Sounds from Seashells

Sounds from Seashells

Ever been to the beach and picked up a conch and listened to the heavenly sounds of the ocean? The soothing rhythms have such a calming effect and it’s probably this that inspired Apostol Tnokovski to design the Donax Headphones. Fashioned in matte colored plastic in combination with artificial leather, this concept looks smoking hot in black and white. What do you think?

0 Designer: Apostol Tnokovski

Paper Holds Water

Paper Holds Water

The Life is a recycled paper-made water container designed for Milano Expo 2015. The idea is to dissuade people from using plastic bottles and use this one-day-use bottle instead. It’s crafted from natural cotton and recycled paper layer and it doesn’t use any chemical ink or adhesives that are tough to recycle. The handy green cord makes it easy for you to carry it along. Oh, and the proposal does include having water fountains around the expo area so that you can refill it several times during the day.

0 Designer: Andrea Ponti

Gadgets for the Peeper

Gadgets for the Peeper

Sometimes a candid shot is better than a staged one. The Peepster, a USB flash based camera with a timed shutter, began life as a CP+B product accessory for VW’s Routan and then became an all out spy cam under the Duh Technologies umbrella. With Peepster’s small form factor and squid like appendages, he could be anywhere – whether that’s behind a rearview mirror, a mug or in a box – waiting for the perfect shot. And like all things powerful, power can be corrupted — and with Peepster, it’s up to you to use it wisely (though it’s probably more fun not to).

0 Designers: Various

Artificial Living Vehicle

Artificial Living Vehicle

Featured in the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase, the shapely design of the EALO developed as a result of the designer’s question as to what an ideal organisms might look and behave like had it evolved specifically for the urban jungle. This organically shaped concept features a bare skull-like body that will leave you wondering how it’s powered, but housed within each wheel is a reactive electric motor that allows each to operate independently much like a quadrupedal organism.

0 Designers: Various

Breaking Boundaries for the Blind

Breaking Boundaries for the Blind

As someone who’s had a string of eye problems since childhood, I feel incredibly lucky to have my sight and have truly come to appreciate designs that benefit the visually impaired. The G-Navi is an interactive guide dog system that aims to break boundaries & improve the independence & mobility of the sightless. G-Navi combines GPS navigation & a hands-free voice control system as well as vibrating-calibration technology to steer the guide dog to any waypoint the user selects. The pup’s harness even features a solar panel for constant charging. 

0 Designer: Shawn Youndong Kim

Modern-day Gentleman's Tray

Modern-day Gentleman’s Tray

The design team at Hekseskudd re-envisions the classic gentleman’s tray as not just a convenient container for loose change and keys, but one that also caters to the modern user by providing a place to recharge and house electronics like the iPhone and Apple keyboard. 3 configurations of varying size, capacity, and functionality are available in a number of handsome wood finishes for a custom made feel that compliments the heritage of the classic product.

0 Designer: Hekseskudd

Sexy Feet in Fancy Slippers!

Sexy Feet in Fancy Slippers!

The Aero unisex slippers collection is a cross between kitsch and uber functionality that can give your feet a new reason to smile. I love the fact that you can mix and match between two colors and they look reasonably comfortable on paper. All I’m waiting for is the final version to arrive on my doorstep, so that I can head out into the sun…. just me and my sexy looking slippers!

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha

New Meaning to Light Washes

New Meaning to “Light Washes”

Be a sport and just look at the pre-picture and try and guess what this is. If you’ve spied the Electrolux logo and have concluded it’s probably an appliance, you’re right! Indeed it’s a dishwasher combined with a dining table light! The idea is to have a functional light stationed right above the dining table, so that you have easy access to routine dishes like plates and spoons.

0 Designer: Kim Joonmin

No Ticks or Tocks, Just Timeless

No Ticks or Tocks, Just Timeless

Mhin documents time with ambiguity so as to compliment the relaxing atmosphere of the home and aid your free time. In giving a vague approximation (~) of time, Mhin contrasts the specificity and scheduling associated with our daily lives. The unrelenting tick-tock and minute by minute progression is replaced by absolute silence and a slow consistent linear motion. Video after the jump!

0 Designer: James Tobin

LEGO Audio Comic

LEGO Audio Comic

The concept designed by Jonathan Robson is based on a LEGO helmet with a gold space visor. The helmet acts as a headset for listening to the audio for LEGO comics as well as a role-playing toy. Once subscribed to Audio Comic, you’ll receive the LEGO comic through the post with your activation code to download the audio onto a USB brick. Simply slot the brick into the back of the helmet, put it on and enjoy the exciting LEGO Audio comic experience!

0 Designer: Jonathan Robson

Spontaneous Design

Spontaneous Design

This Log Chop Bench is a one-off piece defined by one very unconventional process (to say the least). Designers David Long & Antoine Morris avoided concrete blueprints & lent their ax, log, & minimal sketches to a professional Lumberjill (you heard me) who carved out seat spaces with surgical precision. The rough hollows were then clad in fine, hand-sewn upholstery by a motorcycle saddle maker. A little unorthodox, but pretty damn sexy.

0 Designers: David Long & Antoine Morris

Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Acoustic Poetry is an exploration in the design of  products for deaf culture that focus not only on simple functionality but also offer an emotional connection to the acoustic environment that would otherwise be limited. Through the device, the user broadcasts the sounds of the environment that has sparked their curiosity to an interpreter who then responds with a brief verse describing the atmospheric noises. The result is an enriched connection to both everyday experiences and special occasions.

0 Designer: Michail Vanis

Sculptural Impulse

Sculptural Impulse

The name may leave little to the imagination, but the beauty of the Curved Dovetail Console Table lies in the process. The intricate dovetail joinery and unpredictable curves that highlight this piece were achieved by designer Nico Yektai’s willingness to let spontaneity take over. Using only a rough 3D model for the general shape, Yektai hand-carved the joints, legs, before applying his unique clamp wood-bending process to the supporting structure, yielding a design that blurs the lines between designer and sculptor.

0 Designer: Nico Yektai