Design archive for 2012-01-27

Design Geekery; Home London

(7 years ago)
There’s a new design show in town. Showcasing interior accessories, lighting and occasional furniture, Home London launched at Earl’s Court on 15th January and started 2012’s design calendar with a bang. With show director and… Continue Reading »

Japanese Dark Choc Kit Kat

(7 years ago)
What is it about Japanese Kit Kats that are just THAT much more delicious ~ and beautifully packaged ~ and the dark chocolatiness is amazing too… Gave in to this at the Mitsuwa last night and it was too delicious and cute not to share. It looks like you can even add your own messages on the pack of the individually wrapped pairs that are nestled within the matte/gloss mixed outer box. One if particularly twitter looking… take a peek on the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "Japanese Dark Choc Kit Kat"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Flamboyant Cuttlefish at the Cal Academy

(7 years ago)
The latest from our resident zoologist and London-based editor, Justine.A zoo and aquarium regular, I love discovering new creatures and one of my favorite aquarium specimens in the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences was the Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi), a colorful species native to the tropical Indo-Pacific. True to their common name, these cuttlefish are incredibly beautiful and mesmerizing to see in action. See more photos and videos on the next page!TO PAGE 2 of "Flamboyant Cuttlefish at the Cal Academy"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

NOTCOT.org Roundup

(7 years ago)
Shrink wrapped couples, LEGO proposals and mesmerizing fluid dynamics are all a part of this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.(Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Unboxing (+installing) the NEST

(7 years ago)
Perfect timing ~ the NEST thermostat just arrived today ~ a chilly LA day in need of heating… that i can control from my phones, laptop, etc. (aka from bed when i wake up and before i get to the shower?) It really is a beautiful object, with an incredibly easy and intuitive interface (spin and push to click!)… and it has gorgeous packaging as well… and the coolest little screwdriver you didn’t even know you needed! While you can see tons more about the ins and outs of NEST on their site ~ the unboxing and installation was too fun not to share… so many details to see! So head to the next page and see the rest…p.s.should be no surprise that the UI is by

CES: A Peek Inside Cubelets

(7 years ago)
So, you’ve seen the AMAZING video of the dutchman in the woods introducing Cubelets (if not, you must). Well, i finally had a date with Modular Robotics Cubelets ~ and got to explore and create with them over beers and bruschetta while at CES. Fun part? Building autonomous robots that can drive themselves, run away from me, run to me, spin lights around, and beep away… all while navigating around the place settings and deliciousness. There’s something undeniably satisfying about the way the magnetic blocks snap together and just start DOING things! And their natural ability to pique the curiosity of people of any age to just get lost exploring the possibilities… truth is, you definitely need a table full to properly explore the overwhelming amount of options… and i love that it feels like true object oriented programming ~ in that you literally connect blocks that have various functions… like the light sensor block to the inverse block to the flashlight block and add a battery block and things just start happening! Anyhow, these fun robotic cubes have been getting written up everywhere ~ but are you ready to take a peek INSIDE? When popping by the booth the next day, the Modular Robotics team broke out the leatherman and let us take a peek inside an inverse block ~ granted it’s one of the less filled cubes ~ but I love the design of how it opens (and is held together with two little screws!)… also if you ever want to hide[..]

CES: Urbanears Humlan

(7 years ago)
The first new Urbanears headphone design launched at CES this year was the Turncable which i just showed you. Second ~ Humlan! Interesting part of this design… there is a metal headband (love the detail of the urban ears tag actually being cloth sewn through a slit in the metal!) with MAGNETIC ear-speakers? pads? poofs? what would you call them? The simplicity and the satisfaction of feeling them snap into place and slide to adjust feels great ~ and i supposed when not using the headphones, you could even use it as a headband in their rainbow of colors… or even mix and match the usually monochromatic Urbanears. These are launching in fall of 2012! See more pics of the details on the next page! TO PAGE 2 of "CES: Urbanears Humlan"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

CES: Intel Interactive Lifeform Generator

(7 years ago)
On interesting interactive installations at CES, Intel had an interactive lifeform generator called the Connect to Life Experience, which was a 168-foot-wide interactive 3D virtual life simulation designed by Stimulant and Foghorn Creative. Stimulant explains it as follows: “Conference attendees can use any of six stations around the perimeter of the booth to create a shape using their hands, phone, keys — pretty much anything — and the silhouette of that object will be used to generate a unique bioluminescent lifeform on the massive projection surface overhead. The animated lifeforms interact with one another in playful ways, dancing with one another or chasing other lifeforms around the ecosystem.The system renders approximately 30 billion triangles per second to deliver a 17.6 megapixel image at 60 frames per second, all powered by Intel Core i7 technology. This image is displayed over a 2200 square foot, non-uniform projection-mapped surface using 24 projectors.”Take a peek at more of my pictures from the experience on the next page ~ there was something very Flow like about the digital ecosystem created ~ and my favorite part ended up being the structure they built where you input the shape/handprint…TO PAGE 2 of "CES: Intel Interactive Lifeform Generator"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

CES: Urbanears ZINKEN w/Turncable

(7 years ago)
Urbanears always has beautiful color palettes for their monochrome headphones and the most stunning photography/layouts for their lookbooks/displays. This year at CES they showed off two innovative new designs… the first: ZINKEN w/Turncable. These premium over ear DJ headphones have a cable with a 6.3mm adapter (perfect for your turntables/guitars/etc) on one end and a standard headphone 3.5mm plug on the other… and depending which you need, you plug the other into the headphone! Interesting alternative to simply using an adapter to go from 3.5mm to 6.3mm? Take a peek at more pics on the next page…TO PAGE 2 of "CES: Urbanears ZINKEN w/Turncable"! -----> (Want more visual goodness? See NOTCOT.com + NOTCOT.org)

Rememberings

(7 years ago)
Bravo Company, an independent design studio based in Singapore, has recently launched a clever new product called Rememberings™. These stretchable silicon rings, similar to those yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets, have inscriptions on them that remind us of little, yet important things, such as Take pills; Call mum; Pay bills; Return books; Buy gift, etc, that always [...]

