Love the Bird by Marc Dibeh

Love the Bird by Marc Dibeh

Marc Dibeh of Lebanon has designed a table-top lamp with a sex toy stowed in its side.

Love the Bird by Marc Dibeh

Called Love the Bird, a bird perched on a vibrator doubles up as a sex toy and a switch for the lamp, determining the colour of the light when inserted.

Love the Bird by Marc Dibeh

The lamp is yellow with the switch inserted and turns red when removed.

Love the Bird by Marc Dibeh

The object was designed to provide a sex toy hidden in an everyday object that could be sold in shops without taboo.

Love the Bird by Marc Dibeh

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The following information is from Dibeh:


Love the bird by Marc Dibeh

In certain countries (like in the middle east i.e.) sex toys are taboo and their shops are forbidden, so the point was to create a sex toy hidden in an element that could be sold in the shop front of a home accessories boutique.

The choice was to have a bedside lamp with an integrated sex toy. The lamp was the solution due to its size, its place near the bed and its light which could set the mood of the room.

This way anyone could think that it’s a simple table lamp without doubting that the item hides a naughty little secret. The “bird” became a switch determining the color of the light depending on its use. This way the lamp turns on yellow, and during the use of the hidden toy, the light turns red.


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MMMM, Deadlicious: Lucha Libre Chocolats from Paris

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Too late for our Gift Guide – too cool to ignore! Biting down with a Second-Third Molar Combo would be the obvious move when encountering these Lucha Libre themed treats. Seemingly only available for bouts in Paris though 🙁 but they also have some “hot” looking pies 🙂

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Coalesse is Seeking a User Insights Specialist in San Francisco

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User Insights Specialist
Coalesse

San Francisco

We’re looking for a Design Researcher to help evolve a new furniture offering that is focused on the intersection of work life and lifestyle for Coalesse, a new premium brand from Steelcase Inc. In this role, you will use your thorough understanding of Primary and Secondary research methodologies to provide new insights for product design and brand experiences. You will influence this new brand with knowledge of cultural workplace, and design trends as well as your direct experience researching the future needs of users.

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The best design jobs and portfolios hang out at Coroflot.

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The Easy-Pour 2.6 gallon: Fiskars do it again

Since discovering the multifunctional delights of the Cuts+More scissors last month, our love for all things Fiskars has been heartily renewed.

Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the Fiskars ID team’s attention for detail, is the remarkably coherent design strategy and brand language that is carried religiously through their ever-expanding product range. Only with such clear ideals could an ancient knife manufacturer redesign the humble watering-can—and do it in such style.

The “Easy-Pour” is a seriously heavy duty watering-can—so serious you might well be reconsidering your stance on tulip-growing as we speak. Ever the champion of ergonomics, Fiskars have introduced a second, rotating handle into their new design that gives greater control, which in turn allows for greater capacity and less walking back and forth to the kitchen tap.

But the innovations to the world of watering-cans don’t stop there; the head of the can rotates too, to give 2 levels of flow—gentle shower or (I quote) “flower soaking”— and—for one last design detail—the filling-hole, rather than being stuck inconveniently under the handle, is placed neatly to the side for easy access. Clever Fiskars.

This watering-can of watering-cans is available from the Fiskars e-store for a very reasonable $19.99.

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FunRetro: Vintage office supplies and more

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With all the junk you’ve gotta wade through on eBay and Etsy to find the good stuff, I was stunned to find a woman with a deep and well-curated selection of vintage products. The stuff user FunRetro has amassed over the years would be perfect, in particular, for setting up a home office in the retro style. Check out a few of the items:

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There’s more–tin containers, old-school chalkboards, vintage cutting mats, luggage and train cases, signage, metal milk crates, you name it. There’s about 16 Etsy pages’ worth and you can check it out here.

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Daily Obsesh – Sequined Beret

image December is famous for cold weather, and cold weather is famous for messing with perfect hairdos! To avoid the snow, rain, and wind you need to grab yourself a sexy fun hat!


Plus, New Year’s is here and a sequined beret is a great way to stay festive and cute! For less than five dollars, Forever 21 has a great selection of colored berets to keep your locks in place, and keep you feeling warm.

If you want to add a little Carrie Bradshaw in your life then this beret is a perfect match! Just like the holiday scene in the Sex and the City movie, you can now run around in the blistering cold while looking cute and put together. All it takes is that special sparkling touch to turn your night into a festive holiday experience!



Where to BuyForever 21



Price – $4.50



Who Found ItLtopiol was the first to add the ‘Sequined Beret‘ to the Hive.

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2010 review: December

2010 review - December

To conclude our review of 2010, here are the five most-viewed stories from Dezeen in December, starting off with Charrat Transformation by Geneva studio clavienrossier, two concrete volumes on top of a stone house and barn in the Swiss Alps. 

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In second place was an auditorium for the Universidad del País Vasco in Bilbao by Álvaro Siza.

2010 review - December

Shingle House by NORD Architecture, the second home to be completed in Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project, came in third.

2010 review - December

Fourth most viewed was Belsize Crescent by Studio 54 Architecture, a renovation project creating a new garden entrance for a terraced house in London.

2010 review - December

Finally, at number five was Frank Gehry’s proposal for a new business school at the University of Technology Sydney .

See all our stories from December 2010 »

That’s it for this year – best wishes for 2011!

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June 2010 review
August 2010 review
September 2010 review
October 2010 review
November 2010 review

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Ongoing debate about design of commercial HD vehicles

There’s an interesting discussion going on over at the Core77 boards on the design of commercial heavy duty vehicles, and we’re liking the variety of voices (and willingness to throw images up there). Topic starter Ginrod comments on the sportscar-like styling adopted by many tractor manufacturers like this one:

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Further down, former HDR (Heavy Duty Repairman) and Operating Engineer LMO, who has logged more than 10,000 hours “in the seat” in addition to actually fixing the machines in question, sounds off with the invaluable firsthand experience that’s so important in discussions like these:

I’d be more concerned with the ease of operation (ergonomics) and maintainability of these machines than their appearance. All the swoopy curves…are pleasant to look at but since they are only attainable via molded plastics their field longevity is probably not too good; all the the stuff that I’ve worked on suffered from it (most operators of this equipment aren’t too concerned with bumping into things).

The typical HDR is expected to keep his employer’s equipment running (often approaching a 90% duty cycle) with the tools s/he has on the truck, and that seldom, if ever, includes a drum of polyester resin and roll of fiberglass cloth, let alone the technical composites expertise to use it correctly.

In the vein of the classic “form follows function,” LMO then points out that styling can make an important contribution by opening up line-of-sight from the cabs, which can increase both safety and productivity.

His last point is the one we found most interesting, as it says something about what happens when design moves faster than people are willing to adapt to. Look at the interior and controls of the CAT 160H Motor Loader, a vehicle that dates from 1995 (captions by LMO):

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“Typical of all other makes, control (ten levers) must be reached for and manually ‘blended.'”

Then look at the controls inside CAT’s current M14 model:

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“All controls accessible without moving the hands from 3-axis joystick hand controllers…. Many of the old hands that I know, who operate ‘blades’ (as they’re called), are so frustrated with learning these new controls that they are retiring from the business.”

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New furniture designs from Patricia Urquiola

Channeling 1950s California Modernism is Patricia Urquiola’s recently released Silver Lake line of armchairs and sofas, named for the hip L.A. neighborhood. Produced by Italy’s Moroso, the line is made from wood, steel and fabric “playing on continuous geometries of solids and spaces, with volumes creating multi-faceted shapes.”

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Urquiola’s no stranger to Moroso; see more pieces from their prolific collaboration here.

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