This simple sticker gives your laptop an instant numpad!

NUMS is an absolutely stunning product (and a winner of the coveted Red Dot Award), purely for its simplicity and effectiveness. It recognizes a problem, and solves it in the most ingenious way possible, without extra moving parts, and without a learning curve. A simple transparent piece of plastic with adhesive at one end and no circuitry whatsoever, the NUMS just sits on your laptop, giving you the magic of a numpad (and much more) on your portable computing device.

In order for laptops to stay portable, they sacrifice the expendable elements like the Numpad. Given that the numbers already exist above the qwerty layout, a numpad to the right is expendable, and laptops either use that real estate to add speaker grills, or shave off the numpad to create thin 13″ laptops. The NUMS brings that expendable element back for everyone who craves having those buttons at their fingertips (from gamers to coders to accountants).

In principle, the NUMS is simple. A sticker sits on the laptop trackpad, quite like a phone’s screen guard. It doesn’t interfere with the trackpad’s functioning (in fact, it gives the pad a smooth, finger-loving texture), however, it augments the trackpad’s abilities. Printed on the sticker is a complete numpad, along with a few other buttons. Install the NUMS driver and the NUMS sticker converts your trackpad into a functioning numpad. Swipe down diagonally from the top right corner to toggle between trackpad mode and numpad mode. When in the numpad mode, the printed numbers on the NUMS sticker denote keys, and you trigger keystrokes by touching them (you’ve even got audio feedback for a wonderfully complete UX). You could use the numpad to work in accounting softwares or even in games. Swiping down diagonally from the top left triggers the calculator, allowing you to crunch numbers in an instant without taking those five annoying steps to boot the calculator app. The NUMS even has its own hotkey setting mode, allowing you to create shortcuts of your own, so your trackpad instantly goes from the least used feature (real people use mice, alright?) to perhaps the most feature-rich part of your laptop. Who thought a small plastic sticker and a powerful idea could accomplish so much?!

The NUMS is a winner of the Red Dot Best Of Best Award.

Designer: Gong HuaChao (GHC Design)

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Core77's Ultimate Gift Guide for Designers: Week 1 Winners

This holiday, share your Ultimate Gift Guide with Core77 for a chance to gift yourself some fun prizes. We’re on the lookout for your favorite 5 holiday gift ideas and will reward the best gift guides with awesome rewards, including gift certificates and designer-approved products. It gets betterr—one Editor’s pick will take home a Spin Bag from IAMRUNBOX, and one Community Choice winner with the most votes will win a Core77 ~Mystery Box~!

Okay, it’s time to announce our first set of weekly winners. Drum roll please….

This week, three submissions chosen by our editors have earned their curators a pin from Studio Cult Co. and a spot in the running for the grand prize come December 18th. And remember, the more guides you submit the better your chances are of one of them getting selected!

Here are our 3 Editor’s Picks:

Zero waste products that look this nice? You have our attention. Adam Gilbert‘s Zero Waste, Christmas Aced gift guide has us re-thinking the goal behind the gifts we’re giving our loved ones this year. We encourage you to spread the joy of reusable products this year!

Miranda Degg’s ode to space enthusiast designers caught our eye because, well, who doesn’t love space eye candy? The 5 items on this list will truly have you ready to venture off into the unknown, covering everything from what you should wear to what you should read to prepare

This guide by Krista Sharp features a fun, nerdy design theme (our favorite type of theme hint, hint) that is thoroughly researched and executed. We have a feeling Krista will particularly enjoy her Studio Cult Co. pin!



Want in on the fun? MAKE YOUR OWN ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE HERE— three of next week’s winners will be receiving a gift certificate to Tetra so you can gift yourself some designer-approved smoking accessories. If you didn’t win this week, get your friends to vote for your guide, and you could still be crowned the Community Choice winner!

Dezeen's Christmas gift guide 2018: foodies

Our selection of 15 food and drink Christmas gifts – including a Japanese dish rack, a sandy-hued ceramic French press and an architect-designed kettle – will help you find the perfect gift for foodies.

Alba by Joe Doucet

New York-based designer Joe Doucet is behind this three-piece drinking set: an ideal gift for the design-conscious whiskey connoisseur.

