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Some of you are architects or designers who know this feeling: It's your initial visit to the jobsite, and as it's still under construction, you're given a hardhat to wear for the very first time. And you feel a perverse little thrill, like "Ooh, I've got a hardhat on!" But
In many ways, artist Jessi Reaves is not your typical furniture maker: "some people are in search of the pastoral or the meditative material experiment," says Reaves, "I think my approach is kind of brutal. I hate sanding. When I get to that stage in making something I always get
Jumpstart your week with our insider's guide to events in the design world. From must-see exhibitions to insightful lectures and the competitions you need to know about—here's the best of what's going on, right now.
The concept at the heart of the project is the fact that the tabletop is a part of the table set. By combining the table set with the tabletop a new situation appears - the table offers the people to eat directly from it. The table is divided to individual dishes, side dishes and a center dish for the main course. The ceramic design quotes some elements from the conventional tablecloth and uses them to make the lifting elements in the dishes. At the end of the meal, you simply put the table in t
Here's a strong statement: One of the chairs that made its debut at Clerkenwell Design Week in London might actually change lives. Unveiled alongside abstract panel discussions and amorphous pavilions, experience design agency Layer announced the world's first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair. The GO wheelchair was presented as a prototype, and
Here Izzy Swan demonstrates something the rest of us are idiots for not realizing: You can use an inexpensive caulking gun to replace an expensive clamp. Matthias Wandel has created more detailed plans for his gravity-based mousetrap, and here shows you how he built
Core77's editors spend time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite stories from the World Wide Web.
Bad news is blowing for bike builders and us who love them: True Temper is discontinuing its line of steel tubing designed for bikes. The True Temper name might recall some less racy products, but it has also been a stamp of quality on some of the fastest, coolest, and
When you think of cuckoo clocks, if you think of them at all, you probably don't think of minimalism and style. But London-based industrial designer Pedro Mealha does, and produces some rather modernist variants like his model B83: The bird makes its appearance via the small hole at top right:
Years ago we showed you this concept for an elevated, tunnel-like bus that would not interfere with ordinary road traffic: Conceived of in China by engineer Song Youzhou, the concept was unveiled in 2010 and scuttled thereafter for being unworkable. But now Song is attempting to resuscitate the project, and
Kitchen waste adds up fast, both at home and in landfills. But getting rid of food scraps without adding to a big problem requires living in a city with an advanced recycling system, or home composting… which usually requires a home with a yard. Marco Balsinha's Uroboros home vermicomposter might
This role is an opportunity to lead the industrial design language for an industry leading family of fitness products. You will lead cross-functional design of the hardware and user experience aspects of product development. You will work closely with our talented team of designers, product managers, engineers,
Years ago my neighbors had a baby boy. Shortly after he learned to talk, he repeatedly said something that terrified his parents: "My hands are bothering me." His hands were obviously causing him some distress or physical pain, so his folks took him to doctors for tests but they could
At the 28th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) over 35,000 attendees walked the show over the course of four days. This year the show expanded to a second floor that housed ICFF Schools, the Design Milk Pop-Up stand, Tokyo Design Week, Ho.MI Italian brands and Luxe Interiors to provide
When it comes to using metal fasteners in natural wood, you can either use nails or screws. The problem with screws is that they're too strong; as the wood swells or shrinks with changes in humidity, with one piece attempting to move across the surface of another, the wood can
A coffee table with storage is one way to make the most use of limited space, and there are many different ways to design that storage. The rectangular tables from Huppe's MOVE collection—there are two of them in that photo—have inserts that provide storage. These would be good for larger
With their ability to innovate and use design thinking to enact positive impact across various scales, designers are uniquely positioned to bring a refreshing perspective to policymaking. In an exciting move for the ID community, RKS Design Founder and CEO Ravi Sawhney,has accepted an invitation to join TechNet—a national, bi-partisan
