Contemporary Craftsmanship

Contemporary Craftsmanship

The Made Collection from designer David Okum blends a beautiful, mid-century modern-inspired vibe with contemporary craftsmanship in a series of four distinct items – salt and pepper shakers, trivet, coat pegs, and desktop organizer. In a variety of materials ranging from American walnut and white maple to Coran and aluminum, each is an attractive addition to refined spaces.

0 Designer: David Okum

Vivacuum Varooomm!

Vivacuum Varooomm!

The Vivacuum is a compact cleaner for people who are visually impaired. The appliance gets its ‘Vi’ prefix by compounding the words visualize and vacuum. The way its works is very simple, the sensors in the vacuum perceive an object and then transmit it via vibrations to the user. One can choose the suction direction by controlling the steel-wheel of the handle. The Braille steel wheel makes it easy to work the thang. An interesting idea that can be further explored for this select market!

0 Designer: Namsun Do

For The Non - iPad Addicts

For The Non – iPad Addicts

The Blackboard Tablet is a simple reminder that we can use non-digital ways to communicate with family members and even make our famous lists. It offers good-old-fashioned fun and comes with a white bistro marker, although many colors of markers are available in craft stores. A considerate niche allows you to hang it up on the wall and its the perfect size to bring with you.

0 Designer: Jonathan Dorthe

Create your own binders full of women!

Create your own binders full of women!

The Eco Clip makes it possible to compose your own notebooks by recycling old drafts, clippings, or any other paper. The innovative design works with various sizes and paper thicknesses by simply folding the sheets at the edge and binding. It’s easy to create journals, doodle-pads, or custom presentations for use at home or the office. More importantly, there’s lest waste by reusing both paper and the plastic binder.

0 Designer: IGLOO Design

Vintage Fusion

Vintage Fusion

This original seating design called Statthocker transforms old-fashioned 1960s street lanterns into modern, stackable stools that pay homage to the repurposed material. Noticing that local discarded lanterns were the perfect seat height, the designers covered the tops in durable HI-MACS material and left the underside open for easy stacking. As an ode to the origin, LED lights are fitted into a milled recess beneath the seat, bringing new life and functionality to the recycled shades.

0 Designers: Oliver Bahr & Bastian Demmer

YD & red dot award: design concept 2013 Present the One Hour Free Registration Window

YD & red dot award: design concept 2013 Present the One Hour Free Registration Window

Hideshi Hamaguchi’s formula for innovation is simple: !? – ? = ! [What – Oh this is the reason = Aha!] and this is what we got to see with the red dot award: design concept 2012 winning designs. Innovative solutions by a diverse group of designers from across the globe! For their 2013 competition, red dot award: design concept once again teams up with YD to bring for you the One Hour Free Registration Window that entitles you to a complete fee waiver for pre-judging entries. Details Inside.

0 1-hour Free Registration Window: 6th Feb 2013; 8-9 am PST

Best Keyboard Ever

Best Keyboard Ever

This E-inkey Keyboard Concept is pretty awesome if you ask me. Imagine using e-ink screens as keyboard buttons that allow us to use different layouts and customize keys as per our needs or program we are using at that moment! The use of E-ink technology gives it the power saving edge as well as the option of being wireless. Simply love it, what about you?

0 Designers: Maxim Mezentsev & Aleksander Suhih

Eco-Airliner

Eco-Airliner

The Ecologic Aircraft by designer Daphnis Fournier aims to be the first fully electric passenger plane, utilizing an inflatable structure above the main cabin that contains flexible photovoltaic panels to collect solar energy while flying above the clouds. For efficiency during take-off (when the most power is lost) the “balloon” remains flat, inflating only after reaching a maximum altitude.

0 Designer: Daphnis Fournier

2013 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

2013 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

In about two week’s time you will be gearing up to spend some quality time with the love of your life and get all mushy and romantic. Just so you know, life is not all about Prada and Jimmy Choo shoes; sometimes a thoughtful gesture is good enough to warm cold hearts. To help you pick the right kinda gift, I’ve put together a selection of ideas that are very design-centric and yet personalized. Let’s say cheers to the season of love!

Hiyaaaa!

Hiyaaaa!

The Samurai Chair’s striking aesthetic gives the illusion that it’s fallen victim to a samurai’s razor sharp katana. It will make you think twice before sitting down, but rest assure, it’s still capable of holding up to 330 lbs! Need proof huh? Hit the jump to see designer Seo Young Moon put it to the test.

0 Designer: Seo Young Moon

The Safest Place to Store Your Naughty Files

The Safest Place to Store Your Naughty Files

Sure, there are passwords and various encryption technologies that protect confidential data, but what about protecting the hardware itself from getting in the wrong hands? Influenced by “old-school” security like padlocks and combination locks, the PE external hard drive aims to secure memory by toughening up the hardware itself. Want access to the info? Gotta know the combination!

0 Designer: Jae-Hoon Lee

Too Many Cooks Make A Home

Too Many Cooks Make A Home

You would think that too many designers would end up making a huge mess of their project, however this enterprising bunch of students from Sejong University in South Korea, surprise us with their creativity. Called the GAZIGOGADA or The Carry Home Project, the concept addresses the needs of a budget traveler, especially students who like to participate in various events but don’t have funds to cover all expenses. They summarize the concept of “We don’t have a house. We bring our own house.”

0 Designers: Various

Musical Home For Birds

Musical Home For Birds

The Nature Speaker is a simple perch, shaped like a loudspeaker of sorts. It not only offers a safe haven for the little birds but also amplifies their chirps for you to enjoy. I know of many places that use these artificial bird sounds to create a soothing environment. Well, nothing tops nature; so this Nature Speakeris the best.

0 Designer: Eun Ji Lee