French artist/industrial designer known only as Parse/Error recently created an object that is both beautiful and troubling all at the same time. At face value, the Political Lamp is an aesthetically appealing decor piece… a lovely cylindrical dome housing a curious cloud. But behind this facade is a much darker reality, an intentional and well-conceived…

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In many industries, some of the most innovative ideas come from young minds. And that is certainly the case here. Simin Qiu, product/industrial design student at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, conceived the beautiful Swirl faucet. Not only is it aesthetically brilliant, with its elaborately patterned latticework of water streams which are…

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We find the manipulation of wood just fascinating. In the right hands, the possibilities are endless. In its natural state as trees, wood can obviously be quite beautiful. But the notion that an artist can create objects that harken back to their natural state, even after having served a function, is really quite something. The…

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We often focus on a single project or series, but the growing body of work by Kyle Wilkeson is just too good not to share. Wilkeson, Yorkshire, England-based letterer/designer/creative director, is innately talented. Quite simply, his work is special. From experimental lettering of Pecha Kucha promotional materials, to the thoughtful typography of his ADC invitation, to…

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There’s something to be said for good design (which sorta goes without saying since that is essentially the mantra of this very blog). When designers collaborate (even from different disciplines), special things happen… as is the case with this awesome lamp. The collection, which consists of several different colored lamps that project the celestial constellations…

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As a compliment to a previous post, we had to share this excellent video that answers the question, “Why has Herman Miller thrived for 108 years?” Good design at its best, that’s why. Via YouTube

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Though we don’t often comment on industrial design, our love for all things design does not stop at graphics, illustration and photography. Design lovers have coveted the Eames-designed Molded Plastic Chair since its introduction in 1950, and we are no different. Herman Miller has just introduced the Eames Molded Wood Chair, and we are salivating.…

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Okay, yes, this is pretty geeky, but we really love this floppy disk table by Berlin-based design duo Axel van Exel and Marian Neulant of Neuland van Exel. You might expect it to be made out of plastic, but it’s actually built from steel (with the iconic silver shutter doubling as a hidden storage compartment).…

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We at Barbour do not fancy ourselves industrial designers, but with a certain fondness for Japanese cuisine, we find this to be an excellent concept. Aptly named “Spoonplus”, it’s a hybrid between chopsticks and a spoon designed by Paris-based designer Aïssa Logerot. Not only can you pinch/pick-up with the chopsticks and scoop with the spoon,…

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Some packaging is simply just fun, as is the case with this series of fruit juice packaging. Not sure how banana juice tastes, but Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa certainly makes it look enticing with his thoughtful design. “Materials are not the mother of design,” says Fukasawa. “Materials and means are the result of thinking…

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