Jim Lewis

Designer, Springwood Studios
Troy, NY, USA

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  • "This begs a lot of questions.  How many layers of veneer?  If the veneer yields to your weight, does it also split over time?  How much time?  What about the endsĀ±. are they easily breakable, if you put weight past the plywood plug that covers the foam core?Other than that, it is pretty.  Nice form.  I'm not wild about sitting backless, but for that it's cool."
    on: Product Design Student Work: A Soft Bench Made of Wrapped Veneer
  • "Leather might get prettier with age, but according to Craigslist age does not increase its value."
    on: Inflatable Leather Furniture
  • "Interesting idea.  I like the way he algorithymically (sp?) makes custom, one-off pieces depending on the stock available.  I hope he doesn't have a problem keeping the birchbark attached.  It has a tendency to peel off when the wood dries."
    on: Product Designer Matthias Gschwendtner's "New Sources" Project: A Critique of Mass-Market Furniture
  • "Actually, Jonathan, bubbly wines have a deeper punt for structural strength.  For structure, it doesn't matter which way it bulges, but for stability it goes in, as Rain said."
    on: Package Design Trivia: Why Bottles Have an "Indent" in the Base
  • "I think I read, maybe even on Core77, that people who tried selling their designs through Walmart were sometimes ripped off, with the big guy sourcing their product through Chinese fabs.  Anyone know if I'm remembering correctly?"
    on: Design Entrepreneurs: You Can Now Apply to Sell Your U.S.-Made Goods at Walmart
  • "A friend used to work at a Chrysler plant in Buffalo in the 70s.  There was a liquor store next door.  She told me it was the only liquor store she'd been in where, when you bought a bottle of booze, they asked how many plastic cups you wanted with it.This is a great idea, it should cut down on the lines there considerably."
    on: A$AP Rocky Launches a Whisky, Designs an Unusual Bottle for It
  • "Don't let Shopsmith see this post!"
    on: What Does a Swiss Army Knife with 73 Functions Look Like?
  • "They are absolutely f-ing nuts.  This is the sort of thing that inspires another Ralph Nader book.  Cognitive dissonance indeed, a triumph of intellectual masturbation over any kind of common sense.  No Union Jack has four feet of blank space in the center, and no directional arrow should point the wrong way."
    on: Incredibly, Mini's Countryman has Stock Turn Signals That Point the Wrong Way
  • "One of Ralph Nader's big contributions to humanity was persuading Detroit not to make points on the front of objects that can travel in excess of 60 mph, especially points (wedges) that would drive a body downward, under said objects.  I thought they taught that in Auto Design 101.The seating is weird but cool, it makes a conversation pit in the back of the bus, so to speak.  On the other hand, the rear end looks like it was lifted from one of Gene Roddenberry's lesser nightmares."
    on: Spotted at the L.A. Auto Show: Toyota's Designed-in-China Rhombus
  • "Hard to believe there is much of a case for disassembly/ reuse.  What you start with is so unpredictable, it's a small scale craft operation.  Thank God, furniture at least is made on such a low volume basis that you can't get a uniform product out of recycling it.  In most cases, the resulting boards are so small there is not much future for them.  The exceptions, panels from case goods, sideboards from bed frames, are then limited in volume while varied in species, cut, material, color.Whereas, wood, still the primary material for furnishings, is labor intensive, very flexible in use and extremely renewable.  Without running numbers, I see a stronger case for composting/ burning for fuel and regrowing."
    on: Looking Back to Save the Future
  • "My wife's immediate response to the first picture is that it looks hard to wear.  Asked why, she replied that it looks stiff, like the front would rise when you sat down and it wouldn't conform when you walk.  However, she loved the picture of the three skirts, especially the one on the right.  It's a great concept, but the proof is in the wearing.  It could potentially solve a lot of problems and open up some interesting doors in bespoke clothing."
    on: DefeXtiles' Sustainable 3D Printed Fabric Has the Potential to Revolutionize Textiles
  • "Aren't short, tall, wide cars inherently unstable?  What's the driver experience like, vis a vis cornering?"
    on: The Hyundai Casper: A Sub-$12,000 Micro SUV
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