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Mid Century Modern Find of the Week: Candy-Striped Model 97 Rocker

This gorgeous Danish modern rocker was designed by Holger Georg Jensen for Tønder Møbelværk in 1958. 

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This piece is known as Model 97, and these surface occasionally, but this particular piece is a bit special as it retains its colorful original candy striped wool upholstery.

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There is not much known about this designer, and his pieces are commonly attributed to Søren Georg Jensen, but most of (Holger) Jensen's work was done for a company called Kubus in the early- to mid-1960s.

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These "Mid Century Modern Find of the Week" posts are provided courtesy of Mid Century Møbler, which specializes in importing vintage Danish Modern and authentic Mid Century furniture from the 1950s and 1960s.


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Space Saving, Eco-Conscious Gear for Campers & Road Trippers
The official first day of summer was this week, and with that begins plans for epic outdoor adventures. To help jumpstart your planning, we've compiled a list some of our favorite items that camping objects that feel essential rather than overdone and help make sure you conduct your camping or road trip in the most sustainable way possible. An Inflatable Lantern Powered by the SunThere's nothing about this lamp that's not to like—for one, it's inflatable so it can be packed away easily into your backpack. It's also solar powered and lasts up to 12 hours on one charge. Lastly, it's waterproof, so it can also float on water! We're daydreaming about night swimming in a quiet lake with these as we speak...A Tech-Friendly Wood Burning Camp StoveThe Biolite Wood Burning Stove is unique in that it uses kindling as opposed to butane to fire up your food, and the other bonus (besides being as eco-conscious as you are) is it can also charge your phone if needed. We see you glampers out there.The World's Smallest "Washing Machine"This one's for campers and road-trippers alike: the Scrubba Portable Laundry Bag. You simply throw your clothes in with some water and soap, rustle the bag around and voila! Freshly washed clothes (for campers, just make sure you use eco-friendly camping soap and don't drain into waterways!) ButtValet 100% Biodegradable Cleansing WipesWe just can't resist a product with as rich of a name as "ButtValet". Hydrapak Collapsible Water BottleHow do you fit a 1 liter water bottle in your pocket? With a Hydrapak Stash Water Bottle, which collapses to a quarter of its size, allowing you to save space and all those disposable plastic water bottles you were thinking of bringing on your camping excursion.A Small but Powerful Water FilterYou should always have at least 2 liters of clean water on hand during a short camping trip, but this super-tiny water filtration straw can ensure you're getting safe sips from pure water sources if you ever find yourself needing more. A Space-Saving Fly Fishing KitFor the impeccably-dressed camper in your life with a love for fishing, there's this impressively compact collaboration fishing pole and hip pack by Topo Designs and Tenkara Rod Co. Let them catch your dinner for the night!A Camping Pot Made of Silicone?This pot solves your issue of finding a place for your enormous cooking pan in your pack. With a body made of collapsible food-grade silicone and an aluminum base, the design of this is fantastic for several reasons: it packs up compactly and easily, the silicone helps prevent heat burns on skin, and the polycarbonate lid allows for easy straining.Happy summer adventuring!If you buy any of these products through our links, Core77 may receive a small percentage of the sale. But trust us—anything we don't truly love ain't allowed on this list.[...]



POV from the Cockpit of an Autonomous Race Car, a 3,000 Year Old Prosthetic Toe and the Process of Restoring Vintage Hot Wheels Cars
The Core77 team spends time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite finds from the World Wide Web: Check out YouTube channel "Bare Metal HW" - he restores vintage Hot Wheels cars."Craftsman Tools Steals Small Inventors Wrench Idea, and Loses David vs. Goliath $6 Million Patent Case."Here's your new winter hobby. (Knit first, make soup later).POV from the cockpit of an autonomous race car. Less stubbed toes, more painful running experience. Did their blinding iconic hotness ever really dim?7 deadly sins as apps.Smart Purchases: A summer staple.Gaze into the eyes of an AI created human. It's uncomfortable."A prime example of high-rent blight, a symptom of late-stage gentrification." At what point will prototype camouflage just become an available color option for new cars?I'm glad we are heading into summer so this craze has some time to cool down before the next school year… This week in google doodles: It's ya boi OTTO. Hot Tip: Check out more blazin' hot Internet finds on our Twitter and Instagram pages.[...]



