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QwickSwitch is a conceptual line of light switches and receptacles that can be removed and replaced without tools and without turning off the power. With QwickSwitch anyone can change a standard light switch to a dimmer, or replace a standard receptacle with a built-in night light. For hospitals and other high-use environments, the ability to replace outlets and switches without turning off the power can provide significant time and cost savings.
"Designer Yves Béhar started with a stripped-down concept of a new office chair for Herman Miller Inc. that mimicked the structure of a suspension bridge.
"His company, San Francisco-based fuseproject, went through more than a thousand sketches and worked alongside the furniture maker and an extended team of engineers, material suppliers, molders and toolmakers on more than 70 different prototypes before that minimized idea for a chair could finally land on the market."
Bresslergroup, a product design firm based in Philadelphia and founded by Peter Bressler, FIDSA, has designed the Evolution Reduction Reel, a new four-part modular design for industrial cable reels. The core, composed of two interlocking half-circles, allows for easy disassembly and is 100 percent recyclable. The disassembled reels require 70 percent less storage space than comparable rigid assembled reels and multiple uses reduce landfill waste. All good stuff, except there may be a shortage of old-style reels for grad-school coffee tables.
Design a poster to remember, reflect, inspire, and lift up the Joplin community as they continue to rebuild after the devastating tornado on May 22nd.
Entries must be received by August 15.
And if you're in Chicago, attend the Rebuilding Happy Hour on August 25 at the izzy+ showroom (suite 1150) at the Merchandise Mart to gather, vote on poster entries, enjoy some Missouri-themed food and drinks, and raise awareness and funds to kick off the school year right in Joplin.
"Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design" —Dieter Rams. Dieter Rams' life and work are indelibly linked to his thoughts about how people live, and how they can live better. Products he designed in the 1960s are still being produced and sold today—only one demonstration of the strength of his work.
Cardiac Science G3 AED – Automated External Defibrillators are at the front lines in giving cardiac arrest victims the immediate care that is essential to save lives. Karten designed this AED to be durable and easy to use. A series of “ready kits” let rescue professionals take the devices into the field along with other important supplies.
Zyliss Cook-n-Serve Tongs – Zyliss Cook-n-Serve Tongs introduce a new form factor to a tired kitchen tool, with smart design details such as comfortable ergonomics and better grips for different types of food.