design insights: 52



I just ran into a really good of my who informed me that his latest concept was represented on the Fast Company Blog Joey Ruiter‘s “Growler Bike” is one in a continuing series of concepts that re-vamps things as we know them…another concept that questions why we have always done things the way we have, and proposes a viable alternate…thanks for the inspiration…again.




Several of many nice solutions found at

gRemember these?…Gnome tables designed by the whimsical Philippe Starck and still available from Kartell.


Klhip…personal grooming brought to a whole new level.



The B&O (Bang & Olufsen) A9 sound system…you might want it in your room backwards…like some cars, the scene “under the hood” is so nice you might not want a hood.


A new desk by French designer Thibault Dsombre, called Litho and found along with a few other of his pieces at dezeen,


The Hole in the Wall Gang never had it this good…designboom is featuring this resort in Utah. Designed by Rick Joy Architects…the Amanagirl Resort. The combination of the environment with resort treatment would evaporate any pent-up stress.


The Zig Zag table by Trica.

one23Several interesting items from the firm Muller Mobelwerkstaetten.


FLOR’s blog team at Musings found this service. Bicycle Taxidermy….beautiful, harmless and a great way to re-purpose something that once gave you such joy.



High chairs posted at the site The Designer Pad…I recall what our high chairs looked like after just a few meals…these might be to precious…but our cats would love them. These are designed by Ben af Shulten and offered through Artek a company that I was not familiar with but has a rich history being founded by Alvar Aalto.


The Bunkie. Being developed by the architecture firm BLDG Workshop in Canada. Built in a factory and shipped to the site for assembly. Everything stores in the walls including (2) queen size wall-beds.




Intebrand has released its “Top 100 Brands” list. Just a few surprises…


Kohler and Moxie are combining efforts to provide music while you shower….this BlueTooth device plays music from your iPod. Varioua levels of water flow are available but regardless, in a world where water is becoming more and more precious…this might make it even harder to take short showers right? Maybe that is just the point of view for those who live in the Great Lakes region.


The Mistral Wine Store…in Brazil. ArchDaily is featuring this article on the site designed by the architects Studio Arthur Casas. The design is intended to complement the on-line sales…the thought being that if a customer is in the store rather than on-line the experience must be exquisite.


FLOR states that grey is the new neutral….huh.


Just incase we ever have a real winter…this is called “The Bighorn” from Alpine Sleds.


Coolhunting has this pocket-size book highlights “culture” for the upcoming year. Based on combing reams of data, the guide is published by Growwman & Partners. The book Zeitguid is $35.00 on line.


The Ace Hotel expands is unique coat offering with this Fishtail Parka.


7 Eleven gets a branding overhaul…or is it just a logo overhaul?…ether way… pretty impressive…the prototype store looks a lot different. The work done by BVD is featured at



The 2014 Corvette Stingray. A story of the delicate evolution to a true American icon.


Leather driving gloves for women by Mywalit. I love this design…it as if to mimic the depth you find in people when your really get to know them…the true colors are revelled by a deeper understanding.


Black & Decker’s new pivot head portable vacuum…now let’s hope for longer times in-between charges.


Brighten media center by Saehee. Peg board logic = flexibility.


Designboom found a new pencil sharpener that was designed by Rodrigo Torres and offered through alessi. One of those items that you respond with “of course”…and then “I want one”.



Reebook turns to Ultimate Fighting Champion Rampage Jackson (I hope I don’t get beat up for not knowing who he was) to introduce its next shoe..the ATV 19+. Designboom is featuring the article. It appears you could land at any angle with this shoe, roll into the proper foot placement and launch again.


The Patagonia Super Alpine Coat. Only $600.00…made of Gold-Tex.


Four Freedoms Park by Louis Kahn. I recently read an article about Bill Murry who during the construction of this park, snuck into it with his sons and claimed, that in real life it is a very moving experience. An article featuring photography by Ty Cole can be found at dezeen.


Phillip Johnson’s Glass House…a dwelling we all should know something about.


A better fruit tree planter…designed by Studio Bellia…called the Volcane and Lagune.






Opened in 2012…The Alpina Gstadd, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland..oh sure.


Shinola…a new company in Detroit that is in business of building beautify & functional items.

By Jon King

One comment on “design insights: 52

  1. Jon,
    These are all so unique and interesting. Thanks for highlighting items that we would normally never think of. Incredible !

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