Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist are the design duo behind Front, the Stockholm-based Swedish design group. The fresh, innovative work they do makes it hard to click away from their portfolio. Check out, for instance, this clever coatrack they did for Materia: Or this beautiful Water Steps faucet for Axor:
On Saturday night a homemade bomb detonated on the sidewalk in Manhattan's Chelsea district, injuring 29 passersby. Investigating police subsequently located a second bomb just four blocks away. Consisting of a pressure cooker connected to a cell phone that served as a timer, and presumably filled with the same ball
Finally, finally, they've made a pair of prosthetic balls for your desk. Why? Because you can't telecommute from your truck, and exposing your workspace to exposed pink lumps is great for de-stressing. Maybe you're exhausted by the creative industry grind, fed up with chaotic freelance juggling, or just stressed out
Of all the things you could design that would be smash hits, here's one that most wouldn't have thought of. The Fidget Cube is an object that does nothing--in the same way that Seinfeld was a show about nothing. Yet they both deliver satisfying mini-experiences: It's hard to tell
This is innovative but kind of hilarious. The $1,400-$1,800 Cuddle Mattress has slots running across it crosswise, providing a space for errant limbs to go, both with and without a partner: Stomach-sleeper? Here's a handy place to tuck those pesky toes: I'd be curious to try this out, though I
It's strange to think terrorism has influenced the design of luggage, yet it undeniably has. Frequent fliers seek out bags with pockets allowing for quick laptop egress and ingress, and external pockets for dumping keys and change into, making the airport security line a bit easier. At some airports
Julian Checkley is master "special creature effects" fabricator for the film industry, and recently decided to make something to put regular cosplayers to shame: A convincing Batman suit that contains 23 functioning gadgets, like a gaunlet-mounted display linked to a magnetic throwable tracking device, flashbang grenades, a wrist-mounted gas dispenser
When the Nazis took power in the 1930s, Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius wisely, and daringly, escaped to America. Gropius, along with protégé Marcel Breuer, landed teaching gigs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Harvard subsequently amassed, with Gropius' help, a massive collection of "more than 30,000 [Bauhaus-related] objects, from
If you enjoyed the recently covered spooky strandbeest bicycle, or the futuristic-graphic tattoo gun arm, you might love this creepy dude. The SkullWalker 2.0 is what I hope every in-home robot will look like within my lifetime. While a stained, moving skull with spidery mechanical legs might not be for
Time to put those design thinking caps on. Before you scroll down to the bottom for the answer, let's take a close look at this thing's physical features, to see if you can deduce why they're there. Here's the "front:" We see three wheels in the middle--why wheels?
CAD jockeys among you have a clear idea of what a spline is. However, you may not realize that splines were once physical things. Before CAD and large-format printing, when draftsmen needed to lay out full-sized curves, this is how they did it:
Roboticist Mike Rouleau has constructed, apparently for no reason other than that he can, a self-balancing stick. Observe: Rouleau calls it a Dual Axis Reaction Wheel Inverted Pendulum. To explain, self-balancing, inverted pendulums are a "thing" among a subset of roboticists and tinkerers, but they typically operate like Segways, where
The official torch design for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is here and it's… pretty lit. Maybe more so than usual. The winning design was conceived by homegrown designers Chelles & Hayashi of São Paulo, chosen from a field of 76 contending Brazilian firms. While it wasn't the only
You have to wonder what the medal looks like for winning a "Best Illusion of the Year" award. Assuming they give them out, Meiji University engineering professor Kokichi Sugihara now has one after placing second in 2016's competition, held by the science-promoting Neural Correlate Society. Sugihara's submission was more interesting
Those of us in America will see a lot of U.S. 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
The thing about books is that they're not very much good when they're closed and wedged into a shelf. At the same time, no sensible curator would let you put your grubby little mitts on a 250-year-old treasure. So, starting in 2013, the British Library began scanning thousands of books
As we mentioned in the post on the failed self-making bed, men and women who've been in the military tend to keep the bed-making habit after they've served. Why is that? How, exactly, are they trained to make their beds, and in what manner? To find out we both dug
It's been a few years since architect Katerina Kamprani debuted her "Uncomfortable" product design series, but thankfully the project is ongoing. To refresh your memory, Kamprani "decided to create and design [a line of products] for all the wrong reasons. Vindictive and nasty? Or a helpful study of everyday objects?"
You all know the George Nelson clock designed for Herman Miller. (If you don't, look at the photo below, then get out of my classroom.) Nelson's 1949 design has become so iconic that if we were playing Industrial Design Pictionary, and you had to make your partner say "Herman Miller
When you think of cuckoo clocks, if you think of them at all, you probably don't think of minimalism and style. But London-based industrial designer Pedro Mealha does, and produces some rather modernist variants like his model B83: The bird makes its appearance via the small hole at top right:
Just when you think you've seen it all in Rube Goldberg machines, someone ups the game with a bit of unexpected creativity. A YouTuber called Kaplamino has incorporated magnets into his set-ups, resulting in some mind-bending kinetic action: That "Magnets and Marbles" video appears to be new territory for Kaplamino,
The amount of retailers selling those brass key hooks indicates they're popular. The utility of having something you can quickly hook and unhook, and their classic appeal, is obvious. Is there a modern-day equivalent? A startup company called Dango Products thinks so. Their Loop Hook is a CNC-milled piece of
Laptop stands on the market generally come in two varieties: Fixed-height… …and height-adjustable. While some of the fixed-height ones are handsome, the problem with them is obvious: We're all different heights and require eyelines at different levels. The issue with the adjustable-height models is the inelegance/fiddliness of their mechanisms. Industrial
You sit on a chair in a kitchen. In front of you on the table is a black, glossy cube. The cube is about the size of your hand and vividly reflects its environment. Sharp edges meet at sharp corners. There are no visible means of manufacture, no split lines,
This week the U.S. Treasury Department has announced that Harriet Tubman will be featured on the next generation of $20 bills. Countless news articles have already covered the social implications, so we'll turn our attention to the aesthetics. First off: How awful is the Photoshop job being circulated by the
There are a rash of companies selling these handsome brass key hooks. A sort of low-tech carabiner alternative, they have a nice, classic look that signals their nautical provenance. Those photos above are from Snake Bite Co., which sells them for 22 bucks, or $24 with the ring. They're made
With blow molding or injection molding, a single unit of molds will eject thousands of parts during a production run. In other words if you need 1,000 bottles or 1,000 caps, you don't cut 1,000 molds that each produce one part; there's no economy of scale there. So I was
Ideal candidates have a bachelors of Science in Engineering (Mechanical or Manufacturing) and can perform plastic, component, and assembly specification analysis to ensure function & quality targets. Must have an understanding of injection molding and part design CAD (Solidworks) and the ability to build hand mock-ups and test concepts quickly.
This is possibly an April Fools Day (or Aprillipäivä) gag, as it was posted on March 31st, by Finnish folks who are a few hours ahead. A group of Finnish farmers have apparently managed to get a drone to carry a running chainsaw: The POV footage is a little suspect,
Cutaways are endlessly fascinating. Peeling back the layers of otherwise impenetrable objects and getting a glimpse behind their inner workings is a great visualization tool for designers and pretty much anyone who's even slightly curious. Cut in Half, a fairly new YouTube channel, is creating real-life cutaways of everyday objects
We've all experienced the transformative, transporting power of a good book but what about objects that adopt the book as a form—do they hold a similar ability to move us? For years, Mindell Dublansky, a preservation librarian at the Metropolian Museum of Art's Thomas J. Watson Library, has been collecting
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