One of the most famous automobiles in American history remains nameless for most people. It made billions of trips hauling millions of Americans over its 22 year production run, outlived the Ford Model T by three years, and appeared thousands of times in countless movies...
When Toshio Tokunaga needs irons for his selection of kanna (handplanes and spokeshaves), he turns to Master Smith Yasuhiko Ohara to have them made from scratch, the traditional Japanese way. Which as it turns out, is quite the pain in the ass—because Japan doesn't have any iron mines. With no
When two women dressed in matching workwear approach and tell you to, "eat shit," it gets your attention. Armed with caulking guns and a giant plastic backpack in the shape of a perfect poo—think turd emoji, only bigger—these angels of good will serve up a crostini topped with a swirl
Sandpaper has to be the number one consumable in the modern-day furniture shop. But a subset of craftspeople, like Toshio Tokunaga and his four apprentices, don't use any of the stuff—yet are still able to achieve a glass-like finish on their furniture pieces, even absent varnish. Anti-sandpaper furniture builders achieve
Automotive design is probably the most capital-intensive field an industrial designer can work in; developing a new car model can literally cost more than a billion dollars. It seems amazing, then, that a very crucial phase of the design process is entrusted not to brainiac scientists, but talented sculptors wielding
Of the number of designers who claim the title designer/maker or even designer/maker/artist, few compare to the work of London-based Max Lamb. On view at the Garage San Remo in Milan, visitors are welcome to explore the breadth of Lamb's material inquiry through the lens of design's favorite archetype—the chair.
When we think of NASA-designed vehicles, the Mars Rover comes to mind. We picture the eggheads at Johnson Space Center developing buggy-like vehicles capable of navigating alien terrain. So it was a surprise to find out that NASA has been working on an urban vehicle, which they released video of
We all know what Formula One cars sound like. That aggressive, angry, adrenaline-stirring roar is unmistakable, and children playing with toy cars can easily mimic the noise. But most folks have no idea what a Formula E car sounds like. That may be because the noise doesn't have the
Designjunction, the London-based design tradeshow exhibited for the third year during Milan design week. Presenting a broad range of furniture, interior products and personal accessories spread over two floors in the San Babila Design Quarter. Tom Dixon's presentation anchored this year's show, taking over the Theatre/Cinema space of the Casa
From both personal and professional experience, I know how hard it can be for users to keep track of their medications. And when something goes wrong, it can be a major problem. So I'm always pleased to see designs that make medication management easier. None of these are foolproof solutions
Are we being watched? Well this year in the Ventura Lambrate District of Milan - we actually are. This detour into technology-derived anxiety is the result of the exhibition of Koncern, a Prague-based studio founded by the design pair Jirí Pribyl and Martin Imrich. In their show aptly titled "Embracing
The "living hinge" you see molded into clamshell packaging has always been the domain of plastic; metal and wood don't like the repetitive stress of bending. But Bavarian fabrication firm Ackermann has worked out a way to do a living hinge in plywood. The trick is to laminate a sheet
Mechanical robot grippers are designed to grasp specific shapes. This is perfect for assembly lines, where every object is the same. But what if a more flexible solution were required? Think of a conveyor belt covered with random junk that needed to be sorted for recycling: Imagine a robot hand
We're always a sucker for a workshop so when Emeco debuted their new chair designed by Jasper Morrison with a metalsmith, we were curious. Inspired by the woven cane brasserie chairs that dot the sidewalks of Paris, the Alfi collection includes a high back chair, a three-seater bench and low
Have the terrorists won? Now that your favorite sporting arena has installed metal detectors, you can no longer smuggle your own hooch in using your trusty metal flask. Are you going to settle for watery, overpriced beer at the concession stand? Of course not. You can sneak that Jim Beam
Frog opened the doors to their Milan studio last night to celebrate ten years of Milan Design Week. The "Future Fact or Fiction" panel discussion—and later party—featured Björn Block (Lighting Range Manager at IKEA), Simone Tognetti (Co-founder of Empatica) and Gianluca Brugnoli (Executive Creative Director, frog) speculating about a number
How do furniture designers develop their style? As we saw in Jory Brigham's story, there are many long hours to be put in at the studio or shop, experimenting. But equally important is finding inspiration, understanding what came before, and letting these things marinate in your head. To do that,
The Lexus Design Award 2015 centered around the theme 'Senses,' showcasing an array of projects related to sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing this week in Milan. The award—developed to encourage broard thinking around the topic—never fails to yield an impressive group of projects and diverse thought from fashion to
No one likes carrying a bulky bicycle helmet around. And as one designer after another tries to devise a way to make them collapse for storage, we're struck by how different everyone's approach is. Julien Bergignat and Patrice Mouille's Tatoo Helmet is comprised of polypropylene strips lined with padded cells.
