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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  10 Apr 2014  |  Comments (1)

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Austria-based hardware manufacturer Blum might make the low-end hinges for Ikea's cabinets, but when it comes to their own branded product, they go for the top of the market. At Holz-Handwerk Blum was showing off their sexy Legrabox, a drawer system that provides the strength of heavy-duty drawer slides—offering both 40kg and 70kg capacities, or about 88 to 154 pounds—with the added touch that you don't have to see the darn things when the drawers are open, as they're completely concealed.

And despite the sides being sheathed in stainless steel (with an optional anti-fingerprint matte coating), each drawer side is just 12.8 millimeters thick!

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  10 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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In addition to living spaces, Häfele is also addressing is the design of kitchens, which they see as areas that need to "look good and meet the highest individual requirements for functionality and ergonomics." At Holz-Handwerk they demonstrated a variety of kitchen and dining pieces that used to be static--tabletops, cabinetry, stovetops—but that are now rendered free to move, slide and hide via Haäfele's fancy hardware. Have a look:

Spotted at Holz-Handwerk.

Posted by Coroflot  |  10 Apr 2014

Work for Utley's Incorporated!

Fetch is looking for a full-time Packaging Designer with print production experience to work with the Creative Team on the production of a new human household line as well as a wide range of projects in the pet field, ranging from packaging and production to marketing materials and more. The ideal candidate is obsessed with packaging design, super organized, and a self-starter who loves animals.

You'll need 2-3 years of package design and production experience, the ability to render new and custom dielines and the ability to think creatively without exceeding budget. If you possess these qualities plus those listed on the next page, you should send your resume/portfolio to the Fetch team in NYC by Applying Right Now.

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  10 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Häfele is a German manufacturer of furniture fittings and architectural hardware, and of all the booths we saw at Holz-Handwerk, theirs was the most mobbed. And it's no wonder why: Aimed at the designers and builders responsible for kitting out homes and offices, their sprawling exhibit was a showcase of what it's possible to make with their products, a sort of vision of our domestic future—and one that's attainable right now, as all of the hardware exists.

In Häfele's vision, storage furniture is not a boring bunch of static objects; rather, everything transforms to serve us in kinetically exciting ways, shifting, flipping and sliding at the touch of a finger, either via tiny hidden motors or cleverly designed and invisible mechanical fixtures. We snuck in early one morning before the crowds got there to show you:

Spotted at Holz-Handwerk.

Posted by erika rae  |   9 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Much like "The Uncomfortable Series" from KK Studio, San Francisco-based photographer Lawrie Brown's play on food design is a slightly unsettling look at the food we interact with on a daily basis. Her series—aptly named "Colored Food"—features all kinds of familiar cuisines covered in colorful latex paint. Blue chicken, green corn, cereal floating in a mysterious pink liquid—every single one zeros in on some nerve that I just can't place.

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For those who were around—and heaven forbid, might have even enjoyed—Heinz's unfortunately named colored ketchup ("EZ Squirt"), this vibrant ice cream topping may bring back a few memories:

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Posted by Christie Nicholson  |   9 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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One of the most popular wearable medical inventions so far might be the Band-Aid. A flexible strip that heals our cuts and burns and yet never slows us down. Well imagine if the band-aid could diagnose a problem and release therapeutic drugs hidden inside nanoparticles.

This is the new domain of a flexible very thin medical wearable under development by Korean researchers. And it gives a solid glimpse into our personalized medical future, and the future of wearable design.

The idea is that one day—in as little as five years—we'll have diagnostics and medical therapies delivered through devices that are as simple to wear as "a child's temporary tattoo," said Dae-Hyeong Kim, one of the researchers.

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Wearable devices today are bulky, cold, obtrusive and impersonal. The future designs, like this proven patch, are intended to be nearly invisible to everyone including the wearer themselves.

