Cats Love Modern Design Too

Cats Love Modern Design Too

My friend has a cat. The cat has a scratching post. It looks like a stick wrapped in twine. The cat uses it but my friend keeps it tucked away in the corner of his living room because it’s fugly. Nobody got time for that. That’s why I’m excited to see our pal James Owen has put his Leo cat scratching post up on Kickstarter!

0 Designer: James Owen, Kickstarter

The Printable Prosthetic

The Printable Prosthetic

Printhesis started as a project to develop a new prosthetic limb for one girl but resulted in a revolutionary design that’s made more affordable and available thanks to 3D printing. Noticing that the girl had replaced her expensive, heavy fiberglass/titanium limb with simplistic pliers because it was lighter and faster to use,  designer Roel Deden recreated the functionality in a cheaper printable solution with the same ergonomics and modularity of her original prosthesis. The price savings? Over $8000!

0 Designer: Roel Deden

Remember This?!

Remember This?!

Another intriguing design by Stephan Siepermann, the Locky series is a clever twist on a familiar fragment that’s presented in a different and surprising material for a fresh look that’s all its own. The iconic industrial locker from our school days is reborn in handsome solid oak wood with a wooden padlock to match. No longer for books and backpacks, it makes for an ideal entryway coatrack or wardrobe. It also achieves the ever-elusive “warm” industrial aesthetic opposed to its stark metal counterparts. 

0 Designer: Stephan Siepermann

Never out of Power

Never out of Power

Say hello to complete power in your hands! Power to recharge your dead phone … resurrect it from the clutches of cables, power outlets, charging docks and battery backups, when on the go. The Crank Case is quite a delectable concept, it allows you to hand-crank charge your phone when it goes dead to the world! Murphy’s Law says that you can expect it to be at a time when you need it the most. So this handy case works for the best!

0 Designer: Lucid Design

The Angel of Seating

The Angel of Seating

The Halo stool is so named not only for its halo-shaped base, but also for its will-intentioned design that focuses on local production as well as material and cost efficiency. The simplistic parts are machined from a sheet of 26mm plywood using a programable router, keeping man-handling to a minimum. With the top of the seat derived from the halo-shaped base support, optimum use of material is achieved. Near-flat-pack ready, it’s as easy to transport and ship as it is to assemble and disassemble with a few standard screws!

0 Designer: Bradley Fraser

The Do-It-All Drone

The Do-It-All Drone

Until now, few flying drones have explored merging functionalities, leaving users with only options specific to a singular need. For economic and functional sensibility, The MOD Drone utilizes a modular system of 3 interchangeable units, each with a distinct purpose. One has RGB cameras with infrared sensors to monitor agriculture (ground hydration/conditions), another with a NanoSAR sensor to precisely calculate distances for cartography or natural disaster impact, and the last with gimbal-stabilized cameras to inspect structures and construction.

0 Designer: Manuel Alberto Duarte Soares

Looking Big

Looking Big

There are plenty of magnifying glasses out in the market and we really don’t need another one to join the bandwagon. By adding an unique functionality that differentiates it from the rest, the Scanning and Share – Magnifying Glass forces us to give it a second glance. The design is simple … magnifying glass, but the handle doubles up as a projector that scans and beams the portion placed under the glass.

0 Designers: Xuefei Liu, Di Fang, Chengcheng Gu and Desheng Si

Meet Mr. Knox

Meet Mr. Knox

It’s a clever cabinet and funny translation of an iconic steel safe into a smart and playful wooden piece of furniture! The CNC cut gears fit together perfectly to enable the closing system to work exactly like the steel example. It’s even delivered with a 99.9% pure oak “gold bar.” Own it here!

0 Designer: Stephan Siepermann

Surreal 2D / 3D Manipulations

Surreal 2D / 3D Manipulations

SpaceTop is a technological and design elucidation that merges 2D and spatial 3D interactions into a single desktop workspace. Extending the traditional desktop interface with the use of interaction technology and visualization techniques, transitioning between 2D and 3D manipulations is a breeze. SpaceTop allows users to type, click, draw in 2D, and directly manipulate interface elements that float in the 3D space above the keyboard.

0 Designers: Jinha Lee, Alex Olwal, Hiroshi Ishii, and Cati Boulanger

As If Bonsais Couldn't Be More Beautiful

As If Bonsais Couldn’t Be More Beautiful

The Kasokudo Bonsai Planter is a stunning fusion of form and function that’s only made better when it becomes home to a living sculpture. Referencing speed forms and manufacturing processes in automotive design, the piece juxtaposes movement applied to what is usually a peacefully static object. It implies acceleration but effortlessly floats to house the bonsai, evoking a perfect balance of dynamic harmony. Made to order so hit up the designer for yours!

0 Designer: Adrian Magu

Next-Gen Neck Support

Next-Gen Neck Support

One look at Handsome’s modern Neck Brace design and its focus is on lightness and discretion becomes apparent. While neck braces are the simplest solution for stabilizing the head, they’re often the most obvious and cumbersome. To combat this problem, the new design utilizes an open and lightweight nylon structure weighing in at just 80 grams. It not only feels cooler but is more comfortable by placing the weight of the head on the sternum rather than the collarbone.

0 Designer: Handsome Ltd

Precision Scissors

Precision Scissors

This is a design that makes you say DUH! They’re called Prescissors (Precision Scissors). Quite simply, the design combines the functionality of a ruler with classic scissors into one unit that gives you precise slices with every cut! Measurements start at zero where the first cut begins, so you can easily see and control how far you go. Duh!

0 Designer: RAEES PK

Tubular Table with a Twist

Tubular Table with a Twist

Cole Holyoake’s Mykel Table achieves its unique, sculptural character through an unorthodox arrangement of its three tubular legs. Each is bent by hand to provide cantilevered support, undertaking the duty of its right hand neighbor. Although it defies the laws of stability, it maintains a contemporary aesthetic that’s sure to be a conversation starter. Vid after the jump!

0 Designer: Cole Holyoake