Minut alarm promises all-in-one home security without cameras

Swedish company Minut has created a smart-home security device for the camera-averse — an alarm that monitors movement, noise, temperature and humidity. The company wanted to create a comprehensive security device without using wi-fi-connected cameras, which are controversial but increasingly common thanks to product families like the Google-owned Nest and Amazon’s Ring. The wireless Minut […]

Viners makes knives with rounded tips in response to knife crime

British cutlery company Viners has released a collection of kitchen knives with rounded tips in a bid to reduce knife-related incidents. Designed with safety and functionality in mind, the six-piece Assure knife collection boasts a blade design with a blunt, rounded tip that won’t pierce human skin. The design is Viners‘ response to recent legislation […]

“We’re at the precipice of social change” when it comes to female sex tech says Lora DiCarlo

Sexual health technology for women is finally gaining acceptance according to founder of sextech startup Lora DiCarlo, who returned to CES this year with two new robotic massagers after its Osé product was banned in 2019 for being “immoral”. Consumer robotics company Lora DiCarlo unveiled two new additions to its Osé family of “bio-mimetic pleasure […]

Royal Mail stamp collection pays homage to seminal British video games

Tomb Raider and Worms are among nine classic video games celebrated in the latest stamp collection by the British postal service Royal Mail. The set of 12 stamps charts the evolution of British games design and technology – from the pixelated images of the open-world space shooter Elite in the early 1980s to Tomb Raider […]

Eight cute and kitschy robots from CES 2020

Smart-home technology and innovative cars were overshadowed at CES by tiny robots designed to be human companions. We’ve rounded up eight of the kitschiest offerings at this year’s event. Known as the proving ground for the latest gadgets and breakthrough technologies, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place at the beginning of each year, […]

Kelly Hoppen’s “jewellery-like” electrical accessories target the luxury interiors market

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen has created a collection of premium light switches and plug sockets for Focus SB that provide an alternative to “very conservative” electrical wiring accessories. Hoppen worked with the British electrical accessories manufacturer to develop a range of products aimed at the UK and China luxury hospitality and residential markets. The collection […]

José Bermúdez designs Fuji incense holder influenced by a volcanic eruption

Mexican designer José Bermúdez has created an incense tray to reference the form of active volcano Mount Fuji in Japan. The Fuji incense diffuser comprises a foundry brass plate that fits inside a small concrete container. “Inspired by Mount Fuji located in Japan, the concept was to create an elegant piece and a start conversation […]

Le Corbuffet cookbook includes recipes for Rem Brûlée and Denise Scott Brownies

A Mies van der Roe Dip, an Odile Decquiri cocktail and Florence Knoll Rolls are among the recipes in a tongue-in-cheek cookbook by New York artist Esther Choi. Choi’s Le Corbuffet book, which takes its name from 20th-century architect Le Corbusier, includes 60 dishes and drinks influenced by well-known architects, designers and artists. Le Corbuffet […]

Ballie the rolling robot is Samsung’s near-future vision of personal care

Samsung introduced its vision of robots as “life companions” at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show – a tiny, ball-shaped AI device that rolls around the house and responds to commands like a pet dog. Unveiled on 6 January 2020 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung’s small, yellow Ballie robot is designed […]

Teo Yang Studio creates architectural birdbaths from terrazzo and terracotta

South Korean designer Teo Yang has created a set of sculptural birdbaths inspired by the philosophies of traditional Korean garden design. Developed in collaboration with Mallorcan tile manufacturer Huguet, the three objects each comprise a cuboid-shaped pedestal made from white and peach terrazzo tiles. The surfaces are punctured by circular openings that reveal a ribbed […]

Boulder city guide by Cast Iron Design made with ink derived from algae

Cast Iron Design has created a guide book for the city of Boulder, Colorado on recycled paper with ink made from algae. Created for clothing company Patagonia, the city guide is printed with a black pigment that Cast Iron Design sourced from Colorado company Living Ink. It is made from a by-product of blue-green algae, […]

Townew bin seals and changes garbage bags at the push of a button

Canadian company Knectek Labs has automated an often messy and unhygienic part of household waste collection with the Townew bin, which seals and changes its own bags. Set to launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2020, the Townew bin is self-sealing at the push of a button. It uses […]

Competition: win a wireless Small Transparent Speaker by Transparent Sound

In our latest competition, we’re offering two readers the chance to win a wireless speaker from Transparent Sound’s latest collection. The Stockholm-based audio brand has developed the Small Transparent Speaker so that many of its parts are replaceable and can be upgraded as technology advances. Two winners will receive one speaker each. As its name […]

Lorenzo Spreafico’s 3D-printed prosthetic arm provides tactile feedback for low cost

Design student Lorenzo Spreafico has invented a prosthetic arm that could bring tactile feedback to people who can’t currently afford it. Spreafico designed the T1 prosthesis as his final year project in the Product Design bachelors at the University of Leeds in the UK. The 3D-printed plastic arm incorporates vibro-tactile feedback, relaying information about how […]

Kiki & Joost creates patterned solar panels for MyEnergySkin

Design duo Kiki & Joost has created a collection of solar panels for MyEnergySkin, a Dutch company that wants to make products attractive enough to cover building facades. Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk – a couple who make work both together and separately – produced eight tile designs for MyEnergySkin. There are two solar […]

Iittala’s Kuru collection by Philippe Malouin is for people who lose their keys

Finnish homeware brand Iittala has collaborated with designer Philippe Malouin on a range of “sculptural and functional” ceramic and glass bowls called Kuru that help to organise the home. The set of vessels comprises a glass bowl and cast ceramic bowls in three sizes, designed to store odds and ends such as keys, as well […]

Tiipoi creates ceramic kitchenware using technique from remote Indian village

Product design studio Tiipoi has worked with Indian master craftsman Mathew Sasa to create a collection of ceramic vessels using a technique found in a remote village in northeastern India. The five-piece cookware collection consists of two multipurpose pots and a pan, and two serving bowls that nest one within the other, called Karipot, Karipan […]

Ege Kökel’s de-extinction project imagines a world with dodos as pets

University of Applied Arts Vienna graduate Ege Kökel has envisioned what life would be like if bio-technologies were used to bring back dodos, as a comment on the impact of de-extinction research. Called Dodo in the Room, the project comprises an origami-like model of a dodo, a dodo muzzle, a “catalogue” of the dodos on […]

The Samsung Mobile Design Competition aimed to “shape the next wave of Galaxy experiences”

In this movie, we look back at this year’s Samsung Mobile Design Competition, a collaboration between Samsung and Dezeen, which challenged designers to come up with innovative new mobile accessory and wallpaper designs for Galaxy devices. Launched in June 2019, the Samsung Mobile Design Competition was a global contest that sought ideas for how Galaxy mobile […]

10 gifts for the Bauhaus obsessed

This year marked 100 years since the Bauhaus was founded. To celebrate the occasion we’ve selected 10 designs related to the school that would be ideal gifts.  Gunta Stölzl blanket by Wallace Sewell Textile artist Gunta Stölzl studied and taught at the Bauhaus, and a blanket she made and used while there has been recreated […]

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