Nanoscale membranes embedded into a stretchable, sticky fabric can detect tiny movements, deliver drugs and store all the necessary data. Now, this hasn't been tested on human patients yet, just pig skin. Their results are published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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Posted by core jr  |   9 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Hosted by Don Lehman, Core77's podcast series is designed for all those times you're sketching, working in the shop, or just looking for inspiration from inspiring people. We'll have conversations with interesting creatives and regular guests. The viewpoint of Afterschool will come from industrial design, but the focus will be on all types of creativity: graphic design, storytelling, architecture, cooking, illustration, branding, materials, business, research... anything that could enrich your thought process, we'll talk about.

If you've hung around Core77 for awhile, you've probably seen the name "Yo!" pop up on the Discussions boards and writing the occasional article on the main page. Yo! happens to be the alias of our good friend, Michael DiTullo. Michael is a super talented designer who has worked for Evo, Nike, Converse, Frog and is now the Chief Design Officer of Sound United.

Sound United is a Southern California company responsible for the audio brands Polk, Definitive and BOOM. Today, I talk with Michael about what's it's like to exhibit at CES, how he approaches getting Sound United's products sold into retailers, the intense competition of the Bluetooth speaker market and what the design scene is like in Southern California.

Get the Afterschool Podcast, Episode #18 – Michael DiTullo, Chief Design Officer of Sound United: Available at the iTunes store or direct download via Soundcloud below.

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   9 Apr 2014  |  Comments (1)

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Your correspondent was recently laid up for four days with the flu, an inevitability in an urban world where one must touch subway turnstiles, doorknobs and handrails used by millions. And while germ-spreading is a mere inconvenience for your average healthy blogger, it's a potentially deadly problem for heathcare environments.

Recognizing this, and reasoning that a fair amount of their fixtures are going into medical facilities, fixtures manufacturer Häfele has addressed the problem by developing Alasept, an antibacterial and antiviral coating that they can use to coat stainless steel fittings. Doorknobs, window handles and furniture components can be treated with Alasept, which not only prevents the adhesion of the germs, but actively kills off what bugs do stick to the material.

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Posted by erika rae  |   9 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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There's a clear difference in taking some precious morning moments to brew a fresh cup of coffee for yourself and paying a visit to your local caffeine watering hole. I, for one, would choose waking up earlier to make a personalized brew to skip the cellphone clad crowd at the local Starbucks (and I think many of you might agree). In Chicago-based designer Craighton Berman's words, making your morning cup from a pour over system is an opportunity to take in "the slowness, the meditative qualities of pouring water by hand, the open-air aromas, and the flavor profiles." Berman is the guy behind Manual—a series of products aimed at bridging the intersection of slow food and design. You may remember the first two products in the line: Pinch and The Sharpener Jar. His newest addition to the brand comes in the form of Manual Coffeemaker No. 1, which is seeking funding via Kickstarter.

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Berman's design isn't looking to fool anyone with extravagant features or processes: "There's a really strong coffee subculture made up of enthusiasts and baristas, and I knew I didn't want to be so audacious as to assume I could 're-invent' coffee and force it on the community," he says. "The manual brewing devices that exist today are very 'pitcher-like' or 'funnel-like' and I wanted something that felt like a proper appliance, in that it lives on the countertop in between uses and gives you the convenience of placing a mug directly under it." The bamboo base is meant to be oiled and treated as a cutting board. The reward for your extra care: a rich, patina from errant coffee drops.

Check out the campaign video to see how it works:

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   9 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Self-proclaimed "furniture technology" company Hettich makes the clever, mostly unseen hardware that makes cool furniture work: Hinges, handles, drawer slides and door hardware, including a lot of stuff that closes itself after you give it a push. If that doesn't sound sexy, you need to see and touch their wares in person; but for those that cannot, we like the four-pronged approach the company is taking to popularize their products from afar.

