Archived entries for Design

ICFF 2006 – The Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Awards

See coverage of the ICFF in NYC by Inhabitat blog here…

Custom-art toilet-paper

Cory Doctorow: Liquid Shirts will print rolls of custom-art toilet-paper in quantities of four rolls or more, starting at $12 each. They suggest putting foreign leaders and stock certificates on the paper, but the possibilities are endless — skull-and-bones, goatse, the ORLY owl…
(Thanks, Al!)

Self-watering Flower Pots


Eva Solo, makers of some very aesthetically beautiful kitchen and home gadgets, have designed a self-watering flower pot for those of us without green thumbs. A wick that hangs down from the ceramic flowerpot into the clear glass container of water that sits below, draws up the water that is necessary to keep the plant hydrated. A full container will water the plant for about 7 days and a quick glance can tell you when the container needs refilling. So even if you are good with plants, as I would like to think I am, it’s easy to forget watering when you’ve got a hectic schedule – I’ve definintely been too busy to notice that my plants have suddenly wilted! But the best thing about the self-watering pots is that you can leave your plants without worry if you are away from home for a week or less.

Available at Sprout Home.

oh yes… yes yes yes…

Pizza box converts to a coffin “for your remains”

Cory Doctorow:

A chain of Kiwi pizza joints, Hell Pizza, delivers its pizzas in a novelty box that can be folded into a coffin “for your remains.”
(Thanks, Dave!)

now, that is nifty…

Artist designs cute looking spycams, razorwire, etc.

Mark Frauenfelder:
A German artist named Matthias Megyeri has started a company called Sweet Dreams Security, which makes security items like padlocks, alarms, and razorwire that look cute and happy.

Examples of Mr Megyeri’s art include padlocks designed to look like teddy bears, heart-shaped chains, and glass fir trees embedded in concrete, designed to replace broken bottle shards, which are now illegal.

While they look delicate, the top of the fir tress is very sharp, to deter people from climbing the wall.

nks, Carl!)

Tube+9 Lounge Chair


The Tube+9 Lounge is a thoughtfully-designed, cheap-to-produce chair that isn’t half-bad looking. The design and materials, while both TreeHugger-friendly, aren’t the real reason we like the chair. We found more value in the philosophy and procedure behind producing it: designed with the user, environment, and budget in mind, all materials are either recycled or recyclable, and the simplicity of the construction keeps both material waste and cost extremely low. The frame is constructed from four identically-formed pieces of plywood, minimizing material waste. The seat is made from nine rigid cardboard tubes found in many packaging and manufacturing plants that use cellophane wrap. All of the tubes are wrapped in a recycled or recyclable fabric for comfortable sitting and capped with aluminum rings to finish the edges. The breakdown of material costs is:

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maybe we can make somethin like this around here… god knows we really could use a couch at fabrica

Geek-ware web-store

Cory Doctorow:

Fractalspin is a nerdy web-store that carries a pretty interesting range of pins, cufflinks, t-shirts, backpacks, jewelry and other kit.
(Thanks, Liz!)

Design Like You Give a Damn

If you care about the future we’re building, you ought to own a copy of Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

Now, I’m biased. Co-author Cameron Sinclair is not only a WorldChanging contributor, he’s also a close friend. Cameron’s been a buddy, an ally, and sometimes a teacher.

But if I’d never met Cameron, Design Like You Give a Damn would convince me that I ought to know him. This book should sit on the desk of every designer, architect and engineer who believes that changing the world is part of her job.

Much of the book centers (as one might expect) on housing and shelter, but other fields (sanitation, planning, etc.) are covered as well, with overviews of illustrative design innovations in each field.

Many of the ideas here will be familiar to WC readers. Barefoot solar engineers, land mine detecting flowers, Hexayurt, Roundabout’s PlayPump, the Mine Wolf, Watercone, Anti-Malarial Bednets. But there’s plenty of material I’d never before encountered here, and, as an overall resource, it’s indespensible.

Indeed, I am more and more convinced that 2006 is going to be the year when worldchanging approaches break big. More and more smart, dedicated people (in a number of fields) are turning their passion, skill and experience to bear on solving our biggest problems. Nothing could be more exciting, or more needed, but one of the challenges we all face now is keeping up with the best work being done in each field. That makes resources like this one all the more critical. Design Like You Give a Damn is worldchanging.

(Posted by Alex Steffen in A Newly Electric Green – Sustainable Energy, Resources and Design at 01:52 PM)

i just love the title, don’t you?

Via WorldChanging: Another World Is Here

Analog CD Holders


These paper CD holders are very clever (and fall into the “why didn’t I think of that?” category). The die-cut sihouettes of a turntable and a manual camera utilizes the center hole of the CD to depict a camera lens and a vinyl record. Simple but great design.

From Polyshop.

thursday is design day…

leitmotiv rack

Coathanger_largeA witty alternative to the traditional means of hanging your coats and hats… Designed by Tonko Van Dijk, this will be a discussion point for any visitors.

Leitmotiv Rack

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