Need A Light To Write At Night?

Need A Light To Write At Night?

As I hit my head to the pillow at night, a thousand things rummage through my head; my next proposal, next-day schedule, unfinished business and most of the times end up getting outta bed to write some notes for the next day. How sweet it would be if I had a notepad and the Write? Light! on my bedside table. It is a lamp that gives off a glow powerful enough to jot down a quick memo. And the way it works is darn cute; kinda like the inkwell and feather effect! Pick up the pencil to light-up; place it back to turn it off. Simple and awesome!

0 Designer: Jaeun Park of Frabrica (Italy)

Dog, Luggage And You On The Same Scale

Dog, Luggage And You On The Same Scale

The truth of the matter is that weighing dogs & luggage on a domestic weigh machine is cumbersome to the point of being impractical. So what’s the solution? How about a sleek scale that expands its base to accommodate anything from a small sized pug, to humans, to great danes & huge suitcases. Say hello to your bathroom friendly Scale Z! Besides its stunning physical attributes, this baby is capable of recognizing your feet (not from their stink!) and pull out your past records like weight, BMI etc, record the new readings and send it to your computer via Wi-Fi.

0 Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee

Don't Walk Under A Ladder

Don’t Walk Under A Ladder

The Safe-a-Stitious ladder, a playful design that alerts people to the old superstition “never walk underneath a ladder.” It looks like an ordinary ladder but when propped up against a wall, a number of nylon streamers sling out from it’s underparts warning all to beware. It’s a narrative that’s common place so no instructions are required. People universally get it and the design does well to point out how silly we all are. I’m not afraid. I’ll walk under it. I’ll bet you.

0 Designer: Alice Gallarate

The Unplugged Version

The Unplugged Version

I quite agree with designer Won Seok Choi when he says that every appearance has its meaning. For example a regular plug gives the vibe that it’s easy to push it into the socket and when we compare that to the Plug In & Out, which is an intuitive design, we get this feel that it’s an easy plug to pull out. In a very subtle way, his design makes us conscious of unplugging the cords, coz it saves us from wasting electricity.

0 Designer: Won Seok Choi

Freshly Squeezed And Straight Into The Glass

Freshly Squeezed And Straight Into The Glass

The powers of observation can bring about revolutionary changes in the world of design. Although I wouldn’t classify the Steep Juicer as one such change, but it’s simple, logical design that stems from observing our surroundings is super. Jackob Mazor was particularly inspired by the hand-juicers that roadside stalls use. If you’ve noticed, their body has a spout which dispenses the juice directly into a glass. Good Observation!

0 Designer: Jackob Mazor

This Rat Is So Trapped!

This Rat Is So Trapped!

Breaking from the conventional norm of a wood or metal trap that is aesthetically jarring on your design-sensibilities, the OneDown Rat Trap brings in a breath of fresh air into how we trap our pesky pests. Designer Aakash Dewan camouflages the trap as a tippled vase that stands upright once the pest has been lured to the bait sitting inside. As a tall-mouthed vase, the rat can’t climb out and you find a humane way of disposing the creature, far away from your backyard and deep into the woods!

0 Designer: Aakash Dewan

Dual Shower Is So Fantastic!

Dual Shower Is So Fantastic!

So far we have seen rain showerheads and the hand showers, designer Thomas Baker wants to give you the benefit of both for a wholesome shower experience. The idea is to have the overhead shower going while you detach the hand shower (encased in the overhead) and take the benefits of both the streams. This is the Unum Rain Shower and Hand Shower, simplified for you folks. I’d be first in line to experiment it and see if the rain-pressure and flow holds good while you use the hand one. No doubt there will be some difference in impact, but it will be worth the try.

0 Designer: Thomas Baker

Who Needs A Diamond When You...

Who Needs A Diamond When You…

Not impressed with diamonds or carat size? The M3 and M4 rings might appeal to you. Each stainless steel screw is set in sterling silver, cut to reveal the screw threads. It’s even removable should you suddenly need a screw in that size for some emergency. Screwdriver not included.

0 Designer: The National Design Collective

Pouring Made E-Z

Pouring Made E-Z

E-Z is a flap kinda attachment that you slip on the rim of a wide-mouthed pot or shallow pans so that you can pour the liquid contents into a bowl or utensil without spilling over. I can very well see myself using this aid when I try and pour out oil from my kadhai after a batch of deep frying. For some odd reason skillets, shallow pans and the more traditional kadhai & wok don’t have that required nip-in-the-mouth for pouring out hot liquids sans spills. It’s almost as if their design-evolution has stagnated….maybe this can inspire one of you to recreate a new design!

0 Designers: William Thompson & Alex Thompson

Nightlight Simplified With Touch

Nightlight Simplified With Touch

The Senzo Nightlight is a very sweet intuitive light that is fitted on the wall, 80 centimeters above the floor. This specific position is so that both children and adults can touch it conveniently in the darkness. Let me explain, at night if you don’t have the lights on, you usually reach out to feel for the walls to get your bearings and then move forward. Fingertips skimming the walls till you reach the door, that’s the inspiration behind this design. So as you walk past touching the tube, a soft lighting follows you.

0 Designers: Soledad Clavell and Marcos Madia

Roly Poly Iron Part Two

Roly Poly Iron Part Two

I’ve been watching BBC’s The Genius of Design and it has totally re-educated my perspective of the Industrial Design profession. The genius of design is in offering solutions to a problem in such a way that they don’t compromise on our routine habits. The other aspect of designing that I understood was that it’s not wrong for designers to try and improvise an existing solution, with their own perceptions. Usually I disregard a design submission that is very similar to a published post, but this time around I want to bring out the two and spark a debate on the design challenge.

0 Designers: Various

Deez Nuts

Deez Nuts

A studio project that ended up challenging the way we crack a nut, redefining the idea of a nutcracker. The conventional nutcracker tool places a huge strain on the hands when in use, with sometimes non too satisfactory results. This Nutcracker! addresses the issue with the idea of a falling weight to crack the nut open. Really fun to use and squirrel approved.

0 Designer: Tan Jun Yuan

QWERTY Keyboard For iPhone, For Real!

QWERTY Keyboard For iPhone, For Real!

I’ve always had a problem with typing fast and accurately with my iPhone, and like most Indian users who use local lingo in our English messages; the auto dictionary for misspellings is no help. So it had to be a fellow Indian to come up with an alternate solution. A QWERTY Keyboard that slides over the iPhone, guarding its edges and syncing in well! The slick body docks in the phone and auto disables the virtual keyboard. An external jack hooks into place, at the bottom of the keys for charging the phone.

0 Designer: Altamash Jiwani