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

Did You Hug Your Coffee Today?

Did You Hug Your Coffee Today?

The Alfredo Coffee Cup encourages you to get a bit more interactive with your daily cuppa. While the main coffee mug is made from wood, the redesigned saucer is made from ceramic. More like a cup lazing on a hammock, the overall effect of this set is that you can place your sugar and milk sachets comfortably in the tray below, while you caress your mug and share the warmth of the hot brew.

0 Designer: Emi Schenkelbach

Kodak Brownie Revived For The 2012 Olympics

Kodak Brownie Revived For The 2012 Olympics

Reviving the Kodak Brownie for the future Olympics is quite exciting and traditional, since Brownies were often made to commemorate events and anniversaries. Just to skim through a few details: this 2012 Olympic Kodak Brownie has been modeled as a ‘box Brownie’; specifically the Brownie Flash 3 from 1962. Proportionate to the Flash 3, the new avatar is 66% of the scale, representing the tech advances made since the original was discontinued.

0 Designer: James Coleman

Rubbish Table!

Rubbish Table!

All you designers know you’re a messy bunch. Give you a table, a pencil, paper, eraser, sharpener and I’m willing to bet an artful pile of trash would build up all over the floors. No need to be a mess cat anymore. The La Gota Table has a hollow leg with a trash bin at the base. The opening is surrounded by ripples to prevent anything from mistakenly rolling in. The timber parts are made from reclaimed lumber and the table top –  a soy based polymer resin with bamboo fillers. HOT! I want one.

0 Designer: Timothy Emmott

Laser Precise Time

Laser Precise Time

The Reflectius Clock by Art Lebedev Studio has a whopping sixty rotating mirrors that successively reflect a single laser beam at precise angles to draw numbers. Complex triangular facets guild the beam to form the current time and showcase the efficiency and preciseness of a laser beam! Totally fascinating…don’t forget to check out the demo.

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

The Perfect Gift For Your Woman

The Perfect Gift For Your Woman

It’s quite apparent that all ladies will have a soft corner for the Accessories MP3 Player. Honestly, how many MP3 players can be as subtle and discreet as this! Fashion statement, jewelry, bling…you name it, and it’s there! I adore the little loop earring that goes into the ear as headphones, now only if Cartier or Tiffany can get a whiff of this…

0 Designer: Lee Won-jun

Weiqi With No Chess Pieces

Weiqi With No Chess Pieces

The WU& a Chess Set eschews ancient runes and poggles for LEDs. The foldable silica gel chessboard rolls up for portability and if you can’t find a partner, the onboard computer will gladly make a worthy opponent. On another note, I was never able to master this form of chess but LEDs attract me like a moth to a flame so I may try again.

0 Designer: Guan Yi Quan