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

Hanging Towel Dryer Hits a Raw Nerve

Hanging Towel Dryer Hits a Raw Nerve

I have had so many fights with my husband and kids over wet towels. I mean, how much time does it take to go and hang out your wet used towel for drying? Less than Five Minutes! But No Sireez, they just won’t listen; they heap it up on the bed, floor; worse keep it wet n hanging in the loo. It’s for me to dry those stinky pieces! Wish I had a genie manufacture this Hanging Towel Dryer, which is shaped like a bathroom clothes rail, but is actually an air drier.

0 Designer: Seung Jun Jeong

Because I Like Fresh Air

Because I Like Fresh Air

Plants still do a much better job at sequestering carbon into oxygen than anything else. They naturally filter the air too and that’s why our green friends are a-okay with me. Problem is my green thumb is cursed. I can’t even keep a cactus alive. The O2 air purifier takes the pain out of the game. Place your potted plant on the O2 and water as usual. Excess water is evaporated and the system accelerates the process of photosynthesis, not to mention keeps tabs on our green friends so you’ll always know when they need water.

0 Designer: Tian Lingrui

NYC Helmet, I'm Giddy With Excitement

NYC Helmet, I’m Giddy With Excitement

Commissioned by the city of New York, the NYC Bike Helmet is designed with every rider, every season and a greener environment in mind. The modular system has a protective polystyrene inner shell and a soft fabric outer cover with integrated straps. Each owner can customize and personalize the outer cover, which easily separates from the protective shell for better storage and cleaning.

0 Designers: Yves Béhar, Josh Morenstein, Nick Cronan, Matt Swinton, & Giuseppe Della Salle of fuseproject

A Bit of a Turtle Shell

A Bit of a Turtle Shell

That’s all you need for the most naturally ninja-tastic backpack you’re ever gonna own. Straight from Shenkar College of engineering and design in Tel Aviv, Israel, here’s Davidi Galid’s “Meiosis.” Three dimensional polygons galore in a grid system that screams naturalistic and it’s probably really really safe on the inside.

0 Designer: Davidi Galid

Hangin On An Arrow

Hangin On An Arrow

I totally agree with Long Tran when he says that we need to creatively organize our mess. There’s really nothing artistic about clothes strewn all over your house. So, if you’re figuring out a way to manage clothes in a cool stylish way, then the Arrow Hanger is the answer for you. The shaft of the arrow slings out when you want to hang many clothes from hangers, but if it’s just a hat or a coat, you can leave the shaft up. Besides the functional aspect, me thinks it’s smart enough to be up on any wall!

0 Designer: Gustav Hallen For Design House Stockholm

Revolution with Knives

Revolution with Knives

You say you only want a single knife now, well, you know: we all want to save on packaging. So, so, then, what we’ve got to do is cut down! And that’s exactly what we’re going to do with designer Aaron Root’s singular knifes concept! You say you only want a few of those knives out of that giant block they sell? How about buying one knife at a time in its own block, each block connectable to the next? Neat!

0 Designer: Aaron Root