Light Powered by YOU

Light Powered by YOU

Flashlights can be your best friend in a power outage, but the last thing you need are dead batteries, so it makes sense that it charge from the most reliable power source available… YOU! That’s precisely the inspiration behind the Lume flashlight. It uses peltier plates to turn heat from your hands into usable energy. Its sculptural design is also more ergonomic and encourages the user to keep it displayed and handy rather than hidden.

0 Designer: Lane Stith

The Invisible Umbrella

The Invisible Umbrella

SRSLY! You won’t find any delicate nylon material to rip, or flimsy metal rods that’ll break… in fact, no canopy at all! Instead, this innovative design uses air flow to protect the user from rain. Call the Air Umbrella, it creates an invisible shield with multidirectional air-jets that dispel raindrops and keep the user dry. Though it looks high-tech, it’s actually quite simple. Better yet, it might just be available sooner than you think. Jump to the vid!

0 Designers: Various

Perfect Portable Tea

Perfect Portable Tea

Mychai is a personal, portable tea maker that helps you get your fix anytime, anywhere! Simply open and load the device with your favorite leaves and select one of four tea categories displayed on top. Then, drop it in 1-2 cups of water and it will automatically start heating to the ideal brewing temperature before dispensing the leaves. When brewing is complete, it scoops up the wet leaves for disposal, leaving you with the perfect cup each time!

0 Designer: Uttara Ghodke

Rethinking Smartphone Ergonomics

Rethinking Smartphone Ergonomics

The HTC e:volute:on is so named for the innovative features that make it more ergonomic. Specifically, the shape of the edges aim to make it easier to grip naturally and convenient to hold for extended amounts of time. Additionally, the design explores the use of a curved display which also allows the back side to comfortably curve into the user’s palm. Now, for the guts…

0 Designer: Hege

Finally … The Real Trash Can

Finally … The Real Trash Can

Take a bow Eco Trash Can, what simple and sensible design! What we have here is a trashcan with strategic grooves to hold plastic bags that can collect your daily trash. The plastic bags that can be used are the ones that you get back home from the grocery stores etc. Different sized bags can be used and there are no restrictions; it makes reuse of small plastic bags a hassle-free experience.

0 Designers: Hu Lingling & Zhang Baoyi

Why choose just one?

Why choose just one?

The Vialattea pendant, designed by Paolo Manganaro for Formabilio, immediately becomes the protagonist of your interior thanks to its unique character… or shall we say, many characters! The unconventional design is actually 4 unlikely shades playfully paired together. Kinda schizophrenic… but totally cool. Get it here!

0 Designer: Paolo Manganaro for Formabilio

Thin is In

Thin is In

The ITO lamp forms symbiosis between the latest in lighting technology and smart functionality. Its sharp, irregular, geometric aesthetic is formed by a pattern of ultra-thin, almost transparent OLED modules that can be individually controlled via the user’s smartphone. Turn one or all on/off, control brightness and set the mood with a simple press of a button or finger slide. See it in action after the jump!

0 Designer: Antonia Kuellmer

Leafless Lighting

Leafless Lighting

Out of the woods and into the home, the Gilka pendant lamp bring a bit of organic style to modern interiors. It’s irregular “branches” grow and descend from the ceiling, ending in LEDs that spotlight living space. Each integrated LED swivels and can be adjusted with a simple push to direct light exactly where desired. Suspended from a wire, the pendant can also be raised and lowered as needed.

0 Designer: Volodymyr Karalyus

Pokit It Good

Pokit It Good

Pages have been written about savvy Smartphones and how little their batteries last. Portable charger adaptors are a great answer, but they too need to be well designed to compliment the sleekness of the Smartphones. The Pokit fits in here somewhere … it is an integrated phone charger-adaptor, external battery and storage pocket that is compact and portable.

0 Designers: ACE Group, iFace - Kim Jinseok, Jang Junyoung, Jeon Seyong, Koo Yoori, Park Jungjun & Shin Jungwon

Plug and Play, Literally

Plug and Play, Literally

A stationary radio? A mobile Bluetooth speaker? A speakerphone? A phone charger? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. It’s called the Plug Radio, and that’s exactly what it does! Plug directly into any wall outlet without cumbersome wires and clutter. Ideal for kitchens, the bathroom and other small areas, it saves valuable counter space. Better yet, it’s always loaded with a full charge that lasts 10 hours so you can quickly unplug and take it on the go!

0 Designer: Agent C

The Bitter Cut

The Bitter Cut

Masterchef contestants can do with this innovative knife, given that they keep chopping up their fingers quite randomly. Essentially, the Sweet Knife is a clever kitchen knife with an integrated medicine loop. The idea was born from a personal experience, when one of the designers had no first aid medicine handy, to help him clean up his kitchen-accident wound.

0 Designer: April 6th Design

Little LEGO Windmills

Little LEGO Windmills

Inspired by the building blocks and modularity of LEGOs, the Windflock is a wind-energy system that is flexible. The ‘add-on’ system is made of mini windmills and can be hooked up with each other. The cool quotient is upped by the fact that when connected, the mini windmills resemble a 3D crystal composition.

0 Designer: Emami Design

The Sensible Bike Saddle

The Sensible Bike Saddle

The recently crowd-funded Reprieve Bicycle Saddle incorporates the best of traditional saddles with new technology to alleviate soft tissue discomfort while cycling, mountain biking, spinning and more. The performance-oriented design drops the mid-section of the saddle to 3/4″ to naturally fit the outline of the body and prevents hot-spots while an air-filled bladder allows your soft tissue to ride on a soft layer of air. In short, it keeps your junk happy and endurance up! Vid after the jump —>

0 Designer: Angie Marcelano