Based in the beautiful monastic village of Disentis, Switzerland, Simon Jacomet and his team at Zai have established a gloriously understated reputation for designing and crafting the most advanced, high-spec skis in the world. Only 500 pairs are made a year. Innovation – indeed to blaze a trail for the whole skiing industry – has always been at the heart of their mission.
Designer: Simon Jacomet
Two flower pots communicate between a window glass. A green plant that grows in the wild has many stories to tell the pot of exotic flowers. Quietly listen to them speak. Eventually, the two become one through a magnetic force that brings them together. One pot free to breath the air of the outside while the other pot shows off its’ beauty to those who are on the inside.
Designer: Kyung-Eun Oh
The Kite Sailing Kitano Yacht designed by Stefani Krucke introduces kite sailing technology to the leisure sailing yacht class and benefits from the many advantages that technology has to offer. One of them being the constant and stronger wind speeds found at higher altitudes.
Designer: Stefanie Krücke
Inline skating has its merits as a true competitive sport but what’s the next step? What’s the next level? Designer Tay Kian Khuan believes it’s his 720 Skates. Designed for pro competitions, they may look like any other inline skates but the wheels are set on independently rotating gears instead of an inline track.
Designer: Tay Kian Khuan
This artsy design project by Seung-Jin Lee calls for a series of tubes embedded with LEDS floating right on the water’s surface. A computer controller experience then creates magical patterns of light. Okay, somebody like Bjork or Radiohead or Daft Punk needs to get on this ASAP. I can imagine amazing future concerts utilizing this technology.
Designer: Seung-Jin Lee
This guest post on Urban Croquet is by designer Alice Kaiserswerth. When John Jaques made croquet an overnight craze in England 150 years ago, he packaged a game that fit perfectly into the physical and social spaces of the mid 19th Century – casual, fun, social, and played in the spacious gardens of the gentry or any clearing sufficient to install hoops and stakes. The free-wheeling spirit of those formative days of croquet is gone forever. Or is it?
Designer: Alice Kaiserswerth
If I hang a birdfeeder, I want to see birds using it. This double sided birdfeeder designed by Sofie Collin makes both the birds and voyeuristic humans happy. On the veneered side, multiple perches allow any tiny bird to sit and snack on the hanging sack of seeds.
Designer: Sofie Collin
The Color Guard mosquito bed net is the first bed net that has a double-layered sheath preventing mosquitos from biting through the net. Also, each net is dyed a custom color by its owner with a colored insecticide that impregnates the fibers. It’s safe to humans and non toxic to all animals except those pesky insects.
Designer: Eric Burns
Here’s a great way to get kids involved with cleaning up the beach. This toy octopus is missing his 8 legs. You’re supposed to find plastic bottles and screw them on to become his legs. Once you get all 8, he’ll be buoyant enough to float.
Designer: Jaehyung Hong
With too much time on your hands and not a single ice skating rink for 100 miles, you have to resort to alternatives. These ice skates don’t need an icy surface because they actually frozen ice blocks strapped to your feet. Just find any smooth surface and you’re good to go.
Designer: Brit Leissler
Behold the Koncur Stix. As if snowboarders didn’t have enough to carry, here’s yet one more item but it may be well worth it. The Koncur Stix is a telescopic pole that gives you precise readings about the condition of the snow, temperature, and includes a compass, altitude reader, and an emergency whistle.
Designer: Expansion Design
Caterpillar stretcher unit provides ergonomic and time saving transportation. 80% of patients being moved to the hospital by ambulance are not acute cases. They are conscious and aware of what is happening. However carrying a stretcher downstairs, with a 100-kilo person is not a pleasant experience for a patient or the paramedics.
Designer: Morten Wagener