Posts Tagged ‘ Design ’

Tea For Three? Don’t Mind If I Do.


Designed for modern microliving, the Double Compact Tea Maker does just as the name suggests. It’s been reduced to the bare essentials without sacrificing functionality to accommodate small households of 1, 2, or 3 people with limited kitchen space.  The “pot” actually consists of two internal pots. The infuser and the teapot are located inside of the water pot. The advantage of this twist in design is that it provides a better brewing experience by eliminating the possibility of accidental overturning and drip. Furthermore, it heats the pot in all direction to ensure an even brew.

The most important part of the project is the innovative brewing method. The tea maker directs the water to the inside of the pot tanks to the inverted conic structure inside the steam top where it is boiled. In just twenty minutes, the tea pot will fill with water. This gradual filling brews the tea in a tasty way without burning it or tainting the taste. Not only function, its glass-on-glass design is almost artistic and sculptural, meaning you’ll be happy to leave it out on your countertop.

Paint Me Up Scotty.


It was not that long ago at all that we posted some amazing work from Ekaterina Belinskaya, but here some more is yet again.  Yet again this incredible photographer has caused wonder and amazement to the eye with this series of these wildly fantastical shots.  The collection is titled  “Paint Me Up”… Check the method.

The COMB Construct Bench.


It’s difficult to believe that a design as beautiful as this is composed almost entirely of recycled materials. Named after the shape that makes up its two flexible seating points, COMB is constructed from blown out bike inner tubes and plywood leftovers. The bike tubes form the stretchy surface for the honeycomb-shaped sections that sink in to create a comfy, form-fitting seat when one drops down. When they stand, it pops back up to form a planar surface with the rest of the bench again. It’s the softer side of wood seating.

Bedrooms By The Tech-Giants?


It’s unlikely that companies like Apple or Facebook will ever foray into designing home interiors, but a little wishful thinking never hurt anybody. In this post we look at conceptual bedrooms, designed with the language and characteristics of 6 of today’s technology giants.  Right above is the conceptual Apple bedroom. Looking like someone cleared out an Apple Store and put a bed in there, there’s something very pure and pristine about the interiors. Undeniably Apple, right? Designed to look sensible and straightforward, the room comes with a white interior, a full sized window (or should we call it a bezel-less window?!), and even trees within glass enclosures. Elaborate, opulent, yet clean.

Right above is the conceptual Apple bedroom. Looking like someone cleared out an Apple Store and put a bed in there, there’s something very pure and pristine about the interiors. Undeniably Apple, right? Designed to look sensible and straightforward, the room comes with a white interior, a full sized window (or should we call it a bezel-less window?!), and even trees within glass enclosures. Elaborate, opulent, yet clean.  Then comes Facebook’s bedroom. Using blue to bring a fun-yet-not-garish vibe to the bedroom, the interiors make use of signature facebook elements, from FB reactions, to neon likes, wallpaper made of personalized messages on the left, to even a literal brick wall on the right that reminds you of the time when you “would write on peoples’ walls” on Facebook. Oh, and I love the cheeky wardrobe in the corner with the grey tees.

Everything about Google’s bedroom screams fun. Using Google’s brand colors and going completely nuts with the decor, the Google bedroom is more fun and vibrant than an environment conducive to sleep. Swing, slide, foosball table, and a literal faux grass playground, you’re much more likely to work from home in the Google bedroom.  The Netflix bedroom takes chilling very seriously. A TV with a home theater, stocked refrigerator, lounge-sofa, and a bed that looks oh-so-inviting, you’re bound to stay in bed and binge-watch your favorite shows. The interiors look quite like a theater with low-key lighting and the use of red gives it the signature Netflix flavor. Points if you notice the colorful lights near the window that do a hat-tip to Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Snapchat’s bedroom perfectly captures the whims and fancies of its young demographic. Ridiculously adolescent, the bedroom comes in Snapchat’s shade of yellow, balloons and streamers everywhere much like Snapchat’s flamboyant filters, and a hammock for a bed. Oh, there’s a photobooth too, given how Snapchat and selfies have such a strong relationship.  Lastly we have Spotify, a company so devoted to music that it makes sense the bedroom echoes that feeling too. With graphiti on the wall that literally screams MUSIC, wall-mounted records, a live-karaoke wall that displays lyrics (with 16 speakers on each side) complete with two microphones, and a light-up dance floor, the Spotify bedroom sets the perfect mood for a bedroom party. Besides, you can turn things down a notch too and bust out some sweet tunes as you head to the circular Spotify-logo-inspired bed.

