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It's Nice That publishes again

issue2_plus_rob.jpgIt's Nice That just released a second issue containing highlights from their blog and interviews with Boo Ritson, Rafaël Rozendaal, United Visual Artists, Karlssonwilker and more. They have also released an exclusive screen print by Rob Ryan which comes with every copy of the publication pre-ordered before midnight on 30 September. We're looking forward to getting a copy of this!

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Flags By Color

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In his Flags By Color project, Shahee Ilyas uses a list of countries generated by The World Factbook along with the world's national flag images fetched from Wikipedia to produce a series of charts that break down the color proportions for each flag. These proportions of color are then displayed in a single chart revealing the color proportions of all of the flags of the world combined. This project was generated entirely with script.

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Naoyuki Ishitsuka

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Nao Ishitsuka has an interesting portfolio.
In particular Universal visual language.
What do you think about it? Do comment!

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sandy mulder


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ron arad


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Out There: where Architecture meets Semiotics

What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.

As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only "the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.

Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that

we feel like home
(Aaron Betsky)

but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.

Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.

This is what I saw “Out there”.

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Eat the type

Kathryn Hinton came up with a very original tableware design. The pieces include lettering on the prongs of forks that correspond with words imprinted in bowls. Nice!
She has more here.


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Fashionable type

Sweet typographical scarf by Little Factory. They also have a lowercase and a numeric version.


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Creative Calendar Designs

Calendars have a lack of creativity. Truth, their function is more important than their design, but here is when practical creativity comes. And risk.


Smashing Magazine has an interesting collection of Creative Calendar Designs from all around the place. Enjoy!

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Masashi Kawamura


Rainbow in your hand. A Flipbook.

See the video here.

Check out his other work here.

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Shary Boyle


Porcelain figurine from the "Otherworld Uprising" series by Shary Boyle.

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Stop making crap

We present 1000 -very well used- words: A Manifesto for Sustainability in Design by Allan Chochinov.


A little bit of good reading for our own benefit. Like the author said: The power of design is an amazing thing. Let's wield it wisely.

Our interview with Sophie Thomas also has a lot of interesting material.

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Meet the Schaffas


"Adelaideans Sam Barratt & Chris Edser, have hand-picked art-friends from all over the world to customize their own breed of schaffas. They were each sent a similar blank shape and given free reign to add, subtract, paint or destroy these objects. The response was inspiring with a wide variety of styles and approaches covered."

Meet the Schaffers here.
(or in person at Urban Cow Gallery in Adelaide until the end of June)

Look closely for Schaffas by Fabricante Scott, Lars and Gabo, and a host of former ones.

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The perfect daily reminder to a less wasteful life, the Greenhouse, was designed by Swedish studio JANTZE BROGÅRD ASSHOFF, which creates useful products with a poetic soul and playful character (perhaps as playful as their name...)


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Don't play with your food

Pen and the pixel made a series of plates inspired by scenes of the Harrow Ladies Luncheon Club from John Betjamen' s Metroland (1970).


They also reminded me some of those scary voices of my childhood.

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Fabrica Features Fabricante


Some beautiful forms from Fabrica.
Fabricante and Fabrica Features products photographed together by Liz Hingley with designer Becka Citron.

Continue reading "Fabrica Features Fabricante"

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Commanding life

Clever and inspiring prints by Atmostheory.


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The Most Beautiful Bikes In the WORLD!


These bikes are made by the the Lepzig, German company Retrovelo. Started in 2003 they began building what is know as a "balloon racer". It is half mountain bike half cruiser bike.
The availability is very limited, as far as I can tell, but they are some of the most beautiful and fun looking bikes I have ever seen. Keep your eye out for these beauties.

Pictured above are the men's model "Fritz" and the women's model Paula.

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According to the designers at Fabrica, Candywhistle from Wellington was one of their favourites at the Salone del Mobile (in the Satellite Pavillion). I was quite pleased with their assessment because that was my friend Robert Rose, and the sterling Craig Bond and Stu Barr. Check out their wonderful work here.

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Tenebrously green

We do have to think about recycling...


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Pixelated pin-up art

For all those cheesecake lovers, here is a sweet. Andrew Bawidamann creates contemporary pin-up art through his graphically oriented girls, offering appeal to today’s soldiers,
tattoo artists, bikers, rockers and just about anyone with a fetish.


Via Priya

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Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks

Very hard to design, book covers pretty much communicate the idea behind the book on one single page and in the spite of seconds. Good ones are unforgettable and also a great source of inspiration.


Smashing Magazine, willing to provide you with some creative, expressive and appealing book covers, came up with 61 Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks. Enjoy!

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Free grunge

Is there anything better in life than getting free awesome stuff?
Outlaw Design Blog has found and put together the best 63 grunge fonts for you.


The best of the best? Yes my friend, you can download your favourites for free!

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Tell Tales


Reuberhenning (Franziska Henning and Torsten Rueber) make beautiful carpets, the ones above are from their "Stories" series. I almost tripped up on one (right) in the "Berlin Dome" Exhibition in Zona Tortona, Milan. You can stumble upon them here .

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Mathematical poetry

Equation Bookshelf is a simple idea of to divide things in priority order... put together the books that you need immediately or more important between (parentheses). Set others between [square brackets] and {braces}.”


A clever piece of home decor that nicely integrates algebra with design to create pure visual poetry.

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The social posters of Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding have appeared in many international publications and exhibitions. They also have received numerous awards around the world.


Get inspired by their work at sdposters. com

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Me too.

Create, share and download fonts here.

(thanks again Tomo-kun).

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Carpet Bomber

"DIY- JU87- G STUKA" is a carpet which can be transformed into the famous WWII german bomber.



Also check out this video of the assembly of the aircraft / dissassembly of the carpet.

The carpet bomber was created by designer Katharina Wahl. Her work explores (and succeeds) in bringing "a subtle feeling of unease to the living room".

Check out her website for this project, and her amazing "black candy" floor covering.

via tom

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Logos logos logos

Aren’t logos one of graphic designers biggest headaches? The funny thing is that a lot of people out there think that they can create them just by putting together a “cool” type with a “cool” graphic and, to make it even "cooler," a colourful gradient.
But a good logo exemplifies immediate recognition, inspiring trust, admiration, loyalty, an implied superiority and yeah, it must work today and it must work in 15 years.


Here you can find a collection of 120 diverse logos that inspiredology.com put together.

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Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

Inga is a video artist from Iceland. She's also a member of the indie/folk band Seabear.

Music video for Seabear - 'I Sing I Swim' made by Inga and Sindri Már Sigfússon

myspace (some more experimental videos here)
Music video for Múm - 'They Made Frogs Smoke Til They Exploded'.

www.seabearia.com (download older tracks here for free).

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Vintage modern ads

The aim was to take modern products and advertise them in a vintage way, or take vintage products and advertise them in a modern way.


Check the results here.

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Original adornments

Selena Holm designs and makes original, detailed avant-garde jewellery.


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That important little thing

Our business cards are very important since they express so much with so little; our individual philosophy, our style, our preferences, our concept of aesthetic and our creativity.


If you need some inspiration, here you will find a really nice collection with many different materials and techniques.

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D/A Clock


"This object plays on the common LED-display digital clock with physical segments that slowly fade in and out of a white surface. The D/A Clock introduces new characteristics to the digital mediation of time: a physical dimension and intermediate states – the time between 0 and 1."

The D/A Clock was designed by Alvin Aronson, a BFA student at Rhode Island School of Design. It will be exhibited at the "On Time Booth", Zona Tortona, Milan, 16-20 April 2008.

via Tomonaga

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"..straight to the source of PDA-hand functionality"


For public displays of affection with your ipod, or iphone.

