Green Thumbs Up for Kids

Green Thumbs Up for Kids

In a world full of mesmerizing indoor toys like computers and video game consoles, it’s easy to lose sight of the bright sun and blue sky found in our own backyard… especially if you’re a kid! Inspired by this idea, these child-safe gardening tools were designed to help promote an active lifestyle, health-conscious attitude, and overall respect for nature. The Parrot pruner, Watermelon watering attachment, and Snail shovel combine whimsical aesthetic with intuitive functionality that will turn gardening from a chore into a fun and exciting outdoor activity.

0 Designer: Chris Armstrong

Friday Giveaway: Crumpler Dry Red #3 Travel Bag

Friday Giveaway: Crumpler Dry Red #3 Travel Bag

The very elegant and stylish Dry Red Collection by Crumpler is a complete suite of travel gear for the Business Traveler. Five impeccable bags offer durability and sleek looks without compromising storage space and accessibility. What’s more, they are feather light, semi soft, structured travel bags that promise never to let you down. To win the sexy Crumpler Dry Red #3 Travel Bag, simply tell us your most memorable travel story involving your bag.

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The Heat Coil Knows Best

The Heat Coil Knows Best

The Spiral Burner is quite a nifty design that reminds me of mosquito coils that we get here in India! The plot behind this design to have a burner that saves fuel when using small utensils, conversely increase fuel efficiency when using big pots. The knobs are simple and the burner boasts clean lines, I think I’m already in love with it! Oh my!

0 Designer: Alireza Alavi

Big Time Dental Alert!

Big Time Dental Alert!

I’d much rather get hit by a car than pay my dentist a visit! The noise of the drill machine and the sterile probes are good enough to freak me out. Hence this Tooth Guardian is a good way to keep a check on my teeth cleaning routine and ensure that I don’t need any dentists. The high-tech toothbrush integrates a camera and UV system to monitor and display photographs of one’s teeth while cleaning. Basically, the camera helps you thoroughly clean your teeth and the UV light sterilizes the brush. So far it all sounds good!

0 Designers: Yu-Hsin Lin, Chu-Che Chang & Shang-Hsuan Lu

From Boring to Beautiful!

From Boring to Beautiful!

From 2×4 wall studs to plastic light switches, common American construction tends to use predictable, albeit utilitarian materials, methods, and dimensions. Peter Bristol’s American Standards Lamp is a clever nod to this archetype that derives its character directly from this set of rules but also stands alone as a modern icon that is both familiar and intuitive to the user… that is, if you’re American!

0 Designer: Peter Bristol

Brilliant Tableware

Brilliant Tableware

I’m loving this bronze cutlery by designer Maximilian Löw. The set combines elegant, soft curves similar to that of classic cutlery with sharp, rigorous edges that give it modern, masculine appeal. For each piece, a 3D model was created so that different variations could be built using CNC technology. After the ergonomic & aesthetic requirements were achieved, preperations for the bronze casting process were made. The result: stark yet elegant tableware in high polished bronze that deserves to be shown off.

0 Designer: Maximilian Löw

Shakin It Up

Shakin It Up

The Bell & Bell pair of salt and pepper shakers are a modern take on the classic, reminiscent of the antiquated but familiar dinner handbell. Simply twist the bottom section to line up the marks and shake away! (Just don’t expect anyone to come running at your service.)

0 Designer: Minwoo Lee

For Efficient Straining

For Efficient Straining

I fancy this particularly thoughtful strainer that attaches to any pan or dish at its rim and drains off the liquid without letting any solids slip away. Crafted from silica gel, the Food Filter comes in different sizes and drains, fitting almost any size pans and for multiple purposes.

0 Designers: Yu Zhigang, Chen Chao, Lv Changfu, Yuan Chenxin & Wu Jia

The Ultimate Green Hotel

The Ultimate Green Hotel

The Urban Hotel is a very well thought-out solar-powered ‘green’ hotel. It features rainwater recycling system and a bicycle in each room, to help visitors explore the city. Now the cool thing here is that there is a specific slot in the room to place the bike and you can use it as an exercise cycle. Stored kinetic energy from it gets converted to electricity and helps power small gadgets and lights. If you get enthusiastic enough, for all you know, you could end up renting the room for free! Apparently all your pedaled miles get converted to energy savings and can be redeemed against the room rent. Sweet!

0 Designers: Various

Symbiotic Facade

Symbiotic Facade

The team at in square lab noticed that the Historical Pushinsky Cinema is in need of a major facelift- one that will not only reinvigorate the architecture but also one that will revitalize its presence as a focal point of central Moscow. Their corian & glass recladding proposal is seen as a solid cellular structure that grows, at first scarcely from the square onto the steps & then gradually covering parts of the facade, constantly revealing glimpses of the building’s history.

0 Designer: in square lab

Endless Expression of Information

Endless Expression of Information

For 350 years the Unversitylibrary Breman has organized and structured information to make it accessible to visitors. As you can imagine, the library has been witness to the incredible evolution of information sharing from paper to digital. To celebrate, this installation titled Wandern im Wissen (Wandering in Knowledge) serves as a representation of the endless flow of shared thought over the years. Hit the jump to catch a detailed vid of the process!

0 Designer: Manuel Dreesmann

The Total User Experience

The Total User Experience

Designer Victor Johannson’s mobile phone concept focuses on ease of use by providing multiple input controls that the user can customize to their liking. Features like dual sided scrolling and volume control as well as side a back-side keyboard, clock, or place to dock apps are definitely bonuses. The coolest feature by far, however, is piezoelectric feedback technology that gives tactile signals in four different directions that makes it possible for the user to ‘feel’ the direction to travel.

0 Designer: Victor Johannson

YD Showcases: Born in Sweden

YD Showcases: Born in Sweden

When Pascal Charmolu, an innovative designer and Kim Vejsholt, a keen businessperson, decided to work together, the resulting partnership gave birth to ‘Born in Sweden.’ Driven with a passion to combine highly innovative design with unexpectedly simple product solutions, the company has grown to accommodate a mix of creative individuals who see and do things differently and have a wealth of international experience. We’ve handpicked for you a collection of their best works; and with this season of giving round the bend, maybe you end up being gifted one!

0 Born in Sweden: Available at Urban-Butik