Design, Branding, Business and more with the Red Dot Awards

Design, Branding, Business and more with the Red Dot Awards

To be very honest with you, when I was invited by the Red Dot Awards to be a part of the Xiamen International Design Business Week, I was not very sure about what I was going for. I mean, this is not an awarding ceremony or some exhibition per se, its something very different. Forums, Red Dot Academy …. Design + China …. Really? Here is a recap on what I experienced, the people I met and why you should be seen in Xiamen next year.

Fun and Fury

Fun and Fury

The Mosspark is a very clever device that works as a power harnesser by the day and mosquito repellant at night. Essentially, children skip rope that is attached to the Mosspark Pole, which harnesses energy. This energy is stored and used to light up the mosquito repellant at night. A very innovative idea that can help save lives!

0 Designers: Su Hyun Kim, Eui Hwan Choi, Ji Hyun Kim, Jin Hyun Yoon & Wun Am Yeo

Sexy Solar Bike

Sexy Solar Bike

The Solar Bike is a cool concept that allows us to work some calories and conveniently switch to electric pedaling once we are tired. The bike features some strategically placed solar panels that take in the goodness of sun to do the job. Awesome idea that requires a little bit of tinkering, what do you think!

0 Designer: Juyoung Na

Power Pods for Your Phone!

Power Pods for Your Phone!

Charging cables are sooooooo last season! Which is why we love the ORA pod. It’s a cleverly crafted wireless charger that’s designed to go anywhere you go. The pod’s unique twisting action conceals and reveals a standard plug and lightning connector that charge your phone in an elevated position while plugged in, or when you’re out and about and in need of a boost. As cute as it is compact and convenient, it’s a great alternative to the clutter of those messy cables! See it in action —>

0 Designer: Albert Shane

A Proper Pouf

A Proper Pouf

The Polsino Pouf is buttoned-up and ready for your bum! It’s oh-so-dapper with its cuff and wood buttons which double as a handy place to store your magazines and books. Playful and preppy, it’s a lighthearted and ironic conversation starter where you can sit and store your favorite reads. Get it here!

0 Designer: Alessandro Damin for Formabilio

Foggy Furnishings

Foggy Furnishings

The Foggy Chair’s eery aesthetic makes it an eye-catching addition to any interior space. A unique color gradient gives the illusion that it’s dissolving or floating depending on the background. Custom hues can be applied to match any pallet, but its subtle rustic and ethereal feel is enhanced when paired with cloudy white or grey.

0 Designer: Daria Pavlova

Reset with Zen Eggs

Reset with Zen Eggs

Gašper Premože’s ZenEgg project was hatched from the realization that the designer was spending too much time in front of the computer screen and not enough time giving his brain a break. The balancing wooden totem serves as a reminder to take plenty of “ME time” and encourages play, tactile stimulation and self reflection. This is, of course, entirely dependent on the user’s willingness and dedication. Nonetheless, it’s a fun and cool-looking desktop ornament that might just give you some peace of mind! Would it work for you? Vid after the jump!

0 Designer: Gašper Premože

The Fire Warrior

The Fire Warrior

The Fire – Warrior is a fire extinguisher design that features a sensor that recognizes drop in pressure and increase in temperature due to the fire. This triggers the drive mechanism within to tilt and intuitively be ready for use and portability. Simply roll the canister and spray when required.

0 Designers: So-ra Kim and Eun-sol Lee

In And Out Projections

In And Out Projections

Its funny that we pick going outdoors and camping, just to reconnect with nature, and yet we need the comfort of technology to keep us entertained. Designed for both indoors and outdoors, the Dooroo is a projector that is easy to set up and work with. It’s aimed for camping trips, hence the petite size (tripod, a multi beam projector) and ability to adapt to the outdoors.

0 Designer: Daegun Kim

Pedal Powered Clothes Washing!

Pedal Powered Clothes Washing!

Appliance meets urban mobility in this clever combination that cleans your clothes while you commute! Called the “BiWa” (short for bicycle/washing machine), the design features a rear wheel barrel where you can deposit your dirty laundry, water and detergent. After a couple miles of riding, drain and refill with clean water to rinse. By the time you’re home, you’ll not only bit fit but have fresh clothes to wear!

0 Designer: Barbora Tobolova

So Cute You'll Croak!

So Cute You’ll Croak!

One look is all it takes to figure out this playful table’s amphibian inspiration! Appropriately named FROG, this simplistic side table channels a stereotypical, fun frog form in a functional, minimalist way. A pair of eyes and big mouth make for the perfect place to store bedside belongings!

0 Designer: NAB Design Studio

Paper Light Shoes

Paper Light Shoes

No canvas… no leather… just paper! The winner of a design contest sponsored by Teach for America and the U.T. LAB, the Lopez shoe by Christian Lopez features graffiti-inspired graphics on the brand’s Light Wing Franklin LT, Franklin HT, and Trainer models. The super-lightweight shoes are made from paper-like Tyvek, a material often found in mailers and house wrap. Combined with a poliyou insole and EVA foam rubber outsole, it’s durable waterproof, washable and impossibly light at just 1 pound per pair!

0 Designer: Christian Lopez for The UT.LAB

Airbags of a Different Kind

Airbags of a Different Kind

It’s futile to ask how many of you have been victims to airline staff manhandling your luggage that result in damaged bags or broken stuff. I’m sure there are plenty of you out there, which is why we need bags like the Air Pack. The ballooning of the air cushion acts as an impact-absorbing buffer and protects the fragile items placed in the bag. The only problem I foresee is the additional weight that will be brought on. Hopefully a refined version can factor this in.

0 Designers: Eun-ji Jeong, You-jeong Lee & Jun-sick Kim

Flexible CC

Flexible CC

The Curve Card is a curved credit card that looks and feels comfortable in your wallet. Because of its flexibility it doesn’t crack or chip in the back pocket. A new material called β-Plastic is proposed for its construction, which I think is a good idea. No more trapped credit cards in ATM Machines or ones that refuse to swipe and work! Good going!

0 Designers: Eun-ji Jeong, You-jeong Lee & Jun-sick Kim

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