and designers begin adhering to the scientific fact that snowflakes can only have 3, 6 or 12 sides.
A short chat with Mark Matuszak, the designer of the Obama's holiday card.
A gorgeous set of white ceramic humidifiers.
"Can I take a bullet? Do I look good after I've taken a bullet?" I have been thinking a little about getting a new bag for carrying my laptop and other stuff while traveling. Lucky for me Rands has been thinking a lot about it.
"An architect in the audience asked: 'What is graphic design?' Brownjohn replied: 'I am.'" An interesting piece by Alice Rawsthorn about Robert Brownjohn: "The Man Who Broke the Record on 'Let It Bleed'."
Koostik is the natural alternative to electronically amplified iPhone sound docks.
Mototype on The Honda Motor Compo. Awww.
"Back in the summer of 1990 Pepsi released some limited edition 'Cool Cans.' I was 14 years old, and I clearly remember going nuts for these things." —James White.
From the pebbly matte steel skin to the zippery feel of the margin controls and the interchangeable "golfball" element, the Selectric stands as an icon of industrial design and a shape that still defines an era of modern business. Check how it fits in the
timeline history of the IBM Typewriter. The man responsible for the Selectric, and in many ways for corporate America embracing Modernism and design driven communications, is Eliot Noyes. Maybe you don't know him? Maybe you should.
Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper.
Design Story: The Decanter, "a promotional film produced by Walter Landor and Associates in the 1960s, shows the start-to-finish process of several designs for Old Fitzgerald whiskey. Narrated by Walter himself." Charming. Thanks Reilly.
"The Featherfighter MK 1: the world's first low-altitude, avian-pursuit plane, bristling with compressed-air guns, water cannon, and loudspeakers blaring recorded 'Shoo! Shoo! Shoo!' warnings." Bruce McCall writes about and illustrates some lesser known experimental aircraft. North Korea's N-78 Flying Cloud is just fantastic.
We only sell Dieter Rams designs and Braun products issued between 1955 and 1995, the period of Rams' office as Braun's Director of Design. Das Programm.
If you've just wrecked your Ferrari but you're also in need of a new coffee table, today's your lucky day.
Lego clock. Nuff said. Mesmerizing.
Really want one of these for the studio's kitchen.
A faithful recreation of Girl Skateboards' Modern Chair Series from the late '90s.
Karton's simple, sturdy tables, beds and shelves. Made from cardboard.
We've got a soft spot for vintage manuals and instruction books so the Lunar Rover Operations Handbook prepared by LRV Systems Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama on April 19, 1971 has really caught our attention. It's a geeky read and the handmade nature of the charts and diagrams prepared for a very small list of operators are lovely. It's part of The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, edited by Eric M. Jones and Ken Glover.
The Sony TR-1825 Radio. Scott Hansen appreciates a classic piece of industrial design.
A sunken pedestrian bridge in the Netherlands.
Love this collection of wood home goods.
The GroundBot is watching.
"The only reason your mind doesn't explode every morning from the sheer awesomeness of your balletic achievement is that everyone else in the world can do this as well." A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design, by Bret Victor. A fun read and very smart. Via Craig Hockenberry
This past week, I got to ride Perugia's Minimetro. Some video of nearly the whole route, as well as audio of the fantastic sci-fi humming noise it makes, here (unfortunately it stops before they get to the even more sci-fi looking tunnels).
"One divided by eight equals six." The Juuri Glass Series by Sarah Böttger.
Walkmen. Photos by Grant Hutchinson.
"The Bottle Lock is not designed for drinking unless you are a Transformer and your favorite beverage is braided steel." So smart. Cha-ching, just ordered.
Quick video from NASA on "Curiosity," the new Mars Rover.
Relink for Coop. These Antique Radio Dials are beautiful. Some are backlit and some opaque but they all are attempting to organize the same information in a way that makes physical sense for dial-based tuning while making it easy for users to understand. UI problems are rarely new, and it sometimes makes sense to look back to see the way forward.
Last Clock, with hands that are made from slices of live video.
"Factory 20 is a multi-disciplinary art and design collective which strives to create an ever-evolving nonlinear consumer lifestyles collection." In other words, they collect really unique and amazing things. Case in point, this Industrial Infinite Drawer Cabinet. Via Core77.
Colin from Van writes, "For your consideration, a tumblr devoted to the writing instruments people use on a regular basis. It seems like something that might be right up your alley."
The Pen I Write With. Thanks for that.
Gorgeous: the Barcelona bird feeder.
From the pebbly matte steel skin to the zippery feel of the margin controls and the interchangeable "golfball" element, the IBM Selectric stands as an icon of industrial design and a shape that still defines an era of modern business. The designer? Eliot Noyes. Maybe you don't know him? Maybe you should.
In helping to make a mundane task more bearable: turning a washing machine into an arcade game.
Want. Thanks Jeff!
A design Q&A with Charles Eames.
Hairdresser tools from 1928. SE, remember the machine in the building that looked like image 6?
An account of biscuit stamping, communion wafers, and whether the Oreo's success hinges on its links to the Freemasons. By Nicola Twilley.
Thomas Thwaites' The Toaster Project, wherein he attempted to build a toaster from scratch, down to physically mining the needed materials, has been turned into a book, set to come out later this year.
Finally, a pairing the world has desperately been waiting for: Ice Cube Celebrates Ray & Charles Eames.
Half Wolf, Half Dragon, a Whole Lot of Awesome, Armin on Bitdfender's identity redesign including a sweet process video.
Some great archival photos of the Electroliners that once ran on Chicago's North Shore Line.
Jan Gunneweg's wooden bike.
English Black Iced Tea version please.
AT Lamps by studio juju.
Popular Science gives us their picks for the best gadgets of September.
Scans of the McDonaldland Specification Manual, a style guide from the 1970s for the fast food giant's various characters.
"Urban Camper is a collection of lighting objects and installation present by designer/student Chieh-Ting Huang. Aiming to create an urban camping experience, people can gather around the campfire and celebrate the beauty and the brightness that lighting brought to us." Via MoCo Loco.
Shrine of Apple: awesome photos and video of every Apple product ever.
Popular Mechanics presents their Backyard Genius 2011 winners; the year's best DIY creations.
Building a small device to mute your TV anytime keywords like "Kardashian" or "Palin" come up in the close captioning: Enough Already: Silencing Celebs.
For MS, the only daddy longlegs that should be in your home.
A cedar Mid-Century bird house.
From Core77, Bike Safety Lighting System, Part 4: Revolights. Smart.
A door handle with a built in LED flashlight.
Bike Fixtation, self-service bike repair. Yowza, solid idea. Because sometimes you just need a pedal wrench and nothing else will do.
PSFK on the history of the Budweiser can design.
Gorgeous, the Legion Pallet Table.
For the 21st Century, cell phone-equipped wanderer, here's how to make QR Hobo Codes. For the old school, traditional method, we recommend consulting the inside cover of our Field Notes Steno Pad.
"Michael Bierut and team created a customized program of environmental graphics, including a massive landmark sign on the building's facade and an interior program of wayfinding and identification signage." Via Dan Pink.
Known as "The Meatball" and "The Worm," the story behind NASA's two logos.
Analog hi-fidelity equipment porn.
Mouse over this Illustrator file of a classic Nagra IV-S by Yukio Miyamoto. Drool.
Antonio Carusone on the NASA Graphic Standards Manual from 1976, by Danne & Blackburn.
The Sasa Clock aims to bring the benefits of ancient African concepts of time to our modern lives. Rather than being dominated by time, it encourages us to relax and let time flow. "Sasa," in African Kiswahili culture, means "What is now."
A look at the making of Leica's lenses helps explain why they cost what they do.
So, there's my jetpack.
"This blog features the groundbreaking research and technology that GE has been developing since the days of Edison. Follow us here for a look inside our research labs, manufacturing plants, and archives, as we explore 130 years of innovation."
Wow, how can I just be learning about the BMW Isetta from the 1950s? A great idiosyncratic design supported by excellent promotional print materials. Much more in this post from Jim Hughes at Codex 99.
Boris Bally makes chairs out of old street signs.
Affordable cardboard furniture.
"By using the sun's rays instead of a laser and sand instead of resins, I had the basis of an entirely new solar-powered machine and production process for making glass objects that taps into the abundant supplies of sun and sand to be found in the deserts of the world." Markus Kayser's SolarSinter
Amazingly, even slower than As Slow As Possible, information on the Jeff Bezos' funded project in the Sierra Diablo Mountain Range: the 10,000 Year Clock. More firsthand info about its construction here.
Polaroid's SX-70: The Art and Science of the Nearly Impossible, by Harry McCracken. Great story, well told. Via Daring Fireball.
Mitsubishi Electric's "Geo-Cosmos" is the world's first large-scale spherical OLED.
"Stepping away from previous DJ centric performances, and instead providing a large scale live audio/visual experience," a behind the scenes look at building the massive set for Amon Tobin's current tour. Wish it were coming to Chicago.
American streamlined design.
Dieter Rams on Ives and Apple.
Ooh la la, a limited-edition veneer Vespa.
Red Pop from our pal and occasional co-conspirator, Brendan Dawes. Given the team that developed the idea, you expect it to be be useful, beautiful, simple and smart. You'd be right. It's an ingeneous big red button for your iPhone. We're kicking it started, you should too.
Now that's the hovercraft for me.
The City Boy Picnic Grill.
Project Aura, a lighting system for your bicycle that uses Smart LEDS inside the wheels that "change from red when slowing down to white when going at cruising speed." Intended safety purpose aside, it also just looks really cool. Via Doobybrain.
Released from the "carrier aircraft" at 51,500 feet, Virgin's SpaceShip2 successfully tested its re-entry or "feathered" configuration by rotating its tail section to 65 degrees and then gliding down. Via It's Okay To Be Smart.
Vitamin T's Ad Agency Bloodline.
1968 illustration of a Soviet Supersonic SST Jetliner.
"Patrick, a 24-year-old Austrian, decided to have his dysfunctional hand amputated and replaced with a bionic hand. He lost the use of his left hand after being electrocuted at work."
Related to the last, James May of Top Gear interviews Margaret Calvert, the designer of modern road signs in the UK. Starts at about 2:10.
The USB Typewriter, "a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence."
Definitely not the iPhone dock for me.
Nautilus is a bookshelf inspired by the life long need for growth through learning. As an heirloom object, it contains only the family's most valued books.
Poemas del rio Wang looks at the history of the stroller and the cart.
A few choice photos from the Less And More Dieter Rams Exhibition at Design Museum.
Turn your iPad into an arcade game. Fab.
"A treat never experienced before. Gives the fullest illusion of a sea or river bath. Absolutely no water splashing in the room... Specially recommended for invalids, delicate people, and children." The "Nautilus" Wave & Rocking Bath is a steal at just £4.
Brand New on the "look of the games" for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, created by Bosco Sports. Previous BN update.
"I bought a handheld stylus that I embedded in the plaster nose. The plaster comes mixed with fibers that make it look hairy." Finger-Nose Stylus for Touch Screens.
To celebrate the company's 125th anniversary, Coca-Cola has hired a series of designers to make limited-edition cans. Here's from James Jarvis and the pin-up series from Bulletproof. Via Doobybrain.
A Knight-Ridder produced video offering a view of tablet computing from 1994. Outside of the stylus, it's remarkably iPad-similar.
Black Design Associates' mock-up of concept combining a Leica camera and an iPhone. While we're at it, a relink to The WVIL, "Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens," which was created by Artefact Group. Via ISO50.
Step-by-step instructions on making your own Eames-inspired drinking glasses.
Whaddayknow? "Bob and Joe Switzer, two brothers born in Montana and raised in California, experimented with fluorescent dyes and hot alcohol in the 1930s until they created what we now know as 'Day-Glo' colors." Thanks fellas. Via Kirstin Butler.
"Euthanasia Coaster" is a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being.
An illustrated history of Lego packaging, from Codex xcix.
Growing up and maybe losing the cute? The 2012 VW Beetle was unveiled in NYC this morning. I dig it.
Cars the US Government says you cannot have.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Concept.
The only thing that could possibly follow that last "pointy boots" link is one for the Superbus. Those first two sections of narration makes the whole thing feel like a Look Around You sketch. Via Doobybrain.
Well, well, well, look who's back.
I haven't been tinkering under a car since high school, but I still desperately want a Dexter Work Sled. Video of it in action, here. They're likely to sell lots to the Best Made axe crowd. Via Doobybrain.
"Some of the decisions my Dad made on that board might have impacted the Rand children's school, at best." Design Info on learning how close to Paul Rand's house he used to live.
Not sure I'd want to eat it as it got near the bottom and definitely not if someone else borrowed it, but fun none the less: Dave Hakkens' Edible Pen.
The Wall Street Journal rightly touts the appeal of the gorgeous Brionvega ts522 radio. Want.
A look inside President Obama's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or "secret tent."
A simple premise takes an unexpected detour down a dark alley. The Committee is a limited-edition by the Auditorium Toy Co. which was "founded with the intention of celebrating the elegance of simple designs fabricated by historical craftsmanship." Wow, we'll be keeping an eye on Brad Denboer.
Love these, Museum of Robots Rocket salt and pepper shakers.
FotA and former Guest Editor Rob Walker's piece for Slate: "'Help Japan' T-Shirts and Posters: Can Good Design Help the Beleaguered Country?"
Paperclips, not packed in oil.
Time-lapse of a Virgin Atlantic 747 being repainted.
Object for the Display of Memories, from Mr. Dawes. Simple. Perfect.
For MS, Fluo salt & pepper shakers.
The Most Useless Machine, made from oak, walnut and aluminum.
Aaron Melander and Phil Clark's work on materials for the Target Chalet at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
Upgrading through every version of Windows.
From the Geneva Auto Show, VW concept, Bulli Microbus. Sweet.
Aquarium Phonebooth. Yep.
This stunning new Lambo is a genuine super car, capable of reaching speeds of 217 mph on the top end, breaking to 60mph in a blinding 2.8 seconds. To put that in perspective, the Aventador hit 60 mph before you finished reading this sentence.
Phew! "We are aware that the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be available beginning in 2012. In Fall 2011, Hasbro will launch the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven, introducing a new way to bake for the next generation of chefs. This new oven features a heating element that does not use a light bulb and offers an extensive assortment of mixes reflective of the hottest baking trends for today."
"The piggy bank itself is alive and randomly gets sad when is moved or when it senses that somebody is around. It calls your attention and to make it feel better, its owner has to feed it with a small random amount of money that will be taken from the credit card."
The one-of-a-kind "Porteur Bike" from Ateliers d'Embellie sports copper touches and brown leather hand-made detailing.
The Samson Motorworks Switchblade, meets "the growing demand for flying cars and roadable aircraft."
A well shot tour of Marcel Wanders' gorgeous studio in Amsterdam.
The Space Suit of the Week is the EX-1A. With a video demo.
Stranger and Stranger specializes in packaging and design for liquor. The whole portfolio is aces including their own holiday Absinthe. Plus check The Waxed Bat Shiraz, Innis & Glunn Beer and Maestro Tequila.
MC Escher's Waterfall brought to life on video (thanks to a few visual tricks).
Bethany Heck's take on the Official Baseball Scorebook. Beautiful work.
Popular Mechanics takes a look at the best cars from this year's Chicago Auto Show.
For BB: modding work lights for studio use.
Think I'll stick with my old fashion gears and knobs kind, but this USB Follow Focus is super cool.
"Complicated technical solutions to aid in simple acts of vandalism." Robo-Rainbow.
Haptica is a Braille watch that allows blind people to check the time quickly and accurately without an audible disruption.
Not a movie set. Huge, "ultra high-voltage test bench (popularly known as a 'Tesla's set')" located outside of Moscow.
VW Microbus concept, which Chris calls "my dream ride that doesn't exist."
For MS, Chef Power.
Yowza. What former CP crew member and DK Creative Director Anthony Vitagliano has been working on for the last year. Check the digital experience at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas.
