I was just digging through videos for the Scrap Bin Wood Challenge, whereby participants try to make something useful out of their cut-offs, when this shop trick caught my eye. Woodworker Patrick Curtis (who's using scraps to turn his lathe into a disc sander, which seems crazy to me, but then I have an irrational fear of lathes) has put his planer on a turntable.
I've been in a fair amount of shops and have seen tons of in-shop videos, but I've never seen this done before. Obviously it would be a disaster if planing long boards, but for doing just a few small pieces like drawer panels and such, it seems as ingenious as it is space-saving, and obviates you having to walk around to the back of the planer to retrieve the piece.
So here's my question to those of you who spend more time in shops than I do: Why have I never seen this before? Please choose one of the following or give me an "E:"
A. "People who work shorter materials do this all the time; you've just never been in a shop that does."
B. "People who work shorter materials usually don't do this, because even though it looks handy, there is an issue with ______."
C. "This isn't typically done because it's only efficient for running a few pieces at a time; if doing 20 boards, for instance, the constant rotating becomes more work than it's worth."
D. "You've never seen this before because as unlikely as it sounds, to my knowledge this guy is actually the first to do it."
And for those of you interested in the disc-sander/lathe, here's Curtis' entire video:
That snazzy F-Type isn't the only bicycle racing support car that Jaguar provides for Britain's Team Sky, and you've probably noted that it only carries two bikes and two spares. For the heavy lifting they've got a pimped-out station wagon (as we Americans call it; to the Brits, a "shooting brake") in their XF Sportbrake, which can carry tons of gear and up to nine bikes.
While it's loaded up with the same communications gear as the F-Type, the XF has additional duties in serving as a "mobile race HQ for the team, a food and drinks station, wardrobe, rolling hospital and mechanic's workshop," according to Bike World News.
Here's a time lapse of crew members loading the XF up to hit the road:
Hit the jump to see the breakdown of all of the stuff they manage to fit inside.
Christmas doesn't come in July, and Sir Dave Brailsford is the Principal of Team Sky, a British cycle-based venture that does their racing on two wheels. So why was Jaguar handing him a set of new car keys earlier this year?
Well, it wasn't any old Jag. Since 2010 Jaguar has been sponsoring Team Sky with support vehicles, and for the time-trial stages of 2014's Tour de France, they'd cooked up a bike-hauling F-Type R. In addition to being loaded up with extra on-board batteries to power the communications gear inside...
...this nifty rack up top, and a specially-designed insert that replaces the car's rear window, enables it to haul a couple of bikes and spare tires.
Getting organized is the second most popular New Year's resolution, right after losing weight. While having the right products is only one part of making that happen, those products can certainly help. Here's a roundup of posts from 2014, with useful ideas and items for anyone aiming to get organized.
A key organizing principle is containerizing: grouping similar or related items together in a container so they are easier to store and to find. The HYVE system from Herbst Produkt is a wonderfully flexible way for doing just that; it's a modular system that can be used on both a tabletop or hung on the wall. HYVE was an active Kickstarter when we first wrote about it, and it's easy to see why it met its funding goal. Herbst will soon have a retail website available so those who missed the Kickstarter can buy the HYVE.
Another container with lots of possible uses is the toolbox from Vitra. It's one of many ways to organize a desktop, so that commonly used items (pens, sticky notes, scissors, etc.) are kept close at hand.
It's always easier to stay organized if it's easy to put things away. That's one reason organizers like hooks; they're easier to use than hangers, so there's a better chance things will be hung up rather than tossed on the floor. When it comes to hooks, users might want a single hook or a coat rack that's basically multiple hooks, such as this Leaf Hanger from Miniforms.
Those dealing with small spaces have special challenges when trying to find a place for everything—especially bulky things. Collapsible items such as the OXO silicone collapsible colander can help. The one concern: Make sure the item is easy to collapse and expand, and that functionality isn't being overly compromised.
Using furniture with built-in storage—beds or coffee tables, for example—can help in small spaces, too. This bed is part of the LAX Series from MASHstudios. Users could also put baskets or boxes under a bed if they don't have drawers built in, but the built-ins provide a cleaner look, and they relieve the user of needing to find containers that fit the space.
Making use of the walls is one more small-space organizing strategy. Examples include wall-mounted knife racks and wall organizers such as the Luis Organizer from Oli13. This is one more way to keep things close at hand and easy to find, even when flat surface space isn't readily available.
Cable clutter drives many users crazy, so looking into cable organizers might be wise. Anyone who's had unused cables slip to the floor and become difficult to reach will appreciate tools such as these Bluelounge Cable Drops. Other cable organizers help manage overly long cables or control cable clutter under the desk.
Because some storage areas are hard to reach, having a good step stool handy in the home, office, workshop or garage can be critical for both retrieving items and making sure they get put away again. Folding steps, such as these from Hailo, can help save space.
Organizers are always concerned about discarding things that are no longer serving the user, rather than just storing such things nicely. Therefore, having plenty of wastebaskets and trash cans—and recycling stations— is a good organizing practice. (A shredder can come in handy, too.) The Ginebra bin from Made Design allows the user to collect both trash and recycling in the same bin.
