January 10th 2013 – The Netherlands is known to get cold. Very cold. Dutch designer Joost van Veldhuizen, founder of VanJoost, created a portable standing fireplace to help beat the freeze. Calling the little heater Brazier ‘Mikado’, Veldhuizen’s cool arrangement of bent steel is able to maintain its sturdiness, even amongst the very spastic set of legs. Because the Mikado is light weight and compact, it can easily be moved from spot to spot depending on where the outdoor gathering is happening.
Joost van Veldhuizen at work in his Voorthuizen workshop for VanJoost.
December 21st, 2012 – Our modern culture may have a shortage on a lot of things, but there is one item in particular that there we are not lacking. The iPhone case. Filtering through case after case to find the right one that fits your phone, your needs, and your personality can be overwhelming in a market so saturated with the little protectors. Straight out of Saint Petersburg comes the Stealth iPhone Case by industrial designer Svyatoslav Boyarincev. The Stealth adds an angular mulch-faceted feel to your iPhone, and is constructed out of tough plastic and metal. Besides the cool looking design, the thing that separates this case from the others is that you can flick out one, or two of the angles and it becomes a kickstand for your phone!
December 18th 2012 – “Due to a lack of space, the fear of theft, and simply for the love of their bikes, more people than ever are taking their bikes with them into their home or office,” Leopold Brötzmann and Sebastian Backhaus, founders of Berlin-based design firm MIKILI, explained. Because most urban cyclist habitat in smaller spaces, clever storage solutions have become a high demand. The two designers and avid cyclists put their heads together and created The TÎAN – an fine oak drawer that securely fastens to the wall, with a slight groove carved into the top to hang a bicycle from its frame. The minimalistic looking TÎAN is stark white on the outside and solid oak inside, with a grey piece of felt that covers the groove on top to prevent wear and tear.
Even when a bike is not being hung from the TÎAN, it appears as nothing more than a quality piece of furniture. Making MIKILI’s creation a happy combination of necessary function and and great design! ($433.00)
December 14th, 2012 - When designer Loïc Bard isn’t sitting through his final courses at Ébénisterie Art of Montreal, he’s running a full time design studio where he is perfecting his woodworking skills, creating clocks, and designing his own collection of jewelery. Bard unveiled his latest creation, The Capside Lamp, last week at Montreal’s Souk@sat design event – which stood out amongst the work of veteran designers. The Capside Lamps are sculpted into an abstract geometric form with a wooden exterior, coated with vibrant colors on the inside. The lamps double as a floor lamp, and a ceiling pendant, giving users the ability to get creative with the playful little lights.
(Photography: Loïc Bard)
December 11th, 2012 – Polka dots, why not? Atelier Ruby’s signature helmet, The Pavillon, just got a little bit cooler as buyers now have the option to customize their helmets. The French company is pairing the carbon fiber helmets with a stunning selection of soft Nappa Lamb leather, with a finishing trim of chrome, brass, or gunmetal. Users have the option of customizing the finish of the shell with a pattern such as stripes, checks, or even polka dots – making these helmets high on the gift list this season!
December 11th, 2012 – German graphic-designer-turned-product-designer Christoffer Martens has simplified and re-worked everything we know about bookends. The clever designer decided to liberate books from bookshelves everywhere as his new raw oak and elastic combo, Book Binder, allows any collection of books to become freestanding. The kit consists of two end pieces of lacquered wood or raw oak that are fastened with an elastic band, stack the books between the ends – and voila – your books can stand freely on the floor, kitchen table – or wherever is most practical. Buy here: $70.00
(Photography: Christoffer Martens)
December 6th, 2012 – Coming to you all the way from the North Pole, well, not quite, but close. Acne JR is a Swedish toy company based in Stockholm and they have just created their new Kranium Skull Bowl. The bowl is hand carved out of pine wood to mimic an abstract version of a skull. Open the cute little guy’s skull and you’ll find a small compartment to store your keepsakes. ($72.00)
November 20th, 2012 – Straight out of Melbourne, industrial designer Luke Woodard has upcycled a set of old 50mm slide film into a slide lamp – hence, where the name SLDLMP came from. “The initial concept came from the idea of transferring some aspect of creativity to the user, achieved by presenting the lamp as a flat-pack puzzle inspired cardboard cut-out,” Woodard explained. The product is as raw and paper-like as the square bits of film themselves! The lamp isn’t only unique in construction, but also in the fact that each fixture tells its own story; maybe one of family holidays at the beach house, or giving lectures on the cardiovascular system in med school.
