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The Poko - Stride Vehicle

Young Polish designer Maciek Wojcicki designed an interesting, cutting edge stride toy.
Designed as a children vehicle which moves forward driven by the child's hips and body movements, it can be also used as light movement malfunction rehabilitation tool for 5-6 years old as well as for adults in a larger scale.

The brief was to design an attractive toy which, helps to stimulate motor development and improves movement coordination of the child through ideal postural alignment, postural muscle strengthening and active rehabilitation by playing and having fun. Designed movement types based on postural muscle strengthening movements are proven to contribute to positive physical and emotional health balance of the child. Functioning of it is strictly connected with the child's emotional and physical development. Movement characteristics have been described in Maciek's paper entitled "Types of movement driving children vehicles - deliberations". Designed in co-operation with academic physiologists in Gdansk (Poland).



The toy has been shortlisted for President of the Republic of Poland Design Award and also for Selected Works programme finals of INNOVATION RCA in London this year.

Maciek is a recent Royal College of Art, Design Products, MA course graduate.
 
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Swiss Army Knives by Thilo Fuente

Thilo Fuente is a Swiss industrial designer based in Zurich. He recently completed his master studies at ECAL in Lausanne.  His personal degree project is a series of knives for Wenger, maker of The Genuine Swiss Army Knife.

Wenger - The Certain Something (ECAL MAS-Luxe Final Degree Project)

The Swiss Army Knive knows many possible variations. In the recent past, some of them have been dissolving the strong and iconic identity of the fantastic original.  The goal of my project in cooperation with Wenger, maker of The Genuine Swiss Army Knife, was to strengthen the original design values by quoting the great classics and modernising some of the most characteristic details - at the same time I wanted to innovate functionally by thinking outside the box, not just coming up with another blade to be put between two halves. Based upon these goals a series of 6 knives has evolved that are meant to have "The Certain Something".

'Bent' - New, iconic look. Lets you grip the blade easily between two fingers without ever breaking off your fingernails. Good ergonomics.
'Kids' - Inverts the pocket knife principle: One "blade" with several functions, each covered by a separate grip. Laying open of the function by easily pivoting away one of the two grips. No risk of injury. The play-in-the-woods-tool!
'Grind' - To use the blade, it has to be taken completely out of its sheath, where it is securely kept when not in use. It has to be turned manually and inserted again in the sheath into cutting position. I then gets secured by a watch-crown-like wheel. The clou: The blade can be sharpened on the grindstone which is almost invisibly integrated in the back of the knife. Like a mechanic watch, this knife wants to be treated with extra care and the use of it is almost ritual.
'Absinthe' - I admit: An anecdotic one... A personal Absinthe spoon for drinking Switzerlands very own traditional (and for a long time illegal) drink from the mystical Jura mountains. Put a sugar cube on the blade, pour water over it and let it dissolve through the original Absinthe Spoon pattern into your Glass and into the "Green Fairy". One-sided and conspirationally flat for inside pockets...

 

'Letter' - Why not turn a typical pocket object into a table object and conquer a new market? To illustrate this idea, here's a fixed blade Swiss Army Knife to open your correspondence.

'Tools' - The complete deconstruction of the Swiss Army Knife. Stripped to the very minimum, this set of Swiss Army Knife is a relative of the common hex wrench set. Handy, always ready to use.

Copyright 2009 by Thilo Fuente / Ecal - Photos: Michel Bonvin / Ecal

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Pop up 'Cube' Table

While working in the office, we often require a number of gadgets and objects, which often turns the workspace into a muddled place. Providing a solution, Swiss designer Matthias Pugin has devised an innovative office desk that works as a planar board to keep your objects organized and provides a clutter-free workspace.

The 'Cube', as the designer calls his design, unlike most other tables is not only a planar board, but it provides different sized colorful cubes that can be used as storage space.

The Cube works like a ballpoint pen. All you need to do is push the cube down, let it go, and the cube pops up. With the Cube, there’s no need for a mess on your desk, you can have the mess in your desk.

