Despite grumpily noting the few options for nice indoor plant lighting the other day, and the few safe plant-incorporating lights before that, I'm grateful that Goula / Figura escaped my attention until now because no one else would have stood a chance. The Barcelona-based duo recently unveiled their Viride series
The fun, functional control of hands-on fabrication is no secret to designers, and it's similarly obvious to kids. You could say the same for the creative potential of simple materials. The new Hamaika furniture project, created by Spanish designer Unai Rollan, taps into that tactile interest, blending simplicity and functionality
The folks at Giphy, that stalwart provider of looping cats and people falling down, are getting slyly socially active. Last week the company added a library of over 2,000 GIFs intended to teach words and phrases in American Sign Language. The project might seem like an odd match, given the
In most densely populated cities, smog is nothing to sneeze at. Kids are particularly at risk from airborne pollutants, but getting them on board with wearing annoying safety gear is even harder than with adults. To help get kids more invested in the boring and uncomfortable world of smog ventilators,
Mealtimes can be messy affairs, and not just with food. Wakufuru is a new furniture collection intended to take the edge off the loud sounds that often come with dining spaces. Designed for Glimarka by Johan Kapui, the set of tables, benches and additional seating all incorporate sound muffling materials
I'm admittedly not the standard clientele for theme parks (long lines, rude kids and mediocre expensive food all give me hives), so getting me excited about a new attraction might or might not matter. But listen: if you let me sleep in a weird glass sea orb I will give
Bless their hearts, Boskke makes super smart planting options without leaning on needless tech for their innovation. The brand is already a familiar friend around my house and the internet, thanks to their surprisingly practical upside down Sky planter, but this new design has its feet solidly on the ground.
The Tex Lock is a cool, textile-heavy variation on flexible bike locks, but it weaves some big promises. After two years of development, their recent crowdfunding cycle is over and super successful, but I'm still waffling. The core of this lock design (ho ho) is a melding of woven construction
The Nuni Tortilla Toaster is a solution to the very real, very dire problem of how to heat tortillas. Have you ever tried to make soft tacos for more than one person? It sucks. The traditional methods that I'm personally accustomed to are functional but not without real issue. Method
People are still really excited/angry/scared/vengeful about the idea of a Labyrinth reboot. It's been 30 years since its debut and three years since the rumor/announcement of a possible follow up, but the fan emotions are still intense. Removing any element of cult obsession from the original picture (Bowie, magic, Henson
Accessible technology tends to lag behind mass market options, but sometimes it's not about demand, it's about taking a risk. The South Korean design startup DOT has been working hard on making braille-enabled smartwatches a reality for over three years. This month their labor (and awards) finally paid off.
As part of her work at Lund University's School of Industrial Design, Anna Gudmundsdottir got chummier than usual with the factories nearby. While developing her Beyond Local line of minimal home goods, she worked backwards through the standard ideation process. Beginning with consultations with multiple producers she took their manufacturing
A new page is turning in the thickening book on 3D printed architecture. This time our idealistic concrete fabricators are from Russia's Apis Cor, and their claim to greatness— a residential tiny home printed in 24 hours—debuted this February. That land speed doesn't pose a great challenge to Chinese
We can thank grain for the development of civilization, and you can buy Hostess bread around the planet, so it's fair to say grain grinding is a pretty well explored field. But like all things "traditional" or "whole grain," that doesn't disqualify a tasteful redesign. Designer Meng Jie Chen
Can you make furniture for elder care spaces vibrant enough to fit in a hip flat? The new Button Sofa for Swedese proves it might be possible. Given the goal to create ergonomic, user-friendly and lively furniture for public spaces (think hospitals), Front Design took the idea and ran.
