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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

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Power Lines

There are hundreds of miles of power lines strung across the California desert landscape. A miniaturized version in bent, chromed wire works well for the desk.

Prototype.

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Cargo Containers

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

 

 

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Seat Shirts

Inspired by the adaptation of Metal Band Ts used as car seat covers, these screenprinted cotton shirts make your shitty car seats look good as new!

 

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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.

Currently unavailable.

 

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Book Ends

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.

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Caffeind

Celebrating America’s number 1 drug of choice. This coffee scooper holds 30cc (2 tablespoons) of your favorite blend, powder, or other substance.

 

  • Who’s There Chair

    Who’s There Chair

  • Power Lines

    Power Lines

  • Cargo Containers

    Cargo Containers

  • Seat Shirts

    Seat Shirts

  • Very Nice Bike Rack

    Very Nice Bike Rack

  • Book Ends

    Book Ends

  • Caffeind

    Caffeind

Info

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.

News

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