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

Oh No They Di'nt!

Oh No They Di’nt!

Walking and texting is challenging enough as it is… but walking with my morning coffee and texting is damn near impossible if not dangerous! The Uppercup is the first cupholder designed just for iPhone – perfect for fanboys who love their coffee too. Ok… so maybe it’s not a practical solution to any real problem, but it’s definitely a clever statement about the flood of wild iPhone accessories on the market.

0 Designer: NATWERK

For the Purist

For the Purist

The XXXVI DG doesn’t fold, it has no electric motor, no phone charger or place to put an iPad, it can’t fly and it’s not an amphibious vehicle. It is, however… a bicycle with two wheels, gears, pedals and a frame. It was inspired by the purest form of the bike and simply applies traditional construction with modern materials to maximize the basics of a design that’s worked for over a century. It’s not going to be the fastest, smoothest, or even the most advanced…but it is… TIMELESS!

0 Designer: Paolo De Giusti

Daydream in the Clouds

Daydream in the Clouds

Who hasn’t dreamt of laying on the clouds?! This playful seating collection called Cirrus brings the fluffy stuff indoors in a whimsical series of gentle sofas and lounges. As comfortable as they look, each piece is composed with a rigid OSB frame and sinuous spring system in the seat and back surrounded by flexible PUR foam so it keeps shape without sacrificing comfort.

0 Designer: Dizajno

The Bubble Touch

The Bubble Touch

Transitioning from a BlackBerry to an iPhone or any other touchscreen phone has you craving for the soothing comfort of the bubbled keypad. I had a hard time getting used to the silky feel of a virtual pad but now that I am accustomed to it, an alternative like the Bubble Phone concept has a great appeal. Imagine getting best of both the worlds; touchscreen on one side and raised keypad for the addicts. Good going!

0 Designer: Seunggi Baek

Simple Life Starts From The Kitchen

Simple Life Starts From The Kitchen

Ok, here’s a thought, we often repeat certain steps or patterns while cooking, especially near the sink area. So how about organizing ourselves so that the steps are easy and quick to follow. For example steps like washing food, putting food into containers, cleaning the chopping board, etc can be minimized as we draw connections between each action to simplify the workflow, we will work more efficiently.

0 Designer: Wu Chun Ming

The only data storage you need...

The only data storage you need…

The Viceversal portable drive serves as a universally compatible way to carry data from iPhone to Android or Surface to Galaxy, whatever systems you use. Smaller than the average flash drive, the dual lightning and USB connections can be pushed in to the body for protection during transport, and easily released to tap into the central storage for seamless access from a variety of platforms.

0 Designer: Rexplore

Clever Cutlery

Clever Cutlery

It’s a sporkife! No wait… a knoork??  Whatever it is, this curious-looking cutlery design was created with respect to the logical order in which people might eat their food. The hybrid spoon/knife/fork is first used as a spoon to consume side dishes before being broken at the perforation to form a separate knife and fork for cutting protein items. While the disposable object is still made of plastic, it generates less waste than other plastic cutlery sets.

0 Designer: Bozzai Krisztina

Extreme Sports Notepad

Extreme Sports Notepad

It seems like my friends who enjoy outdoor activities like skiing and mountain-biking are the same folk who like to draw, write, and journal. Something about that fresh air I guess. They’ll appreciate this extreme-notebook called Idea – it’s a waterproof, unbreakable & recyclable pad that can withstand the wildest conditions. Users can doodle to their heart’s desire on the mountain top, while camping, on the beach, or any other place they find inspiration.

0 Designer: arcHITechts