What if the machines that manufacture our objects could feel? And what if those feelings would effect the final outcome of the objects created? At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, a bastion of experimental and emerging talent, an ongoing collaboration between Sander Wassink and Olivier van Herpt explores that territory with 3D
Eric Ries is a household name in most startup micro-kitchens. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author is the poster child for "fail faster"—learning quickly from mistakes and forging ahead to found successful ventures, a process that he documents on his blog, Startup Lessons Learned. In 2011, Ries published a post
Inspired by the radical approach of Studio Alchimia in the 1970's, Singapore Design: The Alchemists presents the work of 15 young Singaporean designers who are leveraging technologies, processes and unusual materials to develop, as the co-curator Stefano Casciani posits, "a more contemporary attitude for designing in the global context."
Those eyeglasses were designed by BMW Designworks, and they're not just for fashion. The folks over at BMW's R&D division tapped the design branch to help out with a left-field concept for their Mini brand: Mini Augmented Vision, i.e. AR goggles. Worn by the driver and wirelessly connected to the
It's not easy to reinvent the bicycle, and it took architects Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenov five years--the first time they did it. The duo's Halfbike, which got rid of the seat and much of the structure of a traditional bicycle, was first conceived of in 2009 and successfully launched
When we think of FDM 3D printers, we think Cartesian; the print head always rides along rails in the X- and Y-axes, and the machines are cubic in form. But the developers behind the stunningly low-cost Tiko have literally been thinking outside of the box, adopting a triangular form factor
Shortly after the invention of the airplane in the early 1900s, some military-minded maniac tried to launch one off of a ship. The experiment worked, and soon the American, British and Japanese navies began building aircraft carriers. Like all military craft, carriers have a shelf life. The supercarrier USS Kitty
The advantage to a drinking vessel being transparent is that you can see the contents. Redditor toper-centage takes advantage of this by nesting ordinary plastic cups, then using them like animation cels: Clever, creative and low-cost entertainment! "I cope with frustration and stress by drawing [on] cups," the artist
When we interviewed Scott Croyle back in 2014 at the launch of the HTC One (M8) in London, fanboys said 'best just got better,' critics said 'unexciting minor design evolution.' The then SVP for Industrial Design gave us little more than a month after publishing our report before announcing his
Growing up, Joshua Ben Longo was plagued with terrible night terrors—often waking up in the middle of the night to see ghosts, trolls and forms of smoke tormenting him above his bed. "Sometimes the hallucinations are harmless, but too often they are frightening," says Longo, who still experiences them occasionally.
Game of Thrones starts up again this Sunday, so we swung over to Tony Swatton's website. We last looked in on Swatton, the California-based master blacksmith, when he was making Thor's hammer; more recently he's turned his attention to producing some GoT weapons, like the tiny Arya Stark's diminutive sword.
You know how jail cells feature a combination toilet/sink? Years ago I joked that if Milan had a prison, their toilets would look like this: Silly joke aside, it turns out there was an unusual project in Italy to have prison inmates design microapartments. To be clear, the convicts
Stephen Lindsay and James Banos are the designers behind Toronto-based Urbanproduct, a/k/a UP. Since 2009 UP has been killing it in the furniture, product and interior design arenas, fielding clients both residential and commercial from their Bloordale studio—where they build everything in-house. While the firm's portfolio is multimaterial, covering everything
To bend wood, you need steam. The typical way to do this is to build a steam box that fits your part-to-be-bent inside. But there are three drawbacks to this method: The box must be sized to fit your piece; when you remove your piece from the box and transport
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