No-Guessing, Only Clear Punching

No-Guessing, Only Clear Punching

The Transparent Punch allows you to see where exactly you will be punching the hole in a paper. The red ring guides your placement and saves you from doing a shoddy job. I’m used to the double punch machine, but if a fancy-looking, practical one like this appears, I’m all for it!

0 Designers: Kisang Yoon and Kyubok Lee

Visualizing Light Controller

Visualizing Light Controller

The To Be Touched Range is a series of intuitive light controllers for the LivingColors series by Philips Design. The models in this range from a simple on/off switch to one that includes a dimmer. The beauty in these switches is the visual color effect that they imbibe. The color saturation and intensity are directly proportionate to the lighting settings chosen. So a deep color ring suggests that the lights are at their brightest.

0 Designers: Philips Lighting & Philips Design

A Sharp Needle Eye!

A Sharp Needle Eye!

The routine while sewing is to cut the thread with a pair of scissors (or teeth!), but since scissors are known to play truant when you need them the most, here is an alternate solution. The Cut Needle. The eye of this special needle has a sharp blade towards the lower-inner eye. The thread tends to stay around the upper eye area whilst sewing, so when you need to cut off the thread, simply snap it over the sharp blade. Teeth and scissors both are not needed! Awesome!

0 Designers: Various

Panning The Bin

Panning The Bin

There is one job that I don’t really have to do: sweeping. Why? Because I’m blessed with maid-service and my house-help really does a darn good job of it. So when I showed my help this Bin Pan, she was eager with excitement, pestering me to bring in one for the home. It is a clever design, to integrate the pan with the dustbin. It looks nice and works well, both at home and at office! Guess I owe her this one! One Bin Pan coming up!

0 Designer: Kawamura Ganjavian

Err, Yes It’s A Water Droplet!

Err, Yes It’s A Water Droplet!

Igor Palichev of the DarkDesignGroup wrote to me saying their new design is inspired by the water droplet. But the naughty side of me refuses to look at the Bool Bool Faucet with innocent eyes! This concept bath mixer combines the two mechanisms: the mixing of hot and cold water, and regulating water pressure; in one protruding rubbery adjustment. A vertical shift controls the water pressure and a horizontal flick, the temperature. Honestly, am I the only one who thinks this a wicked design in a very cute way?

0 Designer: DarkDesignGroup

TAG-Heuer Formula-1 Watch

TAG-Heuer Formula-1 Watch

As we know TAG-Heuer is celebrating 150 years of being in the business and The Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph is already on our wishlist. So it comes as a great pleasure when designers decide to commemorate the event with their own refreshing take. Inspired by the TAG-Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph model, designer Peter Vardai chose to model his version on Formula-1 and Mercedes-Benz combo. Awesome!

0 Designer: Peter Vardai

Tamp & Lable

Tamp & Lable

I’ve seen many, many table and lamp combinations before but they’re generally machined and modern. If you’re more of a earthy earth type person, the Table & Lamp by Florian Kallus might be up your alley. It definitely possesses modern lines but the raw nature of its construction warms it up a tad. I particularly like the way the legs are angled, as if the tabletop exists on a precarious balance.

0 Designer: Florian Kallus

Illuminating Paper

Illuminating Paper

Kind of reminding me of the Pocket Light, this Paper Light takes the concept of ultra-thin illumination to a new level. Wind driven droplights harnesses kinetic energy during the day and transforms it into electro-magnetic energy as the blades cut the lines of magnetic force, and the energy stored in accumulator cells. At night, they transform to romantic LED mood lights that brighten every corner of the room via the reflectors on the ceiling. Dainty cards that are hung up by a string, look as captivating as the wind chimes!

0 Designer: Wen Jie Zheng

Triple Dose Basin

Triple Dose Basin

The Swing + is a wash basin and utility unit that encloses a drawer and what looks to be a secondary shallow basin. The idea is to make a modular unit that befits compact living spaces. The prototype scale model looks convincing, but I’m not a great fan of pivoting integrated toilets! Give me a luxurious Waterfall Sink any day!

0 Designer: Yeonghun Hyun

Flying The Umbrella Kite!

Flying The Umbrella Kite!

This one here, the Dreamfly is for the sheer joy of a carefree childhood. It’s not an earth-shattering idea, and its existence will not make any difference in your efficiency. But it will bring you a few moments of laughter, and maybe some bonding time with loved ones. The concept is of an umbrella that flies (like a kite)…Mary Poppins beware! It’s got jazzy LED lights that glimmer at night and basically implores you to drag yourself outdoors to catch some wind and fun!

0 Designers: YuKwang Kang & Jinsu Cho

Cute Crushing!

Cute Crushing!

PETer is this really cute bottles and aluminum cans crusher that hangs out on the walls. Its sweet disposition is to attract attention from children and encourage them to recycle bottles and cans the right way. The cartoon caricature for the compactor is quite apt to get em started young!

0 Designers: Guillermo Juárez & Samantha Arredondo

Toasted Wrap

Toasted Wrap

It’s the future, say around the year 2015, and in this new-age we no longer believe in standard forms. Like a toaster need not be a rectangular box, it may as well be a Halo! A Super-flexible Toaster which is a sheet of heating element; blanketing the bread and making crisp toasts! Not fussy about space, you can fold it into half or roll it into wrap and stow it till next breakfast. Easy baby!

0 Designers: Burcu Bag, Amalia Monica & Vinay Raj Somashekar

Convex Soap Into Concave Soap Makes Everlasting Soap!

Convex Soap Into Concave Soap Makes Everlasting Soap!

Too much use of the word soap, but that’s exactly how this concept works. The Frugal Soap has one aim, to use every bit of the soap at hand. So instead of coming up with solutions like the Re-Bubble Dispenser or the Soap Bank, where you need to device more objects to make one plan work, Ji Woong Kim has simply re-designed the soap-cake! A convex bottom and concave top is his solution. So when you’re down to your last bit of soap, just smudge it into the concave part of a new soap, and the two become one whole new soap!

0 Designer: Ji Woong Kim