Finally, a tissue holder that isn't crocheted or covered in flowers, the Vessel Toro tissue ring.
Josh Berta's highly scientific (and at least half correct) NFL Conference Championship predictions based solely on logo design.
Delta IV Heavy Rocket versus 2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Diesel pickup truck, with a handy infographic too. Via alms at Mefi.
Remodelista on Clothespin Chandeliers.
A concept car from 1970 by Gruppo Bertone: the Lancia Stratos Zero.
The nominations for the Brit Insurance Designs of the year for 2010 have been announced.
Coming up with the money should be easy enough. Getting it into Lake Michigan will be the tricky part. The billion-dollar 'Streets of Monaco' Yacht.
Christmas was pretty nice around Gowalla HQ. Make more, I'll take one.
Samples and a history of playing cards hand-drawn by Russian prisoners from between 1967 and 1981.
"If an alien came to Earth and made a single request for 'bike,' this would be the specimen given, based on number produced, and number in use today." The Flying Pigeon.
Currently out of stock but that gives me time to try to talk JC into getting one of these for the studio. Fab.
Make the other kids jealous with your Porche bobsled.
After a decade of easy-to-use 0s, novelty glasses manufacturers are having a tough time trying to figure where to put the eyeholes in 2011.
Minimalist effect in maximalist market.
A modern sustainable Christmas tree, the Tannenboing.
The San Andres Fault in coffee table form.
Great packaging by Design Ahead for 1516 Premium PIls.
Sweet MIDIBox controller with arcade-style buttons.
1987 Nissan Pao Concept.
Sublime, a clock for an architect.
Scott Hansen takes a look at a brochure and pics of the first digital Leica, the S1. Nice.
"The sinister-looking black coupe sits in a corner of the showroom floor, oozing macho and muscle. Square headlights. Evil sneer for a grille. Six cylinders of turbocharged fury. If Darth Vader drove a car, this is what you might find in his garage. This new car is 23 years old."
Daily Icon on Bobby Fischer and the Time Life Building Lobby Chair. Nice.
Andy Carol's Antikythera Mechanism, "a 2000-year-old analog computing device reconstructed out of Lego." How it, and the film about it, were made. Thanks Nick Z.
Wrapping paper printed with QR codes that play short holiday films when scanned.
Artist Adrian Johnson recycles old car seating and vintage refrigerators to make gorgeous Fridgecouches.
Gavin Rothery makes robots and other cool stuff for movies and other cool things.
From the mind of Mr. Brendan Dawes, The FIDO Weather Indicator is a "a selfish cube created to do the task at hand without fuss or distraction. Even the display mechanism has no room for variation being laser etched into wood."
What a coincidence, that's exactly how we handle all of our accounting for Field Notes Brand too.
I think I bought the wrong car. Wow.
Ingegerd Råman's Light Shadows Bulb.
Related to the last, a coffee table version of Han Solo in carbonite.
Given the resurgence of interest in the form and aesthetics of the audio cassette tape, I suppose it was inevitable that someone would treat these similarly, The 3.5 Inch Poster Set. Lucky for us it was Antrepo.
A video demo of Marion Bataile's fab ABC3D, which won the Meggendorfer Prize for best pop-up book.
In honor of GM's stock coming-out party today, I give you The 1970 Chevelle Super Sport 396. Boss.
MS, you should get this for your office.
Book designer David Pearson.
Perhaps a visual answer to those persistent "Where is my rocket car?" questions. French industrial designer Ora-ïto has created a sculpture/prototype for Citroën called the Evo Mobil. Here's a hypnotic short film on an Intersection Magazine photo shoot of the object. More pics ViaComIT.
Related to the last. The awesomeness that is Consollection.
Wired lists their 39 best products of 2010.
CheesyCam tests out flying a Parrot AR Drone with an iPad. Why don't we already have 10 of these in the studio?
Because most MIDI keyboards look like cheap toy spaceships from 1982, Bård Edlund had an idea.
The folks over at GadgetCrave have a to do list for James Dyson.
Nice and simple porcelain wall vase.
The Herman Miller online store is now open.
"The Dymaxion was meant to be phase one of a social revolution, fuelled by the latest technology, but only three were ever built. No 1 caught fire and No 3 was turned into scrap: only No 2 survived." And now Norman Foster has built No 4.
This gorgeous yacht will only set you back a cool 20 million.
Time of the sky.
Etch A Sketch iPad Case.
"One of my favorite pieces isn't even from the British Airways side, but from Air France's in-flight service. It's a simple bottle opener, much like any cheap $2 bottle/can opener combo you've seen a thousand times before, but with two simple yet significant modifications." Nathan Shedroff's Concorde Thing. Via Things Magazine.
The Orla Kiely designed EVOKE Mio radio. Gorgeous.
"The collection is designed to have a playful, modern and bold brand image which is flexible enough to be adapted across a wide variety of items. This is my online portfolio.
Hex Marks the Spot, Steven Heller on the real story behind the CBS Eye logo.
50 + years of Japanese concept cars.
Fireplaces made out of mine shells.
Gah! The ridiculously awesome offices of the company Inventionland. I want my office on a pirate ship deck!
The Nogg chicken coop, a stylish and sculptural piece of garden
furniture with breakfast thrown in.
You can cash in that jar of change, or decorate with it.
Our SD's photos have just appeared in GOOD magazine's Picture Show feature, "Outhouses, Rest Stops, and New Modern Architecture in Nowhere, Norway."
That is one awesome Dad.
Gorgeous bamboo iPhone cases.
"Moonwatch has been designed to establish a relationship between the moon cycle and a person's emotional states. It's a new concept of time based on nature which invites people to reflect upon and gain a closer understanding of their mood and daily life on earth."
For MS, Alex Hulme's cut-and-paste calculator.
Love it, the Etch A Sketch iPad case.
My calculator is in constant use here at CP. Yes, I have an old-fashioned calculator, a leftover from my retail buying life before CP. So, when I saw these calculator stools, it made me smile. Very cool.
Designed by famed automobile designer Walter de'Silva and with a limited edition of only 500, you'd better place your order immediately for the stunning Leica M9 Titanium.
Too bad summer's winding down, this outdoor kitchen would be a nice addition to the backyard.
The simple, wooden, clever furniture of ROLU Studio.
This would look awesome on my deck. However, I'm not sure "weather-proof" takes into account our Chicago winters.
An illustrated post at wm$na profiling Swedish designer Nille Svenson. The work is varied and all over the place, in very good way. Check the "Fake China" series and also the "Post-It" style identity and sign system for the Kalmar Konstmuseum.
A series of objects inspired by the red clown nose.
"They"re not writing songs about cars anymore." —J. Mays.
Hot Wheels, like it says.
The electric version of the world's tiniest manned plane takes to the skies.
1957 BMW Isetta 250 Microcar.
Nice tape dispenser.
"It was not the young Danish designer's intention to create a comfy and soft sofa, but rather a simple resting place, which still requires some physical activity."
Atari Computer concepts and drawings. Slick.
Federico Mancosu's Minimalist Music Video Posters.
"... something that looked like it didn't belong in the water at all, much like the cubist patterns of WWI & WWII 'dazzle' naval camouflage." Marian Bantjes' Laser Sailboat. commissioned by Wallpaper. Fantastic.
BB, I'd go camping if I had one of these suckers.
"The assumption behind modern electronics is that smaller is better. So I have set about completely re-thinking and re-building the electronic calculator using old-fashioned heavyweight switches, cranks, and levers mounted in antique chassis." Andy's utterly gorgeous Aaron Adding Machines.
As we are facing a full week of temps in the 90s this week, it would be so great to have this air conditioned bed.
Notgeld "Emergency Money" was issued in Germany and Austria during the inflationary period caused by the first World War. Designed to appeal to collectors, the notes display a variety of beautiful type, form and color. Via Cooper Union Typography.
A working prototype of solar roadways.
For the studio, a secret knock detector.
Who isn't familiar with that wonderful yellow frame? 120 years of National Geographic Magazine design as seen through the lens of four random issues, by Alexander Ross Charchar. Via Matt Linderman.
For BB, gipsy furniture.
3-D door stickers.
You know why we need this toaster for the studio? Because it has the brilliant A Bit More button. Seriously, haven't you ever wanted to have one of those on your toaster?
Relink. These Antique Radio Dials are beautiful. Some are backlit and some opaque but they all are attempting to organize the same information in a way that makes physical sense for dial-based tuning while making it easy for users to understand. UI problems are rarely new, and it sometimes makes sense to look back to see the way forward.
Ridiculously cool, a pool table made out of a 1965 VW Micro Bus.
Yep. Definitely need one of these for the deck.
An urban picnic box.
Have a really small bathroom? Save space with this folding shower.
Nice bike basket.
Gorgeous, the Kalamazoo Edo Grill.
Two FotAs in just one link: Kate Bingaman-Burt and Alissa Walker are on this week's episode of Studio 360, redesigning Uncle Sam.
So you know. How a Skycam works.
"It's a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space. " Why, if your cat sneaks out, you shouldn't hire a designer to make the missing poster. Via Doobybrain.
Wheel of Nutrition plates.
"Entirely drawn by hand, using different printing techniques, it features security measures common in banknotes such as watermarks, tactile elements, see-through images and invisible UV ink." Handmade, a student project by Xavi Garcia. Via The Minister.
Clock made from a recycled portable record player and a Woody Woodpecker 45, "which is replaceable."
Very cool, titanium and carbon fiber drink coasters.
Wee Fiat 1970s concept car.
The evolution of the World Cup ball.
Related to the last, and an instant MoOM classic, License Plates of North America, 1969-Present. A fabulous collection, well-organized and annotated. Check the ALPCA Plate of the Year Winners.
The acceptable, the unfortunate and the so-bad-it's-good in license plate design.
Could've used one of these over the weekend.
Yesterday's tomorrow is often cute or funny, today's however looks sort of creepy.
Sci-fi lunch boxes. Just because.
Space Suit of the Week from Kitsune Noir.
A foosball table built from pieces of furniture and spare parts.
Huh? Kevin Costner riding to the rescue on the BP Oil Spill?
No Barcode a blog about vintage design and packaging by Javier Garcia. Immediately bookmarked. Everything here is hand-picked, beautifully shot and smartly annotated. Bravo. Via Hovering Cat.
The LEGO Robot Rubik's Cube Solver.
"If you look at Mozart, who had this strict classical framework, you see that within that formula, he got results he might never have gotten if he had all the options in the world." A visit to the studio of Irving Harper, the designer behind many of George Nelson's iconic works for Herman Miller, including the Marshmallow Sofa and Starburst Clock.
For BB: a good story about Graeme Cameron, co-founder of Best Made Co.
In the category of "people who like this sort of thing will find this exactly the sort of thing they like," Nuclear Reactor Cutaways.
If you're like me, there's nothing quite like curling up in a chair with a good book. A chair with easy access to books is a really great idea.
Patrick Sung's Universal Packaging System "eliminates most of the otherwise wasted space in a cardboard box which means saving extra shipping space and eventually, needing less trucks during shipping."
Fun time-lapse of a SWA airplane assembly.
DRB asks, Where's My Jetpack?
Gorgeous, might need to get a set for the deck.
A robot built from parts of an old television. Beyond that, inspiration that couldn't possibly fit in this space, and a reminder to try to leave this world better than you found it.
Puma questions, nay, eliminates the shoe box. The environmental impact of this move is phenomenal.
Why have a bulky headboard when you can have this clever headboard wall decal instead?
They sure don't design letterheads like these anymore.
Veerle's great report on the new icons for Adobe's CS5.
"On January 22nd, 2010 I started the project of designing and building one chair each hour that I was at this site. Each hour started with a drawing and ended with a new chair prototype." Andy Hall's hour chairs. Via Kris Henry.
The Idea of the Cassette: A Gallery With Musings, by Rob Walker. Now that's a blog post.
Had no idea this existed. In preparation for this exhibit, John Hill talks about Roosevelt Island's "Avac," a retro-futuristic system of underground tubes used to collect trash from its 14,000 residents. More info about the system in this 2003 New Yorker piece.
For MS, Spiderpodium.
Gruber just posted this great piece of historical nerdery by Tandy Trower, "The Secret Origin of Windows," which lead me to hunt for the tale of IBM's TopView and the complete OS/2 timeline. I'm going to stop now before the rest of my afternoon is consumed with something like AmigaOS.
The history of proposals for moving sidewalks in New York from around the turn of the last century.
I'm so ready for Friday, the new Apple product looks totally amazing.
"The Big Red Word vs. the Little Green Man," Julia Turner's piece on emergency exit indicators around the world and why we maybe don't have it quite right here in the US. Part of Turner's great six-part series on signs.
The graphic design of racing cars and Sven Voelker's Go Faster.
The Loch Ness Monster Lamp by 2-B-2 Architectur.
Core77 announces the winners of their 1-Hour Design Challenge on Emergency Shelters. Great thinking and sketches.
I totally want one of the stainless steel elliptical bathtubs. *Sigh*
Salt shakers for MS, Red October and Jaws.
"The sculpture hovers off the wall about six inches allowing the florescent bulbs installed within to bathe the wall with green light." Acoustapus.
The Martin Jetpack in action.
"Imagine a small flying object with a multicolored light source, flying along with others, controlled in synchrony, creating a free-form display with animated light control..." You're imagining Flyfire Now watch the videos. Brilliant and limitless. Via the always observant Today and Tomorrow.
2010 Lincoln One-Cent Reverse.
"...reveals the current time through a looking glass while fading the past and the future."
Play chess on any sidewalk you want with the Chalk Chess set.
Gorgeous birdfeeder, Spuntino.
Keyboard, mouse, stylus, multi-touch, mud.
Gorgeous, designer Odardo Fioravanti's tribute to Galileo's telescope.
For the CSI fan in your life, Forensic pillows.
"Everyone loves an architectural plan don't they? The precise and often intricate line work; the annotations and technical specifications; the info boxes and reference numbers; and especially, if you're lucky, the fading at the folds and ever so slightly blurred (old school) ozalid print." -Ace Jet 170.
Nice set of six porcelain espresso cups on a bamboo tray with inset saucers.
Stunning fireplace that will set you back a cool $9,700.00, the Zeta fireplace.
This American Infographic, "infographical companions to the celebrated radio show."
So that's where the black box is located. Kulula Airplane Rebranding.
Current Guest Editor Josh Berta on the stick figure graphics on the NYC subway, "based on their aesthetic merits and their success (or lack thereof) as easily read icons."
Jamie Bolton's Back to the Future posters are great, but I think the second film was much more convoluted than how it's illustrated here.
Good at keeping doctors away: the 'An Apple A Day' Calendar.
DRB collects a pile of unusual money.
If you can't wait for a whole month, here's a more immediate method of making your Apple product function like a book: BookBook.
Several examples of ashtrays that look like cigarette packs -- including an awesome generic pack.
A bit late on this but here are the winners of Wallpaper's Design Awards 2010.
If you've been looking for a portable round fireplace look no further.
Gorgeous, the CUNA bathtub.
Josh calls the winners in the NFL this Sunday. "I decided to base my predictions solely on the teams' identity designs." Sound like a sound betting strategy to me.
Koichi Futatsumata's Elekit Tube Amp concept. Wow.
Sweet dust jacket and bookmark concepts by Igor Udushlivy.
"The biggest change in coinage history since decimalisation."
The Office for Lost Objects' Lighting Appliance No. 9.
If you're going to read just one essay on the mysterious Apple Tablet project, make it John Gruber's.
A prototype of the Mag+ Project, another view of how we might be reading in the future.
Othmar Muhlebach's toast printer is not only cool looking, but it also opens up the opportunity of being able to print religious icons on your bread and sell it to the gullible on eBay for fun and profit.
"As longtime readers are no doubt painfully aware, when it comes to certain items I have the tendency to objectify, to glaze over purpose and function and context and just splash about in the shallows of aesthetics." Good thing that. Long Duration Love Affair, from the archives of The Nonist.
