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AJ cutlery by Arne Jacobsen (1957)

Designed in 1957 it was deemed so futuristic that it was used by Stanley Kubrick in his 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

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Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen (1948)

After winning the Museum of Modern Art Organic Design Competition with Charles Eames for their experiments with bent plywood in 1941, Eero Saarinen was eager to continue exploring the possibilities of a chair that achieved comfort through the shape of its shell, not the depth of its cushioning. Initially, he began the investigation with designs for smaller fiberglass task chairs, but changed direction when Florence Knoll approached him and asked, “Why not take the bull by the horns and do the big one first? I want a chair that is like a basket full of pillows…something I can curl up in.” While that’s not exactly where Saarinen ended up, the suggestion inspired one of the most iconic, and comfortable, chairs of the modern furniture movement.

Like many of Saarinen’s furniture designs, the Womb Chair required production techniques and materials still in the infancy of their existence. Saarinen and Florence Knoll found a boat builder in New Jersey who was experimenting with fiberglass and resin to help develop manufacturing methods for the new chair. Florence Knoll: “He was very skeptical. We just begged him. I guess we were so young and so enthusiastic he finally gave in and worked with us. We had lots of problems and failures until they finally got a chair that would work.”

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Stack Printer by Mugi Yamamoto

When printing, “Stack” slowly moves downwards and swallows the pile until no paper is left. The paper disappears under the printer and exits on top, where it creates a new pile.

Thanks to this new way of printing it is possible to remove the paper tray, the bulkiest element in common printers. This concept allows a very light appearance and avoids frequent reloading.

More about it: Mugi Yamamoto

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Bike Lift & Carry by Aleksandr Mukomelov

Bike Lift&Carry is designed for city commuters and allows easy lifting and comfortable carrying of a bicycle or e-bike as if it was a shoulder bag.

High quality belt length fixation mechanism provides comfortable usage for any person tall and bicycle dimensions. The hook used to fix the belt on the bicycle handlebar is easily fixed on the bottom part of device housing with the help of special silicone catch.

More about it: Bike Lift & Carry

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Designed by Apple - Intention

What do we want people to feel? According to this video, that’s what Apple design team ask themselves before starting to design a new product. But is that so?

Jony Ive was quoted several times remarking how every new project is started by searching for “its design “story”—that is, by asking himself, What’s the story of this product?”

“Developing the design story was an essential first step in conceiving something entirely new. “As industrial designers we no longer design objects,” Jony said. “We design the user’s perceptions of what those objects are, as well as the meaning that accrues from their physical existence, their function and the sense of possibility they offer.”

While designing the first iMac, the design team at Apple "didn’t start with engineering dictates,” Jony said. “We actually started with people.”

They discussed topics like “objects that dispense positive emotions”; one of the designers suggested a transparent gumball dispenser as an example of this. The IDg also discussed how other businesses, like the fashion industry, might approach the problem. “We talked about companies like Swatch—companies that broke the rules—that viewed technology as a way to the consumer, not the consumer as the path to the technology,” Jony said.”

Of course, this is no news for here industrial designers that will relate all of this topics to the framing of the project: every product that is designed needs to fulfill a purpose, to be used on some environment and of course be related to the people that’s going to use it. So, in this way, isn’t to design something questioning firstly “what do we want people to feel?” a fair way to proceed?

* Fragments from Leander Kahney’s book: “Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products”.

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FoldPot by Emanuele Pizzolorusso

This silicone rubber plant pot is designed to expand as the plant’s roots grow by folding upward, giving you the ability to add nearly twice as much soil as needed throughout the plant’s life. And while most pots require that you decide ahead of time whether you want a drainage hole or not, the Fold Pot has a hole at the bottom that can be easily cut out to drain the plant.

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Halo Light by Pensar and Illumagear

The numbers don’t lie: In 2012, 4,628 construction workers were killed on the job from a number of hazards—falls, scaffold collapse, electric shock, failure to use proper personal equipment. 

The HALO Light is an LED light ring that attaches to a number of hard hat styles for increased visibility. Unlike other single-sourced headlamps, the HALO light provides visibility on all sides of a worker. Futhermore, it needs no tools and is fast to install/remove.

