Illy Stays Chilly

Illy Stays Chilly

Drinking an espresso has never become more and more enjoyable as time goes on for you, has it? The first, second, and third sips are always the best because eventually your ice cubes melt. Then there is the dreaded: diluted drink! But wow have I got a doozy to be showing you. You know it’s the icecube’s fault that the drink got all watery. So it’s time to change the icecube. Presenting the espresso ice machine for Illy brand! Oh so lovely.

0 Designer: Chapps Malina in collaboration with Fahrenheit 212

Don’t Fear The Middle Seat

Don’t Fear The Middle Seat

The seat diners dread the most is the uncomfortable center place, right where two tables join. Murphy’s Law comes into action and invariably one table is slightly taller than the other, causing an up-down situation! With the dedicated Plate For People Who Sit Between Two Tables, I’m sure we can tackle the awkward scene, and just for the novelty of eating off this cool plate, I’m willing to sit in the middle!

0 Designer: Shira Nahon

Dancing Vases

Dancing Vases

I like these vases. They are an exploration of the latest laser sintering technology and illicit childhood memories of spinning tops. Each of the 5 vases is a snapshot of a top from the point of spin to a wobbling stand still. I love the design and what it stands for. They’re currently on exhibition at the London Design Festival but I’m crossing my fingers that these will go into production.

0 Designer: Robin van Hontem

Another Glass of Bombay 2009

Another Glass of Bombay 2009

Oh you’re empty? Perhaps you’d like another sip. A few weeks ago we published the finalists for the 2009 Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition. After you look at that again, come back and take a peek at these followup videos of the big time event at the London Design Festival!

0 Designer: Bombay Sapphire

Glasses That Don’t Tipple

Glasses That Don’t Tipple

Downing those umpteen shots of Vodka or Tequila, you may tipple over my friend, but these Cordial Glasses won’t topple! Tipple-Topple; get it? Tip-less Cordial Glasses are clever coz they got an indent at their bottom that fit snugly into the bobs in their ceramic tray. Six glasses to a tray that won’t tip, but if you drop ‘em, they do go crash!

0 Designer: Scott Denison

10 Designs for Kitty, Puppy, Fishy, and Birdy

10 Designs for Kitty, Puppy, Fishy, and Birdy

Everybody loves puppies! And if they don’t, they’re terrible! What this post is all about is the people who are completely devoted to bringing their entire life into the future, the design-conscious future! One that includes not only us humanoids, but out pets too! This is today’s top 10!

0 Designer: Pet Lovers Galore

Now You See Chess, Now You Don't!

Now You See Chess, Now You Don’t!

So you’re on a road trip, right? You stop at your friendly “Everywhere America” restaurant and order a burger or a taco, and you sit down (with your travel buddy) and think, gosh, now I’m going to eat this food and we’ll have to just go again, without any chess at all. You want to play chess! But bringing a chess board in to a fast food restaurant is so awkward! What do you need? A Mirage.

0 Designer: Pengtao Yu

Ok I Hear Jackie Gleason - DONT MOVE!

Ok I Hear Jackie Gleason – DONT MOVE!

The product you see before you is called the “Human Antenna.” Before I explain how it works, an anecdote shall soften the blow: Today, ironically, my Uncle J said to me “did I ever tell you how my first job was as a channel changer?” – his dad’s channel changer. And not only that, his dad’s antenna too. The same concept is here, but with radio, and it’s the whole point, not just the malfunction!

0 Designer: Florian Kräutli

These Beats No Trash

These Beats No Trash

Made of just oak and steel! This Modern Marvel shall amuse and astound you! You’ve got to see it! And perhaps even some day own it. If you dare. But I can’t help you with that you’ll have to contact the musician: designer Dominic Wilcox. And when you talk to him, tell him I said he should program in the Beastie Boys.

Something ironic.

0 Designer: Dominic Wilcox

Coffee Cup Plant

Coffee Cup Plant

Y in Cup is a project that has good intentions. It wants you to re-use your disposable coffee cup (yes the Starbucks variety) to grow more plants. I mean tiny plants that can dot your home, office or wherever. A combo of seed and fertilizer disk comes attached to the bottom of the Y Cup; simply tear open the package and empty the contents in the rinsed out cup. Add some soil from your backyard and you’re good to go.

0 Designer: Joon Kim

Vintage Nixie Tubes That Tell Time

Vintage Nixie Tubes That Tell Time

Scores of you are going to drool over this unique time-telling machine! Called the Nixie Concrete Clock, its full-on retro with shiny orange Nixie tubes in a reinforced rough concrete body and can be wall mounted as well. Inspired by the vintage Z560M Nixie tubes, used in former East-Germany, this one’s got 6 different tubes that keep you occupied with its shimmy looks and time telling techniques. Check out the movies on the Nixie Concrete website and learn more on this fully functioning prototype.

0 Designer: Daniel Kurth

Not Your Mother's Wicker

Not Your Mother’s Wicker

The Chaise Vari pays homage to itinerant weavers in Mexico City whom you can catch creating one of a kind pieces using old school blacksmithing and weaving techniques. The Chaise Vari takes the skills to new levels; more robust and aggressive using modern materials like steel and PVC cords in a variety of colors. Each piece is handmade and fits nicely in any modern decor, definitely not your mother’s wicker. The Chaise Vari is just one part of an exhibition at the Galería Mexicana de Diseño called Exploraciones. Check it out.

0 Designer: Studio Esrawe

Decorating The Roof

Decorating The Roof

Our roofs are oft left neglected coz most of us don’t have green thumbs to transform them into roof gardens. If the inclination is there, then these modular pots called Natural Protector can come in quite handy. What they do is they open up on all four sides to form a waterproof layout-base for growing plants. A network of these opened-up pots on your rooftop plus a couple of fancy seedlings, and you’re good to go.

0 Designer: Kyoungho Ha