Avoiding The Drench

Avoiding The Drench

Imagine getting soaked by a car-splash, on your way to work or an important meeting. I’ve been through it one too many times thanks to the heavy monsoons my city experiences. The Rain Shield offers a shield-like umbrella and is crafted with a single curved steel wire and a telescopic rod. It has no pointed ends or sharp edges, and it won’t blow inside out in windy conditions. Sounds too good to be true!

0 Designers: Lin Min-Wei & Liu Li-Hsiang

Magic Monolith

Magic Monolith

It takes a lot to pull off using plexiglass in furniture design, but Peter Koren is doing it RIGHT with the leviTABLE! Using crystal-clear plexiglass, the legs are near-invisible, giving the illusion that the solid walnut slab top is floating effortlessly in the air. This levitated monolith is sure to be a head-turner!

0 Designer: Peter Zsolt Koren

Dead Heads Up!

Dead Heads Up!

I know Halloween is over, but we just had to feature this creative casket design! The Head-UP coffin is an exploration in both structure and ritual that was adapted for the classic resting position. With a slight tilt in the middle, the striking shape is simultaneously modern and elegant.  Composed entirely of wood (including the fastening components), it is also 100% degradable for those concerned with being green even after they’re gone!

0 Designers: Various

Hot Hatch

Hot Hatch

I love me a hatchback and I love me a Tesla! The Tesla C captures the brand’s unique design language in a forward-thinking 2-door city car that lives up to the original’s sporting intentions. Features include an all-glass top, motorized oversize side doors that slide toward the front rather than swing open and an electric motor/lithium-ion battery system for sporty performance without sporty emissions. Aesthetically, it’s in line with Tesla’s modern design direction and would be a perfect addition to their limited line of roadsters and sedans.

0 Designer: Dejan Hristov

Are You Flexible To Grate?

Are You Flexible To Grate?

The Flexita is a simple kitchen tool that makes food grating a whole lot easier. It transforms from two to three dimensions and is efficient to clean and store. It simply flattens when not in use and molds into a handy grip when needed. Crafted from harmonic steel, the metal that has a ‘memory’ and returns to its original flat shape after bending.

0 Designer: Ely Rozenberg

Wanna Break Free!

Wanna Break Free!

The Free Socket is a clever design that marries the multi-tap, extension cord and USB socket into one convenient package. Basically it is a wall mounted electricity outlet that unhooks and can be used as a power extension. Keeping up with the current trends, USB charging is integrated into the plate and this is very clever. I love the practical aspect of the design and the fact that this design is do-able.

0 Designers: Various

Lunar Timekeeper

Lunar Timekeeper

Inspired by the heavenly body nearest us, the Time & Space watch is a reminder that our very concept of time and space have long been defined by the moon. Real photographs of a full moon taken in Western France were used for the dial plate which is accented by traditionally shaped floating hands that appear as shadows against the surface. It’s a beautiful, modern reinterpretation of the watch that gives a nod to the very reason we even have them!

0 Designer: i³ Lab

Solar Jelly!

Solar Jelly!

The Jellyfish Light is a one-of-a-kind lighting design makes clever use of materials and utilizes suction and solar technologies to provide lighting just about anywhere. Inspired by the shape of the gooey creature, the silicon structure can be pressed on any smooth surface to create an internal vacuum that suctions in place. Solar panels collect energy from the sun so there are no batteries to worry about. Place it on the window to charge during the day and turn it on to see at night!

0 Designer: Ryan Jongwoo Choi

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

A Teddy Bear With A Smartphone Heart

Remember Teddy Ruxpin? He brought all the boys to the yard to listen to him read a story from one of his convoluted adventures aboard an airship. The Cocolo Bear is Teddy Ruxpin 2012, although I’m pretty sure they’re unrelated because Cocolo comes from Japan. Cocolo talks to you, answers questions, and plays games thanks to his smartphone heart and app but otherwise is a glorified speaker phone. Parents can even leave messages for their kids. I need a reader from Japan to send me one PLEASE!

0 Designer: Cube Works, $62

Saving The Eyesight

Saving The Eyesight

Children are stubborn and they don’t understand that viewing the computer (or TV) screen from too near a distance can affect their eyesight. As a victim of wearing glasses right from the eight grade, I have learnt this the hard way too. So designers Zhichao Xue & Chen Yizi have a very clever solution at hand. Place the I-CARE sensor on top of any screen and it keeps a check on the distance from which a person is viewing the screen.

0 Designers: Zhichao Xue & Chen Yizi

Translucent Seclusion, Live in a Bubble

Translucent Seclusion, Live in a Bubble

This is the second project from Swiss design group Micasa Lab that I’m in love with. The Cocoon 1 is a sit in, chill in, relax in, live in bubble with reconfigurable cushions to really personalize the space. I think it’s a genius idea. A retreat that simultaneously informs the world of your need for solitude while giving you full access to the world around you. Plus, this revives memories of that terrible excellent movie Bubble Boy about a man born without an immune system so he has to live inside a bubble. Good stuff.

0 Designer: Micasa Lab

Expanding Mobility

Expanding Mobility

The Volkswagen Expand is a super-versatile concept vehicle that offers not 1 but 2 functional expansions that make it the perfect urban commuter. The first is an extendable cabin that accommodates 1 or 2 additional passengers or extra cargo. The second is the car’s removable front wheels which double as personal transportation using a sophisticated gyroscopic sensor system similar to a Segway. It’s a limitless, all-in-one solution for getting around the urban jungle!

0 Designer: Luiz Antonelli

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

We recently featured Justin Chong’s charming, super-minimal Cube home… well he’s back with an alternative version that reworks the usable space to accommodate more storage, sleeping room, a full bathroom and even a laundry area fit with a compact clothes washer/dryer combo! The other design was a lil dark so the most significant addition is built-in, ultra-thin LED lighting accents in inconspicuous places like under the stairs or kitchen shelving.

0 Designer: Justin Chong