Don't Be Square

Don’t Be Square

From keeping record of the sun’s rotations around the earth to the face of a clock, we have always used circles to track time…. but why are our calendars square?! The Round Method is an annual calendar that begs this very question. Its circular structure corresponds to the year more sensibly than conventional calendars and with its all-encompassing visual nature, its perfect for long-term goal setting. Get it here in a digital version you can print. See how it works —>

0 Designer: David Schellander

The Triangle of Life

The Triangle of Life

Life Triangle is a life raft featuring a multi-directional triangular shape so that it doesn’t capsize easily. Apparently the triangular structure prevents the raft from turning over, a fear often associated with smaller rafts. The boat involves automatic inflation and features a movable signal light containing GPS technology. Anything that keeps you safe on the high seas has my vote!

0 Designers: Prof. Shi Yuanwu, Hu Sumei & Wu Chongxiang

Exploring With iSCOPE

Exploring With iSCOPE

The iSCOPE integrates the use of an iPhone or iPod to help children explore their natural surroundings. Akin to a magnifying glass, the device combines learning with a fun interactive experience. It encourages children to explore through real-time interaction with nature and keeps them engaged by disclosing facts and trivia.

0 Designer: Chang-Hsuan Pai

Literally Twisted Hanger

Literally Twisted Hanger

Mobe, inspired by the mobius strip, is an accessories hanger thoughtfully crafted to be simple, elegant, and highly functional. Though its shape is more complex than the average hanger, its ideal for scarves, ties, and belts. Made from a twisted strip of thin 1.5mm plywood, the design also uses a minimal amount of material. 

0 Designer: Dan Hoolahan

A Car Without Compromise

A Car Without Compromise

This bizarre (and awesome!) concept car might look outlandish with its exaggerated proportions, odd stance, and overall indulgent aesthetic… but then again, I just described every other Mercedes too! But the Mercedes Giuseppe is dfferent- it’s an F1 racing machine that, over-the-top as it looks, was designed in every detail to minimize air resistance. With independent winged front arms that adjust width and a flexible body that changes with the track, this thing wants to do one thing… WIN.

0 Designer: Jaemin Park

Containers of Light

Containers of Light

The word “flaca” is one of the only things I remember from Spanish class – it translates as proportionately lean; a perfect description for the Flaca lamp. The sophisticated lighting solution itself has minimal aesthetic impact on the wall to which it is mounted, but its diffused upward and downward illumination create a decorative play of light against the wall surface. Its perfect for highlighting above or below, or simply to create definition between spaces.

0 Designer: Roberto Paoli

The Assisted Move

The Assisted Move

The process where caregivers have to shift their wards from a wheelchair to their bed can get tedious and cumbersome. The Lady Shifting is an aid that allows them to transfer the person for their chair to the bed and vice versa, with ease. The following video explains it all.

0 Designers: Tsai Jui-An, Tsai Meng-Hong & Cheng Ka-Man

Reusing The Food Energy

Reusing The Food Energy

Food Scraps Reuse is a kitchen appliance that is a household biogas energy generator. It takes in the family kitchen waste and converts it to electrical energy and a liquid fertilizer through the process of fermentation. While the electric energy can be used to power small kitchen appliances, the fertilizer can be used for houseplants. Superb!

0 Designers: Various

The Eggstractor

The Eggstractor

I’m totally trademarking that name BTW! Separating egg whites from the yolk can take some serious skill! That is… unless you have this modern whisk by Ivan Zhang. By slightly modifying the shape with a circular indention, the whisk catches the yolk, allowing the white to drip down. The whisk can then be used as normal to beat the eggs or stir your mixture. It makes separating effortless and better yet, keeps your hands clean of egg goo!

0 Designer: Ivan Zhang

Earless Mug

Earless Mug

As funny as the name might sound, the Earless Mug is a clever and functional twist on the everyday object that coffee addicts will appreciate! Instead of a handle (or “ear”), the design incorporates space to rest the spoon so it doesn’t poke the user in the face when drinking and eliminates the need for a saucer. Space-saving, stackable, and material-conscious, it goes to show that even the most simple of objects can be hybridized for practical improvement!

0 Designer: Lars Kloen

A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle

Just like the name suggests, the Easy-to-View Compass makes reading the radius of circles or arcs in technical drawings a cinch. Numerical values are instantly calculated and displayed on its bright LCD screen. It’s not only more accurate, but decreases fatigue by eliminating the needs to constantly readjust and monitor the setting.

0 Designers: Cheol Woong Seo & Jae Hee Park

Dressing Up The Floors

Dressing Up The Floors

Designer Rugs has garnered an internationally acclaimed reputation for their meticulously handcrafted rugs. Exhibiting in New York for the first time at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (May 18-21, New York), visitors will have the opportunity to view a carefully curated capsule collection that highlights their extraordinary passion and craftsmanship.

0 Visit Designer Rugs at: ICFF, Stand 1348 from May 18

The Art Of Folding

The Art Of Folding

I am currently travelling with my family and being on the road for so many days has taught me the value of a good travel suitcase. The Folding Suitcase seen here may look a bit funny to you now, but trust me when you end up buying almost half of Woodbury’s discounted goodies, then a dependable expanding suitcase like this, is all that you need.

0 Designers: Wang Pan & Libiao Tong