Mac Funamizu's simple and simply brilliant idea for remaking pocket change.
Gorgeous, the Axi Tealight Pendants.
Part of the Omega watch museum collection, the Omega Milestone 1941 is a stunner.
Related to the earlier space post, a dark side of the moon rug.
I had a bunk bed when I was little, my sister and I liked nothing better than piling the mattresses on the floor and jumping off the top bunk. Good times. I thought my bunk bed was cool, then I saw this one. Fab.
So you know. A Shooting Brake is a two-door car with a squared-off rear, generally with a hatchback or a pair of side-hinged doors.
The LED Menorah.
To remember: don't hire John Galliano and his team at Christian Dior to design your Christmas tree, because you're just going to wind up with something hauntingly lit that has a snow leopard in it.
Brilliant, charge your iPod or iPhone without the mess of cords with the WallDock.
From the Dyno-Wheel Motor Bus to Helicopter Tow-Ropes, What Was Popular Mechanics Thinking?
Perfect for those in teeny tiny apartments, the La Vie Boheme Table.
Moonfire, a collection that includes Norman Mailer's Of a Fire on the Moon, reprinted alongside images from Apollo 11, accompanied by a table designed by Marc Newson, and your very own lunar rock. All that for just $90,500. Via Transbuddha.
Nice walnut spinning tops.
"To remove the back from one of their tiny creations is to plunge into an unknown world."
The Daily Icon on the new photo book Movement, by Guido Mocafico.
If this van is rockin...
Related to the Dieter Rams post below, here's a podcast of the designer discussing the exhibit.
rAndom International's You Fade To Light, an installation that captures the qualities of Royal Phillips new OLEDs, with mirror finishes and natural light temperatures. Check the video.
The Neti Pot is so 2009. Next year it's going to be all about The Lung Flute.
Get yours while you can, the limited edition Stanley Classic.
Take it from a dame, this is brilliant.
A complete, original collection of Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand's beautiful Dormitory Room is available for sale (likely for the same cost as building an entire dormitory).
This will definitely fit in my office and a pair of shades will hide my closed eyes while I'm napping, the Daybed by Manuel Saez.
For all the cat owners in the studio, which is pretty much everyone except me, the ModKat litterbox.
For the tea drinkers in the studio, new directions in teapot design.
This beautiful poster for the exhibit Paper Architecture: Posters by Michael Bierut reminds me a little of the first book cover that made me realize that book covers could be cool: Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital, designed by Chip Kidd.
Unique Japanese Barcodes.
"...a protective (and usually decorative) paper cover placed around a bound book, usually with the title and author's name printed on it..." Jacket Required, by Alexandra Cardia.
Joey Roth's Ceramic Speakers.
New applications for OLED. We all need to hurry up and start adopting this en masse.
For MS, Doublefacette salt cellar and pepper mill.
"On the carpet, on the dining table, next to the sofa, on the terrace, or in the garden, now the atmosphere of the fireside can be enjoyed anywhere." Brilliant, the Travelmate mobile fireplace.
"How can we communicate our emotions over distance in a package that is quick and easy to use?" MeMe.
Not so much for me with the camping, (Blair Witch anyone?) If I was to have my memory erased so little piles of sticks in the woods would not turn me into a quivering mass of pure terror, I'd be more than happy to camp in this gorgeous Opera Camper.
The Happiness Hat, "a wearable conditioning device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not."
Apparently aimed at either people after sparse aesthetics or by those easily distracted by tiny characters, the Das Keyboard is completely devoid of any writing on its keys. Definitely wouldn't want to try to put it back together after a run through the dishwasher. Via Murketing.
For BB, the Vespa chair.
+0's 6th Collection. I'll take the humidifier and the toaster oven, please.
Randomly found on the way to something else: U.S. Patents for Roller Coasters and Related Rides, everything from 1869's "Artificial Sliding Hill" to just last month's patent for the "Passive Magnetic Levitation Ride."
Rome is burning, in front of your fireplace.
Apropos of nothing. Mac System 7.0. Beautiful.
For MS, Dolly Salt & Pepper.
For the tea drinkers in the studio, some pretty cool tea brewers.
Gorgeous, the Nespresso Citiz.
Too cute, the Garden of Eden salt and pepper shakers.
Noted without comment, ladybug headphones.
"The Rezon has 2 octaves and 15 tones per octave. The tone pitch depends on the instrument's bar height. Bars are different heights; on one side is a lower octave,
and on the other side, a higher octave."
A gorgeous alternative for those of us who don't have a built-in fireplace, the wall-mounted Vauni Cupola fireplace.
Cue the gorgeous bathtub alert. *Sigh*
Some pretty amazing pimped out golf carts.
A look at Peugeot's new electric car prototype, the Peugeot BB1.
For MS, the customized Cupcake Car.
Scissors and sliders, Honda's fab Skydeck concept van.
The beautiful Elekit Tube Amp.
I'm not a huge bike enthusiast but these bikes are drop dead gorgeous.
The Breakfast Machine, "a Rube Goldberg machine which can serve you an omelet, coffee and a toast with jam."
The band Cake's next album will be recorded using 100% solar energy.
Honda's U3-X Electric Unicycle.
Interesting interview with Nick Pritchard, creative director at Epitaph Records.
X Planes, a blog of experimental aircraft.
Love this aluminum mirror by Daniel Rybakken
A Fischer turntable clock.
Paper clip chandeliers.
Having suffered the indignity of wearing that stupid carpel tunnel wristband at work, and having my super nice co-workers not make fun of me at all (sarcasm), think the Radius ergonomic garden tools are a brilliant idea for gardeners like me.
NYC Bike Helmets designed by Yves Behar and the rest of the gang at fuseproject.
"What do you mean, it works!? was something I overheard a bunch of times. And really, one glance at this setup and you might be surprised it worked too." An old-school, mainframe computer room assembled and operating at Dencon.
Gah! Ridiculously cute Banana Bros, salt and pepper set.
Who says the album is dead? A look at The Ditty Bops' Summer Rains Pop-Up LP, which was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for its packaging.
"Amazingly, there is still a large, undeveloped and underutilized site in the center of New York City." The very funny Manhattan Airport Foundation.
For around $1,650, you can buy a completely 'teen-proof' room.
I love these awesome toasters.
Trying to plan a trip to Belgium next spring and will have to add this lecture hall at Museum 1302, designed by Studio Arne Quinze, to the list of places to stop in and see.
An electric unicycle.
QLOCKTWO, a clock that tells time in words.
MS, they dont have any GPO "Trim" phones at the moment, but Oldphoneworks should keep you busy for a while.
Brooklyn's got a pool made out of dumpsters.
Music Cage, gorgeous.
For my Dad, totally cool wine cellars.
Sweet new bath tub designed by Karim Rashid. Love it.
"...an infographic that not only communicates the information, but does so in a way that engages the readers by adding more than just graphs and charts to the conversation." The Bygone Bureau chats with designers from GOOD Magazine. Via Waxy.
Love these, cassette tape lamps.
Prototype of glowing Nike shoes for late-night joggers and cyclists.
Finally, someone to take on the pitching machine.
Holger Schubert's Maserati-focused garage.
Chris Harrison's Providing Dynamically Changeable Physical Buttons on a Visual Display, "offering some of the flexibility of touch screens, while retaining the beneficial tactile properties of physical interfaces." Wow. Via Byrdhouse.
The next bike I buy will come from the Mission Bicycle Store.
Brought up during lunch while talking about types of lumber to use for a weekend project: the Triton Logging Company's tree-cutting submarine, The Sawfish.
Good thing the edition of 500 is already sold out because I might have a hard time explaining why I spent $980 on No Future Companion by KAWS and Hajime Sorayama.
Related to the last. "While his design of the Selectric typewriter (which dominated 75% of the market four years after its introduction) and the logo he hired Paul Rand to create are well-known, few could name the man responsible." BW on Eliot Noyes.
Jason Santa Maria's latest post got me thinking about my favorite model. A Timeline History of the IBM Typewriter. Dig the form and lines and of the Selectric and especially the Selectric II. More information, pictures and manuals for download, from Jim Forbes' Selectric.org.
Black & White Clock.
Huh. Wonder if I can talk JC into letting me get one of these.
A Lego combination safe.
Information on and photos/footage of Buro Happold and Hoberman Associates' 50 ton expanding video screen, currently being used at U2 concerts.
The Scratch DJ coffee table.
For all the tea drinkers in the office, a collection of modern teapots and kettle designs.
My Robot Made This.
"Now we are incorporating the world of art into this stunning machine with the DeLonghi Artista Series. Artists from around the globe have had their art laser-etched onto an extremely limited run of Perfectas." The Artista Series.
Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London and the author of The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects, is interviewed on The Sound of Young America.
One of my many quirky flaws is my habit of setting my clock 20 minutes fast. I can hit the snooze button and know I have that 20 minute cushion. Some of you will understand, some of you won't. I don't care, it works for me. That said, I wonder if they take custom orders?
Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen's BauBike, "constructed around the geometric shape of the square and the equilateral triangle."
Angela Riechers on printed tickets and innovation. Excellent.
The Chicago Printers Guild took a field trip to the French Paper Co. of Niles, Michigan.
Totally cool, furniture made from old airplane parts.
Bumper stickers for people who just don't care all that much.
Don't really need this as my internal clock wakes me up anywhere from 3:30 am to 5:30 am every morning but I love the idea of it, designed by Paul Koh, the Click Clock.
Remodelista's latest "Steal This Look" feature takes a look inside Portland, Oregon's Canoe, a great store I've ordered many a gift from, as well as one of Field Notes' fine retail locations.
Not sure where you'd put it or why, but it's certainly interesting. The Band Aid Rug.
So clever, two bowls, a colander, a sieve, and four measuring spoons all fit together for a great space saver in the kitchen, the Joseph Joseph Nest set.
This is why I love my radio. I love your radio too.
I wonder if there is a weight limit? Totally need one of these for the deck this summer.
"Can we watch decay? Can we see glass as a fluid slowly slumping and deforming over time?
Everything is in constant flux, yet we consider many things around us static and fixed. 3.16 Billion Cycles is an attempt to unravel a seemingly unchanging 100 years into a set of relationships in digestible increments."
Building a gigantic Gundam robot in Odaiba, Tokyo. It's like the anime Statue of Liberty.
For BB and DW, the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle.
So cute, I can't choose just one so posting them all, Jonathan Adler's salt and pepper sets.
"Welcome to my blog, where I post stories and photos about the homes of people I visit." Liz Arnold's Homebodies.
Kevin shows off the great work he and his firm Armchair Media did for this year's Modern Atlanta Guidebook.
An interesting collection that always results in a new bookmark or two, The 2009 Editors' Awards for Online Excellence from TMN.
"... why you get a layer of something cute on top of something kind of black on top of something kind of scary." Design Related interviews Paul Budnitz of Kidrobot.
From "The Lofthouse" to "The Clovermill" and everything in between. A Field Guide to Freeway Interchanges.
For BB, Kellbot's Katamari ball project.
Victorinox and Airstream have teamed up to produce the 125th Anniversary Special Edition Airstream Trailer.
Celebrating 50 years of the Mini.
"Dekochari is typical Japanese phenomenon, deko is short for decoration and chari is slang for bike. Dekochari are actually the kids version of dekotora, which are decorated trucks. Satoshi Minakawa made these photos of these awesome vehicles."
"We understand that when you need ice cream, you need it NOW. So when your spoon can't penetrate the frozen treat, are you going to sit around and wait for the stuff to soften? Or are you going to take matters into your own hands?" Brilliant , the Aqua Heated Ice cream scoop.
Daily Icon on NASA space tools designed for the Hubble Mission.
"Welcome to the next generation of workplace." The OfficePOD.
Be ready to make a quick transition from "Why would I ever need an axe?" to "I must purchase several axes immediately" once you take a look at Peter Buchanan-Smith's Best Made Co. Thanks Ben.
A gorgeous wooden carpet by Elisa Stroyzk.
Mr. Dawes is always up to something interesting. Today it's custom wooden Dopplr luggage tags.
Really great photos from the 2009 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
Characters reinstalled with LED lighting.
On my wish list, the Twist portable espresso maker.
"If you feel you shouldn't get precious about such things, perhaps graphic design isn't your thing." The Minister on details and the Xerox Star user interface.
"Desire: 1: to long or hope for : exhibit or feel desire for." Um, check.
It won't save your waistline but will help save the planet, the pizza Green Box.
Related to the last. Retrospective on the career of legendary designer, Ladislav Sutnar. Tons of inspirational work here, check especially the "1934 Exhibition" boards found under "Designing for Display."
A great walkthrough of the assembly of a student newspaper in 1970.
Video of BMW design chief Adrian Van Hooydonk talking about the newest 7-series.
iPhone haters, check out the iWood with "3B Technology."
Apple's form factor evolution, 1976-2009.
Now that's a typo!
Love this, may need to get one for the deck, the Fire Cube.
A faceless LED watch.
Nice and simple, the paper-wood stool.
"Shortly afterwards, the brothers Michelin attended an auto exposition and noticed vertical stacks of tires that looked vaguely like people. 'Add some arms,' said Edouard, 'and you'd say they were men.'" SE on Bibendum.
Too cute, the Face chair.
Gorgeous, the S bed.
Admired recently at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs; wall murals of Montparnasse glazed brick tiles from Design and Direct Source, a new venture from Ann Sacks (founded after she sold Ann Sacks Tile & Stone).
Brilliant, sip your morning coffee and get reminded of your daily to-do-list at the same time.
An awesome Wall-E computer case.
I was going to post a link or two from one of my fave sites but found too many good ones to choose. So you decide, Daily Icon.
So simple, the Magnetic photo rope.
Love this, a lamp full of lamps.
The 1 hour sprocket clock.
Tropicana rebrands and loses an astonishing 20% market share in six weeks.
Great idea, would be perfect to take to my niece's assorted soccer and softball games. The Messenger Bag Director's chair
CHANGE! by BCXSY features furniture and home accessories built from rubber-coated foam.
Fashioning Felt at Cooper-Hewitt.
Where there's smoke: Admired recently, the Smoked Oak Dining Table with Oil Finish from German designer Rainer Spehl (creator of the wooden MacBook case) and Smoked Oak Engineered Flooring from German flooring company Parador.
A look inside the new book The Worst Hotel in the World about Kessels Kramer's print work for the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel in Amsterdam.
"If he does not like what the sensors tell him, all he needs to do is dial a digit on his phone and the Kalashnikov attached to the alarm box goes off." Hanif Molavizadeh's Homemade Alarm. Via 2 or 3 Things.
81 in 8.
Pentagram's great work for The Library Initiative in New York, featuring murals from the likes of Stefan Sagmeister, Yuko Shimizu, and Christoph Niemann, among others.
The lighting at the Snog frozen yogurt shop in London features 700 glass globes containing LED lights which change colors throughout the day.
Gorgeous recycled magazine mirror.
Posted without comment: the Tweet-a-Watt, a modified power meter that automatically publishes your home's daily power consumption to Twitter.
"A postcard with an integral stopper, measuring the time between sending and receiving." Dag Design Lab's Stopper Postcard.
Now this is a bathroom scale for me, ignorance is bliss.
Gorgeous bathtub designed by Marco Tallarida.
Love these, book hooks.
Fuego's amazing outdoor kitchen.
Gorgeous in floor bath tubs.
Josh Benton writes, "You might be interested in something we just just posted at the Nieman Journalism Lab. It's a round up of how various artists are using data from news organizations to create beautiful visualizations of history." Why yes, we might be interested in that.
Something consider next time before you head to the recycle bin: a shelter built from trash.
Well, here is one lamp that will never be in my house.
My washer/dryer is right by my bathroom, so on really cold mornings, I throw my towels in the dryer for a few minutes to warm them up. A much easier and definitely more stylish way to go would be this gorgeous paper clip shaped towel heater.