A Cohesive Line of Cuisinart Products Focused on Intuitive Operability
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Beginning with the design of the CBT500 Blender in 2002, Big Bang has worked closely with Cuisinart to define, implement and evolve their visual brand language on over 60 kitchen electric products ranging from the category leading Griddler™ to the prosumer, Elite™ line. Leveraging signature forms, intuitive operability and critical attention to materials, finishes and manufacturability, Big Bang has helped Cuisinart maintain their position in the hearts of meal makers everywhere.

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Reader Submitted: A Student's Take on Multi-Functional Furniture for the Ever-Evolving Millennial 

Designed for the millennial generation, Cilla encapsulates multi-use, through surface and storage. I wanted to change the way we look at common storage—the way it opens and the way it hides things. Cilla is the design outcome of this iterative research, an interpretation of visual and physical storage space for the millennial consumer. It's both masculine and feminine, functional and personal. And a thoughtful answer to multi-functional furniture and storage.

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A Video That Finally Explains the 4th Dimension in a Way We Can Understand

Geometry was my best math subject, and it served me well during my CAD jockey years. But one thing I could never wrap my head around was the notion of a 4th dimension. People smarter than me would try explaining it to me at a bar, and while I could comprehend the individual words coming out of their mouths, I could never put the concept together in my head.

Finally, after seeing this video by the folks behind a game called Miegakure, I can start to wrap my head around it:

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Miegakure is an interactive puzzle game that lets you mess around with different shapes while toggling back and forth between the 3D and 4D world.

The fourth dimension in this game is not time, it works just like the first three: it is a mathematical generalization. [The game] plays like a regular 3D platformer, but at the press of a button one of the dimensions is exchanged with the fourth dimension, allowing for four-dimensional movement.
Your ability to move in the fourth dimensions in addition to the usual three allows you to perform miraculous feats like seeing inside closed buildings, walking through walls, stealing objects from closed containers, binding two separate rings without breaking them, etc...
These actual consequences of the mathematical formulation of 4D space have been thought about for more than a century (in the 1884 novella Flatland for example) but it is the first time anyone can actually perform them, thanks to the video game medium.

Here's what the game looks like:

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IKEA's Recipe Sheets are the Paint by Numbers of Home Cooking

IKEA has been getting a lot of design attention lately, but can we please take a moment to talk about their Easy Recipe Series instead of those godforsaken Frakta bags? Thank you.

Here's the deal. Instead of opening a bag of IKEA frozen shrimp, scratching your head for a good 10 minutes trying to figure out how to cook and season them, you can now put your raw ingredients onto a visually pleasing piece of paper, crumble everything up and cook. Observe:

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I'm a fan for multiple reasons: 

1) The sheets are printed with food safe ink, which takes care of my main concern right off the bat. 

2) IKEA then takes it a step further and makes the sheets parchment paper, a material you could already be using to cook your meal in the oven. 

3) Since everything folds up nicely, there's presumably minimal mess.

4) To top it off, the layouts are right in line with my personal kitchen OCD. Just look at that top notch organization. Each individual ravioli is well tended to. 

Buy all the freaking Frakta bags you want. Turn them into accessories or sneakers, for all I care. I'll be laughing at you from afar while eating my perfectly seasoned salmon.

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Design Job: Make a Splash this Summer as a Product Designer at Swimways Corp
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Swimways Corporation, located in Virginia Beach, VA, is a leader in outdoor recreational products. Recently Swimways has joined with Spin Master to create an outdoor Global Business Unit which is key to driving innovation and growth within the category. Our mission is making free time more fun through innovation! We

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Watch This Making of an Equus Alligator Watch Strap Video

Most of you reading this blog, and most of us writing it, know what it is to make things. And we've all seen tons of videos of other people making things. This one here, of an expert saddler/sellier crafting an alligator watch strap for Equus, stands out for being the cleanest and quietest making-of video we've ever seen.

