The Human Signal

The Human Signal

There are times when rescue workers and policemen have to work in darkness or low-light conditions. To make themselves visible and even to the extent of working as a human traffic signal, we have here the Tex-vest concept. The jersey is equipped with LEDs in green, red and yellow, depicting the traffic signal colors. Using specific hand movements the arrows and colors can be manipulated. I like the fact that it is interactive, viable and can help police officers regulate traffic.

0 Designer: Jaka Plešec

Concrete Rubbish Bin

Concrete Rubbish Bin

This project is close to home because I have seen small children rag picking and going through dumps of waste, just to salvage what they can and earn a buck. The conditions are unsanitary and even urbanized cities like Mumbai lack the civic sense of dumping waste in bins. Most often plastic garbage bins get vandalized or stolen, so the concrete Toknee makes perfect sense. It won’t get picked and probably encourage people to segregate and recycle trash, making it safer for the rag pickers to scavenge.

0 Designer: Yash Mevada

Urban Campfire

Urban Campfire

We’re all familiar with campfires, but here’s a clever twist on everyone’s favorite camping pastime. Introducing the LampFire! Composed of 3 independent “torches,” it was designed as a way for urban dwellers or beach lovers to enjoy a campfire-like glow from the comfort of the city. Separated, they can be used as flashlights until you reach your destination and combine them to create your LampFire! Now, if only it could roast marshmallows…

0 Designer: Tom Bendkovski

The Visible Lifesaver

The Visible Lifesaver

Life Light is perfectly visible in low light and night, making it an efficient and practical lifesaver and emergency buoy by the sea. The upside is that it relies on renewable energy sources to keep the LEDs working at night. It even features an LED water battery. So far the flipside are none, except that it’s still a concept. What do you say?

0 Designers: Tso Chu-Hao, Hsiang Hao-Tien & Chuang Tsung-Hua

Primping Up the Lamps

Primping Up the Lamps

Unless you live in a vibrant city like Kula Lumpur, where you have such ornate streetlamps, chances are that you are stuck with drab energy draining streetlamps. Parasite is a Photovoltaic Lamp that parasitically hooks onto existing lamps and scaffoldings, primping the old. The PV cell system is modeled on the system designed by Spectrolab.

0 Designer: Mark Beccaloni

The Outdoor Kitchen

The Outdoor Kitchen

N1 Kitchen System is intended for the outdoors but can be fitted into a compact home. The whole unit just shuts-shop and fits into a storage container for easy transportation. The kitchen features the three basic elements – the sink and prep area, the storage unit and the stove system; keeping it really simple and bare.

0 Designers: Kyle Thacker, Sarah Fung, Maxine Kim, Paul Methot, Xavier Yee & Jesse Kim

Sticks of light save your snowbound night

Sticks of light save your snowbound night

For those about to camp in dangerous or otherwise unsettling environments, remember that you’ve always got LED lamps on your side. In this case is via Kairi Eguchi’s design LET Touch Stick, a device which breaks up into parts for easy carrying and otherwise provides solar-charged sticks of light for safety. These lights are able to stay on all night or blink off and on throughout the night so you can safely be rescued by the forces that be from your long-lost place of snow-bound camp.

0 Designer: Kairi Eguchi

Hand Blown Birdhouse

Hand Blown Birdhouse

The Cui birdhouse rejects traditional forms, blending the unorthodox materials of glass and rope to create an eye-catching and functional sanctuary. Each piece is blown by glass experts at New York’s Corning Museum of Glass and assembled by hand individually.

0 Designer: Adrian Froufe

Large-Scale Modularity

Large-Scale Modularity

Eckbank Ost is a modular seating concept composed of triangular pieces that can be linked together in a variety of ways to form benches, stools, chairs or tables depending on need. Endless combinations, modern shapes and a raw wood aesthetic make it a functional and interesting seating solution that’s adaptable to parks, clubs, restaurants or other places where the number of users can change rapidly.

0 Designer: Prechteck

Not So Tacky Design

Not So Tacky Design

Tack pins are tack-pins: enlarged pinhead and a sharp steel protrusion that holds stuff in order. So why is there a big fuss about this design? Simple, many a nails have been chipped and sacrificed in a bid to remove them from the drawing board; mine included! Easy to Press is a redesign where the drawing pinhead makes it easy to pull out the darn thing. Saves you chipped nails and a whole lot of frustration!

0 Designer: Junwon Yang

Putting Out Flames in Style

Putting Out Flames in Style

One of the greatest pleasures of summer is to find a busted fire hydrant and experience the cooling water spray; simply enjoying the moment. With this proposed new design, taking advantage of a hydrant won’t be so easy thanks to the tamper proof top, which requires a deep socket to operate the valve. Like the design team explains, “The goal was to apply a contemporary and functional design aesthetic, creating a form that would be instantly recognizable.” Well done!

0 Designer: Tangent Design Group

Sexy Manhole Cover

Sexy Manhole Cover

The Fuel Cover is a manhole cover that serves two essential purposes. Primarily it functions as a safety indicator, displaying the methane and noxious gas levels from the ducts running below the road. Secondly it acts as a hub to harness biogas and kinetic energy that can be used by maintenance workers for their equipments, when they require it. As far as innovation, the precautionary feature serves more purpose than the plausible use as a power reserve. No doubt, the cover looks slick!

0 Designers: Wang Yi & Ji Ze

Eco Friendly Buoy

Eco Friendly Buoy

Triton is a self-sustaining buoy that can be rapidly deployed in marina entries and ports for temporary and permanent navigation guidance. The system is eco-friendly using only wind and solar energy. Big hat tip for the design. Huge improvement over current buoys. Who knew they needed to be redesigned? Oh and by the way, it holds the Design Turkey Award. Mmmm hmmm.

0 Designer: Dr. Hakan Gürsu for Designnobis