Sexy City-Pod

Sexy City-Pod

The single-axle Honda type E concept uses similar physical principles as a segway for maximum maneuverability in the urban jungle. The ultrasmall vehicle focuses on minimum space consumption, maximum driver visibility, easy access, high efficiency, and, most importantly, driving dynamics that make it capable of turning 360 on the spot. It’s got a far-out aesthetic, but it’s really not all that unrealistic from what we’ll probably see not-so-distant future.

0 Designer: Michael Brandt

A Literal Dry-clean

A Literal Dry-clean

The Smart Hanger is a portable garment care device shaped that doubles up as a drycleaner. Other than saving you a trip to a laundry on a busy morning or exhausted night, volatilized air air-washes off unpleasant smells and kills clothing germs and molds without causing any damage to clothes. Ideal for suits, dresses, uniforms or outdoor jackets that are difficult to wash at home, Smart Hanger offers an instant cleaning option.

0 Designers: Various

Flash And Fire-free

Flash And Fire-free

The Extinguisher For Black Out is a design that integrates a flashlight and fire extinguisher into the same body. I think the idea is superb; in an emergency, especially during a fire evacuation, you will need a flashlight and an extinguisher! In any case the flashlight is detachable, so this design makes complete sense. What do you think?

0 Designers: Chang Young Jung, Hanbin Ko, Won Chan Lee & Kiwon Lee

Low-Tech Timepiece

Low-Tech Timepiece

The beautiful and simplistic OWO watch features a minimal face with white hands against a pure white background. Hard to see the time right? Wrong! Simply shake the watch and iron particles will stick to the magnetic hands making the hour and minutes visible. The thoughtful design encourages interaction and lets the user control their awareness of the hour rather than feel rushed and distracted by ticking hands.

0 Designer: Tim Defleur

Hooks and More Hooks

Hooks and More Hooks

A metal rod, steel base and 19 winding hooks are all that compose the Hook Up hanger stand. Its simplicity and size make it a great for a variety of spaces small and large, from the bathroom to the foyer. 19 is kind of an odd number to land on, but I can definitely think of that many uses!  Utilitarian design at its best.

0 Designer: Thomas Schnur

Power Surge Benefits

Power Surge Benefits

Here is an idea built up on the premise of harnessing the heat given off fluorescent lighting and using it to charge our gadgets and devices. The emission of heat is a waste by product from electricity. This Heat-electricity Conversion Storage Device uses a thermoelectric conversion material to transfer and then store electricity from heat waste. Its sharp, stylish design and the application of heat-resistant material are also a unique highlight.

0 Designers: Shuguang Li and Xiaoping Chen

A Nose For Heat

A Nose For Heat

The heat sensitive material of the Nohot Cup’s lid expands when the drink is too hot, providing a clear warning. In a way it helps you not scald your tongue with a drink too hot. When the temperature of the drink drops to 30°C, the circle contracts and becomes as flat as the surrounding lid again. This means the drink is safe to consume at a bearable temperature. For people like me who don’t dig piping hot coffee, this is quite a sensible solution.

0 Designers: Yang Dongyun, Wu Yichen, Sang Xinxin, Gu Zhiyu & Lin Xia

Intuitive Digital Thermometer

Intuitive Digital Thermometer

This digital cooking thermometer combines the ease and straightforward functionality of familiar analog temperature setting with the friendly user interface of a digital LCD touch display. Using a wireless receiver, the display reads the precise temperature of everything from your fridge and freezer to your meat and potatoes. It will even alarm you of any unwanted changes in temp or when your food has reached prime heat.

0 Designer: Kenneth Lylover

Navi on your wrist!

Navi on your wrist!

NaviMi is a modern compass concept designed specifically for those of who have trouble getting our bearings. The design incorporates a digital compass that goes beyond displaying direction. Just set it at the point of origin and be on your way. The compass will constantly update the distance and direction of where you left off. It’s perfect for hiking, exploring new cities, or simply finding your car in a lot.

0 Designer: mangodesign

Steel But Like Sitting On Air

Steel But Like Sitting On Air

A whopping 80 curved steel rods spring out of the Dome stool’s base to create an intricate yet functional “cushion.” In a strikingly polar blend of materials, the base is constructed from raw beech wood, contrasting the hard metal web. The unorthodox seat is surprisingly comfortable and will even give your booty a lil massage too! Get it here!

0 Designer: Toer

Monday Giveaway: Abitax Card Holder

Monday Giveaway: Abitax Card Holder

Business card holders are a dime a dozen but really well designed ones are rare. I don’t know if it’s because companies believe them to be simple one-off products that don’t deserve “proper design” attention but this card holder by Kazuma Yamaguchi is sleek, smooth, and is easily manipulated with one hand. We’re giving one lucky U.S. or Canadian resident a chance to win a teal one. Hit the jump to find out how!

0 Designer: Kazuma Yamaguchi for abitax, Giveaway ends 02/12/2013

For The Love Of Drumming

For The Love Of Drumming

Ever caught yourself doing the air-drums in the middle of a song? Van Halen and WWRY get me to do that all the time. Well, the option of using a portable instrument like the Y-Drum is a good one, especially when it works out good for beginners. It is a mobile, accessible and easy to use; making the percussion practice even more fun.

0 Designer: Kévin Depape

Schproket Lights

Schproket Lights

The very cool named ‘Schproket Light’ is clearly inspired by mechanics. The lighting system employs a low voltage, safe socket create this magical circle of incandescent light points. Basically designer Christopher Moulder wanted to experiment with a lighting piece that would use no wires or sockets, so he started experimenting with low voltage bulbs. Hence Schprokets are lit with high efficiency Xenon long life bulbs.

0 Designer: Christopher Moulder