This year, we've watched the foam-as-furniture trend emerge and develop at shows during Milan Design Week and NYCxDesign. The use of foam blocks is intriguing from an artistic choice standpoint, but within the white hallways lined with brightly colored furniture at this year's DesignMiami lied something even more intriguing—a furniture
IAMRUNBOX first caught our attention when they announced their first backpack. We were intrigued by a backpack designed for commuters who run to work instead of commuting via subway, car or bus, as running poses a completely new challenge for backpack designers. Needless to say, we were curious to see
After the raging success of Airbnb, co-founder Joe Gebbia is expanding on his initial home sharing and loaning vision with Backyard, a new initiative within the Samara team at Airbnb that will prototype new ways in which homes can be built and shared. Backyard will have a special focus on
Brooklyn-based design studio Anton & Irene is known for designing digital experiences for various clients, including The Met, Spotify, Google and Netflix. Anton & Irene's diverse digital design portfolio is one for the books, but something a little different on their website caught our eye. The NU:RO watch is the
A couple of weeks ago, Honk Kong-based independent watch company ANICORN released their first official collaboration with NASA in honor of NASA's 60th anniversary. The first ANICORN x NASA watch was limited to 60 watches worldwide and ended up selling out in just one minute. For those who missed out
One of the main reasons why I don't want a cat (besides being allergic, which is a pretty big reason) is the ugly furniture cats require. I'd rather not invade my apartment with fragrant litter boxes, tan carpeted climbing posts and whatever else cats need so stay content with their
The new Japanese stationary brand Stálogy instantly caught our eye because of their color-coded notepads and pens, but upon digging deeper we discovered a treasure trove much more valuable to designers: gridded translucent sticky notes. You can use your own imagination on how to use them, but the best use
All of the problems with breastfeeding in public can be summed up to one word: discomfort. Discomfort in the physical sense is obvious, but the mental discomfort brought on by others watching, and potentially judging, can be just as prevalent. Whether you believe breast feeding should be done in private
If you work in design, study design, or even if industrial design is on your radar in any capacity, you are likely familiar with the work of Dieter Rams. Known for his time designing iconic products for Braun and later Vitsœ, Rams' 10 Principles of Design have garnered him a
The day has finally come: Americans who seek a wider variety of HAY products for our homes no longer have to flock to the HAY Kitchen Market in the basement of SoHo's MoMA Design Store (although no complaints about that selection either...). The point is, now a majority of HAY's
In partnership with LivingHomes, the design Studio of Plant Prefab, industrial designer Yves Béhar designed a customizable system for tiny homes that will be officially unveiled tomorrow at the Summit Festival in Los Angeles. So far, only renderings are available, but essentially the following images are what a few different
Instead if asking designers to design eyewear, which is what they're known for, Warby Parker recently prompted eight designers to design a complimentary object to their well-known product line—handheld mirrors. Handheld mirrors are something we rarely think about during the eyewear purchasing experience, but they're what you reach for when
Yesterday, Hive launched an outdoor version of their Hive camera, the Hive View Outdoor. This marks the third home security product designed by fuseproject for Hive and the first that is able to operate outdoors. The Hive View Outdoor maintains the design language of the Hive View with the added
Many designers follow a traditional design process, where selecting a factory to manufacture with comes after the design process is completed. Jamie Wolfond and his brand Good Thing, however, choose to put an emphasis on specific materials and production methods at the beginning of the design process, working with factories, manufacturers and outside designers to bring unexpected twists on classic home items to life.
Understanding how to remain positive and conversational while advocating for your work is a skill honed over many years of experience working with diverse clients and design teams. Throughout his career, Paul Sohi has worked on both sides of the table, beginning as as a designer and then transitioning into a design consultant. In his current role at Autodesk, Paul connects the dots between companies doing interesting work within the design space and Autodesk's wide variety of resources. Along wi
2012 marked the release of Tom Sachs' first collaboration with NikeCraft—the Mars Yard Shoe. After realizing, through extensive wear testing, that the Vectran used on the toe box gave out under stress, Sachs followed up with NikeCraft to create the updated Mars Yard 2.0 sneaker, which released in 2017 (see
Each year, technology company Draper hosts an exhibition called Engineering Possibilities at their HQ in Cambridge, MA where some of their work is put on display for both industry professionals and the general public to see. Visitors are invited to participate in interactive demonstrations, including VR experiences, "drone" flying and
By now, everyone is probably familiar with what we're calling the "Ice Cream Museum phenomenon"—you know, those outrageous environments designed strictly to look good on people's Instagram feeds. As our phone and social media obsessions grow, many artists and brands have been turning towards this form of immersive marketing to capture our attention, but London-based multi-sensory design studio Bompas & Parr has always aimed to do more since their founding in 2007. Their mission of actually educa
Within the first few minutes of talking with self-proclaimed 'brutally honest' design consultant Emily Cohen, it becomes clear that she means business. Emily's knack for giving productive, actionable feedback, paired with her natural writing abilities, previous design experience and writing skills has made her an invaluable resource for creative businesses looking to figure out next steps. Through the launch of her new book, aptly titled Brutally Honest, Emily aims to make getting a look inside
Imagine for a moment that your dog were a designer in its mid to late 20s. What would they wear? How would they choose to accessorize? What would their apartment look like? Open your eyes and feast them on products from the new dog essentials brand Wild One: Leash and
What do you get when you combine design teams from a company that masters in crystal innovation and one of the leading design firms out there? The Infinite Aura chandelier by IDEO and Swarovski. To bring Infinite Aura to life, the two powerhouse companies joined forces to reimagine the traditional chandelier. The result is a head-turning, functional light, paired with an app that provides connectivity, customization and personal creativity.
