Archives For Industrial Design

Of course you are familiar with the basic process of making traditional wooden furniture: grow tree, cut down tree, use wood to build furniture. The problem with this method, according to furniture designer Gavin Munro, is that there is too much energy spent on the process, meaning it is not at all eco-friendly.

And herein lies the inspiration for the British designer’s Full Grown furniture company, whose process utilizes “specially designed plastic frames to mold young willow, oak, ash and sycamore trees into the shape of chairs, tables, frames, or lamps as they’re growing. Once they’ve matured, each tree has morphed into a fully functional furniture item made from a single piece of wood, no sawing or assembling necessary.”

This is all an attempt to get people to “rethink our relationship with trees and time,” and the creator likened the process to “a kind of organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source material.”

We love the idea behind the furniture, and we think it would be a beautiful addition to any home. See what you think of the results in the pictures below, and find out more on Full Grown’s website.

Source: Fast Company 

We LOVE this invention. Pon is a pushpin that holds up your artwork using the same tension functionality of a paperclip, without puncturing the paper. Its inventors call it “preventing picture puncture.” Its clever design allows you to display and preserve your favorite items and artwork, then switch them out when you’re ready.

Pon is currently available through their Kickstarter.

Source: Pon

 

We love everything about these artisan-made Australian brass pulls and hooks by Rowan & Saan, a design team based near Melbourne. The two use old-fashioned metalsmithing techniques and hand forge their hardware with hammers and anvils, which explains the gorgeous handmade look of their pieces.

We’ve written about our love for brass fixtures before, and this collection makes us fall in love all over again. The golden sheen is understated yet adds a touch of elegance to every day, and the design is a perfect blend of modern and timeless. We pretty much want them all! Join us in some fantasy shopping by looking through the beautiful pictures below, or click through to Remodelista to purchase their wares.

 Source: Remodelista

Lighten your load, and never forget your lock at home again. Seatylock is a clever invention that serves as both a bicycle seat and lock. This patented product is a feat of design and innovation, and is compatible with any bike. And with six colors to choose from you’ll be riding securely and in style!

Source: designboom

Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius is one of our absolute favorite creative minds; we’ve coveted her early work with Droog, her sofa for Vitra, and the wall hangings she created for IKEA’s PS collection.

Now, she’s branching out again with her first collection as the newly appointed design director for Dutch firm Danskina. Launched at the 2014 Salone Internazionale del Mobile (also known as the Milan Furniture Fair), the four styles are called Bold, Duotone, Multitone, and Cork & Felt.

The collection also prompted one of the cutest stop motion videos we’ve ever seen about… rugs.