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

Unexpected Light Saber

Unexpected Light Saber

The Scallop Lamp takes obvious inspiration from sea shells and is quite an interesting design. Besides being a floor lamp for ornamental purposes, it doubles up as a flashlight! The top projection detaches to become the handy torch during lights-out. Now that’s what I call really clever designing! It looks chic, has dual purpose and makes total sense!

0 Designer: Kim Ah Ra

Scratching Beneath the Surface

Scratching Beneath the Surface

Hip hop is a rich culture that has deep meaning to those who live it. By interviewing DJs, MCs, B-boys and Graffiti artists involved in the hip hop community, designer Vanessa Chew create a series of table pieces called Scratching Beneath The Surface. It’s energetic and expressive, modern and emotive, just like hip hop.

0 Designer: Vanessa Chew

Hang Your Clothes Here

Hang Your Clothes Here

Conventional clothing racks and hooks all have the same problem. They’re not visually appealing and almost always leave annoying marks and indentations on clothing. The TRUform clothing rack distributes load evenly while supporting clothing leaving knits, jackets, and t-shirts completely unmarred. I like the modern simplicity of the design.

0 Designer: Vishaal Verma for Novo Design

Dust In Design

Dust In Design

Love this project called Snow Dust. Dust is an inevitable reality, one that we usually sweep away in annoyance but this designer chose to embrace it. A series of everyday household objects like a fan, shutters, and lampshade are constructed to a complex geometric pattern designed to collect dust. Something that is supposed to be gross and dirty is suddenly highlighted and transformed into natural art, unpredictable and possibly beautiful.

0 Designer: Olga Kravchenko

Laser Engraved And Woodchuck Approved

Laser Engraved And Woodchuck Approved

It takes a person with true passion for his comic collectables and movie memorabilia to commission a whole display solution worthy of his prized possessions. The Collection Unit is a beautiful wood and steel cabinet designed and built by Flying Cavalries. The surface is intricately laser engraved with details so clear, it’s a little jaw dropping. It’s not our usual cup of tea but I appreciate the workmanship. Image how this looks at night lit up.

0 Designers: Hasan Agar & Kubra Agar for Flying Cavalries