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

Tap Totally Locked!

Tap Totally Locked!

The Locko is an outdoor water tap meant for installation in gardens and public areas. The concept addresses the need for keeping these faucets secured and locked as unauthorized people may use them. The Locko uses a combination lock system to keep the tap locked and only those who know the combination will be able to use it. This will help prevent water theft (yes this happens!) and wastage.

0 Designers: Arman Emami & Emami Design

The Anywhere Speakers

The Anywhere Speakers

Who can resist speakers that can be carried to all the places you fancy! Yes, the Moktak is not your typical pair of portable outdoor speakers. They are special and can be can be used anywhere; while cycling, hung from a tree…. anywhere! The speakers feature a flexible lead cable with a silicone cover and can bend into any shape. The cable stays in shape and surges power between the two audio outputs.

0 Designer: Soohun Jung

Jellyfish Ahoy!

Jellyfish Ahoy!

I remember gazing at the jellyfish with utter amazement in Hong Kong’s Ocean Park aquarium. Little did I know that their sting can be so painful and apparently some species’ sting can actually prove fatal for humans! I love the ocean and shudder to think how would it feel to get stung. The Ocean Guard is a series of buoys that use ultra-low frequency sound waves to prevent jellyfish from entering certain areas. It is a safer way to keep them at bay, without harming them. Peaceful co-existence I suppose.

0 Designers: Various

Beautifying The Trash Can

Beautifying The Trash Can

I love the clever and simplistic way the Florus functions. It hides unsightly trashcans and at the same time provides a bed for pretty flowers to thrive and bloom. What is even cooler is the fact that it keeps the trash covered behind a metal door, thus flies and roaches can stay away. Crafted from stainless steel, powder coated and painted, you can keep the trash door locked too!

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio