Upcycling: Latex Roll Pouf

January 15th, 2011

Pretty neat little reuse of wasted material. In this instance, sheets of latex used to cut out shoe insoles are taken, rolled up, and turned into seats. I’m curious how comfortable they are, but as usual, any bright colored, odd shaped material placed in a clean space looks rather cool. About $80 each. I guess they would be easy to roll around…leaving footprints. ha.

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A Mystery: Why Can’t We Walk Straight?

January 11th, 2011

I think I can do this, but i guess i need someone to watch me.

Nathalie Stämpfli: Soap Flakes

January 11th, 2011

Clever design.. I’ve always hated picking up a damp sticky wet soap bar… so why not keep it dry, and grate it. Clever design by Nathalie Stämpfli and her Soap Flakes project. I want!

TED: Ads Worth Spreading Challenge

January 9th, 2011

Ads on the web are horrible. Marketing needs to change, and more importantly, the meaning needs to change and relate back to a user desire, versus a forced upon undesirable interrupting ad.

TED is launching a short project to solve this issue, or at least to understand it more. They got million of people to watch 18 minute ads about ideas worth spreading, so why not take on the challenge in making ads worth spreading… or bette yet, what is an ad in the web world… what should it be, a broadcast, an idea, a problem, a challenge, a solution, or something else.

Watch the video above and learn more about this project which you can participate in here.

Wine Punts: recycled wine glasses

January 9th, 2011

Wine Punt turns everyday wine bottles into beautiful simple reusable glassware, 2 sizes. Pretty simple, and very needed! I think I’ll need a few sets of these soon. They also have a wholesale pricing for industries like restaurants seeking a sustainable  fresh approach at glassware….especially those with lots of wine bottle consumption =). A great piece with a great story behind them.

wine punt website
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Diana Eng: Fortune Cookie Coin Purse

January 9th, 2011

Our friend Diana Eng (risd ’05) of the awesome book Fashion Geek($23), just launched a leather coin purse that looks like a fortune cookie($45). Diana has a few blog post as well about the process in making the  coin purse (original sketch, the leather, and the making).

Upon my return from Hong Kong this holiday I was happy  to find little box with a coin purse inside. A few pictures of it after the jump.

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Your Beautiful Eyes

January 6th, 2011

A pretty amazing set of macro shots of our very own human eyes. Our eyes make me think of outer space. Makes me wonder how different our eyes are compared to cats, fish, and other creatures.

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Some more images mirrored after the jump.

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Homeless man with the “golden radio voice”

January 5th, 2011

This video is making it around the web this week, and it’s pretty awesome.  Ted Williams is homeless  and holds a sign saying he has a “golden voice” and needs some help. Eventually, someone stopped by and recorded their encounter, posted it on youtube, and now Ted has several job offers. Pretty amazing story. Watch the video above, then an extra video after the jump about this drastic 20 hour change from the street to a job offer from the Cavaliers, a house, and cell phone, and lots of media.

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more at updates at laughingsquid
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Hong Kong for the Holidays

December 29th, 2010

As usual, I’m in Hong Kong over the holiday break, shopping, hunting down some great food, and discovering anything else new over here. If you have any must visit tips, let me know. Otherwise, take a look at my previous post from 2 years ago on Food and brief  Shopping. Will have a few fun updates on the Facebook Fanpage.

Para Glide Skiing Fun!

December 20th, 2010

I’ve only recently para glided and I’ve skied quite a bit, but the combination I’ve never thought about until this video above.  Seems pretty amazing, but I’ve got a feeling it’s mighty chilly in the sky. As cool as this is, I still find the base jumping v2 to the walls video a bit more insane! I’ll put that video after the jump if you have not seen it.

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Chocolat Factory

December 20th, 2010

Simple packaging for chocolate from Chocolat Factory. I love the simple, bold font usage. … and the 2 founders just so happen to be designers … =)

“The fact that the company’s founding partners are, respectively, an architect and an interior decorator, has probably exercised a decisive influence in this sensitive approach to design. As Michel Laline himself explains: “When we first launched the company, we realised that no one had used design in the sector as yet, so that formed the base of the business: chocolate and design.” And according to Titus Ruiz: “The concept of the brand was very clear from the start: design with content.”

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Jointmaker Pro

December 19th, 2010

If I only knew about the Jointmaker during design school…. I love Japanese saws, but never thought about using them in the inverse where the saw sat static, and the wood was the object that moved to get cut much like a table saw.  Pretty creative and simple. It’s a table saw with no flying dust, no need for electricity, no ear protection or eye gear needed, and a cut as thin and accurate as a Japanese saw vs the wide width of a table saw blade. Only problem I find is the price at around $1,200, but thats what you pay for innovation I guess.


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