Category: Design

Awesome DIY Inspiration: Hanging whisk tea light candle holder votive

Want to know how to make a whisk tea light candle holder? Here’s a fun DIY idea that will take you less than 5 minutes to put together, for maximum visual impact! I made these DIY whisk tea light candle holder votives in collaboration with HelloSociety, as party or wedding inspiration, to celebrate the release of The Hundred Foot Journey movie, and to promote the film all across Pinterest! Not surprisingly, this little project was a huge hit, being the most pinned, most re-pinned, most liked, and most clicked-on pin for any campaign so far!

DIY hanging whisk tea light candle holder votive

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Awesome RGB-Hex-Decimal-CMYK Color Conversion Tool | Online Color Converter

Converting colours for web has never been easier with these handy tools

As a design creative, this would have to be one of the most useful online color converter tools I have ever come across, so I’m really excited to be able to share this one with you here on the blog! If you are also a blogger, graphic designer, logo designer, website designer, product designer (and more!) I think you will also appreciate how easy it is to quickly convert different color codes between CMYK, RGB, Hex or Decimal colour, so that you can easily keep a consistent brand identity and colour story across all platforms such as print, web, screen and physical product.

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Awesome Products: Sleep Under the Stars with the Cosmos Bed

Saint Petersburg-based designer Natalia Rumyantseva created the Cosmos Bed as a way of letting you take the starry night sky home #product_design

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Imagine taking the starry night sky home to bed with you! Natalia Rumyantseva, a designer from Saint Petersburg, has created a futuristic, egg-shaped sleeping pod called the Cosmos Bed. This amazingly beautiful cocoon-style bed would have you counting stars and falling blissfully asleep in no time. It brings the beauty of the outdoors in, without any nuisances, such as pesky mosquitoes!

The Cosmos Bed not only features a twinkling star light array on the roof of the pod, but also has a built-in audio system that can play either white noise or your favorite tunes, an alarm clock, and an aromatherapy dispenser to release relaxing scents.

I just remember the delight I had as a child, decorating my ceiling with glow-in-the-dark stars. I would love the cosmic galaxy effect as I turned out the main lights every evening. This Cosmos Bed is like the adult version of that, only a million times better!

Would you sleep in this super high-tech Cosmos Bed? I think I happily would!

Via FastCo Design

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Morpha convertible sofa creates a double bed in 3 seconds

This convertible sofa creates a double bed in 3 seconds - brilliant! #product_design

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The Morpha Double is a slick 2-seater couch with 2 matching floor cubes which can be ingeniously reconfigured to form a double bed mattress in less than 3 seconds – just perfect for friends who drop by unexpectedly, without compromising aesthetics and living space.

Designed specifically for the Young Designer Furniture Award (YDFA) in November 2008 and sponsored by Dunlop Foams, this ingenious sofa won 2nd place in the competition – and I was happily awarded a cash prize but best of all – I got to keep the couch prototype!

The Young Designer Furniture Award (YDFA) was created in 2007 by Dunlop Foams to promote the discovery and development of new talent in Australian furniture design. The competition was held between the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and saw Alison Page of ABC’s New Inventors judge alongside representatives from Harvey Norman, Dunlop, RMIT and UTS.

PS. Have you seen my Pinterest furniture design inspiration board? Check out this other incredible convertible sofa!

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Awesome Products: Regenerative Candle reuses the wax

Regenerative candle // genius! #product_design

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This regenerative candle by designer Benjamin Shine creates a new candle as it melts. What a cool product! It’s appropriately called the Rekindle, and by keeping the wick in place with the specially designed candlestick, this clever lumière can be regenerated up to 12 times to reuse the wax! Sadly, this product is still a prototype not yet in production, but you can sign up for product updates here.

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Awesome Products: Cloud concrete toilet roll holder

UPDATE: You can now buy the Cloud Concrete Toilet Roll Holder at Gessato!

The minute I saw this design, I was mesmerized. Yes… over a cloud concrete toilet roll holder. The Cloud is a wall mounted storage shelf that has cumulus cloud-shaped scallops that perfectly fit toilet paper rolls. Consumable bathroom supplies normally taking up space in storage can now be displayed with this design.

Concrete cloud-shaped toilet roll holder! Amazing! #product_design

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DIY inspiration: Signage with one picture & multiple frames

I love this idea!! So clever, one picture, multiple frames... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 #product_design

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I love this idea!! So clever, one picture & multiple frames… 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 for each building floor. This signage for the home for the elderly in Hottingen, Zurich was esigned by Tina Koyama – Stäheli in collaboration with Aline Dallo, Julia Kind, and Kathrin Urban. You can see the project and read the design team’s rationale over on Behance.

I think this way finding signage design is simple, yet utterly brilliant. It makes art out of something usually considered boring, without losing the overall usability. The use of picture frames creates a homely, comforting impression but the number “jumping” from frame to frame creates surprise and visual interest.

This idea has given me some DIY inspiration – I’d like to try in with a monogram letter for my daughter’s room one day. To make it yourself, first buy some matching frames in various sizes, and lay out the design on a big piece of paper. You could either take a giant print out of one letter, or number, and cut it up, spreading it over multiple frames (the low-tech way). Or you could use InDesign or Photoshop to plan out where you will place the number over your layout, and print each piece individually (the high-tech way). You could try this idea with letters, or numbers, or even a big photograph!

I wish I could personally congratulate the design team on their brilliant design.

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Awesome Products: Japanese floating vase looks like a ripple

Japanese Floating Vase #product_design

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Shaped like ripples in the water, this Japanese floating vase allows you to stand a flower upright and float it nonchalantly in the water. This amazing product is simple in concept but brilliant in execution – when in use, it visibly disappears becoming one with the water surface. Simply fill a vessel with water, and float the vase on top with a single flower. The Ripple floating vase was designed by OOdesign Japan and you can purchase your own here.

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