Light one and it can be the cause of your death, and I’ll light the other in your memory. Confused? Don’t be. What we have here is the Ashtray Incense Burner, a ceramic bowl that is an ashtray on the right-side, flip it and it becomes an incense stick holder. One spreads odor, the other fragrance. One is the smell of death, the other of life! Can’t do more poetic justice than this, dedicated to the smoker!
Here is a neat idea that allows you to play with the different faces for a watch. The Watch oNe basically features an E-Ink display which is LED back lit, but its face is not constant, meaning you can change it at whim or fancy. Hook the watch up to the internet and download your kinda face to it. Designers have a choice to upload their creativity to the on-line store, for others to purchase. So the possibilities with this one watch are endless… mechanical, digital, classic, futuristic, complex…any type of face can be downloaded (via micro USB port) for use.
Designer: Igor Chak
The problem addressed in the Line Block Cable is so true to home, it’s the one most of us face when we hook up too many gadgets in one area. Not that we can help it, it’s ideal to have the TV, CD player and the music housed together. As a result, their cables leading up to the socket can get messy and unsightly. Line Block cables are constructed in such a way that they can tag 2 or more wires in a piggy-back fashion. Essentially this means that if the gadgets have this unique structured cable, they line up one-atop-the-other and split out only near the socket, to give a neat finish.
Keeping your wits during an emergency evacuation of a building is easier said than done. If it’s a hotel or an unfamiliar mall, following the leads can be difficult and even confusing at times. The LED Escape Light is a portable LED electric torch meant to tackle this issue of unfamiliarity. It comes with a built-in projector that projects a map to guide you out accurately. I like the handy stand that it is housed in, with an easy grab-and-run vibe.
There are two key elements to the Nagisa Phone designed by Mac Funamizu, first is the “dented” keypad, akin to a wavy seabed and the second is the display that literally “turns around the bend”. This time Mac seems to have mellowed in his designing sensibilities and not gone outlandishly futuristic. What’s more, he simply concentrates on beautifying the form; note the rounded back and the slight elevation when laid flat on a table. Apparently Nagisa means beach in Japanese, and this iteration is at its tranquil best.
Designer: Mac Funamizu
There was this scene in the movie History of the World where Mel Brooks plays the Piss Boy and the royalty pay him the fee for his “bucket service” by dropping his tip into the bucket! Funny scene; but the truth is women can’t pee in the same bucket or urinal! Not unless everyone is peeing in the “We P Unisex Urinal”. The design is self-explanatory, so I’m leaving you boys for a loo-break! Too much of P talk here!
Designer: Michal Farago
Here is a totally cool backpack that goes by the name of SEIL Bag. It’s a backpack meant for cyclists and features an LED Display (flexible PCB) on its face. The bag is designed to work in two modes: Driving Mode and Emotion Mode. In the Driving Mode it shows left and right turn signals for the rider, which is controlled via a detachable controller. This makes it easy for the following traffic to know the riders intent. The cool-quotient is upped with the Emotion Mode; here you can display a variety of emoticons, just for the heck of it.
Designers: Lee Myung Su, Park Geun Wan & Park Okhee for Leemyungsu Designlab
The MINIMA is a classic example of how important form is in the design process. The adorable lattice style for keypads and the wood finish, relay a completely organic look. Specific attention to details like the camouflaged secondary display on the outer flip and bamboo look, make this an object of desire. It looks like a refined version of the Maple Phone, don’t you think?
Designer: Seung-Hyun Yoon
It’s quite unusual to think of faucets as creative elements, high-end designer goodies – yes, but not creative! Well the Joint Jack Tap Concept breaks that myth with its fun outlook and creativity. Basically it’s just three elements (tap, hot and cold mixers) mounted on spherical joints, allowing you to rotate them in many different ways. “It looks like a group of figures in ancient Russian folk sport “Gorodki” or anti-tank obstacle or British flag (Union Jack) in some positions!” Union Jack is quite amusing…don’t you think?
The Control Safety Traffic Light Concept features an LED display that gradually changes the colors from Red to Green, with the Amber (or Yellow) fading in and out; between the changes. Solar panels and a security camera are integrated into the design for obvious reasons, and the whole thing works in conjunction with similarly designed pedestrian lights.
Designer: Roberto Vackflores for CRAB Diseño Industria
Bike maestro designer Omer Sagiv has another treat for us all. This one goes by the name “ReCycle Me” and is a fold-up plastic city bike. Created using only recycleable moulded plastic, its potential impact on the environment is minimal. It features a single gear system for all you new-age bikers and those with no money for maintenance and a dynamo for powering the lights. Then using the full advantage of injection moulding technology, the bike has front, rear, and inbuilt seat suspensions.
Designer: Omer Sagiv
Here is a sweet alternative to hearing your music on the go, The Ecoball! The portable ball splits into two to reveal speakers and a volume controller. The beauty is that you have the option of solar charging it via the panels integrated into the carry strap. And of course it syncs with your gadget effortlessly to play bombastic music! Definitely picnic material!
Designer: Pedro Gomes