Archive for the ‘design’ Category

Pandora by Sander Mulder

November 14, 2008


In the field of architecture, industrial design has really taken off in the past few years. Modular prefab housing has finally gone into mass production through the use of reusable materials such as shipping containers.

Sander Mulder has taken these trends and combined them to form some very unique and innovative storage units she calls Pandora. The powdercoated steel modules can be stacked, set on their side and used in multiple colour combinations, much as they appear in the docks and harbors around the world.

Hit the jump for more shots of Pandora


LOST KUBRICK & BE@RBRICK figures by MediCom Toy

November 12, 2008

Is it just me or is Medicom Toy really stepping up their game in the American market these days? Tomorrow will be the release of The Hundreds’s ADAM BOMB vinyl toy. And next week this…


Next Wednesday (11/19) in Los Angeles, the team behind LOST will be at MELTDOWN Comics and Collectibles to launch a new set of LOST KUBRICK & BE@RBRICK figures by Medicom Toy.

It’s a world-premiere and signing event for Kubrick and Be@rbrick figures based on the show, although it’s not clear from the announcement how many new figures are being released. There’ll also be a one-off Lost BE@RBRICK figure, which is ten times the normal size and signed by the show’s cast and producers, which will later be auctioned with proceeds going to the Children’s Defense Fund. And there’ll be exclusive Lost art by producer Jack Bender on display.

MELTDOWN Comics and Collectibles (map)
7522 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
November 19th, 7pm-9pm

Hit the jump for the event poster

New Dutch 5 Euro Commemorative Coin

November 12, 2008

The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition for which a selected group of architectural offices and artists were invited. The goal of the competition was not to design a building, but the new 5 euro commemorative coin with the theme ‘Netherlands and Architecture’. As a prize, the design has been realized and is now a legal coin within the Netherlands.



The Architecture five-euro coin was designed by artist Stani Michiels (b. 1973). The design on the obverse of the coin pays tribute to the history of Dutch architecture, with the portrait of Queen Beatrix being distinctively constructed using the names of important architects from Dutch history. The artist used the internet as a popularity-meter to determine the names’ order of appearance.

The reverse of the Architecture five-euro coin draws attention to the striking fact that many Dutch architects have also included publishing books on architecture in their professional activities. To illustrate this phenomenon, recent books on architecture rise up from the sides of the coin like buildings. Through their careful placement they combine to outline the Netherlands, while birds’ silhouettes suggest the capitals of all the provinces.


Check out Stani’s blog to see how he came up with the design.

Scanned images of the actual coin, after the jump

Quarter Pounder shops open in Japan

November 12, 2008

In recent years, new age marketing has veered viral. It’s interesting to see how far campaigns will go to grab your attention. One of my favorites has been the original viral campaign (August 2000) Super Greg webpage (mirror) and commercials for Lee Jeans. It was purely just fun and crazy. But these days, you need some real wit and innovation behind a good viral campaign. McDonalds has just recently done that with their new Quarter Pounder shops in Japan.


Completely devoid of any branding, McDonald’s main intent for the Quarter Pounder shops is to promote their product as if it were new and sleek. With all black interiors the shops are designed to be very minimal. Taking note from In-N-Out, the menu is just as simple: Regular or Double Quarter Pounder sets in red and black packaging that has McDonalds shaping without the graphics. I love it, but we’ll see how this holds when people realize that it’s just McDs.

Check out the campaign page for more information and a map. 

Shots of the interior and food after the jump

ADAM BOMB – The Hundreds x Medicom Toy

November 11, 2008


In California’s ever-growing street wear culture, The Hundreds’ Adam Bomb logo has become somewhat of an iconic image in the past year. Ever since the opening the Rosewood (LA) and Post (SF) brick and mortars, kids have been lining up for any and every release put out by the SoCal-based brand. Bobby Hundreds has attained a loyal following that’s exceedingly harder to come by as more brands emerge. He’s managed to do that by staying ahead of the game and foreseeing the trends that the culture will embrace years in advance.