Today, audio company Master & Dynamic announced their contribution to the expanding wireless Bluetooth earphone sector—the MW07 True Wireless Earphones. When it comes to actual audio quality, these inconspicuous earbuds house 10mm beryllium drivers, making them almost like next-level AirPods. So as long as you're willing to break your all-Apple
If you haven't secured your ticket to our 2018 conference, Now What?, yet, look no further than this list of reasons why attending will be worth your while. It's FocusedThis year, we decided to narrow down our conference theme to just one specific topic. It's a mysterious topic for most
If you've been watching the US Open, you may have noticed a couple of new courtside additions: For the 50th anniversary of the US Open, Michael Graves Architecture & Design and outdoor furniture specialists Landscape Forms were tasked with reimagining and designing the courtside furniture at the USTA Billie Jean
Core77 discussion board Moderator and Director of Innovation at Newell, Justin Coble (aka PackageID) recently posted 15 thoughtful pieces of advice for young designers. While the list is directed towards designers about to start their careers, there are some golden nuggets and humbling reminders in here for designers at all
Serena Williams recently stepped onto the US Open court wearing the much anticipated "The Queen Collection", designed in collaboration between Virgil Abloh for Off-White, NikeCourt and the tennis star herself. Abloh has gained quite some traction lately, especially due to last year's successful "The Ten" collaboration with Nike. The designer
From one-off product launches to marketing for small firms, crowdfunding has become a norm in the design world. If you've ever wondered where the Kickstarter bug first bit the design community, look no further than Chicago-based designer and illustrator, Craighton Berman, who was one of the first designers to ever launch a product on the platform. What started with the launch of a single product eventually lead to the Kickstarter launch of his full-fledged design brand, Manual. Now, Craighton ha
Detroit-based furniture company Floyd gained momentum almost instantly through their initial Kickstarter campaign, but what they were pitching to the world wasn't a full piece of furniture. Instead, founders Kyle Hoff and Alex O'Dell focused on developing legs that could be fixed to any flat surface. After raising a quarter of a million dollars for the Floyd Legs, Kyle and Alex understood they were onto something. Following their Kickstarter success, Floyd has launched a bed frame, a table, a de
Foscarini recently introduced CRI CRI, a wireless lamp with an internal rechargeable battery designed in partnership with Studio Natural. The more casual, functional addition to Foscarini's product lineup is made to thrive both indoors and outdoors, ideal for 'glamping' or dinner on the backyard patio. CRI CRI's handle allows easy
Throughout his professional career, seasoned industrial designer Michael DiTullo has put an emphasis on designing everything instead of pigeon-holing himself into a single category. This mentality has not only led him to work for companies like Nike, Frog and Sound United, but it has also exposed him to exciting side projects, like designing custom cars with ICON Motors.
This morning, the Reebok Future team launched the NPC UK Cotton sneakers, the first product from their "Cotton + Corn" sustainable products initiative, which was announced last year. The Cotton + Corn program aims to produce footwear with "things that grow"instead of materials like petroleum and synthetic rubber. The NPC
Say goodbye to putting baking soda and air freshness in your smelly sneakers because Panasonic recently announced, "There's a machine for that." The Japanese electronics company's new MS-DS100 is a shoe deodorizer device that works overnight for up to 7 hours to freshen those smelly, nasty, gross, dank sneakers you've
My current role is Head of Media & Entertainment Products at ustwo, but I'm wearing many hats right now. Predominately, I'm a design lead and product strategist, which means I work closely with our clients in the media and entertainment space to bring new products and digital experiences to market.
Yesterday morning, adidas Soccer revealed the first Real Madrid CF kit ever from the club to be mass-produced from Parley's Ocean Plastic material. The new coral-hued kit will be worn during the 2018/2019 season. The jersey's coloring represents various shades of coral, paying homage to the beauty of the
Here's an interesting piece of furniture: Michael Cooper's Pack Horse chair not only features a built-in bookshelf, but it also has straps to hold down a blanket and side compartments to keep various objects in place. Even though books are pictured, I'm already contemplating which snacks I could fit around
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