Fish Tank of Eternal Life

Fish Tank of Eternal Life

Designer Rob Maslin would like us all to think of the following phrase while looking at his project (in this post) and while going about creating industrial designs for the rest of our conscious lives: There is no such thing as sustainable product, only the by-products of a sustainable system. To be sustainable, first we must establish a close-loop system and the carrying capacity, then the system must be managed and not over- or under-consumed.” Thusly Maslin presents an aquaponic project by the name of “Free Lunch.” It’s an office-based fishtank with a loop of production and two sources of food.

0 Designer: Rob Maslin

This is Future Living

This is Future Living

The Future Living house is a testament to the will of design. It took twenty six designers (a feat in itself) to create it. Every technologic leap was analyzed to make sure anything proposed was possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location. Water uses gravity to generate pressure. Energy is harvested from solar and wind apparatuses. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall and everything is recycled when possible.

0 Designers: Various

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Made for adults as well as children, this is the row-tastic exercise tool, similar to a city bike, where you’re able to rent, ride, and return without worry. Intended for low traffic areas, woodlands, beach, park and residential areas. Great for all sorts of forms of golf, row your way into the future of exercise and shared vehicle usage. It’s called the “RowRay,” and it’s made to sit at the back and row with your arms. This vehicle’s stripped down to the bare essentials so that you can use it, or carry it over a river if you’re on the Oregon trail, or row REALLY FAST if you’re in a RowRay race.

0 Designer: Troels Øhman

Fold Up Plastic City Bike

Fold Up Plastic City Bike

Bike maestro designer Omer Sagiv has another treat for us all. This one goes by the name “ReCycle Me” and is a fold-up plastic city bike. Created using only recycleable moulded plastic, its potential impact on the environment is minimal. It features a single gear system for all you new-age bikers and those with no money for maintenance and a dynamo for powering the lights. Then using the full advantage of injection moulding technology, the bike has front, rear, and inbuilt seat suspensions.

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Solar Bean Cooker

Solar Bean Cooker

Everything you want in a solar cooker, it’s right here, right now, in this “Solar Ibex.” You can cook whatever you want, too, not just beans. The Solar Ibex has the ability to cook, boil, and back at up to 300 degrees celsius, and features an adjustable timer. Foldable, lightweight, packable, and a zero carbon footprint. Built-in gear motors and an auto tracking sun ray concentrator drive the parabolic reflector towards the sun at all times, acquiring all the best rays for your soups and and noodles. I’d like one of these for my apartment deck!

0 Designer: Nir Beit-av

Encouragement Plug for Environmentalism

Encouragement Plug for Environmentalism

This is a plug for the world to become more environmentally friendly. It’s a plug you’d plug into the wall to access power, but not just that! No way, that’s too simple. This one lights up in a way that shows you the way, the truth, and the light! This “Insic Wall Socket” encourages you to use power only so long as you need it. This isn’t just a dormant tool, nay, this one’s encouraging you to be the green crusader you’ve always aspired to be.

0 Designer: Muhyeon Kim

Timing Your Lights

Timing Your Lights

The idea is pretty direct and in-your-face….we need to conserve our electricity and can’t have you squandering it away. So how do we implement this? By taking tiny innovative steps, like introducing a timer concept for our lights; especially for the ones on the staircase. A device called the Flat Light does just this, the LED Hourglass interface is quite indicative of its intentions. Once the LED grains reach the bottom, time’s up and lights out! I wonder if you can set the time limits for the whole system, in advance. Question is, are you willing to make the necessary changes to conserve?

0 Designer: Jia Wen Chen & Wei-Ting Chen

Bottles Sound So Sweet

Bottles Sound So Sweet

When the aim is to design something that is eco-friendly with minimum resources and the end product should not be some fancy faff but a real working device; the challenge becomes really tough. Liteon Awards usually have this premise for designers to build upon and this year is no different. Let’s look at the Green’s Voice, a speaker that is powered by paper battery and uses an empty recycled PET bottle for its functioning. An amusing idea that reduces the use of material plus resources and looks equally neat.

0 Designers: Various

Waste Barrel Trade

Waste Barrel Trade

So you’ve got a situation where you’ve got little or no running water. You’ve got a no-toilet sort of place, and that place is also in a community that’s either poor or completely broke. What do you do? You look for a way to get rid that waste, but not only that, a way to turn that waste into energy. What Noa Lerner’s got here is a way to do that, by rolling a barrel full of poop down the road, trading it in for boombox time! It’s the X-Runner!

0 Designer: Noa Lerner

A Purple Suit Turned Auto

A Purple Suit Turned Auto

Have you ever ever ever in your long long life heard of “De Tomaso” car manufacturing company? They’ve done well, almost went into liquidation a few years ago, and are now back in business. And you know who wants to be on their team? Designer Frederik Tjellsesen. And he’s done one heck of a job creating a concept to catch their eye. Tjellsesen’s created a four-door sports car by the name of “Ghepardo,” accenting the fabulously modern gray with a smooth, sensual purple.

0 Designer: Frederik Tjellesen

Plants and Carbon-Fibres into Urns

Plants and Carbon-Fibres into Urns

So you love the environment, yes? I mean, you like living and therefor like the only place we’ve got to live in, right? How about recycling? This particular planet has a limited amount of resources, so using them again and again until they’re completely depleted makes sense, I’d say. Here’s a project that uses recycled carbon-fibre and a plant-based resin to create lovely little pots. It’s called the Xendless Carbon Fiber project and the pots in this post are called “Earn / Urn.”

0 Designer: Neil Conley

Wind Powered Auto by the Shore

Wind Powered Auto by the Shore

So you’re sitting there, trying to think of ways to power cars, and you think “hmmm, I wonder if I could make a car that’s powered by air?” That’s silly! You think, gosh, it’d work if only there were a constant source of wind. Right? Well hold on there, maybe if you shore up your thinking a little bit, so to speak, and place this car in only one specific location: the line of land near the ocean, from whens the wind almost continuously blows. How about that?

0 Designer: Ippei Iwahara

Swiss Army Coffee Cup

Swiss Army Coffee Cup

Did you know that Starbuck’s Coffee sells on average 30 MILLION cups of coffee a day? That’s almost 11 BILLION cups of coffee a year! As impressive as that statistic may be, the flip side of their fortune building is the tons and tons of wasted paper and plastic involved with every single caffeine fix. Designer Christopher Panopoulos does not have a solution for all that waste, but he does want the ubiquitous coffee cup to serve double duty and be slightly more sustainable. How about a Willy Wonka inspired edible lid? Or a lid that flips into an ashtray?

0 Designer: Chris Panopoulos

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