A Glass With Class

A Glass With Class

Under normal circumstances a drinking glass with an extra hole in it is a messy proposition. Unless that hole was designed by Alvaro Lagos Vasquez. His “O-Glass” design cleverly uses the base of a normal lowball glass by inserting a hole. Now you can use this magical hole to hold a napkin, pencil, spike etc. Plus, it creates an easy storing potential in bars. Genius! This got me thinking, what other common items could be improved by the simple inclusion of a hole?

0 Designer: Alvaro Lagos Vasquez

Slim But Watch It! Wide Load Coming Thru

Slim But Watch It! Wide Load Coming Thru

OM is a wireless, optical mouse with an incredibly slim profile. If you thought Apple’s Magic Mouse was too slim, your hand is probably cramping up just thinking about using this. Wait up tho! Studies show most of the strain on your hands comes from the extremities so this mouse was made extra wide – almost as wide as an average hand to provide full support. At only 10mm at the highest point, it almost feels like you’re using nothing at all – just a bunch of people pawing at their desks. I’d love a picture of that.

0 Designer: Lukasz Natkaniec

Divide and Conquer Your Food

Divide and Conquer Your Food

I am starting to lose sight of what is more important as we all try to move forward in the green movement. As global warming converges on us all, is conserving water or conserving trees more important? Can both these conservation efforts live harmoniously? Case in point: this design by Yang So-yeon called “Foldish”. It is a wonderfully thought out design that creates paper barriers for your meal, therefore eliminating the need for separate disposable dishes for each of your courses.

0 Designer: Yang So-yeon

A Way Better Idea for Tubes

A Way Better Idea for Tubes

You’ve got a lot to say about tubes. Everyone does! Everyone has an opinion for tubes! And I’m sure you know the tubes I’m talking about, rescue tubes! The kind they didn’t have enough of on the Titanic. In fact, I hear all of theres were just crappy sinky tubes. These tubes are much better than those. These are just fantastic. This project is called “Unitube” and it’s made for when a lot of people are about to drown. They just hang on. They just hang out. They rock the Unitube.

0 Designer: Shin Dong-Jin

Make A Paperclip Nest

Make A Paperclip Nest

I want this like yesterday. The aptly names Nest is a magnetic shaped egg you need to coddle and care for by building a nest of paperclips. Keeps it stable and like any good mother, you may get a wonderful surprise after a few months. I’m totally kidding about that although if anything hatches, please write me. That deserves a story.

0 Designers: Cheng-Tsung Feng & Bo-Jin Wang

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Holle Mirror by Geoffroy Gillant requires some imagination and a little faith to accept. The concept revolves around the idea of a hole in mirror – absorbs all and giveth back. It won 2nd place in the CINNA Design Competition in the small furniture category. Are you confused? Think of it this way. Hang a scarf but retrieve it thru the hole. OMG it’s like magic!

0 Designer: Geoffroy Gillant

HOW TO STICK IT IN...

HOW TO STICK IT IN…

We have all been there before. It’s late, you’ve had a few drinks, you really want to get your “creative” juices flowing. You have an idea of what you really want to do but unless you get your tools up to speed, you are just limping along. Fumbling with our “lead” and trying in vain to get it in the right hole can be a mission. Precise alignment is often a make or break proposition and getting it wrong can be embarrassing. No one knows these issues more than designers Hoyoung Lee, Youngwoo Park & Jungmin Park.

0 Designers: Hoyoung Lee, Youngwoo Park & Jungmin Park

Mario Bros. Garden

Mario Bros. Garden

Had enough of planting fake crops in Farmville, but not quite ready to go totally Martha Stewart in your garden? Designer “Sexin” has created “THE RIPE RADISH” for you. This solar lawn lamp serves many a purpose. First, it’s a solar powered lawn lamp that is white during the day as it collects solar power-ups, then at night it  glows red to light your way, cute! Second, it’s a house for your soon to be born radish buddies, still cute! And lastly, it’s a neat way to play the new Super 3D Mario Garden! (No Batteries Required. Yoshi and Daisy not included).

0 Designer: Arthur Xin

Hoodie Light

Hoodie Light

I have a vested interest in soft electronics, particular mixing hardware with textiles. It’s nothing new but we are getting closer and closer to wearable clothes and that excites me. Take for example the Skôn which means nice in Dutch and Swedish. The rim of the hoodie has a knitted variable resistor and varies when you play with it. The changing resistance value changes the intensity of the light. There’s something ethereal about this. Even tho summer’s approaching, it makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. 

0 Designers: Paula Kassenaar and Paula Segura Meccia

Recharging With The Rubik’s Cube

Recharging With The Rubik’s Cube

We have seen the Rubik’s Cube do a lot of stuff. In fact if you hit Rubik here, you get to see an MP3 Player, a Braille version and security codes. The Cube Magic here is a battery charger that works on the electro magnetic induction principles; play with the cube, harness some energy and covert it to juice for recharging gadgets. Awesome!

0 Designer: Zheng Weixi

Doggy Bone Is A USB Hub

Doggy Bone Is A USB Hub

The SMART • E is a smart USB Extender that saves you the embarrassment of pulling out the wrong plug out of the hub. Imagine losing out precious data or function just coz you pulled the wrong plug! How lame!

The practical dog-bone shape diversifies the sockets to the four ends and keeps the wires under control. Hopefully this won’t stay a concept for too long.

0 Designer: Emma Design Company

Those Are Smart Bookends

Those Are Smart Bookends

There was a time when people described inanimate objects as “smart”, to indicate a certain level of class and appeal. The Book Stop by Cubo3 are simple bookends meant to evoke humor in a playful way. You know what? They look “smart” if I do say so myself; not because they’re cute, but because they’re reading. Clever clever. They’re made of double metal lamina and you can get them in many colors. Just hit up their site.

0 Designer: Cubo3

Sexy Audio Makes Unicorns Happy

Sexy Audio Makes Unicorns Happy

Take a look at the speakers next to your computer and ask yourself if they’re sexy. I’m going to assume you answered no and present you with the ICIC System of Computer Speakers by Lukasz Natkaniec. The simple shape was designed to help spread sound in a manner we all expect; slight angled up and out. No idea what it’s made of but the Unicorns are happy. Yes Unicorns are sad when your speakers suck. I’m not drunk this morning. I’m telling the truth. Don’t take me away. I’m sane I tells ya.

0 Designer: Lukasz Natkaniec