Commissioning Work: Micklish Part 2

Commissioning Work: Micklish Part 2

Catch up on part one if you missed it. In part two, I went back to see Curtis at the Micklish workshop and watched him make quick work of the metal legs. Most of the sideboard is complete. Each leg will consist of 3 metal rods welded to a plate that’ll be attached to the sideboard at delivery.

0 Designer: Micklish, Facebook

Bike Power!

Bike Power!

Two words: automatic shifting. But that’s just one of the things that makes the Hercules Topgear-S bicycle the perfect urban commuter of the future. No more fiddling with manual gear shifting, just touch and go. A contactless dynamo is integrated into the front wheel system to recharge the battery which powers the quick-shifter, headlights, a horn and even turn signals that are cleverly placed at the ends of the handle bars. Better yet, there is a USB port to charge your cell phone while you ride!

0 Designer: Harikrishnan.P.K

Time To Wake Up!

Time To Wake Up!

The adorable Sub Morning is quite a quirky way to wake up in the morning! The dang thing actually requires you to submerge it in water in order to shut it off. The crisp display and added advantage of being a submarine, makes it more of a bath-time toy than an alarm. Oh well, ducky will have to go if you want to play submarines in your bathtub!

0 Designer: Kim Min Jeong

Mobile Living With Glam

Mobile Living With Glam

Monohedron is a prefab house that is mobile and suits almost any environment or climate. The idea is to move away from the predictable comfort of a brick and concrete home to something more versatile as this. With the options of adding layers of floors as per needs, the concept of your dream home takes on a whole new meaning. Customized and prefab are two words that don’t usually gel together well, but looks like this mobile home has sort of nailed it.

0 Designer: Andrej Cverha

Oddly Adaptive Seating

Oddly Adaptive Seating

The Strucchair approaches modern seating design from a different angle; it aims to fit into irregular, ever-changing environments rather than traditional settings. The unique adaptive structure consists of several kinetic units held together by rubber hinges. Together they form two quadrilateral prisms that move independently to create a balanced and comfortable surface no matter how irregular the terrain might be. Confused much!? Don’t worry… there’s a vid to explain it all! Hit the jump to watch!

0 Designer: Dora Medveczky

Smart Streetlight

Smart Streetlight

Smart design meets urban light in this minimal LED street lamp design by Igor Solovyov. The steel and aluminum-cast lamp reaches upward with just a slight curve at the top; enough to cast a bright light to the sidewalk without overly-obstructing the view of the sky above. A cluster of large and small multidirectional LEDs ensure light is dispersed as efficiently as possible to the area below. 

0 Designer: Igor Solovyov

Abstract Nautical Bench

Abstract Nautical Bench

The Mola bench by Andrija Večenaj was inspired by his experience growing up in the seaport city of Rijeka, Croatia, where he would spend time watching the saves, docking ships and multitude of personalities pass through. The shape is an abstract representation of waves and boat hulls, exaggerated by planked wood that references the deck of the ships. A hollow concrete base supports the adjustable surfaces and gives the structure a catamaran-like aesthetic that compliments the nautical feel.

0 Designer: Andrija Večenaj

Sustainable Hanger Bag

Sustainable Hanger Bag

I love this simple and innovative solution to a sustainable carry bag. The H+Bag has a functional edge and combines a carry bag with a hanger. Most often stores give us beautiful, sustainable paper bags to carry our clothes back home. Now if we add a twist to the bag and fashion it as a hanger, wouldn’t that be a great eco-idea! Say, hello to the H+Bag!

0 Designer: Hyo Jun Jeon

Entering the Genre of Pocket Tablets

Entering the Genre of Pocket Tablets

While most of us are still discovering the value of tablets versus laptops, the next-gen is already thinking about blurring the lines between smartphones and tablets. What we have here is the Pocket Tablet Concept, which is a happy marriage between a smartphone and, you guessed it, a tablet. The device combines emerging technology like the flexible OLED screen that folds out to give it the tablet edge. And of course the pocket size is the other advantage that can be harped upon.

0 Designer: Patrik Eriksson

No Ordinary Flashlight

No Ordinary Flashlight

We’ve had a couple quakes here recently and they only serve as a reminder of how unprepared I am for the BIG ONE. A Kickstarter project called the TRIOH! caught my interest when I went looking for a flashlight that could sit out in the open and not look fugly. Nice design? Check. Functions as a flashlight? Check. Works as a lamp and emergency light? Check & check! Designer Greg Hinzmann is several thousand shy of hitting his goal so I’m gonna plug it here because I WANT THIS. $49 bucks so I can have piece of mind and you get a TRIOH!

0 Designer: Greg Hinzmann, Kickstarter

Not-So-Dumb Dumbells

Not-So-Dumb Dumbells

The original idea for the Quick Click weights came from the designer’s wife noticing that in her weight training classes, other women were struggling with the old-school way of changing weights with clamps and springs which interrupted the flow of the workout. This redesign maximizes the effectiveness of the workout, making it possible to quickly transition between weights by simply using the built in hand grips to drop and add weight.

0 Designer: Vincent H. Bowman

Go Nutty for this Lamp

Go Nutty for this Lamp

The Acorn by Vasiliy Butenko transforms an ordinary cotton rope into an attractive, simple and inexpensive pendant lamp. The construction process is quick and easy an only requires the rope, a bottle and a bonding agent. The rope is wound around the bottle creating layers that don’t require an internal frame. Bright LEDs provide concentrated light that won’t burn the cotton. In a number of dark colors, it’s both soft and masculine.

0 Designer: Vasiliy Butenko

Rethinking the Chopper Control

Rethinking the Chopper Control

Anyone else notice that RC helicopters use the same remote control as their land-confined counterparts? The Chorus controller is a new solution, designed specifically for the chopper. It features a hidden trigger under the body and a more comfortable, intuitive disc shape that pivots and angles to mimic the movement of the helicopter blades. It provides a somewhat more realistic experience that’s great for novice and expert flyers alike.

0 Designer: Ben Wahrlich