 

The above 6 bedrooms do a pretty spot-on job (maybe too spot-on) of taking the ethos and characteristics of the 6 tech giants and translating them into spaces… a design exercise by the name of Product Semantics that we’ve covered in great detail in the past. There’s no guarantee that these spaces will ever exist, but it’s a wonderful design practice to familiarize oneself with brand languages, product languages, and learn how you can use them to make products (and in this case, spaces) look like they belong to a certain brand family. Hey designers, could we see a few more? Microsoft, Instagram, Whatsapp, Twitter, for starters?

The Lake Flato House.


In Texas, architecture firm Lake Flato has completed the ‘Hog Pen Creek Residence’, an expansive lakeside retreat connected by a long exterior boardwalk. Situated at the confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, the dwelling was envisioned by its owners as a playful property that encouraged outdoor living, and maximized the site’s tranquil views. The home’s L-shaped footprint and orientation helps negotiate heritage oak trees, a steeply sloping site, and aggressive setbacks from the water. The boardwalk connects a series of structures that step down the hillside, traversing a 75-foot lap pool, and terminating at a screened pavilion by the lake’s edge.

The main living area is a two-story volume with a lofted master bedroom and porches at both ends. This area of the home enjoys cool prevailing breezes and shade from the adjacent oak trees. The interior accommodates many operable windows that provide cross ventilation and daylight, while three pairs of oversized doors provide sweeping views of Lake Austin. Lake Flato carefully sited the project so that no existing trees had to be removed during its construction. However, one pecan tree was uprooted during a storm and was consequently incorporated into the design of tables and shelves within the home.

The Walking Wheel.


Face it… everyone ages. By then, you’ll appreciate having as many alternatives as possible to get around. Designed as an introduction to assistive mobility, the walking wheel takes inspiration from the traditional walking stick without the total reliance. Designer Markus Erlando Gekeler certainly knows so.

The Walking Wheel can be used as a crutch for walking or leaned on for support when standing. An integrated pressure-sensitive brake gives the user grip in both modes. Because it uses the same diameter as standard bicycle wheels, it can be fitted with tires of varying tread type to accommodate different terrain types and scenarios from hiking to casual walking. Better yet, there’s nothing quite like it! So, it doesn’t have the stigma associated with old age and physical debilitation.

Pocket Pixels?


The Dotti is cute, but more importantly, it’s versatile. In fact, it’s so versatile it’s capable of being used for a dizzyingly large variety of things. Outwardly, this box is an array of lights that can light up to notify you when you get… well… notifications, but it’s much more than that. It’s a canvas, that allows you to not just create your own art within its 8X8 framework, you can even pair multiple Dottis together to make a larger canvas for you to draw on.

The Dotti comes with a few tricks up its sleeves too. It acts as a clock when not delivering app or phone notifications to you. Play music and the Dotti comes alive by showing a dancing equalizer… and my favorite Easter egg is the game mode, that allows the Dotti to function as a die (singular for dice?). Shake the Dotti and it’ll flash a random number from 1 to 6, functioning as a die that you can play games with. Built with a lithium-ion battery that gives it as much as 750 hours of use on a single charge, there’s a lot the Dotti can do to not just keep you in the loop, but also keep you entertained.

Via Yanko

The Lyon Airport Just Got A Major Upgrade.


They’re fun, open-minded, hard-working, and they make fantastic design. The French design agency Graphéine recently concluded the 2017–2018 campaign for the Saint-Étienne Opera house with designs full of emotion, hence its title émotions partagées (shared emotions). And what’s more, they’ve reason to celebrate since 2017 is their 15-year anniversary.  Graphéine’s work begs second and third glances, not only because of the bold typography they incorporate into their solutions, but also because of the daring illusions they pull off, such as their anamorphic graphics for the Lyon St-Exupéry airport.

Rich Gilbert’s Superfoam Chair.


The work done by The Agency of Design is flabbergastingly beautiful, but Rich Gilbert and his Super Foam are an incredible stand out to the collection, check out its creation below.

Vertical Vinyl.


Introducing “o-ton”, a vertical, wireless turntable which lets you import and digitally enhance your vinyl records. It’s almost entirely translucent, so you can see all the inner workings and, of course, your vinyl’s unique cover art. The design features a digital stylus that automatically turns your device on if you insert a vinyl. With an integrated optical sensor, the stylus can identify and jump individual tracks. Simply plug it in, pair your device, insert a vinyl, select your speaker and dance.

