iWhale

iWhale

This lovable iPhone 5 case’s iconic shape mimics the silhouette of a whale coming to the water’s surface to breath! While it’s uber-cute, it’s also highly functional. The tactile, curved back provides stability and comfort in the user’s hand, and the tail allows it to grip to a number of surfaces like handlebars, screens, or rear-view mirrors. Another adorable detail, the “blowhole,” is actually a 3.5mm port for headphones!

0 Designer: Seyook Lee

Table-gami

Table-gami

Origami often has the connotation of lightness and fragility, but the MIura table is capable of holding weight up to an astonishing 176 lbs! The design, inspired by the origami fold of the same name, transforms from a flat sheet of paper into a functional, robust piece of furniture in one quick, straightforward folding process. Easy to transport or store, and even easier to assemble!

0 Designer: Forrest Radford

The Germ-inator

The Germ-inator

The HH system offers instant hand disinfection for hospital staff and patient visitors in a more cleanly, fast, and efficient process. Users simply place their hands directly over the unit where two functional solutions are distributed- a hydro-alcoholic solution and plastic micro-ball solution. After scrubbing and washing, users can then place their hands under the unit where a UV DEL light indicates with a white glow areas where bacteria may still exist.

0 Designer: Diacre Nicolas

Glass Roots

Glass Roots

With colorful layers and an almost chem-lab aesthetic, the Roots series of vases are a clever twist on the classic tiered flower vase. The decorative objects, composed of blown borosilicate glass, can be used in two directions: one as a single vase for large bouquets or for grouped flowers that cascade down the side. You can own it here!

0 Designer: Giorgio Bonaguro

The Ketchup King

The Ketchup King

OMG this Ketchup Presser is such a clever design! Its one of those things that requires very less explanation and the super cool video demonstrates exactly how you can consume ketchup with fries at your favorite fast-food joint without worrying about contamination through the paper mats or soiled ketchup pillow packs. Simple and Good!

0 Designers: Hwandong Lee, Myung Gyu Kim, Nari Lee & Taeno Yoon

A Better Beethoven

A Better Beethoven

The Beethoven Phone is for the hearing challenged folks who find it difficult to communicate with others through sign language. Not everyone knows sign language and to remove this barrier when the hearing challenged person types in his message, it gets relayed to the other person through the transparent screen as well as a voice message. What makes the device stand apart is the capability to turn back voices into text. So imagine the challenged person enjoying a movie using this device! Very cool!

0 Designers: Jong Soo Kim

Abstracted Flower-Inspired Lamp

Abstracted Flower-Inspired Lamp

The unusual shape of the Tulip lamp more closely resembles a retro-style stool than lamp, but its unique structure supports functionality as a pendant, floor, or directional light as well as a bedside table for lightweight objects. A modern blend of painted ceramic and raw wood contrast nicely with the vintage shape and make it possible to create a variety of color combinations for any room style.

0 Designer: Maria Ovchinnikova

Explore the Urban Jungle in Style

Explore the Urban Jungle in Style

The Urban Pod has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from such a futuristic-looking design- radar for collision warning/parking, tire pressure sensors, fingerprint access, photovoltaic recharging top, head-up display… the list goes on. But what we can’t get over is that this bioplastic hybrid is just so %$&#ing cute! It’s inner-city travel style at its best.

0 Designer: Paulo Encarnação

Digital Tracing Paper on iPad

Digital Tracing Paper on iPad

Instantly draw on top of imported images or background templates and circulate them around within a community for collaborative design and feedback. Morpholio Projects’ Trace app for iPad originally focused on architecture but new templates for automotive and jewelry designers means these toolsets are finally spreading to other design professions. Coupled with the numerous pen options available for the iPad, an affordable digital design tablet seems possible.

0 Deverloper: Morpholio Projects, Download for iPad

Wood and Concrete

Wood and Concrete

Elomax’s new DY10 lamp is a stunning contrast between the industrial and organic. The concrete base has two ash wood blades, slightly offset from one another to create a beautiful light pattern. I love the warmth mixed with the cold. Not sure when it’ll be available but I’m definitely adding these to my DO WANT list. I kinda wish there were miniature solar powered ones too designed with a stake so I can line my walkway to the front door.

0 Designer: Elomax Agency

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

This temporary mobile housing design aims to provide readily available shelter to those affected by a variety emergencies and disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and fires. Structurally, the unit is composed almost entirely of compressed oriented strand board, making it lightweight and easy to construct. Transportable as a small cube, the design can be set and expanded by lowering one side to create a separate section for sleeping quarters.

0 Designer: Michel Antoun Zateef

Bathtub Convenience

Bathtub Convenience

The Elevated Bathtub is a very thoughtful bathing experience for those who suffer from limited mobility. I have a parent who has both their knees replaced and suffers from sever arthritis, so getting in or out of a bathtub is kinda risky. This unique bathtub allows the user to step into the bath area on a flat base without any hindrance. Split into two main parts, the tub enclosure can be lifted; and the flat base with a showerhead pillar doubles up as a lifting rail for the tub enclosure.

0 Designers: Zhang Jiangpeng & Zou Tao

Time in Color

Time in Color

Gotta love this clever take on the modern watch! The Colorclock redefines the way we envision time by slowly transitioning the hue of the face across the color spectrum as time goes by. Now you get up five minutes to green, grab some lunch at half-past yellow, and go to bed at the stroke of purple. Do want!

0 Designer: Maxim Mezentsev