Dr. Catsby’s Food Bowl for Whisker Relief

This thoughtfully designed food bowl can put an end to your cat’s mealtime misery. While straight, high-sided bowls can be harsh on whiskers and lead to “whisker fatigue/stress,” Dr. Catsby’s bowls are wide but shallow, making it easy for cats to access their food without making contact with their whiskers. A subtle top lip keeps food from being pushed over the edge, and its simplistic design is a cinch to wash. Jump to the vid and meet the Doc!

Designer: Loren Kulesus and Erik Strom

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Stone Serveware Au Naturale

What appears to be a random, irregular pentagon shape is actually created by simplifying the map of Seoul, capital of South Korea. Appropriately called the Seoul Tray, the marble dining piece is created with a CNC machine to achieve its protruding interior lines that provide grip and a modern aesthetic expression. In matte and polished versions, this serveware for hors d’oeuvres and wine is as elegant as it is simplistic.

Designer: Kim HyunJoo

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Architecture’s Windows Posters

« Archi Windows » est une série signée Federico Babina, designer et architecte italien dont nous avons déjà parlé à maintes reprises. A travers 25 illustrations et suivant la devise « The windows are the eyes of architecture », il passe en revue les fenêtres les plus célèbres qui ont été conçues par les plus grands architectes. A chaque architecte, sa fenêtre et sa signature.

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Book to the Future: The 'TBD Catalog' Extrapolates on the Way We Live Now (and Ever After)

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As an industrial design publication, we publish both hypothetical and extant products; as such, we receive a fair share of inquiries, via e-mail or comments, from net noobs about the possibility of ordering these products. Where savvy Internet folk might content themselves with a Futurama macro of approval, we regularly receive reminders that there are plenty of people who think that the internet is not just a big store.

Of course, it takes a more nuanced approach to pull one on those of us who sift through Kickstarter pitches and dubious renderings for a living, and the TBD Catalog assumes a moderate degree of web-weary cynicism even as its pages present a close approximation of novelty (if not naïvity). The short version is that it’s a neatly packaged, portable work of design fiction, a vicarious investigation of a near future that may not be the one we want but could well be the one we get. As Fosta (one of the 19 co-authors) put it in his expository piece:

We wanted to talk about a future of middling indifference, of partly broken things, of background characters. A future where self-driving cars weren’t a fantasy, but another place to be bored. A future where drones didn’t draw gasps of awe, but eye-rolls of indifference. A future where today’s ‘technology’ had become tomorrow’s ho-hum.

Reverting to printed matter is, of course, at once a way to short-circuit the feedback loop of the Internet and an excuse to produce an artifact, a token of one’s efforts (why yes, it is available to order). Although the TBD Catalog is a send-up of invariably utopian futurecasting, it’s not so much an outright parody as an exercise in the uncanny: As a work of design fiction par excellence, it blurs the minor distinction between ‘fictitious’ and ‘fictional.’ [Ed. Note: I wish I were more intimately familiar with the work of the individual authors so I could speak to how each of them may have shaped the final product, but at this point it seems most fair to evaluate their collective effort.]

While its relatively high production value—semi-glossy though they may be, the pages are a cut above magazine stock—betrays its true nature, the message is not in the matter but the medium. Beyond the cover, it reads as a mail-order catalog at first glance, from the true-to-form layout to the intrinsic stiltedness of stock photography, both of which the authors exploit (and sometimes unravel) to nice effect. Some of the content invites a double take, but the authors rightly err on the side of subtlety, and the TBD Catalog certainly rewards a closer reading of the images, copy and subtext.

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Vintage feedsack squares… times 10,000?

The theme of the winter issue (out in January) is “the creation and modification of surface”. In this issue, there will be profiles of modern weavers and tapestry artists, how graphic design informs quilt design, using scraps/scavenging materials, flea market treasures, the history of vintage feedsacks and their contemporary reuse, plus ‘tattooed artists’ profiles with illustrators, crafters, artists who have tattoos. 

