Separating rubbish is time consuming and nobody likes to do it. A micro-level system to make the job easy is the Trash Classification Bin. The bin-in-bin is used to put in all your organic waste while the bigger bin holds inorganic stuff. A very non-messy and quick way to do your bit. I’ll take one for my office, please.
Designer: Hu Xinyuan
No I’m for real, “External Light” is a concept floor lamp that relies on you to mop your floors regularly to store kinetic energy to power the lamp integrated into the entire length of the stick. Novel idea but there’s a deeper meaning. Designer Arthur Xin is one designer on spiritual journey and his work represents a symbolic way of mopping up the bad to create positive energy.
Well here’s a unique way to memorialize Hiroshima. Hirosima (sic) combines the magical wonder that is the “Red Balloon” to prop up a weapon the forever changed history. Put your esoteric thinking caps on. The balloon keeps the bomb from landing, therefor preventing devastation. The bomb is turned into a mundane utilitarian object by becoming a coat rack, essentially castrating it of its original intent.
Designers: Mehmet Erdi Özgürlük & Anıl Ercan
The title says it all. You clever, clever designer. It’s obvious where the inspiration came from but the question is, does it float? The answer, YES IT DOES. In case you’re caught in sudden flood, removing the cushions reveal a totally buoyant boat with real oars. Designer Bongyoel Yang says he designed it for the “Global Warming Generation.” Damn, it’s a cool concept with dire implications. I’m torn.
Designer: Bongyoel Yang
The Panel Bin has a metal spiral rib that stretches and adjusts to varying heights for your convenience. Simply line it with a disposable bag and you have a dustbin ready for use. The collapsible nature may be its unique selling point, but for me it’s the flat-pack convenience of storing and transporting that scores brownie points.
Designer: Zhejiang University, Inno Lab
Award-winning product development consultancy Carbon Design Group repurposes an icon with the introduction of the Domino Clock™. The Domino Clock™ takes a simple, iconic object and transforms it into a new way to tell time. The concept is simple. Three larger-than-life dominoes are equipped with articulating “dots” that flip back-and-forth between black and white to keep time. They hang on the wall or stand free, communicating wirelessly as they quietly mark the passing hours and minutes.
Designer: Carbon Design
I’m usually pretty good about keeping my keys and travel chotchkies in one place. I’m ambivalent about tossing them in a bowl or hanging them by the door. Ugh, that’s the worse because it’s just a constant reminder of Los Angeles traffic every time I walk by. I digress. If I had something like the Blomp Coathanger – my issues would be alleviated. Love the receptacle to keep all your crap and hide them from view with a coat. Done and done. They look technical but it’s all handmade from poly-resin. Brills!
Designer: David Cathro
I’m enamored with two products by Japanese studio h220430. The Tokonoma is a display shelf of sorts that puts Japanese minimalism front and center. It’s different from the minimalism we’re used to seeing from the west which is often described as stark and cold. There’s something intrinsically warm about the Japanese variant. It’s subtle and enriches anything placed on top.
Designer: h220430 Studio
Question: How do you make a unique lamp? Answer: Use laser cut plexi glass and one hundred translucent micro-cassettes!
I’m talking about the Tape Lamp; gorgeous, snazzy and so DIY, yet classy! Fitted with a 40 watt Vida Large G-16.5 Globe A tribute to the 80’s kitsch style!
Designer: Transparent House, Inc
Yanko Design is not new to air purifier concepts, however when it comes to the real thing, we have seen very few. To make up for the loss here is the O – Two Air Purifier, a small compact air cleaner that fits into the home environment seamlessly. It uses BioOx organic compounds to remove 99.9% of pollutants from the air you breathe and is silent as a lamb. It generates zero harmful waste, uses no filters, and uses less than 6 watts of energy while running!
The awesome Air Sphere breaks from the conventional norm of fans being these blade-and-industrial-looking objects. The sophisticated drop-shape exudes elegance and becomes the focus of attention, despite its oblivious approach. It functions as an electric fan in the summer, and as an air circulator in the winter. The compact sphere (with a diameter of 300 millimeters) is small enough to fit in any room, but make no mistake about its power to please!
Designers: Miyazawa Tetsu & Ichimura Shigenori
The I-dog is a part of a limited edition sculpture series created by Elda Bellone designed to explore how sculptures cross into function. Made of white iron, it’s strong and gentle at the same time. Awww! Use it as an umbrella stand or anything else you can fit inside its structure. It’s adorable!
Designer: Elda Bellone Studio Architetture