Designing Here/Now is a design conference in downtown Los Angeles taking place October 22-24 covering the future of design and business.
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],"
While all eyes are on a certain Pencil announced the other week, let us shift our gaze to another writing instrument, the fountain pen. Last June, Montblanc announced the M, the product of a new partnership with Marc Newson, arguably one of the most influential designers alive today (and, coincidentally,
While there's certainly no shortage of reasons to be pessimistic about humanity and its future, I would like to take a moment to share a multifaceted glimmer of hope: Somewhere in this world, there exists a giant kaleidoscope that you can walk inside, basking in the glory of your own
Ready, set—snap! Earlier this month, Art Center College of Design hosted their annual Formula E competition (the 'E' is for elastic) where students, professionals—and anyone else crazy enough to participate—are invited to build and race rubber-band-powered toy cars. The main competition takes place on the art school's Pasadena campus, but
If you're anything like me, you're already on your second French press of coffee, fully caffeinated and shaking to the point of full-body convulsions as you dive head-first into another spectacular Monday. As you run your tongue along the back of your molars, however, you are horrified by the gritty
Yes, I admit it: I have IKEA furniture. While my design degree has given me a deep-seated appreciation for high-quality, midcentury furnishings, my budget hasn't quite caught up to my taste, and I'm left sheepishly amassing an array of tiny IKEA Allen wrenches in a junk drawer. Maybe that's why
Does a comfy chair need to be bulky? Based on many of the offerings on the market, you might conclude as much. But Brandon Kim's new Lilt chair for Bernhardt Design proves otherwise—it is a sleek lounger with a wide seat that seems to balance precariously upon a stainless steel
Obvious though it may be, seeing the forest for the trees is a felicitous reference point when it comes to describing BioLite, a Brooklyn-based company that develops innovative products for two disparate off-the-grid communities. After all, the metaphor is as felicitous for recreational campers as it is in the world
Museum displays are typically meant to be seen and not touched, but a recent wave of exhibitions is upending those rules. Take DELQA, an interactive music and light installation opening in the New Museum's NEW INC space on August 6. Showcasing the music of Matthew Dear combined with Microsoft's Kinect
I don't know about you, but when my opportunity comes to bring a smaller version of myself into this world, you best believe that his or her tiny infant body will only sleep in the most luxurious baby crib money can buy. That's where Nursery Works comes in. The high-end
It's been a while since a public-art project on Kickstarter held our attention, but The Wabash Lights initiative has us looking up. The ambitious site-specific installation—the brainchild of two creative Chicagoans, Jack C. Newell and Seth Unger—aims to convert a stretch of overhead train tracks in Chicago into a programmable
With the reopening of the Cooper Hewitt last December, museumgoers can once again roam the halls of Andrew Carnegie's magnificent Upper East Side mansion—and now, thanks to a collaboration between the Cooper Hewitt and Warby Parker, they can even do it while sporting a pair of eyeglasses inspired by the
When the Armadillo Credenza first landed in our inboxes, quite frankly we didn't know what to do with it. Built from reclaimed steel and glass—with a whopping 60 steel arms, 78 bolts, and a dozen casters—the massive, 500-pound furnishing boasts an unapologetically industrial aesthetic that is either hopelessly clunky or
Lindsey Adelman has made a name for herself creating luxury chandeliers that delicately balance the organic and the refined. With her latest collection, however, the lighting designer is applying that aesthetic to an entirely new range of objects, as seen at the exhibition Show Me now on view at the
When seeking out materials to build furniture, the first items that come to mind are probably not ice-cream sprinkles, coffee grounds and salt. For Fernando Mastrangelo, however, those materials—along with sugar, sand, porcelain, silica, BB pellets and more—are fertile ground for his MMATERIAL line of furniture, which blends a wide
In 2013, Chris Hardy had just launched his collection of Helix tables for Design Within Reach when the furniture retailer approached him about another project. DWR wanted Hardy to meet Jens Risom, the legendary Danish-American designer who helped introduce Scandinavian design to the United States and created iconic furnishings for
Attendees of last month's Sight Unseen OFFSITE exhibition during New York Design Week may have found themselves transported back to an easier time, one filled with colorful blocks for building and playing. Adult-size versions of the popular children's forms filled an interactive installation by Katie Stout, the New York–based designer-slash-artist
For those who have trouble waking up in the morning and don't necessarily want to chase a mobile alarm clock around their bedroom for the first 15 minutes of the day, there's a new solution in the works. Hyperalarm is a smart alarm clock intended to relieve the plight of
Reclaimed wood is frequently touted as a resourceful way to reduce waste by reusing existing materials. What’s often missing from that conversation is how the reuse of these materials can also reclaim a piece of history, salvaging remnants of what came before and offering them a new meaning. That was
Previously associated with your grandmother's living room or that one scene from Garden State, wallpaper has been making a decorating resurgence these past few years. Leading the charge have been Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope of Brooklyn's Calico Wallpaper, best known for their metallic, marbled designs that are painstakingly made
Marjan van Aubel began her love affair with energy-harvesting technologies while studying product design at London's Royal College of Art in 2012. During her studies, the Dutch designer created a collection of solar glassware that collects energy and stores it in a cabinet, as well as a table made up
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
Rows of brightly colored PLA and rapid-prototyped pieces filled New York's Javits Center the other week for the annual 3D Print Design Show. The expo, which has been traveling internationally since 2012, invites manufacturers and makers alike to share their latest creations. It was there that the work of the
What at first glance looks like preparation for the most epic furniture-themed party ever—shiny, reflective chairs and tables resembling inflated Mylar balloons—is, in fact, Zieta Prozessdesign's FiDU collection, constructed entirely of steel. The series, which consists of chairs, stools, tables, accessories and artwork, first made its debut back in 2008,
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.
The branding and retail design studio Dalziel + Pow sparked some interest at London's Retail Design Expo last month with a remarkable interactive display created with conductive ink. Attendees were invited to touch any of the numerous illustrations covering the booth walls—doing so completed a circuit and triggered a variety
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
Looking around your home or office—or anywhere, really—it's extraordinarily likely that you posses something constructed of a plastic polymer. This item was most likely pumped out by the hundreds of thousands in a factory overseas, along with billions of other mundane objects that have come to completely surround us in
“What if we could make a projector that you could screw into a light socket?” That was the question posed during one of Oak & Morrow’s brainstorming sessions back in March 2014. Now, exactly one year later, the Netherlands-based design studio is funding the device, called Beam, on Kickstarter—and as
Last week, we examined a smarter jump rope. Brendan Keim was walking through the National Portrait Gallery in London last September when he stumbled upon a painting of a man with a long thin scepter. Intrigued, he snapped a photo and quickly sketched the object in his sketchbook, along with a note that it could make a pretty interesting light.
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 project began after Bocci's creative director coerced a pilot friend into showing him his airplane. “My friend is showing me the engine and there’s this fabric bag," Omer Arbel says. "It struck me immediately. It was pristinely white in this engine of all gray or black pieces.”
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