Via The Design Blog

tags: furniture, kids, plastic, new products
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Alatka, a new drawing instrument

Maja Mesic, an industrial designer from Croatia, recently won the Red Dot award for his project Alatka, a drawing instrument.



As opposed to the restrictive form of pencil-shaped drawing tools, Alatka s ergonomic form has been devised to allow a more natural and expressive approach to drawing. Despite the fact that the dot is the basis of every drawn line, form or coloured surface, one does not draw millions of dots to form a line or shape. Instead, these lines are created with the drawing tool, which moves in sync with the hand. However, most of the drawing tools available on the market are primarily created for writing, and are not suitably adapted to drawing. Furthermore, if one wants to colour a surface, one needs to fill the surface with lots of lines. This is because the stick-type tool can feel unnatural to draw with; it restricts the movement of the hand. Alatka presents an innovative approach to drawing with a form that can adapt to drawing lines as well as coloured surfaces. With its tear-drop form, it allows the wrist to be free without having to conform to the movements dictated by other more restrictive shapes. The user is able to naturally use Alatka and position the hand as they wish. The movement of the wrist is more fluid and thus, the user is able to achieve balance and stability by easily adapting to its form. 

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Play All Day - a Book on Design for Children

The world in which children grow up today is far different compared to decades of the past. Nevertheless, the vast number of products on the market has not kept up with this shift. 'Play All Day' introduces a new and unconventional approach to design for children and presents stimulating and engaging design products and concepts for smart children and smart parents.

It presents examples of innovative and well-designed toys, playgrounds, play environments, room decorations, wall coverings, furniture and kindergarten architecture. In addition to these products, it also presents illustration and photography as well as out-of-the-box ideas and solutions for parents to play with their kids that encourage imagination, hands-on interaction and more active play that talented designers and creative parents are designing for and with their kids.

 

Book:

Play All Day: Design for Children
By R. Klanten, S. Ehmann
Die Gestalten Verlag

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Frank Lloyd Wright and Lego

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation together with Lego and Brickstructures have released Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Building sets in lego.

The line currently consists of six buildings – now including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and “Fallingwater.”

images copyright LEGO, Brickstructures and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

tags: Frank Lloyd Wright, toys, modern architecture, kids, plastic, new products
designers: Frank Lloyd Wright
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Vote now for your favorite greener gadget!

Core77 and Greener Gadgets invited designers to explore the concept of "Greener Gadgets.
The top 50 entries are published online for voting and commenting, and from these the judges will pick the Top 10 to be judged live at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City on February 27th.
Voting ends February 20th. Click, get inspired, and vote!

'VE09 Blister Radio' by Klaus Rosburg (United States)
The VE09 Blister Radio is made from PLA, a biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources such as cornstarch (in the U.S.) or sugarcanes. The solar panel in the back of the clear blister pack recharges the batteries allowing the user to operate the radio without ever opening the clamshell package.

 

'Blight' by Vincent Gerkens (Belgium)
This solar blind creates a link between indoor and outdoor, taking the daylight during the day and giving it back at night. The advantage of the Venetian blind is to have a large surface exposed to sunlight in a small, cumbersome object. With the revolving blades we can follow the course of the sun in order to catch a maximum of energy. Moreover we can adjust the position of the lamp to obtain various lighting effects. The produced energy can be used to supply a computer or other devices, by means of an inverter.

 

'Power-Hog' by Mathieu Zastawny, Mansour Ourasanah, Tom Dooley, Peter Byar, Elysa Soffer, Mathieu Turpault (United States)
Power-Hog is a power consumption metering piggy bank designed to sensitize kids to energy cost associated with running electronics devices. Plug the tail into the outlet and the device into the snout; feed a coin to meter 30 minutes of use.

 

'eMetric' by Jason Deperro (United States)
eMetric is an office power management system that allows teams of conscientious workers to control and learn about their electronics' energy consumption - saving energy and money.

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Kaj Franck Design Prize 2008 to Eero Aarnio

 

 

Professor Eero Aarnio has been chosen to receive the Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2008.

