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LOOKS BIG, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
The original spun metal designs (circa 1930-1940) of Russel Wright ® are being reissued by HK Designs under exclusive license with Russel Wright Studios. The decorative pieces are manufactured to the exact dimension, material, finish and process as the originals.
Russel Wright (1904-1976) was one of the most influential American designers of the 20th Century, a true pioneer of mid-century Modern design. Russel designed thousands of objects over his lifetime, which included home furnishings, serving accessories, light fixtures, textiles, appliances, interiors, buildings and landscapes, the most famous being his American Modern dinnerware.
His innovative designs were aimed at an easier and informal way of living. Russel, along with his wife Mary, invented lifestyle marketing and was the first designer of the 20th century to promote his own name on the products.
In the early 1930’s, Russel shifted the nation’s aesthetics towards modernism and revolutionized the way people lived. Inspired by a variety of diverse sources, he created a uniquely American style that was both elegant and informal. His early works in spun aluminum, incorporating new materials and technology, launched his career and crystallized his philosophy of “good design is for everyone”.
Today, his original works are highly prized by collectors and are a part of many museums permanent collections. Dragon Rock and Manitoga, Wright’s extraordinary home and surrounding landscape in Garrison NY, is a National Historic Landmark.
DESIGNED BY RUSSELWRIGHT & HKDESIGNS DESIGNED IN 2010 SOURCE HKDESIGNS
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS EASY, WORKS!
The traditional ice tray, while effective, is an exercise in annoyance. That is to say, you fill up the tray at the sink and carefully retrace your steps to the freezer in the hopes of not spilling. Good luck with that, because 90% of the time, 10% of the tray’s water ends up on the floor. An expensive, and not practical resolve is to install a fridge with an ice maker. But that’s an endeavor that requires a significant investment monetarily and time wise.
The Cube Tube is a Quirky product that just makes absolute sense. The price is TBD, but that caveat aside, it eschews the traditional ice tray with an tube based system. You simply fill up the tube with water to the appropriate line, insert the divider, and freeze. When you’re ready for your rocks, you just hit the flexible bottom on a hard surface to dislodge the cubes. The Cube Tube produces up to 14 ice cubes, so chances are you’ll want at least 2 on hand, if not more depending how much you entertain (your drinking).
DESIGNED BY QUIRKY DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE GADGETREVIEW
26 Aug / Ice Candles by Mathew Jackson
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS COLD (or warm?), WORKS!
This clever tea light candle holder designed by Mathew Jackson and available from mathmos, called thaw, uses a shade made from ice. The thing is, as the ice thaws, the water goes back into the mold, ready to be frozen again!
DESIGNED BY MATHEWJACKSON DESIGNED IN 2006 SOURCE NEATORAMA
26 Aug / BiC pen holder
LOOKS BIG, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
Do you have lots of pen lids lying around but no pens to fit them to? Well at last someone has come up with a good use for the lone pen lid ! As a pen holder of course!
You won’t have to look far for a pen with this fantastic Pen Lid Pen Holder by J-Me. It’s the perfect storage place for all your spare pens and pencils! What’s more it makes a novel and stylish addition to any desk.Or for those habitual pen lid chewers, this giant should stop them ruining countless pen lids!
The Pen Lid Pen Holder comes in four different colours to match the four colours of your typical Bic pen. Get yours al the LFW Shop.
DESIGNED BY J-ME DESIGNED IN 2010 SOURCE PREZZIESPLUS
LOOKS GEOMETRIC, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
Inspired by the simplicity often found in Green Rooms, the freestanding mirror-wardrobe Club combines a few related functions in to a curious piece of furniture. Essential in its appearance and informal in its use, a mirror stands on wooden stilts hiding an unexpected hat and coat stand. Being an object on its own, Club can easily be used and moved across the home.
DESIGNED BY SOMETHING DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE DESIGN-MILK
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS FLEXIBLE, WORKS!
The ‘Motion’ lamp is born to give a lovable item to people. The lamp offer a lot of opportunities as table lamp, reading lamp or to create a pleasent athmosphere with its light. Technologically I used the OLED as source of light because in this way I could form an ultra-thin body without weight.
Look of this can be lovable with its soft figure but it functions a characteristic sign. The lamp can be changed and bent in free way thanks to the lower part of that is made from plastic but from the middle of the lamp the lighting surface is made from free-form silicone.
With the help of flexible wires in it and the advantages of OLED we can twist , bend, wind around according to our tastes. We can set to read or to any other act and recreate the form so much times when we want. Consequently we make the last face of the light which means a plus bond or tie between lamp and man. This the reason why it can be lovable piece of our life.
DESIGNED BY GERGO KASSAI DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE BEHANCE
LOOKS GIANT and robotic, FEELS STRANGE, WORKS!
Argentinean collective DOMA constructed a real-life Iron Giant for Tecnopolis 2012, an annual art and science showcase. At nearly 148 feet tall, the reconstructed power line pylon towers over Buenos Aires’s Bicentennial Park.
The collective’s members—Mariano Barbieri, Julian Pablo Manzelli, Matias Vigliano, and Orilo Blandini—have worked together for nearly 15 years, and have remarked that they are “addicted” to seeing people’s reactions to their zany installations. With its blinking neon heart, shoulders, and facial features, “Colossus” will surely turn heads.
DESIGNED BY DOMA DESIGNED IN 2012 SOURCE BGESSATOR
LOOKS GOOD, FEELS GOOD, WORKS!
This time they’re making a roll on the table. Made from silicon balls, these squishy round of a ball isn’t just something to play with. In fact, their true function is to add seasoning on any viand on the table. These squeezers bring out salt and pepper, making a new delightful way to add more flavor to your cuisine. Pass the salt by giving it a roll across the table, where everybody can enjoy their meal and their condiments too! Just be sure not to overdo it.
Flip and Tumble creates designs that are compact and super easy to use. they love taking on annoying, everyday problems from familiar items and find new, innovative ways that would make the use of these objects more delightful. The studio designers are all Stanford University Product Design graduates, and continually create amazingly quirky yet functional means from traditional items.
DESIGNED BY FLIP&TUMBLE DESIGNED IN 2011 SOURCE IAMCARISU
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