The lamp is laser-cut from a single sheet of 2mm thick 900x600mm box-board. All the components that go into the lamp are cut from one single sheet, and are nested in between one another to make the most of the available offcuts. The process also enabled scoring of the card, which is required along the edges that were to be folded. The rest of the components are glued in place, using frosted polypropylene backings on the slide brackets to diffuse the light from behind them, drastically reducing the intensity of the brightness filtering through the images.
The user then selects the slide film they wish to display (either from their own sourced collection, or the supplied film), slides them into the holsters, and folds the lamp into shape – using the teeth on the sides of the tabs to lock the structure in place, much like a 3D puzzle.
The final product complemented the raw and analogue nature of slide film, specifically by using recycled materials and amplified by the fibrous texture of the box-board. The lamp created a fun and practical solution for displaying your long lost dusty memories in a contemporary setting, without needing an overhead projector.
November 5th 2012 – For the urban rider living in a populated city it’s tricky finding a good spot for your bicycle at home, especially in tight spaces. Latvia based industrial designer Reinis Salins has come up with a clever and decorative way to easily mount your bike onto your wall. The Elk Bike Hanger is a “clean product with a natural concept; handmade quality and smooth design,” explained Salins. The Elk is carved at angles out of solid Oak wood, and is designed to let the user mount the bike in an easy three step process; lift the bike, shift the rear of the bike upwards and into the Elk, then let the bike rest securely into the wooden device! ($294)
October 23rd, 2012 – Massoud Hassani grew up in Afghanistan. As a child him and his brother used to build small toys that rolled. The two boys would take the small toys out in the hills to play with them, but as the wind would pick up the toys would roll faster than their little legs could carry. Eventually the boys would have to let the wind take their toys, because the land was covered in millions of land mines. Hassani explained that some kids, would attempt to get their toys, but the consequences to that choice was fatal.
Hassani has been riddled with concept after concept of how to detonate the mines to allow the local people to use the land safely for the past twenty years. during his graduate studies at Design Academy Eindhoven, the 25 year old was able to experiment with his theories on a grander scale. He took the same idea that he had as a boy, a device that could roll over the land, but he needed to make it strong enough to withstand the power of the explosion.
Early prototypes of the Mine Kafon would explode to pieces along with the detonation of the bomb. Now, Hassani has designed a GPS integrated Mine Kafon Ball that will not explode when the mine goes off – the ball will continue to roll to the next mine to release the detonation. The ball is constructed of three parts, the spherical core, 70 bamboo legs that stick out from it, and black round surfaces for the feet. Check out the landmine seeking device in action in the video below.
(Video By Callum Cooper )
October 12, 2012 – In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison introduced the phonograph, and just like that, life had a soundtrack. The Gramophone, designed by the team at Restoration Hardware, borrowed the iconic speaker horn from those early machines to amplify sound with the power of pure physics, creating the perfect contraption for your modern day devices to fit in with your retro styled space. The Base is handcrafted from solid walnut and the horn is made from iron and brass with the ability to boost its volume by three to four times, with no need for electricity. (Buy Here)
October 4th, 2012 – It is easy for Geoffrey Franklin, designer and owner of Walnut Studio, to create authentic and carefully crafted leather bicycle accessories. It has to be! Because every few months he whips out a completely new product that looks and functions at high quality levels. Most recently, a stylish hand-tooled leather box-shaped saddle bag. The bag is hand-finished, hand-stitched thick, and is constructed from stiff leather which attaches to your bike with a buckle closure and an additional leather twine to tie around the seat post. Franklin explained that the bag “Stays shut with a ‘common sense’ hardware closure, and contents are held secure with envelope flaps that fold into the bag.” The leather in the bag is made with USA-made unfinished tanned leather from a local company that I finished with a combination process including weatherproofing and dye. Available in “honey”/cognac, brown, black, or unfinished natural. ($72)
(Photography Courtesy of Walnut Studio)
Industrial Designer Xavier Lopez says that “we are experts in precooked meals made in 5-15 minutes.” It seems, at times, we can be so caught up with our faced paced lives that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Lopez’s DOME Oven might just be the trick to slowing us all down!?! “The idea is to recover the idea of DOME cooking fire and slowly, as our ancestors did, generating a meeting around food because you have to wait to be done,” the designer explained. The DOME is relatively light weight and can be used in the kitchen, or you can take it on a picnic to the beach. The oven is constructed of all handmade pieces with a refractory ceramic and a little shallot. Lopez chose a dark black glaze to line the inside so the food becomes more attractive and the small structure is sculpted to give the food perfectly distributed heat!
