Tron-inspired smartphone hits The Grid

Tron-inspired smartphone hits The Grid

Designer Wooseok Suh is coming on correct today with a lovely smartphone device by the name of “Another World”, made right out of the box to present an entirely new environment for you lovers of the unique. This smart device could be called a smartphone or it could simply be called an electronic touch device – it breaks barriers either way.

0 Designer: Wooseok Suh

The World's Smallest Recessed Light!

The World’s Smallest Recessed Light!

The 1PUCK LP! The whole idea behind landscape and recessed lights was to hide them, right?! Well, most in use are still large and unsightly – except this amazingly miniature design. Barely the diameter of a US half-dollar, but as powerful as standard lights, the 1PUCK makes lighting subtly a cinch. Embed it in the floor, hide it in the walls or mount it on the ceiling for directed light that won’t intrude on your aesthetic. Get it here!

0 Designer: MINIMIS

You Got That Super Bass, Ceramic Subwoofer

You Got That Super Bass, Ceramic Subwoofer

I wrote about Joey Roth’s Ceramic Speakers way back when and reviewed it. Hell, I even own a set connected to an Airport Express to enable Airplay. It’s been my main setup in the bedroom for years but due to Joey’s own desires to expand the line or calls to improve the speakers’ bass response, there’s an accompanying ceramic subwoofer to complete the setup. I’ve yet to hear it in person but plan to very soon post holiday shenanigans. Hit the jump for deets!

0 Designer: Joey Roth $695

Organic Essentialism Perfected

Organic Essentialism Perfected

Following designer Ross Lovegrove’s self-described “organic essentialism” style, Sara Vaz’s Natura chair takes inspiration from materials and shapes in nature, applying them to create unique, organic pieces. Specifically, the Natura was inspired by a two-petaled leaf, the form of which is apparent in its light, bisected halves. Composed entirely of plywood and a small metal reinforcement inside the back, the design consists of just 3 pieces: seat, back and front legs.

0 Designer: Sara Vaz

Backup Power Portable

Backup Power Portable

I consider apps as a necessary evil, I need them to be productive and at the same time they drain my iPhone at the most unexpected times. A power backup or portable recharger has become a compulsion for people like me. However design sensibilities often keep me away from dodgy chargers that juice up the iPhone and iPod but at the cost of ugly looks. When I spied the clever Plug Battery Charger, I was totally tickled by its take on the plug! Sweet!

0 Designer: Logo’s [ Available @ YD Store for $26 ]

Voice Memo With Benefits

Voice Memo With Benefits

Vmo is quite a clever way of combining Voice Memos with QR Codes and Smartphones. Basically its a way to mark and capture data, be it voice or visual, and then revisit it at a later date. Essentially this means, if you are in class and taking notes, you may also want to record the lecture, so you tab and the recording using a supplied QR Code Sticker (that nestles sweetly in an allocated space in the smaprtphone jacket), scanning the code and readily accessing it later. The video below explains it all.

0 Designers: Various

Herbed Windows

Herbed Windows

Herbow is a rain shelter and a window herb garden. A very unique and unconventional combination, but one that works! Given the way counties like Japan have been upping their efforts in going green by growing creepers and other such plants on their building’s external walls, to lower internal temperatures and conserving electricity, these kind of gardens suit the urban landscape perfectly.

0 Designers: Hsu Hao-Po, Chang Yu-Hui & Chang Chung-Wei

Chic and Consious Toothbrushes

Chic and Consious Toothbrushes

Gotta love these custom toothbrushes by Yumaki! The series of 3 includes: KIRI- a steam pressed bamboo handle with burnmark, FURUI KAME, a faux tortoise shell handle with metal badge, and KICKFLIP, a biodegradable sugar cane plastic handle with lasered texture. Each brush also utilizes antibacterial bamboo charcoal blended nylon bristles for extended lifespan and enhanced hygiene. Do want! But wait there’s more…

0 Designer: Yumaki

Modular at Heart

Modular at Heart

The Alteia day boat concept might look like your average sailing vessel… crisp, clean and ready for the weekend, but it’s what’s inside that sets it apart. The design features a modular interior that can be easily transformed to suit the needs of the user. Designed primarily for chartering, the versatile interior makes it possible to cater to different clients based on their preference and intended use. Choose between entertainment, race-ready, and comfy modes!

0 Designer: Julien Boucher

2 Seamless Kitchens by Karim

2 Seamless Kitchens by Karim

No, this isn’t the cockpit of the Starship Enterprise, but it is a space-age looking, futuristic vision of the modern kitchen that utilizes the extraordinary properties of HI-MACS acrylic stone. The smooth, 100% non-porous surface is ideal for use in the kitchen. Easy to clean, hygienic and extremely resistant to heat and chemicals, it’s especially suitable for food handling.

0 Designer: Karim Rashid for Aran Cucine

Rock Paper Matchstick

Rock Paper Matchstick

The Traveler’s Paper Kit is an amazing basic survival kit for travelers where ready tools are available and crafted from a sheet of paper. Folded into a pocket book-style sheet, the kit includes a waste basket, a solar compass (with a northern star chart on the reverse side) for finding north, a position maker (for retracing one’s steps later), a reflective card (that can function as a distress signal), a finger-pressure therapy chart (for alleviating bodily pains through traditional Oriental palm-stimulation methods), a matchstick, and a cup.

0 Designers: Various

Chapel of Simplicity

Chapel of Simplicity

When we hear the word “chapel,” we imagine a grandiose, highly stylized structures with heavy symbolism throughout. The Saint Francis Chapel is easily considered the antithesis to the ubiquitous design. Reduced to just the structural components, this small, concrete chapel is void of symbolism and distracting over-styling, making it essentially just a room for contemplation. Upon completing their reflections, visitors can ring a bell (the most complex element of the chamber) to conclude their experience.

0 Designer: Rafael Hintersteiner

Pretty Public Potty

Pretty Public Potty

As useful as porta-potties might be for concerts, festivals and other events, they have become a symbol of… well… just plain nastiness! We’re long overdue for a new standard of portable restroom and the FACETOCH is a step in the right direction. The mobile unit includes both men’s and women’s facilities and utilizes solar energy and water recovery to operate while also focusing on privacy and hygiene. If nothing else, the aesthetic is just a helluva lot more inviting!

0 Designer: Clément Laurence