First off they hope to draw consumers in with short, sweet videos showing their systems in action, like their SlideLine M sliding door system:

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   9 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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If you're a furniture builder who likes the vacuum clamping set-ups we looked at, but don't have the four- and five-figure budgets to add them to your own shop, there are lower-cost alternatives. Schmalz is a Germany-based global company that's been in the vacuum technology game for some 30 years, and they manufacture everything from high-end vacuum clamping tables used in CNC operations to small desktop units. Their Multi-Clamp VC-M is the entry-level product, aimed at the lone tradesperson who wants to bolt it to their own workbench in place of a vise.

The benefits of vacuum-clamping versus a vise or mechanical clamping are manifold: You don't need to take any protective measures to shield the piece from the vise's jaws or the clamp surfaces, you can get at five sides of a piece at once, and the articulating nature of the clamp means you can quickly reposition the piece—for example, to go from sanding the face to one of the edges—without having to unclamp and reclamp. And the second-tier version of the VC-M can not only be tilted, but rotated and swiveled as well.

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Posted by Coroflot  |   9 Apr 2014

Work for photojojo!

Photojojo is a small & passionate team that thinks photography is for everyone. Their mission is to help people take more photos and have more fun using the best tools out there. What they've found is that many of those tools don't even exist yet, so for their next chapter, they're dreaming up, designing and making their own! The best part is they need your industrial and product design skills to help them do it.

By joining their San Francisco team, you'll be creating the most talked-about photography products of the next decade because you have a substantial background in product design and you LOVE photography. Your self-starting nature and industrious prototyping ways make you the perfect addition to this company, so don't waste any time - Apply Right Now.

Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Every workbench needs a vise—or at least they did, until the advent of vacuum clamping. After seeing Guido Einemann's homegrown table at Holz-Handwerk, we spotted a multitude of more big-dog versions made by Barth Maschinenbau, a Bavarian engineering company whose goal is "to optimize the work processes in both craft and industrial businesses" for furniture- and cabinet-making.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Editor: Here in Part 5, Accidental Designer gets a taste of the Big Time with a little help from Hollywood; pisses off several hundred propmasters; and finds himself faced with a serious production challenge.


Tradeshows are expensive to get into, but they can be an important part of growing your furniture business. You never know who's going to walk into your booth and change your life.

I'd started selling my tall, padded folding chairs at movie industry trade shows, and there would be a line leading to my booth. The chairs were apparently perfect for Hollywood sets. The orders were still individually small, five chairs here, ten chairs there, some orders as small as one. But I didn't care how small they were and I'd still deliver the units myself. In fact, I'd stopped driving the Ford Ranger pickup and bought a used 15-passenger van from a Korean church; I'd ripped out all of the seats to turn it into a cargo van.

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Anyways, one of the people that came into my booth was a makeup artist with a small order. I delivered the three chairs myself to the Warner Brothers lot in Hollywood.

Well, turns out that person was one of three makeup artists for The Drew Carey Show. This was the '90s, and the peak of that show's success. And I found myself hauling those chairs onto that set.

I'm setting one of them up, and who should walk past but Drew Carey himself.

"Hey," he says, pointing at the chair, "whatcha got there?"

I told him that I designed, built and sold these chairs, and started pointing out the various features. Drew seemed interested. "You mind if I—" he gestured, then sat down in the chair himself to try it out. He wriggled around a bit to get comfortable.

"These are so cool!" he exclaimed. He jumped up out of the chair. "Give me one of these for everybody on the set!" He then hustled off to do something else.

I looked around, trying to figure out how many people were on this set. I'm naively thinking it's a couple dozen, and I'm standing there counting people with my fingers when one of Drew's headset-wearing assistants hustles over to me with a clipboard. She places an order with me for 120 chairs.

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Posted by Brit Leissler  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Inhabitants of the small town of Disentis, in the Swiss canton of Grisons, still mainly communicate in the Romansh language—a Roman dialect that has survived here over centuries. This is mainly because this part of Switzerland had remained rather untouched, due to being a little cut off from the rest of the world (even for Swiss standards). In fact, the name Desentis derives from Desertinas (deserted), but yet it's the birth place of the most innovative skis that the world has seen for many decades: the ZAI skis.

