Here's an interesting design problem: Matthias Wandel's wife asked him to replace the three curtain rods on their bay window with a single, continuous one. Commercial solutions exist, but if you're DIY'ing it, how do you support a rod that goes around angles without creating interruptions that would arrest the
Nissin, the manufacturer of Cup of Noodles, has been putting their designers to work in order solve various food issues related to Japanese culture. The first product released from the series is Otohiko—a massive electronic fork trained to recognize and combat slurping noises Japanese eaters tend to make while consuming
In 1948, Swiss zoologist H.M. Peters was studying how spiders build their webs. But he kept falling asleep during the observation process, as spiders typically build their webs nocturnally. Frustrated, he asked colleague Peter N. Witt if there was something Witt could give the spiders that would make them build
It's that time of year again! The holidays are coming up, and we want to know what's on your design wish list. This year, Core77 is asking you to Pick 5. Whether you're a tech junkie, a wood shop whiz, or an outdoorsy dad, select your top 5 gift ideas, share them with us between now and December 15th, and you'll be in the running for some amazing prizes.
Builders and craftspeople who work alone need to devise clever methods of achieving tasks better performed with assistance. Sometimes these tricks work great. Other times…they don't. That could have been so much worse; I'm amazed anyone would ever turn their back on such a thing!
When it comes to making marks on leather, one commonly thinks of stamping or branding. But skilled craftsman like Japan-based Tomohiro Kanno can produce stunning patterns in leather with carving knives. Take a look at this guy's work: Kanno produces handmade one-off leather goods for sale, and perusing his website,
As industrial designers our mental database of objects should be immense, and we can often use one object to describe another. After all, how many shapes and form factors are there, really? Or as Italian film company Tanello Production points out, "In nature all is apparently different but essentially the
There are nearly 30,000 people who want to brush their teeth without using their hands. We know this because earlier this year, 26,832 Kickstarter backers pledged €3,198,516 (USD $3.75 million) to bring the Amabrush, an "automatic toothbrush," to life. Yes, our resident illustrator of imagined contraptions, Steven M. Johnson, came
I've never had to harvest pecans, but presumably the designers of this Multi Headed Nut Wizard have. Here's the brilliant object they came up with, which "will pick up through light to medium leaves and will hold up to 40 lbs of pecans when full." Be sure to stick around
Flying across America provides a bird's eye view of how we humans have decided to cut the land up. In regions where we've completely mastered the topography, you'll see completely unnatural-looking, perfect grids like this, punctuated with perfect circles: So what the heck are those, and how/why are they created?
Are rich people running out of things to spend their money on? Tiffany & Co.'s "Every Objects" series provides a stark reminder that some people have a lot of money to burn. Consider that the company is selling, and that presumably there's a demand for, a $1,000 tin can: Sorry,
It's been a while since someone's portfolio knocked my socks off, so I was pleased to come across the work of Scotland-based product designer Scott Jarvie, principal of Jarvie-Design. I'm loving how Jarvie combines a mastery of form with both practicality and visual storytelling. As one example, take a look
We've seen Nixie-tube-based clocks before, but Italy-based Igor Gudiy has taken them to another level. Under the shop name NixieHorizonte, Gudiy is selling Nixie-tube wristwatches of his own design on Etsy: The watch can display the time in either 12- or 24-hour format, as well as the date and even
I finally caught Blade Runner 2049 over the weekend, and it was fantastic, a true successor the original. It's underperforming at the box office due to business reasons that have nothing to do with its high quality. If you haven't seen it, check it out before it disappears; this is
The best way to find gear is getting a tip from a friend you trust. As friends of our design community for over 20 years, we want to be that voice of reason by helping our readers find products that really, truly work. So, we've gathered a list of things
The devastation of the fire that tore through Santa Rosa this month is hard to comprehend; entire neighborhoods have simply vanished. As you can see in these aerial shots, the results look consistent with a thorough aerial bombing campaign: Image by Marcus Yam / L.A. Times The view from on
Is there any domestic chore worse than ironing? It takes forever, the design of most irons suck and there seems to be little correlation between the shape of my clothes and the shape of the board. I so desperately need this automatic clothes ironing machine, called the Effie:
File this under Why the heck have I never heard of this before? The History Channel used to have a documentary series called "Ancient Discoveries," and in this episode they focus on some crazy Chinese naval technologies from centuries and even millennia ago. I know that you readers are
We all know there's no good reason to build cylindrical beer coolers that silently appear out of the ground in your backyard. But that hasn't stopped a bunch of German guys, engineers we assume, from building their own and posting the videos to YouTube. Here's Ralf Göldner's: Timo Hänsel's
The creative team at Mixer has been inventing innovative Starmark pet products for more than 10 years. Each year we find new materials and playful methods to grow the market for Starmark’s brand. These highly researched toys tug at the leash, the heart and at consumer’s pocketbooks.
On my last trip to Germany, I sat at a crowded café and marveled that all of the patrons were eating, drinking and interacting with each other. I saw not a single smartphone. Contrast that with America, or at least New York, where you can walk into any restaurant and
Around 1902, mechanical engineer and inventor Hiram Percy Maxim confronted a difficult problem: How could you make firing a rifle a quiet act? For those who like to hunt, the retort of the bullet leaving the muzzle is not only hard on the ears, but it startles the game. And
Mixed feelings on this product: On the one hand, I feel we should be exposed to a certain amount of germs, in order to keep our immune systems up to snuff. On the other hand, I've seen a child sneeze into his hand, then grab the subway pole without wiping
Shaving has been around for a long time. In the 4th Century B.C. Alexander the Great, an early proponent of shaving, ordered his troops to do it. Alexander had observed that beards were a martial liability for soldiers; if you didn't remove your own facial hair, your opponent would do it for you—by using your beard to grab your face.
My mother bought this bookcase sometime in the 1940's, I think. It was sitting in my parents living room for over 40 years before they downsized and gave it to me. I brought it to the shop because my apartment already has too much stuff but I liked having it
A fellow named Gualberto Elizondo recently attended the Grill Master Campeonato Nacional de Parrilladas (Grill Master National Barbecue Championship) in Monterrey, Mexico, spotted one entrant's crazy contraption and posted it to his Instagram: It's a pity that we're coming across this only now, when barbecuing season is about to end.
We designers often take for granted the terminology we use to describe parts of objects. But after seeing laypeople interchangeably use the words "bevel" and "bezel" in an online discussion about the forthcoming iPhone X, it's become clear that not everyone has our command of design and manufacturing vocabulary. Well,
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
Here's a quick, carefully-researched history of writing surfaces: 1. SandYou've finally learned written characters, leaving your Neanderthal relatives in the dust. You use a stick to scratch out an inspirational message in the sand outside your hut, but when you bring your friends by to show it to them, a
I just came across this bizarre story from over ten years ago. A New Jersey mother had amassed 1,000 cans of Silly String and was trying to ship them to her son, who was serving in Iraq at the time. U.S. soldiers from both the Army and the Marines
Gone are the days of flipping through physical photo albums with your family, reminiscing on vacations, weddings and other shared experiences while leaning over a massive book. Now in the digital age, many of us have thousands of photos stored on our phones, many of which we take and never
David Rockwell is one of America's most acclaimed interior designers. His firm, Rockwell Group, has designed large-scale immersive environments for hotels and restaurants around the world, not to mention its sets for the Academy Awards and several Broadway musicals. But Rockwell's latest project is one of his smallest yet, and not something typically associated with high-end hospitality—a grill.
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