Design-it-yourself (updated) December 10, 2008Posted by ieva in Design Academy Eindhoven, Dutch design, Uncategorized.
Tags: design it yourself, john tackara, personalize, Xmas gift ideas
2O years ago John Tackara (him!!) wrote a book called “Design after modernism”. I find this quote still sounds very contemporary (so it must be what the trend spotters call a “megatrend”;)): ” What counts, is not ergonomics but weather the chair is welcoming (..). It is being realized that consumers nowadays look for something playful, joyful, personal in the objects that they buy. As a result, objects have to develop “sensual” qualities: as well as being understandable, they must be capable of being felt.”
… You are wearing a unique dress, tailor made coat. Why should you drink the same coffee , eat the same muesli, chocolate bar as everybody? You deserve something better! There are many companies around proposing you to “design” you own tea, energy bar, breakfast mix, wine selection etc. They will make it for you and deliver wherever you are (most of the times).
Here are some examples.
Of course, all these things can make wonderful (Xmas) gifts and might give you as well some ideas of things you can actually make/personalize yourself ;)!
German company My Muesli are one of the pioneers in this service. They propose “custom made cereals”.
On You Bar website you can “build” you bars and shakes.
Your Gift Label proposes to print your personal label for a selection of alcoholic drinks.
Sonntagmorgen will make a coffee mix for you just the way you like it.
Chocri has a simple step by step tool to “design” The perfect chocolate that will make you (or your partner) melt…
Want a special mm’s design? Here you are.
For those who love wine: Fusebox.
But there is more than taste joys…
On Spoonflower you can design your own fabric.
French brand Les Ateliers Ruby proposes you to design a unique helmet.
And more, and more… Have fun!