LED Trojan Horse

LED Trojan Horse

Frog Design is at it again, this time with an environmentally friendly LED based lightbulb. Although CFL’s are marketed to be widely superior than¬†incandescents, the fact of the matter is they’re still made using very toxic chemicals. Mass acceptance has also been slower than anticipated but it’s obvious why – the cold bluish tint they cast and being non-dimmable.

0 Designer: Frog Design

You Can't See the Cables for the Tree

You Can’t See the Cables for the Tree

“GoGreen” is the new phrase that seems to echo around the world. With many joining the bandwagon, it shows that many of us are trying to make a conscious effort to adapt to a more sustainable lifestyle. PhotonSynthesis is a device by designer Vivien Muller, which is a solar-cell bonsai lookalike, tree charger. You can charge your cell, your Mp3 player or a number of other electronic gadgets by plugging in to the tree.

0 Designer: Vivien Muller

Mountain Dew Supernova in the Sky

Mountain Dew Supernova in the Sky

The ReGlow lamp from Shelley Spicuzza likes to recycle, but skips a lot of steps in between.¬† By screwing in empty, unlabeled plastic drink bottles into the center sphere’s threaded holes, the lamp creates a burst of light and refraction.¬† The fixture also lets you affect the color of light through the type of bottle used, so click through if you want to see the Coca Cola version.

0 Designer: Shelley Spicuzza

Bam Bam Baby

Bam Bam Baby

I want my tricycle! When I was a kid, I had a big wheels trike made of thick hard plastic. I took that thing everywhere, complete with handle bar tassels thank you very much. Nowadays living with a delicate footprint is important and thats trickled its way down to kid’s toys. Take for example the Bam Bam Baby trike.

0 Designer: Andrew Grigor

Grape Vines Goes Green

Grape Vines Goes Green

That green bandwagon is speeding down the global highway at break neck speeds and corporations are rushing to hop on. That’s the good news… the other good news is that electronics giant Siemens is looking for ways to make bold and beautiful green statements with these cordless telephone designs.

0 Designer: Formwelt Studio

Junkyard Jewelry

Junkyard Jewelry

Have you ever been to a junkyard? Looked out at the massive amounts of smashed up, metal frames of what used to be automobiles? When you looked out over the piles of junk, could you visualize a cute pair of earrings, or a stylish necklace? No? Well designer Adam Palethorpe could. His design concept is based on not just piles of scrap metal, but also on using outdated currency coins, recycled car headlights and other recyclable materials.

0 Designer: Adam Palethorpe

NICE is the new SMART

NICE is the new SMART

There is a fun and efficient NewCar hitting the British city streets very soon. It’s called “MyCar” and it can be YourCar for a mere $18,000 USD. Nice… that’s the name of the car company putting out this hip little all-electric city run about. Designed by legendary designers Giugiaro of Italdesign and made in Hong Kong.

You Is So Dirty

You Is So Dirty

Have you noticed how fast dirty, crud, and general filth accumulates around your desk? It’s a dirt magnet I tells ya. The Personal Cleaner concept by Junyi Heo is just the ticket to cleaner and healthier living. It’s basically a bamboo inspired hand vac that will look right at home on your desk. It comes with a charging cradle and the first segment pivots for better reach-around sucking. Big deal right? Actually it’s filtering the air when in its upright charging position too. Clever clever.

0 Designer: Junyi Heo

Paki The Hippo Is Eco-Edutainment

Paki The Hippo Is Eco-Edutainment

Let’s face it, we all care about the environment but managing energy, water, and waste is a challenge in itself. The key is instilling eco-behavior as a part of our everyday routine. That’s where Paki the Hippo comes in.

0 Designer: Paul Berger

Tired Chair Design

Tired Chair Design

I just saw the Pixar movie “Wall*E” the other evening and I will state for the record that it was amazing. In the film, our near future world has becomes unlivable due to mass consumption and no place to put our mountains of garbage. The hero of the film (Wall*E) is programmed to help clean up Earth and has labored for hundreds of years compacting trash and stacking into giant towers.

0 Designer: Carl Menary

Philippe Starck Blows!

Philippe Starck Blows!

Lately Monsieur Starck has been taking a well deserved bitch slapping by us fun loving bloggers for his proclamation that “design is dead”. He quickly contradicted that notion with his recent announcement that he is launching a new reality TV series for the BBC all about the design process. Well P. Starcky you may have redeemed yourself just a bit with your latest “dead design” called ‘Democratic Ecology’.

0 Designer: Philippe Starck

Naked UNbrella

Naked UNbrella

Hey, Let me just say I give props to anyone out there thinking green and trying to make the world a better place through design. That being said, mad props to designer Shiu Yuk Yuen. She is out there fighting the good fight, and her latest design inspiration may be a bit of a mis-fire(in my opinion), but still deserves to be dissected, praised or criticized with the best of them.

0 Designer: Shiu Yuk Yuen

A Phone made from trash?

A Phone made from trash?

You’ll find no iPhone touchscreen or 10 megapixel camera here. Nor will you find mirror finishes or a graphic interface spec’d for stunning video. What you WILL find is car tires, old PET bottles and pre loved soda cans.

0 Designer: Nokia