Created for contemporary glassware company Nude, Albar includes a whiskey bottle and two tumblers all with bases etched with markings that are based on Scottish tartan.

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Photograph by Freya Matchett

Chopping boards by Case Furniture 

Concentric circles are carved out of this natural beach wood chopping board, which can be used for both cutting and displaying food.

The block forms part of British designer Gareth Neal’s kitchenware range for Case Furniture, with each using digital manufacturing techniques to get precise designs. A ridged long tray for serving eggs and a circular design with a square indent for crudités also feature in the collection.

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Trays by Vitra

This set of simple trays by British designer Jasper Morrison would add a pop of colour to any dining table.

Morrison has used his famed minimal style for the set, sold at the WallpaperStore, which comprises three circular designs of different sizes and colour gradients. The red colourway darkens as the plate size increases, while a green range gets paler.

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Ultima Thule by Iittala

Melting ice provided the cues for the rippling and cracked surfaces of this jug and glass set, which Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala created in the 1960s.

Glassware brand Iittala reissued the glass ware, which is available from Skandium, in a moody “rain” hue to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018.

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Duo Salt & Pepper Grinder by Zaha Hadid Design

Zaha Hadid Design has drawn on the sinuous forms synonymous with the work of its late founder for these sculptural salt and pepper grinders.

The pair have three sides that curve up to a triangular top, evoking the twisting motion of hands when using the tools. The duo are identical shape but come in different greyscale hues to tell them apart.

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Table Mortar by Mark Braun 

Berlin-based industrial designer Mark Braun created this pale marble pestle and mortar to be the centrepiece of the dining table, not just for grinding and storing spices.

Produced by furniture brand Hem, the vessel features a small indent carved out of its base. A bulb-shape on the underside of the lid matches this so that the two slot together, either closing to form a container or creating a tight fit for pulverising.

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Emma by HolmbäckNordentoft

Design duo HolmbäckNordentoft took cues from the “golden age of Danish design” for this electrice kettle created for Scandinavian brand Stelton.

It features a sleek black body, which is complemented by a curvy beech handle, giving an almost retro feel. It is also fitted with a removable limescale filter and a dry boil safety switch, which turns it off automatically when it runs out of water.

Shop now from Stelton ›

Nest 9 Plus by Joseph Joseph

Give multiple gifts in one with this colourful nesting set by household product brand Joseph Joseph.

The entire kit contains bowls, a sieve, a colander and measuring spoons, which are designed to slot inside each other to save space in the cupboards when not in use. Each item is a boldly different colour to make them easy recognise.

Shop now from Joseph Joseph ›

Casserole dish by Crane

Cook up warming stews, soups and casseroles in style with this all-black cast iron dish by Crane.

The matte enamel runs inside and out of the product, a typical feature of the UK company’s cookware, and makes it suited to design-savvy cooks who know that black never goes out of style.

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Kettle Teapot by Norm Architects

Danish studio Norm Architects designed this glass teapot, giving it a tall body, rounded handle and short spout. The tea egg that plugs in the top is accessed via a black silicon string.

Menu produces the product and also sells an accompanying “kettle teapot heater” to be used for boiling water – in case you’re feeling particularly generous.

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Sowden Bottle by Hay

Named after designer George Sowden, Hay’s vacuum flask is intended to be playful and uconventional.

The stainless steel body, which keeps keep drinks hot, tapers inwards to the top, while the plastic, no-drip screw cap branches out slightly on top. Both also come in a range of different colours.

Shop Hay now ›

The Kitchen Shelf by Rosie Reynolds and Eve O’Sullivan

Published by Phaidon, The Kitchen Shelf teaches budding cooks the art of maximising their cupboard stock, and how to swap in and out ingredients to make 100 easy recipes.

The book, which is written by Rosie Reynolds and Eve O’Sullivan, has a simple design, contrasting colourful images and a white backdrop.

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Wood-Handled Dish Rack by Yamazaki Design

Ash wood handles offset a steel cut frame to make up this minimal dish rack by Japanese homeware company Yamazaki Design.

