The 2024 Core77 Design Awards Transportation Winners

The winning Professional entry is Scootility, a utility scooter for urban delivery, by Springtime Design, and the winning Student entry is Barn Buddies, a warehouse-sharing service platform, by Lin Yu-He, Chen Zih-Jin, Chuang Chu-An, and Wu Yi-Chen at Ming Chi University of Techn … | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Japanese Anti-Dog-Pee Fencing for Businesses

Western visitors to the Kansai region of Japan might wonder what these are:Called Inuyarai, it's a form of protective fencing made of bamboo, originally designed to prevent stray dogs from urinating on the walls of buildings. While stray dogs are no longer a problem, they're also … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

A Surprising Cabinet Mechanism: FurnSpin, by Hettich

This unique FurnSpin system is by Hettich, a German furniture hardware manufacturer. They've found a rather elaborate way of getting rid of cabinet doors:"An elegant spin from closed furniture front to open shelf instantly changes the room's atmosphere: closed for a tidy and clea … | Continue reading | 16 hours ago

Kinetic Lighting: Studio Drift's Shylight

This stunning Shylight installation was created by Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, a/k/a Studio Drift."Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defence and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called 'nyctinasty' and inspir … | Continue reading | 17 hours ago

An Inflatable, Collapsible Bike Helmet

A London-based startup called Ventete has unveiled their aH-1, an inflatable, collapsible bike helmet. Details are scarce, but the company says it can be inflated with an attendant electric pump in 30 seconds. Deflated, it's "smaller than a laptop," but there are no dimensions … | Continue reading | 18 hours ago

Core77 Weekly Roundup (6-10-24 to 6-14-24)

Here's what we looked at this week:This creative take on tambour cabinets is by Jef and Jess Behnke, a/k/a Two Moose Design. Australian industrial design yields the vabsRider, a comfortable, articulating bicycle seat.The Spacetop, a no-screen laptop, is now coming to market. … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Industrial Design Case Study: A Hybrid Flying Car

Here's a project ID firms dream of landing, no pun intended: Help flesh out a flying car concept that can be used to pitch investors. Detroit-based Sundberg-Ferar was hired by startup LuftCar to do just that."LuftCar, a USA-based startup, is developing a true flying car that work … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

A Modernist Disco Ball: Flasher, by Studio Élémentaires

This Flasher light fixture is a sort of Modernist disco ball:It was designed by Studio Élémentaires, a/k/a French lighting designers Apolline Couverchel and Gauthier Haziza. The duo's background is in the performing arts, leading them to create objects that express kineticism; "L … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Retail Design: Re-thinking How Jewelry is Displayed, to Encourage Casual Browsing

Light Mark is an emerging Chinese jewelry brand. They hired Tokyo/Shanghai-based Kooo Architects to design their new store in Suzhou, and gave them a specific brief: "As their product lineup not only includes wedding jewelry but also a casual series, we were asked to design a sho … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

The Aluminum Rounded Edges Chair

This simpe, attractive Rounded Edges Chair is by Montreal-based industrial designer David Raymond. It's made of three 1/4"-thick aluminum pieces that are riveted together. It's funny what a difference color makes; I find the pale green version striking, while the natural aluminu … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Blown Glass Side Tables by Sabine Marcelis

These beautiful Lokum side tables are by Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis. At first they look like solid chunks of glass, but they are of course blown.The Lokum series is in production by Italian furniture brand Acerbis. As they write:"Matter, light and colour merge in an intense m … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

A Designey Take on Foosball

This interactive, outdoor Harbour Cup art piece was commissioned by the Hong Kong Science Museum.Created by artist collective LAAB, it's a sort of designey take on foosball:"Harbour Cup is similar to the table soccer game we all know, with some exceptions—there is no goal on eith … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Modular Canine Helmets for Active-Duty Dogs

There's at least 45 countries around the world that supplement their military, Search-and-Rescue, and/or police forces with canines.I know this because Dark Systems, "the world leader in K9 helmets," says those 45 countries are their customers. Here's their DarkFighter K9 Helmet, … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Producing Crazy Textures by 3D Printing Clay With Custom Rotating Nozzles

Polish artist Piotr Wasniowski is a bit of a mad scientist. An expert in 3D printed clay, Wasniowski's tool of choice is a "Gaia Multitool Polish clay 3D printer with cheap de-airing clay extruder with rotational nozzle," for which he fabricates his own nozzles. These variants al … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Street Furniture That Emulates the Stoop, by JDS Architects

Street furniture used to simply exist wherever you found it: Stairs, curbs, railings. Copenhagen-based JDS Architects took note and designed, essentially, a series of free-standing stoops."Looking at locations where there is no bench available and people still sit, doorsteps, han … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Incredible and Experimental Ceramics Work by Curt Hammerly

This eye-catching Voronoi Mug is by Curt Hammerly, a Colorado-based ceramicist. Hammerly starts with 3D modeling software, then produces his own molds, which I'm guessing are done with a 3D printer. Here you can see how he applies the glazing, both inside and out:Hammerly experim … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Clever Design for a Kiln Shed Features Siding That Turns Into Shelving