Two years ago, Bobby stopped by Medicom Toy in Japan. In his time there, he set forth a collaboration leading to one of the most highly anticipated vinyl toy releases: ADAM BOMB. Last week, The Hundreds officially announced the collaboration and it’s conception on their blog. There you can see how the toy was designed and developed, as well as some official product shots courtesy of Medicom Toy. 1000 pieces have been made, but only 500 will be released this year. Both THLA and THSF will be releasing it on Thursday (11/13). If you plan on getting one, you had better already stopped reading this and left to go wait…

7909 Rosewood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

585 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Keep your eye on Digital Gravel’s ADAM BOMB product page, cause it seems they’re releasing them on a rolling basis. I picked up two already…

Hit the jump for detail shots of ADAM BOMB

The Dubai Mall

November 10, 2008


If you’ve done any research on global architecture within the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly come across the United Arabs Emirates city of Dubai numerous times. While the rest of the world’s economy is failing faster than Vista’s sales, Dubai flourishes in its exponential growth. With an estimated 25% of the world’s construction cranes, its no wonder how the list of new structures and architectural feats piles up so rapidly.

This week marked the opening of (the first phase of) The Dubai Mall. The 5.6-million-square-foot shopping center expects to receive 30 million visitors in its first year. Here is a brief list of stores and attractions:

  • 1,200 stores, including Versace, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Galliano, Hermès, Givenchy, Cerruti, Missoni, Tom Ford, and Ermenegildo Zegna
  • A 10-million-liter aquarium with 33,000 animals, at least 30 of which are, apparently, very aggressive
  • A 76,000-square-foot indoor amusement park called SEGA Republic, subdivided into themes including the Speed Zone, Sports Zone, and Redemption Zone
  • An Olympic-size skating rink, open year round
  • 14,000 indoor parking spaces

Click here for more concept shots of The Dubai Mall

Boarding Pass Shiraz 2005

November 9, 2008


The packaging of this wine is just great. There’s no hidden messages or deep political meanings. The genius of the design is its cute, playful nature. It’s created by South Australian brand, R Wines, and distributed by the very playful Grateful Palate Imports.

Click here for more close up shots of the labels and illustrations.


November 5, 2008

Umbrella’s tend to be boring accessories. Sure, some people have tried to add a “cute” factor by making the handle look like a duck’s head. Some have tried to put interesting designs on the fabric of the umbrella itself.

But, never, until now, have I actually seen an umbrella which made me go “whoa.” (HT: my friend JZG)


Its so simple (LEDs + umbrella), yet so delightfully awesome – and only $25 on ThinkGeek.

And for those of you who worship the Dark Side, there is of course the Darth Vader version:


Nike Hindsight

November 1, 2008

One of the biggest problems with concept products is their wild and implausible nature of just not being practical. While “cool” and tempting, these concept designs usually never make it to production because the public just isn’t ready for it whether it’s due to manufacturing issues, being too costly, or just general acceptance. But still, designers trudge on with new innovative designs striving to gain some traction.

Billy May has come up with one such design known as the Nike Hindsight. The idea behind it is to allow the wearer to gain greater field of view. They work similar to bifocals except for your peripheral vision. By using fresnel lenses on both sides of the glasses, riders can detect motion in a field of view beyond the normal human limit of 180º. If you want to get technical about it; high power, diverging fresnel zones aligned vertically distort into view an extra 25º on both sides. Vision is radically distorted in the periphery, but as the eye detects only motion in that area, little clarity is lost in the process.

A rider’s clear benefit is in the early warning of approaching vehicles, but a less obvious advantage is reducing the necessary head rotation to check behind. Though it was intended for bicyclists, there’s a myriad of sports and activities where a greater field of view becomes an advantage.

Hit the jump for more images detailing the design.



October 30, 2008

Does your computer have a USB port like this one?


I didn’t think so. Amusingly, this was designed in part as a way around the restriction that all “Ports” must have come from Portugal – so the designers wondered how they could make something be “port” without actually using that word.

Clever design – I wonder if it tastes good…