Blaue Blume Teacup by Undergrowth Design

I met the maker of the Blaue Blume Teacup at the 2008 ICFF, and I still have about one hundred of posts left to do covering the fabulous designers I met while at the show. This was one of my favorites. The design feature a baroque cup and saucer set in pure white porcelain. The […]

Mobile Light by Kyouei Design

I’ve covered the work of Kyouei Design, but in May I had the opportunity to see all of their products featured at the ICFF in New York. Their work is just so incredibly simple and clever. For instance, their latest design, the Mobile Light is three simple beams and a thin wire. Each beam is […]

Benjamin Hubert Desk Acessories for Welmade

Do you remember when you were a kid, and your mother gave you a toy comprised of a board with various geometric holes in it along with a number of colored sqaures, stars and spheres? I remember this at least. It was a toy that teased your brain to fit the blocks in the right […]

Tape Dispenser by J-Me

Like so many other products on, there is not much you need to say beyond your immediate visceral reaction to clever products such as this tape dispenser. Yep. It’s a tape dispenser in the form of that all important audio media device: the cassette tape. The design is so damn cute. And at twenty […]

Knife Hooks by TC Studio

I love the playful stories that come to mind when you install a number of knife hooks into your wall. For instance, you could tell people that you were attacked by a blind knife thrower who left all these knives in your wall, and when you left them there in your walls as a memento […]

The umbrella but no handle UFOCAP

The beauty of this design is it’s so practical yet it’s so stupid looking. The advertising says, ” On a rainy day, it will be the wings for your arms”. Which is a not so good way of saying that the UFOCAP frees your hands from the umbrella. So, it solves a great problem: staying […]

Toothbrushes by Radius

Finally! I’ve gotten around to this post. It is a rare pleasure to get tips from my friends in town. Yes, I get tips about products from my cyberspace friends and from my PR friends, but rarely do I get any great leads on well designed products from the people that I see on a […]

Cityplates by not Neutral

Cityplates by NotNeutral are old news in the hyper acute world of cool trends being exploded into the blog ether at a mile a minute. But I haven’t written about them and maybe that’s what matters most to me, art least. The graphic nature of the map is so eye popping as to attract every […]

Balancing Bowls from Royal VKB: Stupidly Simple Measuring Device

I am in love with this product! These are the unbelievably simple measuring devices by Royal VKB called Balancing Bowls. Royal VKB, by the way, is a young Dutch kitchenware firm with a vast stable of talented designers. Their work really creates new rules for how you can eat serve and make food. It’s quite […]

Self Healing Tape: Finally, a way to break something without breaking anything

I recently covered the fun and innovative Nature V2.0 chair by Dream Me a Sheep which is so clever in itself. But the designers at dream me a sheep are constantly finding smart and witty ways to reintroduce old product concepts. One of their recent designs is Self Healing Tape. It’s a new take on […]