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Niklas Hagemann's Sheets-of-Paper Chair, Held Together by Friction

The Shuffle Chair is an interesting furniture experiment by design engineer Niklas Hagemann. "Inspired by the idea that two telephone-books, when shuffled together, are virtually impossible to pull apart (see Mythbusters), I created a paper chair held together by the friction between individual sheets of recycled paper," he writes."With a single paper...

Monchi: A Snack Container Designed to Let You Eat Without Touching

I thought that Snactiv, a pair of wearable chopsticks that let you eat messy snacks while keeping your fingers clean enough to type, were ridiculous. But they were successfully Kickstarted with $41,700 in funding.Now there's another eat-without-touching gizmo on the crowdfunding market: Monchi, "a handy snackbox for mess-free munching."The product page...

Room Copenhagen's Lego-Shaped, Stackable Drawers

Have you ever not been able to find your Legos, because they were stored in a box that was not itself shaped like a Lego? Well, me neither, but that's no reason to get all judgey. Lego licensing partner Room Copenhagen makes polypropylene storage boxes shaped like 2x2 and 2x4 Lego blocks, and yes, they actually stack. They come in both lidded and drawer...

BMW Reveals Design for New XM

Buckle up, folks. BMW has released both design sketches and images of their forthcoming XM—a hybrid pairing an electric motor with a freaking V8--and it's a doozy. I'll show you the renders first, then get into some opinions. I think what's happened here is, BMW's design team has bludgeoned me into submission with their increasingly frenetic car designs...

(Almost) A Flatpack Christmas Tree

The Christmas before the pandemic started, California-based civil engineer and woodworker Tyemadeit created a 9-foot-tall Christmas tree out of 288 pieces of wood. Sure, assembly is a little tedious, but with the exception of the base, this thing'd be easy to transport flat: For last year's Christmas, a customer commissioned him to make another. This...

Mobile Phone Museum: Revisit the Wild West Days of Cell Phone Design

I do miss the Wild West days of cell phones, before we'd all settled on glass rectangles. It's always fun to watch competing manufacturers trying to figure out the ideal form for a new thing, and it's not the home runs as much as the swing-and-a-miss designs that I find the most interesting. In particular, that five-year span just before the first iPhone...

Hell in a Handbasket: Indoor Stationary Bikes for Kids

In a sign of the times, toy manufacturer Little Tikes is seeking to capitalize on Peloton's success by releasing a for-children version called the Pelican.The $158 bike comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker, and a handlebar mount for a tablet or smartphone, so that your child can continue staring into a screen as they cycle to nowhere. Little Tikes...

Form Follows Function: Unusual-Looking Japanese Carts

By studying their forms, could you guess the specific function of any of these objects?I couldn't. I found them all on a website called Monotaro, a Japanese hardware retailer, in what appears to be their gardening and agriculture section. Some of them are designed to make harvesting easier, by providing a collection surface that can be wheeled harmlessly...

Sponsored: The STIK precision knife from Veiss makes your old X-Acto knife obsolete

Frustrated with the limitations of current craft knives, many of which use a design that has been in production for almost 100 years, the design team at Veiss Innovation set out to develop a better solution. Over three years they created dozens of prototypes, focusing on materials, blade retention during use, blade storage, and safety. The result is...

Industrial Design Student Work: Ümithan Üçok's Sneaker Packaging Doubles as Shoe Ramp

This package design for sneakers was designed by Ümithan Üçok, an Industrial Design student at Turkey's Atilim University."RamPack shoe packaging was developed to prevent throwing away shoeboxes immediately after purchasing. It functions as a shoe carrier and also a storage box, thus extending the life of the shoe packaging.""RamPack has paper rope...

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