Eiko Ishizawa's Great Bear Sleeping Bag. Probably not the best thing to sleep in while camping out in bear country.
"The pairs of images in this set are similar in one way or another. Some are more similar than others."
Clear and intuitive, it is hard to beat the look of classic analog gauges.
Unboxing a Lamborghini.
One hundred designers create one hundred credit cards.
"Problem: Create a clock that tells time the way people do." Solved.
"Recently I've begun designing electronics to convert film cameras into audio transducers, or optical microphones." Eric Archer's Sound Cameras.
Sebastian Brajkovic's furniture inspired by Photoshop's pixel stretch.
Gorgeous, the Travelmate Ventless Fireplace.
Probably the most gorgeous cutlery tray I have ever seen.
Not to be found in my house, but perhaps appealing to someone a little more in tune with nature: the Moss Bathmat.
Sort of related. A nice short film on the production of Danish banknotes.
Quite possibly the coolest pizza slicer ever.
The world's first glass top pool table. Be sure to check the video.
Lovely, the Singgih Kartono wooden radio.
A quick and easy way to broil bacon in your microwave.
The Times in London has redesigned its Saturday Review edition and it's beautiful, from the grid to the unified approach to typography.
Speaking of hockey, a high school goaltender has come up with camouflage goalie pads, much to the dismay of offensemen everywhere. "If you put the net on the pad, they'll shoot at the pad instead of the goal."
Illustrated history of hockey goalie masks. Sweet. Thanks Ant.
Instructions on how to build a desk out of pallets. Or a nice method of displaying a basketball and a gas can in front of your garage.
Bet your clock is not as cool as mine.
Related to the last, our current Guest Editor, Alissa Walker (alw), wrote this great piece about Rural Studio for GOOD Magazine.
Designer Li Jianye's real life Coverflow: iShelf.
A real estate listing for 118a Woburn Road, an amazing home that seemingly hasn't been lived in or so much as look at since 1965. Quick, someone buy this place for Todd Haynes and John Waters and build a reality show around them staying there.
The Kupe line of furniture is made from used bourbon barrels.
The Little Robots, toys with floating organs combined with mechanical parts.
Futurliner: the baddest bus ever? I'd say yes.
Gorgeous, the Exline Agape bath tub.
A Core77 1 Hour Design Challenge: Design a laser-cut grip tape inlay for a longboard.
Huh, for 350 bucks, my mind better be pretty darn relaxed.
A more animal-friendly version of a bearskin rug.
Gorgeous retro breadbox.
If you were friends with the Eames' back in the day, what kind of Christmas card would you send them? An obvious choice would be an Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair with Metal Legs dressed as Santa.
Aston Martin's winning design for London's new buses, hitting the streets in 2011, just in time for the Olympics.
A new LED streetlamp design for NYC.
So you know. How to manufacture an Eames shell chair.
What could be the only cat for me.
A nice addendum to that Sol Sender interview making the rounds: Obama Logo Ideas That Weren't Chosen.
Local note for those out west: this Thursday night, FotA and Field Tester Alissa Walker is hosting GOOD Magazine's Design LA, an event featuring Stefan Bucher, Barbara Bestor, and the subject of Western State #3, Geoff Mcfetridge.
Nice wooden headphones by Dutch artist Parra and The Perfect Unison.
Creepy or cute? You decide.
For the pet that doesn't know how to float there's the illuminated inflatable pet collar.
Zero gravity recliner? Yes please.
U is for Underground Lair. A young mad scientist's first alphabet blocks.
Love this, a bookshelf and reading light as one.
The Evolution of Game Controllers in diagram form.
A lot of fixed gear goodness.
This green light is actually a lantern.
Martin Smith's Applause Machine.
Lovely, pillar salt and pepper shakers.
Love this, the vintage viewfinder clock.
An ongoing war at CP has been resolved with the delivery of my very own space heater. Peace my friends.
For Howard, perfect for the ManDen, furniture with racing stripes.
A laptop for the environmentally conscious, a bamboo laptop.
NL Architects' Moving Forest, "100 trees planted in shopping trolleys at the Urban Play event in Amsterdam."
My office is always freezing in the winter and a war over the thermometer generally ensues at least twice a week. Maybe Santa will bring me one of these this year and peace will return to the studio.
Jet Pack! It's about time!
London, Berlin, Cairo, Shanghai. Where will you dine tonight?
SpaceX, the private space-flight company, has posted a video of a test of their nine-engine Merlin thruster.
Just the sort of thing that James Bond would carry around, a very stylish condom box.
Lovely, a nice collection of modern sinks and wash basin designs.
Yes! This is the bench for me.
Could use one of these for the back door, the solar power key hole light.
Gorgeous, the Exline bath tub.
Touring an Emirates's new A380, complete with showers, a bartender, and three live video feeds from the exterior of the plane.
So you know. How to make money with free software. Not what you think.
Related to an earlier post: learned that Bob Cassilly, the guy behind St. Louis' City Museum, is planning his next big project, Cementland, a cement factory turned theme park.
Spending the day with NASA's Industrial Design Team.
Either the greatest lamp ever or the worst, depending on how much you like doing math problems.
Remodelista's roundup of ten beautiful modern chandeliers.
Recycling fire extinguishers into speakers.
Attractively sparse Alka Seltzer print ads from France.
What a brilliant idea, pot clips. Cha-ching.
Gorgeous, the Woodline bath tub.
Charles Kalpakian's boxy Dog Tables/Lights.
"At the first sight of this massive collection of displays, the word 'array' ran into the corner and cried itself to sleep."
The 1,000mph Car, "a muscular streak of gunmetal and orange designed not to break the world land speed record but to shatter it."
Bookmarked. Infographics News by Chiqui Esteban. An weblog highlighting international approaches to news visuals. An excellent resource.
Yves Behar and Canal +'s Le Cube, a super cool set top box for your TV.
"Olivetti, Una Bella Societa --which could be translated as something that sums up the ideas of a fine company and a better society." An illustrated post at wm$na.
Rad, recycled skateboards are turned into Deckstools.
The world's cutest nightlight.
Lovely, salt and pepper shakers made from reclaimed wood.
Yes, it's lovely but not sure how comfortable a stone bathtub would be.
The perfect example of form and function, Pinel and Pinel's home entertainment trunks.
Burn before reading.
Red, definitely in red.
The 13 drawer band saw safe.
The Aero Concept Pen Case.
Brush Knuckles, a collection of things inspired by the brass variety.
"Each time a new table is produced, one pixel is removed from the design. Following these rules of self-destruction, the shape becomes more intricate as it diminishes." This Table Will Self-Destruct from Chicago based Studio 1a.m. Via bblinks.
Etienne Meneau hearts wine.
Brilliant, we need one of these for the studio refrigerator .
For the loneliest of musicians: The Teenar, "a girl and guitar rolled into one."
Honda unveils their competitor to the Prius at the Paris Auto Show, take a look at the Insight.
Reuse those water bottles and feed the birds at the same time with the Audubon Soda Bottle Bird Feeder.
Talk to your fishies while brushing your teeth with the Italbrass Moody aquarium sink.
Gorgeous, the AQ Hayon bathtub.
The best umbrella ever.
Too bad they did not have these around when I was in college, the Ramen Spoon Fork Set.
Ctrl, Alt, Delete. So cute, keyboard cups.
Never over-steep your tea again with the Red Dot design winner Finuim tea control glass teapot.
Gorgeous, wood bath tubs.
Love this, perfect for the cook in your home, the colander cutting board.
Sweet, the Comet coffee table.
Hot, very hot. The fully transparent glass bathtub.
Cute as a bug! The Peapod electric car.
Pretty much everything you could ever care to know about monowheels from Dark Roasted Blend.
Compact, gorgeous and powerful, the Bang and Olufsen BeoLab 4 speakers.
Brilliant, inflatable hangars.
Too tired to stir your own drink? No worries.
When I was little, I had a bunk bed. We'd pile the mattresses on the floor and jump from the top bunk. Good times. These loft bedroom collections for kids put ordinary bunk beds to shame.
Tangentially related to SE's architect post below, must re-link the architect's birdfeeder.
Turn your bathroom into your very own planetarium.
Too cute, the Plus salt and pepper shaker set.
Remodelista on yellow's big comeback.
Tapeworm is a strip that slides into any roll of tape for an instant tape dispenser. Brilliant.
Cute Blogger Alert! Our SD, moonlighting for Unbeige, picks some design favorites for the New York TImes home section.
Gorgeous, the Planika fire coffee table.
Oh yeah. Tetris Tiles.
Utterly brilliant, wish that this was in production, a lunchbox that turns into a plate.
This is what a chair sounds like.
A little piece about a classic ad campaign involving one of my all-time fave creatures, the Nauga.
A compendium of electronic calculators.
The walnut and brass Pappa*Phone.
Too cute, the leaning man and pushing man bookends.
Love this, the Switch Me salt and pepper shaker.
"Happiness is a warm raygun. That is, until it overheats in your hand, causing moderate to severe skin damage." Get your very own raygun here.
Lovely, a simple and modern twist on the salt and pepper shaker.
Delicious, the oversized shower head from Zucchetti. *Sigh*
For those with a small book collection, the see-saw bookshelf
Interesting look at how to copy and paste on the Apple Newton 15 years ago.
Odd bits, whatchamacallits, thingamajigs, they all need a place to rest. Help them out with the What-Nots chest of drawers.
Dude, get your favorite band's touring schedule and get ready to hit the road.
We love flipping through books with Grain Edit. Today it's the fab 1967 Design Coordination and Corporate Image by FHK Henrion and Alan Parkin.
Love this salt and pepper set.
Cute as a button! Not sure if that has been said about a car before.
Gorgeous, the LUM lighting collection.
Remodelista's roundup of Architect-Designed Flatware.
Sweet, the Slink chair.
Might have to get one for the studio, the El Zulo, an ergonomic pod for power napping.
The outside will stop traffic for sure, the inside stopped my heart. The gorgeous Mehrseller caravan. Thanks Chris.
Lovely, the plastic bottle lamp
Perfect for a camping/boating trip, Kahuna.
Rabbit-kun garbage bag + friends.
Gorgeous, the Brunopasso espresso machine.
A peek at the new, innovatively designed Philips Holedar Earphones.
Too cute, the bubblehead webcam.
A post about Sara Huston and her work which explores the relationship between and expectations of art and design.
Fab, the Lightspeaker lamp.
That is one red hot bed.
Nice, Wii Transfer.
"Fabbing represents the next step in the digital revolution. After years of virtualization, with machines and atoms being replaced by bits and software, we are coming full circle." The Generator.x Conference and this set of photos from the event.
Objectify me. Marian Bantjes and Her Toothbrush.
If orange isn't your thing, perhaps blue?
Too cute, gorilla salt and pepper shakers.
Fab, Bendit bookends.
Gorgeous, the Smoon ombrella.
Designboom on the History of the 'We're #1' Foam Hand.
Lovely, the Noguchi table lamp.
Diane Steverlynck's Wall-Paper, wall-sized sheets of notebook paper.
No more ketchup and mustard bottles here at the studio, it's the condiment gun for us.
More pro-pallet love for this week: Jonathan Glancey's Classics of Everyday Design No 49: The Humble Pallet.
Need one of these for the deck.
Too cute, the race clock.
So you know. How to make an Air Chair.
Lovely, the hourglass salt and pepper shaker.
Perfect for small spaces, the Ponton fireplace.
"Adaptable. Fun and Functional." I'll say, the Suspended bed.
Love this, the Delete fly swatter.
For DW, BB and SD, the kittypod. I will never have three of these in my house.
Screw the bicycle built for two, I want this tub built for two.
Not for my anti-pattern, minimal self, but way cool: powder coating that allows digital graphics on bike frames.
Some crazy concept cars.
Sweet, a shelf that hides a projection screen.
Neat LED clock/shelf combo.
For the worldly-wise nursery, the Global Warming Rug.
Is it a light saber? A kitchen whisk? A tiki torch? A look at the design history of the Olympic torch from 1936 to the present.
Camouflaged LED streetlights.
Lovely, the rasp salt and pepper set.
Love this, Gotcha cheeseboard.
Too cute, trophy hangers.
Dreamy, the Charade shower head.
Threadless meets Timbuk2 for some limited edition bags.
Some neat furniture made out of cardboard.
In the neighborhood magazine rack.
The flatpack Penta lamp.
Love this, the
shining image shadow lamp.
E-Legno's wooden bathtub. Gorgeous.
Can a magazine rack be sexy? In a word, yes.
Love these, city slickers bookends.
For the playboy in your life, the beam bed.
Too cute, the lift and shake salt and pepper shaker.
"These unique lamps are made from discarded propane, refrigerant, and helium tanks collected from forest shooting areas. the bullet-riddled steel makes a striking impression in daylight and the skeletal structure projects beautiful patterns when illuminated at night." Lovely, tank lamps.
Fab, have a cuppa while you watch tv and no need for a coffee table when you have the sofahanger.
Clever, faucet wall lights.
"How to balance your pig-in-a-blanket with your Dom Perignon...
that is the question." And they have the answer.
Custom chandeliers, you had better be pretty damn sure you can justify hanging top row, last image in your house.
Fantastic minimalist wastebasket.
So fab, the coolest coat rack ever.
Lovely, the flying circles bookcase.
Pink Tentacle looks into the Japanese method of demolishing a skyscraper a floor at a time, starting at the bottom.
For Tracie, or better known here as Mrs. BB, motorcycle pens.
A circular bike made from salvaged parts.
Seriously, who doesn't feel like shooting their alarm clock in the morning?
Actually see your meat while you cook it.
"I am not an audiophile and I do not have a golden ear, but I am extremely interested in the blunt force trauma of the awesome clarity and unambiguous nature of completely rocking out." Amen to Quadraphonic.
Digging these tripod seasoning pods.
For the skateboarder in your life, the skate mirror.
One or two more bikes at our house, and maybe we could get a bike dispenser. So cool.
Hey, where do I hang my coat? Oh, here's where I hang my coat.
Fab, the Quad shelving unit.
The color of money.
Michael DiTullo, design director at Converse, sketches a new sneaker in 4:39.
Auto-Rickshaw Mud Flap Customization.
The gallon milk jug gets a new look.
The futuristic, superb industrial designs of Luigio Colani.
Interesting tableware by Kathryn Hinton.
FLOR designs by Alexander Girard. Great combination.
Recycling packing materials from an art gallery into bird, bat and bee houses.
"These new designs re-imagine the classic, all aluminum Emeco 1006 Navy chair, built for submarines in WWII, and manufactured by Emeco since 1944." The Emeco Nine-O collection.
Sweet, take your tunes into the pool.
Need one of these for the deck this summer, the E-Z hammock.
Lovely, the flower power fan.
So cute, Mr. and Mrs. Chin salt and pepper shakers.
Gorgeous and ridiculously expensive, the tree bed.
Because a regular can opener is so darn difficult to use, the easy crank can opener.
Sweet, a modern see-through birdhouse.
Sweet, solar powered tents in Australia.
One more reason to sing in the shower, the ipod shower station.
Lovely, the Cocoon fruit bowl.
Yes, people will stare at you but you'll just smile at them through your plastic bubble.
Of course it's at the MoMA store, the perfect bento box.
Carlos wants you to get a handle on how you perceive everyday things.
Imagine a car covered with light, flexible skin instead of metal. The BMW GINA Light Visionary Model.
"If good design is a balance of aesthetics and utility, the craft peaked in the years between 1940-1970. This era of modernism hit the design sweet spot: functional beauty." The Mid-Century Modernist. Swiped from Ryan, who's a Noob.
Sweet, the Atrio fire basket.
Domestic Aesthetic makes some pretty nice home products including a salt and pepper shaker set for MS.
Sweet, the hot dog toaster.
If you are going to swat a fly, do it with style.
Come on, a $47,000.00 bathtub?.
Sweet, get your green on while cooking your shrimp on the barbie with the eco-friendly Baja BBQ firepack.
