Archive for the ‘Design Competitions’ Category

Boo Woo Woo Woo, Bwamp Bwamp

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Once again my good friend Dave “Big Dog” Gould and I entered the Jell-O Mold Contest at the Gowanus Studio Space, we went with a Pacman theme.

Glows under black light

Dog and I went with a gimmick this year, glow in the dark Jell-O. Well, glow in the dark under a black light anyway. If you use tonic water instead of regular water in gelatin, it will glow under a black light. The effect is pretty cool, but there are two major draw backs: it is hard to see the effect in the daylight and the Jell-O tastes very tonic-y.

The diorama

To get around these issues we built a small arcade style diorama, to shade the natural light and house the black light, and we embraced the tonic flavor by adding gin, vodka, and other fruit juices (Jell-O shots anyone). Sadly, the heat was an issue for us for a second year in a row. Our power pellets were puddles in a matter of minutes.

Flavor testing

Lucky for the spectators there were many other creative entries. My personal favorite was the “The Resistor Jeltone”, an edible, working, gelatin-based toy piano by team NYC Resistor: Ranjit Bhatnagar, Astrida Valijorsky, Mimi Hui, and Catarina Mota.

This event has grown so much in just three years. There were over 30 entrants, hundreds of spectators, press, and even CBS Sunday Morning was there filming. Fantastic job Michelle and Nadia.

Hendzel and Hunt’s 24-Hour Design Challenge

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

I love a good design challenge. The folks over at Hendzel and Hunt gathered some great designers and asked them to create a machine capable of playing an Edison Bells record in one day. If that wasn’t enough, each group had a budget of only £30 to source materials from the surrounding area, and was not allowed to step anywhere near digital technology.

The fantastic results can be seen in the video below:

Via Cool Hunting.

I love this kind of stuff. There should be a TV show like this, something similar to Iron Chef or Top Design, only with builders/designers/makers instead of chefs and interior designers.

Break-Down: Design In Your Hands

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

StyleFactory Bread-down

And last but not least for Design Week, Break-Down: Design In Your Hands. “, Design Milk and Bobby Berk Home present an interactive design exhibition where you can make design happen, LIVE! Party-goers can influence the products that StyleFactory will produce by voting for their favorite design using social media and mobile devices.”

My Jackie/Marilyn Frame is up for voting.

Jackie/Marilyn Frame - half open

Bobby Berk Home Soho
59 Crosby Street
New York, NY

Saturday, May 14 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Cardboard Christmas

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Cardboard Christmas

Core77 has a fun holiday challenge going on called Cardboard Christmas. I entered Star Light Minis.

Apartment Therapy’s Design Showcase

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Apartment Therapy's Design Showcase

I’m lucky enough that Lake Log Lamps made it into Apartment Therapy’s Design Showcase. AT can explain it better than I can:

This is really an incredible (and generous) opportunity for independent designers. They are going to be posting 30 different designs from August 30 - September 17.

Why not vote for Lake Log Lamps while you’re checking out all of the other great designs. You’ll need to register with the site to vote, so if you’re uncomfortable with that, I understand.

We Won

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Well, sort of. Dave and I took home the coveted “Special Jury’s Meat Lover’s Honorable Mention” at the Jell-O Mold Competition. Dave get’s most of the credit for his beef consommé with horseradish and pork consommé infused with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, and star anise gelatins.



The event was a ton of fun, but it was hot. We put our Jell-O sculptures up on the wall and they did pretty well for the first 30 to 40 minutes. Long enough to get them photographed and for a couple of judges to get a look. But the heat turned out to be too much. After an hour or two of lying flat, they finally gave out and melted into a bovine/swine puddle. Yum.

We met some great people and saw some amazing pieces by the other competitors. I can’t wait for next year.

Jell-O Contender

Jell-O Mold Competition

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

My friend Dave “Big Dog” Gould and I are entering the Jell-O Mold Competition at my studio. I went last year, and it was great. If you are in town, you should check it out.

Dog and I are going with two savory gelatins: Beef Consomme with horseradish and Pork Consomme infused with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, star anise (Both Dog’s idea). They will be in the shape of a bull head and a boar head. The plan is for them to hang from a diorama-like wall, similar to mounted hunting trophies. Pics of our mock-ups below.

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Spring Greening 2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

My wine bottle lamp was selected as a “notable” design for Inhabitat’s Spring Greening design contest. If you like what you see, please vote.

There are a ton of great ideas this year.

My Moleskine 2.0 Exhibition Finalist

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

My Moleskine hack is a finalist in the My Moleskine 2.0 Exhibition. If you happen to be in the Hong Kong area, take a look at the exhibit and vote for your favorite design.

My Moleskin 2.0 Exhibition entry   My Moleskin 2.0 Exhibition entry

It’s kind of sad when your notebook is better traveled than you are.

Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Compettion

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I went to the Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Compettion this weekend.

Saw some great stuff and the GSS is a pretty cool space. Go to Eat Me Daily for way better pictures and descriptions.