Democratize Coasters

Democratize Coasters

The proverbial coaster hasn’t changed much aside from constantly shifting between geometric shapes and designs. It’s main function has and will always be to protect surfaces from moisture and heat but the emboGarden goes a step further to accommodate anything larger than a mug. A group of mugs, coffee pots, tea pots, even cookware. Communal and democratized coasters yes?

0 Designer: Haeah For Connect Design

Not Just for Hanging Coats

Not Just for Hanging Coats

A single sheet of metal bent, folded and fashioned into a majestic coat hanger; very approriate for the hallway or foyer. This uber chic Coat Hanger goes by the name of Pluche. What makes it a thoughtful design is the flat tray for keys and a loop for hanging stuff like umbrellas etc. Very well done indeed!

0 Designer: David Raffoul

Icy Lotus

Icy Lotus

Love me a fun ice cube y’all and the Ice Lotus ice cube tray is the sleekest looking of them all. Made of black rubber and stainless steel, it looks like a lotus pod. Smash the rubbery part with your hand and the “ice seeds” eject into the steel bottom.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

Classified Trash

Classified Trash

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.

0 Designer: Hu Xinyuan

Mopping with Spiritual Light

Mopping with Spiritual Light

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.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

From Devastating Bomb to Floating Coat Rack

From Devastating Bomb to Floating Coat Rack

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.

0 Designers: Mehmet Erdi Özgürlük & Anıl Ercan

Boat Sofa

Boat Sofa

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.

0 Designer: Bongyoel Yang

Dustbin of Many Sizes

Dustbin of Many Sizes

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.

0 Designer: Zhejiang University, Inno Lab

Domino Clock

Domino Clock

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.

0 Designer: Carbon Design

It Holds Keys and Hangs Coats

It Holds Keys and Hangs Coats

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!

0 Designer: David Cathro

Think Japanese Minimalism

Think Japanese Minimalism

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.

0 Designer: h220430 Studio

One Hundred Micro Cassettes Is All I Need!

One Hundred Micro Cassettes Is All I Need!

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!

0 Designer: Transparent House, Inc

Garden Fresh Air At Home

Garden Fresh Air At Home

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!

0 Designers: Laut Design, Studio Hagler & Montie Design