German Designer Builds a Lock for Your Nutella Jar

Lay's may have the trademark on that whole “betcha can’t eat just one” line, but the sentiment is just as applicable to Nutella. And by “one,” we mean jar. Whether it's because of thieving cohabitants or your own insatiable cravings, it's the one pantry item that can go from "unopened" to "empty" in what seems like a matter of minutes. Fortunately, German furniture designer Daniel Schobloch has come up with a brilliantly simple solution for your dwindling Nutella supply problem: a lock.

Dubbed the Nutella Lock, Schobloch admits that "the idea started out as a joke. One of my friends was always getting worked up because his children were stealing his Nutella." So, like any good friend with a knack for engineering things, Schobloch built his friend an acrylic lock to place over the lid of his beloved hazelnut spread. It didn't take long for the idea to catch on.

"As the demand continued to grow, we decided to offer the device on ebay," Schobloch tells the Berlin-based The Local. So he manufactured about 1000 more of them—almost all of which sold out immediately. Now Schobloch and company are hard at work on producing more Nutella Locks, which you can pre-order on ebay for €9.99 (about $11). Though the lock comes with two keys, Schobloch warns that the device is meant as a novelty item. "Acrylic is easy to break into," he says.

Still, he sees that there's a real market for the Nutella Lock, so he's patented it in the hopes of bringing it to a wider market. Nutella thieves: Consider yourselves warned.

[h/t The Huffington Post]

Amsterdam is Turning Plastic Trash Into 3D-Printed Furniture

The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is taking a unique approach to waste management, Inhabitat reports. Under the direction of The New Raw, a Rotterdam-based design studio, recycled plastic is being used to make public benches that capture a lot of the area’s charm while providing solutions for the 51 pounds of plastic refuse each Amsterdam resident tosses away each year.

The initiative is called Print Your City! and encourages those materials to be repurposed via 3D printing to make new, permanent fixtures. The New Raw calls it a “closed loop” of use, where the plastic is used, reused, and materialized in the same environment. The bench, dubbed XXX, seats two and rocks back and forth with the sitters' movements, offering a metaphor for the teamwork The New Raw is attempting to cultivate with the general public.

A plastic chair is surrounded by trash
Print Your City!

“Plastic has a major design failure,” says Panos Sakkas, an architect with The New Raw. “It’s designed to last forever, but it’s used only for a few seconds and then easily thrown away.”

The goal is to collect more plastic material in the city to use for projects that can be designed and implemented by citizens. In the future, 3D printing may also support bus shelters, waste bins, and playground material—all of it recyclable.

[h/t Inhabitat]

Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs

Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]


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