Check them out here.

via Michael.

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Ben Mulkey is a graphic designer from Portland, Oregon.


Check out his lomography blog, amusing items blog (sample above), his graphic blog: morework.org and his collective the Graphic Graphic.

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Web Typography

Is always nice to find a well-done site with a good use of typography, cause, as we know, type for screen reading is different than for print.


A Guide to Web Typography gives us some very helpful guidelines that all graphic or web designers should know. Some of the comments are also very interesting and useful as well.

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The Last Calligraphers

"For centuries, handwriting was the definitive mark of social status, education and liberal values in India.”


"The Last Calligraphers" is an upcoming film by Premjit Ramachandran about the only handwritten newspaper in existence in Asia, operational since 1927.
Click here to watch the trailer.

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Sex and Design

The Sex in Design/Design in Sex exhibit, designed by James Biber and with graphics by Michael Bierut, recently opened at the Museum of Sex in New York.
The show sets out to examine the subconscious, as well as the intended, sexual imagery in design as it is found in the objects we wear, live with and use for erotic pleasure.
Click here for more information.

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The Hawaii Chair

It takes the work out of your workout...

...and it says a lot about design, human values, pragmatic solutions, marketing, and hawaii...

link and commentary via -e-

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Old story but still really interesting.

McDonald's restaurants get redesigned to attract more of the European audience.


From the article:
"The changes are more than cosmetic. McDonald’s is introducing healthier foods and items that cater to regional tastes, like caffè lattes. Hoping to attract more young adults and professionals, in addition to its core customer base of children, the chain is also adding amenities like Internet access and rental iPods."

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Type Matters

An interesting article about how typography effects the public's view on the US presidential candidates.



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Stupid Krap

Really, this is stupid krap.


Based in Sydney, Australia, stupidkrap.com is an artist-run portal and on-line store, featuring exclusive limited-edition high-quality art prints and collectables, by talented underground artists. Nice opportunity to decorate your cave.

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Vintage Science

The old days where design was more important than production.


Here you can find an awesome flickr set of Vintage Science Book Illustrations.
Innocent, colorful, simple and useful.

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Colourful Fence


What a great idea!

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A Ghost Beneath The Tower

Enchanting video with sounds by The Winston Jazz Routine and art direction by Philip Cheaney, proudly, one of the most talented people I know.

Emotional, beautifully done and very inspiring.
Great job Phil!

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The creative office of Saatchi & Saatchi, Copenhagen conceived this for the Danish Parkinsons Disease Association, cleverly mixing the form and function of our daily sorroundings with an intelligent idea.
(I wish this had been thought for Ando's stairs in Fabrica!)

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Design Weeks all over!


It seems like "design weeks" are the new thing that establish cities in the creative world. Within September and October alone, a design week can be experienced in at least four major European cities, some of them being a very young event. Here is a brief rundown of some design festivals recently, presently and in the coming weeks in and around Europe:

Istanbul Design Week | September 4-10
Helsinki Design Week | September 14-23
London Design Festival | September 15-25
Vienna Design Weeks | October 3-21
Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven) | October 20-28

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Typography is kicking ass

Typography Kicks Ass: Flickr Bold Italic is a project driven by the love to typography that uses a random set of letters published on Flirckr to display messages you can send to somebody in particular.


Fantastic idea and great site design!

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OFF, the light switch hook, provides a hanging function when in the off position. It is a fully functional light switch. Designed by Scott Amron with a thought to persuade people to use less energy by providing an alternate function. Scott Amron has designed a range of quirky products for the day when there's no electric power and you begin to wonder what to do will all those powerless outlets all around you.

Among other things, you could buy a tooth brush for $3 that points the water from the basin straight to your mouth for rinsing. Or you could even spend $1,750 for an original prototype of this same tooth brush.

Click here for more out of the ordinary product concepts.

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Type the Sky


Slanted, a German type foundry launced a new type called "Type the Sky", created by Lisa Rienermann, a student of University of Duisburg. Type the Sky was born from an instance of sky gazing in the middle of Barcelona from the narrow streets in between several buildings. An intersting cross between photography and typography, I think this work has a certain twist of imagination compared to the tons of other works that mimic alphabets in our enviornment.

The collection comes as a type face and a book. For those interested in knowing more and can understand German you can read more here
For the rest, it is a good reason to go out and make some new german speaking friends ;)

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Heated Issue

Design 21: Social Design Network, partners with UNESCO, recently had a contest for designing an Anti-Globalwarming campaign.


The winners are out. See what other creatives are thinking about this issue that's been so HOT lately in Fabrica.

Click Here to read more.

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And the winners are...


The One Club is (apparently) the world's foremost non-profit organization for the recognition and promotion of excellence in advertising, based in New York City. Recently they held The One Show Design awards, recognizing excellence in design, interactive and work done by college students too.

Ok i have to throw in the fact that i was nominated for exhibition graphics i did before arriving at Fabrica. But no golden pencil for me!

Check out more info about the show and its winners here: One Show Finalists

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Rock illustrated

Ken Taylor is a gifted artist from Melbourne. Creating his own style, he has been commissioned by some of the world best-known bands.


His work includes rock posters, CD Artwork, illustration and design.
He has a unique talent and certainly, a sweet job.

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Natalie Ashman and Christian Etter worked together to make "Nattichat" a font based on Nat's handwriting.


Continue reading "Nattichat"

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the P-mate or PMate

The P-Mate, or PMate as it is also known, is a revolutionary new invention that's taking Canada by storm. The device allows a woman to stand as she pees.


The P-Mate is basically like a cardboard shoe with the toe cut off. You place the entrance of the 'shoe' directly under your urethra, between your legs, pee into the shoe and then make sure that the hole at the toe end is funnelling the urine out somewhere other than on your feet.

I suggest buying a cardboard shoe with the toe cut off, as a less costly alternative.

I interviewed ex-fabricante, Juliana Loh, on the P-Mate...

Continue reading "the P-mate or PMate"

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Spaghetti work


This is the metro map of New York back in 1972. Watch a very charming interview with its creator, the Italian Designer Massimo Vignelli (who developed as well the visual identity for Benetton and Sisley in 1995) here.

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Test of time


Swiss Graphic Design History
Yet another example of how flickr is awesome, and how Swiss posters still manage to impress.
thanks alex

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Looking for fonts? Or patterns? Check these wallpapers by Emigre. (In the picture: Ed Fella's FellaParts font).

via nakedgarlic

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Italia: Great art, crappy logo

Following the public release of Italy's new national logo, design professionsals in the country are freaking out at it's apparent horrendousness (four fonts in one logo, mamma mia!).
And so a petition has been formed to the ministery of i-don't-know-what saying it sucks. (sorry it's in Italian).
And there is also great discussion about it here.

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American type foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones is probably the creme de la creme of font design. Recently they unvelied a rounded version of Gotham, an incredibly 'practical' typeface by Tobias Frere-Jones, based on hand made lettering found in the 'American urban landscape'. You can read about the origins of the typeface here.

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I just like them, the Grueslis made with love by swiss artist Natalia Gianinazzi.

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Swiss Sticks

Those, and a lot of other things, are inventet by Atelier V, located in Bern.


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Czech design

Great work by the young czech design studio Qubus.

(via BB blog)

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Bike chair


Furniture made entirely out of bike parts. I love the horn on this chair, great mix of functionalities, no?

