A few months ago, we showed you a Volvo concept where the designers ripped the front passenger seat out and replaced it with a multifunctional cabinet. Li Shufu, the Chinese billionaire who has owned Volvo since 2010, recently reviewed the concept and reportedly "thought about how else the space left
Of all the mean-spirited games we played as children in the '70s, perhaps none was more cruel than the "Coastie" or "Ghostie." (I was never clear on what the correct title was, both made sense.) It consisted of you being pushed off of your bike, and the other kids picking
I cook three nights a week out of necessity and I hate it. I am a horrible cook. The prep work takes me forever, and I lack the patience and dexterity to chop, dice or mince vegetables into consistent sizes. That's why this Tupperware Chop 'N Prep contraption looks pretty
What would the Fletcher Capstan Table look like if it wasn't a table at all, but a storage cabinet? It would probably be this: That's the Cubrick, the result of a collaboration between industrial designer Cairn Young and cabinet maker Ian Spencer. Together the UK-based duo are known as
When the wine shop across the street from me packed up to move, I saw a new dumpster out front and a huge stack of empty wooden wine cases inside the store. Doing the math, I asked the owner if I could scavenge some of the boxes before they went
In a bid to better understand how their vehicle technologies hold up in real-world conditions, Toyota has launched the Five Continents Driving Project, whereby they send their engineers on epic road trips through varied terrain. The upcoming North American leg, which they're calling the Ever-Better Expedition, "will tackle some of
More than a few press outlets have called this product design a "genius" invention, but it's left me scratching my head. Inventor Tamas Fekete has designed the Vector scissors, which have the following features: The left side of the blade including the pivot screw is completely flush, and the handle
Formlabs are continuing to create new resins for their Form 1 3D printer. Last year they rolled out their Functional Resins in "Flexible" and "Castable" flavors, and this year they're adding "Tough Resin" to the line-up. So what makes this one different? Tough is durable, adaptive, and impact-resistant. Perfect for
A traffic light is designed to provide three pieces of information: Red, yellow and green. But a subset of impatient drivers want more information. Thus we do the trick of memorizing the amount of milliseconds that will transpire between perpendicular traffic's new red light and our forthcoming green light. Or
During Core77's Festool trip in Germany, our hosts brought us to a massive power tool dealership and showroom called Miller Maschinen und Werkzeug (Miller Machine and Tool). This company sold everything from hand tools to monster-sized CNC machines, and had a selection so insanely deep we were told that customers
I keep vegetables in the crisper drawer and put the eggs in that thing that's shaped like eggs. Other than that my refrigerator is a total free-for-all, with the beer, meat, snacks, beer, leftovers, milk, beer, and juice all just wedged wherever it will fit, usually centered around the beer.
It's ironic that most of us will spend all day trying to avoid modern-day advertisements, but will eagerly burn up an afternoon looking at vintage ads. Particularly the designers among us. Upon learning that TimesMachine—the New York Times' project to publish 129 years' worth of their microfilmed newspaper's pages online—had
ZTE's Zubia Z9 smartphone boasts a full-bleed screen, touch-sensitive edges and a novel way—which the company calls Frame Interactive Technology--to interact with the device. Before we can discuss its pluses or minuses, take a look at how we're meant to use it: Jeez, how many Apple videos did they watch
Many of you took an interest in the Beats teardown post from earlier this week, and we learned a lot about metal being added to a variety of product designs (thanks commenters!). However, a few sharp-eyed readers contacted us with disturbing allegations: Those weren't actual Beats headphones at all, they
City dwellers among you: Depending on what type of building you live in, above and below you might be dozens of other apartments with the exact same footprint as yours. I'm not talking about your average ten-by-ten dorm room; I mean proper apartments with walls, doors, windows, kitchen sink and
In recent years automakers have discovered that Millenials are not as interested in car ownership as previous generations. With car-loving Boomers and Gen-X'ers only getting older, the writing is on the wall. In an attempt to boost sales, Ford is launching, in six urban areas, a rather strange take on
Starting in the '90s, New Yorkers began spotting an unusual sight on the sidewalks: A lone man or woman in business attire slapping foundation on his/her face, setting up a camera on a tripod, unwinding the microphone cable, and reporting news by themselves. The then-upstart news network called NY1 had