Olivier Bonhomme Illustrations.


Olivier Bonhomme’s unique and exquisite technicolor works amaze the eye and astonish the mind. Here are just a few of his incredible works.

Ilya Blinov’s Amazing Fashion Photography.


Ilya Blinov is an incredibly talented photographer based in Russia.  From fashion, portraits, beauty, and commercials he has been working as fashion stylist for about 10 years in Milan, Italy and Moscow, Russia. This former tutor of Fashion Styling courses at British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow, he works to find a delicate beauty and vivid expressions.  You can see much more of his work here.

Batman v. Superman Took Some Serious Work.


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Say what you will about Batman v Superman (and let’s face it, there’s a lot that can be said), but the visuals were amazing. Some were better than others obviously because Doomsday certainly didn’t look that great, but this new VFX reel from Scanline VFX puts the spotlight on how they enhanced this world and created many of the locations most of us probably just assumed were actual places and sets.  The visuals in Snyder’s movies are always pretty distinctive, but this video really emphasises just how different he made our world look to help create the DC Films Universe. Of course, the huge amount of special effects shots no doubt played a big role in why Batman v Superman’s budget was so massive, something which has resulted in its impressive box office haul being considered “disappointing.”  Anyway, watch the VFX reel below and then let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

via CBM.com

The Savage Beauty of Alexander McQueen.


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Although the exhibit may be far from new, Alexander McQueen’s 2011 ‘Savage Beauty’ collection still continues to amaze.  This exhibition was the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe, and has some of the unique pieces on the planet.  Check the method.

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The Only Time You Should Judge A Book By Its Cover.


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A series of paperback book covers for Penguin’s science fiction imprint, ‘Penguin Worlds’ was published in the UK, in September of 2016.  The series aims to republish classic sci-fi titles with new covers designed by La Boca that have one foot in the past, and one foot in the future.  Check the method.
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Each book is accompanied by an animated pack-shot for online use.

Toasted Pets?


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Every once in a  while, you see promotional artwork that catches your eye, but the item or object the promotion is for escapes you.  Brosmind out of Barcelona, Spain, have designed the “Toasted Pets” series.  “The cutest way to keep your favorite things” is the tagline, but I’m still not exactly sure what they are.  Upon discovering the promotional video below, I was even more perplexed as to why a Spanish company would create their ad in broken English using a think Japanese accent, but HEY, normal is boring.  Made in aluminum, leather, wood and plastic, the first exclusive edition of 50 copies. Price: €130. Worldwide shipping. Click right here for availability.
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Valle And His Heads.


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The visual artist Valentin Leonida, better known as Valle has an incredibly unique illustration style.  The Canadian illustrator utilizes simplistic strokes and lining to create incredibly complex, and detailed pieces, that stand away from the generic subjects that others may draw.  You can get prints of his work from his online shop by clicking right here.

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Valle’s art style is reminiscent of the line work on American money.  Below are some alternate looks at his most prominent pieces.  And once again, you can get prints of his work from his online shop by clicking right here. Check the method.

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Under Armour: State Pride Cleats


With the use of studio photography and CGI, Mike Campau created a series of images for Under Armour’s state pride collection. The states of Florida, Ohio, Maryland, California, Texas, and Georgia produce the top football players in the country and were deserving of their own personalized gear.
Client: Under Armour
AD: Dave Dundas, Alex Bardoff
Photography and CGI: Mike Campau
Maryland Alternate not used in final campaign.
WIP wireframes

The T-Block Watch.


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T – Block re-defines time through an original quality timepiece and has a very futuristic look.  It boasts a robust design that’s unlike any other watch you’ve seen. Clear, LEDs are embedded in a tough polyurethane case and seamless matching strap. When the watch is in sleep mode, the LEDS are dim, but if you want to know the time or date, just hit one of the buttons and the  lights appear, revealing the time and day.

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The ‘Head Turners’.


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Marynn Illustration, (out of France) has created a stunning set of illustrations titled ‘Head Turner’.  The collection features some rather impressive hair designs elegantly illustrated in pencil. Check out some words from Marynn, and the rest of the photos afterwards.

When you cross a girl the street you ask yourself for one second if you should turn back to see her face again.  This was one second too late , she has passed and you only have her back , her perfume and a taste of regret.

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Instant Herbs In Any Kitchen.


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No. It’s not sorcery. The Verdure (brilliantly designed by Seoyeonjin Choi) is most definitely an automatic herb planter. Just place the seeds in the appropriate place and fill the water reservoir, and it’ll grow on its own, water itself, even give itself sunlight.

