Design Finds

Interview With A Hot Dog T-Shirt Designer

Michael McGloin gets paid to put big food on shirts
Jul 28, 2014 2:00 pm

Michael McGloin is the Creative Director of The Mountain, the self-proclaimed “bold player” in the novelty t-shirt game. The New Hampshire-based company was founded in the 1970’s as a peddler of Grateful Dead and Bob Marley shirts, and has grown into a global seller of shirts that tackles topics from Thomas Kinkaid patriotism to Abyssinians on acid trips. Food is also big for the company, literally, in a series of all-over shirts that cover all the major food groups: blueberries, bacon, two-ton burgers. But our favorite is McGloin’s interpretation of the hot dog.  We reached out to talk about it.

The Best Of Summer Design: Bikes, Growlers, Grills And More

Have yourself a stylish summer, design fanatics
Jul 27, 2014 10:00 am

We keep an eye out for unique kitchen and table items at Food Republic. With summer in full swing, it's the perfect time to gather up some of our seasonal design stories. Included is a look at some new-school growlers, patriotic-inspired tablewares, urban grills, indoor gardens, weight-loss cups – wait, what? – and stuff that'll make you want to eat outside as much as you can. As if you needed more reasons. We also threw in a story about Sriracha nail art. Why? It's the best nail art. Scroll through and get a little inspiration for your next weekend cookout.

Gallery: Awesome Kitchen Objects Inspired By Ordinary Garage Items

Pass the motor...uh, olive oil, please.
Jul 24, 2014 10:00 am

For their aptly-named "Garage Series," designers Philip Stankard and Jon Alling of the Wisconsin-based product development studio Human Crafted, created a functional and amusing collection of housewares resembling typical garage staples like bottles of motor oil, funnels and pegboards. Check out more kitchen-friendly items from the collection (now available for purchase) after the jump. 

Here's A Cool Flask Holder For Your Bike. Not That You Should Drink And Ride!

Get your joyride on (in moderation, of course)
Jul 22, 2014 11:00 am

Although we are in no way condoning drinking and bicycling, it's hard not to get pumped over a new bike accessory that lets you transport your trusty flask without jamming it into a pocket while you ride. Deck out your ride after the jump.

You Go, Joe! Here's An All-In-One Portable Coffee Brewer And Mug.

Take — and make — your coffee on the go
Jul 17, 2014 9:00 am

It seems like there's a bottomless pool of innovators constantly striving to develop better gadgets, tools and experiences for coffee drinkers. And we like where their heads are at. The newest piece of caffeine-fueled technology to come across our radar one-ups the average portable coffee mug with its ability to brew your coffee on the go.


Hey, Restaurant Designers: There Are Now Edison-Style LED Light Bulbs

New lighting technology with an old-timey look
Jul 15, 2014 11:00 am

Easy as they are on the eyes, old-timey Edison bulbs are one of the worst choices designers and restaurateurs can make when it comes to energy efficiency and keeping electricity costs down. Thankfully, they've just been updated for modern times. Read all about it after the jump. 

Patriotic-Inspired Tablewares You'll Want To Display Year-Round

8 design-forward ways to go "Fourth" in style.
Jul 3, 2014 10:00 am

The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, which means it's bound to be a weekend blowout. You've got the menu set, now what? If you're gonna do this holiday right, take it all the way with some stylish tabletop fixtures that prove you're one patriotic host with style.

8 More Reasons To Eat Outside This Summer

Some of our favorite new design finds of the season
Jun 24, 2014 9:00 am

With these long days, warm summer nights and 4th of July weekend just around the corner, there's no time like the present to get outside and make the most of the season. Turn the local park into your personal living room with a durable, rug-like picnic throw, a few cartons of your beloved New Orleans-style cold brew and roasting campfire marshmallows over a stylish fire basket. Here are some of our favorite design-forward finds for the season.


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