Live From Essen: red dot product design gala Wrap-up

Live From Essen: red dot product design gala Wrap-up

Words really can’t express the excitement surrounding this year’s red dot product design awards! For The industrial design community it’s the place to be, and it just keeps getting better. On the outside it’s glitz, glamour, red carpets, amazing hors d’oeuvres, an endless stream of champagne, paparazzi, and even dancing. But that’s not what makes this night special… it’s the geniuses behind it all. 1299 to be exact. 1299 of the greatest design minds of 2012 gathered in one spot with friends, loved ones and the who’s who of design to celebrate outstanding achievements in innovation, invention and hard work.

Tailor Made Bentley

Tailor Made Bentley

A Bentley so exclusive that there is only one unique piece of it! The Bentley ‘Tailor Made’ is a one-off customized car that uses ‘Robofold’ technology to its advantage. Basically it’s a way of building car body panels by folding sheets of Aluminum with Robots. It uses cost effective and energy conservation methodology that makes manufacturing an exclusive piece, sustainable.

0 Designer: Kyungeun Ko

Jot, Flip, Sketch…All With One Tool

Jot, Flip, Sketch…All With One Tool

Call it clever styling or stylized functionality, the Jot Flip Stylus is one super sexy tool that every tablet or smartphone owner must have. Being a fan of sketching and taking notes on the go, the stylus offers me the convenience of drawing on a tablet and taking notes in a book. It features a precision disc that acts like your finger, except it lets you see exactly where your mark will be made on the tablet screen. Flip the barrel and a fine-tipped steel pen emerges from the other side. Truly, its one of the best digital stylus around!

0 Jot Flip Stylus: Available Here

Functional Flexability

Functional Flexability

Switch-It is an exploration into both flexible material and flexible functionality. At first glance it appears to be a classic floor lamp, but slide it down and the shade expands to a flat surface, transforming it into an occasional side table. It’s great conversation-starting piece that’s perfect for compact spaces.

0 Designer: Christina Sicoli

The Sound of Silent Objects

The Sound of Silent Objects

Inspired by street performers and the busking community, the Public Resonance project aims to establish a deeper connection between people and objects, architecture and other natural elements. The portable percussive tool-kit includes an amp an wooden clamps that can be attached to any object. Each object produces it’s own unique vibrations and sound, allowing the player to experience an audio connection to otherwise “silent” objects that before were merely seen or felt.

0 Designer: Samuel Weller

Electrolux Design Lab Pinterest Winners Announced

Electrolux Design Lab Pinterest Winners Announced

We love it when you get creative and participate in events like the Electrolux Design Lab Pinterest ‘Work in Progress’ competition. Basically you had to pin your work-in-progress project to the Design Lab Pinterest Board and five interesting projects were to be picked by Yanko Design as winners for the Electrolux Powermix Mini Compact Blenders. Without further ado, jump right ahead to see who are the five lucky winners….

0 Designers: Various

Clamping The Wood For Furniture

Clamping The Wood For Furniture

It started off as a project exploring the possible ways of using clamps, and soon the Holdfast assignment stumbled into this eclectic range of exciting furniture. The idea was to employ clamps as tools as well as fasteners and are fashioned to reflect simplicity. They are based on the holdfast clamping system that holds materials to the surface of a workbench.

0 Designer: Samuel Weller

Old Incandescent Repackaged

Old Incandescent Repackaged

Lit is an eco-aware, unbreakable light bulb that revisits the old incandescent. Giving timeless design a new meaning, the bulb adapted to different types of lighting fixtures and is customizable because the sockets are modular. The designer claims it to be the world’s first light bulb with a hybrid technology – LEDs and Optical fiber. Apparently the technology gives an incredible lifetime to the bulb, with an excellent dimmable light quality trough the time. Money savings and reduced enviornmetal impacts are assured!

0 Designer: Elie Ahovi

Hydroponics at Home

Hydroponics at Home

Gardening can be a rewarding and therapeutic activity- unfortunately, many urban dwellers will never get the chance to experience it! Using current hydroponics technology, the Auxano concept was designed to enable city dwellers to grow their own produce effectively and efficiently (and without mess!) within the space constraints of city living. Its innovative oxygenating pump system means no electricity is needed for the product to operate.

0 Designer: Philip Houiellebecq

The Lamp That Wants to Be a Flower

The Lamp That Wants to Be a Flower

This clever design might seem a little obvious, but it’s actually quite thoughtful! The BLUM lamp’s floral inspiration is apparent in its form, but it also takes inspiration from living plant’s energy process. Set the plant by the window, and solar panels harvest the sun’s energy to power the bright LED lights. It’s the flower that gives back after the sun goes down!

0 Designer: OneArtistStudio

Wheelchair Adaptive Stroller

Wheelchair Adaptive Stroller

Parenting in the first stages of infancy can be incredibly challenging – add a mobile disability to the equation and you can imagine how daunting it might seem. The Cursum stroller concept aims to make life a little easier by adapting to use in tandem with a wheelchair. Swivel wheels, complete height adjustment, attention to comfort and visibility and advanced safety features give parents added security and a little independence to an already challenging life experience.

0 Designer: Cindy Sjöblom

Friday Giveaway: 4 Adonit Jot Flip + Refill Bundles for 4 Lucky Winners!

Friday Giveaway: 4 Adonit Jot Flip + Refill Bundles for 4 Lucky Winners!

The Adonit Jot Flip is this super-cool digital stylus that features a pen on one end and a stylus on the other. A clever twist to the barrel and a fine-tipped steel pen emerges. We love this kind of functional designing that makes everyday tools more valuable. With increasing number of people opting for touchscreen phones and tablets, we’d love for you to give this a try. Hence 4 sets of Adonit Jot Flip + Refill Bundles worth $200 are up for grabs, read on to know how you can win one set!

0 Contest Closed

Black Box Film With a Digital Twist

Black Box Film With a Digital Twist

The ‘Flash³’ camera design stemmed from the blending of retro ‘black box’ film camera with digitalization. Keeping the design to a minimum, it sports a touchscreen and perpetuates the enhancement of the internal flash. As the designer points out, ironically a camera was a box to capture light, yet to keep it out simultaneously. This version celebrates the paradox in a very flashy manner!

0 Designer: Dani Clode