The “Good” in Good Design Award

The “Good” in Good Design Award

The short of it is that The Good Design Award registrations are open and the deadline for entries is June 3, 2015 – So hurry and Apply Now! In case you need convincing … read the long of it … my trip to Japan and first hand experience of the Awards, the Jury and the Exhibition at Tokyo Midtown. The journey of the awards kicked off as a benchmark for the industrialized Japan, however, over the last decade or so, the focus has shifted to include consumer goods and everyday items. This opens doors for young companies and designers from the world over to participate.

0 Deadline: June 3, 2015

Love My Pair Of Denim Frames

Love My Pair Of Denim Frames

This is one of those designs where you go … why didn’t I think of it before! Down right damn mister! Solid Denim Sunglasses – it can’t get cooler than this if you ask me. A pair of sunglasses made with denim to perfection; smooth at the edges and inside surface with rugged denim appeal all over. If you wonder what motivated the team, then it’s the simple conviction that something inspiring could be crafted from those good old Blue Jeans.

0 Designer: Mosevic [ Buy it Here ]

A Transformer to Take Over MotoGP

A Transformer to Take Over MotoGP

Designed for future MotoGP racing, the electric BMW iR concept focuses on mid-race transformation for enhanced performance. On a straightaway stretch of the race course, it has a long low profile. As it approaches a turn, the fork angle lessens and the swing arm/shaft shortens to decrease the rake and raise its ground clearance to create an optimal cornering experience. As for style, it embraces BMW’s clean, simple approach with minimal clutter and attention to surfacing at a maximum.

0 Designer: Jordan Cornille

Lamptastic!

Lamptastic!

We’ve seen loads of lighting solutions through the years. Some quirky, some functional, some absolutely endearing. We just needed something to celebrate the infinite possibilities of what we can do with light. The Infinity Lamp is just that. Minimal yet heavy on the symbolism, the lamp has a classic and timeless design, creating a beautiful halo of light wherever you put it.

0 Designer: Leonardo Criolani

Extinction-inspired Lighting

Extinction-inspired Lighting

Inspired by ancient marine dinosaur fossils called Ammonites, the Amonita desk lamp is first sculptural decor and second a source of soft illumination. The metal spiral with built-in LED strips creates a unique lighting effect of movement. In two sizes and 3 finishes of yellow, zinc or white, they’re as mesmerizing in the dark as they are in daylight.

0 Designer: Hugo Ribeiro

The Backwards Tea Brewer

The Backwards Tea Brewer

An alternative to messy drop-in tea brewers, ZaDno is an all-in-one tea serving solution where you drop in the water. Simply fill the strainer with the tea leaves of your choice, attach the glass and enjoy. Super easy to clean, just separate the top, dump the wet leaves and rinse!

0 Designer: Snežana Jeremić

Anchor of Light

Anchor of Light

Called “Anchor-1″ for its shape, this minimalistic desk lamp utilizes a 3-facet design to adjust the angle of inclination and light direction. The long LED strip is held upright with a system of removable counterbalancing weights that also make the design an interactive lighting object that the user can have fun adjusting. Composed of aluminum, inlaid plywood and steel parts, it’s as efficient to produce as it is to run!

0 Designer: Fyodor Lazariev

The Smart Home, Simplified

The Smart Home, Simplified

If you’ve ever played with a “smart home” remote, you know it’s a black hole of confusion and over-functionality! Simply called “Cube”, this innovative remote simplifies controlling basic functions in the form of a tangle 3D square. Whether it’s the blinds, music, TV, or lights, you can quickly customize the vibe of your pad with a simple turn of the Cube or go deeper into the settings with its straightforward interface. Vid after the jump!

0 Designer: family of the arts

Skutch for Everything Sketching

Skutch for Everything Sketching

Skutch is an innovative sketching tool that combines design and geometry in an instinctive manner. Like an extension of one’s hand, its unique shape has been studied to allow the use of all geometrical design functions without limiting creativity. Use it as a cm/in ruler or compass, create perfect perpendicular lines, or 30°, 60° or 90° angles, rounded corners and more with one simplistic solution. See it in action —>

0 Designers: Laurent St-Val & Marta Paez

Birds Got the Hang of It

Birds Got the Hang of It

The Qarta bird feeder explores species-specific designing to accommodate the needs of the American Goldfinch. The result is a modular form that can be recombined and positioned to suit varying numbers in a population. Aside from being a communal feeding space, the design is also weatherproof, squirrel-resistant, and free of dangerous adhesives. With each capable of being built in under 30 minutes, Qarta is also a viable solution for mass production.

0 Designer: Tyler Dennis

A Soy Latte for me and a Black Coffee for my pen

A Soy Latte for me and a Black Coffee for my pen

As much as that would probably get you a few bewildered stares at your local barista, that sentence makes complete sense if you own a WINKpen. That’s because the WINKpen is designed to write with anything you can pour into it! Tea, Coffee, Juice, Alcohol! Now you can literally carry a bottle of wine to work and pass it off as ink!

0 Designer: Jessica Chan

Help from above

Help from above

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it superman? No. It’s superman’s equivalent, though. The JCB 4RS is an emergency response vehicle designed to be dropped from the skies on a disaster zone. The heavy duty vehicle can be used to rapidly rescue/relocate/regenerate, says designer Jake Smith. In a disaster, time is of the essence, with every passing second being crucial to the safety of the environment and its inhabitants. The 4RS is equipped to handle such situations with speed and effectiveness. Badass!

0 Designer: Jake Smith

A Seat for Any Situation

A Seat for Any Situation

Somewhere between a comfy poltrona and an occasional chair, the Reves chair was designed to envelope the user when they choose. The flexible, two-tone trivera textile hood can be folded up instantly to create a secluded, quieter space for reading or simply contemplating. Simply fold it down and voila! Open, occasional seating.

0 Designer: Muka Design Lab

One Marker to Rule Them All

One Marker to Rule Them All

The Copic Marker proves that big things come in small packages! Unlike a limited, space-consuming set of colored markers, it gives users endless color options in one compact device. Like an ink printer, the design utilizes replaceable cartridges of cyan, yellow and magenta. The user can select their desired shade with a smartphone app, sync and draw away!

0 Designer: Burov Art

Sustainable Shell Smartphone

Sustainable Shell Smartphone

The HTC GO GREEN is an evolution of Peter Dudas’ HTC ONE M8 that focuses on sustainability. Rather than a brushed aluminum unibody frame, the design features precision-bent bamboo for a look that’s natural, warm and more eco-friendly. Like its predecessor, users can expect the same warp speed performance, serious battery life and a super HD display.

0 Designer: Peter Dudas

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