This stool reminds me of my time spent in the model making studio when I went to school for Industrial Design at RIT. I remember the day I found out about the vacuum former and I remember thinking the infinite possibilities! It was so much fun to see how each sheet would turn into a 3D product with the touch of a button.
When I saw this stool online this week, I was so happy to see the perfect blend of wood and plastic together to support a functional piece of furniture. I don't know a lot about the designers behind this project but I think they are from a school in Israel. For more information about this project and for a video on how this is made you can click here.
The Mopha Tool Roll
The season of gifting is just around the corner and I know this is the perfect gift for a lot of my biking friends and I'm sure you know somebody who would really like this. The Mopha tool roll is handmade with waxed canvas and a leather strap that can be attached under the bicycle seat or dropped in the bottle cage. If you want more info about this handy tool roll click here.
Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick
Check out this chair I found at the Vertigo Home Blog. This is Thomas Heatherwick's interpretation of a chair inspired on a spinning top. What I like the most about this design is how fun it looks, I know my industrial designer friends will appreciate this piece. This furniture piece is without a doubt a wonderful piece of art in any home. For more on Thomas Heatherwick click here.
Here is a set of ottomans I found at Nicky Kehoe, an interior design studio based in Los Angeles. These wood frame upholstered accessories include piping and handle details. I think what I liked the most about them is their neutral and elegant colors. The shop is based in California but you can always shop online here!
Ping Pong Table by Puma
I know some of my friends will be drooling over this ping pong table designed with fun in mind. The CHALK table by Puma is a handmade wooden table with a steel chain link net and chalkboard surface to spice up the game. This new design also includes a storage compartment for drinks, paddles and balls. I think we should get this table ASAP in our office, it looks so fun. This table is only available at The Coran Shop
My favorite part about Christmas is seeing kids playing with their toys Christmas morning. It reminds me of my childhood and how exciting it was to get a new toy. Because of that I wanted to share this toy with you all. These creative animal puzzles are by Topozoo in Ohio. These puzzles are unique because they are made in the U.S. with recycled wood fibers and their color stains are solvent free and non toxic, which makes it a perfect kid's toy. For more on this fun toy click here.
Pressed Chairs by Harry Thaler
The best part of going to school for Industrial design was working on projects that really impacted the way factories made product and efficient ways to save on time and materials. Harry Thaler worked on this project which he called the "Pressed Chair". This is a light weight and stackable aluminum chair. The metal sheets pressed are only 2.5mm thick. This design bypasses any assembly of components or the use of different materials. Everything is made with one sheet of aluminum and the is no waste in the manufacturing process. If for some reason you don't want this chair anymore, it's 100% recyclable! this is a wonderful piece or work. To see more his designs click here.
Barrel Chair by Harry Thaler
This is a really original take on a chair, it has an industrial look to it but at the same time it's clean and really simple. It was made by Harry Thaler, who is from Italy and is now based in London. The crushed barrel chair not only looks like a fun piece of art, it also looks comfortable. If you want to see what other creative projects Harry has done click here.
Yoga is a great way to let go of stress but it can be expensive sometimes. If you are looking for other ways to relieve stress and relax check this new mat called Acushakti. It's a mat with dozens of pressure points or "flowers", each pressure point increase blood flow and releases "feel-good" hormones. The same hormones that helps blood flow and relaxation also relieves any pain you may have. This is a great gift idea for yoga lovers and those that enjoy relaxing at home. Click here for more information.
Murakami Rocking Chair by Rochus Jacob
To start the week, I decided to post this picture of a self powered rocking chair designed by Rochus Jacob. The lamp is powered by the kinetic energy produced when rocking the chair back and forth. His design won an award at the Design Boom Competition. If you want to learn more about this project you can see his explanation on the following section:
designer's own words:
I was looking for opportunities to generate energy through activities we naturally do. The final result is a rocking chair that enables the user to experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way. An abstract process becomes tangible and eventually cultivates natural awareness. Complexity is covered by simplicity. Advanced nano-dynamo technology which is built in to the skids of the chair and more efficient light sources such as the newly developed OLED generation makes it possible to build a rocking chair with a reading lamp running on electricity generated from the rocking mo...
Here is a post for my Industrial Designer friends. The simplest things designs bring the richest feel home. Here are just a few of the creations of Silva Bradshaw, a design studio formed with the collaboration of two Pratt University graduates and they are ready to fill your space with unique and contemporary furniture and accessories. The pieces on the right are bowls, one is made with a reversible design and the other is inspired by the geometry of broken light bulbs. Click here to see more.
Side By Side
This is why Industrial Design is so fun and inspiring. Here is a design firm that makes a wide variety of products and they all carry a consistent sophisticated look. Clean and functional design that makes your home a better place. These are all from Side By Side, a German based company founded in 2001. The company employs 120 disabled workers in different departments, including 80 who work in the well equipped wood workshop. If you like what you see click here to see more.
When it comes to eclectic interior design Bokja is the first thing that comes to mind. They combine the most beautiful and traditional furniture design with bright colored fabrics. Bokja is a lead by a female duo based in Beirut. The pair shares a love for vintage furniture and ancient textile and tapestries. If you need a small make over in your home this is a really fun way to spice it up. For more of Bokja furniture click here.
I was missing in action for a few days but I am back in full force. Today I want to show you some really cute stuffed animals I found over the weekend. These are from Jellycat, they got the whole zoo and they come in many material stories, you will definitely find the one for your little one. These are my favorite fluffy ones. For more cuteness click here.
Here is the other toy company that is making stuffed animals with a more homemade vibe. Allen Ave uses traditional construction with very colorful patterns on cotton fabrics. Here are just some of the animals and textiles available, you'll be mesmerized with all the options and possibilities. These are available at Here.
Check this bicycle basket, it's the Bent Basket. It was designed by a San Francisco commuter who biked to school and now to work and had a hard time finding a better way to carry things with him. He saw the need and came up with a solution. The design is functional, versatile and yet made with simple materials. For more information visit the website here.