Who’s There Chair
In the movies, jamming a chair under the doorknob can keep a threat away. That idea seldom works in reality. This chair plays on that Hollywood icon of defense, while making it functional. The back structure is steel and has leveling feet (like an extension ladder). A notch in the backrest is at the perfect height to interface with a doorknob, and rubber grips on the feet keep it in place.
Prototype – Solid Maple, Steel, Stainless Steel
Living and working in Long Beach means watching 80,066,130 tons of cargo come in and out of the city every year. The ubiquitous metal storage container is everywhere. Everyone in the industrialized world knows the iconic container, and many see them on a daily basis.
Here, you have a ceramic version scaled to become a useful storage container for the home. It’s likely that whatever is stored inside, has seen the inside of a cargo container before. A reminder of what goes around the world and makes the world go round for the last 50 years.
Produced by AREAWARE
Very Nice Bike Rack
The Very Nice Bike rack comes in 2 versions, a wall mount and floor stand. The wall mount is best suited for horizontal top tube bikes weighing in at 25 lbs or less. The floor stand will hold just about any bike, and comes with felt spacer pads to accommodate various tire widths. Bent plywood / walnut veneer / white powder coated steel hardware.
Update 11.08.12 – Sorry for the incredible delay! It’s taken much longer to get the production run going than I expected. However, the tooling is finished and the first run is just about underway right here in Southern California! If all goes according to plan, I’ll have the smaller wall mount version available early 2013.
Books that have met their end become book ends. Just books – no glue, no fasteners. Rubber feet keep them from sliding. Available exclusively at OPEN bookstore in Long Beach.
Daniel Ballou is an industrial designer living in Long Beach CA.
In 2007 he founded dashdot, a design consulting studio that operates in a wide range of industries including consumer products, apparel, and housewares.
Ballou Projects are self authored explorations, ideas, and experiments.
April 2013 – Bookends are included in the exhibition “Around the book. Between Art and Desgin” Curated by Beppe Finessi and sponsored by Foscarini. On display at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli during Milan Design Week 2013
March 2012 – Who’s There Chair included in the exhibition “Threat: Objects of Defense and Protection” with the American Design Club. On display in Brooklyn NY from March 9th to 12th, 2012
March 2012 – Some projects featured on Core77
December 2011 – Cargo Containers are in the New York Times and Azure Magazine holiday gift guides
July 2011 – Very Nice Bike Racks featured in Artbox Magazine