Carlos changes out the the sheet-metal on Cartype. Nice redesign of a great resource.
The digital pot lets you know your plant's needs by giving it facial expressions.
No need for anyone to get food poisoning from Aunt Verla's potato salad at the family picnic this year, just pick up the inflatable salad bar.
No need for anyone to be poisoned by Aunt Verla's potato salad at this year's annual family barbecue, get yourself the inflatable salad bar.
Fabulous, feel like a kid again with the Tangram bookcases.
Lovely, the Prism 5 suspension lights.
A red chair by Sawaya & Moroni.
Lightin food lamps by Jérôme Reubrez.
Musical furnishings for your home.
Watch out, Ikea. The stadium proposed for London's hosting of the 2012 Olympics is meant to be demountable.
Solar in the shade.
Brilliant, the modular bathroom system Vertebrae.
Perfect for small spaces, the ironing ladder.
Macbook Pro x blackboard paint = Blackboard Pro.
Related to the last. Newsdesigner on the history of the "Dingbat" and its clock at 6:11.
New logo for the International Herald Tribune. Regarding the "dingbat," deputy managing editor Robert Marino said, "I'm kind of sorry to see it go, but that's progress."
PingMag profile and interview with Chin Music Press, publishers of highly detailed and beautifully designed books.
Gorgeous, the Bulthaup b2 mobile kitchen system. I want.
Stop playing with your food! Play with your tablecloth instead.
Takeshi Miyakawa designs beautiful furniture.
Sleevelessness reviews the book Band ID.
Brilliant redesign of peanut butter and jelly jars.
Remember the MTV Le Run?
Stylish and a place to store all your magazines, the Divide coffee table.
Love this, the Tubes Tea Light.
Meet Newton, SynPet.
Confusion, not concealment.
Choose clusta, not clutter.
The Quin.MGX by Bathsheba Grossman. A twelve-sided dodecahedron lamp with intertwining stars. Sweet.
Building a better take-out box.
Constructicons, Voltron and the Terminator will soon be our overlords.
Lovely, the Sorgente bathtub.
I'm all for bike safety, and this new glow-in-the-dark ride appears to take safety to another level.
"It's in the drawer by the phone. No, the other one, left of the dishwasher, second from the bottom." Or.
This new concept for airplane seating looks like the answer to my frustrations on many levels, but what happens if you're sitting with family or friends and DO want to interact? Interesting to see what happens with this one.
"A chest of drawers divided and put together again so it looks like it defies gravity." Divided.
Obsessional on Arne Jacobsen's Egg Chair.
Nice set of photos from the Milan Furniture Fair.
Sweet, the Alba MA clock.
Sweet, the architect's birdfeeder.
The "Huggy" convertible chair/bed by Brit Leissler.
Debuted in Milan this week, 11: The Beautiful Game, a spectacular reinvention of foosball or "Baby-Foot" if you prefer. Sadly, not for sale.
"I am not a paper cup."
Form salt and pepper shakers.
"Cubicle utopianism was probably a victim of its own success. The idea that cubicles formed a more exciting, humane workplace became less plausible to those who had the experience of working in one." The Moral Life of Cubicles.
A great 50s promo film for NSU's Lambretta motorscooter. Never knew they were bear-powered!
10 Unusual Bicycle Designs.
Is it a stool or a tv? Both, it's NapTV.
Sometimes the cleverest solutions are also the grossest. (May offend sensitive readers.)
A behind the scenes video of FotA Douglas Wilson letterpressing posters at his studio.
"The smallest and most portable BBQ on the planet." Meet the Grilliput.
Sweet, the Motorized Monocycle.
My obsession continues, salt and pepper shakers held together by magnets.
Get helvetica off our money.
I don't really have any need to copy data to 20 flash drives at once but I dig the design of this thing that does that.
Can you have good design in something as mundane as a tape dispenser? Yes, you can.
Quite possibly the coolest swing in the history of swings, the Sense Light Swing.
"It's, ah, kind of liberating, I've been without an arm for 26 years." Designed to help soldiers with missing limbs, Dean Kamen's Robotic "Luke" Arm. Luke, as in Skywalker.
Sweet, the La Sorrentina Coffee machine.
"We liked that this solution embraces and exploits the behavior that people are already engaged in..." That's a great design rationale. The TheftProof Bike seat lock wins the Core77 One Hour Design Challenge. Nicely done.
Lovely, the Gabbiano Daybed.
Meet Dextre, a Canadian robot for the International Space Station.
Sorry, Edison, you're no longer the father of recorded sound.
Gone could be the days of expensive solar panel installation. Imagine if solar power was just a paint stroke away.
A word is processed into a sound wave, then it's shape is bent into steel. The result is the lovely Storyline bookshelf.
Totally sweet, we need one of these for the studio kitchen.
Using only gravity to purify tap water, the Aquaovo is sleek in design and environmentally friendly.
Gorgeous. The Bugatti espresso machine.
Green Toys creates environmentally friendly toys using plastics from recycled milk containers.
"A glorious thing while it lasted." The Wall of Sound, a custom, over-the-top PA system for the 1970's Grateful Dead. Here's an interview with one of the band's roadies at the time, Richard Pechner and his photos of the wall in action. Groovy.
Very cool. Yes, it's suspended but does it swing?
Bloxes are building blocks made of interlocking pieces of corrugated cardboard, folded together.
"40 minutes before the pre-set alarm time the pillow begins to glow and gently brings the user out of sleep. This natural waking process helps to set the circadian rhythm or "body clock" and results in more healthy sleep/wake patterns." Soothing way to wake up or the most annoying pillow ever?
For the stylish pet in your life, "Modern Pet Furniture That Will Make You Jealous."
From Mrs. BB: "Where recycling meets design."
So cute, who wouldn't want a toaster phone?
We have covered pieces of this phenomena previously but here's a nice summary of things that resemble the Death Star, from Mental Floss.
Oobject gathers selected images of gadgets and other things by category. Thanks Christian.
Perfect for the studio, a giant Anglepoise lamp.
Love these, the Hug Salt and Pepper shaker set.
In the running for the most excellent thing of all time, The Comdyna LPG-20.
"With great power comes great responsibility." Photoshop Disasters.
SE, once you've got Lego for your iPhone, you can also get this Lego iPod Dock.
Long day? Chill out on a bumpy, solid wood Lego sofa.
My obsession with salt and pepper shakers continues with these wind up bird shakers. Too cute.
A knife holder for people with a sense of humor.
Not a lot of space but need places for guests to sleep? Try the Lollipop bunk bed system.
Solar cells made on an inkjet printer.
Sweet, the Cloudburst Shower Head.
Gorgeous, the Muon speakers.
Lovely, the Hemingway Table Lamp.
Gorgeous mortar and pestle set.
The Brain Mouse "is essentially a brain controlled mouse, relying on EEG readings of the brain's alpha and beta waves."
Not really sure that this is how I'd like to wake up in the morning, but I suppose it might work for pirates.
Latest project for Spencer and me, acquired over the weekend, a model wooden trebuchet kit. We will report on its destructive power after completion. This is an awesome episode of Nova btw.
Lovely, the Starburst Cluster chandelier.
Very cool but don't they sort of seem like they might creep up behind you?
"We enjoy all parts of vintage electronics, mid-century buildings and classic cars, but the images here shall focus solely on their knobs and toggle bits." The Control Panel photo group.
Red when hot, Blue when cool.
Since SE is in Colorado, perhaps she can try out one of these bamboo mountain bikes.
Any baseball is beautiful. Especially in February, in Chicago, with most of the staff down with the flu and a winter storm on the way.
Lovely, the Freehander shower.
What time is it? Whatever.
Interesting, a curtain that stays in the shape you make it.
Sublime, need one of these for the summer.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.
My obsession with finding the perfect salt and pepper grinders continues, although I may have a winner.
Sweet, the name says it all, Happy Lamps.
Looking for a stylish bed that won't break your budget? Apartment Therapy has some ideas for you.
Made of wood and bone china, the Salt and Pepper Polka.
"For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly under water. Now we have made this dream come true." The Rinspeed sQuba, half sports car, half submarine.
Very cool tv stand.
"Work benches from a decrepit Packard Motor Car plant become a kitchen island. Steel parts carts from a General Motors plant in Detroit become rolling liquor cabinets. Long forgotten wooden foundry objects become "high art" when placed on metal stands or hung on a wall. Large metal shoe racks from a foreclosed Ohio factory become book shelves." This is so up SE's alley.
For those who have difficulty with normal chopsticks, the beginner's version. Being an amateur was never so stylish.
Not actually in production yet but I'd buy one if they were, The Shining cuckoo clock.
"Collective4 is a diverse team of Pratt Industrial Design students who bring an eco-preneurial mindset to all their work through the use of sustainable materials and processes." Check out their new bench design. Via Josh Spear.
I'm a great admirer of auxiliary objects designed well, and love to come across objects that others appreciate in this way.
Permafrost's Silence rug calls to mind those perfect white tracks outside in the snow, before they melted in the sun.
Lovely modern salt and pepper shakers.
For people whose goldfish like to watch tv.
Super cool toaster.
Get your very own Batphone.
Ok, so I'm always cold. I'm cold in the summer with the air conditioning and always freezing in the winter. I'm in a constant tug of war with everyone in the studio about the temperature. That said, I totally need one of these for my office.
Lovely, the Dalby thermostatic shower.
Sweet, the Darwin modular fireplace.
Oh, yeah. Pollen robots!
Cute AM/FM radio made of wood.
*Sigh* Perfect for people like me who love movies, if only I had an extra 5000 bucks laying around.
Sketching at MIT on an intelligent whiteboard.
Dude, cool watch.
Um, Bless you.
Sublime, the WMK A-16 Shower Enclosure Unit.
Details and pix of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo design.
I wish I seen the Salkim Bookhanger before I bought my bookcases. The word "covet" totally applies here.
I so want one of these, the MC1 Supercar concept.
Perfect for cold winter mornings, microwaveable slippers.
Lovely, the Calliope chandelier.
So you know,When is a motorcycle not a motorcycle?
Unique Soviet snowmobiles.
Two part illustrated "making of" on creating illustrations for for the Vredestein tire website from Art.Lebedev.
Star Wars sculptures made out of scrap metal.
Anyone who really, really cares about their writing instrument should head over to Who needs friends... when you have pens. Not a Biro in sight.
"There was a time, not so very long ago, when it was a shining symbol of modern man's ingenuity- evidence of an energized drive toward the future." The Secret History Of The Revolving Door.
Lovely, the solo pendant light "star".
Drainspotting - for all your manhole cover needs. They're still design, right?
The world's cheapest car is quite possibly also the world's cutest car.
Is it bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an amphicar.
"When chairs break or become useless people usually throw them away, or if the chair is made of wood it can be used as firewood. Here are some photos of chairs that continue their existence and still server their purpose."
Black or Red? I'll take both.
Somewhat phallic but really cool, the Hand It Over Oil & Vinegar set.
Sweet, the freestanding Anthropos shower cabin.
I'd never know what time it is. A clock for Math Geniuses.
Mid-Century modern classics in miniature. Gorgeous.
Sweet, Taste of Talking salt and pepper shakers.
Cardboard "could be reborn as a disposable carpet that could instantly provide you with a clean space wherever you are, almost like a home." Cardboard carpets by Dutch designer Wendy Plomp.
"You can create a landscape on your very own table." The topography soup plate.
This is for the the kind of people that jump out of bed in the morning, ready to take on the day. The Puzzle Alarm Clock.
Rockin' salt and pepper shakers, literally.
Let the person in the car behind you know how you feel.
Perfect for the cold Midwestern winters, the Shaker stove.
I so want one of these, the Kabuki Chandelier.
Make your house stand out from the neighbors with these Macintosh House Numbers.
Crazy simple, crazy cool, the Pluviae shower head.
"Being able to identify a public toilet seat that has just been sat upon is of particular concern to a significant number of the population."
The cutest robot snowplow ever, meet Yuki-taro.
I have a rather odd fascination with salt and pepper shakers, love this Amoeba Condiment set.
I need one of these for my office, the napshell.
Brilliant modern furniture by Enrico Pellizzoni.
For the surrealist fan on your Christmas list, the Salvador Dali watch.
Coolest salt and pepper shakers ever.
For the seriously lazy-no-business-even-being- in-a-snowball-fight-just-stay-in- your-recliner-and-leave-it-to-the experts people out there, the Snoballer.
For the hockey fan in your life, Hip Check Hockey Stick Box.
PingMag's Japanese Packaging Design #5, consumer bottles made from PET resin.
On MS's theme from earlier this morning, if I lived in Amsterdam and had not quite so many hills nearby, I'd be tempted to look like a dork, but eat with ease on my bike.
So cool, the retro alarm clock.
Fab, how about a clock made of numbers?
Sublime. The Dream Light Rain Canopy shower. *Sigh*
With a heavy ice storm warning on the way for our fair city, maybe I should hop a plane and head to the world's largest indoor water park. Sweet.
That is one hot tub.
Jake Dyson's Motorlight can be adjusted precisely from spot to flood or programmed to adjust dynamically.
If BB celebrated Hanukkah, he'd have a menorah like this.
For the environmentally friendly, computer geeky man in your life, keyboard cufflinks.
A very funky Nativity set designed by comic illustrator Massimo Giacon.
Very cool magazine rack. Whose gonna look at the magazines with that around?
Totally sweet, a simple, modern teapot.
Wow, the Omega shower by Jacuzzi.
"Take it from the boot to the piste in a jiffy." I'd be sledding all day with one of these.
Peel microcars. You just can't buy a good Isle-of-Man-built car for £189 these days.
For Star Wars fans everywhere, the Wii Light Saber.
Ridiculously fantastic, the Boom Cabinet.
Create your own lighting design and wow your guests with the customizable glass links chandelier.
If you aren't traveling for Thanksgiving, live vicariously at the dining table with some of these cool conversation starters. Either that or everyone will be silently staring at their plates, reminiscing about their favourite part of Berlin.
So neat, Big Dipper makes 24 chandeliers of wick and wax in 24 hours.
Lovely, the Chiocciola shower.
"Walk/Don't Walk." No, sit.
A new kind of hotel for you, the mobile citizen.
Life and Incredible Adventures of Optimus Keyboards. Lots of new notes and photos on the fabrication of this beautiful idea which was created by Art Lebedev, our second favorite design studio anywhere.
Speaking of Polaroid, pretty much any excuse will do for a relink to The Branding of Polaroid, Paul Giambarba's first-hand account of the company's corporate image and product identity development. Required reading.
The perfect coat rack for a teacher. Be sure to click the camera icon for alternate pics.
Sweet. The HutJ Camila Rocker by Matthew Kroeker.
"Dutch architect Luc Merx's lampshade is an algorithmic mass of writhing nudes that recalls the classical motif of the fall of the damned. He imagines the lamp hanging above a dining table, the shock of the frozen, terrified bodies disturbing diners with age-old questions of guilt and morality, issues usually kept behind closed doors."
For BB, Lamponi's Lamps.
So you know, 101 gadgets that changed the world.
Give your goldfish something cool to look at while swimming in circles.
My daughter Ella was on the research committee for this cool project, and our buddy Niko's great designs feature prominently on the new Make My Own Monster, from which some proceeds will benefit Global Action for Children.
The cutest little reading light around, Little Man with a Book.
For the UFO enthusiast, the Spaceship Paper Vase.
For BB and DW, the scooter cutting board.
It's almost too cute to drive.
For SE, the perfect coffee table.
Come in or Go Away, one doormat for both thoughts.
Living in the Windy City, we know what happens to umbrellas in a strong gust of wind. Perhaps we should look into one of these?
Bright a little sparkle to your life with the Confetti Light.
How would you even use this thing?
Showreel of the moment. Mark Coleran Visual Designer.
For the Rob Fleming in your life, the LP to iPod converter.
So you know, the Top Ten Most Annoying Alarm Clocks.
So cool I just might be able to get past the bird.