The merits of architectural styles from different regions can be endlessly debated. But there is no question that European tilt-and-turn windows are simply superior in design and function to American windows. During a stay in a hotel in Germany on a rainy day, I marveled at the ability to tilt
The MIT International Design Center (IDC) is seeking an innovative, detail oriented, hands-on person to help upgrade and maintain the IDC shops, office and classroom facilities. The start date is flexible depending on the candidate, though no later than June 20th. The temporary appointment is for this
Exciting news for aspiring sneaker designers: The Pensole Footwear Design Academy, in collaboration with the City of Portland, is providing an opportunity to have your questions about the industry answered by the pros. At the end of each session in their upcoming Saturday School program, Pensole founder D'Wayne Edwards is
In the heyday of anti-war demonstration, Seymour Chwast's graphic work held a radical point of view that steered far from right-wing tendencies while also dramatically veering from rigid formalist notions in graphic design of the day. An avid protestor throughout the 60s and 70s, his work consistently aimed to address
Designer Jongha Choi has been getting a lot of buzz on his De-dimension furniture pieces, the ones we spotted at Milan. To refresh your memory, here's what his fold-flat, Shaker-furniture-meets-M.C.-Escher pieces do: De-dimension from jongha on Vimeo.Those pieces are polished and function beautifully. But we also found a very
Here we see folks pulling off the difficult trick of turning something disgusting into something beautiful, using art. The ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, a public advocacy organization based in the Philippines, has been trying to clean Manila's polluted rivers. In order to draw attention to their horrific state, they've collaborated
Starling is a science-backed wearable device that can boost brain development in young children. Research has proven that the number of words a child hears throughout the day strongly predicts future vocabulary, IQ, and emotional well-being. Starling keeps a running count of spoken words through direct verbal engagement. Pair it with the VersaMe app to set word count goals, monitor engagement progress, and set challenges. Shaped like a friendly little star, it is soft, seamless and safe, attachi
Today in silly but promising bike design: bike turn signals that might not blow! The idea of hands-free turn signals for bikes has inspired many, many product designs, few of which make any damn sense. Of those that do, most require donning dorky apparel, integration with the frame, or a
We've seen time and again that shipwrights comprehend materials and techniques on a level well beyond your average furniture design grad. From Tom Sullivan's incredible "The Accidental Designer" story to Louis Sauzedde's unparalleled wisdom to Brendan Ravenhill's transition from boatbuilding to industrial design, it is clear that being trained to
Interaction Designers at Ziba are thinkers and makers. We have a passion for solving problems and creating experiences people love. We communicate digitally through form, function and motion. Our intention is to humanize technology and create the best possible user experience. We consider motion, structure, and beauty equally, and strive
American cars have at times been the fastest and flashiest, but rarely have they been the strangest. In my opinion, the French are truly the masters of bizarre cars. Sure, every major car maker has made an oddity or two, but it seems the French made it a point of
Watching Frank Howarth and his son build that model of the bi-level vertical-lift bridge, I got to wondering about different movable bridge designs. I'd never seen that unique bi-level variant before; what other solutions have engineers come up with when a bridge has to be moved out of the way
This year's New York Design Week lineup proved the week of festivities have much more to offer than the go-to design fairs. Whether you scoured Brooklyn, downtown, or even way uptown, there were a wide number of shows from designers big and small to enjoy. On top of several small
Adi Goodrich and Sean Pecknold are two parts of the Los Angeles based Sing Sing Studio. They're prolific and immensely talented visual artists, and they've come together, through an obsession with children's books and a belief that kids are smarter than us, to make a children's book of their own.
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! We recently caught wind of Google's plan to deliver their Ara modular phone concept to consumers in 2017, a cellphone with a magnetic modular backboard for different gadgets like speakers, camera lenses, storage
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Southeast Asia, it takes a village to raise and move a house: This second approach is more modern, and shot in a much artsier way. New-Zealand-based filmmaker Thomas Gleeson's short, "Home," is an unnarrated mini-doc meant to "[explore]
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