Three Cool Ways To Break The Ice At A Party

Three Cool Ways To Break The Ice At A Party

So the party season is here and you are all geared up to go out and have a good time. Perhaps even entertain at home! While many of you may be as suave as Leonard, a few of us belong to the Rajesh Koothrappali category and can do with a little help in breaking the ice. Oh well, we are in luck! Product design is one ammo that always comes to our rescue and here are three cool ways to get a conversation started. Have a look and tell me what you think!

0 Designers: Various

Drops of Functionality

Drops of Functionality

The function of this modern furniture piece isn’t immediately obvious, but that’s just a part of its appeal! The Drop magazine stand’s functional tear-drop shape provides an elegant storage solution for all your periodicals and it also makes a great bookmark. Just place your current read over the top to save the page until you’re ready to pick it back up. The unique construction is made of 3mm birch sheets bound with a lamination technique that makes it possible to mold in just one major manufacturing process.

0 Designer: Designest

All-Season Headphones

All-Season Headphones

If you’re prepping to hit the slopes this winter then you’ll probably be including an MP3 player and headphones as part of your regular gear. While music can enhance the experience, the uncomfortableness of extended ear-bud wear can be a real pain which is why lots of helmets now have built in headphones. This innovative helmet design takes things a step further, utilizing a wireless headphone system that can also be easily removed when the snow melts off! One pair for all your favorite activities- genius!

0 Designer: Bruno Peccoud

Refined Audio

Refined Audio

Paris-based audio startup Aedle introduces its first model of high-end headphones with the stunning VK-1. The design is a far cry from the current trend of massive cans, combining aluminum and genuine leather in more sophisticated, minimal style that’s perfected by hand. With transducers in titanium and neodymium, these phones also deliver the high-performance audio the luxurious aesthetic suggests. You can pre-order yours here!

0 Designer: Aedle

Cup Designed For Better Hygiene

Cup Designed For Better Hygiene

Here’s the deal with drying cups hygienically. If you store them upright, then there is a chance of dirt/dust falling in. If you place them upside down, then the rim gets dirty once again. So to solve the problem we have here the Bevel Cup, inspired by the angular stance of a ballerina. The angular handle of the Bevel Cup allows it to remain as clean as possible when it is stored after being washed.

0 Designers: Gao Fenglin & Zhou Buyi

How About A Glue Pen?

How About A Glue Pen?

The word ‘gun’ has turned pretty controversial due the recent events of shootings in the United States. So you have to kind of agree with Soon Bok Kang that because of its resemblance to a gun, the general glue gun is rather heavy and has a dangerous aura about it. To tame it a bit and of course make it more ergonomically designed, we have here the Glue Pen.

0 Designer: Soon Bok Kang

Awesomely Atypical

Awesomely Atypical

We’re loving this weird design! The Inception chair aims to break our ideas of the stereotypical chair in a number of ways. The striking elongated backrest’s divided planks sweep forward in random opposed to the classic elegant swoop backwards. According to designer Jong-Dae Ryu, this is also a functional enhancement, giving the seated person a place to hang a hat, bag or jacket. Additionally, a single arm rest on the right side is an uncommon feature that plays with the viewers perception and positioning when seated.

0 Designer: Jong-Dae Ryu

Shape Shifting Solar Lamp

Shape Shifting Solar Lamp

One look at this modern lantern and it’s clear just how versatile it is. While it makes a great table or floor lamp, the tripodal design’s three bendable arms also make it possible to affix to the most awkward of surfaces or other objects to direct light exactly where you need it. Better yet, it’s entirely solar powered, utilizing solar-cells located on each arm to harness the sun’s energy.

0 Designer: Lenka Czereova

Unmonitored Bathtub

Unmonitored Bathtub

The Water Lock is an automatic water meter and a locking device for use on bathtub taps. What you need to do is simply set the desired volume of water for the bath and let the bathtub fill up unmonitored. You generally know how much water you would like to fill in for your bath, so after the set amount has been filled, the flow automatically stops. So you end up avoiding overspill, wastages and have the freedom to do other stuff while you run up your bath water.

0 Designers: Various

Reclaimed Wood For A Better Watch

Reclaimed Wood For A Better Watch

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” I love this tagline and the simple truth behind it. Essentially this is a direct lift from WeWOOD Watches and they are compelling me to think about what I can do for my planet, even if it’s through Product Design. Sure, haute horology is something everyone craves, but how many can truly say that what they are wearing is something that reminds us of a tree’s powerful way of life; rooted, yet reaching.

0 Designer: WeWOOD [ Buy it Here ]

Sustainable Orgami Lights

Sustainable Orgami Lights

Using his own original origami folding compositions, designer Jiangmei Wu’s latest creation is this series of light fixtures made from recycled cotton paper and LED light bulbs. Each shade can be compressed into a flat piece (for easy shipping or storage), but once folded they are entirely self-supportive. Organic in construction and material, it’s a beautiful collection that is at once simple and intricate.

0 Designer: Jiangmei Wu

The iPhone Theater Experience

The iPhone Theater Experience

Sure, the iPhone is capable of playing full-length movies… but what’s the point? Mr. Perfect isn’t so perfect when it comes to the right ergonomics for watching your favorite flicks. That’s where the iPhone Theater comes in. It’s a headphone/phone holder combo with a slightly steampunk aesthetic. I chuckled a little too… but it’s actually pretty awesome! I don’t care how many looks I get… I waaaaants it!

0 Designer: Mike Enayah

Bye Bye Old Lightbulb

Bye Bye Old Lightbulb

The latest addition to Hall Design’s bespoke line of luminaires, the Mise En Abyme lamp series represents the archetype of the incandescent lightbulb, paying homage to the classic object that is quickly being phased out. The wooden, bulb shaped covering is suspended by wire from a wall-mount and is easily adjustable to the user’s height preference. It’s a clever foreshadowing of the fate of the incandescent bulb, and will serve as a reminder years after they’re gone!

0 Designer: Hall Design