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Vintage Vespa Parts Recontextualized as Sleek Modern Office Furniture

Vintage Vespa Parts Recontextualized as Sleek Modern Office Furniture

March 21, 2016

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Kate Sierzputowski

The sleek build of Vespa scooters have been redesigned to remain stationary, dissected and rebuilt as office furniture. Fit for an Italian motorist, the Scooter Chair, is handmade by Spanish studio Bel & Bel in a numbered series with a large variety of color combinations to choose for your office or home. Although it may appear like a normal swivel chair from the front, when turned around you can see how the curves of the vintage Vespa parts match that of the faux leather chair to create a sleek and ergonomic design. More



Design

Rubber Bands with a Bow: The Art of Japanese Packaging Simplified

Rubber Bands with a Bow: The Art of Japanese Packaging Simplified

Sep.30.15

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Kate

Japanese design is often focused on adding engaging design to unexpected places, subtly nudging the audience to look twice at everyday objects from erasers to lunch boxes. Designer Yu Aso has placed this idea into one of the most common packaging elements—rubber bands.
Aso has reimagined rubber bands with a mizuhiki twist, a Japanese art form using cords tied with decorative knots. The most common of these is the shoelace knot, which he has effortlessly worked into a rubber band that is appropriately named the mizuhikiband. More



Design

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo

Cubic Rubber Bands by Nendo

Oct.22.14

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Christopher

Earlier this year Tokyo and Milan-based design firm Nendo (previously) accepted the challenge of redesigning the rubber band, one of the most common desktop items that seems so ubiquitous that it’s disposable. After all, the cost of a few hundred more is just a few bucks. But what if a rubber band was interesting, functional, and you didn’t want to throw it away. This was the idea behind Nendo’s cubic rubber band, a completely different form factor resulting in a desktop object that isn’t meant to be stashed away in a drawer or tossed in the trash. More



Animation

A Girl Named Elastika: An Animated Adventure in Office Supplies

A Girl Named Elastika: An Animated Adventure in Office Supplies

Apr.2.14

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Christopher

Animated by Guillaume Blanchet (who you might know from his hilarious The Man Who Lived on His Bike), this new stop-motion short called A Girl Named Elastica tells the brief story of a girl who leaves her home to adventures around the world. Probably the most notable aspect is the ingenious use of thumbtacks and rubber bands to create the majority of the animation which takes place entirely on a small bulletin board. More



Design

The Rubber Barber: Make a Mistake and Give Your Eraser a Fancy Haircut

The Rubber Barber: Make a Mistake and Give Your Eraser a Fancy Haircut

Apr.8.13

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Christopher

Designed by Chen Lu Wei for Megawing this fun set of four erasers lets you assume the role of barber while you work, all you have to do first is make a mistake. By using the eraser you slowly shave away the rubbery hair surface resulting in a funky new hairdo for your desktop pal, effectively turning an act of destruction into an act of creation every time you erase. Pretty sure my kid would just start with the face. More



Design

Clever Bookends by Knob Creek Metal Arts

Clever Bookends by Knob Creek Metal Arts

Apr.6.12

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Christopher

Knob Creek Metal Arts has a really great collection of bookends for sale over on Etsy, the visuals are just fantastic. (via lustik)
Sorry for the somewhat sporadic posting lately folks, things have been a bit more hectic than usual lately. Posting should be a bit more frequent starting very soon! More



Art

Geometric Sculptures by Zachary Abel

Geometric Sculptures by Zachary Abel

Dec.20.11

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Christopher

Using binder clips, playing cards, paperclips and many other household objects, mathematician Zachary Abel pieces together intricate geometric structures. One of his most recent pieces, the Impenetraball (top) is made from 132 binder clips and Abel suspects its sturdy enough to support his own weight (though he has yet to confirm). Dizzying mathematical how-tos and patterns available via his website. (via make) More



Design

NYC Cork Board

NYC Cork Board

Nov.7.11

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Christopher

I love this laser cut NYC Cork Board by design studio AMINIMAL, available from Supermarket for $75. (via cmybacon) More



Design

Dead Sexy Pencil Highlighters

Dead Sexy Pencil Highlighters

Sep.6.11

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Christopher

That’s right, I said it: these are some sexy pencils. These yellow Eco Highlighters use no ink solvents, no volatile organic compounds and are biodegradable. Available from the fine folks at aptly named Stubby Pencil Studio. More back-to-school goodness over on CMYBacon. More



Design

Twisty Business Cards

Twisty Business Cards

Aug.30.11

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Christopher

To help a local yoga practitioner reposition herself, ahem, in a crowded market, graphic designer Kapil Bhimekar created this clever Twist Card that functions as a sort of interactive business card. Neat. (via sweet station) More



Design Science

Evolution Erasers

Evolution Erasers

Jul.22.11

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Christopher

These evolution erasers were designed by Hiroyuki Shiratori for Japanese product design label h concept. Shaped like a person on one side and an ape on the other, the eraser gradually changes form (evolves!) with regular usage. Although not for sale yet, according to Johnny at Spoon and Tamago, you can request to purchase one here. More