The Octaspring, a European patented innovation, developed out of the necessity to create a better sleeping surface, is the first and only of its kind, foam spring technologies with the support capabilities of a traditional spring, but made entirely of pressure-relieving foam. Pressure-relieving and open to air flow, each Octaspring features eight reinforcements
Looking for a gift for the tool user who has everything—and I mean everything—how about an Urushi Ratchet Handle? For a mere $2,000-$4,000 you can get one of the handful of these things made each year. Urushi is obtained from the sap of the lacquer tree and is so central
It might be tough for me to sell you an inch-thick cross-section of Douglas Fir for $125. But if I encased it in acrylic and placed a live colony of termites in there, maybe you'd give it a second look. That's the hope of the folks behind the Termitat, a
With more and more of us traveling more frequently these days, luggage design has become a hot category for design entrepreneurs. As one example this Samsara design, billed as "The world's first aluminum smart suitcase," recently sought just $15,000 in pledges but pulled in a whopping $293,192. New luggage
For those of you that still use physical calendars, maybe you like having a dozen photos of hapless kittens or shirtless firemen cycling through the months. But a subset of you might prefer a single grid that will serve for the entire year and that doesn't have any pages to
For those not already saddled with eyeglasses or contacts, it can be handy to have a pair of reading glasses on hand. In New York City at least, menu font designers and restaurant lighting designers seem determined to make menus impossible to read. For situations like these, French company Nooz
Balance collaborated with startup Enduring Wellness, LLC, to develop a line of wellness products to help people eat more healthily, get more exercise, feel less stressed, and most importantly, get better sleep. As something we spend a third of our lives doing, we understand sleep as being a crucial part of our lives that is often overlooked in the design world. Because of this, we knew we could design a product to help millions of people get better sleep.
You know a product has been missing from the market when it goes up on Kickstarter and receives 10 times the amount of funding it requested. Recently, that product turns out to be the FLEXR pull up bar, very surprisingly from our research one of the first of its kind.
I remember tearing money in half, back when things were all cash, when you needed a guarantee that someone would wait for you. I'm not sure if this was a New York City thing or if they did it in your town too. For example, let's say I took a
Mark Rober, the ex-NASA-engineer behind that giant Nerf gun, is again scaling up a toy firearm designed for children. Rober teamed up with Bob Clagett to create a giant-sized Supersoaker that practically has the capabilities of a waterjet cutter: You reckon Rober got the idea after seeing this scene in
British artist Simon Birch is the creative force behind The 14th Factory, an L.A.-based industrial warehouse that's been converted to an art gallery. The gallery, which features the work of dozens of artists, was designed by Birch to be interactive. But perhaps not this interactive: According to Hyperallergic, The footage
In an ideal world, I could pack for several weeks worth of travel into one small backpack, which if you're bringing your normal essentials could potentially be impossible. Thankfully, there's a world out there full of designers trying to make it so we can, all the while creating products we
What is this world coming to? First we saw the Fridge Locker, a lockable plastic cage one must use to protect their food inside communal refrigerators. Now we see this insane Ben-&-Jerry's-branded combination lock for ice cream pints: I thought (or hoped) it was a gag, but the thing is
While going for her Masters at the Royal College of Arts' Design Products Programme, Danielle Clode devised an interesting project that's part prosthetic and part conversation starter: The Third Thumb. By 3D printing in disparate materials and rigging up the mechanicals, Clode created a workable, functional limb extension. Here's
Together with the Mutsy R&D team, Springtime recently developed the stroller collection for Mutsy, consisting of the EVO, EXO and IGO. All models are based on a shared visual identity, developed by Springtime. Mutsy is a leading Dutch juvenile products brand that has been around for decades and is known for its bold, robust appearance of its products. In this newly created visual identity, we translated the original brand values to a contemporary, more refined image, with a carefully defined ran
This should be required viewing for all industrial design students. The story starts off with the history of the modern pen which, fascinatingly, was prompted by spilled ink ruining a contract. What follows is a tale of clever design, mastery of materials, ergonomic considerations and above all, business savvy.