Like many neurotic aesthetes, I use different gear when I'm hosting and when I'm by myself, and and drinking is no exception. Despite the best efforts of talented and patient bartender friends, my tastes in drinking are decidedly utilitarian (read: lazy) and I'm not likely to break out a Tom
As much as we all dig Capri Sun (don't lie), pouches aren't a great way to enjoy your morning coffee. No heady aroma, not a lot of temperature control. Astronauts aboard low-gravity vessels have traditionally had to make do with the sub-par ergonomics of liquid sacks at tea time, but
Can you imagine growing your own food in a friendly indoor orb? Now you can, I guess, with help from futurist designers at IKEA and a local fabrication shop. The Grow Room is an idealistic product to make vertical gardening and localized food production a little more attainable. It was
It's not unfair to say most sleek designy bikes are garbage from a practical perspective. Aesthetically speaking designers despise hubs, spokes, angular frames, familiar components and the basic engineering that makes bikes work. Thankfully the Stadtfuchs is a foxy new release from Urwahn Bikes in Magdeburg, Germany, and a pleasant
A recent interior design collaboration by Marta Ayala Herrera and Cito Ballesta resulted in some of the more dynamic lighting I've seen so far this year. Working for the Casa Encendida creative space, the product designer/architect duo aimed to emphasize honesty and simplicity from the materials through their use.
Bina Baitel is an artist and designer with an odd take on material. Her work often ranges into the whimsical and fantastic, but this piece feels a bit sinister. The Lash Clock doesn't just remove normal markers for time telling from the clock's face, it adds slowly undulating hair.
Want to seem like you're into cars, without having to actually give a damn about cars?* Ally Financial debuted some conceptual "New Car Smell" scent options at this year's NAIAS that might be able to help you out. Their fine line of auto-themed scents first showed up
Artist Raphael Vangelis has given our familiar and increasingly rare digital waiting signals a hands-on portrait. His animated short "Analogue Loaders" takes on several ubiquitous symbols for loading and injects them into IRL environments using stop motion. Seen in a new locale some might take a moment to identify, and
These cool geometric vases aren't just a fancy set of homeware, they're a gesture of repurposing aimed at reducing waste. The slim vessels were designed by Libero Rutilo to bring fun futuristic design to the issue of overuse and waste of PET bottles around the world. After reflecting on the
W.E.B. Du Bois is famous for both his powerful academic research on race and class in America at the turn of the 20th century and for attending and teaching at some of the most prestigious and racially segregated universities of the day. Born in 1868, his degrees from Fisk and
Even if you don't live in a hip neighborhood, art might be in the air. The designers behind the Kaalink pollution filter want to keep airborne carbon out of the atmosphere and back in your sketchbook. Their project, called Air-Ink, is a result of several years of research at MIT's
Halfway between my obsession with over engineered mundane products and my hardened vulgar-marxist heart, is an overriding appreciation for satire. And somehow McDonald's has my number—probably yours too. Whether you enjoy their disgustingly sweet slurries or shy away from that corporate BS maaan, this new video (and yeah the product)
In case you weren't looking for adventurous and fast acting resources for soul crushing anxiety back in 2015, let me put you on some weird but promising Japanese game. Think of how babies chill out when they're swaddled up, or, for you fellow non-parents, remember that cat burrito meme? Otonamaki
Would you live in a city afloat in the ocean? Would you be extra interested if it had a new and innovative take on self-government? Though it sounds fanciful, it's a closer at hand take on SpaceX type visions for future development, and this month it got closer to being
Local Roots has finally made a mini farm that correctly combines the structural benefits of shipping containers with the difficulties of urban farming. Shipping containers are a beloved source of reengineering inspiration, but their reuse is often un-green and impractical. Similarly, there are so many fancifully farm-filled architecture concepts out
2017 is already off to a rumbling start, and so is design aimed at smoothing things out. To address the rising international refugee crisis, IKEA's nonprofit wing has rolled out production for their Better Shelter project. As life gets more unstable for the 65 million displaced refugees around the world,
As should be obvious, some of the following images are pretty unpleasant. So is the idea that a computer is generating them on purpose to horrify humans. Scroll with that in mind. The Nightmare Machine is a project out of MIT Media Lab, spearheaded (or spear-faced?) by researchers Pinar
Pourover coffee is about as simple as coffee can get, but thoughtful tweaks are always welcomed. The newly released Twin Carafe by John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Arndt at Studio Gorm takes the familiar funnel-plus-vessel set up and adds some nice material angles. The body is a borosilicate carafe
I'm a sucker for color based entertainment, and this game is even better than those anxiety producing chromatic puzzles from Clemens Habicht. While similarly nice to look at, the geometric tiles offer a functional and tonal take on dominoes. The game, creatively called the Grid Game, was designed by Mexico's
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