Eero Aarnio’s internationally significant career in furniture design already began in the 1960s. After graduating from the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, Aarnio established his own office specializing in interior and industrial design in 1962. Many of his works in the spirit of pop art, such as the Ball Chair (1963), Bubble (1968), Pastil (1968), Tomato (1971), Pony (1973) and Formula (1998) soon made international headlines and became design icons. The prize-winning designer has created a great number of products of different kinds, from furniture for homes and public space to various utility objects, such as the Puppy toy dog (2003) which he designed for Magis of Italy. Aarnio’s Trioli children’s chair (2003), also designed for Magis, earned him the Compasso d’Oro Prize of 2008 in Italy. Eero Aarnio’s work in design has had positive effect on employment in Finland. Over 90% of the products are exported. Aarnio’s most recent exhibition has toured many countries and his works are on permanent display in leading collections, such as MoMA in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.

Bubble Chair, Adelta - 1968 Ball Chair, Adelta - 1963
Pony, Adelta - 1973 Formula Chair, Adelta - 1998
Pastil, Adelta - 1968 Double Bubble, Malaja - 2001

”I always draw the piece in full scale. It’s almost like making the actual object and shaping its mass. It shows textiles as a black surface. If I draw only the contour, it is just a line. If I already give the object visual mass and weight on paper, it comes quite close to the right mood.” Professor Eero Aarnio,Interior Architect, winner of the Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2008.
 
 
Exhibition: The Kaj Franck Design Prize of  2008 – Eero Aarnio
From 12 December 2008  to 11 January 2009
Design Forum Finland, Space1, Erottajankatu 7, Helsinki
Free entrance

tags: furniture, outdoor, awards, lighting, exhibitions, kids, Adelta, Eero Aarnio, plastic
designers: Eero Aarnio
producers: Adelta
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Z-Ball

Belgian designer James Van Vossel has received an award for his Z-Ball at Interieur 08.
The prize was awarded by Royal Ahrend for a seating idea for a learning environment.

 

Z-Ball is an inflatable ball with 3 handles. The position of these equal handles stimulates an even better position of the 5-attitudes of the back: it stimulates to sit at the front side of the ball while the 2 other handles give support to the loin.

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Design For The Children

 

Design For The Children is an open, international design competition asking architects and designers from around the world to develop a sustainable, culturally responsive, pediatric clinic model for East Africa.

Africa today: Women and children walk an average of 6 miles a day to collect water.
1 child dies every 15 seconds due to the lack of clean drinking water.
More than 10 million children die every year from preventable illnesses.
270 million children have no access to public health services.

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Design for the Children is an international design competition hoping to improve the health of mothers and children through the construction of non-profit clinics. Design for the Children is a collaboration of 'Fight for the Children', 'Architecture for Humanity: Seattle', and 'American Institute of Architects: Seattle'.
 
The competition challenges participants of all age and skill levels from around the globe to develop a model for a pediatric clinic that can be modified to fit different sites in East Africa.

Operation of the clinic: Fight for the Children staff will work with local residents at the proposed site in East Africa to build the clinic based on the winning design, using local materials and building techniques. Fight for the Children staff will train and work with local doctors and nurses, who will in turn train other area residents. Once the clinic has a strong foundation, the clinic will be turned over to local staff to be run independently of Fight for the Children, but with additional support as needed. This allows the clinic to be self-sufficient, rather than dependent on a foreign organization.

Competition Launch Date: August 15 2008
Last Day to register: October 15 2008

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Blabla kids

Blabla's collection is designed by florence Wetterwald and knitted by Peruvian artisans.
Everything is made from natural fibers of exceptional quality grown in Peru, making the line irresistibly soft and cudley.

 

 

Florence's poetic, simple, and vibrant style combined with the ancestral knowledge of the knitters has created products which look contemporary, yet feel like old friends.

Blabla started in 2001, when Susan Pritchett and Florence Wettewald, two long time friends, went to Peru. By chance, they discovered entire villages of expert knitters who had been keeping the tradition alive for generations.


 

 

Inspired by their talent and gentleness, they decided to create their own line of knitted products for children. Blabla takes pride in its fair trade ethics and genuine commitments.

tags: toys, kids
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