Very Green Oil

Very Green Oil

The very muck that invades our pond and swimming pool is a goldmine! Actually, make that an oil well. I’m talking about algae and the potential to extract bio-oil from them. Green Transformer is a solar powered floating device that combines algae with a chemical additive and derives bio-oil on the spot. The consequent oil is stored in a separate chamber till someone comes and collects it all. I love the idea of making oil in my backyard!

0 Designers: Various

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind

Have you ever opened a window and said to yourself, “damn Gina, it’s windy.” Harness that energy with the AERO E. Energy is converted from wind to electricity and transferred wirelessly through induction. Place your cellphone on the charing pad and be the envy of your tree hugging neighbors! The accompanying app allows you to connect to your turbine and track wind patterns and charge times too.

0 Designer: Lance Cassidy

100% Cat Friendly Modular Bookshelf

100% Cat Friendly Modular Bookshelf

Okay cat people, here’s something fun for you well read feline lovin’ groupies. It’s a 100% Cat Friendly Modular Bookshelf, yes that’s 100%!  Cats like the highest spot from which to blueprint their mutiny. The video says it all. Don’t ever say we’re biased towards dogs.

0 Designer: Corentin Dombrecht

Animorphia

Animorphia

Did you ever see the scene in Beetlejuice with those walking, crawling, creepy chairs? They were undeniably awesome. Well these pieces won’t follow you around trying to catch you, but they are the next best thing. Though inanimate and lifeless, the Animorphia collection by Toot Chen expresses the exact opposite by exploring the stretches of the imagination and drawing from the posture motions and natural interactions of animals. Awww, look at that cute family of wild side tables.

0 Designer: Toot Chen

The Mighty Drum

The Mighty Drum

Cramped houses call for appliances and gadgets to be efficiently designed. Eco Pod is a sub-compact washing machine but don’t let the small size fool you, because as far as cleaning prowess goes, it utilizes advanced steam-cleaning technology. It uses “wet” steam for washing and superheated “dry” steam to for drying. The clothes can be sorted into the three baskets or pods that accompany the machine and cleaned in separate cycles.

0 Designer: Simon Hedt

Know Your Switches

Know Your Switches

When you have a panel full of light switches, it can be challenging to remember which is which. The Floor Plan Light switch offers an easy solve. The switches are modified according to the floor plan of the room and operate accordingly. So in a single glance you know which switch controls what.

0 Designer: Taewon Hwang

Twig Stackin'

Twig Stackin’

The Bud reminds me of the Vulcan game of Kal-toh. Players take turns joining one twig to another but the connected ends must be the same color. As the tree gets larger, one must strategically place their twigs to prevent the entire unit from falling over. It’s one of those games that would totally drive me crazy but I would still play it again and again.

0 Designer: Joshua Chao

Researchers Get Purer Water

Researchers Get Purer Water

PURELAB Flex is the world’s first standalone ultrapure water system, combining intuitive handheld monitoring & accurate pure water dispensing in a single, compact product with a footprint around 70% less than current laboratory systems. A unique self-supporting flexible hose allows continuous cycling & monitoring of water. Flex is designed to fit all laboratory environments, providing personal, programmable delivery points with precise control..

0 Designer: Pete Holdcroft for ELGA Labwater Ltd

Lean, Mean, Green Machine

Lean, Mean, Green Machine

This racing bike is sure to turn heads whether you’re tearing up the asphalt or carrying it in-hand. This concept by Allen Chester G. Zhang was designed to be easily transported between work and play. It can be stowed quickly as it folds at the center to create a barely-there yet aesthetically pleasing accessory. Unfold to expose it’s natural suspension shape and gear-to-gear spokeless wheels. Fluorescent copper-zinc components add not only to it’s aesthetic appeal but the rider’s safety. The color choices on this model are a beautiful combination.

0 Designer: Allen Chester G. Zhang

A Handsome Chair

A Handsome Chair

Now THIS is a proper armchair. Designer Jonas Lindvall had softness in mind when he crafted this lightweight stackable. The seat, back, and armrest are made from a fiberglass/synthetic rubber composite and the legs are aluminum, making this piece 100% recyclable. With legs resembling equine-esque stockings and an elegant backrest to boot, this armchair concept is both practical and refined.

0 Designer: Jonas Lindvall for Johanson Design

Thin is in, Even for Faucets

Thin is in, Even for Faucets

The Kross faucet claims to be the thinnest faucet on the market but there’s a tradeoff. Its profile is quite large to compensate for the diminished width. Still, the chunky profile somehow works. Aesthetically it’s minimal without being visually conflicting. The German made rectangular aerator  produces a uniquely shaped stream of water. The strength and temperature of this flow can be smoothly controlled via the easily reachable handle and high quality ceramic cartridge. Available in black, nickel and white but I would love to see it in matte red, blue and grey too.

0 Designer: ISMA Creative Faucets

Sit on Ten Legs

Sit on Ten Legs

I have a strange obsession with cuttlefish and it seems I’m not the only one fascinated by these creatures. The Sepii, named after the cuttlefish order sepiidae, is an ten-legged chair made from ash wood. Designed by K to N Studio in collab with Yoho, the chair is a gorgeous modern reference to its muse. Only three of the legs ever touch the ground at one time so feel free to “rock” it back and forth – perfect for my chair dancing routines. Yeah… I’ve choreographed chair dancing routines but I’ll save that for another post.

0 Designer: Kristian Lindhardt Nørhave for K to N Studio

If Obama Had a Scooter

If Obama Had a Scooter

In response to growing urban environments, the Fuse electric scooter aims to provide quick, sleek transportation while being spatially efficient. This single-person concept reduces the size of the already compact scooter by auto-collapsing vertically in park mode. For public parking the Fuse charges via electromagnetic induction on it’s shared smart-charging mat. Other highlights of the Fuse include a touch-screen display, integrated GPS, and open wireless technology. Not just for Obama, but any young urban professional.

0 Designer: Lance Cassidy