Patane Residence by bureau^proberts

(7 years ago)
bureau^proberts designed this three-story modern family home in Newmarket, Queensland, Australia. The Patane Residence is concrete construction with an open and airy floor plan that features cantilevered balconies offering views of the Brisbane skyline and Mount Coot-tha. The indoor/outdoor feel is achieved with each floor having various types of floor to ceiling windows and doors [...]

Lamps by Giles Godwin-Brown

(7 years ago)
Product and lighting designer Giles Godwin-Brown is a recent graduate and has designed two high-quality modern lamps. The Nepa Lamp is a two-dimensional “lamp silhouette” that stands six feet. It’s wall-mounted and equipped with friction hinges to allow the piece to pivot away from the wall. Constructed of birch plywood and stainless steel with some [...]

Rememberings

(7 years ago)
Bravo Company, an independent design studio based in Singapore, has recently launched a clever new product called Rememberings™. These stretchable silicon rings, similar to those yellow LIVESTRONG bracelets, have inscriptions on them that remind us of little, yet important things, such as Take pills; Call mum; Pay bills; Return books; Buy gift, etc, that always [...]

Jameson House by Foster + Partners

(7 years ago)
Architects Foster + Partners have attached a 35-storey tower onto the side of two renovated 1920s buildings in Vancouver’s financial district. (more…)

This week on Dezeen

(7 years ago)
Our most controversial story this week announced writer Alain de Botton’s plans to erect temples for atheists across the UK – read the story and join the debate here. It also emerged that Disney were selling a T-shirt inspired by the 1979 album cover of Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, but don’t rush to order one as they’ve all sold. We also showed a robe made of golden silk harvested from over a million wild spiders and a tower built by flying robots.Our most popular story featured a blackened timber house surrounded by sheep on a Portuguese island and readers showed a lot of love for the bottle-shaped shutters of a wine shop in Prague, but argued about the sloping zig-zag roof of a market in Majorca.This week the sad news reached us that Moss design store in New York is to close. More happily, retailers Habitat appointed Polly Dickens as new creative director, William Knight was announced as the new event director of trade show 100% Design, Jeremy Till was appointed as the new head of college at Central Saint Martins and Tord Boontje is to open a shop in London.John Pawson unveiled his proposals for the new Design Museum in London and Grimshaw were selected to masterplan the home of the Wimbledon tennis championships.Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and discussions throughout the week.More architecture stories | More interior stories | More design stories |More Dezeen Wire |More watches | More[..]

The Apple (Fanboy) Desk

(7 years ago)
Véritablement dédiée à tous les fans inconditionnels de la marque à la pomme, un très gros coup de coeur pour le « Apple Desk », un superbe bureau aux pieds de bois et au plateau laqué blanc des plus moderne qui

Patane Residence by bureau^proberts

(7 years ago)
bureau^proberts designed this three-story modern family home in Newmarket, Queensland, Australia. The Patane Residence is concrete construction with an open and airy floor plan that features cantilevered balconies offering views of the Brisbane skyline and Mount Coot-tha. The indoor/outdoor feel is achieved with each floor having various types of floor to ceiling windows and doors [...]

Friday Food For Thought: ‘Plywood: Material, Process, Form’ at MoMA

(7 years ago)
Cheap and widely accesible, plywood gained its popularity thanks to a number of renowned early-20th century as well as mid-century modernist designers who favoured what was once described by the American magazine Popular Science as ‘a layer cake of lumber and glue’. Now, to celebrate this versatile material, New York’s MoMA has gathered a number of examples [...]

We Never Give Up! Modern Sled

(7 years ago)
I bet you’d never expect to see a modern sled! We Never Give Up! is a design by Polish designer Szymon Hanczar that’s an update to the traditional winter sled. Here’s some info about the design written by Joanna Legan: Not so long ago people in Poland used to take their sledges from the basements [...]

Infuseur à thé Cupidon

(7 years ago)

CRIT*: Half n’ Half

(7 years ago)
Richard Baird will be contributing to The Dieline to cultivate our next Opinion Series: CRIT* tell us how you really feel. This Designer & Blogger will share a critique on packaging that merits discussion in addition to the weekly post that receives the most traffic. Read about Richard and check out his first CRIT* below. Be sure to come back (at least) every Tuesday to read Richard's CRIT* on the top post of the week!

Paper Torso

(7 years ago)
Après l’impressionnante Ford Mustang de 1969 et de ses différentes composantes réalisées par l’artiste Jonathan Brand que je vous présentais il y a peu, découverte de cet autre papercraft imaginé et conçu par l’artiste et designer Horst Kiechle pour

Mleko i Miód

(7 years ago)
We absolutely adore this packaging and the extra effort that was put into the product/packaging photo shoot. Simply gorgeous.

Serial Bondage by Kennedy James

(7 years ago)
Kennedy James‘ Serial Bondage series features chairs tied up, strung up and hung up in the ancient art of Japanese Shibari (rope bondage). Sexy! She has some pieces available for purchase on Etsy along with custom order requests. Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and [...]

Phloem Studio

(7 years ago)
Phloem Studio is a custom furniture company based in Portland, Oregon. Owner and designer Ben Klebba has an eye for building clean-lined pieces of wood furniture and cabinets with a modern feel. Each piece is made by hand with the type of craftsmanship that makes these timeless pieces last forever. Love this detail: Share This: [...]

Dry Drill Custom Cycles

(7 years ago)
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