Printing With Ballpen

Printing With Ballpen

Forgive me for the overdose on Printer Designs, or rather re-design, but apparently current cartridges and toner ink is a major source of worry for our designing community. The evil existing ones are BAD for the environment; hence after Pencil I and Pencil II, it’s time to consider draining out the last drops out of a Ballpoint Pen and use it for printer ink. So let’s dissect the REENK…only request, keep the discussion to why you think this will work or why not.

0 Designers: Hyo Sun Ahn & Min Koung So

Mother Of Modular Kitchens

Mother Of Modular Kitchens

We have seen plenty of modular kitchens and counters, but the Mother of em all is the Accordion Folding Cook Table. Sneaky little triangular drawers pop out from the folds of the table (that’s why it’s called the Accordion). Sliding counter tops and more drawers on the left and right side of the table, makes this the most coveted kitchen platform in my eyes. The beauty doesn’t stop here, drawer covers can be upturned to be used as preparation boards.

0 Designer: Olga Kalugina

Walk the Mobile, String it Up!

Walk the Mobile, String it Up!

How many times have you, as an adult, or as a young adult, been walking along the sidewalk thinking, gosh! I wish I had a yoyo right now. And the phone rings? That’s almost certainly what happened to Emmanuel Hanson the day this yoyo mobile phone charger concept was whipped up. What does it do? It yoyos! And what happens when it yoyos? It charges your phone!

0 Designer: Emmanuel Hanson

Put A Smile On Your Toast

Put A Smile On Your Toast

Does your toast smile at you in the morning or is it a grumpy old man? Quirky as it may sound, I think small nuances (or gimmicks) like this can really make a difference in your day. Bring out your shiny smile for the Smile Cooking Toaster! Think hair straightening iron for a moment, similar to that clasp design is this appliance. Difference lies in the electric-heating nano-membrane and different smiley faces you can use to singe on the bread.

0 Designer: Xu Yan Xiang

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