Plates, cutting boards, pots, pans and bowls are all intended to fit into slots within the structure, with the pale plastic tray beneath catching any water run off.

Shop Yamazaki Design now ›

Grateful Grater by Böttcher Henssler Kayser

Every home cook worth their salt needs a good grater. Treat a cook to this one designed by Berlin based studio Böttcher Henssler Kayser for Rig-Tig.

The grey product contains four graters in a self-standing rubbery frame. Each grater has matching, non-slip grey grips on both the top and bottom.

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French Press by Yield

Florida design studio Yield has created a ceramic press to keep coffee hot during lazy mornings or long days in the studio.

Featuring a geometric handle that makes it easy to hold, the cafetière comes in earthy sandy and grey hues, as well as glossy black and white.

Shop Yield now ›

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A Product for All Us Phone-Addicts!


We are repeatedly warned about the repercussions of using our mobile devices immediately before going to sleep… but how many of us actually listen? Well, not too many of us, as it turns out! 62% of us are now suffering from sleep deprivation and this could be directly linked to us staring blankly into the screens!

NITE is a conceptual design where the focus centers around the reduction of mobile phone use before sleep, whilst simultaneously removing the anxiety of phones overheating during charging. The simplistic, Braun-inspired, design contains the mobile phone at night, with the locked door keeping it away from tempted hands! When closed, the transparent, electro-chromic window frosts over, to reduce the light emission so sleep is not interrupted!

But don’t worry, in an emergency the phone can still be accessed by holding the release button down for 10 seconds! I think it’s fair to say that quite a lot of us could do with a product like this!

Designer: Oliver Sinclair






Aphex Twin launches creepy merchandise based on his music videos

Electronic musician Aphex Twin has released a line of merchandise that references his music videos, including a series of teddy bears with menacing human faces and an anti-pollution mask.

The London-based producer, whose real name is Richard David James, announced the bizarre merchandise drop on Twitter.

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The merchandise includes three human-sized teddy bears in reference to of of Aphex Twin’s music videos

Alongside conventional products, including a t-shirt, a hoodie, and posters, the collection features an unusual selection of babygrows, an umbrella, an anti-pollution mask and three teddy bears superimposed with James’ face – a reference to his Donkey Rhubarb music video.

All eight products are either inspired by, or are direct renditions of, visual motifs featured in music videos across the artist’s discography.

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The Windowlicker umbrella features the musician’s amorphic logo

The Donkey Rhubarb teddy bear has a fuzzy appearance and sports a padded nappy and a lace collar. Available in three colours – green, orange and yellow – its facial features are superimposed with a printed rendition of James’ face as pictured on the cover of his 1996 record Richard D James Album.

The teddy bears are pulled directly from the musician’s video for track Donkey Rhubarb, where three human-sized teddy bears wreak havoc across various locations.

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The umbrella’s underside is printed with a still from the video

The Windowlicker umbrella, which appeared in his music video of the same name, features the musician’s amorphic logo, created by graphic designer Paul Nicholson, which vaguely resembles the letter “A” on a white background.

Its underside is printed with a still from the video of a headshot of James with flowers in his hair and a heavily edited, menacing grin. The product has a wooden pole that has the Aphex logo etched on its side.

The Ventolin face mask, named after the substance found in asthma inhalers, references a music video where a computer-animated aerosol bottle floats out of its packaging and into an asthma inhaler.

Made in collaboration with anti-pollution mask manufacturers Cambridge Mask, it is printed  with the Aphex Twin logo in black and white and comes in a black carry case.

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The Ventolin face mask is printed with the Apex twin logo

Also in the collection is a white babygrow and a t-shirt in three sizes, which feature a print of James from his music video Come to Daddy. There is also a CIRKLON3 black hoodie and a white On beach towel – both with the Aphex Twin logo.

The final product in the collection is a limited edition A2 litho metallic print of the album art of the artist’s most recent release Collapse, which features the Aphex Twin logo interposed onto a backdrop of black and white code with a ripple effect.

