Pandora-ish

Pandora-ish

Imagine a waste bin (you heard me). Take that bin and fill it with compostable products like grass cuttings, tea bags, & cardboard (just do it). Now attach your new plant-worthy cell to the facade of an ugly building with thousands of other composting bins (don’t forget the plant).  You’re all finished! Now watch it grow, reduce CO2, collect rainfall for reuse, and transform your least favorite eyesores into a recycled, green, and overall cool looking structure. Now wasn’t that easy?

0 Designer: Stanislaw Mlynski

Home Farming Can Look So Trendy!

Home Farming Can Look So Trendy!

You can mistake Éva as a modern decorative piece for restaurants, but it’s a trendy, hi-tech composter. It blends in beautifully with any interior and does a magnificent job of recycling wasted organic matter. A part of the waste is used for cultivating and maintaining a green patch and the rest is used to produce methane. I love the way it integrates and becomes a self-contained biosphere!

0 Designer: François Hurtaud

Pedestal Lamp

Pedestal Lamp

L.OOD is a pedestal lamp, a concept based on creating open forms and functions from a single refined object. It’s an assemblage of recycled things like lampshades, glass vases, pots, candy dishes and fruit trays. By layering these odd bits and ends together, you create a new form with new purpose purpose.

0 Designer: Elda Bellone

Very Green Oil

Very Green Oil

The very muck that invades our pond and swimming pool is a goldmine! Actually, make that an oil well. I’m talking about algae and the potential to extract bio-oil from them. Green Transformer is a solar powered floating device that combines algae with a chemical additive and derives bio-oil on the spot. The consequent oil is stored in a separate chamber till someone comes and collects it all. I love the idea of making oil in my backyard!

0 Designers: Various

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind

Have you ever opened a window and said to yourself, “damn Gina, it’s windy.” Harness that energy with the AERO E. Energy is converted from wind to electricity and transferred wirelessly through induction. Place your cellphone on the charing pad and be the envy of your tree hugging neighbors! The accompanying app allows you to connect to your turbine and track wind patterns and charge times too.

0 Designer: Lance Cassidy

American Classics Reimagined

American Classics Reimagined

In their vernacular forms the country cabin and beach house are most often envisioned as rough and woody as well as shingled and white-washed, respectively.  Finding inspiration in Woodstock, NY and Fire Island, NY, Italian architect Andrea Salvini’s conceptualizations of the classics have been updated aesthetically and to the era of eco-efficiency.

0 Designer: Andrea Salvini

Analog Cooling of Interior Spaces

Analog Cooling of Interior Spaces

How would you like to be able to cool your house (assuming you live in a part of the world where it gets hot enough to need cooling) without the use of electricity at all, whatsoever? What if instead of using electric power to stay cool in your home all day, all you had to do was run a bit of cold water in the morning? It appears that designers Mey kahn and Boaz Kahn have transported an ancient secret into the now that’ll do just that, and with a fantastically lovely bit of interior design as a conduit.

0 Designers: Mey kahn and Boaz Kahn

Olde New Bike

Olde New Bike

This is a bicycle project whose aim is to create a cycle with a retro style mixed with a slightly more contemporary cafe racer model. Influenced by new and vintage fashions, this bike rides extremely low, and the material used to create it is chosen for its aesthetic beauty as well as its structural virtues. One of these materials is copper, which makes this a total steampunk bike without any of the steam shooting out of it. Perhaps you’d like some propulsion?

0 Designer: Carlos Pereira

Turnstile Power

Turnstile Power

We pass through rotating gates at many checkpoints like train stations and amusement parks and we never give it a thought but there is a lot of potential mechanical energy that can be harnessed. The Green Pass is one such gate with a three-roller switch mechanism to trap, transfer and convert mechanical energy as you pass through its turnstiles.

0 Designers: Various

Take Whats There and Make Energy

Take Whats There and Make Energy

One of the greatest things you can do as an industrial designer with earth-saving aspirations is to find a source of free or nearly-free energy. That’s what Luís Castanheira appears very much to have done here. This is Voltair, a wind power generator comprised of an array of fans set on the median of a highway, each of them turned by the air pushed past by the cars speeding by. The cars that’d be going by one way or another. Brilliant!

0 Designer: Luís Castanheira

Spring + Gear + Motor = Energy

Spring + Gear + Motor = Energy

It’s completely brilliant! Can you take this idea apart? This is a portable spring driven power generator design concept by designer Satoshi Yanagisawa, one that says you’ll be able to recharge your daily portable gadgets anytime anywhere without further negative impact to the environment. Sounds alright! The name of this project is “Cyclus,” and it’s a spring driven personal electricity generator. A hand held device that, when its bottom is twisted, provides 30 minutes of energy via the inner located spring via “rotation energy.”

0 Designer: Satoshi Yanagisawa

A Coconut Home for the iPad

A Coconut Home for the iPad

The coconut tree perhaps is the most giving tree in all of nature. What I mean is that every part of the tree is used in some industry or another. So it makes complete logical sense for young designers with an eco initiative to come up with an iPad cover made from materials sourced from the coconut tree! This is the story of Econut, a cover that blends back into nature after serving its purpose to the iPad.

0 Designers: Cho Youg-jo & Jeoung Jun-tae

Auto Freedom for Brazil and Beyond

Auto Freedom for Brazil and Beyond

By now, since I and we have mentioned it so often due to its massive spread of influence over the world of industrial design, we must assume you’ve seen the movie Minority Report. This film is a futuristic vision of the world in which one of the greatest innovations is the integrated highway system, one where no longer are there roads on which you can crash your car, but essentially rails on which you plug your destination in and you’re carried along your way. What the designers in this project have done is to make that auto system a reality – sort of.

0 Designer: 2:1 Industrial Design Team