Leather Goods for the Purist

Leather Goods for the Purist

Almost all leather goods are made by cutting with knives or die cut, then stitched or glued together, & finally embossed or imprinted with a name or logo. PACT leather cases are entirely different! Inspired by origami, architect Darrin Griechen has created a process whereby leather is cut into extremely precise patterns using computer-guided lasers, & then woven & folded together by hand. No thread, glue or hardware. This “unimaterial” construction method allows for pieces that are both strong & durable. With no other materials to wear out, they also age beautifully.

0 Designer: Darrin Griechen

The Ultimate Kitchen Assistant

The Ultimate Kitchen Assistant

Taste Bud works like it sounds, but with even greater functionality! Working in tandem with a native smartphone app, its the ultimate kitchen assistant. It uses a combination of sensors to detect food temperature, freshness and preparedness. Tap into an egg to see if it’s safe, or check the internal temperature of meats to ensure they’re thoroughly cooked. Waterproof and heat-resistant, you can even leave it in cooking food mixtures to alert you when it’s ready!

0 Designer: Vamsi Krishna Muralidharan

Doe, A Deer, A Freakin Awesome Chair

Doe, A Deer, A Freakin Awesome Chair

Inspired by the Cervidae (deer) family, specifically the geometries & smooth joints of its antlers & tall, strong stance, Elka is an exploration of organic transitional geometry & multi-axis CNC machining. Balancing the simplicity of structure & complexity of the curve, Elka finds beauty in the subtle details, soft transitions & sharp lines that create contrast within its overall form. Reinforced with steel pins, Elka exploits new tech in CNC machining to create seamless joints & expose stunning topographies within the grain.

0 Designer: Oscar Pipson

Fancy Five

Fancy Five

Besides being a design competition that recognizes some of the amazing talents from across the globe, the Red Dot Awards is also a resource pool of new ideas and innovative products. Products that inspire us and designs that we can own. Here is a quick recap of five products that caught our fancy from the 2014 Red Dot Awards: Product Design.

0 Designers: Various

Trash Never Looked So Good

Trash Never Looked So Good

Call it a garbage can, trashcan, whatever you want… the bottom line is, they’re generally so U.G.L.Y. that you want to put them in the garbage themselves! The Swingbin is not one of these. It’s so sculptural you might not even recognize it as a waste bin. No screws, gears or wires, its seamless form is achieved with a unique tilting motion of the balanced lid. Even its name sounds clean!

0 Designer: Shigeichiro Takeuchi

Bodacious Bourbon Barrel Boarding

Bodacious Bourbon Barrel Boarding

The Bourbon Barrel Board is as simple as it sounds: a skateboard made from reclaimed bourbon barrels! The use of this upcycled material makes them not only eco-friendly but stylish, described by the designers as “skateable fashion.” In two distinct styles, Flip and Jive, you can cruise or freestyle with comfort and confidence thanks to the natural curvature that gives each an ideal center of gravity. They’re as smooth and strong as the bourbon that came before them! See em’ in action —>

0 Designer: Hepcat

Simply Superb Lighting

Simply Superb Lighting

It’s the synthesis of technology & craft, natural & high-tech. It’s called the Alhazen Lamp and its economical, eco-friendly design is made of a simplistic, ultra-lightweight wood base & LED light. The acrylic LED tube and wood base create a harmonious and dynamic task lamp with just the essentials, making it as practical as it is understated. In variations of MDF, Beech, Walnut and Ash woods, there are just enough options to get a little choosy!

0 Designer: Saif-Faisal

Make Any Surface Multitouch!

Make Any Surface Multitouch!

Touch+ is the all-in-one personal companion for any computer that lets you control from ANY surface… even the water while you’re taking a bath! No more moving your hands between keys or the mouse, and no more complicated steps. Perform functions with simple hand gestures in a flash! Its dual VGA cameras detect both big and small movements from very close to very far, making it perfect for everything from gaming to presentations and art projects to virtual music lessons. Get it here!

0 Designer: Ractiv

An Entirely New BBQ

An Entirely New BBQ

Why is it called the “Social Barbecue?” Because it was designed to bring people together, creating an entirely new barbecuing experience through innovation! The first table-safe charcoal grill of its kind, now users can gather round the picnic table and take part in the process together rather than designate a single chef who’s isolated to the side. Similar to a fondue-style dining, it fosters a convivial atmosphere of sharing and entertainment!

0 Designer: INDEED

Scooter Plus Bike Equals Scoobi!

Scooter Plus Bike Equals Scoobi!

Scoobi is the all-in-one scooter, bike and trike for training tots to ride and scoot! The design features a variable wheelbase so little ones can start out on a 3-wheeled trike before using their new skills on a more difficult setting. When they’re ready, the two rear wheels merge into one to transform into a true bicycle. Better yet, a removable seat allows for easy transition between scooter and bike depending on the rider’s preference!

0 Designer: Sedat Özer

Swipe, Zigzag and Scan

Swipe, Zigzag and Scan

In the league of portable scanners, so far the biggest innovation has been to make them as small as a wand. Harry Potter series is long gone and its time to lose the wand and embrace the Zcan – the world’s first wireless scanner mouse. Mind you people, we said MOUSE! We have seen plenty of scanners before but not this kinda 2-in-1 Device!

0 Designer: Design To Innovation – DTOI [ Buy it Here ]

A Smarter Stop Smoking Solution

A Smarter Stop Smoking Solution

Current e-cigarette designs leave it to the user to gradually reduce their own nicotine dosage until they’re prepared to quit entirely, but the notion that users who have trouble weaning in the first place will curb their own addiction is a dead-end road! The E-Volve system takes the user out of the equation. To smooth the process, the autonomous design fractionally reduces the nicotine output at a gradual level that is unnoticeable by the user. This also eliminates the need for complex capsule dosages and calculations, further reducing the effort it takes to quit.

0 Designer: Alexander James Margetts

In Your Face Lap Times!

In Your Face Lap Times!

Rather than using expensive, sensitive, hi-tech hardware (like a head-up display or mini lens-projector), Jun Yin’s Viewpace goggles offer a simple extension of a timer for swimmers to track their lap times. The extension is slim and lightweight yet rigid enough to stay intact during rigorous underwater movement. While there is a level of resistance it creates in relation to hydrodynamics, this is negligible compared to the current method of stopping entirely to check a stopwatch located at the edge of the pool!

0 Designer: Jun Yin