If you're at all like me, the last year will have seen you jump wholehearted on the sustaining trend for the regreening of urban life—giddily hoarding an array of shoots and shrubbery in your living and working environments in a desperate attempt to compensate for lack of time outdoors and
The last garbage can redesign we looked at addressed the problem of suction and stuck bags. The Bruno Smartcan is looking, rather ambitiously, to solve a slightly more sophisticated issue involving suction. The Bruno design features a battery-powered vacuum integrated at the bottom that, once swept towards, automatically activates via
Anyone who has grappled with a slick, wet umbrella on a rainy day knows the struggle. Collapsing the thing, you're either going to poke someone in the eye or drench yourself in the very raindrops you were hoping to avoid. Enter the KAZbrella, an inside-out umbrella on a mission to
What are the odds a new product will still be around in two years' time? If you ask the Product Design & Marketing Association, they're not good: between 25 and 45 percent of consumer goods in its survey eventually fail in the market. The U.S. Department of Commerce is even
Industrial designer Jessica Chan was working on a sustainable printer concept when she made an interesting discovery: "I learned that inks—even those made with vegetable and soy—used in traditional printers are not 100% biodegradable," writes Portland-based Chan. "I [subsequently] re-evaluated my approach toward product design as a whole and began
Name: Hadrien Monloup Occupation: Co-founder and product design director of Bellroy and Carryology Location: Jan Juc, Victoria, Australia Current projects: We have built a great, fast-growing wallet brand and business. Now we are working really hard on the Bellroy of tomorrow. And that will include some very interesting products. One
In an era where every design studio aches to create enduring products described as "classic" and "iconic," New York's Pinkhouse diverges from the pack, opting instead for seasonal sprints. The recent newcomer to the product design scene wants absolutely nothing to do with timeless objects; rather, the studio is focused
Consumer Reports once tested various bottles to see how much product is actually left when we consider it "empty." The results were shocking: Up to 13% of toothpaste, 15% of condiments, 16% of detergent and a whopping 25% of hand lotion gets thrown out with the bottle, as consumers find
The last time we looked at a suitcase redesign, it proved to be a smash success: The Trunkster was seeking $50,000 in crowdsourced funding and netted nearly $1.4 million. There is an opportunity for designers here. More folks are traveling than ever, and more folks are growing dissatisfied with the
The last time we looked at an over-engineered Japanese product design of dubious utility, it was this highlighter with a see-through tip. I vowed not to fall into this trap again but I can't help myself. So today I'm staring at the order page for the Kadomaru Pro Corner Cutter,
It's not often that we get to see a new form factor evolve before our eyes, but with the impending release of the Apple Watch, it's happening. We're not talking about the watch itself; design intricacies aside, its overall form factor is the same as for all wristwatches. We're talking
Many organizing issues begin the moment users step inside their homes or offices, because there's no designated spot for the keys, the sunglasses, the wallet, the incoming mail, etc. Some users will also need a place for outgoing mail so they remember to grab it on the way out
Core77 2014 Year in Review: Top 15 Posts · Year in Photos · Drones · Transportation Design · Food & Drink · Wearable Technology · Power Tools and Hand Tools · Tool Storage · Organizational Solutions · Material News · Design Thinking · Architecture and Design GIFsGetting organized is...
Valet stands are useful for airing out just-worn clothes, for gathering together those to be worn the next day (along with any accoutrements), or for stashing those clothes that have been worn but aren't dirty enough to need cleaning. The traditional valet stand has the features you see on the...
Many users will be fine with standard shoe storage products: basic shoe racks, plastic shoe boxes, shoe cubbies or shelves in a closet, over-the-door shoe pockets, etc. But shoe storage can also involve creative designs which some users will appreciate. The wall-mounted horizontal shoe racks from J-Me (above) come in...
Users can add hooks or basic towel bars to create more towel storage in a bathroom—but there are numerous other options, too.
Thoughtful designs for storing both large and small toys, which both parents and children can appreciate
There is that iconic fight scene in The Chinese Connection where Bruce Lee fights off 30 people at once. Obviously that's just a movie and the scene is heavily fictionalized, but there is one central truth in there, which I can confirm from the spontaneous bouts of wrestling that occasionally
There’s something about the current design buzzword, “wearables,” that is spectacularly mesmerizing. As a tech nerd, I’ve seen it coming for some time, and have been intrigued to see its recent explosion in new product launches and popular media coverage. When the UP band from Jawbone emerged on the market
Startup culture may be good for innovation, but it’s often bad for the body—a plight that the folks at Tangram know all too well. “Running a busy startup means our schedules are less than predictable, and we’re always crunched for time,” says Joen Choe, the president of Tangram America. To try to squeeze in some cardio during their long workdays, Choe and his colleagues got in the habit of taking breaks on the office patio to jump rope.
The founder and creative leader of San Francisco's NewDealDesign answers our Core77 Questionnaire.
Piet Hein Eek’s latest product line—a pair of sleek metal clocks and a matching speaker for the brand LEFF Amsterdam—looks like a departure for the Dutch designer, known for his chunky, rough-hewn wooden furniture. But the Tube Series was very much an Eek project.
See burritos in infrared
Slip inside, lie down on a soft quilt, and admire as splashes of color form an abstract animation projected on to the tent's ceiling.
‘Charcoal Forest’ is a home purifier project, inspired by the leftovers from the charcoal industry. Regard refined carbonized wood or bamboo as purifier had long been a tradition in the...
Rebuilding a Design Language for Bissell Vacuums
Just the mention of the word "termite" can send many American homeowners, wood workers or furniture enthusiasts running for the hills. So it seems an unusual idea that we might actually consider welcoming these little home wreckers into our living rooms voluntarily.Enter Chris Poehlmann—an exhibition builder veteran who fell for...
Magazines appeal to almost everyone; every home I enter has magazines laying around. Magazines racks can be a good way to keep current magazines visible (rather than buried under piles of papers or whatever) so they actually get read.The Strata magazine rack from Headsprung is a nice example of a...
In and around New Year's holidays the Japanese public traditionally make their way through vast quantities of Mochi—sticky and sweet cakes of pounded rice, eaten usually in soup, or toasted and served with sweet soy sauce and wrapped in dried seaweed. Unfortunately, this yearly customary celebration is all too often...
As an avid documenter, collector and all around object enthusiast, my accumulation of 'stuff' from design school and beyond would rival designers much older than myself. In notebooks alone I have managed to fill many a bookshelf. Even a recent downsize upon relocating to Germany has done little to stymie...
Having the right hangers is critical for ensuring well-maintained clothes. In most cases, normal good-quality wood or plastic hangers will work fine—but sometimes a different type of hanger can be useful.The Cliq hangers from Flow Design have no hooks; they attach to any metallic tube or surface with magnets. For...
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