Shower Power

Shower Power

Showering is supposed to be a catharsis of the day and of our daily environmental exposure. The last thing we should be dirtying up is our conscience with wasteful habits like using up way too much life-giving water. The “Sshower” for Roca was conceived by designer Marco Antonio Esquiró San Román for that very reason. With built in sensors that can automatically detect when you are actually under the shower head, this shower will turn of the stream and replace it with steam until you are ready to rinse off.

0 Designer: Marco Antonio Esquiró San Román

Extraterrestrial or chair?

Extraterrestrial or chair?

Like something straight out of a science fiction horror movie, the UB1K chair touches on the darker side of futurism with its alien, scaly, organic aesthetic. The tripodal design appears muscular… flexing to pounce at any moment. It’s a bit menacing but nonetheless captivating.

0 Designer: Edward Kim

Necessity, The Mother Of An Innovative Mug

Necessity, The Mother Of An Innovative Mug

Designer ‘Scott ‘ observed that the coffee and tea drinkers at the hawker center in Singapore were served their ‘teh’ (tea) or ‘kopi’ (coffee) in local styled cups, sans saucers. The problem with this is that the beverage is served using condensed milk, which is heavy and settles at the bottom of the cup. As a result the coffee-drinker has to stir the drink several times, and this gets annoying since they have no sanitary place to put down their spoon, and have to place it inside their cup.

0 Designer: Lee Hae Seung Scott

The Automotive Inspired Xetum Kendrick Watch

The Automotive Inspired Xetum Kendrick Watch

April is a month of frenzy in the world of watches, mainly because of Baselworld, the Mecca for watch-enthusiasts. Living up to the expectations, is San Francisco-based luxury watch startup Xetum Automatic Watches with their latest offering, the Xetum Kendrick. While I appreciate well-designed watches very much, I am more passionate about the ones that tell a story. The good news is that Xetum Kendrick is both well designed and has a good story to tell.

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Past, Present, Future Car

Past, Present, Future Car

It’s a car, it’s a yacht, it’s a plane…it’s Poursuivreve!  A vehicle aimed at challenging our concept of how to get around both practically and aesthetically.  The Poursuivreve’s stylistic call back to old time race cars, combined with its modern cockpit-like frame make it a sight for all generations and its aerodynamic angles and lipo battery-powered system spell its environmental premise.  With the Poursuivreve you can ride in style while saving the planet.

0 Designer: Yutong Wu

High Tech Bamboo

High Tech Bamboo

Daan Roosegarde’s modern zen garden, “Boo,” brings a lil eastern influence and a mystical world of light/sound to the courtyard of Hotelschool the Hague in Amsterdam. A walk through the forest of 6-meter high pillars reveals an interactive experience where LED lights and cricket sounds follow and play with the viewer as they move. When the common square is empty, the “Boo ghost” awakes and wonders through the garden, triggering the lights to play with each other, creating a visual story viewable from afar.

0 Designer: Daan Roosegarde

In Love With The Sonneman Quattro

In Love With The Sonneman Quattro

We’ve reviewed our share of LED task lamps but our latest procurement, the Sonneman Quattro, evokes a kind of playful spirit normally reserved for Luxo, the Pixar Lamp. The lamp is immaculately engineered. The aforementioned playful spirit comes from the retangular arm that articulates at multiple points. It freely rotates 90º at the base with two additional pivot points across the arm. Devoid of any discernable switches, the lamp is switched on by a feather’s touch above the LED plate. Tapping it multiple times cycles through 3 brightness settings.

0 Designer: Robert Sonneman and Peter Polick

Safer Speed Skating

Safer Speed Skating

Accidents in speed skating are dangerous for everyone. A skater who falls basically becomes a razor-sharp ninja star, just as liable to be struck by other skaters as to hit someone else. Unfortunately, this sport’s helmet style hasn’t undergone much change over the years and existing designs tend to be uncomfortable and less practical for both safety and aerodynamics. See how the smashable, strapless, uber-cool Aguille helmet changes the game. —-

0 Designer: Mathias Hintermann

Ducati + Audi = Ducaudi

Ducati + Audi = Ducaudi

Ever since last year’s acquisition of Ducati Motors by German auto giant Audi, people have been speculating as to what exactly might spawn from this moto(r) merger. French designer Thibault Devauze, in collaboration with his brother Marc Devauze and modeler Clement Couvreur, have conjured up the Audi Motorrad. A clear shot at rival BMW’s Motorrad motorcycle group. This forward thinking design is packed with a Ducati-derived 850cc, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic 2-cylinder engine coupled with a double clutch gearbox.

0 Designer: Thibault Devauze

Friday Giveaway: Unit Portables Unit 15 Backpack from AC Gears

Friday Giveaway: Unit Portables Unit 15 Backpack from AC Gears

You will have to agree with me that AC Gears brings in new innovative products to the US, not just in electronics but also in lifestyle goods. Their connection to the Unit Portables brand is deep and I love them for their commitment to enriching our daily experiences with bags. This weekend stand a chance to WIN the utilitarian Unit 15 Backpack. Hit the jump for more info.

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Round Light Done Right

Round Light Done Right

When it comes to lighting, there’s something about spherical white shades that just makes sense. Simple, yet expressive, they permit omnidirectional lighting and also make for a great diffuser. Creative Pill’s ORB lamps capitalize on this very character and practicality but with a twist. The table and floor lamps 3 legs appear to pierce the sphere, using it as a stabilizer for the tripodal structure. Simple and creative, they’re an easy addition to any contemporary space.

0 Designer: Creative Pill Design Studio

Cookware Evolution

Cookware Evolution

Stone is a project that looks at how induction cooking hobs could be used to power everyday kitchen appliances like toasters and kettles, as well as how induction cooking could improve everyday cooking instruments such as grills and saucepans. The result is an aesthetic and functional evolution of cookware that is made of sustainable porcelain and birch, completely wireless, free of electrical components, and capable of being served directly from the stove to the table!

0 Designer: Angry Bananas

DJ Wiz

DJ Wiz

The Grand Wizard smartphone goes beyond the MP3 playing functionality of other phones, turning the user into a real life mixmaster DJ with turntables and everything! Sure, there’s an app for that… but this is way more fun! The portable mixing station makes it possible to manipulate and produce media using intuitive right and left controls, each dedicated to a track. Make your own remixes while you’re on the go or at any time you’re inspired!

0 Designer: Yu Hiraoka