For the latest installment of his tips-'n-tricks-in-the-shop series, master maker Jimmy DiResta kicks it off with a bang: He directly addresses the people who design cordless drills, tells them what not to do, then shows you the simple hack he and shopmate David Welder came up with that greatly increases
In addition to Taglio Laser's square steel pipe bending method, France's HandBend Furniture is giving the method a go. The latter company aims to ship you their products flatpack, and have you bend them into their final form by hand before fastening the pieces together. Let's take a quick look
Third brake lights and SUVs were not common when I learned to drive in the '80s. That meant two things: People stopping short wasn't as easy to quickly spot, and for the most part, all cars were on similar levels, height-wise. After a close call or two with people stopping
On the occasion of their 90th anniversary, German power tool manufacturer Festool invited a small group of journalists to a weeklong media event at their headquarters in southern Germany. As the sole design publication in attendance (the rest were from the trades), Core77 made it a point to learn about
Being a New Yorker, the year I spent living in Japan was a shock because the country is so spotlessly clean. It's as clean as it is for three reasons, the first two being that average citizens pick up after themselves, and they also pick up after un-average citizens. You'll
Assuming design schools today still have you making models with your hands, the 3D Simo Mini seems like the perfect tool for the industrial design student. We used to constantly be cutting foam with knives or hotwires and soldering wireframes together; this tool can do both of those, as well
Since the days of the disposable razor, more than a few companies have taken a system-based approach to product design. In other words they create a product whose accessories are proprietary. Whereas the original driving motive behind this approach may have been profit, today products are complex enough that consumers
It may or may not be practical, but Sebastian ErraZuriz's work re-thinks how storage furniture permits us access to their insides. Earlier we showed you his Samurai Cabinet, which brought a bit of ceremony to the act of retrieving clothing, and the visual surprise of the opening mechanism for his
Prototype Engineer Avery Louie tore down a pair of Beats headphones to see what makes them tick (or thump) and what he found inside is pretty sad. Amidst "generic drivers" and the cost-reducing tricks of the trade many of you ID'ers are familiar with—designing plastic parts that snap together rather
Of all the silly web games out there, this one is actually fun for Pantone-familiar designers. iGame's Eye Test presents a grid of colors, giving you 15 seconds to click the one tile that's off by a few shades. Click it and it presents a new grid with new colors.
It's not difficult to picture the style of cabins that American frontiersmen once lived in. But it's difficult to imagine one in the middle of Manhattan up on the rooftop of a building. And this one's occupied by a different sort of pioneer. As Gothamist reports, aerial photographer George Steinmetz
It doesn't take you long to realize this is a gag, but it's a funny one, particularly for those of us that well remember eating plenty of dorm-cooked ramen noodles. A fictional South Korean company called "Natural Waters'" asks, why do we have machines to dispense coffee, water and ice
Here's a brilliant little piece of industrial design: Amsterdam-based Thijs Smeets has carefully considered the way people read in bed, and devised the LiliLite to meet every need within that seemingly simple act. The light comes from directly overhead, providing even light on both sides of your book, as opposed
I was the worst type of high school student: The kind that gets dumber over time rather than showing improvement. I aced Geometry, passed Algebra, started bombing in Trig. By the time we got to Calculus, I did so poorly that I probably made the students around me worse by
California-based Nik Schulz took so long to get through ID school—seven years—that his folks asked if he was "going for a PhD." His education might've been longer than his career; Schulz eventually ditched industrial design altogether for illustration. Which is fine by us, because then we get to see these
A Festool employee demonstrates the strength of the CT dust collector's suction by towing a Sprinter van. (It's not staged, I was there, he was actually pulling the van.)As we wrap up our trip to Festool, we wanted to touch on the role of professional tool users versus hobbyists, tell
The crew at R&D organization MX3D had a brilliant idea: What if we could get a 6-axis robot arm to squirt molten steel, through a nozzle that welded it as it came out? Then they actually got it to work. Because the arm can move in any direction, you can
Last year we wrote about those sidewalk "texting lanes" in China, which were thankfully de-bunked. But now an American college, Utah Valley University, appears to have actually added the things to the staircases in their Student Life & Wellness Center. The news report from Salt Lake City's KTSU indicates it
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