Ashes To Ashes; Odor To Perfume

Ashes To Ashes; Odor To Perfume

Light one and it can be the cause of your death, and I’ll light the other in your memory. Confused? Don’t be. What we have here is the Ashtray Incense Burner, a ceramic bowl that is an ashtray on the right-side, flip it and it becomes an incense stick holder. One spreads odor, the other fragrance. One is the smell of death, the other of life! Can’t do more poetic justice than this, dedicated to the smoker!

0 Designer: Mist-o

Line Up The Tangles

Line Up The Tangles

The problem addressed in the Line Block Cable is so true to home, it’s the one most of us face when we hook up too many gadgets in one area. Not that we can help it, it’s ideal to have the TV, CD player and the music housed together. As a result, their cables leading up to the socket can get messy and unsightly. Line Block cables are constructed in such a way that they can tag 2 or more wires in a piggy-back fashion. Essentially this means that if the gadgets have this unique structured cable, they line up one-atop-the-other and split out only near the socket, to give a neat finish.

0 Designers: Various

Pour Me Some Light

Pour Me Some Light

Human actions play such a significant role in design; it’s either evident in the form or in the function. In the Pouring Light, the action is evident in the form and is delightfully executed as well! With the motive of giving off “an emotional flow of light”, the lights linger on with a mesmerizing effect thanks to the use of phosphorescence in the “water” part. Yeongwoo suggests the use of LED lights to conserve energy, and my suggestion to him: get this in the market ASAP!

0 Designer: Yeongwoo Kim

Quick Dry For Clothes With Aroma And Breeze!

Quick Dry For Clothes With Aroma And Breeze!

Breeze Racks is a collapsible system of a blower, aroma dispenser, hollow bars and hollow-with-many-holes hangers; intended to dry your laundry faster, on wet rainy days. It works like this; you set up the frame and fit each hollow hanger into the hole cutout on the horizontal bar. The end of the frames fit into the blower which blows out warm air and fragrances. Once the setup is complete you simply hang your freshly washed clothes on the hanger and let the system do its work.

0 Designer: Qin Shuai

Chilling Outside The Window

Chilling Outside The Window

It’s interesting to so how cultural practices can trigger off inspiration to design a product that can be an extension of the same. For instance in India we usually keep pickles on our window sill, to marinate and cook them in the natural heat. Whereas in China, because of their cold conditions, food is kept outside the window to preserve it, plus it frees up the kitchen space. This Chinese practice inspired Frenchman Nicolas Hubert to design the External Refrigerator. A fridge that hangs on the external wall of your home.

0 Designer: Nicolas Hubert

Tug Your Plug

Tug Your Plug

A slight tug on the cord, that’s all it asks for, this Pull Lightly Plug by Choi Hyong-Suk. Why? The obvious reasons…old habit of yanking a plug die hard, so give this one a gentle tug…right till you hear a click…satisfy your sorry cravings and save some wasted standby electricity. From a design point of view – it’s clever because it works around a natural human behavior and doesn’t try to be preachy!

0 Designer: Choi Hyong-Suk

A Very Cubed Kitchen

A Very Cubed Kitchen

The Kit – Cub Kitchen is a very well thought-out plan and covers almost all the basic requirements of a kitchen space. It adopts the cubicle form and houses a fridge, microwave, sink, cutting table, modular storage cabinets, garbage bin and an electrical cooking top. What’s unique about the cabinets is that just below the sink are 2 dedicated as water tanks, one that feeds the sink and the other to collect the gray water. Now if we are careful in using green products for cleaning the dishes, I’m sure the water can be recycled to good use. Tedious labor but very rewarding!

0 Designer: Paul Mauduit

The New Indoor Sun

The New Indoor Sun

The urban landscape makes it difficult for us humans to experience the bliss of natural sunlight at home, thanks to the towering high-rises. So how can we expect our houseplants to flourish or pamper them with the natural goodness of sun? Unless of course, we get sneaky and trap some solar power in the “Solight” and then hood it over the plant; trick it into thinking it’s getting some natural sunshine! Clever idea and no one will know how you manage to keep those plants happy…because you can stash the Solight away when not required!

0 Designer: Lee Ju Won

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

Table On The Wall

Table On The Wall

The scene is this: you need a table but only occasionally and you don’t want it to occupy much space in your home. So how do we do this? Build it into the wall or take the innovative “hang it on the wall” approach? I vote for the latter and hence The Folding Table! It stays on the wall…doubling up as a bulletin board, but when you need it…3 easy steps and it’s a full-fledge table. What’s really cool is that Endrit has designed the wall hooks to function as a coat rack when the table is in use. So thoughtful!

0 Designer: Endrit Hajno

Sweet Fragrance Of Lights

Sweet Fragrance Of Lights

Incense sticks play such an important role in our spiritual life; they exude a sense of wellbeing, peace and calmness when we light them. Keeping this in mind and taking inspiration from their soft glowing tips is the Scent – Incense Stick Mood Lights. A bunch of them charge in a base station and can be placed individually or collectively, as you please. The only way I can think of improvising this, will be to add in a aroma dispenser…making it a total replica of the real thing!

0 Designer: Kyu Hyun Lee & Hae Won Jo

Hanging On The Drying Rack Chair

Hanging On The Drying Rack Chair

This is such a clever idea, especially if you live in a small apartment and need to stash up on multifunctional gear. Here’s Lean, a chair with rails for its back…nothing path breaking so far; but drag it to your radiator and hitch it to lean onto it, and hey! you have a stand to dry your clothes! Super neat and super useful, especially if made with the right kinda materials.

0 Designers: Eunggyu Lee, Junghoon Baek, Sangmin Yoon & Samuel Sari, Seonggeun Chio

This Time The Push-ups Are Not Bras

This Time The Push-ups Are Not Bras

For some odd reason it’s called the Push-up, but there’s nothing indicative to that action, I mean you don’t have to push anything UP! Push- Up is a waste bin, and it’s got this flexible form so I assume it’s made from some kinda rubber or silicone. When the trash piles up half-way, you just gather the mouth of the bin together and compress the contents…pesto…now there’s some more room for some more trash! As for the mouth-of-the-bin, it goes back to the original shape once you release it. Flexible wastebasket eh!

0 Designers: Sung-Hyeun Shin, Jeong-Hoon Cha & Chang-hyeun Lee