Molecule Condiment Plates by Voon Wong and Benson Saw

I have a couple of friends here in San Francisco who are serious foodies. Every couple of weeks my wife and I walk the three blocks to their house to partake in what might be called a food orgy. My friends call this dinner, but to me it’s way more opulent than that. The dinner […]

Eggshells by Pieke Bergmans

The work of Pieke Bergmans, a young Dutch designer, can best be described as organic. I here that term in the design world all the time, but I still quite don’t know what it means. So, here’s what it means to me: her version of organic is expressed in two different ways. First, Pieke’s works […]

Lung Ashtray by Finding Cheska

Sometimes I wonder how it’s possible that I’m able to feature two lung ashtrays in such a short period of time. The first lung ashtray I saw was by an extremely adept Italian design firm called industreal with their smoke like a chimney ashtray. Now, here I am with a lung ashtray by Finding Cheska. […]

Trophy Tableware by Emiko Oki

Emiko Oki designs some of the most clever products!  Recently, I reviewed the pint glass that she created, and this product is of a similar theme. It’s called Trophy Tableware because Emiko takes the coffee pot, bowl, cup, saucer, and so on, and creates a groove in the ceramics with which the user can stack […]

Cover Tiles by Studio JSPR

The picture I’ve included does not really do this product justice. What Studio JSPR has created is a shower that reveals all its working parts through the shape of the tile. In fact, the controls of the shower and the shower heads are integrated into the ceramic tiles. I have mixed reactions about this system. […]

Function Tiles by Droog Design

Function Tiles is an oldie but a goodie. It’s a tile system from 1997 by Droog Designers Peter van der Jagt, Erik-Jan Kwakkel, and Arnout Visser that makes the tiles work more functionally, thus the name “Function Tiles”. The concept is brilliant. That is, getting more out of your shower or bathroom with limited space. […]

Smoke Like a Chimney Ashtray by Andersson Frida and James Steiner

Smoke Like a Chimney is one of those one in a million ideas that inspire me to practice design. It’s a high concept ashtray made in white porcelain. Here’s the concept: the ashtray has a cover over where the cigarette is placed. This cover is an abstracted version of a human lung. When the cigarette […]

Handful of Plates by Alissia Melka Teichroew

I get excited when a designer creates a new typology for a product category, and that’s exactly what Alissia Melka Teichroew with her design Handful of Plates. The execution is pretty simple: take a standard plate and squeeze it up a little. The concept is deep: ” How the heck do I eat this soft […]

ID 40 2006: Re Ciclos by Culdesac

Over the next week or two, I will include some of my favorite designers from ID Magazine’s “ID 40” list of top designers of 2006. It’s a pretty amazing list, so I urge you to pick up a copy of this magazine. Culdesac is a Valencia, Spain based design collective with a multidisciplinary approach. Their […]

ID 40 2006: Love is Blind by Jessica Lertvilai of Vest Collective

Over the next week or two, I will include some of my favorite designers from ID Magazine’s “ID 40” list of top designers of 2006. It’s a pretty amazing list, so I urge you to pick up a copy of this magazine. The Vest Collective is a Canadian group of designers with a bit of […]