WOODS: A Sound-Reactive Installation

WOODS: A Sound-Reactive Installation

This artistic installation, comprising 30 unique handmade redwood angelpoise lamps with classic tungsten lightbuls, emerges from the ground creating a structured landscape of responsiveness and light. The sound-reactive illumination takes the spectator through the emotional and physical journey of the performer at the center. The sequenced installation builds the setting, following the motion of the story while providing a consistent spacial response for the viewer. Check out the vid to see it in action!

0 Designer: Nocte

The nCredible nCycle

The nCredible nCycle

Don’t be deceived by the nCycle’s minimal aesthetic- it’s actually loaded with tons of extras & innovative features that set a new standard for future e-bikes. The design scraps the classic tubular structure for a sleeker, lightweight, hollow-bodied shell that protects the inner electric drive system. Other features include a built-in pocket for small cargo, a bar-mounted locking system, integrated headlights & speakers, & even a holographic display. Check it out!

0 Designer: Hussain Almossawi & Marin Myftiu

Good Design = Best IDEA! 2013 Registrations Are Open

Good Design = Best IDEA! 2013 Registrations Are Open

For more than three decades (33 to be precise) IDSA and IDEA Awards have stood for awarding excellence in the field of products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concept design. The 2013 registrations are now open with the Early Bird phase coming to an end pretty soon. What I really like about this award is that IDSA goes the extra mile to ensure designers get adequate exposure through exhibitions and tours.

0 Late Registrations Closes: Feb. 25, 2013, 11:59 PM PST

Time For The Nokia Pad

Time For The Nokia Pad

So we have the Apple and Samsung stables feeding us tablets at a steady pace. And its sad to see one company that ruled the roost, i.e. Nokia, get derailed off the tracks. So if we let our imagination run wild (or rather Jupeng Zhai’s) then this is how the next-gen Nokia Lumia Pad will look like. Not many concepts dedicated to Nokia these days, however this is one of those good ones.

0 Designer: Jupeng Zhai

Button Down Better

Button Down Better

Ever been flustered by a broken or missing button right when you are ready to walk out the door? Ah, we have all been through this at one point in our lives. For those like me who detest sewing, the Pin Button is a good option. A plastic button is superimposed upon a metal pin, which you need to push in and secure (as shown in the video), thus releasing you from the clutches of needle and thread! Yes, this pin button is my savior!

0 Designers: Kiho Jung and Mingyeon Jang

Encapsulated Audio

Encapsulated Audio

This futuristic, SciFi-inspired portable speaker design makes it possible to tote high quality audio anywhere. The dual speakers connect at the face to create a capsule-shaped case that offers complete protection. To stream your tunes just untwist, plug, and play… when you’re finished snap together, throw it in your bag and go!

0 Designer: Paulo Encarnação

Ultra-Compact Car Share

Ultra-Compact Car Share

The Citi.Transmitter is a versatile urban-transportation concept that expands on the shared-vehicle solution by offering a mix of eco-friendly modular units for a variety of needs. Using an innovative smart-hitch system, users can easily attach modules to the primary 2-wheeled car to carry more passengers or cargo. About a 4th of the size of standard cars, the ultra-compact vehicle makes getting around heavily congested cities a cinch!

0 Designer: Vincent Chan

Water Filter Too Beautiful To Hide

Water Filter Too Beautiful To Hide

The Soma is by far the most beautiful water filter to date. The pitcher looks more like a carafe which in my mind is more inviting to drink from, not to mention the minimalist design makes it perfect to leave out on the counter. The Soma addresses a number of issues I have with other filters. It’s made of glass. There’s no flap on the lid to easily break off and the filtration system is made of coconut shells, silk, and PLA plastic.

0 Designer: Soma

USB 2 USB, And More….

USB 2 USB, And More….

OMG, where have you been USB2USB? All the times that I had to go through the pain of transferring photographs and files from one card to another via the computer! What a hassle! Imagine the freedom to transfer directly from one USB or SD card to another without the via media. If only this wasn’t a concept and a reality, boy would our geeky lives become easier to share.

0 Designers: Saharudin Busri, Mohd Nizam Najmuddin, Mohd Rohaizam Mohd Tahar, Nuzairi Yasin & Nazjimee Amat Omar for MIMOS Berhad

Sweet Side Of Gardening

Sweet Side Of Gardening

The Sweet Pot is an innovative plant pot design where the bottom basin acts as a growth patch for extra grass. Essentially the design takes care of excessive watering and drainage at the same time. More like the extra water acts like a feed for the grass patch at the bottom, hence no drains required. The Sweet Slide is a tool that aids watering the plant comfortably. Super cute and super efficient!

0 Designer: Jeong Kim

Drinking My Coffee And Eating It Too!

Drinking My Coffee And Eating It Too!

Yes, that is the pleasure of sipping espresso out of the Cookie Cup! The edible cookie cup is made of a light pastry that is lined with sugar. So basically when you pour in your coffee shot, the sugar dissolves slowly so that you can enjoy your drink and then later eat up the cookie. Not only does the design allow you to snack on a tasty treat, it also looks into the eco aspect of no-dishwashing and suds issue. Very Clever!

0 Designer: Sardi Innovation

Air Umbrella – Part 2

Air Umbrella – Part 2

The Air Umbrella has been in the news lately and I think this Pump Umbrella is a fitting Part – 2 for the design. For all practical purposes we have three main reasons for umbrellas to cause us worry; one when we use it – that it keeps us dry and doesn’t flurry inside out. Second: it should be easily portable. Lastly, after use we need to store it well so that it doesn’t wet the floor (bag or whatever!). So how about a wand-style umbrella that we ‘pump’ into shape and then easily deflate for storing? Super!

0 Designers: Kiho Jung and Mingyeon Jang

Toasting By The Color

Toasting By The Color

Hue is a toaster that toasts bread according to the shade you choose. The toaster apparently harnesses the power of an array of color sensors via a simple interface, in order to intuitively and smartly toast bread to that perfect shade of golden brown. Basically the sensors keep the heating element on till the bread reaches the shade of brown that you desire. So instead of working on generic number of toasting like 2,3,4 etc, the toaster uses your specific shade for reference. Perfect!

0 Designer: Basheer Tome