Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

We have been exploring the various ways to get the perfect coffee fix while completely ignoring our other addiction, CHOCOLATE! My apologies. It wasn’t till Ahmad Bittar brought to my notice the Maya Machine. Now Maya means illusion, so let’s get swept up in this fantasy express. Maya is completely dedicated to the chocolate cause, it’s similar to the espresso machine, but doesn’t use crass powders to bring out the choco-licious flavors. It uses special pods of real chocolate that melts & blends into steamed fresh milk. Giving you the perfect velvet-chocolate experience.

0 Designer: Cambridge Design Partnership

Melting Away Lights

Melting Away Lights

I’ve had a bitter experience with a 200-watt bulb and here’s my story: when I dunked my phone accidentally into a mug of water, like a bright person I decided to evaporate the excess moisture by placing the phone under my table lamp. The 200-watt heat melted & disfigured the plastic interface and now I’ve cursed the bulb….and melted it! True story, but the Melt Bulb here is actually a reflection on how eco-conscious we are getting by replacing bulbs with LEDs. Just a gentle reminder by Keita, about precious electricity and how melted bulbs can make chic decor!

0 Designer: Keita Ogawa

The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

The Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2010

It’s not always easy to predict the future. For its 2010 competition, Electrolux Design Lab went with the theme: The 2nd Space Age; this essentially translating to designing a home environment for the year 2050, when 74% of the global population are predicted to live in urban areas. Student designers had to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes. Quite a task but plenty of surprises from across the globe! Here are the Finalist 25, the countdown has begun!

0 Designers: Various

I SAID QUIT THE STICK MISTER!!!

I SAID QUIT THE STICK MISTER!!!

If you don’t want embarrassing alarms like that screaming in your face, then its best you quit that cigarette! In countries like India, smoking in public places is banned, but people seldom comply with the rules. This means you will find folks lighting up at bus stops, sidewalks and even parks where children play. Unlike Japan many countries don’t have designated smoking zones, so the only plausible solution is to have large smoke alarms that scream embarrassing sirens and chants, forcing you to put-out the stick.

0 Designer: Jin Ho Kim

I'm a Little Teapot

I’m a Little Teapot

Far from short and stout, the Rocking Teapot explores design behind intuition and perceived function. Everyone tips a teapot to pour it so why not integrate that function into the design? In many cultures tea ceremonies are tradition and time honored. The need for design to assist in the simple act of pouring and serving is personal and holds emotional meanings, not to mention beautiful.

0 Designer: Betina Piqueras

Hopscotch Calculator

Hopscotch Calculator

Aww look how cute! It’s a 8-digit basic calculator with a hopscotch keyboard configuration! Okay  it doesn’t do anything special so the design is totally novel but who cares! It brings back memories of tossing a shoe or stick and hopping across a poorly drawn grid on the sidewalk. Sigh, if only playing with numbers were really that much fun. God I hate math, just saying…

0 Designer: Vadim Kibardin for Kibardindesign Studio

Power Up With An Icon

Power Up With An Icon

The Icon Battery Pack for iPhone matches the uber-sophistication of Apple and delivers the extra punch with its visible “battery power” status. It uses EL lighting technology (supposedly the first to do so in the world!) for indicating the power status on its display and looks really swank! Features include additional talk time of up to 3 hours, or audio playback up to 18 hours. The company states that it is compatible with 3G and 3GS, I reckon a 4G version should be soon on the cards. One of those goodies that you can actually buy!

0 Designers: Essential TPE

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

Only If You Don’t Care About The Minutes

As a full-fledge time-telling device the Re-clock is an unfinished business. It has no minutes or method for indicating how many minutes have passed during the hour. But what makes the concept post-worthy is the way it tells you the hours though the layers of cloth-face. Before you rush in to tell me “Design Fail”; how about coming up with an alternate solution, that will keep the integrity of fading in and out of the hours intact and still communicate the minutes as stylishly.

0 Designers: Various

Neon Tapelights Are The New Glo Friends

Neon Tapelights Are The New Glo Friends

Looking at these Neon Tape lights brings back a flood of memories from childhood. That’s right I’m talking about the Glo Friends! Although the cheap Chinese version of stars and planets stuck to the ceiling comes in a close second, Glo Friends were the best for night-time monsters. Saving Energy And Safety Line takes the idea of this night-glow-lights a step further, by coming in the form of a sticky tape that can be easily put around counter-edges and furniture. Thus avoiding the hassle of turning on the lights for a trip to the fridge at night.

0 Designer: Cheol Min Park

Waste No Waste; They Are A Treat For Plants!

Waste No Waste; They Are A Treat For Plants!

If we talk about the future of dining (everyday home meals), it’s quite alright to assume ready-to-eat steaks and pot roast being available in capsules. Compact food meaning easier to cook and clean-up and this is where the Electrolux Eco Cleaner, a portable, compact dishwasher comes in play. Using ultrasonic waves to ionize food particles on the dishes, this dishwasher converts the food/grease to reusable compost for plants. Thereby waste will no longer be waste, but healthy meals for the greens. Squeaky Clean dishes, just a by-product!

0 Designer: Ahi Andy Mohsen

Read Really Fat Books In A Jiffy

Read Really Fat Books In A Jiffy

The real reason for the Help Readers device is to help the silver generation, who is fond of reading, cope with weak eyesight. The handheld scanner converts the text into audio and is of a convenient size to facilitate portability. My reason to get one will be to scan through the thick fiction novels and design books that Long Tran devours for breakfast! Damn I can’t read as much as that man; I barely get past the preface of Harry Potter!

0 Designer: Qu Xinbo

Re-learning The Traffic lights

Re-learning The Traffic lights

For the greater good of mankind I’m willing to do my bit and learn new traffic rules. If it saves a life or time, then why not! What Uni-Signal here is saying, that we have been using round traffic lights for ages now, with only the red-amber-green-colors for aid. How about prepping the system and broadening the spectrum of usage (by colorblind people) and change the shape of the lights! Triangle-Red-Stop, Circle-Amber-Stay, Rectangle-Green-Go! If nothing else, it looks swanky and now we can teach tiny-tots shapes and colors in one go!

0 Designers: by Ji-youn Kim, Soon-young Yang & Hwan-ju Jeon

Advance Pinwheels

Advance Pinwheels

Pinwheels are iconic in the broad minds of children’s terrascapes but with a bit of tech prowess, adults can enjoy them too. The Solarlight is a project aimed at bringing attention to the wonders of wind power and to the current degenerate state of unsustainable energy. Acrylic blades catch the wind and a small generator lights a tube. As for why it’s called a Solarlight instead of Windlight? Umm, translation error?

0 Designer: Eon Tae Yoon