See more: http://www.bikefurniture.com

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rechargable solar panel

The idea of solar panel charging to battery isn't so new anymore, but after reading this post from Treehugger, I wonder why I haven't already got one of these:

With this portable solar panel, I charge my MP3 player, a portable amplifier, a set of battery-powered Sony surround sound speakers, a cellular phone, a digital camera, two LED lamps, a LED booklight, and a LED flashlight. If you are already positioning yourself to optimize sunlight, it is quite simple to do this. If I added a $50 solar panel, I can power two laptop computer, and have all of my audio-visual and computer devices running on renewable energy.


The charger outputs 3.6/5.5V at 300mA, which works for most gadgets. Now instead of saying "oh, I forgot to charge my cellphone", I can say "oh, it's cloudy, i can't charge my cellphone". Awesome.

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OOOoooo AAAaaaaa

These are SO COOL! It makes me want to order them right away, but with Italian postal service, I might be gone before I get them... but man, check these out!


Moo prints little mini cards from your favorite flickr photo collections and you can use them, as, yes, business card that we all dread designing! They are half the size of a normal business cards (which makes it even cooler), The process seems to be streamlined with your flickr login, AND if you are a pro member, you get 10 free ones!

via the ever so cool, Boing Boing

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This should be fun

for taking us around the building! wee!!!! go design!


more info here

via Boing Boing

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Birth control pills necklace

Do you want to sleep with me?, designed by Angela Jansen, is based on the observation that some products are no fun to buy. We need them, but get no feeling of reward when we buy them, so they seem like a waste of money. This project makes buying one such product, birth control pills, more rewarding.
It turns them into a thing of beauty. And it also allows the man in the relationship to invest in the pills as a gift.

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kind of a cool idea, not sure if i'd wear it though... what happens when you're running out? or do you wear the empty ones?

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Flashbag - USB drive with a built in micropump that indicates how much storage space you have left. Made me smile.

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Panty design

Because we like unconventional design here at Fabrica...

Public Hair Panty from Miss Geschick and Lady Lapsus

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Tokyo for designers

PingMag has an interesting feature article on Setting up your own company in Tokyo as a foreigner, an interview with Ross McBride, a graphic turn product designer and runs his own design company in Tokyo, Normal Y.K.. He talks about what it takes to set up a design company there.

Normal products: Command Sit chair and Time Table:
Command Sit chair

Time Table

Check out the article

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T-shirt: "I am not a terrorist," in Arabic

Xeni Jardin: Tim Murtaugh tells BoingBoing,
After reading about blogger Raed Jarrar's experience at JFK (he was forced to take off a shirt with Arabic writing on it or miss his flight), I finally stopped being depressed about the war on terror and began being proactively pissed off. I made this shirt, which says "I am not a terrorist" in Arabic. I plan to wear it every time I go to the airport from now on.
On the t-shirt site, Tim says: "All the shirts are set to $1.00 more than the Spreadshirt base price — all profits will be sent to the ACLU."

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party cafe

David Pescovitz: In honor of tea company Lipton's centennial, Japanese design firm Nendo was commissioned to create a cafe inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. The installation was built last month at the Ozone Living Design Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
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From Nendo's site:
We radically distorted the size of the long table and rows of chairs to heighten the room’s sense of receding depth, and did the same thing with the silhouettes of characters from the novel used as the pattern for the wallpaper. These details let us create a space that felt long and narrow, as though it was pulling in visitors. The scale of the installation changed just like Alice after eating the cake. We shrank some of the chairs so that visitors could barely squeeze into them, and enlarged others until visitors’ feet couldn’t touch the ground.
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Sustainable Stylish Sunglasses

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Our sunglasses went overboard recently while cruising around Newport Harbor here in Rhode Island. Instead of trying to replace them with our usual standbys, we thought we’d do some research to see if there were any “green” ones out there first. We found several fabulous frames at Greenloop that we just love! Sustainable and stylish - those two words sound good together. Made from iWood, each pair of these sunglasses is handcrafted and made from the highest quality wood that is sustainably harvested. They are a tad on the expensive side, but the price is pretty comparable to other high-quality sunglasses. ::Greenloop

Now if we can just get a D&G, Prada, or Gucci logo on there...

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The Condom Collection

Here's a fashion you can't wear, or could you?

condom fashion

Brazillian designer Adriana Bertini created a collection of dresses made entirely out of condoms, they are on exhibit at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto. The message at the conference this year is to destigmatize condoms by turning them into wearable, making people more comfortable and open to talking about condom usage.

from Mainichi Daily News

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Which celebrity do you weigh?


Kind of cute and clever, this scale replaces the number on the dial with celebrity, historical figures, and popular characters. So instead of having to blurt out that dreadful number of your weight, you can say "um, I weigh as much as Chuck Noris, what about you?"

Available online for $35! Seriously, wouldn't this be a great gift?

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Berlin Ohne-Scheiss




Alejandro is an artist and graphic designer living in Berlin who's project is called "Berlin Ohne-Scheiss" which means "Berlin without shit", or "Berlin No-shit". It's goal is to use design to call attention to the increasing problem of dog crap in Berlin. It works by having people take figures out of at sticker poster and then place them around the dog crap to make people aware walking by that there is a danger in the front.

The shapes read: Hollyshit, Hotshit, Dirtyshit and shit.

More text about this project you can be found at www.lecu.de under the "blurred" menu.

not sure who would be that good sumaritan to do it, but neat..

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Self-service comics


via Exibart
Napa books is a group of finnish artists making comics, flip books, art books and exhibitions. If you walk through the streets of Helsinki you can get their books from Comics dispenser!!!!

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Design Times Square


NEW YORK.- In an unprecedented gathering of original works of art by the world’s most celebrated designers and visual artists, Times Square will be the cite of an extraordinary exhibition – “Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project” – a collection of banners designed by an international roster of over 175 artists and designers. Designers from around the world have created banners using the form, idea or a characteristic of a tree as their inspiration. The banners will be on display on street poles throughout Times Square from Thursday, August 17, through the end of October. The exhibit is being organized by the AIGA NY Chapter, the Times Square Alliance and Worldstudio Foundation.

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Boob scarf

Another fun design object for the day:

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I have no idea what these are called officially, who made them, or where they are sold... random found from this livejournal page.

File it under "inspirations".

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Keyboard Food Tray for Antisocial Meals

Do you eat lunch at your desk? Are you so busy that you have to eat at your desk, the alternative being starvation? Do you prefer to eat at your desk, surfing the Web or getting work done instead of going to a proper lunchroom or eatery and actually---good God --interacting with people?!? If so, the keyboard food tray is for you.

Designed by Duck Young Kong, the tray keeps your keyboard clean while providing extra surface space for your food. At least in theory: placing a drink directly above a keyboard seems awfully precarious. Plus, using the keyboard with the tray on top could get awkward.

In any case, it's a sign of the times...

Source: TechEBlog

luckily, we don't do it here in Fabrica as Mensa provide us more food than would fit on this little keyboard tray... this makes me giggle nonetheless...

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A new way of thinking tourism

A souvenir is a precious thing, that reminds us of special and unforgettable moments. Often "souvenir" is synonymous with "kitsch", but it should be a refined object of memory, cherished by whoever left part of themselves in a place. I love tourism is a shop established by Studio Camuffo in the prestigious Gallery of Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Piazza San Marco, where tourists who love Venice, who aren't satisfied with a superficial tour of the city and with mass-producted objects, can find exclusive and one off products, refined and sophisticated souvenirs, created by well-known designers.
I love tourism features reminding products, where the essence, the visionary and dream impact are of the utmost importance. Our shop is a place that hands back the souvenirs' identity, giving them back their mean of being a trace, a sign that witnesses and represents in another place the memory of a venetian moment, landscape or atmosphere.
I love tourism is a new way of thinking tourism, related with the cultural production of the city, in order to show that the city is not just its past, but a living, dynamic and exciting net.
(Among the artists there is also our Andy Rementer !!!!!!!!)