The Nomad. A Yurt reinvented. Hmm, wonder if it would fit in my office?
For BB, fabulous photos showing how a soccer ball , excuse me, football is made.
Every kid needs a honeycube.
Heal yourself while you work with Swiss Aromatherapy pens.
"The body of the Puyo is not traditional metal but a soft gel designed to look and feel like human or animal skin." Pretty interesting concepts going on in the new Honda concept car.
The furniture design of Max Lamb. Check out the "Exercises in Seating" area which describes how he uses beach sand to cast the pewter table shown.
Wired beat us to the punch with a post in the Gadget Lab about our pal Brendan Dawes and MN's latest project. Mixa, a super sweet way to make a "USB cassette for your digital stuff."
Illustrated history of Apple's OS System Prefs panels.
SkinBag. "Autonomous seamless organisms in synthetic skin" and also "an alchemy between the repulsive and the captivating."
Tokyo Does Chocolate by the Number.
Smeg's 50's style fridge. *Sigh* But which color? Orange? Lime green? No, it's got to be Red.
Splat Stan, a coaster with attitude.
Always wanted to drive a Ferrari? Here's a slightly more attainable version.
Okay, but how do you watch tv like that?
A beautiful morning begins in eating the message.
Perfect for the upcoming dark days of winter. Designed by Adam Frank Incorporated, the Reveal light.
Scott Hansen on the only-perfect B&O Beogram, circa 1974.
Don't you hate it when your cereal gets soggy? Fear no more.
Sweet. Now you can stuff your face with that pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream and not worry about frozen hands.
We tried an experiment about a year ago here at CP. We turned off our IM for a week in a quest for more face to face interaction. And you know what? It worked. We talked to each other more. Except BB cheated. Yeah BB, I knew. Anyhoo, think this is the next idea. Picture dozens of them flying around the studio with notes attached.
Canova's Dual-Screen Laptop. One, please.
Snap and Dine.
Temps are dropping and heading into a Chicago winter, we'll need some of these.
Coroflot Magazine #3, The Shoe Issue, is available for download.
Whoa, can't wait to see Aptera on the road. $500 puts you in line.
The RedPost/Kit home picture frame. Sweet.
Been meaning to post this for several days now, but the always great design*sponge is up and running with the new site. Nice.
Ross Lovegrove's Solar Trees are being unveiled this evening in Vienna.
Problem: Design a remote control with as many buttons as there are channels on TV. Solution: the Pultius remote control. From the minds at our second favorite design studio anywhere, Art Lebedev. Thanks Marshall.
Let's be honest, the only really good use for Venetian blinds.
Cool or stupid? You decide.
Introducing the Shoprider Flagship 4 Wheel Scooter.
Not sure about you, but when I want to go to sleep, I don't want a light bulb for a bed.
Some of you might remember when you used to make cassette mix tapes for friends, lovers, etc. Take a step back in time and check out the cassette MP3 player.
Trouble getting up when your alarm goes off in the morning? You might try a flying alarm clock.
Sure to send kids everywhere into fits of giggles, Plushie Chairs.
Compact, bendable, twistable, and enemy to lemons everywhere.
Quite possibly the most unusual and beautiful expresso machines I have ever seen. We need one of them for the studio but how to choose?
The new five dollar note with a big, modern sans-serif number "5" and purple ink. Thanks, appropriately, to Bill.
So you know. How to Make a Chair from a Shopping Cart. Comfy.
"A book, when opened, should lie flat when placed on a table, and stay that way without help from its reader's hands." Books That Lie Open, by Robin Kinross.
A kid's-eye view of laptop design .
As some frequent FS readers know, I recently had some creepy crawly issues. I so totally need one of these. Click the video, be amazed and get one of your very own. I know SD will be ordering as well as me.
"Theo Jansen demonstrates his amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures, built from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His "Strandbeests" (Beach Creatures) are built to move and even survive on their own." Wow.
For former smokers who long for the feel of the cigarette box and a good read.
Thanks, but I don't do that anymore.
Wake up BB.
If only the tree house were, you know, spherical.
Don't have a fireplace? Presto, now you do.
So cute and easy to parallel park too. Toyota's IQ.
Adam Frank's Reveal, his new ambient interior lighting design, is finally available. I'd love to see this in person.
Tangentially related to one of our brand-new MoOM exhibits, The Forgotten Pioneer of Corporate Design by Jessie Scanlon, on Eliot Noyes, who designed the sculptured housing of the IBM Selectric.
Gifted With Beauty, the third in a series of articles on Japanese packaging design, from PingMag.
Been seeing a lot of gorgeous modern, sustainable furniture lately, like that of Loll Designs and even a few by Ineke Hans. Both lines celebrate recycled plastic as a material that can be beautiful, durable and sustainable. Bravo.
What goes together like peanut butter and jelly? Tunes and beers. Sweet.
PingMag on Japanese toy firework designs.
So cool. Cardboard mini boom box.
A bit of research on the previous post led me to Markus Wolf and Markus Bader's brilliant Bootleg Objects. "A phono-radio without the phono, a cassette receiver sans cassette, and a non-turning turntable are the first three pieces in a series."
The man who collects Apples.
"Did I remember to turn off the coffee maker? " Never worry again.
Daniele made a Lego Rubik's cube solver.
Roger Arquer presents 15 variations on the standard fish bowl.
Frédéric Eyl and Gunnar Green's Aperture project is an interactive installation consisting of a wall mounted matrix of iris diaphragms. So cool. Make sure to check out the videos. Via Creative Leap.
"Twelve different fonts are printed within the mechanism of the clock providing a random, mixed display of graphic language within a single timepiece." The Font Clock over at Established & Sons.
With so many cute dresses out there for us ladies to choose from, this one offers not so much form but function.
Not sure what to do with your flip flops after the summer? How about a recycled flip flop mat? Great idea.
These are interesting, but if it's a Pantone phone, why not specify the PMS numbers?
Robbits is an installation featuring long-eared robots that are aware of themselves, their location and their community.
So cool, the handy dandy Backpack Bicycle.
Windmills are so last year. Make way for the Maglev Turbine.
Kids play, water pumps.
Porfolio Mag asked IDEO, thehappycorp and Ziba to remake the interface for Bloomberg terminals. Excellent feature, surprising results.
Handy breakdown on the features of the
Joel Hesselgren's Lego Salt n' Pepper Shaker.
Life and Incredible Adventures of Optimus Keyboards. Notes on the fabrication of this beautiful idea which was created by Art Lebedev, our second favorite design studio anywhere. Via Paperholic.
Ain Supplio, fragrant pencil lead. "The aromatic blends are specially designed to boost the learning capacity of those in smelling range."
So you know. How to make a propeller-driven tricycle.
Design Museum Q & A with Jonathan Ive.
Jacob Palmborg's Credit Card Of The Future. "...an RFID card linked to every account you have. A small interface indicates your own economic situation and forecasts what effects your purchases might have on your future economic status."
Of course John Gruber waited in line. His first impressions of his iPhone.
Because putting money into a piggy bank adds to your savings, not subtracts. Via Douglas Wilson. (PS: Hey Coudal crew, thanks for having me on this month -- I'll save up my money and buy you a drink next time I'm in Chicago!) Editor's note: Deal.
Apple Form Factor Evolution, 1976 through 2007.
So yes, the iPhone is amazing. But no, it's not perfect. The NYT reviews the iPhone.
Cool, simplified external data storage on the Drobo.
Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, listed by publication date.
"A true fan, Catherine Bujold has modified her apartment to look like the interiors featured on the show Space 1999."
"An outer door which appears to be slightly opened. A door that always welcomes you inside, but still makes sure you're safe and sound behind it." Wis Design's Outer Door. Via Random Coolness.
Susanna Hertrich's Chrono Shredder.
The hottest Stingray of them all.
Old news but worth checking, especially for the grid-geeks in the house. Spiekermann's redesign of Le Monde Diplomatique.
Pentagram's design for the Global Cities exhibition in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall was built in 18 days, and here's a time-lapse film to prove it.
Witness the "donut-making fury" of the
Belshaw Donut Robot 42, aka the Donut Robot of Love 2000.
The Novel Novel makes products from discarded library books.
Portable Barbeques for the griller on the go.
Newdesigner on The Virginian-Pilot's redesign which employs a fresh typographic system in an open and flexible layout. Admirable.
"Hans Gugelot considered design as a moral question rather than one of beauty, more a question of attitude than one of taste."
Sustainable Design for Living. Lovely.
London 2012 Olympics logo. Hmmm.
A Stanford class with Michael Shanks about design, Pretending with LEGO.
"Packaging is a part of modern life. This article, an insight into the design of a consumer package for satellite radio provider XM, includes many aspects of a typical package development process." Excellent, illustrated piece at .think. Via SvN.
Premier Eye Candy, PingMag on Tokyo Design Premio.
Neat ribbon OLED chandelier by Makoto Tojiki.
Seville's Solar Power Tower is 300-stories tall and surrounded by 624 solar panels. It produces enough energy to power 60,000 homes.
Books That Lie Open by Robin Kinross. A lovely, illustrated survey of book binding techniques including the modern Otabind process. Plus, for the extra geeky, a Dutch manufacturing film on that process.
Sweet Objects of Desire feature, from Technology Review.
A new tram design for the Cathedral at Reims, "Thin, like a knife."
Three words. Elastic. Folding. Structures.
Many interesting things from Gerson Lessa, most of them plastic and all of them beautifully photographed. Via Scrubbles.
Related to the last, Swissair-Boys, available for sale. So cool.
"The Sonic Bed is a purpose built portable place which plays music that moves for the audience, who can come lie in the bed alone or together." It might be good for other things too. Like this for example.
Legos for adults. Very cool.
Colourful Awamori, a PingMag feature on Japanese bottle labels. Sweet.
The 'Still Living' project revolves around the concept of a 'living' graphics. The graphics are using instantly readable visual codes: pie-charts, bars, curves, etc. But instead of transmitting information about specific developments and alterations, they produce vague and imprecise images. Instead of strict rationality, we see metaphors of a type of indecision which is not supposed to exist in our world dominated by precise numbers. Antoine Schmitt received the second prize at the 2007 Transmediale Award for this project.
ICT Blog on a very nice flat-panel televison concept seen at the Triennale di Milan.
Missed this before Opening Day, Paul Lukas' MLB Uni Watch Season Preview. Scarlet is the new black, but of course we knew that a long time ago, when we designed the Astros' logo and uni system.
The commentators at NewsDesigner don't seem to think much of the Globe and Mail redesign but I like it quite a bit, especially the unusual approach of setting the news columns ragged-right. A lovely (albeit ad-free) sample page.
Foldschool. Instructions for making cardboard kids' furniture.
As promised yesterday, Studebaker photos. (Sorry, no good hearse photos.)
Commonwealth, The Licorice Series.
Is it a JC Penney catalog or new weekly tabloid for Dubai called Xpress? Hard to tell.
Reading more, it turns out the Fiat Nuova 500 (unlike the new Vespa, Beetle, and Mini) was designed with budget, scale, and simplicity in mind, as well as retro charm. It's growing on me, not that it'll come to the U.S.
Beetle, Vespa, Mini, Airstream, as long as we're stripping legendary vehicles of their original appeal and marketing them to nostalgic yuppies, why not add the Fiat Cinquecento?
"The office employee turns Vector depending on how much success he or she has been having of late."
Cool idea. A soda bottle design that lets you mix your own flavors.
Jonathan Glancy on a "classic of everyday design," The Bic pen.
"Over the years a large number of artists impressions of proposed and new design rolling stock have been produced for the rail industry." Dig the Class 93 and DVT fleet. Via The Cartoonist.
Great Creative Review interview with Mark Adams and Michale Burke who are curating a show at the Vitoe Showroom in London, featuring graphic design elements from the 1972 Munich Olympics. More at Bibliotheque.
Pruned on control rooms and command centers, big rooms full of screens and data.
"This is a set of 25 ceramic tiles. The patterns are based on satellite imagery of major highway interchanges that have been built worldwide." Via Airbag.
"Time to buy roller skates and a new Superbitus." From the minds at our second favorite entrepreneurial design shop, Russia's mighty Art Lebedev Studio whose constitution is well worth upholding.
Now that the decision for the Citi branding has been made, Paula Scher and Pentagram show the napkin.
Ballpoint pen chandelier.
Our SD was at the Chicago Auto Show Wednesday for UnBeige. Check his coverage there starting with Forget the Cars, Let's Talk Displays.
With a top speed of 87mph, this sofa is the fastest piece of furniture on the planet.
"...as if regular candy began melting and became slightly rounded in the mouth." Naoto Fukasawa's Infobar mobile phone concept.
PingMag on Elephant Design. Gather ideas. Materialize them. If enough people are interested, sell and produce. Dig the Tetris sofa.
"We enjoy all parts of vintage electronics, mid-century buildings and classic cars, but the images here shall focus solely on their knobs and toggle bits." The Control Panel photo group. Excellent art direction reference for our 72° film project.
Plen, desktop hobby robot.
New Scientist on "a contest to build a robot that can operate autonomously in urban warfare conditions, moving in and out of buildings to search and destroy..." A la Neill Blomkamp's Alive in
"When there's enough rice for a meal, water is added automatically to the rice and the cooker is switched on. When the rice is ready, an email is sent out inviting people to eat the rice." Via WM$NA.
For a bit of abstract inspiration on color and texture, check the fabrics at Maharam.
The Observer's new architecture critic wastes his encyclopedic knowledge ranting about Philippe Starck chairs.
"Some years ago, on New Year's eve, an entertainment was given at the home of Mr. William J. Hammer, in Newark, N.J., which, for the display of the powers of electricity has seldom, if ever, been equaled." Mr. Hammer's Electrical Dinner. Via Things.
James N. Sears' journal about the development and construction of his Orb Project. So cool. Thanks Coop.
The Jorg & Olif City Bike. Lovely.
"Russell Porter was one of the pioneers in the field of cutaway illustration. Although technical illustration was only a side-line for Mr. Porter, his work is some of the earliest of this artform." Via The Nonist.
Photos of the $100 laptop.
"Since 1965, Roctronics has pioneered the design of unique and spectacular animated, full color displays for underlit dancefloors, nightclub ceilings & walls." Oh yeah. Thanks Rev.
Wrap your presents this year in hot mulled wine and pizzelles, courtesy of Jason Santa Maria, as a part of AIGA NY's annual charity event.
So you know. Paper Fastening Technology Timeline. Like it says.
We linked this when it was in concept. Now it's live and even cooler than it originally sounded. Colour by Numbers on a tower in Stockholm, using your cellphone.
Ora-Ito product design.
Onyx phone concept. Luscious, as in "having strong sensual or sexual appeal: seductive."
Matthew Waldman's Nooka Watch. Something simple and new.
NewsDesigner on the lovely, measured redesign of the Los Angeles Times. Of particular interest, as a commenter points out, are the multiple dropheds in the lead story. A step forward that comes from looking backwards.
Daniel digs the helicopter link and sends another, along the same lines, from Kevin Hulsey Illustration.
People who like this sort of thing will find this exactly the sort of thing they like. Nice interactive cutaway illustration of a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter.
No Ideas But In Things. Dan Saffer of Adaptive Path and other places curates a new weblog as "a library of controls, animations, layouts, and displays that might be a source of inspiration for interaction designers."
The PlayPump. What a great idea.
Sort of a Pinewood Derby competition for designers. Fitzsu's Grand Prix.
Sleek and efficient. The Dyson Airblade.
The Placentero Chair $3400, from Argentinean designer, Batti.
Modular light system for architecture, which reacts to the electromagnetic fields generated by touch.
Noted without comment. Container Ships.
Nice idea and execution. Web Designer's Calendar 2007.
Dutch artist Paul Veroude created a real-life exploded diagram of a Honda F1 car at the London Motor Show more photos).
Tom Coates on the design of American State flags. "In terms of bizarre flags, Hawaii takes the biscuit."
Nice photoset from Mode Design Brussels 2006.
