Holiday Clouds of Cuteness

Holiday Clouds of Cuteness

The cool people over at Centre International d’Art Verrier de Meisenthal have produced a limited edition Christmas Ball by the name of Cumulus. It’s a bunch of little clouds designed by Mendel Heit. Each year the CIAV chooses to work with a new young designer who then designs a unique piece for production in a limited edition. This year it’s a cute little cloud! This particular design invites you, the new owner of a tiny little cloud, to travel back to your childhood and hang out in your own imagination, up in the air.

0 Designers: Mendel HEIT

Spoon For All Seasons

Spoon For All Seasons

The Clever Spoon is a really nifty tool to have around the kitchen. The video demo shows just how easy it is to measure different portions using this one tool. A quick slide up and down and you are ready to use! I love the fact that it completely disassembles for a thorough clean up!

0 Designer: Yeonghwa Kim

Microwave Becomes A Lamp

Microwave Becomes A Lamp

Apparently mums in Korea prepare food and keep it hot for their children, using a babsang bo cloth. The Delicious Wave Microwave is fashioned on this premise and even doubles up as a lamp. It hovers above the dining table as a light fixture and can be pulled down to cover a plate of food to heat it. Quite an interesting visual to see the microwave disappear as a space-occupying appliance and become this functional two-in-one thang!

0 Designers: Kyu Hyun Lee & Hae Won Jo

Energia!

Energia!

The Viva Light Tower is a lamp post but totally independent from the grid. It derives its power from three natural sources; sun, wind, and biochemical. Seems like an interesting idea but looks quite expensive to implement, but hey – lamp posts and street lights need a massive upgrade if we’re to cut emissions by the year 2020. This is one idea that could see our way there.

0 Designer: Chelles Hayashi Designs

Shoes That Clean The Floor

Shoes That Clean The Floor

The FOKI is a floor cleaning shoe, yea you read that correctly. It has two rotary cleaners underneath each shoe to sweep up dust and kill bacteria. They’re cordless but there’s a LED display on the side to indicate battery levels. It sounds weird but if I shut my eyes really hard to imagine the possibilities of clean floors with every step, I’m sold. I hate sweeping – please, anything to make cleaning less tedious.

0 Designer: Adika Titut Triyugo

One Album Band Aid

One Album Band Aid

The Skinny Player kinda reminds me of the O+ Music Campaign where the promotional kit offers one song in various mediums. The concept here with the Skinny Player is to offer one album space on a portable – Band Aid-esque device. The self-sticking player houses a play/stop button and flexible speakers. Although I am not so sure about the sound quality for the output, but the idea is worth exploring. The user-scenario is for exercise or such places where you want to keep your hands free, but still carry your music with you.

0 Designers: Chih-Wei Wang & Shou-Hsi Fu

Divided Shower

Divided Shower

The BRS is a shower system that features a transparent tank that divides the shower panel from the washbasin and toilet cistern, back to back. Although this Liteon Awards winning design is intended for water saving means while waiting for your shower water to heat up; I like it for its design layout. The only change I would like to suggest is to have everything on one side, because the back-to-back design limits space usage and will not be feasible for small toilets.

0 Designer: Frank Guo

Flying Yogi On A Stool!

Flying Yogi On A Stool!

Meet the Meditation Everyday, a seating option inspired by the levitating yogi and his meditation capabilities. The design appeals to my curious mind, which wants to know if it will support my heavy frame in the lotus position. The thing with meditation is that even a trained mind gets fidgety and makes excuses for you to shift in your place, disturbing your balance and peace. So perched on this seat, will my mind be still or keep wondering about Humpty Dumpty’s great fall!

0 Designer: Haeyoen Kim

Sun + Flower = Lunchbox!

Sun + Flower = Lunchbox!

The Sunflower Lunchbox is a cute solar-powered appliance that heats and cools food items at the same time. A collapsible petals-like contraption (laced with solar cells) is used to trap the solar energy, which is then stored in an internal battery. With the simple touch of a button, you can then heat or cool down the contents within the individual boxes. It’s an ideal lunchbox for those fussy about eating piping hot food and solid cold drinks!

0 Designer: Edita Barabas

Sit On Concrete And Wood

Sit On Concrete And Wood

Bench #13 is the latest in the evolving bench series by Nico Yektai. The asymmetrical treatment of the richly colored Sapele components play against the stark white cast concrete legs. These disparate components are tied together by the hand of the artist as pieces are added on and then sculpted back until they become an essential part of the composition. Not usually my cup of tea but I’ve been really interested in wood and concrete pieces lately.

0 Designer: Nico Yektai

Best iPod Nano Watch Strap?

Best iPod Nano Watch Strap?

There are several other companies making watch straps for Apple’s latest iPod Nano but the NanoWatch is by far my favorite. The designers have been working feverishly since the Nano (6G) made its debut and although technically late in the game, I believed it paid off. The back of the strap is debossed to perfectly level the Nano’s built-in clip. It’s the only company I know of that makes their straps out of eco-friendly silicon – that’s no nickel or phthalater. It’s also the only company who makes silicon to perfectly match the Nano’s color range. Only €18.00.

0 Designer: Thomas Frederiksen (Buy it here)

Configure Your Picnic Mat

Configure Your Picnic Mat

M.A.T. or Mat Air Together offers different permutations and combinations to the humble picnic mat, just to make your ground level seating a bit more comfy. Air pockets in different areas inflate to become pillows, a table and even armrests. Individualize your preference and enjoy your picnic! Err… high-heels and pins and banned for obvious reasons!

0 Designers: Various

Sands Of Traffic Times!

Sands Of Traffic Times!

The Sand Glass is a new look at traffic lights. Surely people must be frustrated with the current design, which is why we have seen THREE DIFFERENT DESIGNS recently. Make this the fourth dimension using the sand-hour-glass as its model. LED lights trickle down to make an obvious statement, regarding the time left for the lights to change. Easy and intuitive.

0 Designer: Thanva Tivawong