Beautiful Vinyl Figures, noop and nism

Beautiful Vinyl Figures, noop and nism

Executing another exhibition style piece in vinyl, Coarse brings their latest figure series, “Casting Shadows” to light. It includes an original sculpture of Coarse character, noop, huddled and his new shellbound pet, nism. noop clings to a fabric kite reminiscent of a long time friend, paw!, which soars above casting his shadow onto the two characters. We’re not much for vinyl figures here but this is really beautiful. We just had to share it with you guys. Hit the jump for the full story.

0 Designer: Coarse

Be Your Own Radio Station

Be Your Own Radio Station

The Siara is an amazing concept that lets you broadcast your own radio station. Stream your private station using 3rd parties services like SONOS or with the Siara box. The possibilities are really endless since it all works wirelessly. Hit the jump to see a video about one scenario. Kudos to designer Navid Gornall.

0 Designer: Navid Gornall

Unusual Inspiration for a Yacht

Unusual Inspiration for a Yacht

Designer Alex McDiarmid’s challenge in creating this 150 foot yacht concept was to combine unusual inspirations with seaworthy practicality to produce a megayacht that exhibits adventurous styling and still maintains sportiness and agility. While guests enjoy an open plan interior, fully integrated entertainment, and accomodations for twelve visitors and eight crew members, the exterior is the truly the highlight of this luxury yacht. Influenced by non-nautical elements such as origami, it is the Sydney Opera House that is most apparent in it’s modern expressionist design.

0 Designer: Alex McDiarmid

Kid's Drum-able Desk

Kid’s Drum-able Desk

This brilliantly colored table by designer Carlos Pendas is a whimsical kid’s desk that uses tensed fabric as a surface rather than an ordinary hard top. The stretched fabric also doubles as a drum for an added touch of fun and interaction. Hangoo’s simple assembly can be completed in minutes and is so easy that even kids can participate in the process. Using stretched fabric reduces the overall weight, and a minimal amount of components means this design is cost efficient in both material and shipment.

0 Designer: Carlos Pendas

Live Anywhere Lamp

Live Anywhere Lamp

Linda Allen, interior designer turned lighting designer, noticed a hole in the market for portable, cordless lamps, and decided to take things into her own hands. Her first line of lamps, the Live Anywhere collection, features a series of attractive lamps that are not only portable and cordless, but also rechargeable, multi-setting, and weather resistant. To perfect the enduring design, Allen created a customized battery system and special long-lasting light bulb for the collection. The lamps, named Ava, Corra, Persia, Seraphina, & Eleanora are a great outdoor lighting addition with a feminine touch.

0 Designer: Linda Allen

Joey Roth and His Furry Mouse

Joey Roth and His Furry Mouse

I’m for real. Designer Joey Roth made a Felt Mouse. I first heard about it last year and instantly loved the idea. It isn’t until now that Joey is showing the world the first prototype. It took that long to overcome the limitations of felt but from the looks of it, this prototype is pretty much ready for production. I LOVE Joey’s disciplined execution of minimalism. See it May 13th in the “USE ME” exhibit by the American Design Club which coincides with this year’s ICFF show in New York.

0 Designer: Joey Roth

Reading Braille Aloud

Reading Braille Aloud

The Snail is a Braille reader that works smooth as silk on a surface that’s predictably bumpy! It can record the text as it reads for future playback and it even syncs with a Bluetooth headset so the visually impaired can listen to the book without disturbing others. Features like kinetic recharging and pressure sensitive reading make it the ideal companion for a bookworm!

0 Designer: Wonkook Lee

Easy Cap!

Easy Cap!

One of the things with refrigerated soda bottles is unscrewing the cap can be a bit tough. A little bit of physics applied to a cap redesign does the trick to making things easier. The teardrop shaped Easy Access Bottle Cap is perfect. I can’t see why we can’t standardize this across all bottles. It’s ergonomic and smooth. Looks kinda cool too.

0 Designer: Shao-Nung Chen

TriMove

TriMove

I get it- the hubless wheel has yet to reach its full technical potential, but set aside your speculation for just a moment to admire this striking trike concept. Most three 3-wheelers combine the worst of motorcycles & cars: no leaning into corners, exposure to the elements, & no lane splitting- but the narrow, tilting 3-wheeled TriMove has all the agility & aerodynamic styling you’d expect from a fierce motorbike. It’s triangle footprint provides balance even when it’s not moving.

0 Designer: Mohammad Ghezel

Robo-Giving

Robo-Giving

Why is it that I would trust giving my money to a cute robot before a human?  Take a look at DON-8r (pronounced donator) & you’ll see what I mean. This coin-powered fundraising robot is a friendly little guy who only needs a passer-by to chip in so he can keep moving. DON-8r is already at work in Scotland, raising money and awareness by encouraging playful and empathetic support by engaging strangers in a fun and memorable way. Designed to be rebranded to suit different charities, I can definitely see this catching on… and I’m all for it. (Does not include defense lasers or anti-theft forcefield.)

0 Designer: Tim Pryde

The Duga Chair

The Duga Chair

I love this modern take on a traditional form. The curvaceous Duga chair is reminiscent of the classic contours of steam molded Viennese bentwood furniture. It’s familiar shape also takes inspiration from the distinctive tubular curves and wonderful craftsmanship of vintage bicycles, making for a graceful and overall elegant design with a modern touch.

0 Designer: Oleksandr Shestakovych

Perfect Geometric Ice Cubes

Perfect Geometric Ice Cubes

The Lékué ice cube tray creates perfect cubes of ice every time. Inspired by an industrial moulding technique, the cubes are formed at an angle to avoid the need to taper any of the faces. And here I thought ice cube trays couldn’t really evolve to improve any further. These remind me of the cubes used in TRON Legacy. Ice is so beautiful when cut to strict proportionate geometry.

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lékué

Dance to Your Heart Beat

Dance to Your Heart Beat

Heartbeatz is a revolution in wearable visual dance tech. Utilizing infrared reflection technology the device detects the heartbeat of its user and mimics the very movement of the blood in your veins with light via a length of Electro Luminescent wire. When listening to a song with a strong, constant bass rhythm the HeartBeatz will tune and begin to beat in time with it. The conception of Heartbeatz will allow any onlookers to be able to observe this process. When applied to a large crowd amazing patterns of light can appear throughout a club or event.

0 Designer: Michael Skillings & Allan Aikman