Missed Connections

Let’s talk about feelings. According to Dutch design house Demakersvan, it’s a subject not often enough addressed in the contemporary design world, and their assertion just may be true. The vast majority of furnishings either look good or perform a function well, or, if you’re lucky, both. They sit idly in our living spaces and favorite clubs, reflecting little more than our tastes and our …

Workshopped

The Workshopped Design Expo, held annually in Sydney since 2001, is less like a competition and more like a career-builder for a select handful of emerging Australian designers. It was founded as a agency to connect young talent with manufacturers and suppliers, to help turn their ideas into commercial realities. This year’s event is hosted by Strand Arcade and is expected to draw nearly 200,000 …

Making Time

Featured earlier this week for its ReadyMade Store has a few other items that piqued our interest. One is their Clock Kit, which allows you to make your own unique timepiece from just about anything. Basically a box of parts, the kit includes everything you'll need except the clock face, which you provide. Put in a couple of hours of rummaging and a little creativity, …

iPod Subway Maps

Our latest addition to the "why didn't we think of that?" list is this package of subway maps for the iPod. It's a simple and genius concept: upload the maps into the iPod's photo albums for easy access in times of underground uncertainty. The maps work on all color-screen iPods (formerly iPod Photo) and are absolutely free. New York, D.C., Boston and Hong Kong are …

Spell It Out

The craft-loving ReadyMade, a magazine once described to me as "Martha Stewart Living for hipsters," is offering a few great items from the lesser-known retail side of their operation. The customizable "Make-A-Sign" is a cheap and fun way to bring classic diner charm into the home. The menu board, available in 5×7" and 8×10", comes with a set of ever-rearrangeable letters that, in the spirit …