17 Feb 2020, 6:12 pm | Core77
Kim Buckminster's path as a craftsperson was shaped early: He was "introduced to needle and thread by my mother at age four," he writes, "with many people influencing me in upholstery, arts, craftsmanship and education." Today he runs Buckminster Upholstery, a Nebraska-based business that specializes in antique restoration and conservation. If you've got a Charles Limbert Arts and Crafts furniture piece circa 1900 that needs fixin', Buckminster's your guy.
Which is not to say he only takes on antique projects. In the video down at the bottom Buckminster shows you, step-by-step, how he restores a totally trashed seat bottom from a truck.
It should be required watching for ID students during their shop training--how do you create a contoured foam shape from rectilinear pieces, what are some tricks you can use to double-check your pieces for symmetry, et cetera--and it's satisfying to see how Buckminster arrives at the finished product:
17 Feb 2020, 5:30 pm | INHABITAT
17 Feb 2020, 5:24 pm | Core77
I've seen this circulated as news (thanks, social media) but I'm pretty certain this is an artist having a laugh. A website called Face ID Masks claims that they make "N95 respiratory masks that work with facial recognition software. Our masks are custom printed with your face making phone access easy during viral epidemics."
I know most social media users don't bother going too far past the headline, but it doesn't take much scrolling on Face ID Masks' website before you reach this telltale part of their FAQ:
Is this a joke?
Yes. No. We're not sure. Viruses are not a joke. Wash your hands when you can. And get vaccines when you can.
How can I get one?
If you enjoy late stage capitalism, facial recognition respirator masks will retail for $40 per mask. They are still in development.
We will not be making these while there's still a global mask shortage.
Sadly, I could just as easily see this not being a joke.
17 Feb 2020, 4:44 pm | Core77
"I realized that I am not very fond of a huge part of Industrial Design," she writes, "the part where we consume insane amount of resources and energy to design things that eventually people throw away."
Amin began creating stop-motion animations of her hobby, which is disassembling consumer products to learn about their construction. In the two years since we last checked in on her, she's done a bunch of these, and has put them into a supercut:
Check out Amin's website here.
17 Feb 2020, 4:31 pm | Core77
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft features a neat trick: After being launched into space, it deploys massive solar arrays that unfold from the rocket body (video here). These arrays suck up the sun's delicious juice, providing power for the craft's sensors, communications systems, and heating and cooling systems.
It took a team of engineers to get that to work, and Brian Ignaut was one of them. "I worked on [the] deployable solar arrays at SpaceX for six years," he writes, before revealing that he had a hobby on the side: Designing and building furniture that also unfolds.
What appear to be odd-shaped stacks of wood are pulled open to transform into furniture pieces that lock into place, without the user needing to mess with fasteners. It's almost like flat-pack furniture that self-assembles, with minor input from the user.
Ignaut "went rogue" in 2018, quitting SpaceX to focus on designing, building and selling his own furniture. For now his prices are high, but Ignaut sees that as a temporary necessity. "Affordability is the ultimate goal," he writes. "I'm excited about making things that a wider audience can purchase. Though I'm not there today, hopefully these higher priced runs will be able to subsidize the development of more cost effective iterations."
Check out his company, Degrees of Freedom.
17 Feb 2020, 4:30 pm | INHABITAT
17 Feb 2020, 3:35 pm | DeMilked
Nastasya Shuljak received a pack of wool as a New Year's present ten years ago and has been creating adorable felted toys ever since.
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If you're a fan of Jason Momoa, you definitely need this coloring book.
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Someone Finds A Photo Album Full Of Pictures Of A Grandma Posing With Hollywood Celebrities And It’s A Real Blast From The Past
17 Feb 2020, 1:52 pm | DeMilked
A Belgian thrift store recently discovered a photo album full of photos of a woman posing with various Hollywood celebrities in the 90s.
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This Finnish teacher probably felt like he's in a Disney movie when he spotted these bear cubs dancing in a circle.
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After this Imgur user's mother started doubting her photography skills, they uploaded some of her photos online and proved her wrong.
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14 Feb 2020, 3:48 pm | Core77
Justine Haupt, the polymath behind that killer rotary cell phone, has a lot of other tricks up her sleeve. On her projects page I found this concertina (an accordion relative) that she 3D printed, as you can tell by looking at it:
However, the finished product rather convincingly resembles wood:
So how'd she do it? In a nutshell, some 60-grit, stain, wood finish and (directional) elbow grease.
You might be able to figure it out from there, but click here for details on her process. It's as simple as it is clever.
14 Feb 2020, 3:34 pm | DeMilked
The winners of the International Birth Photography Image Competition 2020 are finally here.
