When a roundabout intersection in the bicycle loving Netherlands became too busy for cars and bikes to share space, the design agency ipv Delft came up with a beautiful solution to separate the two transportation forms completely: an elevated bicycle roundabout. Located on the border of Endhoven and Veldhoven, the bike path is fittingly called the Hovenring (yeah, we read that hover-ring at first too). The structure holds the distinction of being the first suspended bicycle roundabout in the world. [Read more...]
Have you seen what the kids are eating their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off of these days? I have fond memories of hot summer days eating lunch sandwiches from the classic round paper plates with ruffled edges. Those plates were great! Except that they stuck together…. and they were kinda ugly… and I threw away about a bazillion into landfills from ages 5 to 13. Ahh, yes… the 90s. The Millennial kids are better than that. They are growing up in an age where people are environmentally aware and design conscious (hopefully). Wasara has reinvented the ‘disposable’ paper plate with their collection of beautiful AND biodegradable tableware bringing us a tad closer to lifestyle perfection. [Read more...]
Finding yourself a bit confused about the difference between Modern and Post-modern? Need a refresher on the Arts and Crafts movement and its impact on society as a whole? This 6 part series from The Open University promises to enlighten and entertain in quick, easy doses. The series covers Gothic Revival, Arts and Crafts, the Bauhaus, Modernism, American Industrial Design and Postmodernism, providing either a good introduction or quick refresher to the what made these movements important. [Read more...]
On display last month at Milan Design Week: UK based design studio Raw-Edges’ traveling bookcase called Bloom. The fascinating bespoke design was created to evoke the form of a weaving loom (hence its clever name). Each book is held suspended on one of the bookcase’s many strings by movable, sliding black stoppers. In this way the books take center stage, floating in space at varied heights that observers can adjust themselves. The design encourages viewers to explore each book as an individual, analyzing not only their written words but also their physical form. [Read more...]
Seemingly flat sinks are hot these days, with many designs being produced that have little or no conventional basin. For many people, that’s not too much of a problem – most of our water splashing happens in the shower anyway. Now Julia Kononenko, a designer from Kharkiv, Ukraine, has taken the flat sink concept in a new direction, creating a laminated wood block featuring a pattern of channels modeled after the streets of central London. When used, the (presumably slow flowing) water enters the channels and subtly travels to a drain hidden in the back. [Read more...]
After the invention of the electric guitar in the 1940s and the skateboard in the 1950s, it was simply inevitable that somebody would combine the two classic instruments of shredding. Now Buenos Aires based duo, Ezequiel Galasso and Gianfranco de Gennaro have created Skate Guitar – a project which recycles old skate decks into something ready to soar again… at least in a musical sense. [Read more...]
So you think your bike is cool? Think again. These handlebars are probably the most rad bespoke cycle gear you can get your hands on: genuine deer antlers fused with recycled metal to create a completely custom and completely awesome riding experience. As the pointy horns equally custom box proclaims, you’re sure to “leave your mark.” [Read more...]
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“Most people who live in Kabul will know somebody who has been hurt or killed by a landmine,” says Afghanistan born designer Massoud Hassani. After years of military training in the country by foreign powers, combined with the current war, the land is strewn with explosives which maim and kill people on a regular basis. Hassani is on a mission to stop this danger and he has a smart and simple solution. [Read more...]