Meditate On This

Meditate On This

Remember those egg-shaped Henrik Thor-Larsen chairs that were all the rage in the 60s? Well, this is kinda like that but a tad minimal and a whole lot more nimble. It’s the ZzZen chair and it rocks… literally.  There isn’t a single straight edge allowing it to roll back-and-forth or side-to-side. Durable and lightweight plastic make it functional as an indoor or outdoor chair while it’s low reclined seating position optimizes comfort. Yogis are sure to love.

0 Designer: Niels de Greef

Squizits

Squizits

I’m totally one of those people who’s gotta keep moving to focus on mundane tasks. I’m constantly fidgeting with pens, paper clips, or even just moving my mouse around while I read. As a kid, squirminess was by far my teachers’ biggest complaint. Squizits was made for kids like me!  Developed in collaboration with a child with OCD and ADHD, Squizits provides children with a way to release excess energy through repetitive hand motions and various fidgets. Not just for kids- I think I may need the kit now!

0 Designer: Lavinia Chu

Miter Lounge

Miter Lounge

This piece by designer Tom Fereday features clean lines, clear functionality, and an overall look of simplicity. The hand crafted American oak veneer with miter detail wraps perfectly around the natural wool felt upholstery, and the color is fantastic. It also happens to be perfectly compact.

0 Designer: Tom Fereday

Our First Show and We've Got Prizes!

Our First Show and We’ve Got Prizes!

Surprise! We’re now coming to you in a series of web videos hosted by yours truly and the amazing Troy Turner. What was supposed to be a live show ended up being pre-recorded because of technical difficulties. Good thing too because there were about 101 f*cks-ups along the way. How the hell does Oprah do it?!? I think it turned out pretty well. Be gentle and hit the jump!

0 Episode 1: Huge Thanks to Herman Miller

30 Days of Simple, Win simplehuman Products!

30 Days of Simple, Win simplehuman Products!

There’s design and then there’s smart design. simplehuman falls into the latter. I’ve been a huge fan ever since I decided my daily menial tasks could be more efficient simply by getting “simple.” When objects take up too much space and design isn’t used to improve one’s quality of life, you end up with stressors. simplehuman “gets” it and they’ve launched a new campaign where all of you can get it too – 30 Days of Simple.

0 Learn & Win: 30 days of simple

One Sexy Power Drill

One Sexy Power Drill

Designed to be more approachable, NEUTRAL is a reassessment of the traditional power drill to make it easier for non-handy people like myself. No complex dials or switches – just an intuitive slide mechanism that automatically adjusts settings based on the desired depth of drive. The hand guard helps with screw stabilization, houses a stud finder and a laser guide to project plum lines and assist with leveling.

0 Designer: Tim Bennett

Hey Smarty Pants!

Hey Smarty Pants!

Are you clever enough for the Smart Cube? What you need to do is change the position of square elements in such a way that all lines on the 53 elements form one continuous line, on all six sides of the cube. Easier than the Rubik’s cube? I’m not so sure, but it sounds like a good challenge. As Manole puts it, a smart toy for smart people!

0 Designer: Manole Diana

Handrails That Speak

Handrails That Speak

With their guide stick in one hand and a firm grip on the handrail, the visually challenged rely on instincts while negotiating a flight of stairs. The Safety Dot is a set of braille indents on a handrail, which makes using the stairs an easier task. I love the thoughtful intent and the simple way it can be integrated.

0 Designers: Monocomplex & Jungjoon Hwang

Bike Racks Done Right

Bike Racks Done Right

Leave it to an Oregonian designer to come up with such a great bike-rack design.  The Yakima Super Joe Pro and King Joe Pro by James Owen are this years top-of-the-line racks.  High-clearance design met with ultra soft cushioning ensure your car is never comes in contact with your bikes. These racks are highly adaptable thanks to Yakima’s QuickTrigger Hub system- trust me, attachment easy as pie.

0 Designer: James Owen

Useful Yacht

Useful Yacht

A winner of the 2011 “Dreamboat” Millennium Yacht Design Award, this brave interpretation of the motor boat concept by designer Hyun-Seok Kim was inspired by all of the natural beauty and fun activities found at sea. Tofi’s unconventional shape and unique furnishings compliment it’s far-out exterior and spaceship aesthetic, stimulating the imagination on board, while features like the hide-away diving board and safety buoy system promote fun in the water.

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

Flat Is Where It's At

Flat Is Where It’s At

Gone are the days that bigger is better. Streamlined packaging designs like the flat pack Spline Light are in… for good. The simple yet elegant design of this matt black pendant light helps save on shipping costs and ease up on the environment. With an interesting shape and unique shadow-cast, it don’t look half-bad either.

0 Designer: Tom Fereday

Identify by Touch

Identify by Touch

The Contact Series gives a dynamic and sensorial experience to the visually impaired user by adding a tactile element in the form of braille lettering to everyday objects. The Contact Series is comprised of mugs, flower vases and coffee cups with raised braille descriptions such as “coffee”, “espresso”, “yours”, “mine”. The Contact Series is inclusive in design and makes dining a fun, seamless and comfortable experience.

0 Designer: Alafuro Sikoki

Medicinal Pacifier

Medicinal Pacifier

Yeah babies are cute and all but ever try administering one medicine? It’s totally no bueno. Babies are smart and unlike adults, they spit anything out that tastes disgusting. The Dr. Shuuuuuut (sic) is a pacifier with a special chamber to hold meds. Place a capsule inside and turn the cap. The motion causes the capsule to explode and very small amounts are slowly ingested as baby sucks – apparently so small, baby won’t notice.

0 Designer: Nicolas Moussallem