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Flower power

The Dutch advisory for the landscape asked designers to come up with a new generation wind mills. 100 MW mountains, a cooperation between One Architecture, Ton Matton and NL architect, suggested that grouping up to 10 turbines into a kind of flower bouquet would add a nice touch to the landscape.

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"Flower arrangement with windmills. Landscape pollution to monumental statement. From candleholder to tree, from Eifeltower to St Louis Arch; Energy production turns 'heroic". The Atomium, but productive: Flower Power!"

Via bright. Thanks David!

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iBuzz the iPod

Ok, forget all the gag gadgets I ever blog about, this is what I call infusion of design and technology:


The iBuzz is the sexiest iPod accessory available. Hook the controller to your jeans, connect your iPod (or any other variety of mp3 player), and place the bullet wherever you like. The bullet will vibrate in rhythm with your music. The intensity increases with the volume of your music, or can be increased via the controller.

...comes with two silicone-rubber attachments: one for clitoral or penetrative stimulation, the other for use as a vibrating cock ring.

Available online at Babeland, only $55 USD!

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Decapitated bear USB flash drive


Oh yes...another superfluous flash drive modification. But hey - awesome choice for baby showers, kids' birthdays, or any occasion that calls for a cuddly 256MB beheaded bear.

via ohgizmo


HAHAHAHAHAHA... oh, man, why didn\'t i think of this...

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100% from Rotterdam


Bright's got photocoverage of the 100% design fair in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Check out the page here.


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Old Plastic is New Again


iD-L inspired innovations, in collaboration with Conserve (a Delhi-based organization), has been recognized with the European Business Award for developing Ragbag - a new brand for fashionable products made from recycled plastic bags.

"Plastic rags are collected, washed, dried and separated by colour. The plastic bags then go into a machine, which presses them into thicker and more durable sheets. No dyes or inks are required. It takes about 60 plastic bags to make one sheet. The sheets are then cut, lined with cloth and stitched or moulded into the various products. The project is already creating jobs for 100 ragpickers, people at collection centers and fabricators (mainly woman) in New Delhi, providing them and their families 'means of livelihood' and gain access to more opportunities."


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Grown your own treehouse


There are houses built in trees and then there aretreehouses.
The Fab Tree Hab -- a home literally made from trees, using an ancient technique called pleaching (the art of weaving (and sometimes grafting) trees together to form structures) -- was one of the design entries for the Index: awards, emerging from the genius of a crew including MIT architect Mitchell Joachim Javier Arbona of Archinect. The project description emphasized consideration of whole systems (and ecosystems) in creating a truly sustainable built environment, rather than a piecemeal approach that could yield uncertain longterm outcomes.
Although many individual and collective efforts towards “sustainable” or “green design” of buildings are apparent internationally, derivative design cannot address the underlying systemic nature of sustainability. Fixing pieces of a puzzle fails to address the interplaying complexities of the whole, and innovation is stifled by the need to work within given contexts.

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Fabrica T-Shirts Now in Stores

We posted earlier about these T-Shirts being available, when we found out about it from Papermag... but who else on earth would be better to give you all the info about these shirts but us?!? Hell, we made them! So I went hunting for the images of the shirts and here I give them to you. (Thanks Marian!)

Fabrica Limited Edition T-Shirts

The Fabrica Limited Edition T-shirts: T-shirts You Want to Wear are now on shelves in the Benetton stores around the world. These shirts were designed by the Fabricanti in the Visual Communications department, and they're now available for you to buy! buy! buy! They come in both men and women's sizes, though some designs are limited to one gender or another. We do hope they don't cost a fortune, so we can actually afford to get them ourselves. Did I mention it's limited edition? Go now!
Benetton store locator

More detailed images of the designs in the full post, so you can make your selection before running to the stores.

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Let's enjoy Wanroom life!


Wanroom and San-X, the Japanese makers of these niftaaay plushie toys are insane. Insanely cute, that is. Each stuffed toy takes on the persona of an everyday household object, with special character names, and a sly little hidden compartment for storage or a mobile phone holder. Whether it's the cute little sofa, the bed (with slippers) or the bath/shower complete with bubbles you will have a hard time picking just one. In fact, you may "enjoy Wanroom life" so much that you'll have to get them all.

wow, i want them!!

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Here’s a great spring project to get you ready for those up-coming summer barbeques: grow your own lawn furniture with the Terra Grass Armchair kit. All you need to do is assemble a cardboard frame, fill it with soil, seed it with grass, then stand back and watch it bloom. In just a couple weeks, a green and grassy armchair will appear in your lawn!

This reminds us a bit of the ReadyMade Make-Your-Own-Lawn-Couch project, and Julian Lwin’s Biodegradable Bench that we covered a few days ago. The Terra Grass Armchair however, seems like the simplest and easiest route to a furnished lawn f you don’t have a lot of time or money on your hands.

$ 100 or £65.00 from ThePresentFinder.co.uk

Via BookofJoe and IfTheBirdsKnew
Thanks Amylou & Joe!

wouldn't it be AWESOME to have these in the Fabrica lawn? *sigh*

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Ethanol Car Beats Fuel Cells to Win European Eco-marathon


From Environmental News Service newswire: -- “NOGARO, France, May 22, 2006 (ENS) - An ethanol powered car engineered by French high school students has achieved the best fuel efficiency at the European Shell Eco-marathon 2006, winning the race at the Nogaro auto racing circuit in southwest France. It also took the Climate Friendly prize for producing the least greenhouse gas emissions in the process”. Energy consumption was equivalent to traveling 2,885 kilometers (1,792 miles) on a single liter of gasoline. This did not best last year’s record, however. TreeHugger recommends reading the full story to take advantage of the photos and especially to read about the Danish engineering team’s invention of a 100% efficient hydrogen propulsion technology.

Entrants’ photo shown is by European Shell Eco-marathon 2006.

go high school students!

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Ecard Design World Championship 2006


Call for Entries!
Calling all creatives, designers, artists, media makers, movie and flash gurus, students, hobbyists and spectators!

Ecard Design World Championship 2006 is curated by maxtango.com, a service and platofrm for creatives from all over the world to send and share their Ecards with everybody.

From Designaside

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MUJI Award


Entry period: 15 May - 31 August 2006


There's a pretty good prize money for the award, your design might also get made into a MUJI product....

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Custom-art toilet-paper

Cory Doctorow: Liquid Shirts will print rolls of custom-art toilet-paper in quantities of four rolls or more, starting at $12 each. They suggest putting foreign leaders and stock certificates on the paper, but the possibilities are endless -- skull-and-bones, goatse, the ORLY owl... Link (Thanks, Al!)

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Solar Lampion by Damian O'Sullivan


Unlike many solar lamps, this one by Damian O'Sullivan, has the solar panels incorporated into its design.

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Self-watering Flower Pots


Eva Solo, makers of some very aesthetically beautiful kitchen and home gadgets, have designed a self-watering flower pot for those of us without green thumbs. A wick that hangs down from the ceramic flowerpot into the clear glass container of water that sits below, draws up the water that is necessary to keep the plant hydrated. A full container will water the plant for about 7 days and a quick glance can tell you when the container needs refilling. So even if you are good with plants, as I would like to think I am, it's easy to forget watering when you've got a hectic schedule - I've definintely been too busy to notice that my plants have suddenly wilted! But the best thing about the self-watering pots is that you can leave your plants without worry if you are away from home for a week or less.

