The Smoking Gun by Design Glut: Where Pun Mixes with Double Entendre

Design Glut is an extremely fresh design group of two making some of the smartest products out there in the world.  The product that caught my eye at the recent ICFF 2008 show was The Smoking Gun: a cigarette holder with a deeper, blunter sense of the act of smoking. The iconography of the cigarette […]

Jason Miller Seconds

Jason Miller, one of the hottest American designers of the past five years, has created what may be seen as a continuation on his playful lounge chairs. His chairs, which are newly constructed and well designed, feature strips of fabric that stretch randomly across the furniture and appear as if they were made of duct […]

Park Planters by Tristan Zimmermann

Planters bring a little green into your garden. Some would say planters add a sort of park-like quality to your surroundings. Well if you live anywhere near the Stanyan entrance to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco then you’d know that your park experience includes more than looking at green plants. No doubt multiple drug […]

The Diamond Zinc Vase By Tampopo for Eboniste

First, I’d like to say that we have awarded out first ever email newsletter contest prize which I will discuss in a couple of weeks in a more formal post. She was ecstatic to win, and I can’t thank her enough for signing up. She was also kind enough to tip me on one of […]

My Book Hard Drive by Western Digital

I was recently at Circuit City (which I normally hate going to, by the way. They have no selection.) and I was looking for a backup hard drive for my system. The one I found compelled to buy was the My Book Hard Drive by Western Digital. I honestly know nothing about the company, nor […]

Green Week: Off Pitcher and Cup by Justin Parker and Andi Kovel

This is one of those products that pushes sculptural beauty and green design to what I would consider to be a noble conclusion. The product is called the Off Pitcher. It’s made from recycled bottles that are re-purposed into a carafe and cups. To go a bit further the designer’s electric furnace for manipulating the […]

Muji Wall Mounted CD Player

Muji, as hopefully you already know, is the queen bee of super simple but cool Japanese product design. It’s an Ikea for Japan. I first became aware of their work from a friend of mine who was in Paris and stopped in to the Muji store there. He picked me up a white T-shirt that […]

Brand Crack: Frank Gehry Fold Ring for Tiffany

Mr. Gehry! Why did you not take up ring design before I got married? I really have no reason to buy one of the Frank Gehry designed rings by Tiffany. I only need one. I’ve always thought that guys wearing more than one ring usually wore polyester suits or needed occasional back waxing. You know […]

Puma: The Mongolian Shoe BBQ

Have you ever felt like you wanted to be Dr. Frankenstein? That is, have you ever wanted to concoct your own personal version of something you care about only to have to turn into a horrible monster? Well that’s kind of what it feels like when I recently visited Puma’s incredible Mongolian Shoe BBQ website […]

Last Match Menorah by Kathleen Walsh

Today is the last day I’m in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest cadre of conferences. I’m sitting in my favorite little cafe just north of the University of Texas campus. It’s called Spiderhouse, and this has to be one of the many things that I desire to be immediately transplanted from Austin to […]