Archive for March, 2011

Brit Insurance Design of the Year

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Brit Insurance Design of the Year was announced yesterday at the Design Museum in London.  A panel of judges selected the Plumen low-energy (and aesthetically pleasing) light bulb designed by Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger (left).  Judge Stephen Bayley explained,  “The Plumen light bulb is a good example of the ordinary thing done extraordinarily well, bringing a small measure of delight to an everyday product.”  Last year’s winning product was also related to energy use.  Designer Min-Kyu Choi created a slimmed down version of the UK electrical plug (right).  It’s nice to see that in the glut of design junk that gets produced, thoughtful designs can still rise to the top.

Pasta by Hand

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

I am enjoying the recent re-focus on food and how we grow, make and eat it.  I came across this nice project by Italian design student Valentina De Lorenzis, in which she explored the process of making new pasta shapes by hand and using homemade tools (top).

In a similar vein, the Italian design wonders at Arabeschi di Latte have hosted two pasta making workshops in Tokyo, and most recently, in London.  Visitors are invited to play with the design using an assortment of tools (left), ingredients and recipes (right).  The pasta is cooked on the spot for participants to enjoy.  Clearly, the Italians have a strong connection pasta, I wonder what Denver’s food would be?  Could be something to do with buffalo meat, but we also have western slope wines, Rocky Ford cantaloupes, green chiles and peaches.

Blu Dot Swap Meet

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Those clever fellows over at Blu Dot have done it again.  Remember their Real Good Experiment?  Now they have a new project called the Blu Dot Swap Meet.  The idea is simple.  Pick a piece from their collection you’d like to own and post a reasonable trade on their site.  Folks can support your campaign and if your entry is deemed awesome enough, Blu Dot will swap you for it.   So far winning swaps have included a sofa for a popsicle stick motorcycle, a spork collection (shown) for a chair and a Texas BBQ feast for a couch.  The Sock Monkey chair above is still vying for a swap.

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