Available at Sprout Home.

oh yes... yes yes yes...

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Pizza box converts to a coffin "for your remains"

Cory Doctorow: A chain of Kiwi pizza joints, Hell Pizza, delivers its pizzas in a novelty box that can be folded into a coffin "for your remains." Link (Thanks, Dave!)

now, that is nifty...

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Opening of the first Museum of Industrial Design in Italy!

When?Today! 4th May 2006
Where? in Florence (Calenzano)/ by "Centro Arte e Design"- the first Italian Museum for design sector which was opened last november
What? A collection of more 100 objects including works made in italy by Ettore Sottsass, Momo Design, Brionvega, Flos, Danese, Olivetti, Enzo Mari and Renzo Piano.

There is not a related website so if you want more info you have to call directly the museum! (Info: 0558877703)

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Here’s a creative use of technology to make life just a little bit more cheery. Who wants to have to turn on the TV or go to weather.com to find out the latest forecast, when your umbrella could tell you all you need to know?

Design team Materious has designed an interactive umbrella called Forecast which uses Wifi to get up-to-date weather information, and then glows to alert you when its going to rain. If your umbrella isn’t glowing, no need to worry - but if the handle is pulsing blue, its the umbrella’s way of saying “take me with you, it’s going to be a soggy day”

What I particularly love about this design is the way it anthropomorphisizes an everyday household item, and transforms the banal functionalism of the umbrella into something cute and comforting (along the same lines as the endearing Roomba vacuum cleaner). Some might cry “technology for lazy people” - but I say keep it coming! If only more of our everyday objects had this sort of charming interactivity, the world would be a better place.

Materious Design is composed of Chicago design duo Stephanie Munson and Bruce M. Tharp. Their designs will be on display in New York this month, at the eagerly anticipated Haute Green show in Brooklyn, May 20-23rd.


+ Forecast Umbrella
+ Materious Design

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Artist designs cute looking spycams, razorwire, etc.

Mark Frauenfelder: A German artist named Matthias Megyeri has started a company called Sweet Dreams Security, which makes security items like padlocks, alarms, and razorwire that look cute and happy.
200604271045 Examples of Mr Megyeri's art include padlocks designed to look like teddy bears, heart-shaped chains, and glass fir trees embedded in concrete, designed to replace broken bottle shards, which are now illegal.

While they look delicate, the top of the fir tress is very sharp, to deter people from climbing the wall.

nks, Carl!)

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color changing concrete

colorchangingconcrete.jpgthe idea of color changing concrete that can be used for information display was originally posted a while ago, but now seems to have finally reached the prototype phase. the system is able to dynamically display patterns, numbers & text in concrete surfaces. potential application range from simple products for the home to large-scale architectural installations.
[chromastone.com & chromastone.com (mov)|thnkx Martin]

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exxon secrets

an interactive network visualization that shows the links between Exxon (the world's biggest oil company) money & some of the loudest climate sceptics being quoted in the media. developed for Greenpeace with the assistance of the they rule application. the visualization contains dossiers & fact sheets for each organization & person with a description, history, staff bios, quotes, deeds & hidden affiliations.
designed as a tool for journalists, researchers & policy makers, this application can be used to research the links between climate sceptic groups & how much funding they get from ExxonMobil. searches can be made on organisations & individuals, cross-referencing automatically with other groups & individuals.
[exxonsecrets.org|via greenpeace.org]

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Tube+9 Lounge Chair


The Tube+9 Lounge is a thoughtfully-designed, cheap-to-produce chair that isn't half-bad looking. The design and materials, while both TreeHugger-friendly, aren't the real reason we like the chair. We found more value in the philosophy and procedure behind producing it: designed with the user, environment, and budget in mind, all materials are either recycled or recyclable, and the simplicity of the construction keeps both material waste and cost extremely low. The frame is constructed from four identically-formed pieces of plywood, minimizing material waste. The seat is made from nine rigid cardboard tubes found in many packaging and manufacturing plants that use cellophane wrap. All of the tubes are wrapped in a recycled or recyclable fabric for comfortable sitting and capped with aluminum rings to finish the edges. The breakdown of material costs is:

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maybe we can make somethin like this around here... god knows we really could use a couch at fabrica

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Geek-ware web-store

Cory Doctorow: Fractalspin is a nerdy web-store that carries a pretty interesting range of pins, cufflinks, t-shirts, backpacks, jewelry and other kit. Link (Thanks, Liz!)

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Ready for Salone del Mobile?

We all know the Salone del Mobile is quite overwhelming, besides the fair itself (which moved to Rho-Pero this year, at the newly built exhibition center designed by Massimiliano Fuksas), there are tons of events and openings going on all over the city. So in a search for what to see at the Salone, I found a list of what DesignBoom said is their top 100+ events happening during the Milan Design Week:

In addition, DesignNWS will make a daily report from the fair. Here is a handy map of Milan Design Week, and here is a list of events that goes with the map: http://www.designws.com/pagina/06milaanpreview.htm

To get around Milan, it is probably best to take the subway -- here's the metro map and you can also download the Milan Metro map for your iPod here.

* By the way, if you're planning to write reviews for the fair, we can publish it online for Fabrica Art Report. Contact me if you're interested.

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coffee art


"How to make hearts, leaves and rabbits with only cream and coffee..." Watch Video

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someone go do this at Terry

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Design Like You Give a Damn

If you care about the future we're building, you ought to own a copy of Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

Now, I'm biased. Co-author Cameron Sinclair is not only a WorldChanging contributor, he's also a close friend. Cameron's been a buddy, an ally, and sometimes a teacher.

But if I'd never met Cameron, Design Like You Give a Damn would convince me that I ought to know him. This book should sit on the desk of every designer, architect and engineer who believes that changing the world is part of her job.

Much of the book centers (as one might expect) on housing and shelter, but other fields (sanitation, planning, etc.) are covered as well, with overviews of illustrative design innovations in each field.

Many of the ideas here will be familiar to WC readers. Barefoot solar engineers, land mine detecting flowers, Hexayurt, Roundabout's PlayPump, the Mine Wolf, Watercone, Anti-Malarial Bednets. But there's plenty of material I'd never before encountered here, and, as an overall resource, it's indespensible.

Indeed, I am more and more convinced that 2006 is going to be the year when worldchanging approaches break big. More and more smart, dedicated people (in a number of fields) are turning their passion, skill and experience to bear on solving our biggest problems. Nothing could be more exciting, or more needed, but one of the challenges we all face now is keeping up with the best work being done in each field. That makes resources like this one all the more critical. Design Like You Give a Damn is worldchanging.

(Posted by Alex Steffen in A Newly Electric Green – Sustainable Energy, Resources and Design at 01:52 PM)

i just love the title, don't you?

Via WorldChanging: Another World Is Here

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Analog CD Holders


These paper CD holders are very clever (and fall into the "why didn't I think of that?" category). The die-cut sihouettes of a turntable and a manual camera utilizes the center hole of the CD to depict a camera lens and a vinyl record. Simple but great design.

From Polyshop.

thursday is design day...

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leitmotiv rack

Coathanger_largeA witty alternative to the traditional means of hanging your coats and hats... Designed by Tonko Van Dijk, this will be a discussion point for any visitors.

