Hanging High And Dry

Hanging High And Dry

The way we Indians do it is we hang our towel out in the sun, every day, right after our bath. That’s the routine mom taught us when we were young, but the nextgen is too lazy to follow that. The laundry cycles is usually set for a weekly change in towels at most homes, so a system like the “Towel Hanger” suits the situation. It dries, deodorizes and sanitizes the towel, when you hang it on the rail. As an added attraction, ambient lights switch on, creating a sweet environment when indulging in an aroma therapy soak!

0 Designer: Kim Jin Yeong

Ultimate Modular Kitchen For 2050

Ultimate Modular Kitchen For 2050

Modular kitchens of the future seem to have the basics in place but little can be said about the supporting technology. For example the Elements Modular Kitchen has wall mounted appliances that range from fridge, air-conditioner, lighting and cooking modules. You can add or choose the modules that are best suited for your home. Each unit works independently but can be seamlessly work together via wireless smart networking. They draw power (wirelessly) thru ‘powermat’ technology applied to the wall, and this is supplemented with solar energy when required.

0 Designer: Mathew Gilbride

Umbrella Does A Smiling Wheelie!

Umbrella Does A Smiling Wheelie!

Do you recollect the two umbrella posts I did a while back? One had a calligraphy tip and the other a wheel so that you could drag the thing around. The Wheel Umbrella seen here is a mix of these two, but the only difference is that the target audience for this is children. A delightful play element has been included to the design, where you can drag the umbrella trough puddles and leave behind smiles! When opened up, the umbrella doesn’t look bad, and the kid in the picture looks like he can handle the added weight.

0 Designers: Various

Chemistry Cooks

Chemistry Cooks

Check out this novel yet totally functional salt, pepper, oil and vinegar set called Earl. Inspired by the iconic Erlenmeyer chemistry flask, Earl brings a scientific element to sophisticated dining. I had a chem teacher in high school that would have flipped over this.

0 Designers: Kevin Champion & Duncan Taylor for Mode Product Design

Buzbox Review, Cool As Ice

Buzbox Review, Cool As Ice

You wouldn’t think much more could be done for an ice cube tray but when one wins a Good Design Award, we have to investigate. The Buzbox by Raaya Design takes a very simple idea and improves it just enough to make life even simpler and it’s priced just right at $15. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Raaya Design for Buzbox (Buy it here $15)

Power Around My Neck

Power Around My Neck

Most photographers use a sturdy camera strap while clicking pictures and here’s an idea that wants to capitalize on it. This is done by making the strap solar-savvy! Meaning, adding thin solar films across the width of the strap, so as to harness solar energy when out on the field. Aptly christened the Solar Camera Strap, it’s a neat idea; when we can have solar panels on backpacks and what not, then why not on a camera strap!

0 Designer: Weng Jie

Making It Easy To Communicate With Grandma

Making It Easy To Communicate With Grandma

If it’s not the technology, then it’s the size of the gadget that some senior citizens find challenging. Touch interfaces are not necessarily friendly to arthritis fingers. The IC Social Communication Tool is a project that Mikael undertook when he realized his grandmother was having a tough time coping with emails, chats and video calls over the internet. He devised the IC to be the perfect medium for electronic communication.

0 Designer: Mikael Johansen

Best Of Machine And Digital

Best Of Machine And Digital

The Mechanized Digital Watch features a digital font but manipulates it to function as a “mechanized” number because the elements of each digit physically move to create numbers. Every digit is composed of 7 panels and to create a number, panels on the watch face recess revealing contrasting sidewalls. Thus creating the outline of a digit and a whole lot of fun!

0 Designer: Carl Allen

Chaos Theory For Books

Chaos Theory For Books

How do you arrange your bookshelf? Fat to thin, tall to short? Horizontal, vertical….so many ways to do one thing; filling up the bookshelf! On my shelf chaos theory rules; no matter how neatly I arrange it, the order of books get all jumbled up after I’ve pulled out a couple for reading. “Need Not Arrange Anymore” brings art to the way we pile up books. A neat looking shelf with tons of attitude!

0 Designer: Kim Ji-hye

Dirty Linen Goes Straight To The Closet!

Dirty Linen Goes Straight To The Closet!

The notion of dumping laundry in a basket and then taking it out on laundry-day will probably be redundant in the future. All you will need to do is hang your clothes in a specialized closet and await molecular technology to do its thing. The Clean Closet is your laundry basket, washing machine and drying cabinet – all rolled into one. Using its tech, it scans clothes for stains etc and removes it, freshens it (de-odorizes), and that too without using water.

0 Designer: Michael Edenius

Memory Clip-on

Memory Clip-on

Although I find hanging my USB stick around my neck quite alright, I wouldn’t mind if it came as a clip-on. Something that looked like this Metro USB Clip would be perfect; slip it securely on a pocket. The added advantage of auto backup on second drive, sliding feature and color changeable shells, transforms it from a regular stick to something different.

0 Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee

Beer Energy

Beer Energy

There’s a time before a meal when some people get prepared, get super hungry, get so fantastically ready to eat. This time is called the “appertivo time,” and during this time people drink alcohol. They drink beer. They have a good time. Carlos Zanotti Cavazzoni of Raver Studio had an amazing idea. Why not signify this pre-meal energy with light? How about putting that light in the base of a glass for beer? Fabulous! Completely fabulous and beer-sexy.

0 Designer: Carlos Zanotti Cavazzoni of Raver Studio

Clip The Book

Clip The Book

Will it – won’t it; the debate may continue forever, but the truth is, print publication for books is not going to go obsolete. There are far too many booklovers and e-reader does not make any sense to a person who has to choose a week of groceries vs an e-book. Paperback is more affordable. Playing on the sentiment of book reading is the “Forget Me Not Clip”. A gentle, glowing reminder to pick up a book and read it.

0 Designer: Kim So Eun