Category Archives: Design

Katerina Kamprani, The Best Terrible Designer

For her Uncomfortable Project, Katerina Kamprani redesigned familiar household objects rendered aggravatingly unusable with a few simple adjustments.

Check out her useless take on everyday things such as open-toed rain boots, a pitcher that pours back into itself and a button as thick as thumb.

Kamprani, a designer and architect in Athens, Greece creates the objects with 3D rendering software. Her first stubborn creation was a closet with doors that opened inward.

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Coolbox Reinvents The Toolbox

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Coolbox, the world’s smartest toolbox, today announced that it is reinventing the toolbox by combining cutting-edge technology with the classic toolbox we all remember. To fund final development of the product, Coolbox has launched an Indiegogo campaign which has raised almost $250,000 in just three weeks, demonstrating the tremendous demand for the product.  The Coolbox campaign can be seen HERE.

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Coolbox will be funding on Indiegogo until March 28, 2015. Project backers can receive a Coolbox for a discounted price of $169, which is $130 less than retail price. For an extra $39, backers will receive signature-edition Coolbox tools. Manufacturing is set to begin in May with volume production beginning in June.

Coolbox features all of the classic storage and compartments you would want in a toolbox but with a modern twist to keep up with the times.  Key features of Coolbox include:

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A 20v rechargeable lithium polymer battery with 5000 mAh to charge devices and operate small power tools while working, including drills, saws and sanders

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Two USB ports for charging devices including phones and tablets

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Built-in, marine-grade 40w Bluetooth speakers that are also compatible with auxiliary cords

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A retractable 12 foot power cord and three build-in 110v/220v electrical outlets

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LED lights mounted internally and externally to help users find and use the correct tool and provide lighting to their project

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A removable, 20”x 12” double-sided dry erase board that is perfect for drawing out construction plans

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Dual cradles to dock a tablet, which enables people to view the directions for their DIY project as they work

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LCD clock that displays the time and the amount of battery level remaining in the Coolbox

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With Coolbox, you can store your tools just like any other toolbox. Fit every tool inside with the 1797.12 Cubic Inch capacity

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With heavy duty construction, Coolbox is built to take a beating. Constructed of high impact resin, heavy duty machined aluminum latches and handles, and an air/water tight lid seal, the Coolbox is engineered to last

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The creators of the Coolbox found inspiration in the frustration they experienced when having to carry lights, phone chargers and speakers with them to job sites. They knew there had to be a way to integrate all of the technology that people use, need and enjoy every day into a classic toolbox design.

“It is kind of shocking that it’s taken this long for toolboxes to catch up with technology,” said Coolbox co-Founder Chris Engelo. “People who work with toolboxes likely use technology in every other area of their life, so there’s no reason for tools to be stuck in the past.”

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40 Of The Most Creative Lamp Designs Ever

We all know that one of the easiest ways you have to light a dark corner in any room or add some atmospheric lighting to your living-room area, is to place your choice of lamp. With numerous designs, shapes, colors, dimensions or lighting abilities, lamps constitute one of the most convenient methods one has to alter the lighting tone of a room. In fact, the lighting selected and used can complete the statement of a house or improve a room’s decoration and give the feeling one is looking for. Click HERE to see 40 of the most creative lamp designs that you can find on the internet today.

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Lilo & Stitch Funko Pops Available For Pre-Order

These Lilo and Stitch Funko Pops are available for preorder and will be released in December. Pick up Lilo, Stitch and Lilo’s doll, Scrump.

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A Rare Look At Design Genius Jony Ive: The Man Behind The Apple Watch

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Vogue talks to Jony Ive Apple’s under-the-radar design genius responsible for the iMac, the iPad and now the Apple Watch.

Read the article HERE.

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Judge This By Chip Kidd

First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how we feel. In Judge This, renowned designer Chip Kidd takes us through his day as he takes in first impressions of all kinds. We follow this visual journey as Kidd encounters and engages with everyday design, breaking down the good, the bad, the absurd, and the brilliant as only someone with a critical, trained eye can. From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.

Judge This is a design love story, exposing the often invisible beauty and betrayal in simple design choices—ones most of us never even think to notice. And with each object, Kidd proves that first impressions, whether we realize it or not, have a huge impact on the way we perceive the world.

The 120 page hardcover will be released on May 5, 2015.

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Press Fit Standing Desk

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Made by MIT Engineering students, the Press Fit Standing Desk’s ($200) lightweight maple plywood standing desk can be assembled or disassembled within seconds without the need for any tools.

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Press Fit will also make a sitting desk and stool set.

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Transforming Micro Apartment

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The Transforming Micro Apartment makes the most of its meager 420 square feet by relying on a clever modular design.

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Thanks to a sliding wall, hidden table, folding beds, and other neat tricks, this tiny New York apartment can sleep four comfortably, host a sit down dinner for ten, serve as two semi-separate offices, store bicycles, clothes, and more, all with a sleek, contemporary style that’d be the envy of many apartments multiple times its size.

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The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table

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The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table can be converted into a dining table by one person in two simple movements. 

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The table was designed by Duffy London and is available in wood (£795) and metal (£900+), versions.

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The Rapid Packing Container

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Every year, 100 billion cardboard boxes are produced in the United Sates.

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Engineering students Henry Wang and Chris Curro have come up with a genius replacement.

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