Welcome to the Glamourous Life of a Full-Time Professional Designer! Watch Yourself!

Welcome to the Glamourous Life of a Full-Time Professional Designer! Watch Yourself!

Car. PC. Car. TV. -These are the days of our lives. Andy Kurovets gets silly with his “Cycle Life,” breaking up life into the four segments of an average computer-using persons working day. Each segment is assigned the machine most used: TV, PC, or Car, beginning with WAKE UP! and ending with GO TO SLEEP! Don’t let the wit-bugs bite!

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

Wristlet Gets Young'ins Back in Time For Supper

Wristlet Gets Young’ins Back in Time For Supper

Until such time toddlers are given mobiles on their 5th birthdays, parents will have difficulty keeping them wrangled in and safe from danger. This Wristlet from Petr Hampl might be a useful solution in the mean time, allowing parents to send messages, alarms or graphic symbols to the solar powered display. Better hope they come in other colors, I don’t think pink would fly very well with boys.

0 Designer: Petr Hampl

Hacks on the Radio

Hacks on the Radio

How do you feel about participating in the manufacture of your next product purchase? Polish duo Maria Makowska & Piotr Stolarski from Gogo design have created the Log Radio and Clock from single lengths of raw pinewood with the intention of involving the user in the production process. When purchased, the lucky owner gets tossed a hand saw to hack their item from the log, creating a personal touch to the finished product. Pray that the person before you can cut straight!

0 Designer: Maria Makowska & Piotr Stolarski

Digital and Analog, Perfectly in Sync for the Clock Which has Captured My Heart

Digital and Analog, Perfectly in Sync for the Clock Which has Captured My Heart

OK show of hands: who is in the mood for the perfect wall-clock. One…two…ok everybody? Lets get to it: Masayoshi Suzuki of Pinto busts out the Digilog, a clock where the analog hand shows the minutes, while the digital number displayed at the top shows the hour. What else do you want? Fill up the apartment buildings, hotels, and the White House, because this is it! This is the future!

0 Designer: Masayoshi Suzuki

Here We Go Loopt-y Loo

Here We Go Loopt-y Loo

Eva Bauer & Hetal Jariwala are at their flippin’ tricks again and have once again created a highly functional stylish shopping bag to add to their Flip and Tumble collection. We first saw their 24-7 bag earlier this year that caught my attention – a bag to ball in 8 seconds, you can’t beat that. Yet they did it again with the Loopt bag.

0 Designer: Eva Bauer & Hetal Jariwala

An Encore For The Opus Design Winners

An Encore For The Opus Design Winners

The winners of the Opus Design Award were announced recently and the entries might help solve a lot of our little nagging problems with eyewear.  The gold prize went to Nick Jinkinson who designed around transition lenses that more completely transitioned in the sun.  Runners up include foldout frames, built in lens cleaner, and what can only appear to be the Opti-Grab from the 1979 comedy The Jerk.  Let’s hope none of them cause wearers to become permanently and irreversibly cross-eyed.

0 Opus Design Award

Oracle Watch

Oracle Watch

Based on the ancient Chinese I Ching philosophy, the Oracle Watch helps you identify the order of chance events by way 64 digital hexagrams. Press the button 6 times to generate a hexagram correlating to your future beholds. Oh man, this would have been so handy this morning when I couldn’t decide between Coco Puffs or Honey Nut Cheerios. Book of Changes for the win!

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

Ecsotype for the Modern Urbanite

Ecsotype for the Modern Urbanite

We featured them last year and if you didn’t love them then, you’ve got to love them now because their new line of bags and soft goods epitomize modern luxury. There’s a sense of unabashed utility which I love because many bags in this price range ($200+) seem frivolous. I especially love the new Presse laptop bag. It’s masculine with just enough hardware to easily transition from work to a gallery exhibition at night. I have a phrase for bags like these – “quiet luxury”, deceptively difficult to pull off. This is what I call quiet luxury.

0 Designer: Ecsotype

It has Feet! Stand Umbrella Review

It has Feet! Stand Umbrella Review

We received so many page views and comments about Tsuboi’s Stand Umbrella, we thought high time to review it. 100% was gracious enough to send us one and it’s probably the classiest, cutest umbrella I’ve seen. Class and uber cuteness – is that even possible?

0 Designer: 100%

I'll Rock These with a Tweed Blazer

I’ll Rock These with a Tweed Blazer

These RGB glasses just may be the next hated trend. It’s completely hollow to be filled with ink. One day you’ll be channeling The Great Gatsby with dark, thick, black frames, the next you’ll have bright red to show those hipsters how it’s really done. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Luís Porém

Grocery Bag Chic, Moukisac Review

Grocery Bag Chic, Moukisac Review

Walk into any supermarket today and you’ll see a new trend. People are bringing their own shopping bags. With plastic bags labeled as the evil accomplice to the environmental problem, a number of companies have taken it upon themselves to design grocery bags durable enough for hauling while remaining questionably stylish. After all, being “green” is now a message people want to project so shopping bags have had to evolve into accessories. I’ve been using the Moukisac shopping bag for the past few months and it promises utilitarian chic.

0 Designer: Marie Naubert [ Buy it here ]

Divining Rod Tech Rediscovered in Clock Form

Divining Rod Tech Rediscovered in Clock Form

I tell time and weather with the stars, of course, but soon I will be able to tell these things just as easily with a hunk of wood. That’s right! Inovaxion has created a wooden bit of clock and weather station that no sensible person with a hot collection of design oriented fun and helpful object would be able to turn down!

0 Designer: Sebastien Wallet

Crystal Snowflakes

Crystal Snowflakes

Ever looked at a magnified snowflake? It is truly remarkable how detailed and unique each snowflake is and how their individual designs can never be replicated. This magical creation of nature is the inspiration behind the design Save Your Ice. Croatian designer; Ljiljana Tutnjevic created the Save Your Ice design as a subtle reminder of the current Global Warming issues.

0 Designer: Ljiljana Tutnjevic