"...in a field so exacting and repetitive, organic shapes, the hand drawn, and human error are a critical part of giving a pattern a personality." PingMag interview with Dan Funderburgh. His site is full of nice stuff.
Obsessional on Illinois Tollway Oases.
Noted without comment. Free Spirit Spheres.
Icon Magazine on the new Mercedes-Benz Museum. "This building is what happens when capitalism realizes that it's not inferior to culture, but that it is culture."
"Cassidy had a bucket of broken crayons and couldn't use them for her drawing. She was inspired to create a way to make use of all the small pieces." Thus, The Crayon Holder was born. Via SNP.
The cover comes off July 20th.
2006 Industrial Design Excellence (IDEA) awards winners.
"On that day of August 1975, the day I first saw the ad on TV for Space: 1999 on my local TV station, I was blown away just like the Moon in the series ! I couldn't believe my eyes! A world beyond belief! This was the perfect world!" Here are some pictures of my house.
Subway ad posters get moving in London.
"Invisible Sphere is a 5.5 foot diameter sphere covered with video monitors and surveillance cameras. Each monitor displays live video feed from a camera placed on the opposite side." Via Infosthetics.
Perfect little Muji travel alarm clock.
Looking for something else entirely I've just blown the last half hour Updating the Computer, from Design Magazine in January of 1969.
Neatorama's Top 10 Coolest BBQ Grills. Via my friend Mike who actually designs BBQ grills for a living.
The world's first calculator watch, the sweet-looking HP-01, profiled in Scientific American in 1977 and scanned by Modern Mechanix.
Um, is this really necessary?
Motion Texture, extant imagery, motion graphics as environment.
"The SMS Guerilla Projector is a home made, fully functioning device that enables the user to project text based SMS messages in public spaces, in streets, onto people, inside cinemas, shops, houses..."
Rebrandings, gum, pop and beer.
At last, a scooter/bicycle combo post for both BB and myself. During the Giro d'Italia bicycle race this year, one stage took place in Pontedera, the original home of the Piaggio Vespa. Race officials and press were taken on a tour of the Museo Piaggio, and they've posted some photos.
"My reasons for making the Physical Periodic Table Table were purely practical: We needed a new conference table for my office area, and I didn't want an ugly one from the office supply catalog." Via Things.
BldgBlog on "a six-meter wide inflatable sphere that magnifies seismic movements and converts them into sound - plate tectonics as musical composition."
Two brothers in a temperature-controlled Manhattan apartment have built a supercomputer. They never turn it off; it's computing pi. One of the brothers has an autoimmune disorder; the same A/C that keeps the computer running keeps him alive. The machine is humming away, calculating. Link via callmeoblomov.
MIDAS: Multifunction In-Dorm Automation System.
If you sit on it too long, it will biodegrade - and shoots of grass will poke through your pants. What is it? It's a biodegradable bench made from long brown tubes.
We already have a foosball table in here, but we absolutely NEED one of these, especially after we finally build that roof deck.
If you need a new place to hang your jacket, try using a wall-mounted fork.
Can one of London's Tube stations be transformed into a kind of cylindrical power plant, generating electricity from the vibrations of trains and stair-climbing commuters? One architect thinks so: BBC. Via Archinect.
My little Soundbombs.
Adjaye/Associates' "Nobel Field" Installation. So, so cool. Check the videos.
If you're in the market for a new end table and have $600k to throw around, perhaps you'll find a great one during Sotheby's Important 20th Century Design Auction (reg. req'd).
Need some silence, empathy, or just a little pause? A bit of sustainable innovation? Well, all of those are now on sale - at the FLOWinstitute's FLOWmarket. Open up a can of unconditional love.
How to, from the The Spudgun Technology Center.
"24 Sony digital projectors, an eight-channel audio system and ultrasonic motion tracking technology": it's the future of the border, the future of war, and the future of simulation. It's The War Room.
PingMag interview with Super Robot, designers, fabricators, architects.
Making the bathroom fun again with these interactive urinals - you're in control now.
People who like this sort of thing will find this exactly the sort of thing they like. The London Underground's corporate identity design standards and usage guides. The 'Signs Manual' is particularly interesting. Via The Cartoonist.
Speaking of robots, here's a nice one.
A journey through the evolution of Western dining from the Renaissance to the present, Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table. Thanks Roderick.
"You too can become a Certified Thunderbird '64 Expert!" Check the fab video, then take the quiz.
Can't make out the subtitles, so not always sure what exactly the objects do, but the presentation is stellar. Industrial Facility's In Progress.
Using an "indestructible mix of ice and wood pulp," could the British military have made "a massive floating island" suitable for going to war? Kircher Society
Piaggio, makers of the Vespa, today unveiled an innovative scooter with two front wheels.
Clip-n-Seal's new site is looking, um, fresh, except for that bright green liquid.
About that ugly new ten-spot.
Wish I had somewhere to fly to. Would love to check out this new gigantic touch screen at O'Hare.
Digital Retro is a new coffee table book which tells the story behind 44 classic computers of the Seventies and Eighties. Amazon link. Via Matthew at Sum of Seven, who has a nice collection of vintage computers of his own.
Nice site for this year's Electrolux Design Lab competition focused on appliances and healthy eating. Also, check "behind the scenes" for a quick video on making letters out of stuff. Via Typographica.
"Passengers in the standing section would be propped against a padded backboard, held in place with a harness." Upgrade chats about Airbus' idea to add a standing-room section to Asian carriers.
Christopher Robbins' Infobreath Project Video. "Breathing on the plant triggers a flurry of text that makes visible the wireless internet traffic passing through the air around the viewer. The plant absorbs this information, analyzing the bytes of data for those aspects that seem more 'alive,' or human-generated, and releases those packets in a form comprehensible to humans." How and why. Via Dodeci.
Pendant Lights shine light onto phosphorescent tables creating highly addictive light patterns.
We just bought an inexpensive light tent for the studio but were we a bit handier or pressed for cash we might have made our own.
On the Venn diagram showing "motorcycle lovers," "nerds," and "graphic designers," the small place where all three overlap is in Australia, and it's called "Deus Ex Machina.
Piaggio is testing prototype gas/electric hybrid Vespa scooters in Milan. (this is not the April Fool's prank hybrid scooter from last week).
Joe Colombo's Mini Kitchen, back in production.
"Do you really need that extra quart of ice cream? I notice you've put on some weight since the last time you were here." Watson Systems' InStore Information talking shopping cart. Via Designboom.
Animatronic human sculptures in bronze and stainless steel by Mark Ho. So cool.
"The first thing that I saw when I entered the factory are the newest models and colored mixers lined up, practically floor-to-ceiling! They ranged in hues like sunny Meyer Lemon, Martha Green (named after...), Caviar (black with silver flecks), a cheerful Green Apple, Olive, and colorfully-red Bing Cherry." David visits the KitchenAid Factory. Via C&Z.
So you know. The history of the Photoshop tool bar.
Sprout Home has some cool vases and vessels.
"The Grass Armchair is self assembled, each pack contains 14 corrugated cardboard frames and 100g pack of grass seeds."
Terence Woon's kitchen of the future, an entry in designboom's Imagine the Home in 2020 competition.
Israeli Design Today.
"This DVD camcorder provides only the essential functions, which lead to simple and smart interactions that bring the device closer to users. This camcorder is acting as a transition from a traditional button camcorder to an action driven interaction camcorder."
I love it when Gruber gets cranky.
Yep Ralf, you're right, I do like that. Neat carrying-case presentation stand, The Coffin.
After spending the day distilling icons down to their most spare yet most meaningful iteration, it might be nice to come home to this.
"Chronos Chromos Concrete is a system that is able to dynamically display patterns, numbers and text in concrete surfaces."
Nixon's Rotolog watch is sweet.
There are lots of sites that point to attractive or uniquely designed furniture, housewares and textiles. But few of these sites have an aesthetic vibe of their own, a la Design Sponge. Great taste, tastefully presented.
"Swedish telephones developed a worldwide reputation very early on. A Swedish telephone was a design that united the quality of the technical design with aesthetic appeal and functional design." Beloved Telephone - A Design Story. Via Designboom.
Cute rubber radio.
The Society of News Design honors two papers this year. The redesigned and reformatted Guardian and the spectacular and I'm ashamed to say, completely new to me Rzeczpospolita from Warsaw. God it's beautiful. Via, of course, NewsDesigner.
Finally, stapling just got easier and way more expensive.
Bennett Robot Works. "They are not meant to be a toy."
Former Chicago co-conspirator Charles Forman's Interactive Waterfall a for Children's hospital. People walking by "affect the visuals of the display by their movement directly in front of the waterfall. This was done with an overhead infrared camera that measured the changes in people's movements."
Point your cellphone camera, capture an url. Super smart. Plus the geometric codes are cool-looking too, like combination lock tumblers. ShotCode.
Nice recycled belt from Schlauch.
Reactive Cube. "designed to transform digital images into apparently physical objects." Don't miss the films. Thanks Coop.
Proof that Toronto is nothing if not really cool: Douglas Coupland was recently commissioned to co-design a park there. Make sure to look for it the next time you're watching a movie that's set in New York. Via Things.
"We need to think differently about how solid state lighting can be designed and delivered in ways that are useful and acceptable to the practices of different cultures." Via c77.
"He arranged his pieces to spell out many words; but he could never find the way to make the one word he was so eager to form. The word was 'Eternity.' The Snow Queen had said to him, 'If you can puzzle that out you shall be your own master, and I'll give you the whole world and a new pair of skates.'"
The GE Kitchen of the Future.
Your Prius can basically suck it. If you really cared about the environment, you'd go pneumatic.
Photoset for today: Kevin Byrd's snaps of Matt Soorikian's new Cantilever Dresser. Let us know if you need our address to deliver one in time for Xmas.
"The Designer Emulation Kits (DEK's for short) are meant as the sincerest homage to some of the greatest modern designers of our time. The lamps and designers being 'emulated' have a particular importance." Via c77.
The revolving door was not always saddled with such negative connotations. There was a time when it was a symbol of modern man's ingenuity, an artifact from our energized drive toward the future." Via Things.
Obsessional on the 1967 AMT Piranha. So nice.
When we become millionaires from Copy Goes Here, this is what I'm gonna buy first. Feel my 1Hz! Do Mudhoney CDs even play 1Hz?
"A small American furniture company dedicated to the creation of well crafted timeless designs." Interesting furniture from BDDW.
Dialounge: the pairchair.
Analog Awakening, good morning idea.
Check the Kansas City Star's special 125th Anniversary front page from last Sunday at Newsdesigner. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Mike and Maaike's Windowseat Lounge, a sub-architectural space.
If I was a little kid and could pick my own bike, this would be my choice: Like a Bike. (scroll down for pictures)
The winner of the Design Museum's inaugural Designer of the Year award in 2003 was Jonathan Ive, senior vice-president of design at Apple whose innovations include the iPod and iMac. Interview with Jonathan Ive Via Reluct.
"At this point you should be hearing the radio station coming in loud and clear
in the amplifier across the room. Put your hand in front of the laser beam to
break the connection, and notice that the music stops. Wiggle your fingers
in the beam and listen to the music get chopped up by your fingers. Your laser communicator is ready for the next step."
Promise Design - New Design and Post Industrial Art from Israel.
No question on which one's which.
"Unlike other head-tracking solutions, the Head-Tracking Pointer does not require special-purpose hardware, head gear, or tracking aids, such as retro-reflective dots." IBM's Head-Tracking software. Via Gizmodo.
Geek My Ride: a complete video editing suite better than many found in smaller post houses. Oh, and it's also in the backseat of a Lexus.
"Digital microscopy systems can cost thousands of dollars but a very useful model can be assembled by using one decent compound microscope and consumer products that cost less than $150."
Aunt Marie (in the photo below) actually bought one of those cruddy Kodak Disc cameras. I like to attribute the graininess of that print to a 8.2mm x 10.6mm negative, but that photo's probably older than her camera.
The Urban Nomad Shelter, an innovative shelter for the homeless. I wouldn't mind having one, too, and that's just fine with the designers at Electroland, who aimed for an object that would cut across a few boundaries.
Swanksigns, dedicated to the art of mocking public works.
Good Morning! Why do industrial designers tease me with stuff that I can't actually buy?
I wasn't really thinking of redoing our kitchen at home. Until now. Danke M.
United Designers Network has a new site, providing a peek at an inspirational portfolio of work, especially Studentenfutter in the Editorial Design Section and the Bosch Corporate Design System.
There are very few things more visually satisfying than a nice exploded diagram of something mechanical like the ATC 304A Record Player Motor breakdown. Unless, of course you're an exciter lamp cover and soundhead from the Bell and Howell 1568B 16mm projector type of person. Viac77.
Gaze into The R*Emote Mirror.
The Food Loop appeals to both my inner sci-fi geek and my inner foodie.
The Studio Troika SMS Guerilla Projector is "a home made, fully functioning device that enables the user to project text-based SMS messages in public spaces." Listed under 'devices.' Via 1+1=1.
Awe inspiring innovation and creativity on show at the 2005 IDEA Awards.
YES! These are brilliant and I need some immediately.
How to disappear completely.
"This notebook was printed Gutenberg's way in an old-fashioned printery, with letters and figures found in old drawers. It was not easy to find someone available to do this work. Many printeries gave away their moveable types to be melted and transformed in something newer." Lisbon's Serrote Publishing's Notebook Projects. Via Netdiver.
Nice article by Marian Bantjes and much discussion to follow I presume, on design cliches at Speak Up. If you're working on a project and the identity system contains a lightbulb, a globe or a compass, you might want to read this. That goes double for a 3D orb of any kind.
This table apparently recognizes which CD jacket is placed on it and displays the song list of that CD. The user can choose a song by moving the hockey-puck thingy. Or that's the general idea anyhow.
"Camouflage hides shapes by generating hints of many other possible shapes."
Core 77 is blogging from Chicago, where Neocon invades yearly.
Graphic Design USA, LogoLounge's Logo Trends 2005. As far as I can tell we haven't been guilty of any of them this past year. Interesting article for designers and non-designers alike. Via c77.
This fab obsessional on the Curta Calculator had been updated. As all sites of comprehensive adoration should be, it's a single, long scrolling page. If you don't have time for everything, make sure you check the exploded diagram poster, the pictures of Curt "The Man" Herzstark and the operations manuals.
Us too Ralf.
Surely this is a hazard on the road...
You don't often get to see the design and identity ideas that didn't make the final cut. Like a lot of designers, at CP we have an 'anti-portfolio' that's full of good ideas that never saw the light of day. One Plus One Equals Three posts on Coodabeens for Jetstar Airlines.
Elms Blog on 50 years of the Goggomobil.
Jack Chang's redesign of the weather kiosk in Central Park.
Twenty-one international artists from the fields of graphic design, urban art and illustration have transformed the former Park Hotel in Copenhagen into the Hotel Fox. I'll request room 105 or 106.
Levitated | Organic Machinery, a showcase of computationally generated insects. "...constructed from a set of individual, hand drawn elements. Unique graphic elements are attached, hinged, scaled, and skewed to anatomical specification."
iWoodKiosk. "When technology meets nature."
This new bike/trike called SHIFT is able to transform from three-wheeler to two-wheeler as the rider speeds up, then morphs back to three-wheel mode for stability as the rider slows down. And it looks great, too. Thanks, Jonathan.
"The pixel roller does exactly what it say it is, rolls pixels. It can be viewed like a hand printer, the pixel roller can roll out any image, video or text manually, at any speed or direction, round corners and over surfaces." From rAndom International. Make sure to check the videos.
So-Cal Speed Shop Streamliner races across the El Mirage lake bed. Sweet.
EutoMobile, do the grand tour.
Icon Magazine's informative listing of the design world's "21 Most Influential."
The alleged World's Ugliest Car is back on the road. I'd say the Pontiac Aztek is a good sight uglier, but that's just me.
