Distil Union's Wally Case Review

Distil Union’s Wally Case Review

We’re a big fan of Distil Union’s products and the Wally Case is no exception. Though it’s a Kickstarter project, I have no doubt they’ll reach their funding goals because this case is gorgeous. Made from premium leather attached to a thin plastic case for that shiny new iPhone 5s. The idea is to simplify your wallet. Slim that bad boy down to just three cards – your I.D., a debit card, and a public transit card. There’s enough tension to prevent your goodies from slipping out. There’s an integrated pull-tab to release the cards from their pocket. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Distil Union, Kickstarter page $40

The light at the end of the tunnel.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

Glow is a low-cost, low-maintenance, and low-tech solution for providing efficient, effective lighting to the developing world. The device uses phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) powder, which absorbs environmental light and slowly releases it when dark. Modern phosphorescent powder has a lifespan of up to 10 years and a glow that can last up to 6 hours! UV light isn’t even required to power the glow!

0 Designer: Jon Liow

Shell to Dwell

Shell to Dwell

Jerusalem is known for its vertical communities that climb from hillside to hillside. This proposal for the area applies the modernist concept developed in the Bauhaus school in Germany in the 1930′s which is based on five principles, including separation of the walls from the building frame to create a free standing shell. Here the traditional constructive elements become a camouflage for the building frame rather than a part of the structural frame of the building. Take a tour after the jump —>

0 Designer: Ofir Menachem

Pebble Watch Facelift

Pebble Watch Facelift

The “ttmm” collection of wristwatch apps was designed for specifically for smartwatches with 144×168 pixel screens such as Pebble and Kreyos. 15 different face options give the wearer a multitude of stylized options, each with its own puzzling way of displaying the time. Available in the Android Market, you can upload the collection directly via the Pebble app and keep your watch-face fresh all year round!

0 Designer: Albert Salamon

Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $70?

Best Bluetooth Speaker Under $70?

Is this the best bluetooth speaker for under $70? I’ve tried many portable speakers and man, they’ve come a long away. They’re loud, bassy, and generally distortion free. The good ones all cost $100+ so when Soundfreaq sent me the Sound Spot to try out, I was a little skeptical. However, I am familiar with the company as I’ve tried their original Sound Platform speaker before and came away quite impressed. So what do I look for in small, compact bluetooth speaker? It has to look good, sound good, and painless to pair. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Soundfreaq, Buy it here

From Wine to Light

From Wine to Light

Nearly 200,000 wine barrels are retired each year in California. Although some end up as planters or firewood, many are destined for landfills. Designer Dale Rorabaugh decided to do something about that. His team rescues wine barrels from wineries that simply don’t have the space to keep them any longer. To give them new life, they repurpose the material into a practical, artistic table lamp each with an expressive and unique history.

0 Designer: Dale Rorabaugh

Your Own Holographic Chef!

Your Own Holographic Chef!

Who wouldn’t want Gordon Ramsey to scream at them while crafting their cooking skills?!  The Humaleon system brings the top chef and other favorites directly into the user’s very own kitchen with a holographic system that the user can interact with. Get skill-building tutorials, recipes, and step-by-step instructions in this entirely new experience. Better yet, you can share with friends and meet other wannabe master chefs with an online portal with rankings and recipe sharing!

0 Designer: Teerapol O-charoen

A Lumberjack's Wet Dream

A Lumberjack’s Wet Dream

One of my personal favs, Duffy London, explores macabre-chic with the latest additional to the Grimm Collection: the Woodsman Axe Table. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” the design fits USA-made hickory axes to a solid wood top available in walnut, oak or ash. Sure to be a conversation starter, the clever construction tells a story all its own! Perfect for the cozy cabin or your man cave.

0 Designer: Duffy London

2013 A' Design Award Winners – A Quick Glimpse

2013 A’ Design Award Winners – A Quick Glimpse

I am a big fan of designers that are proactive in putting themselves out there in the spotlight. It takes a good dose of courage to put your work in front of an esteemed jury comprising of more than 40 members! I am talking about the A’ Design Award, a platform that not only recognizes commendable works but also works with the designers to get them their deserved fame!

0 Designers: Various

Expected iPhone 6

Expected iPhone 6

Is designer Heo Leo onto something? Not sure, but his analysis of recent redesigns by Apple has some weight to it. No wonder his iPhone 6 concept looks predictably surreal. Good job Leo!

0 Designer: Heo Leo

Sculpture of Sound

Sculpture of Sound

iN.cline is a sculptural audio object that’s as functional as it is funky. The playful form allows the user to rotate the single directional speaker a full 360°. Better yet, the Bluetooth speaker can be undocked from the tilted stand and easily taken on the go with its nifty handle!

0 Designer: Dongsung Jung

Crazy About Concrete

Crazy About Concrete

The Concrete Reader desk lamp creates the perfect spotlight for reading. At about 300x500mm, it’s not too big or too small… just right for illuminating the pages and not the rest of the room. The concrete material that forms the globe has a fun, planetary aesthetic with tactile peculiarity that’s just begging to be touched!

0 Designer: Alexander Krivoshlykov

Print-n-Board

Print-n-Board

Introducing…… the world’s first 3D printed twin-tip skateboard! This early example of future recreational production was formed in 3 sections joined with connector pins for additional strength and durability. It’s not quite ready to shred the stairs, but it’s a great beginners board with lots of possibilities for cool, custom 3D graphics and shapes. Check out the video to see the entire production process!

0 Designer: Sam Abbott