Hey Everybody! It's the iPad Pad!

Hey Everybody! It’s the iPad Pad!

You knew this was coming. Tired of “false input” when drawing on your new iPad? Neither am I but designer Johan Basberg sure is, so he designed “The Artist’s Pad” for Apple’s latest tech fetish. This very simple palm (no, not PALM) pad prevents “false input” from the hand when using the iPad. And as a bonus, this nifty rag doubles as a passive screen wiper. The iPad pad is machine washable, it contains wool and polyester (the inside) and is wrapped in 100% pure cotton.

0 Designer: Johan Basberg

USB Roll-on

USB Roll-on

Check out this USB flash drive designed for Adidas to give to their clients and friends. Color me jealous because I want one! It looks like a miniature roll-on suitcase with the eponymous three stripes. I’m not one for novel flash drives but I know there are collectors out there so do me a favor. If you somehow come across these flash drives, go ahead and grab an extra one for me will ya? Thanks, Love you.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin

Nice See Cups! (Fashionably Loud Headphones)

Nice See Cups! (Fashionably Loud Headphones)

Great Accessories in Music History: Mozart’s powdered wigs, Elton John’s sunglasses, The Ramones’ black leather jackets, Tommy Lee’s “third” drum stick, Kevin Federline. Now designers Min-guk Ji & Hong-joo Kim & In-oh Yoo & for Metatrend Institute have invented what could be the greatest music accessory since the groupie. The “Transparent OLED Headphones” (working title I’m assuming) are made from flexible OLED panels that allow the user to custom design a lighting show or patterns across your cranium.

0 Designers: Min-guk Ji, Hong-joo Kim & In-oh Yoo

Hangers On You Actually Want

Hangers On You Actually Want

Don’t look now but you are about to be invaded by tiny white ninjas. No wait, it’s just a bunch of stick figure pirates taking over your hallway..whew! Whatever they’re mission is, they need to first hold up my damn rain coat! Designer Massimo Battaglia has created this little army of ambiguous acrobats to service all your hanging needs. Calling his design “MagicBeans”, an homage to the Jack and the Beanstalk story, this clever design will be featured at this years Milan Design Week and will no doubt go into production shortly there after.

0 Designer: Massimo Battaglia

Tok Took Toggling

Tok Took Toggling

Ooo I am loving this idea. Tok Took (say it fast!) Power Plug is a better and safer plug. The entire system works like a retractable pen with a toggle system. The prongs are hidden from touch until you lock it into the socket and press down. I imagine a hearing a satisfying “click” when doing so. It’s supposed to reduce the risk of electric shock and is a great way to “unplug” devices when not in use. Save energy people! Ooo and look at the cute little caddy. It’s adorable!

0 Designer: Soon Mo Kang

A Spot Of Tea

A Spot Of Tea

A better and bolder teacup set. The T-Win Demitasse Cup looks strangely alien to me for some reason yet the only things different about it are very subtle. The ringlet handles are oddly placed. I’m not sure I like it because having a handle so high up means the rest of my hand touches the cup which if filled with hot tea won’t be a pleasurable experience. On the other hand, I love how the center of the saucer rises up into the cup to prevent it from slipping.

0 Designer: Karl Baxter

Floored By The Sonic Emotional Pulse Of Music

Floored By The Sonic Emotional Pulse Of Music

What do we have for our audiophiles today? A glorious, sleek and majestic player called the Sonic Emotional Pulse Of Music designers by Chen Guoheng. Going by the norm of transparent covers showcasing the disk spinning fast, this one goes a step ahead and partially exposes the spinning disk. Fiber optic cables are used to hook this baby up, with shimmy blue LEDs emitting a soft glow right below the speakers. The highlight of course is the equalizer waves that move in sync with the beat of the music.

0 Designer: Chen Guoheng

Bringin' Baby Back

Bringin’ Baby Back

What weighs a little over 25 lbs. and whines incessantly about everything it sees? No, not Victoria Beckham. It’s that baby you have strapped to your back in what is being called the “JoinUs” by designer Robert Jurgens for Dadanana. Simply put, it’s what Native Americans once called a “papoose”, but we Yanko-vittes will just call it a backpack for babies. This slick design is light, practical and comes with both a kick-stand and weather guard.

0 Designers: Philippe Soeters & Robert Jurgens

Lap Eating Is The 21st Century Way

Lap Eating Is The 21st Century Way

Lapware exists in the realm between traditional tableware and cheap plastic/paper plates. There’s a contemporary approach to this eating style. It’s suggestive of a more casual experience that’s highly focused on social interactions. Each piece looks awkwardly shaped but exquisitely molded to fit the unique nooks and crannies of the human body. It’s adaptive and functional and I’m hungry.

0 Designer: Andrea Marin

Grade School Learning In The Future

Grade School Learning In The Future

What will education be like in the 21st century? The “Conceptual Age” has just begun. In this era, the creative and sensitive, conceptual thinkers will play a major role and in their education, school plays the most important role. Human intelligence produces technical and social change at a pace the traditional classroom can no longer deny. Since students have the opportunity to research online, teachers no longer have mastery over knowledge. They become mediators and facilitators, they need to promote the students‘ ability to work scientifically.

0 Designer: designaffairs STUDIO

Make Cooking A Dining Experience

Make Cooking A Dining Experience

Why is it the kitchen and dining area are in two separate rooms? They function together in a symbiotic relationship more so than any other in a house. Space is a premium so designers are thinking modularity and this exercise in efficient cooking/dining is probably just one of many concept we’ll see . It’s a dining table with a work/cook top; or is it a work/cook top with a dining table? In one fell swoop, you get both with the added bonus of an office nook. The ceramic cook top is insulated with silicon to protect that beautiful wood beneath. I want this badly.

0 Designer: Jonas Buck

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