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

Carbon Fiber Stone

Carbon Fiber Stone

Applied perfectly to this ultra-contemporary garden setting, Peter Donders’ creative seating designs, the C Bench and Stone, instantly command a strong visual attraction. Each uses a single strand of carbon fiber twisted around a mold. When the mold is removed the resulting structure is organic and airy in aesthetic yet incredibly strong. They’re a surprising solution for both indoor/outdoor seating and exceptional for defining a variety of modern spaces.

0 Designer: Peter Donders

A Green Solution for City Self Sufficiency

A Green Solution for City Self Sufficiency

Set in the distant future, this large-scale urban farming concept called Greenbelt aims to provide cities with a way to utilize their own resourcefulness rather than depend on costly imported goods. The Greenbelt actually surrounds the city, using vertical, space-saving structures to support aquapronics (fish farming combined with soil free growing). Water is led to a hydroponic system where by-products from the fish are filtered out by plants as vital nutrients. Cleansed water is then recirculated back to the fish and the process continues.

0 Designer: Jonas Di Lorenzo

Backyard Beehive

Backyard Beehive

The alarming decline in honey bee populations has gotten a great deal of attention in recent years and this has translated into numerous products to curb the odd disappearance. Rowan Dunford’s Urban Beehive represents a modern take on the traditional hive that will appeal to contemporary home environments. The lightweight, stackable, and flat-pack-ready design has a simple and understated aesthetic. With straightforward setup and operation, the casual beekeeper can be up-and-running in no time.

0 Designer: Rowan Dunford

One tube of work for anywhere

One tube of work for anywhere

If you’re in need of a container that brings physical writing instruments, note paper, and a fully functional nighttime light, you’ll want to take a peek at ODO. The design team at “Generally and Especially” have for you a conglomeration of tools contained in a simple tube made of high-quality materials. Not just physical writing comes to you in this high-tech-minded futuristic present of ours, but a solar-powered light, too!

0 Designer: Generally and Especially

Crutch as a lamp held aloft

Crutch as a lamp held aloft

It would appear that the way to lead with light might soon be by way of crutch – at least that’s how the designers behind the Leader would have it. The full name of these devices is “Leader Outdoor Crutches” and their designers, Cathy Wen and Linxi Lee, have made it clear that there will be no more darkness on the trail as long as they’re at the head of the pack.

0 Designers: Cathy Wen and Linxi Lee

Rock Paper Matchstick

Rock Paper Matchstick

The Traveler’s Paper Kit is an amazing basic survival kit for travelers where ready tools are available and crafted from a sheet of paper. Folded into a pocket book-style sheet, the kit includes a waste basket, a solar compass (with a northern star chart on the reverse side) for finding north, a position maker (for retracing one’s steps later), a reflective card (that can function as a distress signal), a finger-pressure therapy chart (for alleviating bodily pains through traditional Oriental palm-stimulation methods), a matchstick, and a cup.

0 Designers: Various

Hot Outdoor Lunch

Hot Outdoor Lunch

The Green Cooker is an outdoor cooking appliance that utilizes Solar panels and water for it’s functioning. Design-wise it features a flat retractable cooking panel that allows you to conveniently cook food while camping. It folds up to a column size and makes perfect sense as a portable appliance. Although working details are sketchy, it doesn’t take away the fact that the cooker can become a clever addition to any camp-supply system.

0 Designer: Shou-Yang Huang

Avoiding The Drench

Avoiding The Drench

Imagine getting soaked by a car-splash, on your way to work or an important meeting. I’ve been through it one too many times thanks to the heavy monsoons my city experiences. The Rain Shield offers a shield-like umbrella and is crafted with a single curved steel wire and a telescopic rod. It has no pointed ends or sharp edges, and it won’t blow inside out in windy conditions. Sounds too good to be true!

0 Designers: Lin Min-Wei & Liu Li-Hsiang

Snowboard wrist armor delight

Snowboard wrist armor delight

Designer Navik Lal presents a fabulous new look at the protection of the wrists of the hardcore snowboarder. This is Morph Armour, made to create a protective barrier around your wrist while you retain near-full mobility throughout your arms so you can continue to be the sports beast you know you can be. This solution takes on what Lal notes is one of the most common mishaps in the snowboarding world, making the 88% of the snowboarding population think twice about how much of a hinderance safety has to be.

0 Designer: Navik Lal

Foreign Coins Get A Good Purpose

Foreign Coins Get A Good Purpose

My recent travels took me to Milan, Singapore and Dubai and I totally get how annoying loose change can be. They are a big amount if I convert them to the Indian Rupee but petty to spend otherwise, and no money exchanger will convert it for me. The Add Up is a concept that addresses this desperate scenario that most foreign travelers are faced with. The exchange box takes in your foreign coins and converts the amount to your domestic currency. This amount can be then transferred to your phone account as a credit or added as Skype points.

0 Designers: Fan Cheng Kuei, Deng Pei Chih & Hsieh Tsai Ni