If there are two things American cities have a seemingly endless supply of, it's homeless people and trash. Now someone has figured out how to turn one into a positive for the other. It's been five years since we looked in on Gregory Kloehn, the man we jokingly referred
In the Manhattan blocks surrounding us is a Maya-Lin-designed museum with exterior wood cladding, a French restaurant with exterior wooden planters, and a bar with an outdoor wooden bench. These wooden surfaces looked great when they were first installed--then went to hell after just one or two NYC winters. If
Wallpaper is essentially clothing for your walls, which is why I consider it crazy to use it. Clothes go out of fashion, and nothing makes a home look more dated than wallpaper with a pattern that was clearly designed decades ago. What's even crazier is how labor-intensive it used to
In the Industrial Design department at Pratt, they taught us how to spray thinned joint compound onto our mock-ups. It was the quickest way to get sandably-smooth paint-ready surfaces on tricky shapes. For the rest of society, joint compound is something you use to patch holes, seal seams and get
Designers Tower followed its nomadic principles again and moved to a new location with their exhibition, this year at the showroom of the Cologne Chamber of Crafts. Fresh graduates, young designer-makers and small studios present products with a focus on wood work. Stromer extension cordStromer by Njustudio is a four-legged
FORMcard is a handy, pocket sized card of strong, meltable biopolastic that you can use to make, fix and modify the world around you. Just drop it in a cup of hot water and it's ready to use. Keep one in your wallet, toolbox or kitchen drawer so that it's
We know that lumberyards can burn their sawdust to run the drying kilns. But let's say someone invents an efficient large-scale solar kiln in the future and the boilers are no longer needed. What else could we use all of that sawdust for? In addition to firing barbecue grills, another
“Everybody is scared of stainless steel, but we have a link—there is something deep inside between me and stainless steel,” Maria Pergay told the New York Times in 2010. “This material which looks so strong, hard and cold is sweet and not sharp, and it matches with everything.” Although stainless steel is commonplace today (good luck buying a new appliance that isn’t finished in it),
In the last entry we looked at the potentially negative effects of industrial-scale sawdust disposal. If Dr. Sheldon Duff is correct and it's bad for the environment, what's a large-scale producer of sawdust to do? In small batches it can be safely mixed with compost, but what can you do
Now that sustainable forestry practices are widely understood and pursued, wood is a very smart raw material for us to use. It's renewable, it's relatively easy to work with, and it requires less processing to get into a useful form than, say, turning petroleum into high-density polyethylene or processing ore
In some ways, MDF is lousy stuff: You can ruin it with a single spilled cup of coffee, it doesn't take fasteners well, it has virtually no structural properties and machining it kicks up a horrific amount of dust. However, those of you with shops likely have some MDF lying
Perplex is a collection of 4 furniture pieces and are the result of a 2 year exploration of a new manufacturing process - a process that connects metal to any other material to enable new capabilities. Fig40 partnered with GRIP Metal to develop a collection of furniture pieces developed using
Seeking an experienced knitwear technician with programming and hands on knowledge on flat knitting machines. High level of competency in fully-fashioned programming and knitwear machines is required. Ideal candidates can manage large and complex 3D knit development projects. Extensive knowledge of yarn selection, gauges, stitch techniques, patterns and layouts required.
A company called Polysis specializes in producing polyurethane resins, and with their secret recipe of herbs and spices they've produced a peculiar plastic called "haplafreely." What's unique about the stuff is that simply dropping it into a glass of hot water turns it into a clay-like substance that can be
Wood is the gateway drug into making things. It's readily available, relatively affordable, can be worked with either hand tools or machines, and is far easier to get started with than plastic or metal. Most industrial design programs have you learning to use a table saw before a welding rig.
This year we witnessed a host of exciting developments in the world of materials—from the proliferation of 3D printing to cutting-edge applications of biotechnology and new ways of bringing solar harvesting technologies into our lives. Research brought us things we are still marveling at, like the world's lightest metal which
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
Working with wood isn't just about learning how to use the tools; it's as much about understanding how wood behaves, so that you can minimize the chances it will crack after you've completed your project. In this episode of The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnuolo drops some much-needed wood
Quilling is an art form whereby strips of paper are curled, formed and glued. The process lends a three-dimensionality to linework that, when combined with a selection of colors, creates a pleasing graphic effect. Source Source Source Source With a relatively low barrier to entry, quilling work appears for sale
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
Ink is all around us, particularly if you're a sketch-happy designer. And I remember reading that ballpoint pens all use non-toxic ink, so I never thought there was any health concerns involving ink. However, researchers Scott Fulbright and Steve Albers feel that there may be, and that there certainly are
EurOptimum is seeking an experienced Industrial Designer with superior communication, attention to detail, and SolidWorks skills. Exposure to the signage and display industry/large scale print files is required as you'll determine the medium best suited to produce the desired visual display. Mandatory software experience includes SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign.
Sputniko! (aka Hiromi Ozaki) recently launched a new project, Tranceflora – Amy's Glowing Silk, in an exhibition at Gucci's gallery space in Tokyo. In this project, she explores the intersection of fashion and genetic engineering by working with scientists to create a glowing dress made of genetically-engineered, fluorescent silk.
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