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14 Feb 2020, 3:30 pm | Etsy Journal
Photo by Dani Barbe
Good news, gem lovers: Birthstone jewelry is having a major moment, and Etsy sellers are making the most of it with a range of beautifully reimagined twists on the classics. From fashion-forward ruby and garnet ombré bracelets to playful opal studs shaped like glittering giraffes, the unexpected pieces from these expert designers and curators encourage you to pile on any—and every—stone that suits your personal style, no matter where on the calendar your birthday falls. Read on to discover six unique birthstone jewelry collections we’re currently crushing on, and let their distinctive designs inspire your next gift idea, milestone marker, or one-of-a-kind keepsake meant just for you.
It’s no wonder Dani Barbe’s trendy pieces have a bit of edge to them—the Maryland-based designer hails from the rock ‘n’ roll world as a former singer-songwriter. “I originally designed for myself—the type of jewelry I wished I could find,” she says. From rings studded with multicolored gem clusters to bold, raw-stone ear climbers, Dani’s inventive collection offers a statement-making alternative to more traditional presentations. “My aesthetic is more playful and wearable,” Dani says. “I describe it as ‘imperfectly perfect.’” For a fresh take on sporting your signature stone, we’re loving her chunky, gem-encrusted hoops for their rocker-chic notice-me factor.
Nature-lovers will find plenty of pretty reasons to spring for an enchanting keepsake from Every Bear Jewel. Elegantly hand-carved with motifs of twigs and leaves—and even a whimsical assortment of four-legged wildlife—these outdoors-inspired stunners from Toronto-based designer Setsuko Sanagawa make natural conversation pieces. “I aim to give wearers peace of mind with my botanical designs and spread cheer with my animal line,” Setsuko says. With a variety of birthstone options and a charming selection of creatures to choose from (we’re partial to her two-toned cat rings and delightful giraffe posts), it’s easy to find a symbolic gift for the pet parent or wilderness explorer in your life.
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect present for a loved one or for yourself, Nadirah Bostick’s layering-friendly line of bangles, necklaces, and rings promises something sparkly and special to suit every ensemble. Offering a veritable rainbow of dainty, modern pieces specifically designed for stacking, New Jersey-based Aquarian Thoughts has become a go-to for maximalists looking to build their own unique look with multiple stones at a time. Nadirah’s personal accessorizing approach? “The more the merrier. If you mix metals and styles, and each one is something you’re really attracted to, then it’s meaningful. It tells its own story,” she says.
If heirloom jewels aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when browsing for birthstones, one look at Maejean Vintage’s dazzling preloved pieces will convince you otherwise. Featuring a dramatic array of antique and upcycled gemstones—from southwestern-style turquoise all the way to engagement-ready aquamarines—this tastefully curated shop’s on-trend collection is proof that everything old becomes new again. “The most rewarding thing is that we’re giving all these exquisite pieces a chance to have another life with someone who cares about them,” says Amanda Hornberger, who runs the shop out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her sister Laura. Another built-in bonus? Choosing vintage is an Earth-friendly way to fill your jewelry box with personality.
Whether you’re celebrating the birth of your second child with a personalized multi-stone charm, commemorating graduation day with a popular pair of starburst posts, or popping the question with a sapphire haloed in diamonds, the brilliant cuts and radiant hues in Envero Jewelry’s gemstone collection are ideal for moments meant to be remembered. “I want my pieces to be an introduction to the world of fine jewelry,” says New York designer Kat Envero. And though her luxurious lineup includes plenty of classic shapes including solitaires and polished studs, birthstone hunters will also enjoy a mix of unorthodox yet timeless options, like a sculptural art deco opal ring or an open cuff diamond bangle.
“I love to use beads and stones to tell a little story that your eye can follow along the length of a piece of jewelry,” says Joanne Poore, owner of UK-based Artique Boutique. Using an unconventional pairing of organic silhouettes and slimline chains, Joanne has created a boho-luxe line filled with teardrop-shaped gemstone pendants, dangly multi-layered earrings, and showstopper ombré necklaces and bracelets. For an approachable place to dive in, we recommend her extensive collection of simple yet sophisticated studs, which spans the birthstone calendar. “Try a fresh stone or color as a way to update an outfit for the new season,” Joanne suggests. “Play is a great way to discover and express your own unique spirit.”
Rachel Mosely is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, New York.
14 Feb 2020, 3:29 pm | Core77
At this point Amazon, FedEx and UPS have all put in orders for electric delivery vans. FedEx was actually the first to make the news, ordering 1,000 vehicles from Chinese manufacturer Chanje back in 2018:
Stylistically it's a mess, particularly that front end, where it looks like the designers were halfheartedly trying to rip off the worst part of a Nissan Frontier:
Last month UPS announced they were getting into the electric game too, ordering 10,000 no-gas vans from the UK's Arrival, whose design game is more on point:
But it was Amazon who went largest, if neither first nor last, announcing in 2019 that they'd ordered 100,000 electric vans from Rivian, likely altering the future of that company:
Amazon is also the only one who seems interested in pushing the design angle, releasing images of the mockups in the design studio:
That being said--and sorry to dump on Nissan again--it looks to me like the designers took the last-gen NV200 and stretched everything above the beltline to make it taller.