Nice piece by Anne Van Wagener on debunking myths in newspaper design. "If you†place a dollar on top of the text of a story and you see text all around it then there's just too much gray." Where did that come from? Via Newsdesigner.
Engadget strikes again: How To Turn your iPod in to a Universal Infrared Remote Control. Slick.
The Kansas City Journal-Post. A Digital Version of the Diamond Jubilee Section of December 29th, 1929. Beautiful. Thanks Will.
Adventure Lounge: Early Aircraft Design. "A gallery of airplane designs from yesteryear. The aircraft images in this collection were discovered in U.S. patent applications." Thanks to our man in Toronto.
Shift Magazine Number 099 is up featuring a great interview with Marcos Weskamp, creator of the much-too-cool-to-not-be-from-the-future Newsmap and other information visualization tools. "Today, utilizing the network as a medium, we can then start creating engines to which we feed either previously harvested or realtime data, and depending on the quality and quantity of it, the visualizations reacts in different ways, becoming each time a completely different being."
Bored goldfish unite.
Photo Essay, The Evolution of Portable Audio by Matthew McKinnon.
Pamper your banana with the Banana Bunker. Thanks, Gome.
Of course anyone with money can just go out and buy a new Leica or Zeiss camera. But the beauty of these objects is they last several lifetimes. So I suggest you buy used. But how will you know which one to buy? Simple, read the several hundred page Leica FAQ run by Andrew Nemeth.
A rather clever advertisement for the new Golf GTi.
When I think of asthma, I think of wheezing myself awake and fishing around for my inhaler in the nightstand drawer at 3am, but IntraMed is making asthma fun again. Just don't let your older brother borrow it when he's in the basement with his friends listening to Pink Floyd.
A variety of products and sustainable practices that positively impact your immediate environment at Treehugger.
Apple confirmed countless rumors circulating online when it unveiled the new Mac mini today at MacWorld, alongside the iPod shuffle, the latest weapon in their growing arsenal to control the mp3 market.
"The third year product design students at the Iceland Academy of Arts held an exhibition. The idea was to pick one Ikea product each and transform it into somthing that Ikea would not represent. Some of the stundents made the products more valuable, some made new products from the old, and others added humor and irony to the design." Via Design Boom.
Fresh Water generation through simulation of natures hurricanes. Read this short page on a new idea to save the planet and let me know if you would be willing to send him money. Not as an investment mind you, but for the common heritage...
A perfect pairing of form and function, Burton Snowboards release Bluetooth helmets and beanies which receive signals from a corresponding Bluetooth-equipped jacket. Now you can't blame dangling wires when you botch an otherwise gnarly 720.
"Being a designer used to mean you drove a Benz and you could get good drugs. Now it means you own a computer. What the f**k?" Vice Magazine's A to Z of Design (Warning: adult themes).
"The mouseradio is a fully functioning radio without buttons. The idea was to use the mouse navigation and to implement it in a radio. Moving the radio vertically changes the volume, moving the radio on the horizontal axis changes the frequency. The radio is on, when the black speaker points up in the air." Don't miss the video. Thanks Jason.
How to build a remote-controlled digital picture frame from "the spoils of an old laptop." Via SlasHDot.
Gotta love a tutorial that starts like this, "It was Thursday evening and I needed a teleprompter." Via our man in Toronto.
Artist Eric Doeringer's " Smoke Filtration Systems." Yep, I just posted a bong link on coudal.com.
A Proposal for the redesign of the Volkswagen Welstfalia. Gorgeous. Project awarded the Michelin Challenge Design Award. Top to bottom great work. Via Airbag
Speaking of songs, I saw the Song plane design for the first time leaving
Ft. Lauderdale airport yesterday. It looked a bit derivative of iPod and I
wonder if the same designer or crew did both. We won't discuss its color scheme or that of the Southwest Boeing 737-100 that Grandma and I were in.
Modular pillows, kitchen scales by Porsche, biodegradable coffee mugs and more at MoCo Loco.
While in London, I had the chance to visit the Design Museum, which was exhibiting work by the massively talented Marc Newson. I tried dropping hints that I would like an Ikepod watch for Christmas, but Santa doesn't have three grand to drop at the moment. Humbug!
Wreck havoc with a guerilla projector or TV predator from Studio Troika.
Simple chic. Make a shaker oval box.
JapanDesign feature highlighting retail window displays. Lots to see. I. II. III.
Kinetic, robotic sculptures made from recycled materials. Nemomatic.
Reprodepot Fabrics was started in 1999 out of a love for vintage textiles. "Unable to find suitable yardage and with supplies dwindling of actual older fabrics, we decided to compile a handpicked selection of brand new fabrics with vintage and retro themes."
From now on, all CP meetings will be carried out on this. "It lowers inhibitions and after just a few minutes even complete strangers begin talking to one another. Children come running; adults are transformed into children. It's not just a bike: It's a PARTY ON WHEELS!"
I dunno about you, but I have always dreamt about owning a flying lawn mower. Sky Cutter .40 V2 over at Flying Thingz.
Robo Garage at Kyoto University. Meet the robots and watch the movies. 'Chroino' is the coolest.
"So tiny, so bold, so precise, so clever, so furious and so dope." Tygun.
The Midwest's Greasiest Hot Rod Show.
34 years of incredible product design from Frog Design.
"A conviction that good design can be an important tool to create
a better every day life for people, companies and societies." The Stockholm Design Lab speaks the truth.
Sickeningly awesome product design from Sweden at Front Design.
Wogg, out of Baden, creates products full of "inquisitiveness and innovative strength." Check the Wogg 31 Pavillon under "outdoor." Elegantly simple designs.
"(Design is) the only competitive leverage left." [reg. req.]
The Maharam Virtual Library, Interactive Binders Online. Fabrics. Inspiration. "Repeat" by Helen Jongerius.
Pakistan enters the SUV market: the Sitara City Cart.
If you designed the Audi TT, Volkswagen New Beetle, Ford Thunderbird and GT40, they'd give you an exhibition too.
The Free University of Bolzano/Bozen organized a project that commissioned international top designers to bake cookies. "A project encompassing innovation and tradition based on inviting international designers to create a new biscuit that will have an innovative taste and appearance without losing the old tradition of the Christmas biscuit made in the region." Thats a mouthfull.
While in Portland, OR, for a wedding this past weekend, strolled past an exhibition of environmentally safe electronic vehicles. Included in the display was that well known CP studio conversation piece the eGO. Visit the studio for a test drive.
Aquariass. For people who like to have pet fish, but are too lazy to walk to the bathroom and flush them down the toilet when they die.
"Science discovers, genius invents, industry applies, and man adapts himself to, or is molded by, new things... Individuals, groups, entire races of men fall into step with science and industry."
"For all her popularity, though, there are 'people out there who have Hello Kitty issues,'" How Hello Kitty Came to Rule the World.
Norwood, Ohio, a city nestled (Lesotho-like) within the boundary of Cincinnati, was home to a GM Firebird and Camaro factory until the early 90s, and probably sold most of their end-product in the area, "Kentucky Porsches" are all over the place, but even after living there for nearly ten years and visiting the factory with the Cub Scouts, in 1982, I'd never witnessed the legendary Firebird for Girls in the flesh until my trip this weekend. Majestic.
Doodles, Drafts and Designs Industrial Drawings from The Smithsonian. Of particular interest, this sheet of assembly line instructions, this crayon raw materials test and this sublime lifting cam drawing. Via Life in the Present.
"Those irritating ringmarks that mugs and cups leave... well, you can turn them into a nice floral pattern now with a set of Stamp Cups. The pattern on the base of the cup match up so you can join as many marks as you want." Check these other fab products from Thorsten van Elten. Thanks Chris.
Is it kitsch? Is it retro? Is it hip? These are the questions you'll ask yourself after a few hours watching your favorite programs on these custom, vintage-looking televisions.
I have lived in small apartments, sure, but they have never been a) as hip as an Abito, b) as seemingly spacious as an Abito, and c) inhabited by attactive models, as the demo Abito seems to be. So the Abito seems to win out, but if you lived in one, don't you think it would feel like living in a ultra-modern, ultra-Ikea, ultra-? Maybe it's just me.
Ladislav Sutnar, a retrospective on the work from a great designer. Under toying with design there's a great "build your own town" building block set. His typography and household items shouldn't be missed either.
The Branding of Polaroid, 1957-1977, "How we beat Eatman Kodak and its little yellow boxes at point of purchase despite a clunky product and an irrelevant corporate name." Great account by Paul Giambarba, head of Polaroid's identity and packaging at the time. These posts are full of smart thinking and interesting details, none of which seem out of date today. "We came to the conclusion that Polaroid would be better off if we didn't paint ourselves into a corner with a logo that might be appropriate for a few years, then less so as time went on." Amen. (Start under Categories with 01. Polaroid's Lack of Brand, 1957 to read through from the beginning.) Via NSOP.
"We asked nine designers in nine cities around the world to build a seat in less than nintey days. Oh... and it had to fit in a FedEx box." Check this video of the entries being unpacked at City-Magazine.
Eurobad '74 a look back at some of the worst interiors of 1974. Whats up with keeping the horse in a green kitchen? That can't be good.
For stylish pets, postmodern pet furniture.
Background patterns are the new white. Good thing that Lorenzo has put a bunch of fresh ones up at dromoscopio.net. Coordinate, you might want to get the same patterns as gorgeous wallpaper in your office.
Open! Concepts. Love Cube! Candythrone! Backside Watch! Some Things! All brilliant.
Marshall and his mom have helped to solve our little mystery about that thing we found in our building today. Apparently it's a Permanent Wave Machine, inspired by pot roast cooking rods. You could go down to the barber shop and be sizzled to perfection. We've still no idea why there's one by our freight elevator, though.
"Leif Parsons is a complex identity, and should not be misused. When using his identity you should be vigorous about applying the standards outlined in the manual." Via Jemma, via Surfstation.
Link o' the month. The Deora Story as told to Thomas Voehringer by Harry Bentley Bradley. A fascinating tale of automotive design and creativity. Thanks a bunch Rev.
There's a couple of newish projects up at Style.org. If you're at all interested in the math and science of visual information display you'll find some time there gratifying. That's a bit of an understatement really. 'Scaling Counties in a Checkerboard State' is a logical and beautiful presentation. Also, I'm not exactly sure why it's so fascinating, but the simple sewing together of Mars images makes for a pleasing composition.
The IDE Virtual Design Museum. Browse this.
The greatest web page about a mechanical calculating tool in the history of the world. Sweet poster too.
Phones of yesteryear, for sale too.
Streamliners, America's Lost Trains, an American Experience episode and a nice web resource on the subject too.
"The American Sign Museum was founded to inform and educate the general public as well as business and special interest groups of the history of the sign industry and its significant contribution to commerce and the American landscape." Amen to that.
"My aim is to offer up the services of a small town 'job printer' with the informed style of an urban artist crafstman. A post modern stationer's shop as it were." Interrobang Letterpress. Cool.
Michael Fey's Cinema-3D blueprints and models of spaceships are amazing. Very amazing indeed. Almost mad.
Extraordinary. Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World. Photos and drawings of The Studebaker Hawk, The Toastalator. The Jackie Gleason Golf Cart and tons more. About his most famous design, Brooks said, "There's nothing more aerodynamic than a wiener." Via ToT.
1001 ink bottles.
"Lisa cost Apple $50m and 200 person years to develop. It sold in the U.S for nearly $10,000."
These 1960 images from Ephemera Now are immaculate.
What time is it?
Lolah gives the familiar beige water cooler a makeover. Check out the Tower water dispenser in the Products section under Accessories.
The gadget-obsessed have their own weblog. Behold: Geeked-out insanity, American-style!
Dutch design is always a great inspiration for me, as there seems to be a lot of pleasingly low-key work that involves the everyday seen in a new and stylish way. Piet Hein Eek, a designer who works with salvaged materials, creates furniture and even whole houses from salvaged wood and metal. Check out the "kindermeubiliar" under "collectie" for found-wood baby furniture, something you don't see every day.
Muji, Just the "right" personal collection of writing and stationery supplies.
For Michele: The Spider Web Construction Gallery.
Hey, what time is it?
MeBox. The simple application of a simple idea. Nice. Now the stack of old records in the storage room can speak for itself.
Make your own at the Barcode Server.
Great exhibit of illustrations by post-war futurist Radebaugh. Be sure to check out the panels from his syndicated comic strip "Closer Than You Think." He was right on about the "Television Recorder," but just missed on the "Rocket Mailmen."
C'mon, it's spring already! If the weather doesn't start getting better, I'm just going to end up staying indoors and buying a bunch of cool stuff from designobject. A glowing pillow and a milk bottle lamp should do the trick.
If enthusiasm counts for anything then Bling Method gets the nod as the coolest computer remodeling site of all. Who can resist advice like this? "When cutting plastic, it might be wise to purchase a variable-speed jigsaw. Else your blade goes so fast it melts the plastic and causes it to re-bond with itself
"For a Dignified Last Ride."
More than 18,500 flags, organized alphebetically and by clickable maps.
People who like this sort of thing will find this exactly the sort of thing they like. Apple's guidelines for developers regarding the creation of user interfaces. Michael Chevalier writes, "Too bad Apple spent all that time gushing over their aqua interface and not enough time on building a website where the frames actually work."
House Industries, Dion Neutra and Otto Design Group have joined to recreate Richard Neutra's Boomerang chair. A lovely place to sit patiently and wait for Neutraface, "a digital font collection based on the lettering Richard and Dion Neutra specified for use on their professional buildings."
Redesigning all the signs at Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark airports. Paul Mijksenaar's specialty is "taming chaos."
No Easy Chairs here.
The Subaru WRX PC runs the 0-133Ghz in less than one second.
Techies with style... Afrotech - Ghetto Hardware Fun.
Michael Mulvey writes. "Caught your news post of Feltron.com and his car logo shots. I did a similar photo project last year, check it at the Combustion Chamber.
Desert Space Foundation sponsors design competition for permanent warning sign to alert future civilizations about radiation from the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. "The project is not intended to present a biased opinion in favor or in opposition to the issue," reads disclaimer.
The future we thought was coming after seeing 2001, A Space Oddyssey for the first time has arrived. The next time we redo the office, we'll do it this way.
A sightseer's guide to engineering. Engineering sights and attractions around the USA.
The all-new dform1 856M Aquila. Vroom. Vroom.
A thorough examination of child iconography on international traffic signs. Way more interesting than it sounds.
If I were an assemblage clock by Robert Wood I would be an "Air-Way Sanitizer Table Clock," set 15 minutes fast.
Fact I didn't know: Each country designed its own Euro. The flip side anyway.
Check out this spare and elegant array of furniture from Norway Says. If they keep receiving commission work for royal wedding presents, the future look of European royal residences will prove to be very different indeed.
Carter Wong Tomlin is a London based design shop with a slick site that includes 1057 "A photographic study compiled by Philip Carter of the infinite interpretations of the cycle lane sign found in London... These painted bikes have evolved into fantasy contraptions blissfully ignorant of the laws of mechanics."
Furniture. "A menu of wireframe drawings designed by Jason Mohr of C404, artfully set the stage for viewing the colorful, hyper-realistic paintings of artist Bob Knox." Sleek.
I distinctly remember throwing one of these away when it stopped working. What was I thinking?
Design Within Reach has a very cool catalog of nicely-designed furniture for the "money-is-no-object" crowd. Different viewing options allow you to see each item in close-up detail or in a room environment. Still couldn't get me to pay $100 for a corkscrew, though.
Made by Mistake, Dutch architectural and urban development model making firm. "It's all about materials."
Japanese manhole covers. The site SE wishes she'd found before me.
One of my favourite sources for inspiration, the innovative Droog Design. They are scheduled to have a retrospective in early 2001 here in Chicago.
Minneapolis Sign Project.
The Museum of Useful Things is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but they have a cool online home as well. Check out the current mousetrap exhibit and browse their shop for those things which are both aesthetically pleasing and terribly handy.