Wrap Up: 2012 red dot award: design concept

Wrap Up: 2012 red dot award: design concept

It was a wise comment when someone pointed out that design competitions are a means to measure one’s creativity. They give us that edge that makes us stand apart from the rest of the herd. So does this mean we need to participate in any and every competition? No! Contrary, we need to be selective and choose ones that are capable of give us that cutting edge; something top-of-the-line like red dot.

Memorizing The Right Cuppa Java

Memorizing The Right Cuppa Java

It takes a good barista to memorize their customer’s favorite cuppa coffee and serve it right for them. However sometimes we get stuck with a snobbish one who just doesn’t get it right. Memory is a coffee maker that uses hand print recognition to make the right cup of coffee for the right person. Set it to your preference of weak, medium or strong coffee or even an espresso to a ristretto.

0 Designer: WenYao Cai


Cooking with Balls!

Cooking with Balls!

This far-out cooking concept of the future called Throbber uses super-compact, induction heating balls operable via a mobile phone, making it a portable solution that can be used on-the-go. The heat induced in the balls is transferred to the food via conduction from the aluminum surface. Just be careful not to accidentally swallow one!

0 Designer: Virang Akhiyaniya

Camera Cleaning iPhone Case

Camera Cleaning iPhone Case

Ace’s new Identity case for the iPhone 5 offers simple protection to your iPhone’s vulnerable back camera system. The tabbed, sliding component built into the rigid design easily moves up and down to reveal or hide the cam. Better yet, the inside of the slide has a microfiber surface to wipe away any fingerprint residue or particles to ensure you get a smudge-free pic each time! 

0 Designer: Ace Display

15 Amazing Best of Best red dot award: design concept winner 2012

15 Amazing Best of Best red dot award: design concept winner 2012

It was a glittering night that had all the elements of a perfect evening. The trophies shone bright, the smiles were flashy and young designers sashayed the red carpet with the finesse of a celebrity. October 19th saw the unveiling of the winners of the coveted red dot award: design concept in Singapore. It was an honor to be a part of the celebrations and festivities and be in the company of such creative people. Here is a look at fifteen concepts from the Best of Best list, that took our fancy; including the top-award – the red dot luminary!

Butterflied Table

Butterflied Table

Gotta love this butterfly inspired design – the latest creation from expert coffee table designer Romain Duclos. Three identical metal pieces are bent into shape and screwed together to create a multifaceted, two-toned base that appears seamless and visually light but is reassuringly sturdy.

0 Designer: Rlos Design

Smarter Ride

Smarter Ride

The Smart City Cycle takes into consideration that you may have to carry some luggage with you when you head out. It could be as simple as groceries or toys for your children. The rear wheel of the cycle hosts extendable compartments that can hold your goodies for you. If required, then the storage extension can be completely removed as well. Either ways, it’s a modular cycle that suits your daily commuting needs.

0 Designer: Yo-Hwan Kim

Tree + Eat = Treat

Tree + Eat = Treat

Treat is a seamless way of storing and managing the leftover food. It employs classic food storage techniques like vacuum sealing and modern remote mobile technology to ensure your food is always consumed fresh. The appliance has a clever and intuitive way of communicating its warning when the food is expiring. It changes its color as the food ages (like the ripening of a fruit!) and then drops down to the carpet below.

0 Designer: Amy Mon-Chu Liu 


Making Kitchens Less Ugly

Making Kitchens Less Ugly

There are an overwhelming variety of range hood and air ventilation options out there, but almost none are aesthetically pleasing or discreet! The Hidden Air Diffuser was designed for application into most types of ceilings to provide an unobtrusive, near-invisible way of circulating air and ridding smoke. Available options include minimal recessed light combinations or flush decorative vents and all can be painted to blend into any room style for a more open, cleaner look.

0 Designer: Daniel Pearlman

Modern Mini Washer

Modern Mini Washer

Designed for compact spaces, Washa|part is a small (and way cute) wall-mounted washing machine that enables users to do their personal laundry at home even though they might not have room for standard units. The concept relies primarily on steam to release particles from clothing, and even sprays detergent onto items in the form of a fine mist to better suit the steam operation. The beltless, gearless design is also super quiet- great for small apartments where larger washer/dryers can be deafening.

0 Designers: Buse Üstün & Fulya Pekserbes

Cookie for a Tweet

Cookie for a Tweet

This clever design called the UID Cookie Box focuses on the idea of reward marketing in the form of a simplistic box that distributes a single cookie when a user (usually a random passerby) posts a designated hashtag on Twitter. Simply check out the display to see what to tweet! I know what you’re thinking – more tweets more cookies, right? Well calm your cookie craving because just one hashtag is allowed per username. Sad face.

0 Designers: Various

Experimental Cooking With Molecules

Experimental Cooking With Molecules

As an avid MasterChef fan, the appliances that the participants get to use, stump me. Imagine dabbling with molecular cooking and cooking meats in a water-bath. The Mo’Sphere hopes to recreate those magical moments in a regular kitchen. With bringing molecular cooking techniques to everyday homes, the possibility of experimenting with flavors and textures become limitless.

0 Designer: Yunuén Hernández

The Original Air

The Original Air

The Original Breath is a window based air purifier that brings in purified air into your room and employs a very unique way of doing this. It features a system where the external part consists of a solar panel (to power a mini suction fan), an outer glass and plants. So basically what happens is that the air enters the room only after passing through this sealed ventilation box. Regular air is sucked in with the help of the fan and the plants do their thing by absorbing the carbon dioxide and expelling oxygen.

0 Designer: Yu-Cheng Wang