The Cooling Effect Gets Fancy

The Cooling Effect Gets Fancy

Global warming or not, inevitably every season in my city seems like summer! It’s great to see how designers are trying to evolve the air con by making it blend into the home environment, just like another piece of furniture. Here are two projects: the Eco Shelf Zenstyle & the Natural Pot. The former is a wall mounted shelf cabinet and the latter a flowerpot. Both feature green patches to nurture plants that are fed off the excess water discharged by the AC unit! Clever, real clever!

0 Designers: Various

Toolkit for Impact Sounds

Toolkit for Impact Sounds

This collection of leather tools is purposed for sound designers in the fields of theater and cinema. The varying combinations of size, leather type, and shape create a wide range of percussion sounds from the thud to the shwud. Lightweight materials wrap up easily in a canvas folding pack, making the toolkit handy and portable. Personally, I’m a fan of the whump.

0 Designer: Chiara Onida

Kinetic Effect Clock is Hypnotic

Kinetic Effect Clock is Hypnotic

Kinetic Effect Clock is a minimalistic clock that offers a fabulous kinetic effect depending on the position of 3 foils representing the hour, minutes and seconds. There are two versions, the first being a back-lit model that creates a monotone kaleidoscopic effect as light passes thru it. The second works on the same premise except each foil is a color from the CMKY model, K being the odd-man out. Hit the jump for a video.

0 Designer: Florin Busuioc

A Design School in Israel

A Design School in Israel

Bezalel Academy in Israel was chosen to showcase 45 works from 37 under-graduate and post-graduate students, alongside work from the Royal College of Art in London, the School of Art and Design in Poland and the Academy of Art Maastricht in The Netherlands. Bezalel’s students prove they can hold their own among the top art and design schools in the world. Two of the projects stand out. Hit the jump!

0 Designers: Various

Laptop Case with a Hidden Compartment

Laptop Case with a Hidden Compartment

Plug.in bag is an innovative system consisting of a laptop case and hidden compartment. The laptop case also serves as a convenient stand. Accessories, such as power supply or mouse, are transported in the separate compartment. Whether with or without a table, with Plug.in you can use your laptop anywhere. Functional? Yes. It’s a bit of an eyesore though and I’m never in need of so much power that I have to bring an external power source.

0 Designer: Viola Kosow

Moving Library

Moving Library

The Giro One is a shelf + side table stand, where you can flaunt your library, rest your coffee cup and show off your knick-knacks. I love the way you can interact with the modules by twirling them up and down the center axis, making it much easier to adjust the height to suit your style. Complimenting the design is a set of LED lamps at the top. It adds just the right amount of sophistication and functionality.

0 Designer: Juil Kim

Zip Up Tangle – Part Two

Zip Up Tangle – Part Two

Seems like adding a zipper to the earphones is one of the easiest ways to manage them. A refined version is seen in Fasna; the zipper looks sturdy and attention to detail like magnets in the earbuds hold them in place; makes them far more functional too. Just be careful with your shirt if off. Hair, skin and zippers don’t go well together.

0 Designer: Hirotaka Matsui

That's a Really Low Table

That’s a Really Low Table

If you really like low profile tables, you’ll love the Lowbay by Han Koning. I’m actually very smitten with how it looks. There’s a simplicity in the design that I love and yet the exposed ridges of the table top lend confidence in the construction because you can see how he bent the layers of wood. It’s a “complex simplicity” if you will.  It’s 118×60 in size and technically a limited edition called “white”, although I don’t see anything white about it, except Mr. Koning… and his shirt… and his glasses.

0 Designer: Han Koning

Superstition in Design

Superstition in Design

You’ve heard the old rules. Don’t walk under a ladder. Be wary of a black cat. Never spill salt. It’s all superstition but many people today still follow those axioms so designer Stefano Oliva decided to have a little fun with it in creating Sale, a salt container you roll across the table. I wonder how they’ll react to this.

0 Designer: Stefano Oliva

It Just Pops Up Like Toast!

It Just Pops Up Like Toast!

I’m on a perpetual quest finding innovative solutions for power strips and plug-yanking! This time around I’ve chanced upon the Single Hand, a power strip where sockets pop up like toast! Yes, simply push those green buttons and up pops the plug! Simple, easy and colorful!

0 Designer: Lu Zhaoliang

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Although it sounds like a love meter, the Love Card is actually a digital card that helps the blind and elderly shop in supermarkets independently. It’s basically a device that hangs around the neck and when activated, communicates with the wearer with audio feedback. It uses RFID technology to “read aloud” the prices of groceries, vegetables etc. Take your pick and keep moving down the aisle.

0 Designer: Shen Ming

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

What if Sony made cars, Apple made dishwashers and Google made furniture? This poses a unique opportunity for a designer to take a company’s brand identity and apply it to a market they don’t currently serve. Designer Edouard Urcadez took the Fiskars brand aesthetic (known for shears and garden tools) and translated it into a HDD headphone amplifier called the “88.”

0 Designer: Edouard Urcadez

Keeping the Barista Art Intact

Keeping the Barista Art Intact

Don’t you love the artwork a barista creates in your coffee? I adore it and try to keep the foam intact until the last drop. Unfortunately mixing in the sugar always ruins it, but if I have something like the “Mix”,  I could savor my drink and enjoy the art. It’s a ceramic stirrer that funnels the sugar to the bottom without disturbing the delicate foam. It may seem frivolous to some, but I look at it from a coffee-lover’s perspective; anything to make my cuppa perfect!

0 Designer: Luis Carlos Hernani Junior