When the Imbue tea mug first got posted to Coroflot, I was a bit put off by the heavy proportions of the wooden lid and made some snap judgments about the overall value of the design. (Nothing personal, the Whole Foods/greenwashed vibe has its place.) However, while really savoring a
Portland is unarguably a hotbed for design thinking, but in a lot of ways it's a graphic design town. No shade to our friends in the visual disciplines - seriously, most industrial designers' business cards could sorely use your help - but finding the tangible parts of PDX Design Week
It's a complicated but exciting time to talk marijuana in America. The medically invaluable and minimally harmful drug is fast becoming a socially normalized staple crop. But for folks in states where progressive values and massive tax income are less important than ineffective and racist drug policy, the idea of
To celebrate the seasonal greenery, today's Coroflot find is a deep cut with lasting appeal. The Greenskeeper was designed by Colin Jackson of Ink Studios to address the insufficient options for attractive and material-wise stash boxes. You might think you're fine hiding those little baggies of dead oregano in your
Happy 4/20! To celebrate the dankiest day of the year, we'll be taking a mini tour through the elevated design of the contemporary cannabis industry. Have you ever wondered how people in those states do things? How do weed stores work? Or why is vaping such a thing? How do
Multitools are pretty personal, much like riding styles and the bikes that need fixing, but most just gently tweak the same old tools and features. So whenever someone manages to make a truly compact multitool that somehow improves on the existing folding hex wrench sets, I get pretty hyped.
This transcendent little light recently caught my eye over on Coroflot, where it's adding some shine to Quentin de Coster's design portfolio. The Halo is a blown glass table lamp, created around the fluorescent ring bulb at the center. The light stands 40cm high and 33cm wide, with a distinctive
If you aren't an ardent consumer of car design, you might have missed Consumer, Joey Ruiter's newest and most aggressive mechanical concept. The designer and artist has previously directed his extreme gaze to bikes, mopeds, snowmobiles, and dune buggies, and more, so the odd minimalism of the Consumer Car should
Whether you self identify as a musician or not, the idea of banging on everything around you and calling it art is enticing. But now, rather than having a Freudian return to childhood with pots and pans, you can create your own instruments with an open toolkit even your snobby
I'm on record as pretty unimpressed by most of the hubless and minimal frame and clunky carbon fiber and 3d printed and "modular" bike ideas you design nerds come up with, but I still like fun. The designers at Playful Design Studio obviously do too. Their new bike design links
Biomimicry and bioengineering have lost some of their buzzword luster in design circles, but the IRL applications are still going strong. To continue fighting the shortage of viable organ donations, researchers around the world are experimenting with lab grown options. But some tissues and muscles are harder to synthesize than
Morticians are a class of unsung heroes in most societies. Mortuary arts dovetail technical medical knowhow, painstaking practical effects, and the excruciating job of trying to please grieving families. Preserving and presenting bodies is particularly difficult in cases where the deceased passed under physically disruptive circumstances. Whether involved in
I'm not a prank person. I already have to wade through bad facts online all day, so I'm not crazy about April Fools' and its inevitable slog of brand attempts at soulless humor alongside friends you've ignored since high school making uninteresting fake baby announcements. Worse still, there are usually
Gilbert Baker, long time LGBT+ activist and designer of the internationally beloved rainbow flag, has passed away. Baker began his life as an artist, performer and organizer in 1972, after being honorably discharged from the army while stationed in San Francisco. His beneficial environment and timing allowed him to learn
IKEA is finally pushing seriously into smarter home territory with the TRÅDFRI system, a series of LED lights finally coming to global stores by the end of March. The networked lighting is built around a small series of bulbs and furniture panels, a network connection hub/gateway powered by Ethernet, and
Bikes aren't new. Bike saddles, accordingly, are also not new. The according pains in the ass caused by use of bikes and saddles, unshockingly, are not new. The "Rinsten Spring"—the Kickstarting seat spring claiming to make your bike ride smoother, more comfortable, and healthier? Totally not new. But it is
Did you naively think cyborg technology was relegated to anime and future generations? Think again, and consider investing. The new Neuralink Corp. made waves yesterday after a report in the Wall Street Journal announcing its intention to advance Brain Computer Interface (BCI) systems via cortical implants. Their proposed type of
After being presented at this year's Maison d'Object in Paris, Riluc has rolled out their new collection of designs as odd as they are inviting. The series was designed by Toni Grilo, whose previously released Bibendum Chair has caught a lot of eyes with its chrome. This set of seating
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
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