Behold, your beloved plastic action figures with a twist—literally. Just funded on Kickstarter and now available for pre-order, Yoga Joes by Brogamats take on a series of unlikely asana poses with clever charm. Warriors, indeed.
There's no hole in the design of this bucket, which doesn't mess with anything—unless you count a major upgrade to material and mechanics. Replacing dated plastic and metal versions, Wacky Practicals' Collapsible Bucket is constructed from soft rubber...
621 Side Table
Designed by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ in 1962, the 621 Table is now back in production and are a perfect example of the legendary designer's brilliant sense of practical design. The ultra-simple tables are injection-molded in Britain in large and small...
Studio Swine's Sea Chair: Into The Gyre
After creating the award-winning Sea Chair (made from discarded plastic washed up on beaches), London-based design duo Studio Swine has decided to take their project to the next level. Not content with the attention they have already drawn to the...
Interview: Denise J Reytan
While many jewelry designers stick to classics like gold, silver and semi-precious stones, Denise J Reytan builds her "wearable collages" from the most unusual colors and materials. Silicone, textiles and even custom-casted plastic objects are juxtaposed...
Very French Gangsters makes eyewear for kids (with a few selections for mom) but anyone can go a little bananas over their pop-art barrettes. Pink lips, PanPan alerts, eyeballs and plain two-color bars round out the fun plastic collection.
Sip Smarter with the Viora Coffee Lid
With a conventional coffee cup lid, even the slightest jolt can send scalding liquid out of the porthole, only to be caught by the dish-like design, awaiting a second opportunity to splash onto you. Further, the lid traps all aromas inside, rendering...
Interview: Eames Demetrios
In the garden of the Case Study House, Eames Demetrios—grandson of Charles and Ray Eames—settled in a shell chair to share stories of his family heritage and legacy, architectural preservation and the world travels he undertook to create his epic...
Fatra Re-Edition Inflatable Toys
Designer Libuše Niklová contributed to one of the major chapters in the history of modern Czech design through her collaboration with Fatra, a brand founded in Napajedla that has engaged in plastic processing and the production of plastic products...
The latest collaboration between the Swiss watchmaker and an artist was done with pop star Mika. Primary colors and a simple yet vibrant tribal pattern add a fresh facade to this classic timepiece, which will keep you on schedule even when you're having...
We all remember which color we reached for as a child. Thanks to MoMA, these absolutely classic Rainbow Mugs, originally from Manhattan-based design studio Vignelli Associates, are back in action, stackable as always, and ready to bring the full spectrum...
Studio Visit: Dirk Vander Kooij
Less than three years ago we watched the budding Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij explain his graduation project to a packed house at Cape Town's Design Indaba conference. The Design Academy Eindhoven alumnus humbly presented Endless Flow, a "dining...
Nixon + Kate Spade Saturday Time Teller Watches
The upshot of a collaboration between Kate Spade's more accessible brand Saturday and Nixon, these plastic gems brighten up your wrist while keeping track of time. Several styles available.
Interview: Patricia Urquiola
In the 25 years since taking the reins at Kartell, owner and CEO Claudio Luti has collaborated with nearly every industrial designer of note, transforming the over 60-year-old company into the king of polycarbonate furniture and a darling of Italian...
As part of a movement in eyewear design to use sustainable materials, or at the very least adopt a certain rustic aesthetic, we have come across several creative ways to incorporate wood into glasses and sunglasses. While Shwood is the most recognizable...
A water brand unlike any other, Fred has stood on store shelves for some six years now, setting itself apart with an unconventional flask-like shape and a rather counterintuitive message—reuse. Unlike most brands that encourage consumption...
Kartell: The Culture of Plastics
From the very beginning of Kartell's history plastic and design have been the mantra. Founded by Giulio Castelli, a chemical engineer, the Italian furniture brand is the most influential proponent of plastic industrial design, building a sizable...
In lieu of green army men, these toy soldier-style plastic skateboarders expand your child's imagination when any surface becomes a skatepark.
As always, what's old is new again. Conjuring up memories of butt-bombing hills and weaving cones like in the days of Dog Town, many companies are remaking retro-styled banana boards that combine the concept of yesteryear with the superior materials...
Following up on the success of the award-winning bobble, the reusable bottle that filters water as you drink from it, the brand's makers have launched the bobble jug. An innovative—and long overdue—update on the usual household water...
Most hotels and gyms offer complimentary toiletries, but those who like to bring along their own favorites have probably noticed the hospitality often stops at precious shelf space. Enter the GoToob. Designed by San Francisco firm Humangear, the...
Nothing kills the buzz of a drink outdoors more than the chunky rim of a plastic cup at your lips. Refining the concept with a few Dieter Rams-worthy design principles, Govino's reusable wine glasses and champagne flutes, made from BPA-free, shatterproof...
An Interview with Dirk Vander Kooij
Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij is obsessed with rapid prototyping. Best known for his Endless Chair, made from a continuous string of recycled plastic using a 3D printer, the design has grown into a range of products all with the goal of making...
Skweet Sport Bottle Wash
As global awareness of the benefits of choosing reusable water bottles, a little education on the best way to clean them is in order. Dishwasher heat releases harmful chemicals in some plastics (not to mention melts some of them), and washing by...