The Duga Chair

The Duga Chair

I love this modern take on a traditional form. The curvaceous Duga chair is reminiscent of the classic contours of steam molded Viennese bentwood furniture. It’s familiar shape also takes inspiration from the distinctive tubular curves and wonderful craftsmanship of vintage bicycles, making for a graceful and overall elegant design with a modern touch.

0 Designer: Oleksandr Shestakovych

Perfect Geometric Ice Cubes

Perfect Geometric Ice Cubes

The Lékué ice cube tray creates perfect cubes of ice every time. Inspired by an industrial moulding technique, the cubes are formed at an angle to avoid the need to taper any of the faces. And here I thought ice cube trays couldn’t really evolve to improve any further. These remind me of the cubes used in TRON Legacy. Ice is so beautiful when cut to strict proportionate geometry.

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lékué

Dance to Your Heart Beat

Dance to Your Heart Beat

Heartbeatz is a revolution in wearable visual dance tech. Utilizing infrared reflection technology the device detects the heartbeat of its user and mimics the very movement of the blood in your veins with light via a length of Electro Luminescent wire. When listening to a song with a strong, constant bass rhythm the HeartBeatz will tune and begin to beat in time with it. The conception of Heartbeatz will allow any onlookers to be able to observe this process. When applied to a large crowd amazing patterns of light can appear throughout a club or event.

0 Designer: Michael Skillings & Allan Aikman

Laced with LED

Laced with LED

Tiny little LEDs dotting the inner realm of a lampshade, you can only imagine the mesmerizing effect it’s going to create. The LED Shade Lamp is just this; no bulbs, no holder, but a handful of twinky lights doing their thing. I love the way Peter describes it, “the shade itself becomes the source of light.”

0 Designer: Peter Bristol

The Cleaning Dog Squad

The Cleaning Dog Squad

Before you call PETA, just hear me out. The dogs and pups involved are robotic and no animals were harmed in the making of this concept! Puppy Robotic is a vacuum cleaner consisting of a mommy dog and her litter. The mom acts as the base unit and the four pups are her cleanup crew. True to canine nature, the puppies run amok in a cleaning frenzy and at times chase remote controls or play some music.

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

The Acoustic Alarm

The Acoustic Alarm

If you’re not a morning person and hate the irritating cacophony of most alarm clocks then you’ll appreciate this design by Jamie McMahon. Handcrafted from 2mm thick birch plywood, walnut, and stainless steel, the Acoustic Alarm combines aesthetic rawness and simple string-pluckin’ functionality to gently awaken the user from slumber. The alarm uses a rotational pick to pluck guitar strings and has been designed to allow the user to customize the tone of the alarm to their liking with a simple adjustment of the tuning pegs.

0 Designer: Jamie McMahon

Serpentine Stool

Serpentine Stool

This curvaceous design known as The BCN stool is a collaboration between emerging design team Harry&Camila and established Italian design house Kristalia. The ultra contemporary ergonomic seat, molded from specially designed plastic meant to withstand wear, tear, solvents and heat, is met with natural wooden legs and supporting braces. A nice contrast of modern and traditional that is as sturdy as it is handsome and comfortable.

0 Designer: Studio Harry&Camila

What a Stud

What a Stud

The appropriately named Stud table is simply handsome. Designed for Odesi by Dutch designer Marc Th. van der Voom, Stud is a sharp design sure to fit naturally in both classic and contemporary settings. It’s robust angular legs take inspiration from the classic form of the telescopic tripod, giving it an unusual yet comfortably open stance. Get it here.

0 Designer: Marc Th. van der Voorn

Horseshoe Bedside Lamp

Horseshoe Bedside Lamp

Shaped like the lucky horseshoe, LED Magnetic Night Light is a delightful new look for the bedside lamp. It features a plug that charges up its battery pack, making it a portable light. Power is extended to a USB port at one end to charge up your phone and gadgets. Sleek and devised with clever functionality, I really hope this makes it from concept to stores soon.

0 Designer: Xinhua Ming

Dividing Data

Dividing Data

The 2 – Storage USB Memory Stick is an ideal stick for a person like me, who is so forgetful of what data I store where. The color partitions replicate what a physical partition looks like. One is for personal stuff and the other for work; so simple!

0 Designers: Chung-Ping Lai, Ming-Hong Yeh & Po-Ho Chen

Carbon Fiber Backpacks

Carbon Fiber Backpacks

The new collection of backpacks designed for IDI by Vinaccia Integral Design, combine lightness and strength, thanks to a carbon fiber external skeleton which supports and protect the nylon fabric waterproof and tear resistant interior. There are three pockets, accessible from the exterior without opening the backpack. Inside there is room for a 15-inch laptop plus other compartments for accessories. I’m feeling uber “cyberish” over these. This isn’t your kid’s Jansport.

0 Designer: Integral Studio Vinaccia for IDI - Innovazione Design Italia

Inspire More Making

Inspire More Making

Timeline Tools isn’t your average toolbox. Encased in it’s iconic barn silhouette is a magnetic-mountable camera that tracks the action of it’s tools. Each time a tool is removed and used, the camera captures an image, time-stamps it, and continues compiling until the camera is returned to the toolbox, providing a detailed summary of the construction process from start to finish. Perfect for sharing projects and providing streamlined instruction to visual learners.

0 Designer: Jack Chalkley

Copy Cat

Copy Cat

From boosts in IQ scores to improvements in self esteem,  music is a valuable activity  that can contribute immensely to the development of a child. Copy Cats is an early education tool that brings playtime and learning together in the form of interactive stories, or “cat-tales,” introducing kids to basic music elements such as singing, playing, listening, and even composing. I don’t even think I could resist pushing those cute kitty-cat-buttons.

0 Designer: Robert Zhang