(Photography: Xavier Lopez)
August 6th, 2012 – The Barcelona based motorcycle helmet company Hedon, started when three friends from three different design backgrounds came together to rethink the helmet. The trio joined forces, with their respective expertise in graphic design, helmet crafting, and fashion design, to create a stylish and colorful collection of helmets. The crew took a graphical approach to designing the series of helmets using the color spectrum, a space invader like octopus, and peacock feathers. Beyond being super stylish, the shell of each helmet is injected with thermoplastic and comes with an anti-scratch visor, ”Hed-armor” lining, and removable cheek pads, for the riders protection.
August 2nd, 2012 – Straight out of Los Angeles comes the Reboot Record Player by industrial designer Siddharth Vanchinathan. The Reboot is a new-age version to the old school device that brought music into the homes of millions. The new record player still plays all your favorite vinyls, but the design process requires 50% less footprint than the original. Inside the Reboot is a pre amp, which is included so that the audio output can be directly plugged into a speaker. Vanchinathan Studied the large boxy frame of the original record player, then streamlined it into a smaller, minimalistic version to fit perfectly next to your modern day gadgets!
(Photography: Siddharth Vanchinathan)
DEUTSCHE & JAPANER, a Germany based creative firm, doesn’t like to limit their capabilities when it comes to creating. The firm has already won an impressive amount of international awards for their graphic design, product design, interior design, illustration, and scenography. Their most recent creation is titled A D A (A Darling Accessory); a part of D & J’s initiative to develop a series of genuine handcrafted items. The A D A collection, which includes a belt, bike lock, and key pendant, is a perfect fit for the recreational city bike rider. The products are constructed of fine Italian calf leather, sewn with strong red threads and finished with golden hot foil – for a little urban cowboy flare!
(Photography: DEUTSCHE & JAPANER)
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“Ghetto Bird,” “Stale Fish,” “Roast Beef,” “Saran Wrap”… We know what you’re thinking. But alas, the aforementioned aren’t buffet items. They’re skateboarding tricks. And evidently enough, it doesn’t matter how many sweet tricks you have up your sleeve, or tucked into your shredded skateboarding kicks rather, unless you have a custom deck designed exclusively for you. Big talk? Perhaps. But wait till you see the boards that Craig & Karl are churning out.
No one is more stoked than the pro team at Enjoi – a SoCal based skateboard apparel and accessory company. Why you ask? We’ll tell you. The team got hooked up with their very own decks designed exclusively by Craig & Karl. Co-founder Karl Maier explained that they created “custom artwork for each of Enjoi’s riders that celebrated their individual loves, loathings, artifacts and most importantly, bad habits – from lube to guns to chicken wings.” (We’re crossing our fingers the three are not used in tandem).
In a nutshell, Maier and his agency partner, Craig Redman, initially worked with the riders to glean info on their personal obsessions, objects they felt connected to, or just stuff that best summed up everyday life. Then they graphically translated the good, the bad, and the ugly, into separate boards for team riders Jose Rojo, Jerry Hsu, Louie Barletta, Nestor Judkins, Wieger Van Wageningen, Cairo Foster, and Caswell Berry, and illustrating it all onto epoxy resin constructed decks.
Enjoi chose a resin construction over the standard 7-ply because resin is proven to be significantly stronger and consistent in weight. Along with the boost in strength, the epoxy finish is more aggressive than the “industry standard” water-base glue, and as a bonus, since epoxy is so strong, less of it is used yielding a lighter, stiffer deck that keeps its pop longer.
We caught up with professional skateboarder Jerry Hsu, (who just so happens to be our all-time favorite character to play in the skateboarding video game EA Skate) who explained the objects that composed his likes, dislikes, and bad habits. Hsu divulged that his list to Craig & Karl looked a little something like this: “kitty litter with poop, pile of unopened bills, dirty laundry, lotion and tissues, Ray Ban’s (half frame), film cameras, naked Greek statues, animal skulls, steamed dumplings, soy sauce, broken Blackberry phone.” So basically it was a matter of sifting through all their obscure objects and translating the hot mess into an interesting composition, while still keeping the riders personality present.” Karl added, “the filthier and more chaotic the lists the more fun they were to do!” Nothing like having a side of steamed dumplings with your “Stale Fish”, and “Roast Beef.” Don’t mind if I do!
Admittedly, we are all obsessed with our new age touch-screen devices! But taking your warm gloves off in the middle of a January freeze to check a text message can be enough to filter the coldest chill through your body. Impressively enough, the designers at Mujjo quickly created a solution for this modern day problem when they unveiled their Touch Screen Gloves to the world last winter. Fast forward to mid-summer and we sat down to have a chat with Remy Nagelmaeker, Mujjo’s co-founder and design director, about their latest hand-crafted series of iProduct accessories called The Originals Collection. Nagelmaeker gave us some interesting insight into the Mujjo world, their design process, and how the team used a unique combination of wool felt and high quality leather to create some super stylish case goods!