Leitmotiv Rack

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wine labels | julia hoffmann


When it comes to buying wine, I am all about the labels. I can't help it. Call it 'deformation professsionelle!" Especially since G and I mounted the very-very cool wine tube in our kitchen, which prominently displays the bottles. I wish that these bottles (image) would go into production. They are the brainchild of über-talented german designer Julia Hoffmann, who works at Pentagram, here in NYC.


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ChangeX - Student eXhibition on Design for Change


“CHANGEX is an annual exhibition of student art + design works that address issues of sustainability, environmental responsibility, social equity and community. Now in its third year, the [2006] exhibition will be complemented by an expanded series of events of interest to young designers, professionals, and community members alike. Works showcased in the exhibition have been drawn from a wide range of design fields including industrial design, architecture and interiors, landscape, textiles, graphics, installation and multimedia. Retaining its emphasis on recent graduates, this year’s exhibitors will also include high school students and current students from [across five Sydney Universities.] These diverse projects approach design as a tool for satisfying genuine human needs in ways that are both practical and imaginative, challenging the conventional expectations of the design industry and extending the boundaries of their discipline.” The party commences Friday 3 March 2006. Come one, come all. ::ChangeX

for those of us in australia

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World Time Clock


Charlotte Van Der Waals' World Time Clock is an example of design that is thoughtful and ingenious. The clock manages to convey multiple timezones in a single clock face without the use of buttons, gimmicks and well, technology. Just roll the clock so that the desired city etched on the sides is on top. 12 sides with 2 cities per side represent the 24 global time zones.

Available at Junro.

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Trainers for border crossers

Judi Werthein has designed a special "crossing trainer" to help illegal immigrants cross the border from Mexico to the US.

The shoes are named Brincos for the Spanish verb "brincar," which means "to jump" —as in, across the border. They includes a compass, a flashlight because people cross at night. The pocket in the tongue hides money or some Tylenol painkillers because many people get injured during crossing.


Illegal immigrants' primary mode of transportation is their feet. "If they go through the sierra, they walk eight hours. Their feet get hurt. There's a lot of stones and there are snakes, tarantulas. So that's why it is a little boot," Werthein says. The Brinco is an ankle-high trainer which is green, red, and white - the colors of the Mexican flag. An Aztec eagle is embroidered on the heel. On the toe is the American eagle found on the US quarter, to represent the American dream the migrants are chasing. And on the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico's patron saint of migrants. A map - printed on the shoe's removable insole - shows the most popular illegal routes from Tijuana into San Diego.

The artist first passed out trainers for free to migrants, then sold limited edition of them at a hip store in San Diego for $215.


Only 1,000 pairs of the sneakers have been manufactured — in China, for $17 each to underscore the tensions sparked by the global spread and mobility of the maquiladora.

Part of the InSite_05 commissions. See also Tijuana Calling.

Judi Werthein will be at the Americas Society on Thursday, February 23 for VIS-À-VIS: Dialogues between artists and curators from the Western Hemisphere. (via e-flux.)

Background information from BBC news, Washington Post. Images.

dunno if i should file this under "Activism" or "Exploitation of the poor by the privileged hipsters"...

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PC Teapot


Windy City artist Yosoh makes computer generated images and prints them with ceramic glaze onto clay. Most of the large scale work is out of the average working stiff's price range. But Yosoh's Hopes and Dreams teapot, depicting folders filled with possibilities floating out from a desktop screen, has the sort of optimisitic whimsy that you might look forward to before commuting into the cubefarm each morning. $175 in Yosoh's store.

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honest tee


Honest Tee: I 'have never been to' NY

(via design observer)

HAHAHAhahahahahahhaha... i love it

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swiss currency


Switzerland announces the winner of an invited competition to redesign its currency in 2010. Oh my, I have to let these winning designs 'settle' for a little bit, before I can even voice my thoughts...


(View the current banknote series. My favorite is the CHF 100 banknote with Giacometti and one of his sculptures on it.)

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live surface


LiveSurface images are pre-masked, high-resolution, layered TIF files with built-in Vanishing Point planes that have been built specifically to simplify the application of your flat artwork to real photographic surfaces for on-screen comping.

View the entire set content here.

B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!!! Oh, I want one!

(via HOW design)

Via swissmiss

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Care for Some Wood?

Lothar of the Hill People sometimes needs to carry his multimedia with him as he clomps through the underbrush. How does he do it, you ask? With this weird wooden USB key. Why anyone else in their right mind would go for these wooden USB drives is beyond me, unless of course you’re dying to wear one around your neck with the accompanied piece of leather. Yikes.

The flash drive comes in “various hardwood,” in case you care.

Got Wood?

oh no, that was my idea...

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La Amarilla de Ronda’s Organic Olive Oil

la1.jpg lalogo.jpg la2.jpg

La Amarilla de Ronda, LA is a company from Andalucía, Spain, that produces a line of organic extra-virgin olive oil. According to their website, Spain is the largest olive oil producing country in the world, yet Italy has obtained greater exposure through major marketing campaigns. The partners of this company see close similarities between the worlds of oil and wine. Therefore, they have created two different ecological extra virgin olive oils with the aim of “bringing the well established wine culture to the world of oils: Mild and Intense ecological extra virgin olive oils, with different gastronomic uses, as is the case with white and red wine.” The team behind La Amarilla de Ronda is world-class and includes Cristino Lobillo (a top olive oil expert), Michel Rolland (respected enologist) and Philippe Starck (the designer who created the hip packaging). So on your next visit to Spain be sure to pick some up because, unfortunately, it isn’t sold anywhere else. ::La Amarilla de Ronda, LA

i\'d just buy it for the bottle...

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Official DS redesign


I finally caved in and bought myself a Nintendo DS, just in time to get the new sexy redesigned DS Lite slapped in my face. It hurts. Now I really want a Nintendo DS Lite ... really, really badly.

According to this post on Kotaku, Nintendo Japan announced details of the new redesign today. The "Lite" in the name indicates that Nintendo's new portable console is lighter -from a weight point of view- and features four levels of brightness. So to summerize and to twist the knife in the wound a little deeper ... compared to the regular DS, the DS Lite is slimmer, has a brighter screen, weighs less and just looks a lot better.

It will hit Japanese stores at the beginning of March for $145; details about the UK and US releases are yet to come.

Now if Sony redesigns its PSP anytime soon, I will just slit my wrists.

Via Kotaku

learning from Apple, can we say?

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USB Heated Foot Cozy


This heated foot cozy plugs right into a PC via USB. The cable is 135cm, which makes hopping into the board room difficult, but extenders are available. The warm footsie is the latest addition to the USB Oh It Is High Concentration desk series that includes heated fingerless gloves and a desktop coffee heating pad. The slippers are available for $73.50 from Rare Mono Shop.

(Pro foot massage to Risebridge)

i desperately in need of these for the cold wintery months here... owwww

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Bottle cap tripod

I''ve just flipped through dozens of recent photos taken with my probably obsolete (and it's just 2 years old!) digital camera and realized that every shot taken in the evening is so fuzzy it looks like I shot them using one of those filters used to turn older movie stars into glowy, diffused figures of supposedly indeterminate age. I'd like a new camera, definitely, but I could also just get one of these bottle cap tripods. It turns any narrow-necked bottle into a tripod for taking photos in low light conditons, or for when the photographer would like to be in the picture. Even lightweight tripods are too bulky for toting around everyday, but these tripod caps are no bigger than the actual bottle cap. A bottle doesn't have adjustable legs, of course, but it sure beats trying to use a shelf or the fridge and then contorting to fit yourself into the frame. Not that I do that.


