Hans Marvell


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  • "I agree, but be aware that most common single use plastic bottles are not made of a material suitable for re-use due to the chemicals used in the plastic being transferred to the water over time, which is harmful to humans. We could just stop selling and transporting tap water under all the different brand names, and make more public available taps and only use safer BPE free plastic, metal or glass bottles to fetch our drinking water. For you Americans, you might consider voting for politicians who will address your drinking water situation and not leave cities like Flint, MI, withut clean drinking water."
    on: Another Heat-Gun/Plastic-Bottle Joinery Example: Tonghe Wang's Bottle Stool
  • "i think its fair to say Mr. Munger is not very romantic, but definitely very very dim.  Sarcasm aside. hotels and hostels without widows do exist and I have stayed in some as part of travelling to factories and trade fairs around Europe. A room without windows is okay for a short stay, especially with private bathrooms and good lounge and communal areas in the hotel where you can work and socialise. Also, in some cases the rooms are built in renovated industrial or office buildings so there was already a large floor space but limited windows and outer wall areas. Done right and for the right purpose (short stays) a room without windows can work. All that said, as many have pointed out in the comments, this building can surely not live up to basic fire safety laws? But then maybe this is another thing the US law system is willing to ignore when a billionaire is footing the bill. I have huge respect and admiration for the architect for quitting, it was the Chancellor who should be out of a job. I hope this building never gets built. If it does, it should be turned into a prison for tax evading billionaires and millionaires. Then the name of the building really fits its purpose."
    on: Billionaire Donates $200 Million to Design Dorm with Windowless Rooms; Architect Resigns in Protest
  • "Are there any recorded instances of this so called design mistake having caused confusion and accidents? Non-googled answers only please."
    on: Incredibly, Mini's Countryman has Stock Turn Signals That Point the Wrong Way
  • "I love this, we have just had a case in my company where this would be an excellent solution. However, the potential cost of the component and tooling will make this a very hard choice to justify when combining a whole cost list or a piece of furniture or a kitchen. I hope a hardware supplier sees this and has an idea how to bring this idea to market where it does not cost the earth. Also, I with the tool needed to tighten the screw was an existing standard mount like torque screws. Good luck to this inventor, the excecution is excellent."
    on: Andy Klein Invents a Hidden-Slot Screw With an Incredibly Sexy Operation Method
  • "All veneer furniture is not new, the trick is making it a productive and financially viable alternative to solid wood production. Veneer layered is plywood, of which Grethe Jalk's Bow Chair from 1963 is probably the most iconic example of a successful design made in 100% plywood veneer. Veneer is strong and light, but the tooling and machining needed to make any of these items make them unrealistic to mass-produce. The only exception being the straight cylinders which have several advantages over solid dowels and have been implemented in existing products (for example the PENNE chairs by Lammhults from 2016). Many of these forms look simple but the tooling for cylinders and profiles is very high at volume. Veneer material works like solid wood and warps, expands and contracts like solid wood. The strength of the glue holding the layers in shape is the determining factor. As art objects and experiments for future development, these designs are interesting, but you are not "stretching materials to new territories". Tone down that statement and focus on the interesting contrast between material lightness contrasted by the visual weight and you really have something. I am sure technology for pushing the limits of what an be done with veneer will continue to develop as solid oak becomes more and more difficult to harvest to meet demand. Maybe it will lead to us being able to mold veneer into shapes normally reserved for plastics and metals without financial limits. Fingers crossed :-)"
    on: Dutch Industrial Designer Creates Furniture Out of Veneers
  • "What a completely illogical waste of energy, raw materials and resources! We have these ina few European locations too and Japan had these on some of their wending machines for some years before us. Maybe the current shortage of components, resources and capacity will kill these sort of gimmicks off, but I don't have high hopes."
