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Can Creatives Help Manufacturing Reinvent Itself In America?

Manufacture New York is bringing the factory back to urban centers–and trying to create a new culture of innovation between designers, makers, and technology.<p>The famous scene in <i>Modern Times,</i> in which Chaplin literally becomes a cog in the machine, is humorous and damning. Our ambivalence towards …

Articles about small london flat light filled interiors on Dwell.com - Dwell

Formerly a schoolhouse property, this rundown London warehouse breathes new life as a modern two-bedroom abode after a complex...<p>Method Homes’ compact Element 1 prefab model rises to the challenge of a difficult building site.<p>Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most …

Brilliant Butter Knife Re-design

From Australia comes this clever re-think of the common butter knife. Sydney-based industrial designers Sacha Pantschenko, Norman Oliveria and Craig …

Toilet Paper Rolls Squished into Funny Faces by Junior Fritz Jacquet | Colossal

<p>French paper artist Junior Fritz Jacquet created this fantastic series of weird masks made from toilet paper rolls. Inspired by the craft of …

The Hat Maker: A Video Showcasing the Craft of Milliner Nick Fouqet - The Fox Is Black

As technology continues to advance, our knowledge of how things are made slowly decreases. A perfect example is how hats are made. I’ve never known a …

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In-Depth and Up Close Process Video of a Watch Being Made - The Fox Is Black

German based watchmakers NOMOS Glashütte are known for their high caliber of watchmaking and this video proves it. Aptly titled <i>Look over the</i> …

Artefact Discusses the Design Process Behind the Lytro Illum

Gotta love our readership. Following Wednesday's post admiring the design of Lytro's forthcoming Illum camera, Core77 regular Slippyfish pointed out …

Product Design

Beep | Wirelessly Control Any Speaker

Beep breathes new life into old speakers. The sleek Wi-Fi enabled device connects to any stereo system or speaker, allowing you to stream music …

Type Logos by Jorgen Grotdal

This is a selection of some really cool type logos designed by Norwegian designer Jorgen Grotdal. It's good to see the different takes on each logo …

Musical Anatomy – Illustrations by Shawn Feeney

Musical Anatomy – Illustration Series.<p>Shawn Feeney is a San Francisco Bay Area based artist and illustrator. His drawings mostly embody music, …

Yota's latest E Ink smartphone takes a great idea and makes it pretty

YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It's been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we've been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices' execution. At MWC this year, the Russian …

Chineasy

Beginning with key Chinese characters—which the book refers to as building blocks—author ShaoLan Hsueh and artist Noma Bar have made a memorable guide, as helpful as it is pretty, to one of the most difficult and oldest languages in the world. "Chineasy" translates the Chinese language into a …

This Magical Tech Could Make Mobile Keyboards Suck Way Less

It's pretty much a given that laptops are going to get thinner and thinner. Take Microsoft Surface for example. It's got that tablet keyboard-cover …

Gear & Gadgets

Core77 2013 Year in Review: Materials, Part 2 - Using Old Materials in New Ways

<i>Over in Japan, we saw Michael Haefliger, Anish Kapoor and Arata Isozaki collaborate on creating the Ark Nova, an enormous, traveling, inflatable</i> …

Fabrication

Gorgeous Baroque Dressing Table Created by Wood Burning

In his <i>Born 2B Burn</i> furniture collection, Ukranian designer Yarsolav Galant uses the technique of wood burning to produce a striking charred surface. The furniture is exposed to short-term extreme heat (nearly 2000F!) which carbonizes the surface without damaging the core.<p>After it has cooled down, …

Schofield Watch Company: Blacklamp

Since Schofield Watch Company's Signalman was released, its designer Giles Ellis has been riding his self-made wave of design-inspired success right into the upper echelons of modern horology. With his second timepiece, the Blacklamp, Ellis has taken his successful design and refined so much that …

TapTap Wristband Keeps You In Touch with Your Loved One

<b>TapTap Wristband</b> keeps you and your loved one connected, it’s a small device that transfers touch between 2 people. Aside from transferring the …

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Package Design by Lacy Kuhn for Heartland Breakfast Cereals

Lovely Packaging – Student Work.<p>Lacy Kuhn has designed this lovely packaging for the Heartland line of breakfast cereals by the National Cereal …

Classic Acoustics Meets Modern Tech

Stream nostalgia with the first ever Bluetooth gramophone, the Gramovox! The timeless design is not only aesthetically “old-school,” but also …

Articles about 7 fantastic backyard buildings on Dwell.com - Dwell

In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying...<p>Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first...<p>The alphabet is as easy as ABC, but for typographer …

littleBits + KORG Synth Kit

New York-based littleBits has been making big waves in the design industry since their electronic modules-maker took over the MoMA Design Store. Instead of building talking puppets or electric toothbrushes, this time around the two-year-old startup is concentrating on breaking down barriers in the …

Turning Can Collectors Into Designers, One Melted Beer Can At A Time

As a supplement to recycling, Studio Swine has created a mobile foundry that makes art of aluminum cans.<p>Discarded aluminum cans can be an urban blight. But designers at Studio Swine want to turn them into something else: an integral part of a city’s character. To transform such a major segment of …

A Portable Bluetooth Speaker That’d Look At Home On “Mad Men”

“The last 25 years of consumer electronics have been mostly dominated by a design aesthetic I think you could classify as futuristic or techie,” says Adam Schwartz, cofounder of the company Otis & Eleanor. “Just because you’re working in new technology doesn’t mean your design has to look like a …

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