What a Sterile Door!

What a Sterile Door!

Until we can cure common communicable diseases, our best defense is prevention. Door knobs and handles are huge breeding grounds for those microscopic bastards so why not create self-steralizaing door handles? BAM, we’ve got one here for you called wait for it… the Door Handle with Self-Steralization System. Uses UV light to do the dirty work. Simple design and effective. Explains why it won a Red Dot concept award.

0 Designer: Choi Bomi

Hanging on a FOLD

Hanging on a FOLD

Winter is setting in and one of the biggest concerns is getting towels dry enough for repeated use . FOLD Radiator is a handy solution where you use its bent corners to hang your wet, used towels; keeps them dry and warm. Thankfully it looks nothing like a radiator – easily passable as wall art. Totally want one.

0 Designer: Mikolaj Adamus

Boat Sofa

Boat Sofa

The title says it all. You clever, clever designer. It’s obvious where the inspiration came from but the question is, does it float?  The answer, YES IT DOES. In case you’re caught in sudden flood, removing the cushions reveal a totally buoyant boat with real oars. Designer Bongyoel Yang says he designed it for the “Global Warming Generation.” Damn, it’s a cool concept with dire implications. I’m torn.

0 Designer: Bongyoel Yang

Plants of Light

Plants of Light

Schattengewächs begins like any other grow-it-yourself plant kit but the payoff isn’t a real plant, rather it’s a light – shaped like flowers, trees and even insects. Adore the play between real and artificial. There’s no power switch. It automatically “grows” thanks to a photosensor and the whole thing runs on four coin cell batteries. The pot is made of clay and all the inner bits are molded from biological plastic. By the way, Maximilian Winkel is an awesome name. I will say it all day today.

0 Designer: Maximilian Winkel

One Part Stool, One Part Drink Holder

One Part Stool, One Part Drink Holder

It’s an end table with an adjustable arm for your drinks. Mr. Waiter looks permanently bemused but this is the next best thing if you can’t go all out for catering. You can even sit on him. With a couple of these at your next shindig, you can claim “personal butler attention” on the RSVP only invites.

0 Designer: Jose Jorge Hinojosa Primo

Take Picture, Share Picture

Take Picture, Share Picture

Say Cheese! You’re posing for three pictures at one go. It’s no trick photography but a UCIM Camera hosting three USB ports for three memory sticks. The idea behind this concept is to instantly share the same set of photos with 2 other people using their personal USB sticks. I reckon if this were refined to enable custom photo selects and include video recording, then we’d have a winner. What do you think?

0 Designer: Jung Eun Park

Dustbin of Many Sizes

Dustbin of Many Sizes

The Panel Bin has a metal spiral rib that stretches and adjusts to varying heights for your convenience. Simply line it with a disposable bag and you have a dustbin ready for use. The collapsible nature may be its unique selling point, but for me it’s the flat-pack convenience of storing and transporting that scores brownie points.

0 Designer: Zhejiang University, Inno Lab

Get Yourself An Icon Battery at 10% Off

Get Yourself An Icon Battery at 10% Off

The Icon Battery mania won’t die down! After a successful launch, an awesome giveaway; the Essential TPE team is back offering our readers 10% off. Although they give us five solid reasons to buy the pack, the biggest reason ever is that we are not Paul S., who won the recent giveaway! Jealous much? Get yours here. Promotional period ends December 31, 2010 @ 11:59 pm PST.

0 Designers: Essential TPE

ICONICSTAND, This is Not Shop Class

ICONICSTAND, This is Not Shop Class

In Seoul Korea a small studio called O’LIVEFACTORY is carving out a niche in the market. The brain child, one Kenny Cho, who nearly gave up ID, decided to return to his boyhood dream of designing products in his early retirement. Operating on sustainable practices, their first product is the ICONICSTAND, a desktop iPhone 4 stand made of birch, jointed for landscape and portrait viewing. There’s an option to customize your own icon should the stock ones not suite your fancy. This is a poignant reminder, never give up on your dream.

0 Designer: Young-Gun Cho (aka Kenny Cho)

Domino Clock

Domino Clock

Award-winning product development consultancy Carbon Design Group repurposes an icon with the introduction of the Domino Clock™. The Domino Clock™ takes a simple, iconic object and transforms it into a new way to tell time. The concept is simple. Three larger-than-life dominoes are equipped with articulating “dots” that flip back-and-forth between black and white to keep time. They hang on the wall or stand free, communicating wirelessly as they quietly mark the passing hours and minutes.

0 Designer: Carbon Design

It’s Time for a Braille Smartphone

It’s Time for a Braille Smartphone

Voim (seeing in Korean) is a smartphone concept for the blind that includes functions to make communication easier. It features route navigation, word recognition and object identification, which are displayed as braille on a silicon screen or transmitted as audio cues via the detachable bluetooth headset. Although smartphone applications & braille cell phones do exists, a full-fledged concept like this is a ways away.

0 Designers: Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom

Once Upon an UnTime

Once Upon an UnTime

Telling time requires a very basic and ubiquitous skill but what if the whole concept were completely redesigned? UnTime explores hours and minutes as two counter-turning discs that are every bit as accurate. It’s actually very easy to read – if not easier. It’s just a small learning curve. We can imagine some really interesting watches with this dual-dial design.

0 Designer: Pushkar Ingale

A Fair Warning

A Fair Warning

Signal Lock is an LED warning light that fits within the frame of a bicycle and comes in real handy when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere. Sure we can move the bike off the road to avoid an incident, but this is being better safe than sorry. It would be hip to repair your cycle with a LED warning light beaming your presence and distress from a 100 meters away anyways.

0 Designer: Chen Guan-Yuan