In some instances, the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" just doesn't cut it; this is perhaps most true for designers. For example, one artifact that has seemingly been preserved under this notion is the humble home doorbell—unaltered in function for ages, to say the doorbell cannot be
For over 137 years, the humble incandescent lightbulb has been the gold standard for indoor lighting. The original electric lighting source has preserved its place in our lives not only for its functional value, but also its particularly captivating luminescence. Despite new lighting options on the market including halogen and
When Kano first launched in 2013, the team knew they were on to something great. Assembling kits for "computers anyone can make" out of their apartment, founders Yonatan Raz-Fridman and Alex Klein sold 200 prototypes purely through word of mouth. A month later, their team had more than doubled
When we last spoke to the Gravity Sketch team in March of 2014, they had just unveiled their prototype for a 3D sketchpad. At the time, Oluwaseyi Sosanya, Guillaume Couche, Pierre-Yves Paslier and Daniela Paredes Fuentes were all students at the Royal College of Art and Gravity Sketch was
Anyone who's experienced slow-loading videos and seemingly never-ending downloads knows the pain of a poor WiFi connection. It's a problem many are trying to solve (just take a look at Starry and OnHub), but newcomer Plume thinks they have the solution: magic internet jewels. Advocating for users to ditch
If you tuned in to the Olympics, you might have learned about cupping, blood doping, or any of the numerous techniques employed to give athletes that much sought after edge on the competition. But what if I told you that the next big thing to help athletes increase speed, agility
Every now and then a product comes out where the sheer thrill of its existence is quickly replaced by a sense of horror that it took so long for something like it to come about in the first place. Such was the case with FLEX, a new kind of
Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is the Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery with a gold lacquer—leaving it inherently more valuable than before. Traditionally confined to ceramics, architectural studio TANK has found a new application for the treasured restoration technique: applying it to the floor of a Kyoto apartment. The apartment,
The art of go-kart racing dates back to the late 1930s, when various small, open-wheeled race cars were first developed and used in organized races around oval tracks. The sport caught on, peaking in the 1950s, but eventually faded out over the following decade. It's an art that Douglas Varey,
If you've been following the elections in any way this year, you, too, might have found yourself ruminating on the apocalypse, and any number of routes that might take us as a society toward our inevitable demise. I know I sure have. From the wrong man getting his tiny, grubby
If I had to pick a favorite material, it would be aluminum foil—hands down. Great for everything from perfectly packaging a slice of leftover pizza to creating impenetrable hats and even keeping aliens from reading your brain waves, the malleable, silver material is pretty fantastic. Chris Shanck agrees. In
Perfection is overrated. In a world of mass production and assembly lines automated down to the smallest rote task, discovering imperfections or mistakes can feel refreshing. It's those imperfections that Camilla Wedelboe Monsrud is interested in exploring, and what set the groundwork for Inside Out, a series of objects
Never Too Much is the name Swiss designers Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo gave to a series of leather bowls they created last year—a name that immediately suggests the wide-brimmed, candy-colored vessels are nothing short of just right. Crafted from hand-painted leather and completed in 2015, the collection resembles something
Material choice is a critical decision for every product, an essential phase of the design process defined by material swatches and samples, perhaps a few prototypes, all to ensure that the final product will convey the perfect look and feel. But for Qualities of Material, the latest collection to come
As I sit on my couch writing what's sure to be another titillating session of In the Details, I can't help but turn my neck every time I catch—or think I catch—the flicker of my glowing rectangle. I turned off vibration mode because I began to sense its familiar
Plenty of people tout innovative uses for recycled plastic, from vertical gardens made out of discarded plastic bottles to this unnecessarily robust coin purse. But, at the end of the day, many of these designs fall short because they're not creating a product that is desirable when divorced from the
When I first stumbled upon Jongjin Park's Artistic Stratum series, I thought I was looking at giant, deformed sponges, not a series of delicately fired ceramics. The beautiful pieces, glazed in pastel pinks and cobalt blues, are a far cry from the typical pottery porn that has been making the
Summertime is already in full swing in New York, and with that comes the dreaded air conditioner install: first dragging it from the depths of the closet (if you're fortunate enough to have one), then struggling to get it into your window, mounted and sealed—all without dropping it out the
My body now reacts in a visceral, often painful way to any product with the word 'smart' slapped in front of it, but the SMART SLAB from SapienStone is actually pretty smart—in concept, at least. Debuted at Milan Design Week earlier this year, SMART SLAB is a table from SapienStone
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
Rainy days are a bummer enough without having to slosh around in a frumpy raincoat and boots. That's why The Arrivals' latest take on the waterproof poncho feels like a ray of sunshine, providing super stylish yet functional garb to combat anything Mother Nature might send your way.
Impossible Project has long been working to breathe new life into instant film photography since Polaroid announced the end of instant film back in 2008. Since stepping in to buy the last remaining Polaroid factory only days before it shut its doors, the company has been committed to reinventing instant
There's something almost accidental about Sebastian Brajkovic's distorted Lathe series—like what might happen if you were to grab the edge of a chair to move it, but instead of moving, it transformed into putty in your hands, pooling up and pouring onto the floor as it dragged across the room.
I think we can all agree that tacos are delicious. We can probably also agree that single-pod, single-serving machines like Tassimo, Nespresso and Keurig are some of industrial design's worst gifts to humanity and could be single-handedly destroying the world. Flatev is a new product soon to hit the
I first spotted the work of Samuel Amoia two years ago during New York's Design Week. Glittering and glorious, the cast crystals and coffee grounds embedded in concrete at AMMA's booth caught my eye and I've been enraptured ever since. (Great pro-tip for all you designers trying to catch the
Rarely do we sit down for a meal these days that isn't interrupted by the flickering of phones, as meal-goers look down to check various notifications and status updates. Sure, there's the phone stack or this handkerchief, but those solutions don't address the root of the problem: that constant interruption
As I draft this article, I'm sitting at my desk with the sun beating down on me from a nearby window. It's hot. I am uncomfortable. Sure, I could get up, walk over to the window and close the blinds — but shouldn't they just do that for me? Automagically?
Designers have long looked to nature as a source of inspiration, drawing upon its tried and true systems to build everything from velcro to bullet trains. But, what about when it comes to capturing the 'sense' of a plant? Or the feeling of its growth? These less tangible characteristics are
As a child, I had a mild fear of the dark. Okay, I would scream hysterically whenever left in a pitch black room. I had a Peter Cottontail nightlight for most of my childhood, upgrading to a plain white one in the hallway for a few years after that, and
Whether it's an armchair charred by a blowtorch or something that looks like it belongs in Pee Wee's playhouse, I can spot the work of Dutch designer Maarten Baas from a mile away. His strange organic forms and material experimentations demand an emotional response and can be off-putting and intriguing.
Anyone who has worked in an open office knows the distractions that can come with it, especially in the unwanted-noise department. Between endless coworker conversations and the maddening jangle of keys in someone's pocket, somewhere, an open space meant to encourage collaboration and cross-pollination can end up doing more harm
When I first heard that the musician Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, had designed a guitar especially made for women's bodies—as has been reported on FastCoExist, Mashable, Buzzfeed and elsewhere—I was stoked to find out more. I remember when my sister went to buy her first electric guitar circa 2006,
Close your eyes. Imagine that you're on a boat, floating somewhere in the South China Sea. The feeling is calming, and probably not too far off from the sensation of soaking in a bathtub, letting the water lap around your ankles and toes. It's that image that inspired Otaku, a
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