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.

Light and Art - A Winning Combination

Light and Art – A Winning Combination

Skeletal sculpture meets functional light in the Molecula lamp by Benjamin Migliore. With its rounded intersections and crisp lines, the geometric structure is at once organic and intentional. Position it in any direction to adapt to your ideal table arrangement, or hang it on the wall for a unusual sconce alternative!

0 Designer: Benjamin Migliore

Hang Out Gecko Style!

Hang Out Gecko Style!

The unique ability of geckos to scale walls and suspend from ceilings has attracted the interest of naturalists for ages. Now that modern technology has unlocked the secret behind the lizard’s perplexing mobility, synthetic materials like Geckotape and Geckskin give us humans increased mobility in a variety of scenarios like rock climbing! Stellio is one such device that utilizes these adhesive materials to supplement climbers’ safety. Attach it to a carabiner clip to help cling to near-vertical surfaces without compromising hold.

0 Designer: Anupreeta Agate

Keebunga, dude!

Keebunga, dude!

Created for outdoor enthusiasts by outdoor enthusiasts, the Keebunga key case was designed to give the user peace of mind while they enjoy surfing, swimming, mountain biking, canoeing and more by keeping car keys safe and sound. Perfect for electric keys, the hardshell case is waterproof, buoyant, durable and shockproof. Rather than hide your key, clip it to your lanyard, wetsuit, life jacket and key rings.

0 Designer: Keebunga

Bring Home Some Moonlight

Bring Home Some Moonlight

I love the creative expressions possible with the MoonLight Lamp. It is essentially an interactive wall LED lamp designed to produce endless possibilities when playing with lights, shadows and creating beautiful atmosphere. The design features three different sizes, each one of them having two sets of diodes. Simply turn the dimmer to increase or dim the front and backlight.

0 Designer: Oblikus

In-flight Solar Phone Charger – Do Want NOW!

In-flight Solar Phone Charger – Do Want NOW!

On a flight from London to Chicago, I was very happy to note that my Business Class seat had a USB charging station. As soon as I hooked up my dying phone for some juice, the airhostess came to admonish me, saying that we were not ‘allowed’ to charge phones, the hook up was available only for multimedia purposes. Blah! Concepts like the Solar Eclipse are innovations that the airline industry could use. Give us charging ports people! We have Wi-Fi and Internet connections made available … so take the next step!

0 Designers: Travis Finlay and Jeff Hontz

Link: The Last Mile Delivery Solution

Link: The Last Mile Delivery Solution

LINK is a synchronized logistics system that uses a city’s existing infrastructure, like public transportation resources, to distribute goods throughout the city in a seamless, sustainable way. The network connects between consolidation centers, neighborhood storage spaces and local retailers using a fleet of robotic transporters. The system enables shorter distribution distances, reducing unorganized truck movement and the related environmental impact. An excellent alternative for “last mile” distribution! Vid after the jump —>

0 Designer: Ayelet Fishman

Furniture Creatures for Kids!

Furniture Creatures for Kids!

CreaChair is a series of clever creature furniture that encourages kids to participate in the design process! By going online or in stores, kids and parents can get their creative juices flowing as they pick out not only the shapes and colors but also the legs, eyes, teeth and more! With a wide variety of material options and expressive options you can get fuzzy, furry, scary, silly or all of the above!

0 Designer: Olbikus

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

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