Disposable Printer

Disposable Printer

The Instant Cartridge Printer is an awesome idea modeled on the lines of how disposable cameras are dispensed. The plan is to buy a cartridge printer off the shelf, according to the paper size you plan on using. Related info like print speed, print resolution and color is provided on the packaging itself. The designers try and bring in an eco-angle by using recyclable paper for the milk-box packaging and recyclable parts. However the printer is powered by an internal battery & hooks to the device and comp via USB.

0 Designers: Yuexun Chen & Chia-Chen Hsiao

Phone On Board

Phone On Board

This is sexy enough to make me want a handset. Phone On Board originated by observing how space is used around a phone. People make calls but also keep pens, notes, keys – any number of things. The design itself is minimal enough to live in Muji stores and I love how the no-frills design of the handset brings all the attention to the base plate. Stunning example of design by extension and adaptation.

0 Designers: Shin Go Eun & Giha Woo

BioErgonomic Pen Is Inspiring

BioErgonomic Pen Is Inspiring

I love a designer that understands ergonomics but I love one that understands humor even more. This BioErgonomic pen is shaped to better fit in the hands. The squatter base helps it rests between the fingers and that bump keeps it from slipping. Designer Mohsen Tafazzoly admits “usage probability for women is higher than men.” I wouldn’t count your stats too quickly. I know a lot and I do mean A LOT of men that would buy this. Oh and look, the ink color is denoted by the umm… the head.

0 Designer: Mohsen Tafazzoly

Pen Full Of Memories

Pen Full Of Memories

Bond and his clan are always sporting innovative gadgets that look cool and make us plebs feel in-adept! Taking a pot-shot at Q’s ability is the U Drive Memory Pen and will hopefully be a fitting answer to pen and memory needs! Let me explain, the tip of this slick ink-less pen actually holds sensors that “read” and store the written text / sketches into the built-in memory card. The info thus stored can be accessed via the USB key at the rear of the pen. In short you don’t need any paper to jot down notes, just the action of writing on any surface (hand, table, paper etc.) is sufficient.

0 Designer: Wang Xuelei

Beautiful Balena!

Beautiful Balena!

Sometimes simple lines and fluid depictions translate into gorgeous results like the Balena. Designed as a bathroom sink faucet, Lu cleverly mixes metal with tinted green transparent plastics to highlight the functional beauty of the water valves inside. A built-in single axis hinge allows you to turn the spout up and down, plus the water flow can be manually adjusted at anytime. I’m curious to see how an entire bathroom range of fitting in this line will turn up and of course color combinations in this can get wild and exciting!

0 Designer: Wen-Yo Lu

There's Something in the SEAT!

There’s Something in the SEAT!

There’s NO ONE on the wing of the plane! The only people on this plane are sitting in their seats. So what’s the most important thing on the plane to make comfortable? You betcha. This is an economy class airplane seat designed by the likes of repeat-wower-designer to Yanko, Gerda Hopfgartner. Made to form fit the body, these seats have instantly activatable “smart control” which has the ability to adjust to your perfect setting with only the entry of a few measurements you’re free to memorize.

0 Designer: Gerda Hopfgartner

Solo Storage Box Is Dizzyingly Awesome

Solo Storage Box Is Dizzyingly Awesome

Solo is a playfully interactive storage box with randomly placed cubes as handles totaling 36 drawers in varying lengths. The drawers are strategically placed to maximize storage. Inspired by architecture and typography, the design has even spawned its own eponymous font. I love how the piece demands attention. It’s bold but still tasteful. It looks like something the Riddler would have in his lair – a brain teaser just to find your socks.

0 Designer: Franck Tawema

Stream Music From A Floating iPod

Stream Music From A Floating iPod

The Wireless Streaming Music Centre has an auspicious design (check floating iPod Touch) which could work in its favor among a sea of “me too” competitors. Like other systems on the market, it streams music, connects to your iPod and computer and daisy chains with other units should you want to expand the system. The difference is it also has a hard drive to potentially store music right in the unit.

0 Designer: Bluelarix Designworks

Racy Tendencies For Coffee

Racy Tendencies For Coffee

If I were to pick out 5 quirky ways to brew my java, I’d pick the Cemented Joy, Coffee Stick, Finger Cup, Wooden Passion and the Racepresso! The last one being a new addition needs special mention. What gives me the kicks, is that it will fit perfectly into retro-styled interiors…from the 70’s-80’s era where it was all about having loud, faux-branded unique collectables! So very Kitsch!

0 Designer: Ilgar Rustamov

Come, Tell Me Your Fears

Come, Tell Me Your Fears

As grown-ups we are mature enough to deal with stress and fears in an adult fashion. But with children it’s a different rationale. You never know what situations may trigger fear and what objects may give comfort. To cope with growing pains of children aged between 6 and 9, is this unique toy called Echo. Modeled on the lines of the string-phone, the toy has an acoustic pipe running from its ear to its belly, so that they can tell it secrets for safe keeping. Naturally the voice gets modified in the belly, creating unique sound effects of a conversation.

0 Designer: Emi Schenkelbach

A Fresh Anvil Bike

A Fresh Anvil Bike

Oh yes! A lovely new bike. ASI Kestrel hired Anvil Studios to design a fabulous new carbon filter Time Trial bike. Collaborating with design consultant Sean Horita they’ve made this “4000LTD.” It’s a really nice lookin bike, I gotta say. It’s high-end, integrates molded-composite features with “cutting-edge aesthetic identity”, and both empowers and expands the identity of the Kestrel brand.

0 Designer: Anvil Studios for ASI | Kestrel

Lucky Babies, Bumbleride Flite Review

Lucky Babies, Bumbleride Flite Review

About 5 years ago I noticed more strollers at design shows. Manufacturers were paying attention to design and function. They were clever with compartments, lightening the overall weight and hiring engineers to make unfolding and collapsing an easy task. With those efforts we now have strollers that make pushing babies around an easy and stylish affair. One such company is Bumbleride. I don’t have a baby myself (at least none that I know of) so I handed this over to a trusting mommy. If anyone is going to speak the truth, it’s a mom so hit the jump.

0 Designer: Bumbleride (Buy it here $249.99)

Snowflake Speaker

Snowflake Speaker

By roughly tracing the structure of everyone’s favorite surprise during winter, designer Sylvain Gerber created the Snowflake Speaker. He’s created something that visually contours the idea of clean sound – as pure as snow.There are no fancy covers or meshing. The speaker is stripped bare revealing all the intricate membranes highlighted by an eery glow. Technically the design is simple to execute by integrating the latest in flat membrane audio technology hiding all the electronics in the bottom of the speaker.

0 Designer: Sylvain Gerber