Light Saber For The Table, With A Digi Frame

Light Saber For The Table, With A Digi Frame

It depends on you entirely, how crazy or clean you keep your workspace. Family pictures, calendars, table lamp etc. require their own nook, thus cramming up the table. For those who can’t do without stuff, you need a table that can conceal the frills, until required. You need the “Hidden Friends”, a table that has a pop-up table lamp (looks like a lightsaber) and a pop-up digital pictureframe concealed into its surface. Clever way of keeping a clutter-free table! But what if you place a book on top of the concealed frame and forget about it?

0 Designer: Son In-ae

Cute Puppy Bowl Holders on the Bend

Cute Puppy Bowl Holders on the Bend

Hooray! I love me some doggie products, especially since my Fiance and I are getting our first puppy in less than a week! You know what that means? It’s time to start thinking about accessorizing. Not just collars and fabulous chew toys, those are a given, what about some nice doggie bowls? Every dog’s gotta eat, and the bowls have gotta be there somewhere in the house, so why not make them look fantastic? Here’s a solution: Roxie Doggie bowls!

0 Designer: Maya Khaira

Gadget Table Cocktail

Gadget Table Cocktail

There used to be a time when a calculator was the only gadget at home, but now the scenario includes an entourage of multi-media products that we can’t live without. Taking cue from the automotive industry where seamless gadget integration is an integral part of the interior design, Philippe Barsol gives us the @home Coffee Table, which reciprocates the function at home. Blending gadgets into the home decor, this table effortlessly integrates mobilephone, laptop, memory stick, external hard drive, remote controls, cameras etc. within its niche spaces.

0 Designer: Philippe Barsol

Plastic Beach Sucka

Plastic Beach Sucka

When the Gorillaz put out their newest album, “Plastic Beach,” did you know what they were talking about with the title? Do you know what the plastic beach is? It’s an occurrence in the sea where garbage from every direction comes together to form an island of trash. The largest of these islands sit in the Pacific Ocean, the same location where this project by Electrolux, “Vac from the Sea,” aims to turn that garbage back upon itself. Yes, they’ll be transforming these floating conglomerates of plastic back into something useful – vacuum cleaners!

0 Designer: Electrolux

Chaos Theory For Books

Chaos Theory For Books

How do you arrange your bookshelf? Fat to thin, tall to short? Horizontal, vertical….so many ways to do one thing; filling up the bookshelf! On my shelf chaos theory rules; no matter how neatly I arrange it, the order of books get all jumbled up after I’ve pulled out a couple for reading. “Need Not Arrange Anymore” brings art to the way we pile up books. A neat looking shelf with tons of attitude!

0 Designer: Kim Ji-hye

Dirty Linen Goes Straight To The Closet!

Dirty Linen Goes Straight To The Closet!

The notion of dumping laundry in a basket and then taking it out on laundry-day will probably be redundant in the future. All you will need to do is hang your clothes in a specialized closet and await molecular technology to do its thing. The Clean Closet is your laundry basket, washing machine and drying cabinet – all rolled into one. Using its tech, it scans clothes for stains etc and removes it, freshens it (de-odorizes), and that too without using water.

0 Designer: Michael Edenius

Hangers in a Basket

Hangers in a Basket

If you’re really short on closet space, maybe this will help. Hangers in a Basket is just what the name implies. The hangers work like any other but when clothes get dirty, pop them onto the handle. The form a nifty little cage around dirty clothes. What happens when you’re halfway thru your clothes? No idea but it looks like it could triple as a line dryer too. Hmm…

0 Designers: Jhih-Jie Liou & Wei-Lun Wang

Dynamic Kitchen: From Cozy To Comprehensive

Dynamic Kitchen: From Cozy To Comprehensive

Smart kitchens are ones that fool you into thinking that you have an elaborate setup, when in reality it’s just a very cozy space that becomes elaborate when necessary. Nolte Küchen Dynamic Living Kitchen is a good example of this style. It’s smart and elegant to look at, and fits in all the modern amenities that a couple will require. It goes from a comfy breakfast nook to a sophisticated entertainment hob whilst partying with friends, by simply rearranging the movable tables. Really Smart!

0 Designer: Malin Kalesse

Dish Paws

Dish Paws

Do you have dish paws? Paws that do dishes or any sorts of cleaning in a jiffy. So efficient that you want to have them on all the time, especially if you are a cleanliness freak! Basically we’re looking at mittens with polypropylene woven in a rope form, covering the outer skin. And it’s the whole glove that is being used as a cleaning brush or “Brüsh” as Liang calls it. Special attention has been giving to the pressure points like the tips and the base of the palm (color coded grey). These areas are covered with a harder version of polypropylene to add power to the scrubbing.

0 Designer: Liang Yanjie

Kitchen Worthy of a Starship Captain

Kitchen Worthy of a Starship Captain

It’s easy to spend a fortune on a kitchen – especially if you want to show off your spending power by splashing out on prestigious, German or Italian brands with their awe-inspiring price tags. A young Hamburg-based family thinks differently – and commissioned KINZO, three young Berlin-based Designers, to create a bespoke kitchen that you won’t see anywhere else.

0 Designer: KINZO

Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

We have been exploring the various ways to get the perfect coffee fix while completely ignoring our other addiction, CHOCOLATE! My apologies. It wasn’t till Ahmad Bittar brought to my notice the Maya Machine. Now Maya means illusion, so let’s get swept up in this fantasy express. Maya is completely dedicated to the chocolate cause, it’s similar to the espresso machine, but doesn’t use crass powders to bring out the choco-licious flavors. It uses special pods of real chocolate that melts & blends into steamed fresh milk. Giving you the perfect velvet-chocolate experience.

0 Designer: Cambridge Design Partnership

Melting Away Lights

Melting Away Lights

I’ve had a bitter experience with a 200-watt bulb and here’s my story: when I dunked my phone accidentally into a mug of water, like a bright person I decided to evaporate the excess moisture by placing the phone under my table lamp. The 200-watt heat melted & disfigured the plastic interface and now I’ve cursed the bulb….and melted it! True story, but the Melt Bulb here is actually a reflection on how eco-conscious we are getting by replacing bulbs with LEDs. Just a gentle reminder by Keita, about precious electricity and how melted bulbs can make chic decor!

0 Designer: Keita Ogawa

The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

It’s not always easy to predict the future. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! Here are the Finalist 25, the countdown has begun!

0 Designers: Various