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

A Lighter for the Shop

A Lighter for the Shop

Inspired by mechanics, Flint is a stylish lighter with a strong, rugged identity and form that was designed to resemble a chuck key. While the heavy-duty aesthetic blends in with the mechanic’s tools, it’s also just as functional. A knurled ring for easy grip, wind-proof jet flame, fuel indicator, and flame intensity knob are some of the features that set it apart as one you’ll want to hang on to.

0 Designer: Sumedh Vartak

Le Nouveau Lenovo

Le Nouveau Lenovo

When the tablet was made, everyone thought that the PC would die. Quite the contrary occurred. This year was the year of the laptop, showing a remarkable rise in laptop sales. The point is, that ultra-portability does not trump functionality. The Lenovo Horizon workstation is all about function. The Horizon reiterates the concept of the workstation, reimagining all details from man X machine interaction, team-based file sharing, to even seating ergonomics.

0 Designer: Maxwell Canelhas

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Now here’s something you don’t see often. Ships and ferrying vehicles aren’t your typical luxury transport machines. No one, therefore thinks of redesigning them. However, Turkish designer Olcay Tuncay Karabulut saw scope in redesigning the strait passenger ferry. Completely from scratch.

0 Designer: Olcay Tuncay KARABULUT

The Magic Key Rack

The Magic Key Rack

Rackless is a minimalistic approach to the entryway key rack without any hooks, knobs or screws. A magnet hidden within a wood block holds your keys in place, making them appear to float in midair. As if hanging your keychain couldn’t be easier, now you can effortlessly attach and grab them without aiming for a hook! See it in action —>

0 Designer: Brandon Knowlden

The Sticky Feet Flex Mount

The Sticky Feet Flex Mount

The best thing since the selfie stick, GekkoPod is the must-have photography accessory for smartphones, cameras, GoPros and more! Just like the lizard, the versatile design’s four feet can grab on to almost any fixture in a number of positions so you get the perfect shot each time. Flexible, lightweight, portable, universal and totally lovable!

0 Designers: Gal & Boaz Zucker

One Photogenic Pinhole Cam

One Photogenic Pinhole Cam

The smartphone has made everyone and their mother a photographer, but the ONDU Pinhole Cameras Mk II are a fresh take on an old technology that will actually put your skills to the test. Crafted from locally harvested, FSC certified walnut and maple wood with laser engraved details, its both functional and ornamental. Unlike your digital cams and smartphones, it’s also an heirloom that you can keep passing down. Jump to the vid for all the cool features —>

0 Designer: ONDU

The Car I'd Like to Bang - Version 2.0

The Car I’d Like to Bang – Version 2.0

From the designer of the sexy Ferrari Celeritas , the Ferrari Celeritas 2.0 is a more refined, realistic evolution of its far-out cousin. But that doesn’t mean it’s not wild… just tamer. Without a doubt, you’ll find its proportions, dimensions and overall style more familiar… but it’s a hard decision as to which you’ll like better!

0 Designer: Aldo H Schurmann

Glow on the go

Glow on the go

I love products that are simple in their intended purpose. Not every product needs to be as complex as a hadron collider, does it? The iGlow CageB is a simple add-on to your bicycle. Its purpose? to make your water/beverage bottle glow at night. Why? Well, why not! I know it’s taking the phrase “travel light” a little too literally, but personally, it’s a scintillating idea!

0 Designer: Topeak

The Bare Chair

The Bare Chair

We zip-line through life stopping only to click pictures of nature’s abundant beauty for our Instagram. No one pauses to stare at the sunset anymore. Or sit amongst towering trees. The Leano chair is the perfect accessory for people who want to encourage the wanderlust within them. Just simply a wooden frame and fabric, it’s a lovely recliner stripped down to the bare essentials, finally occupying the same amount of space as a closed umbrella, when packed.

0 Designer: Nik Lorbeg

Hindu for Hipsters

Hindu for Hipsters

“Hindu Tales – Souvenirs of a Future” aims to question the interactions of spirituality and technology. It focuses on Hindu devotees and imagines how they could use new tech in their religious practices. Presented in a tryptic of three “fragments”, the projects consists of traditional props that have been updated with sensory receptors and visual notifications so information on an emotional level can be shared between loved ones in other places. Jump to the vid to see it in action!

0 Designer: Anne Couvert-Castéra

One Smart Pendant Garden

One Smart Pendant Garden

The Babylon Garden brings us closer to nature – with sheer simplicity. Plants are suspended in a cycling nutrient enriched clay-based soil solution that provides the perfect conditions for fast and healthy growth. Sensors detect the levels of Ethylene, so when the fruit, vegetable or herb is ripe or ready to eat, notifications are sent to your Nest app so you can harvest and enjoy the freshest home-grown food!

0 Designer: Jessica Carver

The Mighty Mouse Ergo-mod

The Mighty Mouse Ergo-mod

However beautiful, the Mighty Mouse’s diminutive size is a total pain for many people. The Harmony Magic Mouse support brings together unique functionality and comfort in a unified aesthetic design solution. Addressing the ergonomic challenges of the Magic Mouse, the Harmony supports its benefits while reducing hand strain, specifically in the problem area of the outer 2 fingers. Simply snap it to the feet of the mouse to give your hand the ergonomic support it needs.

0 Designer: Mike Loveless/Bridge Factory

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