Kunihiro Tsuji

The details could use some refinement but the idea of this speaker design by Kunihiro Tsuji is intriguing.


A Good Year

A very enjoyable, sweet and uplifting movie starring the normally annoying Russell Crowe. A good day is set in France and is the story of A British investment broker who inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.



According to Eco-Centric

Ovetto is a stunning Italian architect designed recycling bin made from recycled plastic and is a future design classic.
Contains three compartments and a central bottle and can crusher to compress your waste. The design rotates round its central axis so you can give your Ovetto pride of place, or put it in the corner of a room and still have access to all the bins.
Each compartment has a door for bag removal and a small opening with a cover for waste deposit. The covers close tightly so that bad odours cannot escape. 30 litre bags or standard supermarket shopping bags can be inserted into each of the compartments. The White and Coloured Ovetto bins are made from a minimum of 40% and a maximum of 70% recycled plastic.


Check out unicahome for cool decorations. They need to think about redoing the figure here but the reindeer is cool.


Ben, Heather, Andrew, Charles, Luke and John

SEE THIS MOVIE: Kung Fu Hustle


Websters says a vase is: an open jar of glass or porcelain used as an ornament or to hold flowers.

JDF Jury

Really looking forward to the upcoming trip to Osaka. Here is the jury for the JDF competition. Previous winners are very impressive. Wish me luck.


They say "Forming, filling, closing, and final packaging to market requirements can only be realized by suppliers with a complete knowledge of integrating individual machine modules into a customer specific process. ROVEMA offers the complete package from a single source, including project management, manufacture, installation and commissioning at the customer's site together with comprehensive after sales service." But what does that really mean.



Also from audiocubes.com

The real thing

This works a little better but it hardly says comfort. I think it is called the AirBoard and you can get them on Audiocubes.



I know it has been done by others but i think that this texture still holds up. They seem to be back in the groove over there...for a while it seemed like they forgot to make things wearable.

Wood grain

The evolution of consumers perception of wood grain is fascinating. I am just finishing reading the book "Wood" and the author talks about the pursuit of shiny object being a rejection of the natural or unrefined. (I wonder what he would say about the sundance catalog?). Anyway this is an interesting place to see it still holding on...high-end audio?


The high-end headphone market seems to have been taken over by the snowboarding industry. I guess that is appropriate given the large demographic but at $900 I wonder if maybe they are missing it a little. Still, it is a great category to work in given that so little form work is being done and there is a decent COG. this one looks a little too Ekara for the price point.




From the cartoon Chowder, this is Shinitzel the rock monster. His creator is C. H. Greenblatt is a former artist on SpongeBob SquarePants and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.

The title character is a child named Chowder who is an apprentice to a chef named Mung Daal, who owns a catering company in Marzipan City. Shnitzel is a professional chef who works at the Catering Company usually getting the tedious jobs. His vocabulary consists almost entirely of something that sounds like "rubba-rubba". According to Wikipedia Shnitzel is the "straight man" to the other more excitable characters, and he is frequently agitated. The style and technique of the animation are excellent although the storylines are a bit syrupy. The boys love it.



This patterning reminds me of the cartoon Chowder.


This is better. Maybe I should take that Android down.


The phone bites and is nothing but a rip off of the great iphone but, the logo is kind of cool. I doubt it will have a lot of longevity given that the urban vinyl thing seems to have very little edge left. Once they hit TRU it was bound to be played and the people at Tmobile should know that.

Red Octane

Activision has been at it for a long time and seems like an interesting company. Their Stock (symbol: ATVI) is trading well below where it should be. I think that they are going to be one of the few companies to have a really good holiday. Now is a good time to buy. Cool logo too.



A classic runner from Gola as seen on Piperlime, which I believe is owned by Gap.


I know that this is old news but I see this on my Amazon recommendations page from time to time and always think that it looks good. The design has held up really well.

Nanci Griffith

I took the boys to see Nanci Griffith at the Berklee Center in Boston this weekend. The show was great and although the boys both fell asleep in the middle of the show they said they liked it anyway. Weird thing is that the smallish venue was only about half full. The acoustics were great so I do not thing it was an audi issue. In the past I have seen her in NorthHampton, MA and she stuffed a much larger place to max capacity there so it was not Nanci. If it is the economy that sucks because people missed a hell of a good show. Even the warm up performer was great. It could be that part of the problem was that no one knows where the Berklee Center is...our dumbass concierge sent us to the Berkley Center.


Starwoods has finally launched their new Aloft hotel concept. I am looking forward to trying it out. It looks like a young contemporary version of the W hotel concept. Actually it looks a lot like a W but with more color and more affordable prices but I will wait for the actual visit before the full review.


Craftsmen Hammerhead

The part breaks and finishes on this look great as do the overall proportions. It is great to see Craftsmen doing something after years of milking it. The hammerhead is unnecessary though.


Four Christmases

Vince Vaugh, Reese Witherspoon and Dwight Yoakum. Check out the preview.

Tokyo Auto Show

BMW? Yikes.

Ji Kim

For those of you who know Ji, here is a picture of her on her way to work at the Shanghai office of Moen. She is there for several months as part of her role as Global Design Director. (At least I think that is her official title.)

Bon Appetit

I am behind on my magazine reading and was just flipping through this issue of Bon Appetit looking for a recipe for game day when I came across the colander we designed with our friends at Recycline. I do not think that I will ever lose the thrill of stumbling across our work. It is still exciting.


Cool wall paper pattern by Florence Broadhurst. She has been designing patterns for something like 40 years but I think that the latest stuff showing up in hotels and restaurants is the best yet. The colors, textures and materials seem effortlessly artisitic without being over powering. Almost makes me wish that I had a contemporary home.

Eastern Bloc

I was just in a conversation about how American manufacturing is dead. Dave, let me introduce you to Smith & Wesson's M&P15R, chambered for the Russian 5.45x39mm cartridge. According to Guns & Ammo it features a 16-inch barrel with chrome-lined bore, chamber, bolt carrier and gas key. The flash suppressor is A2 military. The upper and lower receivers are fabricated from 7075 T6 aluminum, manufactured in the U.S. by an independent contractor to S&W specs. The machining, fit-matching and assembly of parts are done by hand in S&W's own plant. The single-stage trigger is factory set for a maximum break weight of seven pounds. It comes standard with sling swivels, a six-position tactical-style collapsible stock and a hard plastic case. The hardcoat black anodized finish is satin smooth, with a much finer texture than most AR rifles on the market. Pretty impressive, but they ought to work on the naming.