A Little Improvement Goes a Long Way

A Little Improvement Goes a Long Way

Vapen is a simple, yet ingenious improvement on the guide dog harness that incorporates a ball joint socket into the handle of the harness, providing people with visual impairments strengthened communication with their animal and improving ergonomics for their hand. The ball joint socket also allows the  harness to be reassembled into a walking cane, reducing the number of items the user must carry. For further customization the handle and cane are adjustable in length to fit various users and dogs.

0 Designer: Eva Foo

Sustainable Running Shoe

Sustainable Running Shoe

Transition is a “back to basics” sustainably made running shoe that follows the barefoot style principle. Traditional running shoes are made of 52 components. This shoe is only made of 5. By avoiding glues and complex co-moulded parts, components are easily assembled and more importantly, recycled.

0 Designer: Nicholas Couch

The Vein of Life

The Vein of Life

Check out this untitled concept by Kim Joonmin. It’s a vase with a built-in vein that reacts to a living plant by turning red. Not much else to say but it’s gorgeous in simplicity. I totally want one. A very animalistic flower pot if you will.

0 Designer: Kim Joonmin

Leave Your Car at Home

Leave Your Car at Home

CoCy, the brainchild of Robert Nightingale & Adrian Weidmann, is an ingenious smart-service concept that aims to provide users with free transportation & local, ethical, & sustainable businesses with a creative platform to advertise. The lightweight cycles incorporate a gang of innovative features that make locating, reserving, & operating the bike a super easy process for locals & visitors alike. A great system that also has potential to create revenue for both local organizations & international charities.

0 Designers: Robert Nightingale & Adrian Weidmann

Light and Shadow, Minimalist Clock

Light and Shadow, Minimalist Clock

The Pure+Clock by Darren Lin for a.cerco is a beautiful example of raw functionality extrapolated into a visually engaging design. The clean, monochromatic appearance is meant to soothe and go easy on the eyes. The arms cast a shadow on the clock face complimenting the ambient light around the rim. A wonderfully softening effect.

0 Designer: Darren Lin

Handrails That Speak

Handrails That Speak

With their guide stick in one hand and a firm grip on the handrail, the visually challenged rely on instincts while negotiating a flight of stairs. The Safety Dot is a set of braille indents on a handrail, which makes using the stairs an easier task. I love the thoughtful intent and the simple way it can be integrated.

0 Designers: Monocomplex & Jungjoon Hwang

More Than a Cyber Café

More Than a Cyber Café

I’m embarrassed to admit it but I was one of the first people to criticize the concept of cyber cafés and even bet they wouldn’t last. To cut the story short, I had to swallow my words and I’m here to make amends. What we have here is the Biz Café – a concept targeted towards the jet-set workaholics who need gadget ready environments even while relaxing with a cup of coffee.

0 Designers: Youri Hong, Moonhwan Park & Hyoshin Kim

Pulse

Pulse

The beginning stages of wearing a hearing aid can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Pulse is an auditory system aimed at improving this transition by providing interactive activities such as memory games and recording challenges that the entire family can engage in. Pulse uses audio induction loop technology with colorful aid receivers and conical transmitters. Replica aids for non hearing aid wearers offer audible as well as visual positive reinforcement for children who not only hear but see the benefit of wearing the hearing aid.

0 Designer: Simon Smith

Moon Table Isn't Just for Looks

Moon Table Isn’t Just for Looks

The dining table is the hub of family life. The Moon table, inspired by Moon Type (an alternative to braille), was designed to encourage those who are blind or partially sighted to develop workable systems at the dinner table. Aluminum inlays map the essential paths, intersections, and spheres of use at a dining table. The integration of color and material contrast, edge tracking for navigation, and aluminum feet provide feedback when approached with a cane, make Moon 100% compliant with standard way-finding methods.

0 Designers: Various

Bright Humidity

Bright Humidity

The Host Lamp is designed to accommodate a fully integrated passenger appliance, a small humidifier. The principle of the host lamp is very simple – wasted heat energy emitted by the lightbulb is captured and converted to electricity by TGMs(thermo-electric modules) and used to power the humidifier.

0 Designer: Minsung Bae

Sit & Be Enlightened

Sit & Be Enlightened

The Satvic Lounge Series is an expression of pure equilibrium between mind & body, universe & self. Individual materials for each model carry a deep representation of the relationship between the user & their environment, e.g., the raw wood base met with the polycarbonate  seat represent the earth as being the only place a pure soul can be aware of it’s existence. I told you it was deep! The question to ask is not which one you like, but, which one you need.

0 Designer: Karan Singh Gandhi

Gulfstream G550

Gulfstream G550

The ultra-long range Gulfstream G550 gets a seamless interior makeover to enhance the in-flight experience for both passenger and pilot. The leather clad cockpit features ergonomic manual controls and seating as well as the latest in light avionic technology. Passenger areas are spacious and bright, complemented by Gulfstream’s signature oval windows. iPad integration allow users to control all aspects of the cabin including climate, entertainment, and even lighting. I’ll take 2.

0 Designer: Stefan Radev

Naut Your Average Yacht

Naut Your Average Yacht

Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids (kidding!). But seriously, the Bairim luxury-yacht by designer Timon Sager is enough to make you want to leave it all behind and hit the high seas. It’s no-resistance design is hydrodynamically optimized for cutting through rough waters. Below deck, the polished interior is enhanced by advanced comfort features and water-level floor-to-ceiling windows on the port and starboard sides. Gotta love the classic wooden deck that opens to the interior and that center stairway leading to the water.

0 Designer: Timon Sager