Look how freaking spotless his workbench and fingernails are. Notice he doesn't need to wear protective eyewear, a respirator, noise-canceling headphones nor gloves. Of his entire complement of tools, perhaps only one or two need to be plugged into a socket. This looks like heavenly work to us:

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Hand Tool School #35: What to Do While the Finish is Drying?

I co-host the WoodTalk podcast with Marc Spagnuolo and Matt Cremona, and it's a running joke on there that I never put finish on anything. 

That's not entirely true, but I do tend to put it off a lot. The reason is that my shop is useless once I have applied a coat of finish. I can't work on anything as the dust will end up settling in the wet varnish or shellac or whatever. Even moving around and organizing things will kick up dust particles. 

Since my shop is pretty small, I essentially have to leave the shop for an extended period of time once that wet finish is on my project. Because of this I usually finish several projects at once. I guess kicking back on the couch with a frosty beverage should be a nice reward for completing a project, and in most situations I think that would be fine. 

My problem now is I took two days off work to dedicate to finishing up some outstanding projects and to begin my shop renovation. Two whole days with the house to myself and unrestricted shop time…that is now restricted by drying times of my oil/varnish blend. I suppose I could finish the project out in the driveway. Though the yellow coating of pollen on my car and the flowering Dogwood that overhangs the driveway makes me hesitant to do that. Sigh, guess I should have put off finishing these projects too.

So my question to you is, what do you do in between coats of finish, and/or what solutions have you come up with to keep on working while the finish is drying?

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This "Hand Tool School" series is provided courtesy of Shannon Rogers, a/k/a The Renaissance Woodworker. Rogers is founder of The Hand Tool School, which provides members with an online apprenticeship that teaches them how to use hand tools and to build furniture with traditional methods.

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What Happens When You Intentionally Crash a Work Van?

Hidden within the specs of many products are the performance standards they are required to meet. It's easy enough to ignore these things until you see what happens when something goes awry—as in the crash of a work or delivery van.

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In the video above, a European manufacturer of vehicle racking systems shows what happens when a van outfitted with homemade plywood shelving crashes into a wall at the French test standard of 50 km/hr (33 mph).

It's impossible to tell how well (or poorly) the storage units were constructed. I suspect they could have been attached to the vehicle in many more locations. Still, the shearing through of the end panels suggests plywood was perhaps not the best choice of material for this application.

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To illustrate the performance of its metal racking system, the company posted this video of their storage units undergoing the same test. The use of extreme slow motion cameras makes it possible to visualize the incredible force generated by the rapid deceleration of a crash. Tool boxes slide forward in a wave-like motion and the shelving units bend without breaking.

The possibility of the load shifting during a crash or hard braking is why many work vans are equipped with aftermarket bulkheads designed to separate passengers from cargo.

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As you can see in the video above, you don't have to be driving at highway speed for the results of flying cargo to be dire.

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Sex Toy Storage Beyond the Nightstand
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There are plenty of ways to store sex toys without using products specifically designed for that purpose. But there are a number of interesting design features on the products that are designed for organizing sex toys. The Joyboxx has a removable tray which can serve as a "bedside coaster for your sex toys," as Babeland puts it.

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Reader Submitted: EXEO Modular Gaming Controllers Allow You to Design Your Own Controller for Each Game

EXEO is a range of modular gaming controllers focused on providing ultimate realism to the gamers of today by recreating in-game interactions in real life. This means that if you are playing a medieval game, you should feel like you're holding a sword, and if you are playing a racing game, you should feel like you're holding a steering wheel.

With its modules, EXEO builds a new relationship with the gamers, where they have the complete freedom to craft their controller and use it creatively to solve problems and have unique experiences.

True gaming experiences can not be created by making advancements only in the visual and audio technologies. In a world where everybody looks toward VR as the future, EXEO brings back the importance of the feeling of touch. The opportunities are endless but as a concept EXEO aims to inspire the gamers of tomorrow to unlock different ways of interacting with their games.

