Bathing with Sharks

Bathing with Sharks

We are not revisiting JAWS but are smitten by the very elegant Shark Bath. It’s a tub plus shower system with additional jet sprays on the side arms. Designer Michael Samoriz was totally inspired by the oral cavity of this magnificent animal and has cleverly depicted its strong jaw line through the bath’s exterior extensions. Quite sophisticated and smooth for an imposing theme like this!

0 Designer: Michael Samoriz for Umbra-design

Lighter Side of Dining

Lighter Side of Dining

Here’s one of those designs that looks at the lighter side of life. A dining tray set that is very Turntable-esque. Very often we come across such crazy juxtapositions that are quirky and cute. As Emir Rifat Isik puts it, “turntable + dining tray = fun design.” Superb!

0 Designer: Emir Rifat Isik

The Very Urban Heist

The Very Urban Heist

Crumpler, an Australian bag company, creates chic and smart urban bags, particularly their Heist Collection. The range is an ode to the working professional who doesn’t believe in sacrificing style. Each of the four Heist bags are designed to carry your tech gear and accommodates a 15 or 17 inch Macbook. A common thread between all four bags is a padded laptop sleeve, two internal pockets and a zipped external pocket.

0 Designer: Crumpler [ Buy it Here ]

Portugal Makes Out

Portugal Makes Out

Portugese designers working outside of Portugal are invited by the Made Out Portugal program to work toward a greater hive mind of work. This group is responsible for some magical ideas and fantastical concept designs. Each of the members being a designer who is Portuguese studying or doing an internship outside Portugal, the following collection is only a fragment.

0 Designer: Made Out Portugal

Colorful Beginning to 2011

Colorful Beginning to 2011

All those who expected 2011 to be a dull year, you’re in for a rude shock. Everyday from Jan to December is as colorful as the rainbow! Rather set in a pattern of CMYK color fade called Chromo – a delightful Protein CMYK Color Fade 2011 Calendar that cleverly maps the 29.5-day lunar month. Available in portrait and landscape, this plastic coated ready-memo measures 120cm x 42cm. It comes bundled with a non-permanent marker, which I think is quite thoughtful! Happy Colorful February everyone for just £15!

0 Designer: William Rowe for Protein [ Buy it Here ]

Glide for a Pose

Glide for a Pose

The aerial camera is not a new concept to us. The trend started with the Flying Stick and moved on with a Balloon to the Boomerang! This time around we have the camera disguised as a Glider. It takes videos and stills but to take flight, you slingshot it into the air. At its peak, the glider’s folded wings bounce back into shape and aid in its casual glide.

0 Designer: Xiaofei Wang

Time with a Slant

Time with a Slant

Ever catch a stranger peering over your shoulder to catch a glimpse of the time? Happens to me often except I’m often the one doing the peering. Designer Maezm suggests that if we turn the face of a clock just 90 degrees, we’d be in a position to share time with others. So nice, so chivalrous. Wonder if any of you would use it as an excuse to strike up a conversation!

0 Designer: Maezm

Never mind Asphalt, Sandstone Roads

Never mind Asphalt, Sandstone Roads

Asphalt has been used for the last 80 years. It greatly contributes to the urban heat island effect, reaching peak temperatures of 48–67°C. At current consumption levels, approximately 28,000,000 barrels of crude oil were required to create South Korea’s 86,990 km roadway system. This is roughly 5x the amount of oil released into the Gulf of Mexico. The Sand Stone Road project proposes the use of an organic process to create sandstone from sand as an alternate paving surface, thereby mitigating the harmful effects of asphalt.

0 Designers: Thomas Kosbau & Andrew Wetzler

Puzzle Coffee Table

Puzzle Coffee Table

Loving this simple coffee table called 1×3. Three wood beams and a 10mm think tempered glass top are all you need. The wood beams are notched in the center to all meet and lock in place; no glue or nails required. It even flat packs beautifully. Brills!

0 Designer: Petar Zaharinov

Gravity Assisted Food Prep

Gravity Assisted Food Prep

GRAVITY represents a shift away from processed packaged foods, towards healthy raw ingredients and making your own meals. The objective is to help children adopt improved eating habits and attitudes towards nutrition at a young age so they are able to maintain a healthy diet in later life. Its mix and measure system facilitates new experiences with food, educates about common preparation methods, ingredients and practices. Combining separate ingredients through gravity assisted mixing is a novel approach to baking or cooking for the child.

0 Designer: André Taris

Linna, She's Gorgeous

Linna, She’s Gorgeous

The Linna armchair is a more gentler side from designer Jader Almeida. Unlike his previous featured work, Linna is “honest.” There’s nothing flashy about it. It’s elegant and harmoniously blends into the room. As usual, the construction quality is amazing. The medium densified hardwood structure and multilaminated shells (backrest and seat) allows anatomic shapes, all made from CNC cuts and hand-made finishing processes.

0 Designer: Jader Almeida

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