Eclectic Timepieces

Eclectic Timepieces

The latest from designer Gaggero G. Battista is this striking series of watches for the Harmattan brand. The 3-part collection consists of: Urò, an elegant design marked by angular geometries on its face… Kian, inspired by military style… and Skyner, a sporty version with metal mesh and bold numerics. With a number of color combinations and band selections there’s one for every aesthetic taste.

0 Designer: Gaggero G.Battista

Globetrotting From Home

Globetrotting From Home

My first introduction to the world of maps was this magnificent wooden globe, placed in my father’s office. The times when it became impossible to understand the trade-winds route or memorize the landmarks and seas, I’d turn to this globe for help and learn it all up in a jiffy. Times have changed now and affording one of those antique globes is just a far fetched dream. However a contemporary and kitsch take on the maps is here in the form of the Color Maps. They come in four sweet themes: Midnight, Chocolate, City Lights and Pop Color Maps.

0 Designer: Balance Wu [ Available @ YD Store for $15 ]

Vinyl album amplifier goes cone-shaped with NFC

Vinyl album amplifier goes cone-shaped with NFC

It’s time to get literal in the music universe with a vinyl speaker that’s not just made out of vinyl, it’s got the look and feel of a vinyl record album as well. This conceptual design would have a 12-inch platter up on the wall with NFC technology making the connection between the amplifier inside and the smartphone in your pocket. With a simple pull of the disk you’ll also have amplified sound with a cone-shaped bit of physics on your side.

0 Designers: Zhou Yuxiao, Ren Ying / He Ji, and Liao Chunhui

A milk box by any other name

A milk box by any other name

If you take a milk carton and flip the top upside-down, what do you have? You have a design made by none other than designer Sheau Shiuan Lin. When we first had a peek at this design, it seemed awfully similar to a design we saw just days previous (for some of us) at our children’s daycare center – a milk carton, but with a flat top rather than a peak. Instead, we’ve got something just a tiny bit different.

0 Designer: Sheau Shiuan Lin

Purrrfect Subtlety

Purrrfect Subtlety

Even if you don’t have cats, you’re probably familiar with those carpeted climbing towers and just how aesthetically atrocious they are. Not cute! The Qcha cat house provides the same sense of play to your cat all without the ugly! Each modular box has holes on dedicated sides that allows them to be mixed and matched and combined into maze-like structures that will keep kitty entertained for hours. Carpet inside also provides a place to claw and nap.

0 Designers: Daniela Ogis, Stefano Ogis, & Fabrizio Fillo

The Egg-cercise Chair

The Egg-cercise Chair

Gotta love this über-cool design by Andrea Santarossa! The Kokkode chair’s playful egg shape isn’t just for looks, it also encourages correct posture. Composed using cold polyurethane foam injection and a counterweight for balance located at the bottom, the ergonomic design adapts to the postural needs of the seated person by forcing them to rely on their core muscles. Get it here! (Sexy man sold separately.)

0 Designer: Andrea Santarossa for ILPO

Modern Light Flower

Modern Light Flower

Inspired by the elegant shape of a flower’s petals, the PETAL lamp is a minimalist take on the curved, open form that reveals a bright LED at its center. Bright light radiates from the bottom upward through a frosted glass piece and aluminum sheet which effectively disperse ambient light evenly throughout the living environment. It’s an ultramodern design with classic inspiration!

0 Designer: Matej Korytar

Boring Chair Gets A Fabulous Makeover

Boring Chair Gets A Fabulous Makeover

Fashion’s purpose? My peers would tell me it’s about monetizing trends. My teachers would tell me it’s a clever tool that provides social commentary. Some proclaimed fashion to be art. Drawing some distinction between clothing which is utilitarian and fashion which is design, the common thread is change and designer Jung Eunyoung illustrates that so well with her steel mesh chair. Simply by changing its cover, the chair takes on a new persona, similar to how one changes clothes to project their moods, needs, and wants.

0 Designer: Jung Eunyoung

Destroying Violence Through Peace

Destroying Violence Through Peace

The grenade, revolver and the nunchucks are instruments of violence and destruction. Playing on the maxim of the pen being mightier than the sword, a selection of notebooks bearing this symbolic gesture encourages us to convert violence to a tool of peace. Our creativity and knowledge expressed through words and sketches are the best means to get our points across, not through force and/or violence.

0 Designer: Yiweishen [ Available at The YD Store for $10 ]

Immacuate Extension

Immacuate Extension

HECHEK is an electrical outlet extension which offers a simple solution to the problem of cumbersome cords. The outlet base features 3 independently rotating sockets that together form a triangle that’s perfect for wrapping excess cord around. As an added safety feature, each socket remains closed until it is rotated 90 degrees to unlock with green/red lights indicating status. Until wireless charging technology takes over, it’s a great solution for keeping things tidy.

0 Designers: Various

Two-sided keyboard gets touchpad underside

Two-sided keyboard gets touchpad underside

Those of you looking for a “Smart” trackpad for your desktop computer – that being a touchpad working with gestures for the future of gesture-friendly computing – your great day has come. Here we’ve got a conceptual design for a device called “Inside Out” – one giant swoop with a keyboard on one side and a massive touchpad on the other. Simple and enticingly effective – made with OS X and Window 8 in mind, we’re sure.

0 Designer: Min Koo Yeo

Bright lights for projector-friendly bike lovers

Bright lights for projector-friendly bike lovers

It’s time to get in the laser-projector zone with none other than a design by the name of “Bike Zone”, complete with red beams for signaling. If you want to turn left, this beast of a light shines several arrow-looking symbols down at the ground to the left – the same is true of the right – imagine that! The only ones we worry for now are the squirrels – watch your eyes, guys!

0 Designers: Frank Guo, Hung Wang, and Sturt Morrow

TouchOfModern Gives Seven Reasons To Make You Smile

TouchOfModern Gives Seven Reasons To Make You Smile

Traditionally, Indians don’t exchange sharp objects (like knives, forks etc.) as gifts because it’s a symbol of discord. However recently I was gifted a beautiful knife; the only difference was that there was an emotional story and message attached to the gift, making it impossible for me to do anything else but accept with humility, grace and honor. Such is the power of giving from the heart. This festive season TouchOfModern has a special lineup to make the art of giving as special as possible.

0 Designers: Various [ Available @ TouchOfModern ]