Smitten by the Lobot

Smitten by the Lobot

With its charismatic Wall-E eyes for lights, the Lobot is the cutest robotic lamp I’ve have seen. A body constructed out of anodized aluminum and “robust and well engineered hinge system”, this lamp can be maneuvered into different positions with gliding ease. I simply love its minimal design and its no-fuss attitude, looks as if it were made to banish all darkness surrounding your desk! I need to get this one.

0 Designer: Jinseok Hwang for studioLOBOT

Turnstile Power

Turnstile Power

We pass through rotating gates at many checkpoints like train stations and amusement parks and we never give it a thought but there is a lot of potential mechanical energy that can be harnessed. The Green Pass is one such gate with a three-roller switch mechanism to trap, transfer and convert mechanical energy as you pass through its turnstiles.

0 Designers: Various

Resourceful and Giving Tree

Resourceful and Giving Tree

What we generally see at airport lounges or public spaces are very drab looking charging stations for cellphones. A very artistic and pleasing way to provide the same service is the Giving Tree. The green cords (hopefully retractable) can be pulled out to reach the phone, rather than the other way around. I say it’s artistic enough to be placed at home as well, what do you think?

0 Designers: Kim Joonmin & Jeong-a Choi

One Liter Limited

One Liter Limited

1ℓimit faucet looks more like an elegant test tube inverted on top of a tap. The glass tube holds exactly one liter of water, sufficient for a quick handwash. The theory being that we waste almost six liters of water and use only one, while washing hands. Once the stored one-liter is used up, you have to turn-off the tap till the next one liter fills up the tube. A cumbersome rationing process that will hopefully drive home the point of conservation!

0 Designers: Yonggu Do, Dohyung Kim & Sewon Oh

Democratize Coasters

Democratize Coasters

The proverbial coaster hasn’t changed much aside from constantly shifting between geometric shapes and designs. It’s main function has and will always be to protect surfaces from moisture and heat but the emboGarden goes a step further to accommodate anything larger than a mug. A group of mugs, coffee pots, tea pots, even cookware. Communal and democratized coasters yes?

0 Designer: Haeah For Connect Design

Valentines Giveaway: Limited Edition The Herbas + The Freckle CNY Bags

Valentines Giveaway: Limited Edition The Herbas + The Freckle CNY Bags

Crumpler bags are strong & reliable companions that protect your gear with equal amount of TLC as we do. Since this is the season of love we can’ t think of anything more appropriate than their Limited Edition Chinese New Year Collection (CNY) as our Valentine’ s Giveaway! What’ s common to both the festivities is the color red; a color that signifies love, good fortune and joy. To win the exclusive one-off CNY Herbas & Freckle bags for your Valentine, simply tell us which Crumpler Chinese New Year Collection bag you would pick for yourself and why.

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Ergonomic Strap

Ergonomic Strap

The Split Strap is designed and developed with maximum ergonomics and comfort in mind. After studying how straps interact with the structures of the shoulder, neck and back, designer Benjamin Wong discovered that the planar/flat profiled nature of existing straps did not contour to the body well causing unequal weight/force distribution, discomfort and possible strain. The design utilizes a split in the strap which creates multiple points where the strap can sit and conform to the body -distributing weight evenly and increasing comfort. Gimme!

0 Designer: Benjamin Wong for Custom SLR

Not Just for Hanging Coats

Not Just for Hanging Coats

A single sheet of metal bent, folded and fashioned into a majestic coat hanger; very approriate for the hallway or foyer. This uber chic Coat Hanger goes by the name of Pluche. What makes it a thoughtful design is the flat tray for keys and a loop for hanging stuff like umbrellas etc. Very well done indeed!

0 Designer: David Raffoul

Look Carefully; It’s a Transparent TV!

Look Carefully; It’s a Transparent TV!

Ask yourself, “what’s the next step in television innovation?” The answer is transparency – an invisible flatscreen that blends into the home environment when not in use, much like the Loewe Invisio. This magnificent TV is not a big black blot in standby mode, like how all television sets are. It’s a clear, frameless glass surface that keeps the room in its “visually unaltered” state.

0 Designer: Michael Friebe

Grenade Alarm Deluxe

Grenade Alarm Deluxe

As complicated as it can be, getting up in the morning has several really simple solutions, supposing you’re one not apt to be waking. One of them is TUI-AC, the Tangible User Interface Alarm Clock, a lovely little bomb that you set with a pin, turn, crank, and arm by releasing, and go ahead to sleep. Once the bomb’s set time is reached, BOOM! And alarm goes off that you’ll never miss. Why? Because of how complicated it is to get up, find the bomb, find the pin, and place the pin back in the bomb to stop the noise.

0 Designer: Huang Wei

Elegant Solution to Cable Management

Elegant Solution to Cable Management

Our buddy Dean Heckler of his eponymous Heckler Design has something new up his sleeve called OneLessDrop. It’s a simple, elegant solution to cable management. The top groove keeps your computer’s power cable at the ready while the bottom groove continuously anchors your mobile phone cable. It’s minimal, inconspicuous and C2C- just how I like things. Want one? Just hit the link to find out how.

0 Designer: Dean Heckler of Heckler Design (Get one!)

A New Kind of Aluminum Can

A New Kind of Aluminum Can

106,000 aluminum cans are discarded every 30 seconds in the United States. Efforts to recycle the mounting heaps have met with mild success so Haoshi Studio in cooperation with PLA Studio have created a new kind of can called TIN CAN. It’s made of PLA yet it’s fully insulated and can be heated up to 110ºF. It even squishes like an aluminum can except it’s 100% organic and biodegradable.

0 Designer: Haoshi Design Studio

By the Heat of the Desert

By the Heat of the Desert

Hot Liner is a flexible panel that is rigid enough to form a stovetop. It’s intended for the deserts of Africa where sunlight is aplenty. A couple of belts together can increase the intensity of heat for cooking and accommodate huge pots and pans.

0 Designers: Yonggu Do & Eunha Seo