Bottle cap tripods are $19.99 and come in six colors.

From the the lovely swissmiss (a really great, pretense-free design blog).

oww, i want one!

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Velo-City: Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia


Those of us who try to ride bikes in the winter often wonder why cars get their own big right-of-way, transit riders get expensive underground subways, pedestrians get an elaborate network of underground walkways, and we, if lucky, get a white line on pavement marking a so-called bike lane filled with snow or cars.

Toronto Architect Chris Hardwicke wants to do something about it. He proposes "a high speed, all season, pollution free, ultra-quite transit system that makes people healthier. Using an infrastructure of elevated cycle tracks, velo-city creates a network across the City. "

all of us bikers can definitely appreciate this!

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An Umbrella That Makes Sense (We Think)

Ambient_Umbrella.jpgDo you demand the dopest umbrella around with the ultimate rain-prediction technology? Look no further than the Forcasting Umbrella from Ambient Devices. Announced at CES, the Forcasting Umbrella does what every umbrella on the face of the earth should do: lets you know if it’s going to rain. The umbrella is connected to Ambient’s network and can automatically tell you the day’s weather. If rain is near, the handle will glow blue meaning you should open Mr. Umbrella up and make haste to your car. This way, if you’re leaving the office and aren’t sure if you should drag the umbrella along with you, just look at the handle and you’ll know what to do. No price has been set.

Forcasting Umbrella [Cool Hunting]

smart, yes... until we forget to change the batteries...

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Make Your Own Vase

designyourownvase.jpgSo your Mom’s birthday is approaching, you have $20, and you need a gift, stat. How about making Mom a vase? With this DIY vase kit, you can easily make a beautiful vase to put flowers in for real cheap. Plus she’ll love the fact that you made it (sort of) and put effort into it. Fill the vase with warm water and then grip it and mold it into any spectacular shape you wish. Afterwards, fill it with cold water and let the design set. Tah dah. Present made. It uses a thermal-sensitive polymer material to allow you to even flatten it down for storage. A set of two goes for $12.95, so make one for Grandma, too.

DIY Vase [Red Ferret]

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Trashy vintage novels as iPod cases

Cory Doctorow: This site sells iPod cases made from hollowed-out trashy vintage novels, complete with library cards! Link (Thanks, Druidbros!)

Update: Chris sez, " my girls are making and selling iPod book cases along similar lines but with (1) compartments for all the bits & pieces, and (2) you can listen with the book closed (handy for cloaked listening). Got the idea from a ReadyMade magazine article, plus a few improvements."

Via Boing Boing

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One Pixel Camera

RGBy, by Shinya Matsuyama and Makoto Hirahara, is a cube-shaped lamp that senses color and glows with the sensed color. For example, when you find a nice color at a flower garden or a designer clothes store, you can use RGBy to capture the color to appreciate it. [video]

[RGBy. don't miss the video]

It's like a "one-pixel camera" as Kuwakubo puts it. RGBy was recently featured in the recent Digital Stadium show, for which Kuwakubo served as a curator. In his comments, he suggested a possibility of a one-pixel video camera. Sounds very cool.

There is a switch and red, blue, and green LEDs on the bottom surface of the cube. When the switch is pressed, the LEDs emit light sequencially and the device detects the strength of reflected light to determine the color. If put on a multi-colored surface, it avarages the colors.

RGBy will be presented at DAF Tokyo soon.

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Stuffed objects

Ontwerpbureau Vier takes orders for textile imitaions of any product you canimagine: red peppers, framed pictures, newspaper reports, fax machines, tea cups, etc.


Have a look at their gallery of images.
For her project "Sew me" Hella Jongerius asked Ontwerpbureau Vier to reproduce 14 products from her oeuvre in fabric.



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Snack-bowl made from re-shaped LP

Cory Doctorow:
These chip-dishes are made from melted, reformed vinyl LPs. When I was a smoker, I used to covet an old neighbor's ashtray made from a Neil Diamond record, but this is miles cooler. Link

Via Boing Boing

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Beer mat art

Marrs Bar is accepting art on beer mats (aka coasters) from artists around the world for an upcoming exhibition. Gallery.

Via Pigmag.

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"No Glue, No Screw" Furniture

NsngsmSensory Impact "Joost van Bleiswick has designed jigsaw-esque furniture called "No Glue No Screw" that slots together without the need of glue or screws. His sideboard no1 and dresser no1 have a sculptured quality and beautify minimal lines and symmetry." [via] Link.

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Barenaked Ladies release album on USB stick

Cory Doctorow: A reader writes, "The Barenaked Ladies are trying out a new method of music delivery: 28 songs, plus video and audio clips and a few live versions, on a 128 mb flash drive. (Link goes to their news page--it seems you can't get separate articles. Specific content information is from an email sent to fans) They even say the flash drive is an easy way 'to share music, videos, pictures and other data'--not the kind of sentiment you'd hear from most bands. The content, including the extras, looks like it will be stuff that's been at least partlly released before--but it's still a pretty cool idea, even if the execution could be better."
BARENAKED ON A STICK! ... is a USB flash memory drive containing songs, videos, and exclusive content from the Barenaked Ladies, and will go on sale November 22, 2005! Essential for any BNL fan's collection, the 128mg USB flash memory drive (about the size of your pinky finger) is a fast and easy way to share music, videos, pictures and other data. It is PC/Mac compatible, re-usable and incredibly low priced at $29.98 (close to the same cost of the device on its own with no special content). It will be available on Amazon.com and Werkshop.com (Nettwerk's online merchandise store), and will also be sold at all BNL shows this winter.
I agree that this is cool, but how many 128MB sticks can you usefully own? I've got about ten kicking around now... Link

not that i'm a big fan, but releasing an album on a memory stick seems cool. should be a start of something new in the music business, and then we'll be moving from designing CD covers to designing an actual memory stick!

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OH! IKEA : Culture

If the Swedish retailer has its way, you too will live in a BoKlok home and sleep in a Leksvik bed under a Brunskära quilt. (Beds are named for Norwegian cities; bedding after flowers and plants. One disaster: a child's bed called Gutvik, which sounds like "good f***" in German.) Ikea wants to supply the food in your fridge (it also sells the fridge) and the soap in your shower. --- Perhaps more than any other company in the world, Ikea has become a curator of people's lifestyles, if not their lives. At a time when consumers face so many choices for everything they buy, Ikea provides a one-stop sanctuary for coolness.

Continue reading... Interesting article in Business Week on How the Swedish Retailer became a global cult brand

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Branching out to mainstream consumers, the Sierra Club has teamed up with the Parsons Design Lab to develop collections of dinnerware and glassware. The Parsons students were inspired by the Sierra Club’s mission of environmental protection and preservation, and designed patterns through an examination of natural elements and textures. Simple, clean, and modern, the collections evoke an abstract reference to the purity of nature.

The Sierra Club is currently exploring potential partnerships with manufacturers to market and sell the collections. Having teamed up with other non-profit organizations and corporations for product development in the past, the Design Lab teaches students real world design and business strategies.

+ Parsons Design Lab

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In the Can


If you really want to hide those valuables get a "Can Safe." Disguised as ordinary household products, these canisters screw open to reveal a hidden compartment. Sounds great for keeping those bad burgulars guessing!

available at the Container Store.

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Maywa Denki


Welcome to the wonderfully absurd world of "nonsense machines." I've been a fan of Maywa Denki for a very long time. As an art unit initially created by two brothers under the family company name Maywa Denki is a playful fusion of art and commerce, with their three-tier "product" line of nonsense machines. Currently under the leadership of younger brother Nobumichi Tosa Maywa Denki also produces their Knockman Family toys (pictured above from sweatyfrog.com) as well as the clunky but oh-so-endearing Bitman. A trip to the Maywa Denki shop also offers more fashion, books, and instruments from the Naki series.