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The auto-planter makes use of capillary action to water itself. This allows the soil to suck in water from a reservoir whenever it goes dry. The Halogen lamp is strong enough to enable photosynthesis, and the reflector in front of it multiplies the light.  Another awesome feature is the collector basin and scissors that enable you to cut and pick the herbs/leaves whenever you need them for cooking. Fresh from the source.

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“Dras”tic Cell Phone Changes May Be In Our Future.


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The Drasphone tries to combine two undeniably massive trends in cellular phone design. The clamshell trend of the 90s, and the present touchscreen display trend. Pioneering flexible display technology, this conceptual smartphone bends at not one, not two, but at three points. This allows you to make the Drasphone compact in two ways. Do a half fold, and you have a Squarish MiniDras, or a complete fold, and you get a MicroDras.

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If you haven’t noticed, a small section of the display is exposed when in MicroDras mode. This nifty feature allows you to have all your notifications and relevant data visible to you even when your phone is in sleep mode.  Now while I strongly believe that large moving parts in a smartphone can result in major wear and tear (remember how easy it was to snap a clamshell phone?), I’d love to see a working prototype before I can make any promises.

(via YD)

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The Furoshiki shoes by Masaya Hashimoto


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Italian footwear company Vibram recently released a pair of shoes that literally wrap around your foot. The idea came from Japanese designer Masaya Hashimoto, who took his inspiration from the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki. There are many techniques to wrap pretty much anything, likes boxes, flowers, or to make bags, but nobody thought of using this art to create shoes so far.

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This design is more than just a marketing stunt for the brand, it is a well-thought shoe that actually adapts to your foot and provides great angle support. In terms of look-and-feel, the results are a bit surprising at first sight, but the revealing of the underlying structure gives it an interesting design.

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Innovative Ideas


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Check out these clever innovations that everyone should know about. Some of them already exist in certain parts of the world whereas others are concept ideas hoping to go into production.  One amazing one has got to be the red/green signs for parking garages since it can be very frustrating to think you got a space and then you see the little motorcycle or smart car park in it.

Fun caution signs shaped like slippery bananas.

Trash cans where you can slam dunk your trash.

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Machines where you can pick your own 6-pack.

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Batteries you can charge via USB.

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Find them here: USB rechargeable batteries

 

OMG. A huge slide instead of using the steps.

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Car parks that show if a space is free or taken by using red and green lights.

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A coaster that uses hot or cold drinks to charge your device.

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Headphones that will never tangle!

anti-tangle zip up earphones

 

A vending machine that bakes fresh pizza.

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Benches that you can rotate using the handle so you can sit on a dry area if it has rained.

Benches that turn

 

A folding bike helmet. A great feature for storing when it’s not in use.

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An outlet that is also an extension cable.

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An outlet that has USB sockets.

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Find it here: Wall plug and USB outlet

 

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A mug that catches drips with a simple groove in the middle.

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Screens in the toilet cubicles so you don’t miss any of the action while at the movies. Awesome!

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A hairbrush with a removable piece to allow easy cleaning.

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Space saving bike racks that don’t take up any sidewalk when they’re not in use.

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A backpack with a built-in hoodie.

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A segway vacuum cleaner to make life easier!

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A plastic device that will lift your Potato chips out of the tub.

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A train ticket machine where you can pay with water bottles. Recycling at it’s finest!

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A water fountain that lets you fill up bottles too.

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A solar powered phone charger.

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This Tile has a tracking device that you sync with an IOS app so if you ever lose your keys you can locate them.

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A movie theater with giant bean bags for chairs.

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A Good Look At The Kitchen Of The Future.


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Why should a kitchen be a permanent fixture? The Cut kitchen reimagines this hub of the home as a sculptural piece with personality – a place to both entertain and adapt to the needs of its users. The basis of the kitchen is a 3D figure that’s been cut in two pieces. The two parts then rotate and fix into position to present configuration choice to suit the aesthetic of the space and user needs. A line cuts through the top block creating the slot for a table surface.

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The table can slide horizontally and rotate. The user can ultimately decide the final configuration of their kitchen. Additionally, the ceiling space becomes completely functional. A sequence of rhythmic profiles with inset LEDs create a changing configuration of elegant hanging space and incorporating units that gently slide down from the framework for use as both display and storage. Reminiscent of dancing piano keys, the ceiling system accentuates its ability to play different tunes depending on use, mood and audience.

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