I’m excited to share that Andrea D’Aquino will be creating the illustration for the cover. My vision is that each copy will have a swatch of authentic patterned vintage feedsack fabric adhered to the front cover. It will be a random square, applied by hand, enhancing Andrea’s collage artwork and providing both a nod to the content within and also the theme of modification of surface. I love the element of chance in the design as well, since the colour and pattern of the feedsack is an unknown variable. It’ll be gorgeous, exciting, random and unique!

I’ve scored some feedsacks on eBay (photos above), but I’d love your help. We will need thousands of squares (roughly 1.25” square) to ensure that each cover has this special feature. In the spirit of old-fashioned quilting bees, let’s make this into an UPPERCASE community project. If you have some feedsacks scraps that you’re willing to spare, please cut them into 1.25” squares and mail them to me by November 30.

I’m also going to save at least one square from each reader-submitted package, which will be incorporated into a quilt!

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Yusuke Seki's second kimono store pairs patterned fabrics with raw materials

Japanese designer Yusuke Seki has completed a second shop for modern kimono brand Otsuka Gofukuten, juxtaposing the garment with concrete surfaces and layers of green-tinged glass (+ slideshow).

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

Yusuke Seki first designed a shop in Kyoto for Otsuka Gofukuten – a clothing brand that takes its name from an alternative word for kimono.



This second store is located in a shopping centre in Kobe, western Japan.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

The Tokyo-based designer wanted to create a contemporary aesthetic to help the brand reintroduce the traditional dress into everyday wear.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

“Nowadays people tend to wear kimonos only on special occasions, but this store challenges this preconception by promoting the wearing of kimonos as part of a modern daily fashion routine,” said the design team.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

Lengths of fabric that make up the ornately decorated kimonos are displayed partially unrolled on top of wooden and glass plinths. Sheets of green, cross-hatched glass stacked on top of the islands are designed to reference the layers that make up the kimono.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

“The coarse materials of the display unit are designed to contrast with the softness and sophistication of the clothing fabric,” said the design team, who has also worked with Jaime Hayón on a Papabubble sweet shop in Yokohama.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

The brand’s stock is arranged by price-point, with items presented on three physical levels that represent cost. Lower cost items are displayed in wooden trays on low islands, while high-cost items are placed on the taller units.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

Mid-price items are folded on two floor-to-ceiling shelving units between the main shop floor and a display area.

The wooden shelves form a partial screen between the shopping centre concourse and the store interior – an arrangement that has its roots in traditional Japanese shop design.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

“It was inspired by a Japanese historical element of facade called Noren, a semi-indivisible fabric with a divided curtain,” said the team.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

A smooth concrete cash desk adjoins a fitting room to one side of the shelving, while on the other a roughly cast concrete column has been studded with pegs used to hang garments.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

The two concrete surfaces create a backdrop for the shopfront display. When the shop opened this featured two mannequins, a set of small wooden blocks, and a short length of suspended tubular metal displaying a single bolt of fabric.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

Shop signage is carved into one of the two metal supports that form a framework for the the shop shutters in front of this display area.

Kimono store in Kobe by Yusuke Seki

Photography is by Takumi Ota.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

From cosy geladas to luminous squid, here are some of our highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 winners and shortlisted works…

Now in it’s 50th year, the competition – co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide – invites professional and amateur photographers from around the world to submit work into categories including Mammals, Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles, Invertebrates, Plants and Fungi, Underwater Species, Earth’s Environments, Black and White, Natural Design, Timelapse, and World in Our Hands.

There are also special awards for Best Single Image, Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year, Rising Star, various age group categories for under-18s, and more. Winners were announced last night at London’s Natural History Museum, where the exhibtion will take place from Friday until 30 August 2015 before touring the UK and internationally.

Pictured above: Little squid by Fabien Michenet (France), Underwater Species finalist. Whilst night diving off the coast of Tahiti, Michenet became fascinated by this young sharpear enope squid, measuring just 3cm long, floating motionless 20m deep.

