Archive for October, 2010

Branch Binder

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I came across this image and wanted to share it, even though I don’t really have any info on the product or the designer.  From what I could gather on google translate (original link is in Swedish), this is a concept from the RCA.  Whether it’s real or not, I like the idea of providing a simple tool for people to make their own coat rack out of local materials.  If anyone has info on the image I’m happy to update the post.

Makelike Cactus Collection

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Makelike is a Portland, OR based design studio.  Their latest collection is focused on cacti, which includes this beautiful ‘Pointy’ wallpaper.  I love the colorways and dotted graphics they used in this motif.  Available from their online shop.

Ilot Ilov Clark Desk

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I feel like the Clark desk by Ilot Ilov was made just for me.  The reality of workspaces is that they can be chaotic and not everyone has the time, or inclination, to file things in binders and folders.   Some of us are stackers.  Clark was designed with compartments to lovingly hold your piles, both large and small.  There is also a binder bin in the back, just for wishful thinking.

Graphene Future

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The New York Times just wrote an interesting article on graphene, the subject of this year’s winning prize for the Nobel in physics.  Graphene is a form of carbon that has been slimmed down to one atom thick, resulting in a substance that is extremely flexible.  It is also incredibly strong and able to conduct both heat and electricity.  All of this makes graphene a material that will likely pop-up in numerous future applications, everything from computer chips to bendable, foldable, 3-D screens.  The video above (note the sound is horrible) shows just how graphene will shape our world.

Pli Design: Pennyfields Chair

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The Pennyfields chair by Alex Whitney for Pli Design is an updated version of the mid-century classic.  Made from bamboo and steel, this utilitarian chair is crafted by British manufacturers with Chinese sustainably harvested bamboo.  The upholstered version is especially nice; a simple and clean design.

Rover Renaissance Experiment

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

One of the best stops at the London Design Festival was to Sunbury Workshops, a series of open studios organized by a diverse group of RCA graduates.  Inside there was everything from furniture and products on display (more to come) to volcano building.  But it was in the driveway where I found Valentin Vodev, an admitted non-mechanic, attempting to transform a broken down Rover into an electric car.  In a week.

I stopped by early on in the process, but by the end of the week the experiment was a success and the car was able to drive 5-6 mph (see video above).   With all the superfluous products that get attention during design festivals, it was inspiring to see people working on a project that has relevance, a positive impact and an innovative approach.  While the car’s interior arteries got an overhaul, the outside was transformed as well with graphics by Good Wives and Warriors.  Amazing, thanks Valetin!

PostlerFerguson: Buoy Lights

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Love these wooden buoy lights by London based designers PostlerFerguson.   The floor lamps were on display at the showroom Mint during the London Design Festival.

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