More about it: Core77 

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Flare pans by Tom Povey for Lakeland

Povey’s radical-looking cast-aluminum Flare line, which UK kitchenware brand Lakeland began selling last week, employs something you see on turbines: Fins. These carry the heat from the base to the sides more efficiently, reportedly cooking food some 44% faster than a conventional pan. And a conventional pan requires 40% more energy to achieve the same results as you’d get with a Flare pan, making it ideal both for camping—less gas to carry—as well as appealing to kitchenbound consumers for both the energy savings and the evenness of the cooking.

More about it: Core77 & Lakeland

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Dieter Rams and Jonathan Ive share their views about Industrial Design.

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Happy Industrial Design day!

World Industrial Design Day - June 29th 2014

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Skylino - Child Restraint System for use in aircraft by Karsten Willman

The idea for Skylino was based on modern flight seats with 3-point belt (like in cars), which offers the opportunity to include a child-restraint system to secure the child in front of its parent. After reaching the travel flight altitude, the shoulder belt can be removed, which then allows the infant to be placed in a kind of hammock position. The parent is then able to move and relax.

If there is an emergency, the parent simply needs to unlock the belt and get up with the child, being able to leave the aircraft as quickly as the other passengers.

More about it: Karsten Willman

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Anatomy Of A Cannes Contender: British Airways’ Magic Posters That Point At Planes

In an industry dominated by price comparison, we wanted to create something truly engaging to remind us all how magical flying really is.

Sitting out in the garden one day, I realized that the reason my two young daughters stopped whatever it was that they were doing and gazed up into the sky pointing whenever a plane flew overhead, was because they were filled with wonder and amazement. To them, planes were magical.

One of Arthur C Clarke’s most famous quotes that gets used fairly regularly these days sprung to mind: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” In my children’s eyes, planes were something they didn’t understand. In their eyes, they may as well have been dragons or flying unicorns. Magical. All we needed to do was to remind everyone else of that and take them back to that magical moment when they first flew.

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The word design is everything and nothing. The design and the product itself are inseparable.
—— Jonathan Ive
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11-Year-Old Makes An Unbreakable, Spill-Proof Cup For Her Ailing Grandfather

When Lily Born noticed her grandfather, who suffers from parkinson’s, was spilling his drinks, she decided to design him a better cup. The young entrepreneur is now selling her product on kickstarter.

More about it: fastcodesign & kickstarter

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LAB.C Cable Case by Yougin Koh

Smartphone is an essential product in our life today. However, one inconvenient weakness is that the battery discharges so quickly. It is annoying to bring both a cable and an adapter. 

An 8-pin USB cable is stored in a grooved part at the back of the case. So users can charge their mobile phone anywhere they get to an USB slot.

More about it: Behance

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KLIPPA - Prosthetic Leg for Rock Climbers by Kai Lin

Inspired by mountain goats and their exceptional climbing ability, KLIPPA is a prosthetic leg design for amputee rock climbers. Its unique features augment human capabilities and challenge the limitations of existing prosthetic legs, allowing amputees to climb more efficiently and comfortably.

More about it: Behance

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Nescafé Alarm Cap

Nescafé Alarm Cap it’s a limited edition 3D-printed cap that glows and plays different sounds to awaken you. When you screw off the cap, the alarm turns off and you get the smell of coffee instead.

Although it’s a clever concept, the Nescafé Alarm Cap it’s purely promotional and isn’t exactly going to hit supermarket shelves any time soon.

More about it: Core77

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Ilumia kitchen hood by Lukasz Paszkowski

A tasteful combination of black glass surfaces and metal trims visualizes a high-quality standard and sleek aesthetic for the modern kitchen. Its omnidirectional LED light provides ample illumination for even large cooking spaces.

More about it: Lukasz Paszkowski

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Cliq Premium Magnetic Clothing Hangers by Georg Dwalischwili and Janis Karklins

The Cliq resembles a standard hanger in size and proportion, but doesn’t have the hook section that traditionally attaches the hanger to a rail. In its place sits a powerful magnet that can attach to any metal surface, be it flat or circular.

To use the Cliq, users simply move the hangers close to the metallic surface and the magnetic force will draw the two together, making a satisfying click when they meet.

By eliminating the hook, the design saves six centimetres of vertical space on average. Another property of the magnets means that two hangers will naturally repel each other, creating an even gap between each garment.

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Leica T-System 

Built according to the traditions of the art of engineering. The Leica T-System is the world’s first camera with a body made completely of aluminium. Machined from a single block of solid metal and polished by hand for 45 minutes. 

More about it: Leica

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