AWARENESS at Łódź Design Festival

AWARENESS at Łódź Design Festival

Ever wondered how does a 3D printer work or a do a chair and a wicker basket have in common? The answers are there for all to learn at explore at this year’s Łódź Design Festival. Commencing on the 18th of October, the design festival will run for a full ten days and has the underlying theme of AWARENESS. Currently in its sixth year, the exhibition is split up into three sections: AWARENESS, must have and make me!

0 Festival Dates: 18 – 28 October 2012

Cook n' Charge!

Cook n’ Charge!

The EcoCharge system is a portable and green solution for giving your devices a quick boost by recycling heat energy. Using thermoelectric generator modules, the unit converts heat generated from cookware, home-heaters or any other source into usable electricity. A flexible magnetic face attaches to any metal surface so the device can be used almost anywhere. Equipped with an OLED display, it also monitors the conduction efficiency of different surfaces so the user knows always knows what kind of charge they’re getting.

0 Designer: Ardavan Mirhosseini

Nature Transformed

Nature Transformed

Gotta love Floris Wubben’s latest lamp design… Stripped! Each lamp is constructed using just one branch – pieces are split to form the legs and main extension while bark removed from the branch is peeled to create the shade. The design aims to maintain the natural form of the tree branch as much as possible while the process ensures that no two lamps are exactly alike!

0 Designer: Floris Wubben

Adapt-A-Cycle

Adapt-A-Cycle

The Sorena folding bike concept uses a clever combination of intuitive locking levers to easily switch between riding and carrying positions. In just four steps it transforms from operable bike to compact carry-on that’s easy to manage on the train, bus or walking anywhere you can’t ride. The most unique feature is the bike’s adjustable length and distance between handlebar to saddle. Riders of any size, sex, or shape can fine-tune their riding position for maximum comfort and efficiency.

0 Designer: Mahdi Momeni

Significantly Fresher Air

Significantly Fresher Air

The Aeroball is a great way to filter air and get rid of odors. Tiny bubble-like balls hover and float in the air, cleansing it of impurities and offensive smells. The scented varieties dispense fragrance and enhance the mood. Inspired by fireflies and nature, the balls absorb light during the day and radiate it at night. Very akin to glowlights!

0 Designer: Jan Ankiersztajn 


TV Tree!

TV Tree!

Tree 2.0 is an all-in-one solution for organizing your TV entertainment peripherals that’s perfect for wall-mounted systems. The “branches” of the tree hide unsightly cables all the way from the base to the canopy where receivers, DVD players or gaming systems are supported by multi-level shelves. Much cheaper than hiring a contractor to embed cords int he wall and super easy to install!

0 Designer: Hall Design

Contemporary Crafstmanship

Contemporary Crafstmanship

Branca-Lisboa is a new product and accessory label for the home that was inspired by the magic light of Lisbon city. Each piece is the result of an experimental approach to the materials and production methods, uniting Portuguese craftsmanship traditions with contemporary aesthetics in an interesting blend of woods, metals and textiles. The line aims to reignite the era when products were developed with patience, expertise and integrity.

0 Designer: Marco Sousa Santos

Wild Stroller of the Savannahs

Wild Stroller of the Savannahs

The latest design from Casualplay, Kudu Stroller, just goes to show that inspiration can come from the most unexpected places! Inspired by the beautiful African antelope of the same name, this wild design takes from the elegant yet robust body of the animal. Simplistic lines and invisible welds also give it a seamless, minimalist aesthetic.

0 Designer: Casualplay

How Big Is Your Printer?

How Big Is Your Printer?

God forbid if you are the unlucky bloke who gets to sit on a table that houses the office printer. They are a blessing and a bane, simply because they occupy so much of space. Maybe this is why concepts like the Retractable Printer are much more appealing. Imagine a sleek device that spans out according to the size of paper you are printing. Simple thought for a practical way of working in an office! Super!

0 Designer: Neilson Navarrete

Most Buzzed Designs of September 2012

Most Buzzed Designs of September 2012

I completely resonate with Edward Tufte’s philosophy that ‘good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.’ A lot of times what we can’t express in words, because we lack linguistic skills or have communication barriers. At times like this, a simple illustration of our intent is sufficient to express our thoughts, as long as we are crystal clear about them. Here is a look at ten outstanding designs from September that were apparent with their ‘clear thinking made visual’ intent.

0 Designers: Various

Brush N' Play

Brush N’ Play

If you’ve ever tried to brush your dogs teeth then you’re familiar with the awkwardness that ensues. If they only knew you were trying to help! Here’s a clever way to trick stubborn pups into cleaning their teeth. The Q-Ring is like any other pull/chew toy but features a squishy bristled end that removes plaque, reduces gingivitis and stimulates gums. Simply twist the tactile, soft grip handle inside-out and it doubles as a frisbee!

0 Designer: Yunfan Tan

Innovation in Surgical Illumination

Innovation in Surgical Illumination

The APOLLO concept is a modular lighting system that provides flexibility in operating room illumination through the use of laser technology. Using laser light increases luminous efficiency from 170 lumen/watt opposed to LEDs with 100 lumen/watt and allows for more compact dimensions. Built-in sensors adapt to every situation by changing the direction of light and adjusting brightness autonomously as surgeons move around, allowing them to focus on the task at hand without interruption.

0 Designer: Entwurfreich

Captivating Cube

Captivating Cube

In designing the Urban Green Council’s EBIE Awards, designer Mark Pernice aimed for something beautifully simplistic, familiar but progressive, of the earth but ethereal, and organic in material but not in aesthetic. The result is this captivating cube. Though each award has the exact same shape and construction, they appear different depending on the viewer’s perception. The bioresin material was chosen for its affordability, soft smoky aesthetic and color variance which will change each year.

0 Designer: Mark Pernice