Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board

Optic is a peripheral addition to any workspace that both novice and seasoned designers in a variety of fields will appreciate. The portable tracing and light table makes sketching and drafting easy by providing a both back and top lighting in one convenient package that can be moved, set up and switched on in seconds. From tattoo artists to animators, creative types will love its small footprint and sensibly simplistic functionality.

0 Designer: Pranali Pradip Linge

Move Over Ikea!

Move Over Ikea!

This ultra-utilitarian system of paper and tape furniture, called TapeFlips, brings a whole new meaning to affordable DIY furnishing! The design’s rigid pre-sized paper panels can be reconfigured and combined to make a variety of functional pieces including chairs, tables, shelving and storage. After putting together, users can also customize their pieces with paint or markers for a truly one-of-a-kind aesthetic, something you wouldn’t think of with higher priced furnishings.

0 Designer: Petar Zaharinov

Limited Liquids

Limited Liquids

The Default Tap forces us to stick with good habits and conserve water whenever we can. As a user of the tap, you can set the capacity for simple hand washes to advance settings of an elaborate cleanup. The design keeps us in check and encourages us to use our resources thoughtfully.

0 Designers: Ying Jiang, Xin-Xin Sun & Wen-Kui Jin

Light Up the City

Light Up the City

The conceptual Noise Power system explores the transformation of sound energy, specifically that of road traffic, into usable light. Designed to surround roadways, the solution harnesses energy produced by acoustic micro-vibrations which are passed through a sensitive membrane to a generator that provides electricity to low-voltage LEDs. The result is a large scale system that not only reduces noise pollution, but provides safety lighting powered by the very drivers that need it!

0 Designer: Yu-Sheng Chen

In Deep Trouble

In Deep Trouble

Deep sea diving is great fun but not without its own risks. Running out of oxygen or simply feeling distressed can be a dangerous thing to happen. The Diving Emergency Sharing Device allows divers to share their supply of oxygen with two others and even send out an SOS signal during distress or emergency situations. Quite a helpful device!

0 Designers: Tuo Zhu, Wei-Dong Ou, Ya-Zhou Lin, Li-Hua Tan, Jun-Jie Shao, Tao Zhong & Li Zhang

The Modern Miner's Lamp

The Modern Miner’s Lamp

The Andle Lamp is an fun, contemporary reinterpretation of the lantern and iconic old-timey miner’s lamp that brings elegant style with a touch of whimsy to anywhere from the man-cave to the modern office. The white ceramic exterior is contrasted with vibrant interior color options (acid green, light blue, rust, white, silver, copper, and gold leaf) that peek through 3 round openings where light is emitted indirectly. A beech wood, branch-style handle adds organic character and makes it easy to tote and possible to hang from a simplistic wall mount. Get it here!

0 Designer: Alessandro Squatrito

Smart Scents

Smart Scents

Mist Shine is a clever wearable creation that combines smart tech, aromatics and fashion into one! The wearable design pairs with your smartphone and can be controlled with an app to release a scent when you receive a text or call from designated individuals or just anyone. Not only wearable, users can choose from a number of refillable cartridges and scents to tailor the aromatic environment of their workspace or home as well!

0 Designer: Effisystem

A Safer Smoking Haven

A Safer Smoking Haven

We take a neutral stand on the cancer sticks, and appreciate this Air Wall Isolation Smoking Area concept. The design blurs the lines between designated smoking rooms and second-hand smoking in public places. It allows smokers to be a part of the space and yet be differentiated without compromising on any other person’s health.

0 Designers: Jia-Le Yao, Qi-Ming Li, Hui Shu & Cheng-Chen Zhang

The Mother Of Concept Designs – Party Hard with 2014 Red Dot Awards: Design Concept

The Mother Of Concept Designs – Party Hard with 2014 Red Dot Awards: Design Concept

Entering into its first decade, the Red Dot Awards: Design Concept has everything to be proud about. The size it’s grown to, the power it exudes, the accomplishments that the winners achieve and the impact of the win are magnanimous. Was I expecting this year to be different – possibly – however I was bracing myself for an evening where winners would sashay the red carpet, break into a victory gig and then collect their well deserved prizes.

0 Designers: Various

For Those Hurtful Moments

For Those Hurtful Moments

Here is an innovative design called the Cold Compress Band-Aid, which is effective for hemostasis. It is formed by the chemical reaction of H2O and NH4NO3; the special structural design allows you to easily break the capsules containing NH4NO3 inside the Band-Aid and with one hand alone. In essence you have a handy cold compress to take care of your bruises and nicks and cuts.

0 Designers: Yi-Fei Lee, Li-Cheng Zheng, Lu-Yao Xiong & Wen-Qi Cao

The Power Of A Fan!

The Power Of A Fan!

The Self-Generator is an amazing ceiling fan concept that can preserve the mechanical energy after the fan has been powered-off. The system uses electromagnetic induction and the remainder mechanical energy is converted into electricity and saved in the capacitor. This reserved energy can be used for next time.

0 Designers: Tab Chao & Julia Zhu

So You Need A Portable Kitchen

So You Need A Portable Kitchen

Compact living and constantly moving from one home to another can take a toll on how we pack our kitchen and port it with us. Keeping transportability and kitchen components in mind, we have here the Mobile Kitchen. The design integrates the chimney and the stove in such a way that it’s easy to assemble and take apart. As good at it gets for the moment.

0 Designers: Wen-Liang Huang, Biao Guo, Jing-Wen Huang, Lan-Lan Lin & Li-Hua Tan

The Real First Aid

The Real First Aid

The CORE Patient Recovery Vest is aimed at those workers who come first in contact with accident victims. It is designed to aid them establish triage and prevent medical shock and of course minimize casualties. Integrated sensors in the vest, measures the vitals and keep the patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature displayed so that it’s easy for the responder to monitor and administer the required aid.

0 Designer: Christopher Wright