The last great picture by Michael Nichols (USA), Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 winner. Taken in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, Nichols snapped the five females of the Vumbi pride lying with their cubs calmly sleeping, who were used to his presence after he had been following them for nearly six months.

Photographing them in infrared, “cuts through the dust and haze, transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost,” he says.

Transparent care, by Ingo Arndt (Germany), Amphibians and Reptiles finalist. Arndt captured a beam of sunlight shining down thorough a leaf and through the skin of a tiny glass frog guardian a clutch of eggs, in the Piedras Blancas National Park in Costa Rica.

Touché by Jan van der Greef (The Netherlands), Birds Finalist. This image was shot in Ecuador using multiple flashes to freeze the sword-billed hummingbird’s wing-beat (more than 60p/s). With its 11cm bill designed to reach nectar at the bas of tube shaped flowers it is the only bird with a bill longer than it’s body, excluding tail.

Spider in the frame by Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada (Spain), Black and White Finalist. To isolate this prickly pear leaf skeleton from the surrounding vegetation Ahumada placed a piece of white card behind it, being careful not to disturb the tiny spider hiding in a gap in the framework.

The price to pay by Bruno D’Amicis (Italy), World in Our Hands winner. As part of a long-term project investigating the issues facing endangered species in the Sahara, D’Amicis shot this image of a teenager from a village in southern Tunisia offering (illegally) to sell a three-month-old fennec fox, one of a litter he dug out of their den in the desert.

Communal warmth by Simon Sbaraglia (Italy), Mammals finalist. Just before sunset in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, Sbaraglia waited at the edge of a cliff for a group of geladas to return after a day’s foraging. As they returned it was almost completely dark, but setting his ISO to maximum and using a gentle pulse of flash he caught this great image of the huddled troop.

Apocalypse by Francisco Negroni (Chile), Earth’s Environments winner. After the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex began to erupt, Negroni travelled to Puyehue National Park in southern Chile to shoot this volcanic lighting also known as a ‘dirty thunderstorm’. “It was the most incredible thing I have seen in my life,” he said.

Feral spirits by Sam Hobson (UK), Birds finalist. Ring-necked parakeets, an Afro-Asian species are now wild in Britain, as a result of escapes and deliberate release of captive birds. Hobson took this picture in London, where the birds thrive, in a cemetery where there were several thousands of birds flying past in constant streams of 20-30. He used a burst of flash at the end of a long exposure to create the shadowy tails.

Delta design by Hans Strand (Sweden), Earth’s Environments finalist. Shooting from the air over Iceland, battling motion sickness and the strong winds, Strand captured the delta (landform created at the mouth of a river) of the Fúlakvisl, with the murky river appearing as tangled silvery threads over the black volcanic soil.

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Illustrations of Coen’s Movies Characters

Coen Cast est une série du designer Richard Perez qui a décidé d’illustrer les personnages des films des frères Coen. On retrouve le fameux Dude, le chanteur de folk Llewyn Davis, le tueur fou de « No Country for Old Men » Anton Chigurh ou encore le héros du western « True Grit », Rooster Cogburn. A découvrir.

Jeffrey « The Dude » Lebowski.

Llewyn Davis.

Al Cody.

Anton Chigurh.

Barton Fink.

Brandt.

Charlie Meadows.

Edwina « Ed » McDunnough.

Gaear Grimsrud.

Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr.

Herbert Hi McDunnough.

Leonard Smalls (The Lone Biker of Apocalypse).

Llewelyn Moss.

Marge Gunderson.

Mattie Ross.

Roland Turner.

Rooster Cogburn.

The Stranger.

Ulysses Everett McGill.

Walter Sobchak.

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Roland Turner
Mattie Ross
Marge Gunderson
Llewelyn Moss
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Test Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster: Power, maneuverability and style all packed into s surprisingly compact body, the British automaker delivers on all fronts

Test Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster


by James Willard The V12 Vantage was originally created as a love letter to 12-cylinder motoring. When the beloved British brand squeezed its most potent V12 engine between the frame rails of its smallest model, Aston Martin wasn’t aiming for success,…

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