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Hermès-Backed Manufacto Program Teaches Schoolkids to Make Things Themselves

Incredibly, "the average Gen Z shopper makes their first luxury purchase when they are 15," reports The Economist, citing a McKinsey study. The age of Instagram and TikTok has apparently convinced ever-younger buyers to spend what little money they have on posh items.French luxury design house Hermès is also introducing youngsters to consumer goods—but...

Design Speculations, January 2023: AI's Collective Mindset Takeover and The Great Layoff Wave

Design Speculations is a monthly feature that rounds up the latest news and postulates on what it implies for the future of design.____________________________________________________________________________________________ We may just be scratching the surface of 2023 as January wraps, but the world has wasted no time in showering us with a flood of...

Konstantin Grcic's Locker Box and Drop Box for Vitra

At first glance these Locker Boxes could be mistaken for steel toolboxes. In fact the design, done by Konstantin Grcic for Vitra, consists of recycled/recyclable polypropylene sides, aluminum tubes providing the lengthwise structure and polyester textile panels with welded seams slung between the tubes serving as the walls.And while these are meant...

Great Industrial Design Student Work: A Monomaterial Compliant-Mechanism Scale

While studying Industrial Design at ECAL, Theodore Simon produced this Lari scale as his diploma project. While scales typically contain several different materials and parts, from the weighing surface to the spring to the dial and the indicator, Simon devised a way to make his monomaterial, and made from just two parts."During my previous studies in...

Creative Use of a Lasercutter: Designing Better Toy Car Storage

Today's installment of Creative Ways to Make Money with a Lasercutter: Etsy shop Artifact Design NC has used theirs to design wall-hung garages for 1:64-scale (i.e. Matchbox-sized) toy car enthusiasts. It's certainly a better way to display the cars than the old-school Matchbox rack, which only shows them in profile."Rack will hold 66 1:64 die-cast...

A Ring Form Factor for a Boxcutter, and Other Wonderful Shapes for Cutting Tools

We've seen dozens of box cutters, but never a form factor like this:That's cutting tools manufacturer Slice's silicone Safety Cutter Ring, an $8 gizmo that basically gives you a reimagined fingernail. It was designed by industrial design consultancy Herbst Produkt (U.S.-based, despite the spelling), who have also filled out the rest of Slice's offerings...

A Design Mystery: Why Does the Classic French Workwear Jacket Have No Right Breast Pocket?

Designers should be able to look at existing objects and reverse-engineer why they were designed that way. So let's do an exercise, and try to figure out why the classic French workwear shirt/jacket, the bleu de travail that has now become a knocked-off streetwear staple, has no right outside breast pocket. I believe I've worked it out, but I want to...

Unusual Concept by Audi: A Luxury Sports Car with a Hidden Pickup Truck Bed

The Audi Design Studio in Malibu, California designed this gorgeous Activesphere concept. I absolutely love the form, it is so clean while still managing to express elegance and personality without resorting to slashwork. The design team has a fantastic grasp of surface-based, not crease-based, gesture.The claimed underpinnings are about what you'd...

Sturdy, Retractable Tweezers that Can be Safely Stored in a Pocket

If you're doing splinter-prone work, a pointy pair of tweezers is handy to have, but not the kind of thing you can carry in a pocket without eventually goring yourself. Veteran knife designer Bob Terzuola thus designed this Tac-N-Tweeze, a stainless steel pair of tweezers that smartly retracts into a sturdy brass handle. A knurled wheel attached to...

Steelcase Re-Releases Frank Lloyd Wright Office Furniture, with Modern Adjustments

Steelcase, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, has re-released a line of office furniture designed by Wright in 1939. The Racine Collection "reintroduces, reinterprets and reimagines the classic furniture designs of Wright, originally produced by Steelcase for the SC Johnson Administration building in Racine, Wisconsin in 1939."What's...

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