No More Pesticide Food

No More Pesticide Food

ECO Washing Balls are sensor driven balls that move in the bowl of water, ridding your fruits and vegetables from harmful pesticides. I am all in support of this kind of innovation; just two days ago I read a news report about some school children that succumbed to pesticide-laced food. Simple dishwashing and running water are not enough, either we stop using these harmful chemicals of get the industry to come out with such innovations. What do you say?

0 Designer: Yeonjin Jo

Top Picks from IDSA’s IDEA Awards 2013

Top Picks from IDSA’s IDEA Awards 2013

We are pretty excited to be a part of the upcoming IDSA Conference in Chicago – Breaking The Rules. Hopefully we get to meet you there. Although it’s in August, it will be wise to register right away. Moving on, here is a quick recap of some of the award-winning designs. Let us know what you think!

0 Designers: Various

Sad for mosquitos, great for us!

Sad for mosquitos, great for us!

Know why mosquitos like us humans so much?! It’s because we give off carbon dioxide – who knew? The Mostrap taps into their CO2 craving so they go after IT instead of YOU! A mixture of yeast and CO2 bring them in, and once inside they’re zapped by an electric grid. The trap’s elegant form bio-mimics the shape of mother nature’s predatory pitcher plant, making it a doubly effective and attractive killing machine! Do you think PETA will approve?!

0 Designer: Vishakan Shivasubramaniam

Dragon Scale Tower

Dragon Scale Tower

The SOHO Hailun Plaza in Shanghai is 33 stories of multicolored, multifaceted facade that moves and changes depending on the viewers position, giving it a breathing, dragon-scale like aesthetic. Located at the intersection of two metro lines, the tower and its series of smaller mixed-used pavilions direct the flow of commuters and organize outdoor space for a variety of different urban activities.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Universal Wrist Mend

Universal Wrist Mend

Marina Scheinberg’s wrist orthosis interacts with areas of tension surrounding the arm and wrist for use in cases of lesion-induced immobilization as well as post-op recovery, the device forms a temporary tensional “exoskeleton” with the body for a more flexible, frictionless, comfortable and effective healing solution. Composed of common soft foam material, it’s lightweight and capable of being produced virtually anywhere at low cost, making it an ideal solution for developing nations.

0 Designer: Marina Scheinberg

Freshest Air At Home

Freshest Air At Home

Inspired by the movements of a fish’s gills, the Electrolux Breathing Wall literally breathes in fresh air and infuses a relaxing environment at home. The wall mounted ‘gills’ are integrated into the home-space, transforming the area to bliss. Apparently the wall changes shape according to the air cleaning process. The Breathing Wall can be customized to suit individual needs through six functions; weather, memory, reaction, breathing, mood, and general settings by using a smart device app.

0 Designer: Jeabyun Yeon

MONDO and DUO 24 World Timer Watches

MONDO and DUO 24 World Timer Watches

The award-winning Botta-Design has much to take pride about; talk about 50 awards under their belt (including red dot) and the revolutionary modern one-hand watch design by founder Klaus Botta! As a big fan of horology I am completely mesmerized by complication in a watch and especially features like world time. The MONDO and DUO 24 World Timer Watches are watches for modern everyday life and not just globetrotters like me.

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Modern Trade by the River

Modern Trade by the River

The Yongjia World Trade Centre aims to create a new image for the WTC brand as well as a unique symbol for the new riverside city of Wenzhou. Set in the dense economic zone along the coast of Southeast China, next to the Yangtze River Delta region, the riverfront landscape is the unifying element in the overall design. The 5 towers that make up the center include top-floor residences, hotel suites, shopping/commercial areas, and of course, high-end offices for trade and businesses.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Time with a Twist of Orange, Please

Time with a Twist of Orange, Please

Conceived for use by the blind but stylish enough to appeal to a broader market, the Nike Citrus watch’s spiral form stretches to fit any wrist size and hints to its zesty inspiration: an orange peel twist. To tell time, the wearer simply touches the tactile, concave face to feel for the hour and minute hands. Unlike many other products for the seeing-impaired, this one can be universally appreciated and mass-produced to keep unit prices low!

0 Designer: Jacob Rynkiewicz

Apple iPhone 6, Really!

Apple iPhone 6, Really!

The new Apple commercial has drawn a lot of flack for its insensitive portrayal of interaction between people and its products. For a twisted moment, the focus has shifted from the human experience to the gadget experience. The disconnect of emotions is creepy and alarming! Close on heels is the news that a new iPhone may be out in September, so till that time let’s absorb this new take on the Jesus-phone! Apple iPhone 6, Really!

0 Designer: Pritesh Chavan

Clever Kitchen Tray

Clever Kitchen Tray

The Smart Tray offers a lifestyle solution to those who live in cramped apartments and could do with fewer dishes in the kitchen. Aimed at the next-gen who prefers eating in front of the television, this kitchen appliance facilitates a more positive attitude towards housekeeping. The smart materials used in the tray allow it to be transformed into various dishes and are easy to clean at the end of a meal.

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

Live Media Scrapers

Live Media Scrapers

The design of UNStudio’s proposal for the Central Business District in Tongzhou, China is a dynamic composition created by introducing asymmetry in plan, orientation, clustering and facade treatment. This build-up of asymmetries has a far-reaching urban effect while simultaneously relating to users on a more personal scale. Six towers form three lively groups which interact according to a layered choreography that extends both below and above the surface.

0 Designer: UNStudio

The Skinny on Furniture

The Skinny on Furniture

Nir Meiri’s new Slim collection features furniture and light objects that follow the same skinny morphology. Users can admire the traditional construction through exposed joints and visible connections between the raw wood legs and tabletops. A perfect compliment to the minimal table structures, desktop lamps adapted specifically for the series give the illusion of continuation in the legs and expand upwards to illuminate the surface.

0 Designer: Nir Meiri