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Video: Dutch 'Eating Designer' Marije Vogelzang

After ten years of working on food projects, Dutch product designer-turned-eating designer Marije Vogelzang has developed a philosophy about food incorporating eight points: senses, nature, culture, society, technique, psychology, science, and action. She's published two books about food, and this summer opened a restaurant in Amsterdam called Proef. Learn more about Vogelzang in this interview by Gestalten. More

Submarine Tea Infuser

"We all live in a yellow submarine"? "I'm on a submarine mission for you, baby"? (Insert other cheesy submarine-related pop-culture references here?) [Photographs: monkey-bus.co.il] This is kinda neat. From Tel Aviv–based design house Monkey Business, the Tea Sub launches tea leaf goodness into your morning mug. Unfortunately, like so much of what gets blogged about on design blogs, it doesn't seem to be available for sale anywhere online, so we're just all gonna have to admire it and say Cute! [via swissmiss]... More

'Hanger Tea,' T-Shirt Teabags

[Yanko Design] Is this the best design for a teabag? I can think of a few problems—if the hook holds to the top of the mug, the teabag only can float so far down as the water drains, and they tend to float upwards as it is. Still, this "Hanger Tea," designed by Soon Mo Kang, is so cute I almost don't care. I'd buy a tea T-shirt. (Tea-shirt?) [Yanko Design]... More

Lucky Cat Gum Ball Package Design

[Photographs: box vox] Even though I rarely chew gum, I'd want these gumballs just for the adorable Lucky Cat packaging. (Other possible designs for white gumball packaging: snowmen, bunnies, penguins? Someone get on that.) [via The Dieline] Related Gum Alert, a Gum Rating Blog Amazing Chewing Gum Art Photo of the Day: Franks Bubble Gum... More

Bread Shoes

[Photographs: da da da] Hollowed-out loaves of bread designed by R&E Praspaliauskas are available at dadadastudio.eu for €22 a pair. Or you could find two shoe-sized loaves of bread and make them yourselves (for purposes unbeknown to us). If you need more instruction, here's a video on how to make bread shoes, after the jump.... More

Alphabet Plates, Customizable Plates for Kids

[Images: Alphabet Plates] Alphabet Plates, created by graphic designer (and mom) Laura Paresky Gould, allows you to personalize plates with your little one's name and favorite food from 14 popular choices. Although geared towards kids, there's no reason you can't get a plate plate as a fun gift for a burger or broccoli-loving, postadolescent friend. Besides food, other designs include sports, monograms, and customizable faces starting at $22 a plate. Personalized placemats in different colors and languages are also available for $18. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. [via swissmiss] Related Frame Plates Map Plates Colorful, Pattern-Stitched Servingware... More

The Serious Eater's Guide to Open House New York

Each year, Open House New York hosts one of the greatest events on the city calendar: the OHNY Weekend, held this year on October 10th and 11th. But all that architectural touring is sure to work up an appetite. Which is why we at Serious Eats have put together The Serious Eater's Guide to Open House New York. More

Christian Louboutin's Glass Sipper

[Photograph: Colette] Christian Louboutin is partnering with Piper Heidsieck in releasing a Louboutin-branded Champagne. To celebrate the launch the French shoemaker designed a glass stiletto (with signature red sole), which comes in a limited-edition gift box along with a bottle of the bubbly. Available from Colette on October 26. [via The Dieline]... More

Vintage Tea Packing Chest Kitchen Cabinets

[Photograph: Rupert Blanchard] London-based designer and builder Rupert Blanchard made these nifty kitchen cabinet doors by veneering them with vintage tea packing chests from the 1930s to 1960s. The kitchen belongs to Time Based Arts, a post-production studio based out of an old Victorian townhouse attached to Shoreditch Town Hall. [via Re-Nest]... More

iVillage Knocks off the Chick-fil-A Lettering?

Silicon Alley Insider points us to the redesigned logo for iVillage, the interactive women's website. Hmm, why does it make us suddenly crave chicken sandwiches and waffle fries from a mall food court? All they forgot was the feather crest and beak. Related Chick-fil-A [Talk] Chick-fil-A's Chick-n-Minis Chick-fil-A vs. McDonald's Southern Style Chicken... More

Frame Plates

[Photograph: d-VISION] These frame plates from Israeli industrial design program d-VISION "function as a canvas for food as a work of art." Pretty food will look prettier, and ugly food will look...abstract. Perhaps not the most practical eating vessel, but it's a cute idea. [via NOTCOT.org] Related Map Plates Adam Roberts's Quirky, Idiosyncratic Plates Paper Plates You Can Display On Your Wall Cutest Plates Ever... More

The 10 Worst Lunch Boxes Ever

Photograph: Justin Goeres from LAVA Cafe Society lists their picks for the 10 worst lunch boxes ever, but to my eyes they're 10 of the best lunch boxes ever! Then again, I say that never having to tote one with me to school. I don't recall growing up with lunch boxes proclaiming "DISCO" or "CAMPUS QUEENS" during my '90s childhood. And as much as I love "The Exciting World of Metrics," I can see why wielding it might make the owner a target of a swift beating. (On that note, check out Justin Goeres' photos of the lunch box, which show how supremely awesome it is. If you're not prepubescent.) Did you own any of these lunch boxes (or... More

The Fresh Label Tracks Food Expiration Dates

[TO-GENKYO] Spoon and Tamago's preview of the Good Design Awards features an expiration date label concept, Fresh Label, by Japanese design studio TO-GENKYO. The hourglass-shaped label would track a food's expiration date "by changing colors based on the level of ammonia the food emits as it ages." When the food has expired, the label would no longer readable. [via swissmiss]... More

Cool Kitchen Stickers From Hu2 Design

[hu2.com] Hu2 Design creates stickers that can be applied to walls, windows, furniture, or any other flat surface around the house. In the kitchen department, they've got some neato images of a corkscrew, plants, a fly swatter, and fridge contents. As a wee lass, I spent way too much money on stickers. Maybe it's time to readopt this financial approach. Related 'Print' Magazine's Food Issue Swissarmius, a Swiss Army Knife-esque Cutlery Holder Spilt Milk Cereal Bowl... More

Lamp Made of Drinking Straws

[Moco Loco] The Clutch Light by Scottish designer Scott Jarvie is made of hundreds of colorful drinking straws bundled together, based on the structural composition of trees. The resulting pattern looks pretty cool, or better put by Jarvie on his website: "The reflective inner surface of the straw transmits the light in a directional manner creating a jewelesque effect." [via Gizmodo] Related Lamps Made Out of Utensils and Cups A Lampshade Made Out of Bacon... More

Creative Wine Labels

Photograph from Nine99 Design When I think of a wine label, I imagine an illustration of a French château with cursive lettering. Nothing wrong with that sort of label, of course—but it's not that interesting. Weburbanist shows the versatility of wine labels with their feature of 61 creative wine labels, from traditional to typography-centric to pop art. I'm a fan of the stylish Shefa Wine label made by Nine99 Design. Related Mad Manatee Beer from Bold City Brewery Cartons' Chemical Properties May Actually Improve Wine Don't Want a Whole Bottle of Wine? Try a Can... More

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