Lucia Ocejo is a London-based potter who makes custom tableware for high-end restaurants. Last year she upgraded to a new gas kiln, building a small open-air shed to house it. As you can see, the shed is quite small; there's no room for drying shelves.Ocejo and her partner devis … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

A Nifty Folding Camping Table

This diminutive Odoru Table Circle is designed for camping. It folds flat and is easy to assemble, relying on tensegrity. The material is (obviously) OSB, and the legs are (surprisingly) stainless steel. I'd have guessed aluminum. The table diameter is 240mm (9.4"). These are in … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Fantastic Industrial Design Student Work: Turning Undesirable Lumber Into Furniture

This fantastic Kouéno project is by Lucas Hosteing, done as his Product Design Masters diploma project at ECAL."During my cabinetmaking studies in 2016, I discovered slabwood, which is the name given to the edge pieces milled from a saw log. Slabwood is flat on one side and conve … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Form Follows Function: Gokin Tent Pegs

Hailing from Japan, these cast aluminum Gokin Pegs have had their forms tweaked to improve the UX.The shafts are fluted, allowing them to slide into hard ground easier. The heads are tetrapod-shaped. This provides a wider hitting surface for the mallet. The shape of the heads i … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

The Tulipan Pod: A One-Person Workspace You Can Close for Privacy

Danish furniture brand +Halle has unveiled their new Tulipan Pod, a soft-sided, enclosable workspace. In their words, it's "a piece of furniture that offers a moment of separateness without the feeling of closing the door on its surroundings.""Developed by London-based design stu … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

One House Built in Four Different Styles

When is a house a history lesson? This beautiful Trolltind Cabin in Norway, by architecture firm Rever & Drage, combines building techniques from different centuries. Each of the house's four sections is essentially a showcase of how timber was fit together during a specific era. … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

The Spacetop, a No-Screen Laptop, Now Coming to Market

It's been just over a year since tech startup Sightful announced their Spacetop, a laptop with no screen. Instead the user dons a pair of AR glasses that are wired to the keyboard, and which reportedly deliver a 100" virtual display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.The company say … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Australian Industrial Design Yields an Articulating Bicycle Seat

Robin Macan, a civil engineer in Australia, wondered: "Why hasn't someone invented a comfortable bicycle seat?" The central flaw with every bicycle seat on the market, Macan concluded, was that "No amount of cushioning can compensate for the inherent pain points on the human body … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

A Creative Take on Tambour Cabinets

Jef and Jess Behnke run Two Moose Design, a custom furniture design/build shop in Wisconsin. Their product lineup contains a lot of CNC-inlaid cutting boards, like these. (You may remember this style of fabrication from our look at Broinwood.)The husband-and-wife team like to exp … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Design Faster Without Sacrificing Quality: How Product Design Teams Can Meet This Modern Demand Head On

Product designers are at a crossroads. According to Deloitte, one of the keys to consumer products companies thriving in the year 2024 and beyond lies in increasing product volume. To achieve this, it's imperative for design teams to adopt a faster and more efficient approach to … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Pint-Sized Camper: The Minibago

Travis Moore owns Toy Factory Fabrication, a custom fabrication shop in Washington state. On a lark, Moore and his team spent four weeks building this Minibago:Gotta love that logo.Moore says he built the Minibago to "inspire kids to get off of their devices and get out there and … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

This Crazy On-Body Camera Rig Provides Pivoting POVs

The Steadicam, invented by Garrett Brown in 1975, revolutionized cinematography.The SnorriCam, invented by Icelandic filmmakers Einar & Eiður Snorri (a/k/a the Snorri Bros) in the mid-'90s, offloaded the camera to the actor's body. A sort of hands-free selfie stick, it allows the … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Industrial Design Case Study: Experimental Steering Wheels

Here's an example of the exploratory behind-the-scenes projects that industrial design firms occasionally get. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (prior to the merger that created Stellantis) hired ID consultancy Mixer Design to do these hi-tech steering wheel design studies.FCA Steering … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Core77 Weekly Roundup (6-3-24 to 6-7-24)

Here's what we looked at this week:Industrial designer Dani Clode's easy-to-use Third Thumb. Toyota does the right thing and supports their suppliers.Building Olympic swimming pools inside a football stadium. 2024 version of flooding the Colosseum.Human Mobile Devices' inexpe … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

UX Improvements to the Muck Boot

As I'm on a farm, muck boots are an indispensable daily-use object for me. They're simple, cheap and effective. But they have their pain points.The first is that the material is always super stiff. The ankles don't bend well, making squatting and kneeling difficult. The stiffness … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

The Instax Square Link: A Smartphone Printer, for Polaroid-like Prints

In the age of digital photography, how do you increase film sales? Fujifilm's clever bid is the Instax Square Link, a portable smartphone printer. It's essentially the Polaroid experience, with your smartphone's camera. It is admittedly nifty that you can snap a photo, message it … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Everyday Assistive Furniture: This Gorgeous Walking Stick/Folding Stool

