Start the Day with a Toasted iPhone

Start the Day with a Toasted iPhone

Taking a bite of the reality toast, the Day Maker is an exciting bedside charger and alarm hub that “pops” up the phone with a buzzer, when it’s time to rise and shine! Replicating the most inherent human morning routine of popping the toast for breakfast, this concept captures the essence and is bound to make mornings more pleasant for gadget-freaks like us!

0 Designer: Michael Kritzer for Simple Artifact

Best of Tap and Fountain

Best of Tap and Fountain

I think the Water Fountain Tap by Niels van Hoof is quite a clever design. It integrates a faucet with a fountain spout to make it convenient to drink. He suggests linking the fountain spout directly to the cold-water source, so that when you put the handle downwards, you get your refreshing drink of water. To activate the faucet as a normal tap, you just need to pull it back and turn it left or right. Simple and doable!

0 Designer: Niels van Hoof

MacBook in 2020

MacBook in 2020

Put aside your critical ego for a moment and enjoy designer Tommaso Gecchelin’s vision of an Apple MacBook circa 2020. Keyboards, mice and 2-dimensional screens are passe. Hit the jump for the future.

0 Designer: Tommaso Gecchelin

Three-in-One Lamp

Three-in-One Lamp

The simple named Folding Lamp is an excellent exercise in minimalism dictated by pure utilitarianism. It’s a standard lamp when open, a nigh light when closed and acts as a cubby for your desk supplies. Doesn’t seem like it would cost much to manufacturer and the design is neutral enough for everyone. Great idea!

0 Designer: Oleksandr Shestakovych

Simple Time Tracking

Simple Time Tracking

I wuv this minimal timepiece! The slender Evanescent clock was designed to compliment society’s linear understanding of the briefness as well as the permanence of time. As preset alarms approach the backlit clock grows increases in intensity. To appeal to the user’s senses, Evanescent offers both visual and audible cues inputed via it’s inconspicuous USB port, allowing the user to manipulate the alarm schedule while maintaining an uncluttered look.

0 Designer: Zach Smith

Subtle Reminders for Eco-Awareness

Subtle Reminders for Eco-Awareness

Inspired by the study of hybrid environments in urban ecology, the Growth Plate light switch seeks to bring awareness to nature by forcing contact between the living environment and the individual user. The subtle reminder serves not only as a representative of green-living, but as an aesthetically creative and whimsical accent.

0 Designer: Andrew Harmon

Remembrance

Remembrance

I have a strange pet peeve- I hate when people display things on top of their coffee tables. Doesn’t matter if its books, photo albums, or knickknacks… it drives me crazy. Problem solved! Ok, so maybe it’s not really a prob to anyone else, but it’s exactly why I appreciate Mitch Steinmetz’s Rememberance coffee table. Instead of acting as a medium for the user and their entertainment, it becomes the entertainment…

0 Designer: Mitch Steinmetz

Wood and Waves

Wood and Waves

Look at your keyboard. Now look at the Engrain. See a difference? The Engrain Tactile Keyboard by Michael Roopenian (say his last name repeatedly please) “uses nature’s tactility to strengthen the relationship between user and interface.” His words, not mine but I I agree. It certainly looks “touchy feely.,” just begging for my fingers to glide across its undulating surface. Whoa whoa! This post is getting dirty. Tell me, what do you guys think of it?

0 Designer: Michael A. Roopenian

How Many Cups Can You Hold?

How Many Cups Can You Hold?

Two, three? Four is like pushing it too much; I can picture you spilling that hot beverage! The Smart Holder is exactly what we need. The sleeve has an interlocking system that allows you to hook up multiple cups of beverages together. A well thought-out idea that I hope works as well in practice.

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Love Letter to Alan Li

Love Letter to Alan Li

Dear Alan,

Apple will love you for your Gaming Pod concept and gamers like me who can’t live without the iPhone for this very reason, will worship you. I hope you can refine it enough to make it a CKIE project. It looks fit enough to protect the device and work in sync with it. I look forward to enhancing my racing-game experience using this sexy contraption. Loads of love, YD.

0 Designer: Alan Li

Purification on Wheels

Purification on Wheels

Feeling like today’s electric vehicles aren’t maximizing their full potential, Gunwoong Kim & Suji Kim’s submission for the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase, the Vieria, aims to expand upon the development of electric and other eco-friendly vehicle designs by incorporating it’s own advanced air purification system to rid the environment of carcinogens and other pollutants. The open-air intake at the front of the vehicle “inhales”  smog and “exhales” clean air through the filtered outtake.

0 Designers: Gunwoong Kim & Suji Kim

Reading Sanctuary

Reading Sanctuary

The Nautilus shelving system, showcased at Northern Michigan University’s first ever exhibit at the Salone Satellite, was designed to be a cherished family heirloom that, like markings of a child’s height on the wall, represents the advancement of personal knowledge as well as the coming of age. Inspired by the need for growth through learning, the ascending shelves symbolize the lifelong pursuit of discovery. Placed in line, the shelves act as a playful room divider, but when closed Nautilus becomes an adapted reading sanctuary.

0 Designer: Alicia Bastian

Rub a Stick to Make Light

Rub a Stick to Make Light

Our ancestors rubbed two twigs to make light (fire) but to kindle the Lightstarter you just need to work on one. The embedded accelerometer determines if your rubbing is good enough for 30 seconds or 10 minutes of torchlight. Essentially one second of kindling time is equal to 10 seconds of light! I’d definitely take it on my next camping trip.

0 Designer: Michael Kritzer for Simple Artifact