Those of us in the United States saw a lot of American flags today, most of them fabric, which require maintenance. But an Ohio-based gent named Brooks Hazelbaker produces no-maintenance flags that are meant to hang on a wall, and won't be flapping in the breeze. That's because they're constructed out of the key piece of equipment from America's favorite pastime.
When Henry the 8th played tennis the balls, he used were leather with hair or wool sewn inside. It was not until the late 19th century that tennis balls reached their modern form—pressurized rubber with a felt cover. By 1961, tennis balls were produced in factories using methods that are
Matt from UK-based DIY Perks shows you how to build his design for a smartphone projector. The design is impressive in that it leaves the phone out, making it easy to grab if a call comes in, and the construction method is pretty darn simple. I'd love to see this
Remember this guy? Johnny Dronehunter shoots drones out of the sky in style and silence, using a special suppressor-equipped shotgun. But as it turns out, you needn't pump hot lead into the sky to bring a quadrotor down; at a music festival in Canada, someone figured out a simple confetti
More proof that there's always room for design improvements, even in the most established of objects. The humble doorknob hasn't changed much since its invention, with the exception of lever-style knobs that ease operation for those with grip issues. But Brinks Home Security has designed an innovative line of doorknobs
First off, we love that there's a show called "Pingsider" that takes you deep inside the world of ping pong. Secondly, ping pong balls are one of those items that sound deceptively easy to make. But this look inside a factory in China, where table tennis is practically the national
I'd be happy not to know what a drum machine is, but I do because I've watched the rooter guy use one to unclog our sewer line. What is a drum machine? It's a large motorized version of the hand snake a homeowner might use to clear the drain from
The official first day of summer was this week, and with that begins plans for epic outdoor adventures. To help jumpstart your planning, we've compiled a list some of our favorite items that camping objects that feel essential rather than overdone and help make sure you conduct your camping or
Geometry was my best math subject, and it served me well during my CAD jockey years. But one thing I could never wrap my head around was the notion of a 4th dimension. People smarter than me would try explaining it to me at a bar, and while I could
There are plenty of ways to store sex toys without using products specifically designed for that purpose. But there are a number of interesting design features on the products that are designed for organizing sex toys. The Joyboxx has a removable tray which can serve as a "bedside coaster for your sex toys," as Babeland puts it.
Every single day, 600 tons of particle board go into a factory, and out the other end comes a product so ubiquitous that there is one for every 100 people on Earth. It was designed in 1978. Can you guess what it is? It's Ikea's Billy bookcase, which should go
We created the 3D Human Model tool to incorporate anthropocentric data into our development process. The models are created using the scientifically validated data that can be found on www.dined.nl and in the Child Restraint System regulations. The development was done in conjunction with Dr. Johan F.M. Molenbroek, Associate Professor Applied Ergonomics at the Delft University of Technology. The tool is widely used by multinationals, agencies and industrial design educations. It can be purchased
Just because your prototype is finished, doesn't mean your work is. Here industrial designer Eric Strebel points out the importance of having a pre-established, ready-to-go camera set-up, as with deadlines you may need to ship your prototype out the day it's finished, and you want a way to document your
I shave with a cheap Dorco Pace razor, and as someone who enjoys using fine objects and tools, I hate myself for it. It's an ugly piece of plastic that looks like it was created by a failed basketball sneaker designer. But I use it because the cartridges are relatively
All right, all right! I'll confess: I'm part of the last generation to enter college without a cell phone—part of the last generation to graduate before iPhones were even on the market (Gasp! The horror!). My parents gave me my sister's old phone as a sophomore, and I remember not
Camping goods manufacturer Coleman has pulled off a clever piece of design with their Quad LED Lantern. By taking the old-school form factor of an actual lantern, then turning what would be the four glass faces into LED panels, they've created an object that provides 360-degree illumination—but allows four people
Yeah, yeah, we know we're a little late with this Father's Day gift guide. However seeing as we aren't the only procrastinators, we bet at least 60% of you haven't even gotten your gifts yet. That's okay because we're here to help. Celebrate Dad, Grandpa, whoever with this list of practical Father's Day gifts you can still get by Sunday, thanks to the wonderful world of Amazon 2-day shipping:
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