People in submarines eventually need to sit down, and in 1944 aluminum company ALCOA collaborated with the U.S. Navy on the purpose-built 1006 Chair, also known as the Navy Chair or Submarine Chair. The design brief had at least one interesting bulletpoint: The chair had to be "torpedo-proof."
The resultant super-strong chair is still in production today, manufactured by aluminum chair company Emeco. For a fascinating look at how it's made, check out their 77-step process, starting from aluminum sheets and ending up with the finished product:
The video above is eight minutes and should be of interest to ID'ers because they call out each production method with on-screen notes. For those of you who already know this stuff, there's a frothier, shorter video using the same footage but edited down to about three minutes, sans call-outs, and scored with a jazzy soundtrack:
Recently making the blog rounds (and even touted by some as the "New" Space Saving Circle Kitchen), Compact Concepts' Circle Kitchen is at least three years old, having won a Red Dot Design Award back in '06.While the concept is cool, here's what I see as the fundamental problem with...
We're loving Rochester-based Yong-hwan "John" Kwon's Lightningbug cell phone concept, which opens like a fan to reveal the flexible (or is it holographic?) screen. Check it out along with the rest of his rather thick portfolio, which spans product, illustration and fashion, on Coroflot.
Brazil-based Junior ASJ's beautiful jewelry designs resemble precision-machined high-tech lighting fixtures; are those diamonds, or LEDs? Check 'em out, along with his auto and sneaker work, on Coroflot.
Visiting a new city is always fun when you've got that local design-savvy friend to steer you past the claptraps and show you the truly cool stuff. Melbourne Design Guide aims to be that friend, with the added benefit of fitting inside your bag (and plus you don't have to...