Get On the Awesome Train

Get On the Awesome Train

The Auto Train aims to provide a sustainable solution for traveling distances too long to drive by car but too short to fly by plane. The fully-automated system accommodates individual passengers and their vehicles. So that it doesn’t need to stop between destinations, a number of train sections are designed to easily merge and diverge from the track at specialized stations, allowing it to work like an automated taxi that automatically drops you off at your destination!

0 Designer: Marco Gallegos

Look Ma, Robot On My Wrist

Look Ma, Robot On My Wrist

I guess we have Hollywood and the Japanese to blame for our perception of a robot. Most often seen as a human clone, can you imagine it to be a device around your wrist? Designer Julian Grote explains, “the focus of the research was not to explore the potential of technological intelligence, but rather to explore the limitations of human attention and emotional resilience.” This wrist robot has the sole task of managing its owner’s everyday life. Interesting!

0 Designer: Julian Grote

Scooter in the Sea

Scooter in the Sea

Air Container Scooter is for deep-sea divers, to make their underwater ride smoother and enjoyable. With a heavy oxygen tank on the back and both hands occupied with the propeller, a pleasure dive can become quite tedious. Air Container integrates both the functions, giving the diver free hands to take pictures and explore the ocean with ease. Remote controls on the gloves make operations easy. I have only one deep-sea dive to my credit, but next one will definitely be with a scooter!

0 Designer: Jaehwa Lee

Tree-Inspired Train Station

Tree-Inspired Train Station

This winning underground train station proposal was inspired by a predominating staple of the Israeli landscape- the Ficus Microcarpa tree. To imitate the ambiance provided by the ficus in the outside world, the design allows plenty of natural light to fall on the trees planted in the underground station. In addition, features like the steel piping on the deck were designed to replicate the robust trunk that is a signature of the tree. Stepping foot in this station, you’ll feel like you never left outside.

0 Designers: Yizhar Galmidi and Eliran Yaksein

Lighting Naturally

Lighting Naturally

When you live in the city, it’s easy to lose touch of some of mother nature’s simple offerings like a breeze or wild plant life. Keeping in mind how these things can inspire appreciation of nature, the designers at Pensa created this unique lighting solution that mimics the shape and sway of water reeds. Powered by the water’s current, the Light Reeds provide a subtle, romantic glow to public areas while offering a deeper connection to the waterfront.

0 Designer: Pensa

Look. Donʼt touch. The New Samsung Smart TV

Look. Donʼt touch. The New Samsung Smart TV

Smart is as smart does! In this day and age of gesture control, face recognition and smart interaction, it is quite flippant for us to expect anything else from Samsung. Which is why their new commercial highlighting these features, had me in splits! Guys, if it’s Victoria’s Secret model Angela Bellotte dressed in skimpy clothes and waving, do you really think she’s calling out to YOU! Well yes, maybe…

0 Designer: Samsung

Floating Island on the Move

Floating Island on the Move

The Solar Floating Resort is an example of what the distant future might hold when it comes to architecture, our reliance on renewable resources, and dealing with overpopulation on land. Covered completely in a photovoltaic skin, the resort is 100% self-sufficient and non-polluting.  On top of that, the floating palace is actually a modular system that divides into much smaller components that can be moved and assembled almost anywhere.

0 Designer: Michele Puzzolante

Fan Favorite

Fan Favorite

Mauricio Affonso’s FAN table is made from over 400 birch slats and a folding geometric base that make it possible to transform the design into an unlimited amount of custom sizes and shapes ranging from circle to square. It’s a super-functional and attractive design that’s adaptable to any situation.

0 Designer: Mauricio Affonso

The Human Signal

The Human Signal

There are times when rescue workers and policemen have to work in darkness or low-light conditions. To make themselves visible and even to the extent of working as a human traffic signal, we have here the Tex-vest concept. The jersey is equipped with LEDs in green, red and yellow, depicting the traffic signal colors. Using specific hand movements the arrows and colors can be manipulated. I like the fact that it is interactive, viable and can help police officers regulate traffic.

0 Designer: Jaka Plešec

An Evergreen Cooker Hood

An Evergreen Cooker Hood

Zephiro is an elegant cooker hood designed by Emo design for Falmec. Functional yet simple, the hood is equipped with e.Ion technology for filtration. This technology is an ionization system that reduces odor by eliminating organic molecules (bacteria, viruses and allergens) suspended in the air. The main advantage of this system is that it eliminates the use of exhaust tubes or vents for the hood. This not only supports clean architecture, but also enhances the hood with ceiling suspension.

0 Designer: Emo design for Falmec

Literal Gas Lamp

Literal Gas Lamp

The Gas Lamp (which isn’t a gas lamp at all!) is a straightforward approach to the pendant that uses the iconic design of the propane gas tank as a shade. It’s a vivid reminder of the evolution of lighting that will compliment industrial and outdoor spaces alike.

0 Designer: La Firme

Win 5 Electrolux Powermix Mini Compact Blenders and Fame!

Win 5 Electrolux Powermix Mini Compact Blenders and Fame!

UPDATE: Rules Modified! There are three ways you can get famous with Electrolux this year. You can either participate in their Design Lab Competition (deadline June 1, 2012) or the ‘work in progress’ Pinterest competition or BOTH! The Design Lab gives you a chance to win prize money and internship at the Electrolux Design Center and the Pinterest competition wins FIVE creative folks Fame and an Electrolux Powermix Mini Compact Blender. Details after the jump.

0 Deadline for Electrolux Design Lab Work In Progress: June 25th, 2012

Cozy Dryer

Cozy Dryer

It is hard to imagine using a heater during these summer months but the truth is, winter will soon creep up and it will back to the fire logs and radiators. Add to the scene, wet clothes and never-ending laundry! To erase this uncomfortable thought, we have here the Cozy Rack; a radiator that keeps you cosy whilst drying your clothes. Talk about killing two birds with one stone, I totally get you Mr. Designer, and I love it!

0 Designer: Dong Gyum Kim