An Urban Oasis

An Urban Oasis

OASIS is a water purifier, air purifier, and humidifier all in one. The idea loosely biomimics how nature cleans, recycles, and balances air and water. Water is naturally filtered into clean drinking water. Whatever you don’t drink is given to the plant which in turn cleans the air and balances humidity. The concept is a bit esoteric but if you break it down to its simplest form, it’s quite clever.

0 Designer: Yura Lee

Tea is Drunk to Forget the Din of the World

Tea is Drunk to Forget the Din of the World

I’ll have what the swan is having. Adam Hammerman presents a strangely elegant take on England’s favorite bit of kitchenware, the teapot. It would be a strange feeling drinking from the mouth of this beautiful animal, but in-between tips we’ve got a wonderful work of art to lay the eyes upon in Tea Time bliss.

0 Designer: Adam Hammerman

Windscreen Wiper Mirror

Windscreen Wiper Mirror

I’m all for the simplest ideas to solve some common problems. Instead of using some toxic glass cleaner to prevent shower steam, why not attach a discarded windshield wiper? It’s not the most elegant solution unless you live in a modern industrial loft. Oh wait! A lot of people live in those and love it too!

0 Designer: Causas Externas Studio

With Enough Power to Light a Small Moon

With Enough Power to Light a Small Moon

Behold! The power of magnetism! With my very own Magnet Light with optional extending components, I will defy all that is sacred in home furnishings by having a bedside light easily accessible in the middle of my Death Star! The fixture’s neck will extend from the very top of the chasm to the center, where I will read a book with only the power of Magnet Light.

0 Designer: Jochem Faudet

It's Tea Time! Sorapot Review

It’s Tea Time! Sorapot Review

It’s here, we got it and have been drinking tea like there’s no tomorrow – Joey Roth’s Sorapot. How excited was I to open such a beautifully packaged teapot! It’s important to note all the packaging materials are 100% recycled. The Sorapot is a modern teapot, with its architectural shape and simple functionality designed to bring the quiet beauty of tea and brewing tea into focus. How well does it perform? Hit the jump for our review.

0 Designer: Joey Roth

Make Dinning Delicacies with Ease

Make Dinning Delicacies with Ease

The Sook Cut is a three-part concept by Adam Brodowski that makes delicious meals out of ingredients you may not know how to combine. The cutting board (Sook Cut) contains a moisture sensor, scale, and electronic tongue to determine what food is being prepped, then sends that information to the Sook Touch to generate a delicious recipe!

0 Designer: Adam Brodowski

It's a Bathub. No it's a Chair. Wait What?

It’s a Bathub. No it’s a Chair. Wait What?

Lounge chairs and bathtubs have one thing in common, people relax in them. Beyond that the similarities end and you wouldn’t think it would be possible to fuse the two but designer Baek-Ki Kim has done just that. Seatub is a concept lounge chair, one that looks like your tub got up, walked thru a “shrink-er-rizer” and relocated in your living room. The inspiration behind it is abstract – the exploration of combining objects with different functions seems as distant as the old adage “apples and oranges”.

0 Designer: Baek-Ki Kim

Cook Top Vesta for the Small, Tight, and Cramped

Cook Top Vesta for the Small, Tight, and Cramped

Matthias Pinkert must have had me in mind when he designed the Cook Top Vesta, one of this year’s entries in the Electrolux design competition. For people constantly on the go, living in apartments where kitchen, living, closet, and sleeping all seem to blend into one. The Cook Top Vesta is a fold down cooking surface. Flip the top up when not in use to access a prep surface. It’ll also read RFID enabled food packaging to a certain proper cook times and even suggest recipes, if say all you got is a box of dry rotini pasta.

0 Designer: Matthias Pinkert

Still Haven't Found the Big Dipper

Still Haven’t Found the Big Dipper

There are a great many lights and chandeliers out there that emulate an explosion of light through glass and lines of refraction.  The Constellation Chandelier from Studio 1 Thousand however, accomplishes this feat through the simple use of LED’s and bent copper stems that array downward from a wrapped base.  Upon closer inspection, the clamps securing the LED clusters might even bring to mind Ingo Mauer’s Zettelz lamps, although this is anything but derivative.

0 Designer: Studio1Thousand

With the Fences Down It Could be Anywhere!

With the Fences Down It Could be Anywhere!

When surround sound started to be pushed by home audio companies, the movie they used to push it with was Jurrasic Park. Hearing the T-Rex roar from all directions was the most excellent experience I’d ever had at a department store, and to my ears, it really did surround the room. But our ears have become more sophisticated in the short time between then and now, and Simon Denzel’s “Mono” is bringing us closer to real professional home surround sound.

0 Designer: Simon Denzel

Hamper is the Washing Machine

Hamper is the Washing Machine

I fail at managing laundry. I have way too many clothes. When I am ready to wash, it’s an all day affair dragging heavy baskets to and from the washer/dryer. I’m not saying I’m too busy or lazy. I just want a simpler solution and I think designer Guopeng Liang is on to something with his iBasket concept.

0 Designer: Guopeng Liang

Trigano Coffee Table, DO WANT!

Trigano Coffee Table, DO WANT!

The Trigano Coffee Table designed by Michael Laut is an architectural piece of modern living for any space. It is made with a large piece of acrylic bent 90 degrees, suspended in place by a wooden brace. The innovative and dramatic design provides for expansive foot-room as well as a striking visual statement.

0 Designer: Michael Laut

Alien Saucer Lands. FRED Humidifier Review

Alien Saucer Lands. FRED Humidifier Review

Living in L.A. means dealing with desert heat and the dry conditions that accompany it. I’ve used a number of humidifiers in the past and tho all performed as expected – they always ended back in the box relegated to the back of a closet. After using the FRED Humidifer by Swizz Style for several weeks, I’ve come to realize why my closet is filled with a bunch of past contenders.

0 Designer: Matti Walker