Flowering Fountain

Flowering Fountain

The Daffodil Fountain serves as both a sculptural element and refreshing water source in a variety of public spaces. The petal-inspired design functions as a drain for the water, but also creates a way to generate revenue. Made of cost-efficient fiberglass, the petals can be changed regularly to promote local artists or generate income from sponsored advertisers. Aside from having a positive aesthetic impact, the design is a hygienic way to quench your thirst, thanks to its activating foot pedals.

0 Designer: Jessica Carver

Berlin's Water Enhanced Tempelhof

Berlin’s Water Enhanced Tempelhof

The W.E.T. system harnesses solar energy and H20 to enhance public spaces. As it rains, the design collects water used for cleaning & fire emergencies. Excess water is kept in an underground collection tank where it is then dispersed through misters to keep the public cool on hot days. On especially rainy days, extra water is used to supplement the surrounding irrigation. On top of the beacon, a solar panel collects the sun’s energy to power lighting at the foot & top of the system that keeps the area illuminated at night.

0 Designers: Various

High-rise Escape

High-rise Escape

It is a situation that you never want to get stuck in, but should the need arise, then hopefully this Fire Alarm and Escape Box for High-rise Building will bail you out. Essentially this box integrates escape equipment for high floors and places it next to the windows and enclosure wall at each floor. The system is equipped with cloud alarm system, fire extinguishers, Descending Escape Vest DEV and the Extension Breathing Space Hood EBSH. The intuitive use of the graphics guide facilitates fast, simple and safe escape process.

0 Designers: Cheng-Ming Wang & Cheng-Yu Tsai

Underground Bin

Underground Bin

The KUKI-BIN satisfies our inherent urge to kick things around. It’s a garbage bin that is placed underground, allowing you to not only thrown rubbish into the pit but also kick stuff in for a good measure. It basically just makes the act of cleaning your streets a bit more playful and even encouraging the kids to participate. Love It!

0 Designers: Tsewang Gensapa & Mun Kim

Hide your ugly AC unit!

Hide your ugly AC unit!

Designers Daniel LiCalzi & Paul Genberg got sick of looking at all of the ugly air conditioners sticking out of people’s windows in the summer, so they’ve created this clever cover that gives the unit a makeover! Babilawn, inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, allows the user to express their own personal style in the form of a mini lawn fit with a tiny white picket fence, daisies, and even a garden gnome! It instantly turns an eye sore into an adorable window ornament!

0 Designers: Daniel LiCalzi & Paul Genberg

Obvious TAXI Station

Obvious TAXI Station

How about a taxi stand that offers a waiting lounge, office space, personal cabins for drivers, lavatory, changing room, storage area, kitchen and resting area! Sounds utopia but plausible, thanks to the universal language and modern architecture incorporated. Electrical and lighting systems are assembled within the installation floor, which is hidden, between ceiling and the roof. Moreover a system is in place to collect rainwater and use it within the infrastructure. Very Impressive!

0 Designer: Hakan Gürsu

Xtreme Sports Cam

Xtreme Sports Cam

For those who like to push themselves to the limits, there is no greater moment of glory when they reach the summit, catch that spectacular wave or climb the extremely difficult rock face. Extreme sports thrill but capturing the action from the doer’s perspective gets easier with the Lobster-x Wearable Camera for Extreme Sports. The design features a rolling band in camera construction, which the user can fasten on any part of their body such as head, arm or ankle. Flexible hinges let you feel comfortable wearing it.

0 Designer: Soohun Jung

Fiber Logic

Fiber Logic

Proposed for NYC’s historical Battery Park, the ALIS bench serves as both commodity and art. Lightweight & durable, the ergonomic sections are constructed through the process of renewable resource plastic injection molding, common in the structuring of urban playground equipment. Using unique “fiber logic” reinforcement, ALIS efficiently redistributes external forces through its composite skin system. As night falls, each section illuminates from within to reveal a beautiful web of the fibrous internal strands.

0 Designers: Various

Streamlining The Traffic Signal

Streamlining The Traffic Signal

Kayseri is a culturally rich city, located in the heart of Turkey. Commissioned by the municipality, Art Lebedev Studio has developed this modular traffic light design for them. As a scaled down version, this compact light fits perfectly in a progressive atmosphere. As a key innovative feature, the bottom display features text backing up the main color signals.

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

Stealth Pavillion

Stealth Pavillion

The Stealth Pavillion is based on the concept of heterotopia, which describes spaces of “otherness” that are neither here nor there, simultaneously physical & mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror. To express this complexity, the exterior of the design takes inspiration from the radar-reflective form of the F-117 Stealth fighter. The simple, warm wooden interior with fire-pit contrasts this to create a feeling of isolation despite the pavilion being open-aired.

0 Designer: Paul Segers

Bird Feeder, Sofas And More…

Bird Feeder, Sofas And More…

Polish designer Jan Kochański showcased his studio projects to us and we simply loved his unique take on furniture and product design. I loved the simple yet artistically developed Fiu Fiu bird feeder and the MobiUse – mass use mobile chairs made from paper pulp. Hit the jump to experience some innovative and thought provoking projects.

0 Designer: Jan Kochański

We Need This Parking Meter NOW!

We Need This Parking Meter NOW!

It can’t get sexier and easier than the PARKd! Here is a parking meter concept that is easy to operate and simply brilliant. The ensuing video is good enough to explain how it works, but very briefly, the meter accepts credit cards, coins and even syncs with a payment app on a smartphone. Simply key in your time, pay the fare and swiftly get a receipt.

0 Designer: DCA Design International

Bed And Boat

Bed And Boat

Nest is a very playful air mattress that transforms into a zippy boat by manipulating the internal hooks. I love the visual delight that the network of red ropes and spring hooks conjure. They allow NEST’s internal structure to be changed and this can be done intuitively. You can hook and unhook ropes without needing to touch them directly; for the air mattress just manipulate the spring hooks while fewer hooks are needed for the boat. Ahoy captain!

0 Designers: Jeho Yoon & Yifan Zhang