Design Quarterly

Design Quarterly featuring great design, architecture, fashion, graphics and innovation from across the globe.

 

Spot-Not the decanter dryer

Spot-Not Decanter Dryer is the only decanter dryer that is able to dry the inside and outside of any shape of decanter. It solves the age-old problem of preventing the formation of spots on the insides of wine decanters and carafes. The decanter dryer consists of two main parts: a drying cloth that is inserted into the decanter and a drying mitt for the outside of the decanter. Both parts are made of highly absorbent microfiber material and of a series of magnets affixed. As you move the drying mitt, the drying cloth inside also moves, drying the inside of the decanter.

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The Concrete Cities

The Concrete Cities project presents a series of contemporary design souvenirs for the modern traveler and the city lover, in the form of concrete coasters. The city center's map relief appears on the surface of a set of four or six concrete coasters (fragments), forming a puzzle, which can also be used as a pot holder, a wall piece or press-papier. This contemporary souvenir diverges from its traditional ancestors, and becomes a design everyday-use object, decorative yet functional, allowing the user to recall memories of his favorite cities, while enjoying a cup of coffee.

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a-maze

The a-maze knife block design aims to stimulate our mental and visual senses equally. The way it stores and organizes knives is uniquely inspired by the childhood game that all of us are familiar with. Merging aesthetics and functionality together perfectly to serve its purpose, a-maze more importantly builds a connection with us that evokes emotions of curiosity and fun. Pure in its form a-maze lets us revel in its simplicity that does so much more with less. It’s because of this that a-maze makes for an authentic product innovation with an unforgettable user experience and a look to match.

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Branche

The Branche teapot has a smooth, contemporary design accentuating the soothing, calming aspects of tea drinking. A sleek, lifeless tree and branches were the visual inspirations for this piece as they embody the serene aspects of the tea drinking experience. Branche was created to emphasize the primitive behavior of using something without a handle. The most challenging aspect of this project was to design a tea pot which met the desired parameters of being contemporary, sleek, safe and able to be used with one hand, right or left.

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Fly

I was inspired by the idea of creating a design oriented towards the young generation. I wanted to make up and embody a design, which would communicate with the target audience using their language. Which would be close, clear to them, address their daily needs. Besides, I wanted to make a stylish, modern and attractive design, so that my client’s product would compete successfully against the other players on the light alcoholic beverage market. And, of course, I strived to create a design, which would fully reflect the product’s name “Fly”.

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Hopt

Hopt is a delicious clean soda fusing hop extracts with natural flavours and less than half the sugar of leading regular soft drinks. Through 'lean start-up' methodologies like rapid prototyping and extensive quantitative research, Hopt's multifaceted user-centred design unfolded. Over 15 features are built into each bottle, all offering specific benefits to the user considering their functional, social and emotional needs whilst socialising. Crafted by a team across Melbourne, Tokyo and Auckland, including agency partner Shine, Hopt was created in 2013.

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