Concrete Plates

Concrete Plates

Two of my favorite materials: concrete and wood. What’s not to love about these concrete plates by Nir Meiri. Albeit, they have got to be heavy… but nobody’s talking about throwing out the china. No matter the food displayed, it is sure to provide the perfect accent, completing the combination of textures and natural colors. Just tell your Greek brother in-law to be careful where he’s smashing plates with this one. OPA!!

0 Designer: Nir Meiri

What Big Hands You Have!

What Big Hands You Have!

Love it, love it, love it! The Zoomin Watch is such a brilliant concept, not only is the idea of magnifying nubs on the hands a superb idea, but also the design execution is sleek and sophisticated. Not for a single moment does it look like a watch intended for the Silver Generation…if anything it looks like cool wrist gear that will appeal to all generations. Designers, take a bow!

0 Designers: Gennady Martynov & Emre Cetinkoprulu

Yoga at The Lights

Yoga at The Lights

Any bustling metropolis faces loads of pedestrians waiting at busy intersections for their turn to cross the road. Designer Li Ming feels that there is a lot waiting time wasted and we can utilize it as “meaningful time”, perhaps with some exercise and fun. A stretch here and a pull there… like synchronized yoga asana! By the time the lights turn green, you’re the next Jane Fonda!

0 Designer: Li Ming Hsing

WTF is that?

WTF is that?

A coffee mug… duh.  Sip your favorite cup o’ joe in one of these ceramic sculptures by Jerome Olivet, appropriately named Speed, Flight, Skin, Attraction, Snake, Abstract, and Bimbo. Match the name to the mug.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

A Hanger with an Extra Talent

A Hanger with an Extra Talent

The Tree Hanger hanger not only hangs clothes but the design also facilitates easy air drying. The base of each hanger has an extendable bit to snap more hangers together. The extra width is perfect for flat drying before you hang them up. The geometric cutouts provide just enough surface area for stability without disrupting airflow.

0 Designers: Jhih-Jie Liou and Wei-Lun Wang

Catch That Cap!

Catch That Cap!

There are several ways to open a beer bottle but where do those bottle caps end up? Flung across the floor, someone’s forehead, trapped between the couch cushions? This clever device opens the bottles and catches the caps until you decide to release the prisoners by removing the flexible base to make room for more victims. Super Bowl Sunday will never be the same again! Think of the caps as badges of honor. Get drunk people.

0 Designer: Stefano Di Lollo for Trudeau Corporation

This Glue Won’t Stick!

This Glue Won’t Stick!

A simple tweak in the body and proactive action of saving the cap, two good reasons to redesign the Glue Stick! The tear-shaped tube won’t roll off the table and the darn thing works ONLY if you latch the cap to the end. My office supply staff is going to be so happy!

0 Designer: Noh Ji Hun

The Magical Bend

The Magical Bend

I have seen tons of elegant flatware but none of them as ingenious as this! The Magic Spoon is a delightful set of spoons, knives and forks that have built-in clasps at the end. Yes, exactly the hairpin kind! You can cleverly cling it to your plate while clearing out the dishes, seal pouches or simply be this show-off with cool cutlery!

0 Designer: Ivan Erkic

DIY Custom Shelving

DIY Custom Shelving

I wuvvv the practical design of this shelving system. The shelves of the S03 can be assembled to any size or combination to adapt to the desired space. For easy and cost-efficient transportation, the European beech components fit together snugly to create the smallest, most compact packing size possible.

0 Designer: Zhaolei

Rabo Curing Light

Rabo Curing Light

Being a lover of candy, I am all-too-familiar with this little gadget. Curing lights are primarily used in the dental industry for rapid curing of resin (fillings).  This pocket-size pen from Milestone-Studio is cordless but yields high-power LED output. It’s lightweight ergonomic design and interchangeable tips make frequent use a walk in the park.

0 Designers: Oded Shorer & Saar Raz

Soapboxing in Style

Soapboxing in Style

This high-performance soapbox derby kit concept by designer Hyun-Seok Kim is a 3-wheeled speed demon intended to leave competitors behind in the dust. The design was inspired by Italian race car maker, Abarth, and represents the brand’s principles of excellence in performance, exciting user experience, and innovative design. The trike maximizes the soapbox experience with a classic rolling seat and wire-handled controls for the steerable front axle.

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

Nest Chair Made of Stainless Steel

Nest Chair Made of Stainless Steel

Take a sneak peek at Pawel Grunert’s newest creation, the Nest Chair (SIE51). As you’ve probably already can guess, the design is inspired by a nest. Handmade from stainless steel, the chair is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. I have no idea how comfortable it is but if it’s anything like my steel scrubber, I’ll pass. The official premier will take place at 2011 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

0 Designer: Pawel Grunert

Ultra Utilitarianism

Ultra Utilitarianism

BLANCORONIS and its unique accessory concept is utilitarianism at the highest level. The round bowl with steep bowl wall, base radius and large diameter are suitable for bulky cooking utensils. The accessories, a glass cutting board and a bridge with two dishes, can be rotated 360° so work can be carried out at any angle. One can comfortably work from the cutting board into the dishes. The accessory bridge can also be used to carry or to hold other kitchen aids, e.g. sieves.

0 Designer: BLANCORONIS