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This Animation Perfectly Sums Up What's Wrong with Social Media Users
Instagrammer Coolman_coffeedan has been taking the piss out of the Internet. By posting (self-aware) photos of him in yoga poses, contrived partying shots and a purposely-badly-Photoshopped image of him with attractive models, he's making a sly commentary on the banality and artifice of social media—though it's not clear if all of his followers get it. class="instagram-media instagram-media-rendered" id="instagram-embed-0" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/BK86sBXAaF4/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=7&wp=658#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A51290.645000000004%7D" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="724" data-instgrm-payload-id="instagram-media-payload-0" scrolling="no" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 1px solid rgb(219, 219, 219); margin: 1px 1px 12px; max-width: 658px; width: calc(100% - 2px); border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: none; display: block; padding: 0px;"> class="instagram-media instagram-media-rendered" id="instagram-embed-2" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/BKouvAPD2El/embed/?cr=1&wp=658#%7B%22ci%22%3A2%2C%22os%22%3A51299.30500000001%7D" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="885" data-instgrm-payload-id="instagram-media-payload-2" scrolling="no" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 1px solid rgb(219, 219, 219); margin: 1px 1px 12px; max-width: 658px; width: calc(100% - 2px); border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: none; display: block; padding: 0px;"> class="instagram-media instagram-media-rendered" id="instagram-embed-3" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/BKjUJ6XjQI-/embed/captioned/?cr=1&wp=658#%7B%22ci%22%3A3%2C%22os%22%3A52205.27500000001%7D" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="999" data-instgrm-payload-id="instagram-media-payload-3" scrolling="no" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 1px solid rgb(219, 219, 219); margin: 1px 1px 12px; max-width: 658px; width: calc(100% - 2px); border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: none; display: block; padding: 0px;">Making his point more explicit are the animations he's recently released (which contain NSFW language): class="instagram-media instagram-media-rendered" id="instagram-embed-4" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/BVIYSXpBWay/embed/?cr=1&v=7&wp=658#%7B%22ci%22%3A4%2C%22os%22%3A52217.995%7D" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="433" data-instgrm-payload-id="instagram-media-payload-4" scrolling="no" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 1px solid rgb(219, 219, 219); margin: 1px 1px 12px; max-width: 658px; width: calc(100% - 2px); border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: none; display: block; padding: 0px;"> class="instagram-media instagram-media-rendered" id="instagram-embed-5" src="https://www.instagram.com/p/BVkc_CcBakD/embed/?cr=1&v=7&wp=658#%7B%22ci%22%3A5%2C%22os%22%3A52263.810000000005%7D" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="433" data-instgrm-payload-id="instagram-media-payload-5" scrolling="no" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 1px solid rgb(219, 219, 219); margin: 1px 1px 12px; max-width: 658px; width: calc(100% - 2px); border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: none; display: block; padding: 0px;"> Coolman_coffeedan is no Instagram monster, with just 4,808 followers. Hopefully that number will soon grow to 5,500; after hitting that number, he says, he'll release another animation. [...]



"Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy"

Every single day, 600 tons of particle board go into a factory, and out the other end comes a product so ubiquitous that there is one for every 100 people on Earth. It was designed in 1978. Can you guess what it is?

It's Ikea's Billy bookcase, which should go down in the history books as one of the farthest-reaching designs in the world, and a model of hyper-efficient production. Compared to the 1980s, Ikea is currently producing 37 times as many Billys as back then—yet the requisite workforce has only doubled!

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I learned these facts and plenty more from a fantastic podcast that will be of interest to industrial designers, and which is also being turned into a book. The podcast is called "50 Things That Made the Modern Economy" and the book is called "Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy." The former is hosted on the BBC World Service; the latter is coming out in August. Both are by Tim Harford, the journalist better known as The Financial Times' Undercover Economist. Writes Harford of the book,

I've tried to paint a picture of economic change by telling the stories of the ideas, people, and tools that had far-reaching and unexpected consequences for all of us. Drawing from the hugely popular BBC radio program and podcast "50 Things That Made The Modern Economy ," I discuss the inventions that have transformed the ways we work, play and live. From the plough to artificial intelligence, from Gillette's disposable razor to Ikea's Billy bookcase, I recount each invention's own memorable story and introduce you to the characters who developed them, profited from them, and were ruined by them.

The podcast is free and the sub-10-minute episodes are very listenable, well-researched and attributed. The book will be $15 to $20 for e-book or print versions, respectively. I highly recommend that you check both of them out.

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