Oh, and on an even cooler note – Mujjo wants to giveaway a pair of Touch Screen Gloves and an iPad sleeve from The Originals Collection to KNSTRCT’s Facebook friends. (Join us on Facebook to be eligible for the giveaway! The winners will be announced on Friday July 20th, 2012)
Tech boom? What tech boom? No matter how for advanced in technology we think we are, it is clearly apparent that we are still in infant stages compared to the possibilities of the future. Even though gadgets are popping up left and right, attempting to give people efficiency and convenience, there is one, old gadget, that won’t die – the wrist watch! One of our favorite designers Jaime Hayon has teamed up with Ian Lowe to start a new company called Orolog, to design and manufacture innovative Swiss Made time pieces.
Here is a glimpse at their first collection which is comprised of 3 simple function and 3 chronographs using multiple materials within a clean and simple design. Hayon wanted to create the series by “exploring the combination of classical elements and modern details to create a contemporary classic [watch].”
The talented designer created an organically shaped case, ‘Capitone’ quilted texture dial face, a clever use of typographic details for numerals, complemented by exquisite colored leather straps (made from Hermes leather).
The water resistant watches are manufactured in Switzerland, they feature Ronda quartz movements, with matte stainless steel and pvd case finishes, matching or contrasting matte black pvd buckles, crowns & pushers.
(Photography: Jaime Hayon)
Matthew Choto is a San Fransisco based industrial designer who specializes in creating toys, sneakers, furniture, and now headphones. The recent Reebok Design Competition winner has upped his game with his new IMMATURE collection. The series features a luxurious pair of black and gold studio headphones, along with a matching wristwatch. Choto says that the headphones and watch were “designed for a theoretical high end brand, inspired by Hip-Hop culture.” The sleek headphones are predominantly matte black with a raised gold plaque at the ears, they take on a soft angular form with rigid geometric contours as accent marks. The headphones are a mere concept now, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see people rocking them in the near future.
(Photography Courtesy of: Matthew Choto)
There is a magical philosophy behind the Jormungand Watch. The design of this truly intriguing watch is the representation of time, flowing back into itself. “Jormungand is a serpent that is large enough to encircle the earth and hold onto his own tail. As the story goes, when Jormungand lets go of his own tail the earth will end,” Wisconsin based Industrial Designer David Prince explains. Prince goes on to note that the “forms of Jormungand are about eternity and time flowing back into itself, hence the helical disc shapes that make up the hour and minute “hands.” The “hands”, are not actual watch hands – instead of watch hands, part of the face is raised up to create a space for tiny sliver of an LED light which peeks through to provide a glow which acts as the hour hand. Beyond the fascinating mythical inspiration – this is watch is brilliant.
(Renderings: David Prince)
Most of us look away when we stumble upon a dog going #2, but an English artist, who goes by “Whatshisname,” wants you to stare straight at it! He does, it takes him a month to construct each one of his Good Boy Lamps, less than 100 of them now exist worldwide. The designer says that the “Good Boy lamp was designed as an item of everyday use that makes user uncomfortable with every use.” Mission accomplished – the artist was originally commissioned to build the lamp to be featured in London’s the Art Below exhibition on London Underground Stations, but was actually banned by London Underground from appearing on the Bond Street station for being to offensive!
December 4th, 2012 – Robyn Proteen, Founder of Proteen Gear, is a traveling photographer who has taken his experience and created a series of clever accessories that might come in handy to music lovers, travelers, and photographers. Proteen’s latest creation is the Leather Guitar Pick Wallet, a 100% handmade leather wallet with six guitar pick sleeves that face inward when the wallet is folded. No more searching for your guitar picks when you’re sitting down for an impromptu recording session! ($35)
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Mathew Schneider, founder and creative director of Tribeca based design studio Carefully Considered, (we previously reported on his design of Husaberg’s FE 390 Enduro bikes). Now, the clever designer has proposed a series of innovative and stylized guitars for the Fender Telecaster. The Telecaster, informally known as The Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar. Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and pop music in the 50′s – but, it may be the right time to give the legendary instrument a slight makeover.
Schneider’s proposed redesign not only includes custom body wrap in various materials, but also a redesign of the pickups. “The central pickup was designed to be reminiscent of an acoustic guitar. I repositioned the volume, power and treble to the underside as “push – in” buttons,” noted Schneider. “I also redesigned the inlays on the neck, as well as changed the tuner knobs to those used on traditional stringed instruments in order to make them look chunkier and bolder.” Bolder, being the key word here!
(Photographs: Carefully Considered)