Satisfying Drag

Satisfying Drag

Don’t we just love to drag things around? We drag our commitment issues, our luggage; our emotional baggage….ah the list is endless. So what’s new to drag around here (besides some hippie ciggies), why an umbrella that is innovatively called the “umbROLLa”. A rolling ball at the peak tweaks the simple design and adds fun dimension to it. Totally cool wouldn’t you say?

0 Designer: Qian Jiang

Hangin Hallway Fun

Hangin Hallway Fun

What’s the greatest thing you can ever put on the wall? Is it a car? Is it a hanger? Is it a happy whale? I’ll tell you what it is, all of those things at once. It’s called “TODO” and it’s a bunch of accessories that you can hang in your houses entryway hallway. Sounds weird? It totally is! And it’s totally wonderful. It’s a collection of 16 different items for children and adults to put all over their walls.

0 Designer: Pavel Sidorenko of Adensen Furniture

Every Degree Above

Every Degree Above

Plastic with a mirror surface. What more do you want? That’s all I want in life, is a mirror surface on at least one out of every three items I own in life. So I’ll need one of these. It’s the “360° Lamp” designed by Pavel Sidorenko for Adensen Furniture. It’s plastic with a mirror surface. Deja vu. “This lamp will fill your home with soft calming light.” Several designs, original laser engraving. Available with one to four patterns. And there’s a weird part!

0 Designer: Pavel Sidorenko for Adensen Furniture

To Kiss With Cold Kindness

To Kiss With Cold Kindness

Here’s a rather warm gesture to be holding such a cold set of objects. It’s an ice bowl made to kiss your hosting problems goodbye! ‘Bear’ this tip in mind: the lips are where the cuteness ends, and the functionality begins. Each of these bowls was made with an anodized aluminum inner layer that can be used to cool 6 Peroni lager bottles (small) or 12 Peroni bottles (large.) In fact, it was made with Peroni in mind, as the designer, Chi Dang, finds Peroni just kissably delicious.

0 Designer: Chi Dang

For The Aging Chinese In A Western-styled Care Facility

For The Aging Chinese In A Western-styled Care Facility

The LUNE Dinnerware may have noble intentions but somehow it negates the pure essence of porcelain and art. Craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal is top-notch: the dishes incorporate culturally familiar forms and symbols that are raised to promote better posture and thermal for keeping the food warm. Design Philosophy-wise; it’s this Chinese style dishes meant for retirement homes and homes for the aged where Western-styled cuisine is served to Oriental folks.

0 Designer: Christine Lieu

A Watch With No Face

A Watch With No Face

Aurora is a watch that doesn’t have an apparent dial. There’s more of a transparent face with no signs of the hour or minutes hand. It’s not as if the designer forgot to put them there, he just got innovative and decided to perk up this analog piece by including funky laser light beams for the hands. The red beam indicates the minutes and the blue depicts the hour. They appear only when you tap the bevel edge around the watch ring; until then it’s just a hip jewelry around your wrist.

0 Designer: Jihun Yeom

The Light Bulb Effect

The Light Bulb Effect

Let me put on my monocle and tell you a story. You see long ago before Swan or Edison invented the lightbulb, people used candles. When lightbulbs became the norm, the candle went the way of the wind. DUH right? Well I’m feeling a bit nostalgic so I’m keen on The Light Bulb Effect – a wax candle shaped like a bulb. The interior cavity melts straight down without deforming the outer wall and you can screw it into a standard socket. A soft light but one that’ll make everyone look gorgeous.

0 Designers: Helbert Ferreira, Remi Melander - SYSTEM DESIGN STUDIO

The Spicy Hug Of Yin And Yang

The Spicy Hug Of Yin And Yang

There is nothing more comforting than a warm hug from your mother. It’s the most natural form of reassurance, and metaphorically speaking, an embrace can help us conquer our fears and achieve aspirations. My point is that a hug says a lot about human emotions, be it a bear hug or side-shoulder embrace. Depicting this raw gesture is the Hug Salt & Pepper Shakers delightful with a zing. Because when viewed from above, they also resembles Yin & Yang!

0 Designer: Alberto Mantilla [ Buy it Here ]

9 Spots For Your Eye

9 Spots For Your Eye

The Motion Global Eye by China Telecom aims to create a humanistic platform for the vision impaired, one that will enable them to interact with today’s modern technologies in a much more natural and intuitive way. The devices has 9 points and a central guide. This setup mimics today’s most commonly used key input – the alphanumeric keypad. The unusual feature is the video recording capability. I’m curious as to what a blind person might record.

0 Designers: Shanghai Research Institute of China Telecom Corporation Limited

The Headphones that Captured All

The Headphones that Captured All

Hey so I know you want to capture everything that you experience. Wait you don’t? Then don’t read this. You’ll get all mad probably. This is a concept design about a set of wireless headphones that also have a 10.1 megapixel digi-cam on one side and a digital image projector on the side. You can capture your world all the time and put that stuff on the internet right away. Instantly.

0 Designer: William Gerwin

Breakfast In Bed Or Anywhere

Breakfast In Bed Or Anywhere

Breakfast in bed or at Tiffany’s, it doesn’t matter anymore because the adorable Downtown Breakfast Set is what me wants! The modular tray (conceals the lithium-ion battery within) elegantly carries a pad-based coffeemaker, milk foamer, and toaster and is meant to be placed just about anywhere. Question is, what about the ingredients like bread slices, preserves etc. Need to figure out how to make this handier that it already is. But I love this idea!

0 Designer: studioMEM

Lighting The Oceans With Wave Power

Lighting The Oceans With Wave Power

The Wavelight concept coverts mechanical energy captured by ocean waves into electrical energy to illuminate a series of LED lamps. Each lamp is tethered to its neighbor with a weight anchored to the sea floor. The lights are designed to attract attention for rescue operations or to warn passing ships to steer clear. A very intriguing design but are LEDs powerful enough? What happens if the anchor isn’t long enough to reach the sea floor?

0 Designers: MicroDream

Sands Of Light

Sands Of Light

The notion of time slipping through our fingers is well represented by the sand timer, but how about light slipping through? This effect is captured by the Lime Light – Solar Fled Lamp and is well depicted by the tiny glass bulbs that refract light as they cascade down the hourglass and illuminate the room. The clock is ticking….glass balls fall through to the bottom half, and when they run out…the lamp switches off. Elegant and with a strong message to conserve. Time (light) is running out….

0 Designer: Seichi Tomari