    on: So Walgreens has Started Replacing Glass Refrigerator Doors with "Cooler Screens"
  • "That is a good looking machine and pretty awesome capabilities, but I just wonder how difficult it will be to maintain and service? It also looks a hell of a lot like the very iconic Honda Motra CT50 bike which had just 50cc engine and was more aimed at the tradesman or light courier market. A few have been exported to Europe and I first saw one in real life in Portugal many years ago. Here's a picture from Google:"
    on: A Sort of Two-Wheeled Truck: The Roxon 2x2
  • "I remember spending many years working between semesters at university for the Salvation Army at their International headquarters in London. My parents worked there too and their old offices at 101 Queen Victoria Street was an amazing building with mainly small individual offices. As an office assistant doing graphic design or looking after fleet vehicles, I had my own little office with a number on the door. It was like something from the film Brazil, only pleasant. I am so sad they tore this building down and many other like them. It seems idiotic that there is now a booming industry trying to convert open-plan offices into the old buildings that had to be torn down or converted to make room for the large open spaces."
    on: Will "Zoom Booths" in Offices Become a Thing?
  • "..... that's because they are made by BMW ;-)"
    on: Incredibly, Mini's Countryman has Stock Turn Signals That Point the Wrong Way
  • "..... a little bit about!"
    on: An Experienced Industrial Designer's Tips on How Not to Get Ripped Off
  • "Dear Core77,I was very surprised (and shocked) to see my comments re-shared as a separate post. Firstly because I don't consider myself a practising designer worthy of mention, but also because I don't want to take any attention away from Simone Brewster's story and the talent she very clearly has. Thank you for making me aware of her great work. I sincerely hope she is paid by Swoon as soon as possible.With regards to contributing to Core77, I would be honoured to offer a Danish and European perspective on some of the subjects I know "
    on: An Experienced Industrial Designer's Tips on How Not to Get Ripped Off
  • "Thank you for reporting this, it is sadly not at all uncommon. There was recently a high profile court case here in Denmark where a ceramic designer had her products copied and sold in a discount super-market chain. In the end she was able to take them to court and win. I believe that there will soon be a review of the European laws and regulations regarding design and copyright, but this will not benefit UK designers anymore due to Brexit. I have no faith in the EU agreeing on any real changes that will be appropiate or easy to implement.Designers face a mine-field when trying to get work. There are so many ways in which they have to run risks when trying to share their work online, get publicity, get briefs and cover the costs of making a proposal. One tip is to insist on always signing and dating all drawings. You should be making your own technical drawings anyway (or pay someone to do so for you) and know how to set up a drawings data sheet. 90% of the drawings I see aren't made to any standard which is extremely frustrating. And no, 3D files aren't enough, they should always be backed up by 2D General Assemblys and component drawings. 90% of the factories I work with in the wood processing and furniture industry don't have Solid Works, Rhino or time to figure out poorly made drawings. This costs a lot of time and frustration in the sourcing / development process. At the company I have worked at for the last 4 years we often had to charge clients for re-drawing products for production before we could even start to get a quote on making the furniture.I don't know what the correct name is for it in English, but here in Denmark there is a public office where legal documents including production drawings can be indipendantly signed and stamped with a seal so when you send a scan or copy of these then they bear an indipendant legally binding cofirmation that the work is yours and dated to a specific date. This is not that expensive. It sends a better signal than a NDA does that you are serious about the value of your work.One interesting point I noted in the article was that Simone Brewster was asked to make her proposal in Swoon's layout template and without her name on. This might actually be due to the nature of the product sourcing process. I don't want to defend  Swoon's actions, just give a little insight in the sourcing and production process:Usually there is a general NDA and solid agreement between a brand, any sourcing agent, and the producer they use. However, they need to send the proposals to several producers and sub-contractors to make the furniture at the right quality and price. In that process, the drawing material needs to be as simple as possible and without any hints of the final client's identity. If a factory google's the name of the designer and see's what that person or the brands products retail for they may very well put a higher charge on their services if they think they can get away with it. This is where the work of a good sourcing agent or product developer is important. That person has to evaluate each factory and have a thorough knowledge of raw material costs, labour costs, standard hardware components, packaging costs and transport. That's the sort of work I have done for many years and it has its own set of risks and game rules.Having said that, as many others have commented, you NEVER send production ready drawings to a client or factory with out a legally binding contract. I could go on, but fear my record for making the longest comments on Core77.com posts really is not one to be proud of. Good luck everyone."
    on: Swoon Editions Gets Caught Stealing Designer's Work, Must Now Pay Up
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