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Hayon takes a bath

Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has created a wonderful bathroom collection for Artquitect. Available in yellow, gold, platinum, or white.

Via Interior design. More images about his artistic works.

Jaime Hayon worked at Fabrica for a while. This above mentioned bathroom collection was also shown at Salone del Mobile in Milan last year.

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Trash chandelier

Stuart Haygarth collects, categorizes and gives new meanings to objects.

The Tide Chandelier is made from a collection of translucent discarded objects, all collected along the same stretch of the Kent coastline.

I’ll let you guess what he made the Millenium chandelier with….

t: +49 (0) 30 2154975
m: +44 (0) 7970960715
e: stu@haygarth.abelgratis.co.uk

Other pictures taken at 100% design, London.

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The most earthly looking eco-burial container that we've found is the Capsula Mundi, created by a pair of Italian designers who wanted to remove the taboo from the burial process and give it a new conception.

The Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped container made of bioplastic. The body of the deceased rests in a fetal position within this capsule, which gets planted in the earth like a bulb. A shallow circular depression is dug above the capsule to symbolize the presence of the body, in the center of which a tree is planted. Over time, the groups of burial sites become a sacred memorial grove.

The Capsula Mundi has made appearances as a design piece in exhibitions around Europe, including one with Droog Design last year. As a show piece, the design is a quintessential representation of a sprouting seed, perfectly encapsulating the designers' goal of regarding death as an opportunity to nourish the earth for the future.

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itp ambient display

itpambient.jpgseveral ambient visualization devices that represent time-varying data in an aesthetic way in the periphery of human attention. designed & prototyped by students, these ambient displays include
Visual Heart Music: an art installation which receives the viewer's heart rate & parses it to generate generative images & sounds,
Presence Frames: networked picture frames that indicate the presence of the person in the picture using motion detection, &
Slumberlights, glowing picture blocks for ambient, distant communication via a luminescent cube containing a photograph of a distant friend or family member that glows when that person is asleep.
see also collaborative physical user interface for a similar large collection of ambient information visualization devices. [nyu.edu|via mocoloco.com]

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Oakley high-voltage LED bag

Rosanna Kilfedder's cool solar-powered Sun Trap handbag isn't commercially available yet, but Oakley's High Voltage tote is, and it has two LEDs that light up the roomy cotton/nylon insides when you open it. I realized how badly I needed this tonight when I managed to lose a gigantic mobile phone power adaptor in my tightly packed handbag. Of course, this may largely be due to my pack rat tendencies and inability to carry less than about 30 lbs. of gadgetry, papers, books, gum and candy, makeup, more snacks,...well you get the point, but I like to blame it on the darkness. The High Voltage tote is good for organization too, with multiple inside and outside pockets. I clearly need one right away. Compression straps will hold in the contents of the bag in case you don't stuff it to the gills the way I do.

The lights aren't so bright you'll be able to read by them, but should be helpful in locating a power cable jammed into an overstuffed internal pocket. Not sure what type of battery life you can expect, but I can't imagine that it wouldn't be easily replaceable.

The Oakley High Voltage bag is $125 and comes in black, white, or olive green. The smaller version, the Low Voltage is $100 and comes in berry, white or black. Both are available from Oakley or Zappos.

Its strange that noone came up with this one sooner...

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Geek jewelry


There are a lot of designers who use computer and electronic parts to create their jewelry, but often times you end up looking like you're wearing a computer chip around your neck (and who wants to announce their geekdom more than they need to? Well, some people I guess). In general, chip jewelry reminds me of my grad school days - the height of my techie-geek phase. We'd sit around with chips, capacitors, resistors and LEDs, breathing in way too many soldering fumes, and often we'd spontaneously make little necklaces and earrings out of these parts. I understand the appeal - electronic components are surprisingly beautiful.

Liz McLean creates a collection called Zelle that certainly has a fair share of computer chip-as-pendant designs, but she does create pieces that are inspired from more traditional designs. Even though I don't think I'd wear the blue capacitor necklace myself, I do like the spark of color and how they resemble semi-precious stones. I don't think I'd mind, however, having the Hex Bracelet around my wrist. They're made of hex standoffs woven together and the end result is similar to a metal watchband. A big plus is that she'll make it to size, which is great because most times, bracelets are way too big on my bony wrists.

Check out her other pieces at Fractal Spin

These pieces speak directly to the GEEEEEK in me. (And theres a lot of geek in here)

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Don't Walk Chair

Something about this Don't Walk Chair by Faster Fine Art just gets to me - in a good way. It's made from recycled New York City "Don't Walk" signs, and the lights are remote-controlled. I don't know whether I'm attracted to it just because it lights up (I'm a sucker for decorative lights of all kinds) or because it's evocative of the bustle and noise of city life. I like the idea of enjoying that feeling of lively madness in the quiet of my house in the suburbs. It's available from UncommonGoods for $3,700, so I'm not likely to buy it for myself for Christmas this year.

Thankfully it doesnt say \"Don\'t Sit\" ... Yes. I know... The lamest comment of the day ;-)

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Dutch design events! : Product Design

Via Milano, Design Academy Graduation Show and Utrecht Manifest. Now at www.reluct.com

Via Archinect.com Feed

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This would definitely cheer me up on a cloudy, gray day like today. Crack open the little ceramic egg, add water, give it lots of sun and love...and watch the seedlings grow. Choose from basil, mint, parsley or thyme. I think it would make such a sweet, surprising gift, espcially for kids.

Buy it at Romp

this gives me an idea for my kitchen...

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The Eames concept (above right) from the Austin design firm id-one crossed Gizmodo’s desk last week. And today comes the wooden computer kiosk for $3,482. Seems like wood-based technology is really taking off lately, what with all the furniture made out of wood. Perhaps we ought to begin paying more attention to wood, this fiber is totally new to us. Is it breathable? Does it keep the PC cool? How does one go about cutting this material? As with all new technologies, it raises as many questions as answers.

Stunning Wooden Computer Kiosk [Gadgetryblog]

not exactly good looking, but somewhat interesting...

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Skateable Furniture

Tom Hawes' project "came about by recognizing skateboarding as an unstoppable urban pathology."


Skateable Furniture is a range of benches that encourage skateboarding as a positive activity for youth to regenerate public spaces. The seven benches fit together in many different combinations, and the low back and fortified steel edges allow for many possibilities in terms of "skate-ability". The benches draw on the visual language of London and are designed to blend into both traditional and modern spaces.

"By virtue of its status as a misuse of public space, and because it is a symptom of defensive design, skateboarding is exceptionally good at drawing attention to the quietly exclusionary nature of modern public space," explains Hawes. "Older children and young adults are either not considered in urban planning or outright excluded from public spaces. Skateboarders add value to many unused public spaces and regulate possibly dangerous spaces with their presence."

"The design of public spaces needs to respond to the uses of it by the public. If young people are using these spaces for positive activities like skateboarding, then the design of these spaces needs to evolve alongside these new uses, not discourage and criminalize, alienating and socially excluding the youth."

Picture courtesy of the designer (tmhdesign AT hotmail DOT com).

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João Sabino, designer

So this is kind of cool. We linked to a blog awhile ago that documented the design-development process of a guitar case (since updated), but João Sabino's blog is a design blog-as-website. Maybe there are lots of these out there, but the work is interest

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