Want to design a furniture piece or interior that incorporates bentwood, but don't want to deal with the hassle of steaming? A company called Pure Timber produces Cold-Bend™ hardwood, which lets you skip right to the clamping/bending step. Check this stuff out: So how is that possible? Is this stuff
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,
This week, safety watchdog W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) released their 45th annual list of nominees for the 10 Worst Toys of 2017, highlighting "potentially hazardous toys [that] should not be in the hands of children." Here's what they want parents to watch out for during this gift-buying season.
Jeff Edwards was thrilled when his Golden State Warriors won the NBA title this past summer. But the Fox Racing executive seems almost as excited by something seemingly more mundane—a new polyester fabric. That's important to Edwards since, in his role as global director of hard goods for the
Last week's WGSN Futures conference, an event founded by the trend research agency, focused on the future of retail, branding and marketing in a time now dubbed the "Retail Apocalypse." With thousands of brick and mortar stores shutting down last year, it's clear traditional retail needs a bit of rebranding
Kickstarter has been all about inventive products and the stories behind them since day one. By now, we all know the basics of how the crowdfunding platform works—designer thinks of groundbreaking idea but needs funding, designer creates Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funding, designer either earns enough funding or
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
I recently received this as a gift. It's a package of poop bags, which I go through a lot of as I have two dogs. The package appears to contain two layers of nine rolls. But when you open it up… …you see this inside. This cardboard spacer serves no
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
There are certain classic toy designs that simply oughtn't be messed with. Here's a case where a manufacturer did not heed this rule, perhaps realized that they screwed up after they'd already gone into production, and perhaps was very careful in how they presented their creation in photographs. The object
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?
Although dominos are a great and engaging way to teach patience to children, one problem is that they are entirely too safe. You can spice things up in your house by introducing the elements of open flame and pyrotechnics, as YouTuber Kaplamino has done: If you recognize the name
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,
The much anticipated Pakt One travel bag's story is one of trial and error and successful multi-layer collaboration. Launched this morning on Indiegogo, the bag's story is filled with interesting advice for designers thinking about putting a professional crowdfunding campaign together—for a market overcrowded with product and made up of
For many, an ice cube is simply a tool to help keep your drinks cool, but to professional and passionate home mixologists it can be a creative opportunity. This is one of the reasons why four years ago, brothers Chris & Pat Little started prototyping models for the perfect ice
Another great video from industrial designer Eric Strebel. Here he reveals his experience-borne tips for efficiently casting resin, including how to quickly clear a syringe, what types of re-usable mixing cups are best, two clever ideas for creating something useful out of the leftover mix, how to neatly fill surface
As industrial designers, most of us are keenly aware of how plastic, metal, wood and glass are manipulated into objects. But stone is a lesser-used and more mysterious material; how exactly does a quarry turn what's in the earth into a slab, and turn that slab into rectangular blocks? In
Who would've thought? One of the highlights of this year's Dutch Design Week took place in a parking garage. Not an abandoned or converted one, but a busy underground garage in the center of Eindhoven. It was the perfect venue for Hardcore, a group exhibition with the theme of
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
Halloween is this month, and for those of you who like to render your houses haunted, cobwebs are great visual shorthand. It would be handy to have a way to quickly apply them, and to be able to easily remove them come November 1st. Well, help is here in the form of the Webcaster Gun:
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
This story starts with a broken bicycle, and reminds me a bit of how Post-Its were invented. Richard Brooks is an avid downhill mountain biker, and in the field he continually encountered problems with the chainstay on his bike. Brooks also happens to work for Watts Urethane Products, and as
Modernist Studio focuses on strategy and design work for big brands. In working with these companies, we've seen a theme around "owning the consumer." Each company is fighting to become front and center in people's lives, with a particular focus on the home. Big companies speak about locking in customers
The robotics buzz may be endless, but it’s rare to see cutting-edge technologies come to market in a meaningful way. While startup bots_alive is driven by robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and augmented reality, the simplicity and fun of the product is what makes the biggest impression. Many robotics products try to teach children to code, but bots_alive strives to inspire them.
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:
Core77 isn't an architecture blog by nature, but certain structures do catch our eye. So is the case with LEGO house, a 21,500+ sq ft building inspired by—you guessed it—everything LEGO. The center resides in Billund, Denmark and was was designed in partnership by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and COWI.
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