The procedures used in the handmade candy canes from the last entry were foreign to me. So here's a way to make candy canes that will appeal more to industrial designers, employing all of the big-ass mass-production machines that enable our profession:
We designers are supposed to be familiar with production methods, and I enjoy guessing how various items that I'm unfamiliar with are produced. But whenever it comes to things like mass-produced candy, I'm always wrong. I'd never have guessed that producing candy canes by hand requires a 2,000-pound table to serve as a heat-sink, for instance. Watch as these two guys turn what looks like a vat of sugar lava into little crooked treats:
Why does that ubiquitous Christmastime candy, the candy cane, have a bend in it? Here are three possible reasons:
1. Form Follows Function
As an industrial designer, I always assumed the bend in a candy cane was for a functional reason: So that you could hang it from the branches of a Christmas tree.
2. It's a Metaphor
One popular legend has it that a German choirmaster in Cologne commissioned the design of candy canes from a local confectioner in 1670. The story goes that he wanted to hand them out to the kids to keep them quiet during the Christmas service, but was aware that candy had no place in the sober environment of a church; thus he supposedly asked the confectioner to make them resemble shepherds' canes, to "serve as a way for the children to remember the story of the shepherds who came to visit the baby Jesus."
3. It's a Bloody, Inverted Letter "J"
Another story, which sounds totally apocryphal, has it that an Indiana-based candymaker invented candy canes to "[incorporate] several symbols from the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ." This version of the origin has it that it was shaped like a "J" for "Jesus," and that the red stripes represent "the scourging Jesus received" and "the blood shed by Christ on the cross."
Happy Holidays from our family to yours. Coroflot member Jeremiah Berkheimer posted this gem and we thought it was a great way to celebrate our diverse and often hilarious creative community.
When you're Krampus, the European holiday goat monster known for stealing/beating children on Christmas, you get a pretty bad rep. Starting with a fuzzy red sweater, we decided to rebrand Krampus to appeal to...well, anyone.
Check out Jeremiah's video and to learn about his Krampus re-branding project, check out his dedicated website for more lore and videos.
In 2014 the Core77 team reported from the best design festivals, exhibitions, conferences, design studios and manufacturers around the globe bringing you a firsthand look at the designs and processes that made us look twice. Our photographers, many who are practicing designers, captured the beauty and the spectacle of the landscape of contemporary design.
From Swiss skis to party cups, precision vehicles to kinetic sculptures in the desert, here's a look back on some of our favorite photo galleries and photo essays from the last year.
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NAIAS This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) didn't disappoint, with a solid lineup of production cars including the Ford Mustang, Ford F-150 pick up, Lexus RC, Cadillac ATS Coupe, BMW M4 Coupe, Corvette Z06 and Audi RS7. As the car reveals get more and more sensational sophisticated with massive choreographed video projections, music and live stage antics, it's fair to say Ford won most ambitious booth design with nearly 38-ton section of assembly line on their stand to demonstrate the robotic production process of the F-150.
One of the biggest trends was the resurgence in performance cars, possibly to attract the Millennial market who's lack of interest in car ownership has been widely reported. Or more simply, the industry has grown stagnant and senses it's time to inject some new excitement to appease the car enthusiasts like Toyota's FT-1 and Kia's GT4 Stinger concept cars. > >View Gallery
New York Design Week: The Best of ICFF
Has the ICFF has found it's mojo again? This year saw a number of new designers exhibiting for the first time, delivering a higher standard of work from both established manufacturers and emerging design studios.
Bernhardt design, who have helped launch numerous emerging designers with their ICFF Studio partnership, celebrated their 125th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, designer Frederick McSwain created a series of family tree wall sculptures inspired by the growth rings found in the cross section of a tree trunk. Chicago-based designer Felicia Ferrone launched her debut furniture collection bravely opting for white carpet in the booth, London-based Cycloc returned after a brief hiatus with some brand new wall mounting fixtures and accessories for bicycles, and Artek picked up an ICFF Editors Award with their multifunctional task chair 'Rival' designed by Konstantin Grcic. > >View Gallery
A Brave New Modernism: Dubai, by Shaun Fynn
Dubai symbolizes the megacity with the megaprojects like no other. Rarely have our talents as builders been so effectively combined with our talents as storytellers. Dubai tells the story of unprecedented and rapid economic expansion spurred by oil wealth and the city's desire to be the hub of commerce for the region. The enactment of carefully crafted policies has created an international center for finance, tourism, trade and manufacture.
The fictional nature of Dubai has been the subject of much debate but interpreting the elements that contribute to the increasingly blurred lines between fact and fiction, myth and realty are a challenge for our era. Our abilities as architects and designers to understand the power of a brand now bridges every aspect of what we create. From handbags to high-rises, the entire built world becomes ever more sophisticated as we evolve our practices to better cater for the motivations and desires of both business and the individual. > >View Photo Essay
Last-minute shoppers: So you've mastered the one-piece-of-tape gift wrapping method, which works great with rectilinear objects. But now you've got to wrap an irregularly-shaped object, since that potted cactus was too great a bargain to pass up. How do you do it? Simple, use the "origami bag" method:
For those of you who find it painful to watch American television, here's a more subdued British presentation of the same technique: