VW Rescue Rover

VW Rescue Rover

Living by the beach I’ve seen a handful of people be rescued by lifeguards, & I always wonder why the lifeguard system doesn’t invest in a single water-to-land vehicle rather than… take the pickup to the shore, to launch the jet-ski, to swim, & rescue the person. It seems a lot more practical right? Inspired by the 1940s Volkswagen Type 166, designer Sebastian Toddenroth came up with this amphibious Volkswagen Beach Rescue rover to make lifeguards’ jobs a tad easier and rescues a lot quicker.

0 Designer: Sebastian Toddenroth

Audi Electric Bike

Audi Electric Bike

Designer Arash Karimi’s Audi bike is a near perfect fit for the future urban consumer. As the usability of cars within inner cities diminishes and green attitudes become the standard, this electric concept provides a serious glimpse into the future of green transportation with global brand cachet. The bike’s robust frame and minimal styling have all the sophistication you’d expect from a premium automaker. Just be careful not to slide too far forward- ouch!!

0 Designer: Arash Karimi

Mesmerizing Table

Mesmerizing Table

Inspired by the intrigue of optical art, this pair of bespoke Lexham bedside tables plays with both the user’s understanding and vision, creating the illusion that the flat tiered sections are warping. The legs’ use of acute angles creates a forced perspective that further piques the viewer’s interest. Fabricated from Corian, the thermochromic liquid sheets are laser cut to size and shape. The inlay surface is also temperature sensitive, going through the color spectrum from deep red to dark blue as it responds to hot and cold.

0 Designer: Studio801

Weapons of Eating

Weapons of Eating

Check out this gorgeous cutlery set modeled entirely in Solidworks. By far, this is the most dangerous cutlery concept I’ve seen and with good reason too. The designer was inspired by the Japanese katana. I can’t tell if they’re weighted properly but I could definitely see them scaled up to be used for BBQ cookouts. Who’s with me?

0 Designer: Jeff Pinard

Otter Rescue Mission

Otter Rescue Mission

Otter is a personal disaster relief backpack that can be used in both wet (floods) and dry (earthquakes) emergencies. The pack fits in supplies and consists of two quick-sealing storages and a deployable life vest. The highlight here is that you can safely seal in some valuables like documents, jewelry or cash. It may not be in your best interest to actually delay evacuation in order to fill in some valuables, but if things are on the way out, it won’t hurt to stash them in the pack. In the aftermath, your personal belongings can go a long way in keeping the morale up!

0 Designer: Benson Lee

Better Than An Opener!

Better Than An Opener!

Beer buddies of mine never use bottle openers; they always use their teeth. I guess it is more of a macho thing to do…. but chipped teeth don’t suit my style. I think Easy Open can be the saving grace. It’s designed on the lines of a can ring; a quick clip maneuver and the bottle cap pops open. If this thing works then I guess even soda bottles should try it.

0 Designer: Gonglue Jiang

Mixx Up Seating

Mixx Up Seating

Mixx is a simple and unique chair design by Matthias Demacker, characterized by interchangeable upholstered foam seat and back components that make for quick and easy color customization to fit any space.  Affordable and easily replaced cushions also ensure the product’s long lifetime. Mounted on a steel sled, spider, or X-foot base, this versatile design lends itself to a number of uses in the home, office, or dining room.

0 Designer: Matthias Demacker

From Designer's Excess to DIY Shade

From Designer’s Excess to DIY Shade

Designers are constantly creating or making improvements on designs in order to help reduce others’ eco-footprints, but what happens when a designer studies their own usage and excess? The Funoos lamp by designer Roohollah Merrikhpour is one result of a designer looking inward. The designer stripped 6 plastic covers and slide binders from research booklets full of old projects, and then applied the pieces to self-locking straps to create an easy to make, mix-n-match, DIY lamp shade.

0 Designer: Roohollah Merrikhpour

Equestrian Inspired Trike

Equestrian Inspired Trike

The Saddle concept vehicle merges futuristic styling, modern power technology, & equestrian influence into a go-anywhere electric three wheeler designed to tackle the roughest terrain. Inspired by the mobility & connection to nature offered by horse riding, the drivers seating position is much like being on horseback. The trike’s 3 independently controlled swivel wheels are piloted by use of a hemispherical gyroscopic steering mechanism consisting of 3 adjustable discs controlled by the user’s fingers. Saddle up!

0 Designer: Attila Tari

Horticulture Therapy

Horticulture Therapy

Nuum is a planter designed for individuals to explore their restorative possibilities through human and plant interaction. Confused?In a nutshell, it’s a self watering planter. Inspiration came from horticultural therapy. Horticultural therapy involves a therapist assisting their patient in achieving a goal of both emotional and/or physical healing using plants and gardening techniques.

0 Designer: Lavinia Chu

Getting Touchy with Time

Getting Touchy with Time

Apple has really spoilt us silly with their groovy touch interface on phones and digital players. Taking this feel to the next level is designer Arash Karimi with his Wall and Bedside Table Touch Clock. The clock has a one giant App appeal and can be configured and navigated quite intuitively. What makes the design perfect for both wall-mount and bedside table, is the angled display. Sweet!

0 Designer: Arash Karimi

Humble by Design

Humble by Design

I have two printers at home and not one of them as smart as this Humble Home Printer by Tom Peach. For eons printers have got the second-class treatment as computer peripherals; at the most they get jazzed up with colors or integrate some new tech feature. Design-wise they remain boxy as ever! Humble is a refreshing change and given the detailed plans, I’m sure it will be a practical home option.

0 Designer: Tom Peach

Under, From Down Under

Under, From Down Under

I love this new collection of lights and hanging racks by designer Kristian Aus for Aussie brand Under! Completely designed and manufactured in Australia, the collection plays with ideas of exposure and concealment as well as hard lines met with soft light and brilliant colors. The common thread found throughout this diverse collection is that all of the items, however different, are also very playful, inviting both physical contact and contemplation.

0 Designer: Kristian Aus for Under