The Dewdrop Tree

The Dewdrop Tree

My trip to Africa was the most memorable and the one thing that I take away from it is the stark reminder of the desert and its arid face. Water is a real issue and although new innovations are making life easier, we still have a long way to go. The Dewdrop Tree is a water collection unit that biomimics a tree and traps dew to collect water for use. Take a look at how it works.

0 Designer: Taesik Yoon

A Better Looking Scent

A Better Looking Scent

Car accessory company SteamEngine’s perspective on the automotive air freshener is that it should work much in the same way as a high quality speaker; with an enveloping and consistent aroma. The resulting form is speaker-like and works with the car’s ventilation system to distribute scents evenly. In aluminum alloy, beech wood and Alcantara, it blends in seamlessly with high-end interiors.

0 Designer: SteamEngine

Begin Your Gift Legacy

Begin Your Gift Legacy

The Messenger is a thoughtful, minimalistic and highly interactive sculpture. Inspired by the carrier pigeon, the avian sculpture was designed to be gifted and re-gifted with a special note, traveling the globe from friend to connected friend. Each Messenger has a unique ID number that allows you to register it online, set up a profile, and track all the places it’s been with an online map. Vid after the jump!

0 Designer: Nomadic Gifts

Bug-inspired Water Pack

Bug-inspired Water Pack

This wearable adventure accessory called the Portable Water Storage Unit utilizes bug-biomimicry to harvest water vapor in the driest of areas. Inspired by the Namib desert beetle, the backpack gathers water from the air using nanoscale bumps with hydrophilic (water attracting) tips and hydrophobic (water repelling) sides. When aimed at morning fog, droplets will materialize and fall down channels into a reservoir for drinking.

0 Designer: Olcay Tuncay Karabulut

The Ultra Minimal Hybrid Lamp Shelf

The Ultra Minimal Hybrid Lamp Shelf

Enhance your minimal living space with the Impila floor lamp available at Formabilio. With its built-in shelves, it eliminates the need for a bulky side table, keeping the aesthetic open and clean. Better yet, they’re height-adjustable to keep your objects within a comfortable arms reach.

0 Designer: Yu Ito

The Wearable Time Capsule

The Wearable Time Capsule

A creative alternative to the classic watch face, Vladimer Kobakhidze’s Time Capsule watch takes inspiration from our very human obsession with preserving the past. The design transforms the iconic image of a historic cache of goods into a wearable timepiece. In double and single capsule versions, wearers can easily decipher hours, minutes and seconds with rolling, numbered counters.

0 Designer: Vladimer Kobakhidze

A Slice of Design

A Slice of Design

Inspired by the pie chart, the Times 4 table is a playful twist on the coffee table that offers an innovative storage solution. A removed “slice” reveals an internal rotating system of partitions that organize everyday things like magazines, remote controls, game pads and more. To keep anything hidden is just a matter of turning one section away to reveal another. DO want!

0 Designer: Gonçalo Campos

A concert in your pocket

A concert in your pocket

The problem with those super slim smartphones is they rarely pack a punch in terms of audio anymore. I remember owning a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone that would shake up the neighbourhood every time I played a song. I guess the most obvious trade-off companies make when they make their phones slimmer is in the sound department. Luckily modularity gives us freedom to add accessories to our phones and push their limits. The Impulse case for the iPhone really allows you to flaunt some serious sonic abilities.

0 Designers: Michael Ward and Yoann Lechopier

Flower Power is here to stay!

Flower Power is here to stay!

Plant some greenery in your yard. Save the earth. Plant a Smartflower in your yard. Save the earth and save a few bucks! The smartflower is a rather literal take on biomimicry, creating a flower shaped solar panel array that blossoms in daytime, follows the sun to gather as much light, and then folds inwards post sunset. And a nifty little feature allows the smartflower to clean itself every time it opens and closes. So you literally have to do nothing but sit back and reap the benefits of solar power.

0 Designer: Smartflower

Inside Out Umbrella

Inside Out Umbrella

The umbrella has remained widely unchanged for centuries, keeping users dry until it comes time to close it. Inevitably, you’ll end up with wet hands or runaway water droplets when you attempt to wrap it up. Until now! The KAZbrella’s innovative design is a simple twist on the original that solves these two problems. By reversing the closing motion, it keeps water contained so you and even the floor stay dry. Vid after the jump!

0 Designer: KAZ Designs

Keyless Entry at Home

Keyless Entry at Home

The E-Lock is a different approach to the traditional door handles we have in our homes today yet greatly resembles one. The design is meant to give easy access to your home in situations where your hands might be occupied. No more fumbling with keys or dropping your groceries to get in! When approaching the door, simply wave your e-key to the sensor to unlock and just give it a push to gain access. It’s easy access without sacrificing security or style!

0 Designer: Pasque Dudley Mawalla

Signature Slats

Signature Slats

Marcel is a smart sideboard inspired by the Modern Cultural Movement developed during the interwar period. The chromed tubular metal legs are inspired by Marcel Breuer’s genius, one of the leading exponents of the Modern Movement. The doors are made by alternating slats of vertical and horizontal wood, recalling car grilles or antique radios from the early 1900s. Sophisticated, innovative and with contemporary style, it plays a leading role in any interior. Its simple, no-frills form is characterized by linear shapes and hard lines.

0 Designer: Formabilio

Jazzing Up For Pure Water

Jazzing Up For Pure Water

Designed to be a portable solar powered water treatment system, the Parabosol uses parabolic mirrors that boils water to a temperature of up to 400 Celsius. This system also integrates sand and carbon flirtation processes to game, thus making drinking water as safe as possible. Approximately 1 billion people globally don’t have access to potable water and the tragedy of losing population to water-borne diseases is quite sad. Using solar power to create a viable filtration system that can be used in remote areas is quite cool.

0 Designer: Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis Studio