"We believe you should use an office like you would a city," says Jo Kaiser, managing director of the North American operations of Vitra. Kaiser is explaining "Citizen Office," a concept the Swiss-based furniture maker initiated in 1991 for an eminently configurable workplace environment that gives employees full range of the space. Almost 20 years later, Vitra is introducing some inventive new products that push the concept even further.
Infographic nerds: Put away your iPad and prepare to slobber all over your desk. Edward Tufte is auctioning off rare books from his private library.
So Remi van Oers, a student at the Design Academy Eindhoven, came up with a clever solution: a self-inflating jack that looks like less of a car tool than a new Apple device.
Who's dorkier: Star Wars fans or type nerds? It's probably a toss-up. Especially now that Italian agency H-57 Creative Station has created a series of illustrations that'll drive members of either tribe into a geeked-out frenzy. (This blogger included.)
Here's Darth Vader, built from Helvetica, Bodoni, Times, Rockwell and -- appropriately enough -- Bureau Empire:
Each illustration includes a helpful legend showing exactly which typefaces were used to create each character.
We've all lost stuff in our couches: remotes, iPhones, keys. Daisuke Motogi's Lost in Sofa concept, which multiplies the number of places to lose things in a sofa by about a thousand, is either a godsend or a curse.
The idea is that instead of accidentally losing stuff in the cracks of your furniture cushions, you'll jam stuff in there on purpose so you don't lose it.
Ever since Steve Jobs pulled the new iPod Nano from his pocket last September, the race has been on to create the perfect band for turning the tiny little touchscreen into a wristwatch. Here's the most well thought out solution we've seen yet, designed by Scott Wilson, head of MNML studio (and creator of the case for xBox Slim).