They're the brain child of passionate skier and "son of the mountains" Simon Jacomet, whose main objective for designing these skis was to "create a tool which enables people to ski easier and have more fun—to forget about the skis and just be creative themselves in the snow." Educated in the local Disentis ministry by abbots, he developed this rather Zen design approach of "constructing a ski that is doing the skiing itself."

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Posted by Kat Bauman  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Tonight the Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club features Matt Wagner of Hellion Gallery, presenting "This Is My Day Job." Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, OR. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

Matt Wagner, Hellion Gallery: "This Is My Day Job"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, April 8th, 6pm PST

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Posted by erika rae  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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The 29-story Cira Centre building in Philadelphia has received a makeover of monstrous proportions for this year's Philly Tech Week. Frank Lee, a professor at Drexel University, designed a building-sized Tetris game. The arcade favorite took over two sides of the structure, of which were in competition to see who could better fit the falling pieces together. Just as in real life, the game was played using joysticks that were integrated to the building's LED lights through 4G. Check out this video to see it in action:

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (7)

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Shots from the German catalogue. Read it and weep, Yanks

To an American, the old-world European way of doing business can be frustrating to encounter. You have these companies making incredibly refined, sophisticated products, yet their websites are from the '90s, they often lack high-res video demos on their YouTube channels, and many do not bother distributing in the 'States.

At the Holz-Handwerk show I snapped up the very last 808050P Ratcheting Screwdriver at the Bahco booth, as it's not currently for sale here in the 'States (even though the Bahco brand is owned by U.S-based Snap-On!). At press time there was no demo video of this new product on their website, so I just shot a rather lousy one at my workbench. Check it out:

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Posted by core jr  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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After years of running the definitive online guide to NY Design Week we are now taking it to the next level by taking a step back. Hey, don't freak-out though, our #1 design week web coverage is still going to be in effect, in fact, get ready for it by visiting and bookmarking our mobile site from your phone or tablet here.

This year though we are making an audacious addition—we are moving beyond listings and blog posts to a full lineup of coverage, profiles and opinion, and we are going to be doing it in *PRINT* in the C77 Design Daily. That's right: we are going to be covering the NYCxDesign events LIVE and producing a daily newspaper, reported, designed and printed in NYC. Then we'll be burning rubber—by car, bike and foot—to distribute the tabloid which will include our top picks form ICFF, WantedDesign, Soho and more! NYCxDesign attendees will be encouraged to collect the daily tabloid at their favorite design venues.

If you want to see YOUR NAME IN PRINT, and to draw in the DESIGN-CRAZED citizenry of the greater NYC metro area to your show or event, or if you simply want to get on our editorial team's radar, you need to fill out this form immediately.

More details will be coming in the next weeks as our plans finalize, so stay tuned! In the meanwhile things are still fluid, so if you want to be a part of our Mean Green Street Team—on the scene, cool team, doin' design-y things—hit us up at: mail [at] core77 [dot] com.

Posted by Coroflot  |   8 Apr 2014

Work for Tupperware Brands!

Tupperware is one of the most trusted brand names in housewares, and for more than 60 years, quality and integrity have driven their growing offering of products and brands. To maintain this trajectory of product development and customer satisfaction, they are looking for talented, enthusiastic, and motivated students or entry level designers with creative minds and strong 3D modeling skills to join their team in Orlando, FL.

If you are hired for this paid intern opportunity, you will be an integral part of the Tupperware team, involved in every part of the process including design research, concept sketching and ideation, model making, CAD modeling, and rendering. The internship will make you a better designer with killer skills and give you a solid understanding of what it takes to bring premium products into production. Sound like a good deal? Don't let it pass you by. Apply Now.