Time Machine

Irving Harper Paper Sculptures

Credited with being one of the forces that shaped how we view 20th century design, Irving Harper is an industrial designer and artist. The Why Design series by Herman Miller recently posted a video interview with Harper talking about his paper sculptures and his innate need to create. His paper sculptures range from masks and other African art references, to models that demonstrate complex architectural engineering concepts. One of my favorite statements made by Harper in the video was on the subject of sketching and how he never does it. Instead he envisions the end result and constructs it in his head and then goes directly to the creating the finished piece in paper. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” Harper says, which demonstrates his immense modesty and also illustrates how his mind is able to solve problems in paper.

Definitely check out the rest of the Why Design series, which features some of the greatest designers and creatives both contemporary and past.

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Clutch Pencil

Pencils are often the disposable cousin of the pen for many people. Conversely the Cluth Pencil by German company Fürst are durable clean graphite stick pencils. The bright colors remind me of the Swiss colored pencils of my child hood from CARAN d’ACHE. One of my favorite features is a sharpener integrated into the push-button.

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Grouper Social Club

Kyle Miller is a serious talent distinguishing himself in the LA design scene. His recent work for social startup Grouper Social Club is a clean and fun demonstration of his skills in brand identity and art direction. The collateral he designed for them is also a really nice extension of his awesome type and icon elements.

(via Design Work Life »)

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David Weeks

These new lighting designs by David Weeks were recently on display at the Ralph Pucci showroom here in New York along with some of his other new work. I am particularly infatuated with these amazing futuristic chandeliers. There is an undeniable reference to aviation design and the way other winged creatures float through the skies.

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Cornelius & Voge’s House

Architects Cornelius + Voge have a portfolio of work that is packed full of projects ranging from insightful urban planning to comfortable innovative residential solutions. Of course the house they designed for themselves is a very comfortable simple space with subtle details which really make space.


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The concept behind this ultra minimalist rocking chair was to embody the look and feel of relaxation. When I relax I personally feel a little more amorphous or at least less rigid. That aside the design by Purpose Inc. is really beautiful and the profile view almost resembles the floor plan of an oddly shaped building.

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Beer Friday: Blue Nectar

UK based design consultants Blue Nectar created, in collaboration with a local brewery Blue Nectar’s Number 1. The creation is a unique ambery ale which as a beer and product embodies exactly what BN strive to deliver for their clients on every project. Creating compelling brands and fitting them into some beautiful packaging. This packaging sports some seriously custom features including embossing, waxed caps, and brushed aluminum medallion on the bottleneck to name a few.

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Chochin Lamp

The Chochin is a traditional Japanese rice paper lantern, which often featured calligraphy, bold characters, and bright colors. This series was re-envisioned by the designers of h220430 a Tokyo based furniture and lighting design studio. The lamps are currently available from Gallery Somewhere in the Shibuya district of Tokyo.

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Maddie on Tour

Theron Humphrey while on a year long trip documenting everyday people around the United States adopted 1 year old Maddie a Coonhound from a shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. During the journey, Humphrey started taking photos of Maddie and discovered she had amazing balance and an unwavering patience. He began collecting the photos on a blog entitled Maddie on Things. The images and Maddie became an immediate sensation and Theron collected some of the best images and stories into a book. Of course also titled Maddie on Things. This year the pair is back on the road touring all fifty states on a book tour and working on a new project called Why we Rescue.

Google Glass

Of all the cool new interface experiments out there Google Glass is in my opinion the one with the greatest chances of disrupting the norm. It is also one of the most different marriages of product and interface that has been unveiled in the past few years. Through the super powerful and realistic point-of-view capturing people will be able to to see the world through each others glasses. If in the future viewing the world through other peoples eyes becomes more of a convention it will have some interesting potential effects on social disparity and anthropology. If you are interested in trying to get your hands on them you can hashtag a tweet to #ifihadglass or a Google+ post on +ProjectGlass telling them what you would do if you had a pair.


The concept behind Baooab “don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there”. Unlike many contemporary children’s toys this one designed by Sergio Guijarro plays to a child’s inherent power of imagination as opposed to over stimulating that with sound, color and moving image. Baooab was designed in collaboration with Guijarro’s friend and product designer Miriam Tochijara.

Mailbox App

When it comes to interfaces and interactions we can all agree that IDEO can often be accredited with some of the more delicate and user centered advances. Their new app Mailbox aims to clear the clunky and overwhelming nature of email. With some really great little details this app allows users to make it to the refreshing island of inbox zero on a daily basis. Also it integrates a way to differ messages until a later date so you can keep them off your mind until they need to be addressed.

(via Co.Design »)

Osaka Pharmacy

Even everyday stores are treated with a little more esteem in Japan. Ninkipen designed this sparse modern pharmacy in Osaka. The small slender structure is constructed of modular industrial components and was quickly assembled on the tiny plot between two existing buildings.


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McNabb & Co.

These cityscapes crafted by Philadelphia McNabb & Co. are an amazing combination of architecture, sculpture and repetition. Made by the McNabbs, both a duo and a couple, this City Series is a unique interpretation and representation of the building blocks that make up our urban centers. Some of the pieces even recompose the buildings into an unfamiliar shape or composition. James and Stephanie are currently running a humble kickstarter campaign to drum up enough cash to purchase some additional tools and expand this series. So definitely get over there and back their project if you can. Hey, for $10 you get your very own building!

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Woodcut Notecards

Princeton Architectural Press has been highly regarded for the architecture, design and creative titles they publish for quite a while. Recently they have launched a new gift line. My favorite piece from their initial selections is this set of Woodcut Notecards by artist Bryan Nash Gill.

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Windows of New York

After ending up in in New York City by chance graphic designer José Guízar became fascinated with the city’s architecture. In specific the windows of all the unique buildings. Guízar has recently embarked on a project entitled Windows of New York to document some of the greats. Each week he will post another installment in the series.

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Vanke Beijing Club

The Vanke Beijing Club was designed by Neri & Hu architects for China Vanke a large Chinese developer. Over recent years Vanke has become known for their initiatives and shift towards great design and sustainability.


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WWF Together

I find myself coming across great design for nonprofits ever more frequently these days. Together is a new iPad application launched by World Wildlife Fund. Designed by the talented folks over at AKQA the app allows users to explore images and interesting facts about the most rare and endangered animals on earth. In addition to the app interface being completely outstanding it is made even better by the stunning photography of Morten Koldby.

(via Creative Review »)


Touch interface is no longer a fresh new thing. However interaction designers and product designers are coming up with fun and captivating ways to employ it for interacting and manipulating things. SphereTones is a great example of this. It is certainly not the first or even in the first dozen touch interface music applications. But the way users tweak and alter different spheres is a nice playful interaction, which allows them to change the tempo and sound created by each sphere. Currently only available on the Android platform, you can get your hands on SphereTones over on Google Play.


I find myself posting work by Savvy Studio all the time, and with good reason. Their work is always clean, crisp and has just enough seriousness to it to give it a sense of urgency. MICA is a contemporary jewelry house specializing in custom made pieces. The name comes from the family of “minerals that are characterised by their malleability which makes them ideal for various uses – some which are purely aesthetic”. The interior of the shop was designed using an elaborate grid that referenced Sol Lewitt’s work. You can see more of Savvy Studio’s work here.

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