We all know recycling is better than stuffing landfills full of obsolete electronics, but items like bulky old CRT computer monitors and televisions can be challenging to reuse. Fireclay Tile has found a creative way to grind that old glass into a product that will look good in your home.Fireclay's freshly launched Kickstarter project is aimed at funding the production of recycled CRT tiles. The $10,000 funding goal is slated to go toward molds for the tiles.… Read more
Ever notice how none of the modern tools we use these days has a dedicated purpose anymore? From cell phones to smartwatches, everything has a camera, apps, and a million other extra functions.
That multipurpose icon, the century-old Swiss Army Knife (now with USB drive), has had a profound impact on how we conceive of and use tools.
But there's often a tradeoff between function and quality. "You won't find professional photographers using Android phones to take wedding pictures," design consultant Dan Saffer noted in the Wall Street Journal. "The advanced features of a professional-grade camera outweigh the inconvenience of carrying it around."… Read more
Bicycle helmets can help keep your precious and vulnerable head intact in case of an accident, so why do so many people shun the safety devices? Some folks just don't want to carry a helmet around or risk locking it up with their bike. The Morpher bicycle helmet hopes to make the noggin-toppers much more portable.
Morpher is raising cash via a flexible funding campaign on Indiegogo to put its unusual helmet design into production. The basic idea is that the helmet squashes down into a flat shape to tuck away into your briefcase, backpack, or just under your arm. Pop it back into shape, strap it to your head, and go biking.… Read more
Crime doesn't pay, but neither does fighting it. Aside from Batman and Iron Man, most superheroes don't have trust funds to fall back on to pay the rent. So where do the likes of Spider-Man, Thor, and Captain America go to earn a living wage?
That's exactly what Malaysian illustrator Chow Hon Lam asked himself when he designed these humorous illustrations of superheroes on the job in the everyday world. In an interview with Enfuzed, the owner of online print and T-shirt store Flying Mouse 365 explained what made him decide to show superheroes in jobs many mere mortals share. … Read more
Drinking games are kind of silly. Drinking with games however, is great (well, depending on what game one might be playing, that is). But every game, great or not, depends on a set of rules, quite often game pieces, and something to dictate how they are used. It could be dice, a spinner, a deck of cards or some combination of all that sets the action in motion and from that point forward the race is on. At least until time runs out. Oh, did I mention the timer?
The Martini Hourglasses available at Hammacher Schlemmer ($74.95) combine drinking and games, without the need for a drinking game.… Read more
Perhaps the real reason Edvard Munch's subject is screaming is a shattered smartphone screen. Maybe Diego Velázquez's Rokeby Venus was just trying to capture a selfie. Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer just wanted to get a really fancy Instagram.
The appearance of modern technology in some of history's best-loved masterpieces allows us to interpret them in a very different way. A project called Art x Smart by Kim Dong-Kyu strips classic art pieces of something of their grandeur, allowing us, perhaps, to connect with the people they depict. … Read more
In the world of industrial design for mobile hardware, there are few names that can compete with the likes of Apple and Jony Ive, but Italian designer Federico Ciccarese has no qualms mocking up his own visions of what he'd like to see the Cupertino cabal make next.
Ciccarese's iWatch concepts have probably been the most intriguing smartwatch designs I've seen anywhere (real or imagined), and his latest effort shows how Apple could unify its "Air" product lines in a way that could really take flight -- by adding an "iPhone Air" to the mix.… Read more
No Ferrari, no problem. The sleek and sexy screaming-red supercar of your dreams can be yours, in a way. You just need to track down French artist Benedetto Bufalino and get him to loan you the keys to his Ferrari Testarossa replica.
Bufalino's Ferrari has a few trade-offs. It doesn't quite have the performance of the real deal, but it will attract a lot of attention when you're out cruising. That's because it's actually a full-body car-topper crafted from cardboard, paint, and foil.… Read more
Matt Hornbuckle and Kirk Keel have had it with ill-fitting men's shirts, and they're taking matters into their own hands.
The co-founders of New Jersey-based e-commerce startup Stantt want long-sleeve button-ups to move past the limits of generic small, medium, and large sizes and into the realm of the customized perfect fit. So they've launched a Kickstarter campaign that promises to deliver casual shirts that "fit like they're tailored for you."
"You know that feeling of putting on your favorite suit? That empowered, I feel f'ing awesome feeling? We want you to feel that great every day in everything you wear, and the first step to that is an amazing fit," reads the description for Stantt's campaign.
From whence does that fit come? From technology. … Read more
You're sitting watching TV when you start to feel the ground shake beneath you. You could dive under the nearest desk or run to a threshold. Or you could take your chair and plop it on your head. If you're sitting in a Mamoris, that is.
The chair can convert into a helmet.
Japanese industrial designer Kota Nezu of Znug Design, together with design firm Poplife, developed the prototype chair/hat for use in earthquakes. Mamoris ("mamoru" is Japanese for "to protect," while "isu" means "chair") just made a showing during Tokyo Designers Week, which continues through November 4. Japan, of course, is highly prone to temblors. … Read more