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The merchandise includes an A2 litho metallic print of Collapse

Originally conceived in 1991, the Aphex Twin logo was hand-drawn by Nicholson using circle templates and rulers. Speaking to music platform Resident Advisor, Nicholson said the logo was inspired by an etching James scratched onto the back of a leather travel case 26 years ago.

First appearing on the album cover for Selected Ambient Works 85-92 in 1992, the logo has been used in recent years to hint at upcoming activity by the musician.

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The Aphex Twin logo was hand-drawn by Nicholson in 1991

Earlier this year, mysterious illustrations of the artist’s logo were spotted in locations across the world, in a guerrilla campaign for his EP Collapse, released in August.

All products went on sale on 24 November via online store Bleep and at their pop-up store on East London’s Kingsland Road, which is open until 29 November.

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"Looks like a haunted house"

In this week’s comments update, readers are critical of a reflective tower designed by Frank Gehry and Büro Ole Scheeren’s pixelated skyscraper.

Faulty towers: images have been released of the Luma Arles complex in the south of France designed by Frank Gehry, which is scheduled to be complete in 2020, and readers are less than complimentary.

“Dear Lord, what have the poor people of Arles done to deserve such a dreadful thing? Visual hell,” commented Andrew.

Marc Sicard was equally dismayed: “I had some hopes when I saw the first images some years ago, but alas. Such a waste of money, resources, space, such a poor understanding of the place.”

“Looks like a haunted house on the front, and a boring building on the back,” added Marco Sosa.

Thenicolas agreed: “It’s like a render stuck halfway.”

One reader could see the positive side though:

What do you think of the tower? Join the discussion ›

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Sin city: Danish bicycle brand Biomega has designed its SIN electric car to be an affordable and sustainable mode of urban transport. But commenters aren’t convinced.

“Obviously the creator has never drove a car. Dead angles everywhere,” observed Traian Musatescu.

Mark shared the sentiment: “Those seats look mightily uncomfortable. A square steering wheel? That’s so Austin Allegro circa 1977.”

“It’s a sin they pretend people will pay to be uncomfortable, exposed and cold,” replied Jean Claude.

Frank Mobley disagreed though, exclaiming: “Love it. Everything the new Land Rover isn’t and bravo for it.”

This reader had a different brand in mind:

Do you think the SIN electric car is desirable ? Join the discussion ›

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Out of focus: Büro Ole Scheeren’s 77-storey MahaNakhon skyscraper in Bangkok has completed, but it seems commenters are growing bored of pixelated buildings.

“I’m as bored as everyone else with this geometric/pixelated conceit as an excuse for a design concept,” said HeywoodFloyd.

Simon Gauthier agreed: “I personally find it boring. Looks more like death than life to me, with its cold glass and steel cladding.”

“Too many buildings try to look like pixels. Are they trying to stay smartphone relevant?” asked BumpOfChicken.

“Not sure if this makes it good architecture, but I think this is an excellent, if not the best, example of pixel-architecture,” replied Rd.

This reader made a poignant point:

Are you bored of pixelated buildings? Join the discussion ›

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50 shades of grey: readers feel melancholy having seen images of Crematorium Siesegem in Belgium, which Kaan Architecten has recently finished with grey marble and concrete.

“Very bleak and depressing,” said Sarah.

Reich Beich elaborated: “Definitely austere.”

“It does the opposite of what it’s trying to do the opposite of,” added Alex.

“Needs a few funeral clowns,” joked Jb.

This reader was more focused on logistics though:

How do you feel about Crematorium Siesegem? Join the discussion ›

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Dezeen wins two more awards and is praised for "great journalism"

Dezeen has been named Digital Service of the Year at the International Building Press Awards, while editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs won the Multi-Media Journalist of the Year title.

Judges described Dezeen as “brilliant”. “The site has a real agenda and is brilliant at tapping into the zeitgeist and finding the architectural angle,” they said. “In a nutshell: it’s great journalism.”

This is the second year in a row that Dezeen has won the award. Last year judges praised Dezeen’s “global ambition and constant innovation”.

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Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs and editor Amy Frearson collected the Digital Service of the Year award for the second year in a row

Fairs won the category for multi-media journalism, with judges particularly praising the short documentary Elevation.

fFairs co-directed the movie, which explores how drones will change cities.

