Super Flat and Retractable Cord

Super Flat and Retractable Cord

River Cheng a.k.a. Ho-Tzu designed this super-flat retractable extension cord to prevent tangles. The slim structure of the cord is possible thanks to the use of polysiloxane (a silicone polymer). All you need to do is give it a gentle tug, and it’s back to the house. Retractable Tape Cord is a 2010 Red Dot Concept Design Award Winning Project.

0 Designer: Ho-Tzu Cheng

What a Sterile Door!

What a Sterile Door!

Until we can cure common communicable diseases, our best defense is prevention. Door knobs and handles are huge breeding grounds for those microscopic bastards so why not create self-steralizaing door handles? BAM, we’ve got one here for you called wait for it… the Door Handle with Self-Steralization System. Uses UV light to do the dirty work. Simple design and effective. Explains why it won a Red Dot concept award.

0 Designer: Choi Bomi

Shadows and Light, Walls Delight

Shadows and Light, Walls Delight

Now, I know we’ve posted about some 3D wall panels before, but I don’t think any of them were made by a group that specializes in just that – making your walls spectacularly professional in a way that’s so rare you can’t help but look up in awe of it. These are Dimensional Wall Panels by 3DWalldecor. Each of them is modular, easy to apply, and easy to paint. Light and shadows made for fantastical looks and feels.

0 Designer: 3DWalldecor

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

Stainless Steel and Bronze

Stainless Steel and Bronze

Designer Dan McCabe describes his “Two Faced” coffee table as strikingly modern and I totally agree. The juxtaposition between the austere stainless steel and ornate silicon bronze frame is very unique. There’s something creepy about it. Can’t quite put my finger on it but it beckons to be touched. Color me impressed. 16″ H X 52″ W X 20″ D

0 Designer: Dan McCabe

Magic Carp-pet

Magic Carp-pet

I love carp and optical illusions – just a little tidbit about yours truly. The Magic Carp-pet (ha!) is a rug when viewed through a specially designed glass coffee table displays carp majestically swimming across. The technical fx uses the moire phenomenon really effectively. The graphic apparition would fit beautifully in minimalist decor, front and center as it should. Seriously John Leung, can I have one? Speaking of fish, my telescope goldfish once leapt to his death but I never found the body. I blame the dog.

0 Designer: John Leung for ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

Paper Pot…

Paper Pot…

Did you realize that it’s the attention to detail that always makes a difference? Sure you can just have a bunch of paper napkins sitting on the sideboard or hang out a toilet roll in the loo. But if you want your place to look classy and elegant you need to invest in knickknacks like a napkin holder or up-scale tissue box. It need not be an expensive affair; it just needs to be different…like this Paper Pot!

0 Designer: AI Collection [ Buy it Here ]

Slotted Table For Books

Slotted Table For Books

The Exhibi-Table for Library is quite a unique idea, it looks at dividing books and magazines in categories to be exhibited in their own select slot. So basically you can display a lot more books up front and provide space for readers to browse though the collection. I think it will work well in schools and maybe at book exhibitions and stalls.

0 Designers: Lu Chieh-Hua & Cheng Tzu-Hao

Sit On Concrete And Wood

Sit On Concrete And Wood

Bench #13 is the latest in the evolving bench series by Nico Yektai. The asymmetrical treatment of the richly colored Sapele components play against the stark white cast concrete legs. These disparate components are tied together by the hand of the artist as pieces are added on and then sculpted back until they become an essential part of the composition. Not usually my cup of tea but I’ve been really interested in wood and concrete pieces lately.

0 Designer: Nico Yektai

Sumo Sway, Beanbags Are Comfy

Sumo Sway, Beanbags Are Comfy

There’s the trashy looking beanbag that only looks right in a kid’s room or college dorm and then there’s the more sophisticated beanbag that says you’re a little more mature now. That’s why we like Sumo Lounge’s plushy and stuffed offerings. We’ve mentioned them before and they’re back with a new product called the Sway Single and Sway Couple. Both come in microsueded or corduroy shells and the new curved back makes it even more comfortable.

0 Designer: Sumo Lounge (Buy it here $249-$279)

By The Power Of Rings

By The Power Of Rings

The RIMA lamp is an awesome beauty that has what it takes to be artistic and fun. Four controller rings manage the whole show…sliding them left to right or vice versa illuminates the LEDs or switches them off. The heat, intensity, angle of the beam and color are controlled via these rings, however a processor, which detects the position of each single ring, regulates the actions.

0 Designer: Matthias Pinkert

Umbrella Is High On Grass!

Umbrella Is High On Grass!

How I love the double-meaning to this title, but sadly (err, debatable!) the grass referred to here is the sober green variety that grows in your backyard. Awesome idea displayed with the Green Trace project! A flat umbrella stand comes fitted with mesh and some pre-sowed seeds; lean wet umbrellas as suggested and let the water drip down to water em greens. Easy in a jiffy get indoors grass; a green patch out of nowhere! How very organically-kitsch!

0 Designer: Junjie Zhang

The New Logica Shift In Kitchen

The New Logica Shift In Kitchen

Everything on hand, everything tidy in an instant.

This is the mantra behind the newly developed Logica System Kitchen. The back of the layout contains and conceals all the kitchen equipments at whim. The scratch resistance worktop is treated with nanotechnology & the SMEG hob can be camouflaged by using the same glass employed for the worktop.

0 Designer: Gabriele Centazzo