Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The Lechuza Cilindro 23 planter combines a high degree of functionality with aesthetic and timeless design. The integrated water storage system at the base of the planter keeps the plants watered for up to 12 weeks without refilling. As such, Cilindro 23 is particularly suitable for plants with high water demand. The planters are break-proof, UV- and frost-resistant.
via Red dot
via Red dot
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A key is “Desirability,” Sim tells us — companies that want to succeed must create a product vision and then stick to it. An example of a vision whose designers were steadfast: the iPhone. On the flip side, Microsoft Vista is a product where the visionaries watered things down.He expounds on the IDEO process’s five steps (observation to synthesis to a generative framework to a prototype and finally to the solution), and adds his own useful comments on why he particularly likes prototyping (it lets entrepreneurs quickly work through bad ideas).
He notes the five things IDEO suggested to entrepreneurs:
1) Spend time with customers
2) Be visual and tangible (in other words, build things, even if it’s just on paper)
3) Try it yourself
4) For inspiration, look outside your category
5) Test-drive your ideas, constantly.
Simeonov noted that IDEO’s special sauce comes in part from the people it hires, who are deeply knowledgeable about an area, but also have broad interests (the firm calls them T-shaped people).
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Here is an interesting Book stopper designed by Colleen and Eric called Hold on tight, with a minimalist book shelf. Just interesting. I found it very playful. The shelves come with an integrated bookend. A cube with an oversized wing-nut that you can loosen and slide on a track to make room for more books.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Architecture is always fascinating.
Bjarke Ingels has nicely mapped, related and connected the essence and put together in form of architecture.
BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group has won the design competition for the Danish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, in collaboration with Arup and 2+1. The theme of the expo is to create a “Better City - Better Life”, the pavilion will celebrate various aspects of Danish culture, with an emphasis on the environment.