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

Got A Chain Fetish?

Got A Chain Fetish?

Designer Cho Hyung Suk has an affinity for bicycle chains – for their utilitarian function and seemingly beauty. The B-Chain Lamp spins the bike chain into a new kind of object, one that is rigid enough to pose a light into various positions. There’s something oddly anthropomorphic about this design – maybe because it halfway reminds me of the Pixar Lamp.

0 Designer: Cho Hyung Suk

Sponges And Greens Get Thirsty….

Sponges And Greens Get Thirsty….

…for the splatter of rain-soaked umbrellas! The Lawn For Rain is a really neat dish that has a dash of green springs at the bottom of the tray and huge sponge fingers. The idea is to mesh your wet umbrellas between the sponge fingers so that they soak in the water and dry it. The tiny plants at the bottom are kept hydrated via the excess drained water. Personally I think it’s a cute idea, but for cities like mine, where monsoons create havoc only for three months in a year, the poor plants would die of thirst later!

0 Designers: Cun-Min Zheng, Yan-Zhen Li & Xin-Yu Wang

Table For Foodies

Table For Foodies

I love this “plated” table top from Elad Kashi. Although the legs mimic a very well known designer, it’s all about what’s on top. The table surface is actually made of several removable ceramic plates and the idea is each can hold a side dish or condiment. It encourages communal eating and is a great way to divvy up space at the dinner table. I love the last picture. DAMN those people are pigs. Oink!

0 Designer: Elad Kashi

I Shall Call Him Lampy

I Shall Call Him Lampy

The Drawing Lamp reduces the idea of an artificial light source to its most basic components, cable and illuminant. Thomas Feichtner designed it for his personal use but it looks complete enough to hit store shelves now. The illuminant is LED based and the steel frame can rest on two different planes giving you wide dispersal or direct illumination.

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner

Tumble Dry In Vacuum

Tumble Dry In Vacuum

DryMate is a clothes dryer that uses a new vacuum technology to dry clothes at lower temperature. As a result lesser energy is consumed, and heat-related damage to the clothes is avoided. The dryer scores another brownie point for being easily accessible from a standing position. To aid its stand further, a 9 degree tilt and a wide-mouth drum has been incorporated to the design. The rounded exterior gives a refreshing new form to the redundant cuboids that we see at homes.

0 Designer: Nico Kläber

Cement Your Love For Coffee

Cement Your Love For Coffee

Concrete, ideal for building homes and roads but is it good enuf for a coffee machine? Tough question to answer, but apparently we can take Shmuel Linski’s help on this coz he’s designed one. The rugged appeal and the delectable cracks in its form; Espresso Solo looks smoking hot in this cemented avatar! Shmuel has kept the project simple, the machine makes only espresso: short and long. A chamber for the beans and an outlet for water are all that it features. No fuss, just solid love for caffeine and irresistible forms!

0 Designer: Shmuel Linski

Watch Is All Buttons

Watch Is All Buttons

When designing this timepiece collection for odm, Michael Young altered the conventional mindset of how a watch looks and the result is this gorgeous collection. The position of time panel and buttons are ingeniously reversed for a fresh way to read time, giving its eponymous name  – Reverse.

0 Designer: Michael Young for odm

What Causes Nokia Erections!

What Causes Nokia Erections!

It’s not a hot-blonde-Sony or gorgeous Apples, but plain simple laws of physics that causes this Nokia to get an erection! The physical kind! I mean the Kinetic kind! The concept is this, for every incoming call, text, email or alarm, the phone gets super excited and gets…standing tall! Yup the brief was to make the phone as playful as possible…as if a vibration mode was not enough! And if it’s not the right person calling or the alarm too soon…simply tap the phone back to deflate the …erection! Umm…cold shower won’t do!

0 Designer: Jeremy Innes-Hopkins

Let My Eyes Speak

Let My Eyes Speak

i-Mos is a pair of funky looking glasses that a speech impaired person can use for easy communication. Although the user scenario suggested by the designer looks more tragic, like involving physical disabilities as well, I’m going to stick with just the basics. The device tracks your eye movement as Morse-code inputs and then voices it out as speech. One eye is dedicated to “dot” and the other to “dash”. Aids like sentence completion and built-in Morse code learning, add value to the idea and make usage more independent. A well intended plan!

0 Designer: Wonkook Lee

Just The Right Cover For My High-Heeled Shoes

Just The Right Cover For My High-Heeled Shoes

God help you if you live by the coast where drainage sucks, it’s puring like crazy and its high tide as well! To top it off, citizens callously litter the streets, which end up clogging the gutters! Sounds familiar to me coz I’ve lived through one of the worst city floods due to all of the above, hence the Smooth Cover for city drains sounds fantastic! The cover has slanted slits that are narrow enough to let the rain water pass through but keeps away the trash.

0 Designers: Yan-Ting Chen & Hsin Yeh

Unpack Thy Turntables

Unpack Thy Turntables

I think this project wins the longest name of the day award with “flight case Pioneer PRO 1400 – FLT.” It’s a DJ table that can be folded up easily and nicely into a rolling case configuration. Inside can also fit all the equipment you’d need to DJ, headphones, CDs, plates, and other DJ gear. It’s what designer Raphael Vivier calls a “mobile disco” and I’m inclined to agree. Wheels of steel on tiny wheels for easy transport.

0 Designer: Raphael Vivier