My designer friends are going to appreciate the ‘0 Point Ruler’, one that gives you the flexibility to start point zero from wherever you like. The ruler is basically a pressure-sensitive touchscreen strip that has digital markings. It tanks up juice via a few good swirls around your finger and is easy to use. I love it for its innovative streak and peaceful marriage of technology.
The PFD by Sanu K R is designed to be almost unrecognizable as a life preserver. The device looks more like a stylish bag strap or necklace but inflate it and you’ve got a functional floaty that holds the wearer upright in the water to facilitate proper breathing. To inflate, simply pull the chain the break the lock- if you do wear it as a necklace just be careful not to snag it on anything!
Designer: Sanu K R
Duo is an innovative tap mixer with two functional spouts. The downward pour is ideal for hand washing and the upward stream, for brushing teeth. I can even squeeze in washing face and gulping a sip of water to the list but that’s about it. What I really like is the flexibility offered without adding confusion to how the tap operates. Hot, cold, up and down…all done intuitively.
Designer: Daniel So
Quit simply, the Corner Ladder is amazing. One of those products with pure genius behind the design. Using a number of simple yet precise folding techniques, the ladder collapses to just a fraction of its size when unfolded, taking up much less room than most cumbersome ladder designs. I’ll say it again- GENIUS! Hit the jump to see it in action!
Designer: Company & Company Design Studio
Made from a singular piece in multiple materials and various colors, each Bliss table is produced by genuine craftsmanship and can be customized to be modest and subtle or loud and extravagant depending on the user’s taste. The center features an interchangeable, modular unit that further its versatility and make it adaptable to any occasion.
Designer: John Stangdell
Inspired by the wildlife of the African savannah, the GIFU lamp series is as lovable as it is super-functional as a space saving design. Each lamp arrives flat-packed, but unfold it to reveal an adorable animalian form. The clever design makes the most of each component with the wiring resembling a tail and the bulb resembling a trunk!
Designer: María del Pilar Velasco & Pau Stephens
Sagging skin, weak eyesight and aging bones are not my primary concerns for old-age. I am more curious to know if technology advancements will match my expectations. However the reality is that, as we age from this present moment, we will always be in sync with technology and its latest developments. But will the stuff that we take for granted, like a walking stick, broom or pen, keep up with our future demands? Here is a lineup of five designs that hope to make our old-age as comfortable as possible. Let me know what you think of them…
Chaos theory rules as I try and come to grips with the traditional connotations of the After Image Floor Lamp. Modelled on the mesmerizing ember effects of a fire going out in the dead of the night, red wires in an organized chaotic fashion, wrap around the modular frame of this lamp. To quote Monocomplex, the design was inspired from the scene of mouse fire play; ‘Jui-bool-no-ri , which is one of Korea’s traditional customs. If you ask me, it’s a whole lot of wires and bulbs in a symbiotic relationship!
Todays‘ technologies tend to convey security and confidence rather than functional transparency. It is strongly connected to mechanisms of faith and religion. Current societies particularly those bound by faith traditions, like Catholicism or Islam, have failed to adapt to a modern understanding. Despite the observed secularisation, there seems to be a general urge to individually define religion. Hence, we are not facing the extinction of religion, but its transformation.
Designer: Lukas Franciszkiewicz
Here is a design that is sure to touch the hearts of most people! Inspired by his own compassion for abandoned animals, designer Gyeongwan Koo created the design as an effort to give temporary shelter to cats, dogs or even birds that need it. Simply push the pre-cut U and O shapes, fold, and voila!
Designer: Gyeongwan Koo
GP Toilet is a pathology-enabled toilet system that analyzes your urine and gives you a detailed diagnostic report on it. It works pretty simple, when you need an analysis done; a nozzle sprouts out and takes samples while you do your job. A quick investigation and the reports are displayed onto the integrated screen. I see the value of such toilet bowls in hospitals and homes where frequent monitoring is required on a weekly, if not daily basis.
The Embrace electric shaver is unlike any you’ve seen before. The ergonomic design positions itself in the users hand to create tactile feedback and enhanced pressure sensitivity, decreasing the overall negative impact repeated shaving has on the skin. An adjustable sensor also measures the smoothness of the area so the perfect shave is achieved each time.
Designer: Marco van Leeuwen