Archive for the 'materials' Category

Ikea Cookbook

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Ikea just launched a pretty awesome 30 page cookbook with photographer Carl Kleiner composing some beautiful shots of the ingredients…. and if I read right, I hear these books are free in the kitchen department in limited quantities!!!!! ya!!! Amazing work!
via craftzine

Pictures by Carl Kleiner after the jump!

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Pebble Like Shakers

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Something about these simple ceramic pebble like stacked salt +pepper shakers caught my attention, along with a hidden dipping sauce tray underneath. Made me smile.
Get your set for for $32 at gessato.


Spray-On Clothing

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I’ve always thought about spray on clothing, but I guess it’s only now that I’ve seen a pretty viable solution above, where ya spray it on, and it dries to fit to perfection. You can even recycle it for another spray on. Anyhow, how about some spray on socks… I get those sock holes all the time, but you just next to spray on a patch now!

“Particle engineer Paul Luckham and fashion designer Manel Torres from Imperial College London combined cotton fibres, polymers and a solvent to form a liquid that becomes a fabric when sprayed. The material can be built up in layers to create a garment of your desired thickness and can also be washed and worn again like conventional fabrics.

In addition to creating instant fashion, the technology could have a range of other uses – spray-on bandages, for instance. “It’s a sterilised material coming from an aerosol can, and you can add drugs to it to help a wound heal faster,” says Torres.”

via newscientist


B(h)uis / Hoogte Twee Architecten

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

“Through the centuries architects have used small construction works to experiment with spaces of limited form, scale and extent, but also to experiment with material and details.

As there’s a lack of well-equipped research laboratories, the research of material by architects focuses on potentials of existing (construction-) products in which mainly is sought for possibilities of improper use of materials. Our temporary residence is such an experiment. PVC tubes have inspired us to a design of a special object in which this material is no longer seen as a tube but as a hollow building stone.

The material is researched by its spatial characteristics and escapes its standard application. The transparency in the along-direction and the fixed wall in the cross-direction determine the spatiality.

By parallel stacking of the tubes as building stones a mass has been created which represents itself closed from four sides, but which is transparent, seen from the head sides. By hollowing out this mass a special residence will be created which will be provided by light seen from the head sides.”

via archdaily

more pics mirrored after the jump

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Ripple Tea Table

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Great simple project by jeonghwa seo and hanna chung. I think I’ll have to make on of these!

According to the designers, easterners commonly believe that small changes of an individual person or object can make big impact on the larger society, thus,
leading to a modest and totalitarian culture. this social tendency described as a ’ripple effect’ was translated here into tea ceremony table.

Ripples are created on the top water layer of the table surface everytime the tea cup and saucer are moved by the user. through this project, seo and chung wanted to emphasize the importance of considering cultural mentality and context as a backdrop to their work.

more pics mirrored after the jump via designboom

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O’clock Watches

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Simple, colorful, fun, time… say hello to O’clock watches for $36 each. They fit like a bracelet (3 sizes) and jump under water if needed Go get a few at their store here! I want them all.

via formatmag


Pixelated Birdhouses

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Neat!

“In the sought-after London boroughs of Chelsea and Islington, inner city birds often have to claim their nesting space quickly! However, birds that are open to changing their wild ways might be convinced to try out the innovative bird-housing concept developed by the artists at London Fieldworks. The “Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven” opened recently as part of the Secret Garden Project by UP Projects and hopes to develop into a haven of biodiversity and create a new public awareness of the ecological and cultural value of urban green spaces.

With over 250 bird and bug boxes available in the stunning sculptural art installation, birds can choose from a range of shapes and sizes of boxes to use for shelter, nesting or feeding spaces. The diverse complex of bird boxes were designed to reflect the architecture in the nearby Georgian terraces and 1960s flats that surround the park in Duncan Terrace Gardens and Cremorne Gardens. We love the strangely organic forms that are created by stacking these distinct modular box shapes together and are happy to hear that they have been woven together using elastic bands, which means the structure can change over time as the tree grows.

Read the rest on Inhabitat with more pictures.


Retro Future Ads Project

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

“Sao Paulo ad agency Moma Propaganda created a wondeful series of retro future ads for FacebookYouTube, Twitter, and Skype as part of the “Everything Ages Fast” ad campaign for Maximidia Seminars.”

I’d really like an embossed large print of these posters… what a great project! Somewhat reminds me of Back To the Future.

via LaughingSquid (This Isn’t HappinessAds of The World)

See all the Retro Future ads after the jump!

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Alphabet Pencil Heads by Dalton Ghetti

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Alphabet pencil heads anyone? Pretty random, but i gave me a smile.

“Many artists have used pencils to create works of art – but Dalton Ghetti creates miniature masterpieces on the tips of pencils”
via telegraph.co.uk


Iain Crawford Photography

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I came across some photography work of Iain Crawford and was quite impressed. Take a look at the website full of shots great shots! I’ll post some of my favorites after the jump.
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Designverb post 1001

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

I started Designverb on January 18th, 2006 as a quick experiment to jot down the many things I found to share with my friends and anyone else curious. Today, August 1st, 2010,  marks my 1000th post, and this one being the 1001′st.

I’ll admit the the opportunities, friendship, community, and insights I’ve received throughout the years has been amazing and it has surely kept me busy after a long day of work and on weekends.  There are times where I’m flooded with work and have very little time to post, but I started a Facebook Fan page where I post quick  fun links and have recently found some extra contributors to help find more great things to post about.

The Above picture is of sushi at O Ya here in Boston. I tend to eat sushi to celebrate  so maybe I’ll go there this week again.

Anyhow, I had no plans to really celebrate, but I thought I’d share some of the most popular posts since starting Designverb.
1. Tunnel House
2. Stuck At Heathrow Airport
3. Paint Chip Card Holder
4. Red Bull Headquarters
5. Mark Khaisman Brown Tape Art
6. Stefans Stormtroopers a Day
7. Heineken World Bottle: Beer to Bricks
8. Creepy Snow Globes
9. Color Changing Mini-Cooper
10. Burj Al Arab: Tennis Court in the Sky!
11. Non-Metric Countries
12. Shoes That Make Everyone the Same Height
13. How 315 Billion Dollars Looks
14. GadgetOff 2007 and 2009 Recaps.
15. TerraCycle Inc

And one of my fun little trips came from GM here.


Converse JoinRed Project

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Back in March 2007, soon after starting Designverb, I was selected as 1 in 100 artist worldwide to create a design for the Converse JoinRed initiative to bring AIDS awareness and to raise money for the cause. Above is the one of the final designs I submitted which was stitched by hand and went through quite a design process even though I later submitted a re-worked design because of trademarks issues in my first design.  Though I am not a shoe designer, I approached this project as any of my other projects diving into research, discovery, meaning, definition, creation, and refinement.

If your interested, read after the jump to see the design process, thinking, and some other design concepts I thought up but did not continue with in this short 2 week project.

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