Inspired by the recent quakes and tsunamis in Japan and Haiti, the Origami Shelter aims to provide fast, efficient protection for those in dire situations. The design takes from the folding principles of origami and transforms from small rectangle to a secure, durable sanctuary in minutes. The compact design can easily be shipped in large quantities and constructed by a single individual, making it a great disaster relief product.
Designer: Doowon Suh
It seems to be a magical appliance that separates the egg whites from the yolk in one swift twist and I am all for it! Egg Separator is a device where you place the whole egg, yes with the shell intact, into the central compartment. With a sharp twist and turn, you get the shells in one place, the whites in a separate compartment and the yolk in another. Sounds perfect, and something very handy for the MasterChef kitchen!
Designer: Tommy Hawes
Our senses play such an important role regarding our perception of food. A sexy looking steak with perfectly mashed potatoes on a menu card or the sweet smell of a freshly baked pie is to simply entice you with sight and smell. To allow the visually challenged folks enjoy a similar enticing experience, we have here the Odor Menu. It’s a menu card enhanced with Braille menu and appetizing food-smells that corresponding with the dish. This not only helps them place orders but also replicates the experience of browsing a visually appealing menu card.
Designers: Liu Jie, Wen Ho & Liu Dongming
It’s a bill bank! The BB Billosaur is the first ever redesign of the piggybank where coins are not welcome. Circular holes line one side from top to bottom so that rolled bills can be inserted from top to bottom to fill the porcelain container. Cork stoppers push bills all the way in and give it a unique, prehistoric look.
Designer: George Lee
Now your desk can take a walk on the wild side with this cutesy, novel twist on a few familiar items that are not only DIY, but flat-pack-ready and eco-friendly! Cut from recycled cardboard sheets, the ECO DIY Collection includes a lamp, clock, speakers, pen holder and bookmark. Each takes the form of a wild animal favorite and can be assembled simply by folding. No glue or cutting required. Hit the jump to check em’ out!
Designer: Eduardo Alessi
Every year 15 million children die of hunger. 925 million people are malnourished. Every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger. These are just a few of the facts that inspired this thoughtful design, the Hunger Table. The multi-wood, pie chart table top represents these statistics so that those dining on it will be mindful of others starving around the world. It’s a tangible reminder of an easily overlooked problem and a great example of bringing awareness in a clever and impacting way.
Designer: Luís Porém
For no apparent reason Sektorus goes very well with ‘sexy’, so let’s just stick to that. This beautiful quartz watch designed by the good folks at Art Lebedev Studio. It features the body merging with the band. Two wedged displays showcase the hours and minutes/seconds separately; the date appears in a small window. The band is crafted from a flexible silicone material and fits your hand snugly. The body is all aluminum and super sexy!
Designer: Art Lebedev Studio
Lucky for some, Guessing Game #13 is here with the inevitable question….what is this?
It is an Industrial Design Project, it is something to do with what the Chinese really love; Brits have their own unique way of consuming it and the Indian household would go into a tizzy if this were absent. What is it?
Designer: Eunjae Lee
Winter is far away and so it this concept-to-reality project, notable however is the idea of an alternate solution to keeping shoes dry and warm. Warm Shoestring is a project where shoelaces are made from a specialized fire-resistant material and that plug into an adapter. The adapter regulates the temperature and the string warms up the shoes. Its ideal for countries that experience bitter cold and where shoes take longer to dry up.
Designer: Alexey Chugunnikov
Arman Kirm’s Fulcrum crutch design features enhanced ergonomics and functionality that together make life just a little easier whether you’re recovering from an injury or suffering from a permanent mobility impairment. Tactile, silicone grips and an adjustable arm support give relief to tired hands and arms and a wide, rubber bottom tip increases traction and decreases injuries related to slipping. The multifunctional design’s arm support can also be removed, instantly turning Fulcrum from a crutch to a cane!
Designer: Arman Kirim
It’s hard to find a firewood rack that doesn’t have a rustic, craftsman aesthetic. Those with modern interiors usually end up improvising with a piece of furniture that wasn’t designed for this particular use. In pure white or black, the Fleimio Wood Trolley, however, has a robust yet sleek look that fits in perfectly with contemporary spaces. Oversized wheels make it easy to carry wood inside or move when space is needed.
Designer: Tero Jakku
One of my favorite companies Black Badger Advanced Composites just released another amazing set of rings, this time inspired by the Star Wars universe. Appropriately called the X-Rings, each one is graphic in appearance and handcrafted from DuPont Corian. There’s more though – they GLOW! If you’re a Star Wars fan from the original trilogy, it may be time to put away the toy X-Wing and upgrade to an X-Ring. REAL DOPENESS!
Designer: Black Badger Advanced Composites $400