Purely White and Wood

Purely White and Wood

This reinvention of the Gispen Today collection by Thijs Smeets combines advanced production techniques with contemporary & eloquent design- a radically different approach for a brand known for its tubular steel frames. The series of chair, sofa, stool, table, wall rack, magazine holder, & even an umbrella stand are characterized by chamfered plywood contrasted with bright white molded shells or fabric. While different than Gispen’s usual chromed out look, each piece maintains a clean, modern aesthetic. 

0 Designer: Thijs Smeets

Wear Your Secret Stash

Wear Your Secret Stash

The PocketBand is THE solution for those times when you don’t feel like carrying a wallet or your keychain. Perfect for the beach, going for a jog, swimming, or other activities, each stretchy silicone band features a secret pouch for money, keys, or other small belongings. Just turn it inside-out, put the item in the waterproof pocket, flip it back, and wear it! Whether you’re OCD, a fashionista, or just forgetful, you gotta love this fun accessory!

0 Designer: PocketBands

Blood Sucking Glucose Monitor

Blood Sucking Glucose Monitor

No matter your age, having a finger pricked to measure your blood sugar levels is scary! Also, no matter your age, you gotta love a tamagotchi! This creative glucose monitoring system combines the two, making the process of pricking fingers as fun as it possibly can be. Simply place a finger inside the cute vampire character’s mouth, push slowly to activate the needle, & touch the strip. The smartphone/tablet app will sync & analyze the data while an animated vampire pops up to deliver the results!

0 Designer: Diana Dumitrescu

Best Of A' Design Awards & Competition 2013

Best Of A’ Design Awards & Competition 2013

As a strong advocate of participating in competitions, I am really humbled by the enthusiasm and results of this year’s A’ Design Awards & Competition. I believe that competitions not only act as a measure for your own caliber but also validate your potential against others on an international scale. More than that, platforms like the A’ Design Awards & Competition, offer publicity, PR push and advertisement opportunities for award winners while supporting the global design culture. So congratulations winners!

0 Designers: Various

One Step for Man

One Step for Man

From an engineering perspective, the step scooter is a true innovation in human powered vehicles. Other mobile products have tried to recreate the non-cycling, up-down motion similar to a stair-climber with limited practical results. The STP scooter expands on the functionality and appeal by making it foldable and as aesthetically customizable as a skateboard deck. More efficient than a kick scooter and half the size of a bike, it’s perfect for stepping your way around the city.

0 Designer: Benk Koros

On My Windowsill

On My Windowsill

… lies a lot of dust, especially in-between the rail tracks for the window. I do my best to keep the dust and debris away, however the combination of vacuuming the track and brushing out the debris doesn’t help. I also require a low maintenance herb to grow on my windowsill, and this is how I will tackle both these aspects.

0 Designers: Various

Scoop 'n Weigh

Scoop ‘n Weigh

Scoop is an electronic scale integrated into the measuring scoop, intended for the local grocers who sell by the measure. It is not only handy in eliminating a step, but also promises accuracy. I can picture this being used in kitchens as well, especially when we need to bake and measure out the ingredients as accurately as possible. Over all, a nice plausible design!

0 Designers: Kim Hyun Soo & Kim Bo Kyung

Only geeky by name...

Only geeky by name…

Featuring a commanding contrast of raw wood and steel, the Geek chair has a fresh and contemporary appearance that’s elegant yet unpretentious. The design itself is straightforward and familiar, using simple geometric lines for subtlety. For more individual style, there’s a choice of matte black or white finish coupled with the solid maple rods.

0 Designer: munkii

Truly Handy Cam

Truly Handy Cam

Apart from the complex technical know-how required to use a camera, you’re also supposed to be physically stable and nimble with your hands. Even as someone with full use of my own, I can barely manage all that! With its flexible viewfinder screen, the ergonomically designed Inclusive Digital Camera makes it easier (especially for those with dexterity setbacks) to shoot from a more comfortable, wrist-supported waist height. Perfect for shooting motion or long durations for anybody from the eldery to beginners.

0 Designer: Andrew James Warner

Interactive Interior

Interactive Interior

The Cromatic collection of children’s bedroom furniture blurs the difference between fixed and flexible furnishings in a transformative combination of beds, desk and storage. Kids and parents can customize configurations to their liking with rolling bed and moveable table units that maximize play, work and relaxation space. It’s as functional as it is fun, and teaches us that the line between permanent and portable is not so cut and dry! Check out the vid to see it in action—>

0 Designer: Arasanz

Flat Tire Prediction

Flat Tire Prediction

Wouldn’t it be a boon if you had a system that told you about your upcoming flat tire? I’m not talking about some random card-pulling session but a proper system like the Flat Tire Warning Light. The device combines a Tire Pressure Sensor, LED Technology and Vibration Generation Chip to tell you in advance that a flat tire is coming your way. Get ready!

0 Designers: Hsiang-Han Hsu, Tzu-I Wen, Jhih-Jie Wang & Yih-Wenn Luo

The Flying Cart

The Flying Cart

Food service in-flights have its own set of hiccups, the narrow aisle doesn’t allow passengers to pass through and the trolley design has forever been the same. Flying Trolley brings in a new perspective by utilizing the aircraft ceiling as the trolley ramp. Only an aviation specialist will be able to give us a better idea about its feasibility, but for the moment I can imagine this idea being used in other spaces like a train. What do you think?

0 Designers: Seongjoo JOH & Lee Min – Joo

Not your Granny's pill case...

Not your Granny’s pill case…

This cleverly designed pill case takes inspiration from an unlikely source, but actually proves to be quite functional! Adopting the form of the iconic Russian Matryoshka doll (you know, the type we loved to play with as kids where there’s a doll nested inside a doll, inside a doll, inside another doll!), the pill container easily divides daily doses in a fun & logical way. Better yet, each tumbler not only holds & separates medication, but also doubles as a drinking glass for the water necessary to swallow pills!

0 Designer: Quentin de Coster