Who do you think has the best-looking truck? If I look at them all together…
…I've gotta give it to UPS. Sure, the truck's shape is such that new drivers will need a second to figure out which end the driver's compartment is in. But to me it looks the most modern, and I'm digging those sexy little fender flares.
What say you?
14 Feb 2020, 2:32 pm | Core77
Fascinated with the intersection of industry, science and architecture, British photographer Alastair Philip Wiper has visited his share of factories and industrial facilities. His website is loaded with photos revealing his capacity for capturing the almost terrifyingly organized beauty of them:
This month he's released a new book documenting the best of them, Unintended Beauty.
Unintended Beauty offers a rare insight into places of work, knowledge and power that are normally kept behind closed doors. Unintended Beauty is a photographic exploration of industrial iconography and scientific symbolism found in technical facilities in around the world. The book reveals the accidental aesthetics, sublime complexities and rich details of our machines - machines that smash atoms together, build aeroplanes, produce medicine, make shoes, stuff sausages, and more.
Also, if you're a B&O fan, check out Wiper's previous book The Art of Impossible: The Bang & Olufsen Design Story.
14 Feb 2020, 1:51 pm | Core77
Researchers at Switzerland's EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) have invented a new 3D printing method similar to stereolithography, but with far faster results.
The similarity between the two systems is that both use photosensitive resins cured by lasers. Where they differ is that EPFL's system, which is tomography-inspired, doesn't build layer-by-layer on a vertically-moving platform, but instead comprehensively blasts their beams into a spinning container holding the resin. This essentially creates the object in one go, and with better surface quality, absent telltale layers.
At present their build area is limited to two centimeters square, but they can print objects with extraordinary speed, from "milliseconds" to "less than 30 seconds," depending on the complexity of the part.
Because they can print objects using both hard and soft materials, an obvious application is medical:
The researchers teamed up with a surgeon to test 3D-printed arteries made using the technique. "The trial results were extremely encouraging," says Damien Loterie, CEO of Readily3D.
Readily3D, by the way, is a spin-off the researchers have already set up to commercialize the technology. They reckon further development will increase their build area from two to 15 centimeters; if they're able to do that and the price is manageable, I believe at that point we'll start seeing strong interest from industrial design consultancies that aren't purely medical-focused. "The process could also be used to quickly build small silicone or acrylic parts that don't need finishing after printing," says Christophe Moser, who heads up EPFL's Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices, which developed the technology.
14 Feb 2020, 1:48 pm | DeMilked
Tattoos are pretty cool but there's one simple thing you should know before you get one: don't get a tattoo in a language you don't speak.
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This Family Built A Tiny Private Village Where Every Kid Has Their Own Home And Revealed How They Look On The Inside
14 Feb 2020, 12:15 pm | DeMilked
The Brink family purchased a 21-acre property in Kentucky five years ago and turned it into a tiny family village.
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13 Feb 2020, 7:52 pm | Core77
Although it can move around on jobsites under its own steam, it of course moves too slowly and takes up too much space to drive it there; so like a stationary crane, it is broken down into pieces and trucked to the jobsite. But it is designed in such a way that once it arrives, it can "self-assemble," with some human help:
13 Feb 2020, 7:30 pm | INHABITAT
Currently Crowdfunding: A Travel Cup That Can Fit Inside Your Pocket, an Educational Robot Friendly Enough to be a Pixar Character, and More
13 Feb 2020, 7:00 pm | Core77
Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup of our favorite campaigns for your viewing (and spending!) pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income:
Hunu is a reusable coffee cup that collapses to fit inside your pocket, making it easier than ever to avoid single-use disposable cups when you're on the go. You don't even have to worry about cleaning it beforehand, it comes with a plug so you won't risk any leaks.
This furniture system uses an ingenious connector that doesn't require any tools or hardware. You'll have to buy your own plywood but after that, the sky's the limit for what you can build with your own two hands.
With a friendly design that looks like it came straight out of a Pixar movie, Clicbot is a modular, educational robot with myriad programming possibilities for kids embarking on their STEM journey.
A push and grip mechanism allows this simple towel holder to function better than any hook and keep your towels off the floor.
For all you transit buffs: This documentary explores the factors leading to New York City's subway crisis as well as the dire state of transit infrastructure throughout the country.
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These creative designers have come up with clever design ideas that will help you make the most out of your limited space.
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