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
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: rugs are incredibly underrated, and I'm thrilled to see more and more designers starting to pay attention to the humble textiles underfoot. This week we have another example: colorful squirted-foam rugs made by the designers at Nightshop, an experimental product studio
While I admittedly dread the seasonal turnover from tinseled holiday wreaths to heart-shaped chocolate boxes, this year I have something new to look forward to. Ti Chang and her team at Crave have recently announced the Crave Bullet, their elevated modern take on the traditional bullet vibrator. Since its
No matter where you’re from, it’s likely that your culture has a specific ritual around drinking. In Bahrain, it’s customary to drink hot tea from glass cups—and for the Miami-based designer Bradley Bowers, witnessing this simple ritual on a Persian Gulf trip sparked an idea for a set of drinkware
“The problem with existing task lights is that they are usually point-sourced and one directional—sharp shadows at weird angles—and they take up desk space. Ceiling lights provide uniform, even lighting but they are usually in the center of the room, and don’t light up your desk well unless it is right in the middle. There was nothing in between.”
The Swiss type foundry Grilli Type likes to do as much as it can to bring its letterforms to life. “For us, it's always important to also create this visual world around our typefaces, to make them more than just those black-and-white shapes that we know nobody will ever care
I'm a firm believer that rugs are incredibly underrated. All day, every day they are the subtle cushioning between us and the hard, cruel and often cold world, er, floor. Luckily, rugs seem to be enjoying a resurgence, with new inventions in a myriad of styles and techniques. One of
Inspiration can be found in the darndest places, but the spark behind Miniforms' Caruso Cabinet is one of the strangest sources we've heard of yet: clip art. Yes, those gloriously rudimentary graphics that came pre-loaded with your word processing and presentation software back in the day (or maybe still —
In my weekly In the Details column, I take a deep-dive into the making of a new product or project, always with the goal of figuring out how exactly the thing was made and why it was made that way. In 2015, I encountered all manner of innovative design and
The Finnish-born, Los Angeles–based designer Janne Kyttanen has been pushing the limits of 3D printing for the past 20 years, creating everything from a print-on-demand luggage kit to an ultralightweight mesh sofa. Kyttanen sees these works as prototypes for a not-so-distant future where combining seemingly incongruous technologies and materials is
Maybe I had carbs on my mind, but when I spotted Railing amidst the Design Miami coverage this year, it was love at first sight. Resembling something close to thick black spaghetti, the collection of furniture had me wanting to know more. A lot more. Turns out, the contorted
When the Optimal Bow Teknika first made its way into my inbox, I was skeptical. Featuring belly-baring women and a twisted piece of metal weaponry, the promotional materials looked like something out of an apocalyptic video game (and one that's a bit objectifying of women). Nonetheless, I was intrigued. Described
This one is for all my ladies out there. For all of you who know firsthand the pain of going bra shopping—wanting something simple but not too simple, rifling through piles of underwear that say "sexy thang" across the rear or come adorned with gobs of charms and lace, going
Just when you thought that sneaker technology could be advanced no further, Adidas has launched its Futurecraft Leather Superstar, an ultra-limited-edition version of its classic sneaker crafted from one seamless piece of leather. The FLS is the result of a collaboration between Adidas, the London industrial designer Alexander Taylor
It should come as no surprise that somewhere in Brooklyn there exist two bearded men in a giant warehouse running a candle start-up. While the story reads like something out of a hipster fairy tale, the road to starting your own candle franchise is littered with more than just scented
Anyone who has had to join two materials knows the struggle of tolerances in fickle weather—a hot summer rain or a frigid metal shop can drastically change the way two pieces fit together. So it's somewhat mind-boggling (and refreshing) to see a designer exploit this pain point and use it
In 2012, Brooklyn's CW&T raised more than $280,000 on Kickstarter for Pen Type-A, a stainless-steel upgrade to the Pilot Hi-Tec-C, a plastic gel pen with a cult following among writers, designers and other pen connoisseurs. But almost as soon as CW&T shipped its last Kickstarter reward, its founders had a
The Swiss watchmaker Movado is probably best known for its Museum Dial watch, with a radically simple face designed by Nathan George Horwitt in 1947. Even if you know nothing about watches, you would recognize this one; inspired by a sundial, it has no numbers or tick marks, only a
If you live in the Northeast, Hurricane Joaquin probably served as an unpleasant reminder of what you’ll no doubt have more of this fall and winter: blustery winds, sky-splitting rain and a general dampness that will permeate everything you love. And if you live in a sixth-floor walk-up, like the
If you played sports as a kid—or have a kid who plays sports—you're probably familiar with the cheap, ubiquitous and not terribly effective "boil and bite" mouth guards sold at most sporting-goods stores. The Chicago-based designer Scott Wilson was certainly familiar with them—he remembers watching his daughter struggle to mold
Mark de la Vega has one of the more unlikely design success stories imaginable. In 2008, freshly laid off from a job at the retail-design firm Studio Sofield, de la Vega moved to Brooklyn with every intention of opening a taco shop. "I had a lot of experience [in restaurants],"
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