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Pimp your BILLY

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

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BillyYou know Billy? Everybody knows Billy!…

35 million units have been sold worldwide of the IKEA shelf BILLY – making it the world’s biggest seller when it comes to shelves. Following the slogan PIMP MY BILLY Sven Rudolph, Carsten Schelling and Ralf Webermann from the design studio ding3000 have devoted their creativity to this classic IKEA piece. During the design show „talents” on the fair „tendence lifestyle“ in Frankfurt the three designers presented the concepts STUETZE, BILLY WILDER and BILLY HEIDENREICH.
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Very, very pretty

Friday, August 26th, 2005

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AK Soap Packs
Where as a couple of days ago we found good products in pretty ugly packaging, today we have a wonderful product in a wonderful package. Acca Kappa products have been around for decades and decades, incorporating only natural ingredients in products that make you leave your master bath feeling like you just stepped out of Bliss… 3 new scents have been added to a range of already stunning soaps, making the choice even harder. But the most difficult part is not choosing the scent, but actually taking it out of this absolutely gorgeous box…

In anticipation of design…

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

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… a model idea is a poetic gesture with which the designer begins to shape something. It may never become a product, but will nevertheless act as a signpost for his future development or even the future development of others.

Industreal

When thinking of a chair, a vase, a lamp or of any kind of known object, everyone has a general idea of the thing they are thinking of. In other words, there is a sort of archetype, a simplified original image, to which the mind refers when it encounters something or the word that represents it: vase, glass, teddy bear. This doesn’t mean that we all have the same lamp, the same bicycle or the same biscuit in mind. In fact, the different ways in which objects take shape is connected to the creative force of the archetype that resonates within the object and makes it recognisable, perhaps strange, unusual, disconcerting, yet nevertheless intelligible.

Industreal
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Storckism

Friday, August 19th, 2005

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When it comes to the question of optimalization and superlatives in bike design - and you really want to hit the nail on the head - you have to consider Storck.

In the late 80ies Markus Storck founded his first bike-design company, 1995 Storck Bicycles was born and in the late 90ies he presented his first fully carbon bike. Since that time he is optimizing his design into the last nitty-gritty detail… with beyond belief success!

Look at this…
Storck
The Scenario Carbon CD 1.0 racing cycle is their latest outcome. The secret of this bike is the right balance between stiffness and weight. In the question of weight the CD 1.0 is only outclassed by the CD 0.9 that brings the whole bike to a total of 4,5 kilogram. By the way… this lightness is out of the admitted limits of the world bicycle association - that’s why you’ll never see Lance or Jan riding one of these bikes in an official race.

Stork 09

A limited edition associated the their 10th anniversary is also available! And by the way…Storck is also the manufactoring partner of the famous porsche-bikes!

They say: “We innovate, others imitate!”…I think it’s a legitimate claim for their work!

Check out…

www.storck-bicycle.de (unfortunately only in German)

A shopping spree in Frankfurt

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

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This is a little summary about my last trip across the city of Frankfurt.

My first pit stop led me to one of my favorite ressources for furniture and other lifestyle accessoires.

Frick is a retail shop in the heart of the city selling from Vitra’s and USM Haller’s classics to such beautiful gems like these…

FrickMMM

… “Bloom” by Raeder are wonderful aluminium tools for your gardening…

RaederMMM
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Branded brands

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

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Have you already recognized the trend of “branding brands”?

In our previous post “Traditional brand meets high tech” we featured the co-work of momodesign and Motorola.

Here is another example…and I adore this one!!!

“Mini wears Bisazza”

Mini Bisazza
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Ladies and gents

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

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OHSOOHSO is our ultimate travel toothbrush combining style and functionality.

Self-Dispensing. Toothpaste is stored in the handle for safekeeping. A little window shows you how much paste is in the chamber. Easily refillable. OHSO uses suction to pull the paste into the handle for no mess refilling. Use your favorite toothpaste and fill OHSO with any type of toothpaste from most tubes.
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German watchmakers Mecca

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

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Nomos WirtschaftskapitänGlashütte - a small Saxon village in the middle of nowhere between Dresden and the Czech border - is the wellknown Mecca of German watchmakers.

One of the traditional brands is NOMOS.

Together with their 100 years old dealership WEMPE - a spcialist for exquisite timepieces & jewellery - they issue 100 editions each of 100 limited timepieces in different designs.

on top “Tangente Wirtschaftskapitän”
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Traditional brand meets high tech…

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

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Momodesign HelmI remember those days in the mid 80’s steering my Mini Cooper with this smallest momo-wheel allowed to use…

Momodesign, maker of all sorts of high-end automotive and cycling parts had annonced their new Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet - the result of a collaboration with Motorola - last autumn.
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kids on tour

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

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Purdue University Shift“Shift”

Wanna see your kids cycling down the road preparing for “The Tour’s” yellow jersey in 2020?

A new bicycle design created at Purdue University could erase the need for parents to hold on to the back of a two-wheel bicycle as their child learns how to ride.

The bike, called “Shift”, was created by an industrial design professor and two students. Their designed topped 853 entrants from 56 countries to win the first prize in the 9th International Bicycle Design Competition in Taiwan.

It’s still a design study - but as soon as it comes our kids will ride…

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