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Fairs was praised for his co-direction of the short documentary, Elevation

“Marcus Fairs’ entry was overall highly professional, and the judges were ‘blown away’ by the film which was thought provoking and challenging for architects, encouraging them to think about how architecture may work in a world of drones,” the IBP judges said.

Dezeen editor Amy Frearson was shortlisted in the same category, while architecture reporter India Block was shortlisted in the News Reporter of the Year category.

Last week Fairs was named Digital Editor of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards.

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"First origami tandem kayak" folds down to suitcase size

Californian company Oru Kayak has designed a foldable kayak that can be carried on one’s back for easy transportation and use.

Haven is the latest product from Oru Kayak, a company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that makes various folding vessels.

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Based on the Japanese paper folding technique of origami, the new design features a lightweight shell that folds down to the size of a large suitcase that weighs 40 pounds (18 kilograms).

Oru claims it is the first origami tandem kayak, and is manufacturer-rated for 20,000 fold cycles.

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“When folded into a box, the Haven is the world’s only tandem kayak designed to be carried by one person,” said the company in a statement.

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Made of five-millimetre polypropylene, the product has a translucent shell and orange plastic boards across the hull. When folded down, this double-layered, custom-extruded orange surface serves as a protective exterior for the pack.

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Shaped similarly to a bean pod, the shell wraps at its two corners, leaving a hollow for users to sit in persons.

The design is suitable for one or two persons. To convert the kayak to tandem, a footrest can be repositioned to a seat back, and seats switched with a few buckles.

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It takes approximately 10 minutes to turn the design from a box to a floatable boat. Intuitive folding patterns, and colour-coded stitching and loops, guide the assembly.

The coloured straps and loops show how to attach seats and footrests, and also serve as clips to fasten the kayak’s box when folded.

When fully open, the kayak measures 31 inches (79 centimetres) wide. When packaged together, the box measures 33 by 15 by 29 inches (83 by 38 by 73 centimetres).

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Haven is also equipped with a patent-pending rail system for storing items like bottles, cameras and fishing rods, and which runs along the top of its sidewalls.

Another foldable water-faring vessel, designed by Thibault Penven, is made of rigid fibreglass panels sewn into a foldable PVC skin.

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An Ethereal Ambiguity with Valentin Fougeray

À la fois minimaliste et évocateur, géométrique et abstrait, sobre et éclectique, l’univers du photographe basé à Paris Valentin Fougeray nous déshabitue des images traditionnelles. «Je dirais que j’ai une pratique assez plasticienne basée sur l’expérimentation. Je joue des contingences visuelles, des défaillances qui détournent un objet de sa forme, un espace de son histoire. J’essaie d’offrir un regard, une lecture ou encore un discours différent à travers mes photos», confie-t-il. En effet, l’artiste visuel propose un travail empreint d’ambiguïtés esthétiques, que cela soit pour ses portraits ou ses séries mettant en valeur des objets et des lieux.

Pour ce faire, il pratique plusieurs formes d’art et s’inspire de divers médiums: l’architecture, domaine dans lequel il détient un diplôme, les Beaux-Arts, la vidéo, la musique ou encore l’écriture. Une polyvalence cultivée qui confère à sa signature artistique une attrayante singularité. Suivez son travail sur Instagram.

An Undeniably Unique Radio!


At first glance, you would be forgiven for staring in wonder at what this little device is, but after time, subtle details will begin to give its identity away! This is La Moderna, and it’s a Fabio Verdelli’s take on the iconic radio.

When you picture a radio, it’s likely you are envisioning the same, very similarly styled radio that the majority of people are, and it’s almost certainly not La Moderna. This is what makes it so special. All of the features have been stripped back to create an almost unbeatably simplistic aesthetic. This is partly been achievable through its operation… it’s completely analog! Protruding, rather characterfully, out of the top surface are four narrow cylinders; the lonesome one of the four is the primary dial for controlling the device!

It’s certainly a very unique take on, what is now, an extremely familiar and iconic design!

Designers: Fabio Verdelli, Manuel Frasson & Alice dal Verme