Glass Roots

Glass Roots

With colorful layers and an almost chem-lab aesthetic, the Roots series of vases are a clever twist on the classic tiered flower vase. The decorative objects, composed of blown borosilicate glass, can be used in two directions: one as a single vase for large bouquets or for grouped flowers that cascade down the side. You can own it here!

0 Designer: Giorgio Bonaguro

The Ketchup King

The Ketchup King

OMG this Ketchup Presser is such a clever design! Its one of those things that requires very less explanation and the super cool video demonstrates exactly how you can consume ketchup with fries at your favorite fast-food joint without worrying about contamination through the paper mats or soiled ketchup pillow packs. Simple and Good!

0 Designers: Hwandong Lee, Myung Gyu Kim, Nari Lee & Taeno Yoon

A Better Beethoven

A Better Beethoven

The Beethoven Phone is for the hearing challenged folks who find it difficult to communicate with others through sign language. Not everyone knows sign language and to remove this barrier when the hearing challenged person types in his message, it gets relayed to the other person through the transparent screen as well as a voice message. What makes the device stand apart is the capability to turn back voices into text. So imagine the challenged person enjoying a movie using this device! Very cool!

0 Designers: Jong Soo Kim

Abstracted Flower-Inspired Lamp

Abstracted Flower-Inspired Lamp

The unusual shape of the Tulip lamp more closely resembles a retro-style stool than lamp, but its unique structure supports functionality as a pendant, floor, or directional light as well as a bedside table for lightweight objects. A modern blend of painted ceramic and raw wood contrast nicely with the vintage shape and make it possible to create a variety of color combinations for any room style.

0 Designer: Maria Ovchinnikova

Explore the Urban Jungle in Style

Explore the Urban Jungle in Style

The Urban Pod has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from such a futuristic-looking design- radar for collision warning/parking, tire pressure sensors, fingerprint access, photovoltaic recharging top, head-up display… the list goes on. But what we can’t get over is that this bioplastic hybrid is just so %$&#ing cute! It’s inner-city travel style at its best.

0 Designer: Paulo Encarnação

Digital Tracing Paper on iPad

Digital Tracing Paper on iPad

Instantly draw on top of imported images or background templates and circulate them around within a community for collaborative design and feedback. Morpholio Projects’ Trace app for iPad originally focused on architecture but new templates for automotive and jewelry designers means these toolsets are finally spreading to other design professions. Coupled with the numerous pen options available for the iPad, an affordable digital design tablet seems possible.

0 Deverloper: Morpholio Projects, Download for iPad

Wood and Concrete

Wood and Concrete

Elomax’s new DY10 lamp is a stunning contrast between the industrial and organic. The concrete base has two ash wood blades, slightly offset from one another to create a beautiful light pattern. I love the warmth mixed with the cold. Not sure when it’ll be available but I’m definitely adding these to my DO WANT list. I kinda wish there were miniature solar powered ones too designed with a stake so I can line my walkway to the front door.

0 Designer: Elomax Agency

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

This temporary mobile housing design aims to provide readily available shelter to those affected by a variety emergencies and disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and fires. Structurally, the unit is composed almost entirely of compressed oriented strand board, making it lightweight and easy to construct. Transportable as a small cube, the design can be set and expanded by lowering one side to create a separate section for sleeping quarters.

0 Designer: Michel Antoun Zateef

Bathtub Convenience

Bathtub Convenience

The Elevated Bathtub is a very thoughtful bathing experience for those who suffer from limited mobility. I have a parent who has both their knees replaced and suffers from sever arthritis, so getting in or out of a bathtub is kinda risky. This unique bathtub allows the user to step into the bath area on a flat base without any hindrance. Split into two main parts, the tub enclosure can be lifted; and the flat base with a showerhead pillar doubles up as a lifting rail for the tub enclosure.

0 Designers: Zhang Jiangpeng & Zou Tao

Time in Color

Time in Color

Gotta love this clever take on the modern watch! The Colorclock redefines the way we envision time by slowly transitioning the hue of the face across the color spectrum as time goes by. Now you get up five minutes to green, grab some lunch at half-past yellow, and go to bed at the stroke of purple. Do want!

0 Designer: Maxim Mezentsev

Robot-Surgeon Hybrid Workstation

Robot-Surgeon Hybrid Workstation

The MIRO-Lab combines the precision advantages of robotics with the human know-how of surgeons into a single, process-optimized workstation that increases the overall quality of minimally invasive surgery. Using hand and foot movement with haptic and tactile feedback, surgeons have complete control of the operating area displayed on a 3D-Screen. It’s the next best thing to the surgery-module in the Alien movies! Hit the jump to see it in action!

0 Designer: Moritz Philip Schmidt

Modern Easy Lounge Chair

Modern Easy Lounge Chair

Check out this Kickstarter project called the Suzak – a lounge chair available in multiple color combinations. I’m partial to the simple design which invites you to sit almost any way you want. The material is made of industrial spandex that’s ultra tough, yet pliable. Strong enough to be used outdoors without concern for UV damage. You can support the project with as little as a $1 but you’ll need to put in $99 to get a chair. I want it because it looks like something my dog could use but easy for me to clean.

0 Designer: QSTO

Electrifying Touchscreen Alarm Clock

Electrifying Touchscreen Alarm Clock

The singNshock is a capacitive touch screen alarm clock that features an integrated music player with mmc slot. It allows you to store unlimited music so that you can wake up to the melodies of your favorite song. Crazy as it sounds, the clock also features an optional electric shock feature, which gives a micro-volts of electric current, when the user pushes the aluminum coated off button on the top of the clock.

0 Designer: Sankalp Sinha