Archived Articles: Products & Packaging

From everyday objects to the wrappers, boxes and bags they come in, this section of the site is dedicated to eye-catching and thought-provoking industrial designs. Watch out for double meanings, clever marketing and much more.

Bird Biomimicry in Action: 12 Avian-Inspired Jets, Drones & Cars

The very same evolution-driven characteristics that enable birds to glide effortlessly through the air can be applied to everything from drones to bullet ...

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Mid-Century Modern America: 10 Classic Houses for the Ages

Icons of midcentury modern design by the likes of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen and Marcel Breuer still stand across America, ...

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Cantone: Color-Labeled Beers Let You See What’s in the Can

Connoisseurs may look to artisanal naming conventions when selecting their brew, but some of us (like books via covers) judge beers at least partly by their ...

Mini Modernists: 15 Designer Toys for Young Architecture Fans

Foster an appreciation for fine modernist architecture and design from an early age with Bauhaus dollhouses, Eames block sets, mini Corbusier lounge chairs and ...

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Designing for Disaster: 15 Ideas for Preparedness & Response

Aesthetics may not be the first consideration when it comes to emergency items like survival kits, post-disaster housing and relief supplies, but good design ...

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Urban Microscape: Build Your Own Miniature Metropolis

Display your own little corner of your favorite city – or the entire metropolis of Manhattan – on your wall or table, scaled down to 1:5000 and ...

The Modern Cyclist: 14 Bold Bike Ideas & Innovations

Minimalist frames, technology-equipped accessories, 3D printing and lots of multi-functionality make bikes more convenient, safe, fun and beautiful, as proven ...

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Cyclist-Centric Decor: Furniture with Built-in Bike Racks

Bikes are a convenient way to get around in the city, but if you’re like most of the cycling masses in crowded urban locales, you probably don’t have a ...

Feline Good: 15 Modern Cat Perches, Houses & Scratchers

We don’t own our cats, they own us – and these fun feline furniture designs celebrate their rightful places in our homes. That is, sneering down at ...

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Wearable RIP: Coffin Hood Helps You Relax Among City Chaos

There’s no peace quite like death, a fact that seems to have inspired this coffin-shaped, sensory-dampening hood encouraging you to “say goodbye to ...

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