This beautiful piece of design and craftsmanship is by Anker Bak. The Danish designer/builder focuses on EAF, or Everday Assistive Furniture, which he describes as "dignified furniture that applies the conventions and craftmanship of traditional Danish design to the mobility aid … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

A Design Classic with a Muddy History: Kaare Klint's Propellor Stool

The Propellor Stool is attributed to Kaare Klint, the legendary Danish architect and designer. It is said that he designed it in 1930. The folding stool is named for the legs, each of which are one half of a cylinder. Fold it shut and you can see the magic of the craftsmanship. … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Tesco's Laser-Etched Avocados to Save on Packaging Waste

"Laser avocado" sounds like a Doritos flavor, but it's actually a packaging technique being trialed by Tesco. In a bid to reduce packaging waste, the UK supermarket chain is laser-etching avocados rather than using barcode stickers. And for their avocado products that come in twi … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Isometric Views of Gamers' Dream Rooms

So there's this visualization service called SetUpIsLife. They work with you to produce a 3D model of "your dream room" using Blender. While they can do conventional spaces and offices……the bulk of their portfolio speaks of their largest customer base:There really is a consistent … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

The Powerful Hedgehog Dryer for Gloves and Boots

After moving his family from Brooklyn to Norway, entrepreneur Bjørn Holte ran into a regular problem: Having dry pairs of gloves and boots on-hand for his three little girls. Hemsedal, Norway gets plenty of snow in the winter and rain during the other seasons.When Holte asked loc … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

A Fun Restaurant Robot Concept

This imaginative Arnold II robot concept is by Junjie Yin, a concept artist for videogame studio Respawn Entertainment. While the real-world humanoid robots being developed today have bodies purely to locomote and support their arms, Yin's take is charmingly practical: A service … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Beautiful, Neo-Rams-ian Audio Product Designs

These beautiful audio objects are by industrial designers Nicolai Toma and David Knop. Collectively the duo operate as Issue Design, based in Berlin. This first one is a concept:Desk Radio "The desk radio is a design sketch to research proportions, surface materials and behaviour … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

From Italy, an Expressive 3-Way Furniture Piece

Though this is the work of neither, this reminds me of 1990s Alessi and Marc Newson. This is the Metamorfosi, newly introduced by Italian furniture brand Mavimatt:"This extraordinary piece can be transformed into a seat, a side table or a bookcase simply by rotating it. One shape … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

What a CNC Hot Wire Cutter Can Do

Diego Garcia Cuevas is a computational designer and architect who practices "Technoemotional design." He's co-founder of the Controlmad Advanced Design Center, a hi-tech fabrication lab, and a professor in the Architecture program at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. With his cr … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Lego-like PLAEX Blocks: Fast-Install Cinderblock Alternative, Made from Waste

Canadian carpenter Dustin Bowers, founder of a company called PLAEX, has figured out how to turn waste into a useful building product. Bowers started by shredding the least desirable materials of all: Difficult-to-recycle agricultural, marine and industrial plastics, and aggregat … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Inexpensive Smartphones Designed to be Repaired

Human Mobile Devices, or HMD, is a Finnish white-label manufacturer that started producing Nokia's phones in 2016. This year they stepped out from the curtain to reveal their own line of smartphones, the HMD Pulse.Notably, this line of smartphones is designed to be repaired:"HMD … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Building Olympic Swimming Pools Inside a Football Stadium

A fun fact often repeated about the Colosseum: Emperor Titus had it flooded for naval battle spectacles.Roughly 2,000 years later, Italian contracting company Myrtha Pools can duplicate the trick, anywhere in the world.The upcoming U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Indianapoli … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Toyota Does the Right Thing and Supports Their Suppliers

This is a bad time to be an automotive supplier. Following the pandemic, raw materials costs, labor costs and interest rates have risen. But most of the major automotive manufacturers refuse to absorb these costs and instead squeeze the suppliers. And "despite this, carmakers con … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Industrial Designer Invents Easy-to-Use Third Thumb

Industrial designer Dani Clode's field of specialty is prosthetics. She designed this Third Thumb, which anyone can strap on and learn to use in minutes:The design of it is quite clever, and more low-tech than you'd think. A small motor worn like a wristwatch drives the orange te … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Core77 Weekly Roundup (5-28-24 to 5-31-24)

Here's what we looked at this week:An architectural material called "Bamboo Charcoal Wood Metal Plate." Unfortunately there's no MSDS that might shed light on exactly what the heck is in it. RapidRoot is a clever system for concrete-free foundations.A vice-friendly design cla … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

The Owala FreeSip Water Bottle

To create their Owala FreeSip water bottle, which is currently selling like hotcakes, Trove Brands hired industrial design and engineering consultancy Whipsaw. As the firm writes:"Not only is this wildly popular bottle attractive and colorful but it features Trove Brand's patent … | Continue reading | 17 days ago