Only The Essentials, Haworth LIM Light

Only The Essentials, Haworth LIM Light

We’ve written a lot about minimalism but what is it? To say it’s simply stripped down and devoid of the frivolous is inaccurate. We’ve all seen designs that embody that statement, yet fail in all intentions. When I got my hands on Haworth’s awarding winning LIM Light, I knew minimalism. It’s the removal of the non-esssential to embrace and enhance the functional. The LIM Light embodies it and has become one of my favorite products of the year.

0 Designers: Pablo Pardo and Ralph Reddig for Haworth

Casting a Shadow on Old Wall Clocks

Casting a Shadow on Old Wall Clocks

Mobile phones, cable boxes, alarm clocks, and microwaves are just a few examples of where time can be read at a glance. The need for a single centralized wall clock seems pointless unless you take its intrinsic design value to heart. For example, Definition of Time by Wooteik Lim (love the name) envisages a timepiece not really suited for easy time telling but the piece is quite sculptural easily making it a centerpiece in your home.

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim

Day & Night Watch by Amie Lim

Day & Night Watch by Amie Lim

The design represents a pair of 2-sided watches. One is for showing accurate time and the other side, being divided into 24 portions, is for showing the 24 hours.

When the “Day” and “Night” watches are placed together, you will see the digital screens joining together in 24 portions on the background.

0 Designer: Amie Lim

Dark Label Retroxis Phone by Lim Sze Tat

Dark Label Retroxis Phone by Lim Sze Tat

Darklabel | Retroxis – As far as mobile phones are concerned, there are certain inevitable desires such as dimensions, weight and style. Retroxis reflects a retro approach towards design with clean aesthetics, optimum controls and functions. It is encased in high polished polycarbonate renowned for its lightweght and toughness and the invisible OLED display silently hides away when inactive to make your phone look clean and stylish.

0 Designer: Lim Sze Tat

Watch Out! Don't Cut Your Tongue

Watch Out! Don’t Cut Your Tongue

So here’s something different from usual posts. It’s not tech related, not I.D. per say, and tho simple, is plenty difficult to execute. Fragile candy sends a sharp message. I taste good but I’m also bad for you. Mmm no suspended fruit? I demand anything clear must have suspended fruit!

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim

My Weight's a Secret

My Weight’s a Secret

Some people get palpitations just from weighing themselves. Perhaps the affirmation the last 15 lbs came from Christmas is weighing heavy on their minds, no pun intended. It’s one of those “I need to know, but don’t wanna look” situations some of us have had in our bathrooms. Sometimes a few self words of encouragement are necessary to prepare for the shock. Make it easier on yourself. The Secret Hole scale moves the “window of weight” right underneath your feet. Take a deep breath and take a peak when you’re ready.

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim

Hands-free Tie, Classy

Hands-free Tie, Classy

Tired of hearing people say, “do you have me on speakerphone?” or how about “why is it echoing?” Avid hands-free headset users know the drill and no matter how sensitive the mic is, truth is the ear is just a tad too far away from the mouth. The Tie Up concept is a solve to that problem by placing the mic right below your mouth. Slide it up the lanyard to answer and conversely slide down to hang up. 

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim

Don't drop the soap...

Don’t drop the soap…

A bar of soap is probably one of the most efficient product designs ever created. Rub it where you want to be clean and eventually the bar just fades away…mostly. Not many things in life are more physically challenging than attempting to hold on to that little sliver of sudsy salvation. Dropping the soap can sometimes have lethal results, whether by slip-or-fall or for our “legally challenged” citizens, that fate worse than death.

0 Designer: Wooteik Lim

The 8 Challenges the Modern Handheld Communication Device Community... or Does it?

The “8″ Challenges the Modern Handheld Communication Device Community… or Does it?

With the Weird on the rise, is there any room for flip phones and extra-small touchscreens? Kyung-Ryul Lim + Miyeon Kim have designed the “8,” a handheld communication device which makes use of two flip-up touch-screens with video, telephone, dictionary, and undoubtedly many other programs. Is there a market?

0 Designers: Kyung-Ryul Lim & Miyeon Kim

Money Honey, Glows In The Dark!

Money Honey, Glows In The Dark!

You can be a dork at times and hand out the wrong currency notes, especially in a dim lit cab. Don’t expect anyone to rectify your mistakes…your loss is another man’s gain! Tough luck and be careful till the agencies get the heads up on inventions like the Luminous Paper Money. Notes that emit a soft glow, just enough to ensure you hand out the correct note; nothing more nothing less.

0 Designers: Jaesik Heo, Hojoon Lim & Dahaeng Lim

One Arm Food Prep

One Arm Food Prep

Enamor (an anagram of “one arm”), by designer Grace Lim, gives users with only one arm the opportunity to expand their cooking skills by making food preparation a cinch. The simple, easy to clean kit consists of both vegetable and meat cutting units that hug tightly onto any counter top. The set for vegetables has been modified to make intricate slices and julienne cuts while the meat set uses sharp, gripping shears to cut through the toughest of  meat and fat. 

0 Designer: Grace Lim

OMG High-Tech Hopscotch!

OMG High-Tech Hopscotch!

Show of hands, how many of you played hopscotch? I’m not ashamed to admit I still do much to my neighbor’s dismay because chalked up sidewalks somehow irritate people. It washes off people! To insatiate my “tech” side, designer Hye-Lim Jeon created the Dream Beam, a device that projects the all too familiar four-squares and hopscotch courts without the mess of chalk. It’s old school play done the 21st century way (hehe, it rhymes). Still, there’s something satisfying about drawing your own chalk line.

0 Designer: Hye-Lim Jeon

A New Grip, A New Steam

A New Grip, A New Steam

What many beginning designers, especially those with big dreams and aspirations, don’t realize that it’s the little things, the littlest parts of things, that matter the most. When you take a tiny piece of something and improve it immeasurably, that’s when you’ve made a magnificent difference in the world. If you’re able to work inside the system and change it from the inside out, you’ve just created a pathway. That’s what this Steam Machine has done with its handle.

0 Designer: Yuree S Lim

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