InsideNorway at Milan Design Week

InsideNorway at Milan Design Week

From prison-made lamps to barely-there benches, the Norwegians really made their mark at Milan Design Week! Hit the jump to see some of the best from InsideNorway —>

0 Designers: Various

One-hand Washing

One-hand Washing

The Angel Faucet is specifically meant for those folks who have lost an arm. Apparently stats show that folks with this kind of impairment find it difficult towash their hand properly. The sensor-activated tap is integrated with a scrubbing pad that allows you to scrub and clean the single hand effectively.

0 Designers: Yang Shuai, Cui Chengtao, Wang Shuai, Lin Shuo & Liu Shaolu

A Chair with Chilean Soul

A Chair with Chilean Soul

The 2R armchair, which takes name from its bold side pillars, is composed of just two materials: lenga wood and salmon skin upholstery, both native of Chile. This luxurious combination of materials creates a sophisticated and elegant expression against an otherwise minimal frame. Though somewhat fragile looking, the handcrafted process of traditional jointing and precision material bonds make it functionally very strong, stable, and comfortable. 

0 Designer: Javier Ramirez

Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board

That phrase has less relevancy with the advent of digital design tools, but this creative workstation merges the physical scale of the classic designer’s board with the functionality of a tablet into one unit that classic sketchers and digital designers alike will appreciate. Called Voltra, it hearkens back to a time when pencil and paper were solely available, but instead… it’s a stylus and touch screen!

0 Designer: Jameel Kamil

Finally, a stroller tots will love!

Finally, a stroller tots will love!

One problem with current stroller designs is that they do little to appeal to the emotional attachment of the toddlers who ride in them. Most are built around functionalities required by parents, & aesthetics take a back seat. But what’s the point if your kid is miserable riding in it?! After all, happy kids make happy parents! The Strollon stroller taps into the imagination of the child & yet doesn’t sacrifice functionality. It’s so cool you’ll wish you were small enough to ride in it.

0 Designer: Amir Labidi

Visible Warning Lights

Visible Warning Lights

P. L. P of Light or Road Construction Warning Lights are retractable OLED light belts that help cordon off areas on the main road where construction or an accident has occurred. Traffic cones and other warning lights are not as effective as we believe them to be. In order to make sure the workers’ safety is top-notch, this design combines OLED, retractable belt and solar energy.

0 Designers: Various

The Simple Cellphone

The Simple Cellphone

Here is another vintage look at what cellphones can grow to become. Yes, transparent screens are a must and so is the passion for expansive displays. With Google Glasses and other such innovative tech coming around the bend, we have to pause and rethink our perception of communication. Maybe the future of phones will no longer be a candy bar or clamshells. What do you think?

0 Designer: Huang Wei

Doodle-able Table

Doodle-able Table

The Matchbox table was named for its unique resemblance to an old-school matchbox created by its contrasting materials. It merges playfulness with modern elegance in an occasional table you can write on. On one end, raw wood makes a clean surface for placing objects, and on the other is a chalkboard surface for drawing, scribbling ideas, or creating your own unique designs!

0 Designer: Timothybenfurniture

Light Direction In Floods

Light Direction In Floods

The Safety Light is a lighting system that kicks into action once the streets get flooded and are under water. As a thumb rule its safer not to use vehicles during this time, but these lights are meant for those folks who are simply stuck and need to move out of harm’s way. The design combines LED, an H2O battery and traditional Cat Eyes Road Studs.

0 Designers: Various

Custom Color Thread

Custom Color Thread

I hate sewing but if you are the sorts who likes to mend their own clothes then the Line Printer is meant for you. This small device allows the color of sewing-machine thread to be customized to the color of the cloth being worked upon. You may not have the exact color and re-threading the machine is always a hassle; with the Line Printer you get to ‘print’ thread with color on demand.

0 Designers: Various

A Different Kind of Desk Lamp

A Different Kind of Desk Lamp

The Ugol lamp is a simplistic desktop lighting solution with a very creative way of staying upright. Designed to hug any corner, it leverages the table itself as a means of support. Simply position it on any of the four points to direct light where you need it. Without sacrificing brightness, the minimal design’s small footprint leaves the user with more usable space to work.

0 Designer: Yaroslav Misonzhnikov

Ultimate Foosball

Ultimate Foosball

The B99 brings some awesome hi-tech additions to the game of foosball which has gone surprisingly unchanged in design throughout it’s history. It wirelessly syncs with your smartphone to give you training, match statistics or even replays. As added bonus, it features a Bang and Olufsen sound system so you can stream your jock jams while you play! Whether you consider it just a table-top game or a full-fledged sport, it’s easy to appreciate this unique integration.

0 Designer: Michaël Imbert

Refined Crossing

Refined Crossing

The Glass Sign is a solar powered pedestrian crossing that is quite funky. The sign stays mostly off and when a pedestrian needs to use it, they just swipe the signal pole to activate the light. The duration of the signal depends upon the width of the road to be crossed. I love the awesome glow-red-effect the lamp has on for the night.

0 Designer: Almasov Aibek