It’s a start.

It’s a new year….2011 – and Happy New Year to all!

This, is also new – WordPress is a change from Blogspot. Bear with me as I get my bearings……

There is a Category feature available which I will explore in the coming days and start to utilise. It should make for easier navigation through the posts.

For the moment, organization is as follows:

: : DesignChatter : :
Random comments, voices, tid-bits of information from the world of design generally….

Seems Toyota has just agreed to invest $50M in TESLA electric cars….
the deal is dependent upon Tesla’s upcoming IPO…..
clearly there is still room – and seemingly lots of it – for good old American design/ingenuity…….refreshing.

….and this model is guarantee priced at $57K……

: : DesignMatter : :
Articles of interest, books, videos

IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America) – this is one of three GOLD winners in the 2010 student design category…

ONEDOWN is a humane rat trap.  The trap rests precariously in a horizontal position on a circular foot. Bait inside would lure the rat into the trap, a metal insert in the base coupled with the weight of the rat will tip the trap and bring it to a vertical position indicating that a rat has been trapped.  Then the rat can be released instead of killed.

“This is a charming concept of a humane mouse trap. We loved the simple idea, and how the problem is elegantly solved. There is a place for poetry in the great design.”  –Fumi Watanabe, Starbucks

: : DesignClass : :

Comments, current events, occurrences from the classroom – without embarrassing anyone…

: : DesignResources : :
Newfound finds, old discoveries, suppliers, products, etc…..

And now for something completely different, the FastMac socket : :

$20.00 – shipping soon (January)
Pretty cool I’d say – and also a US-designed innovation….

and from M O D E R N  F U R N I T U R E
this beauty, the Chipensteel chair : :

Designed in limited edition, Chipensteel dining chair by Oskar Zietacompletely unique. Available in open new colors –
unique offer of equipment and experience pattern series.
Single processed and produced in FiDU from sheets of steel bending properties.

: : DesignLinks : :
As it says, l  i  n  k  s  s  s

Yes – says links…..almost correct. The following are extracts from the Summer 2010 Modern magazine – a New York publication that seeks out fabulously pedigreed
designs – from furniture to artifacts, woven goods to art…….hope you enjoy : :


…and this…….


2 Responses to “1-1”
  1. Rita Edwards says:

    Bravo Michael! Feed us new ideas and keep our creative juices flowing…! Love the products. May we all be like Maria Pergay at 80…, still inspired by the possibilities. Thank you Michael!!

  2. Neat! I’m looking forward to your posts. The FastMac socket is a great idea!
    Happy new year to you too, and all the best for 2011.

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