Houndstooth Wall Shelving

Houndstooth Wall Shelving

You a houndstooth lover? You might like the Pied-de-Poule. A modular wall shelving unit that puts your favorite woven pattern up on display. It’s just a concept for the FLY design competition but careful thought was put into how it could be ecological manufactured and sold a low price. The units come in two colors made of laminated composite wood. Each piece is hung using only two screws and I suspect this would be a great way to bring interest to a sparse wall.

0 Designer: Julia Quancard

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

A nice concept for a minimal yet functional dish that keeps your morning toast crispy. The  Lean Dish has two subtle ridges raised just high enough, and spaced just far enough apart, to support a varying range of bread slice sizes. This prevents it from touching runny eggs and butter (unless you love that sort of thing). It saves plates because you only have to use one dish. Cheers to crispy toast!

0 Designer: Jon Liow

UFO Fans

UFO Fans

Dyson Clone your time is up, UFO and aliens are the current flavors of the season. I am referring to the Giko Electrical Fan, which is a close take on spider legs and imaginative UFOs. A part of the INART Company initiative, this fan stands around 90 cm high and has unique blades. The reasoning behind their overly circular form is that air circulation is faster and more powerful thanks to their curves. Apparently research is on to see how manufacturing costs for this design can be reduced. Before you know it, the Giko will be available in stores! Now the aliens have truly landed.

0 Designer: Erjon Hatillari for INART

Gluing The Edges

Gluing The Edges

The glue stick is a fine innovation but what the creators didn’t anticipate is the mess that happens when you try to apply glue to the edges of a sheet of paper. I place an old newspaper beneath the sheet to prevent accidental gluing of other stuff. InGlue Stick resolves the issue with a clever redesigning of the cap. A slight cut in the cap and an innovative twist-to-open system, allows you to slide a sheet into the gap. I think it’s a problem-solved design! Hurrah!

0 Designers: Dohyung Kim, Sewon Oh, Yunehee Baek & Hyunchul Choi

Looking As Loud As It Is

Looking As Loud As It Is

The Levitating Superconductor Speakers by James Coleman has got to be one of the coolest I’ve seen! The concept works by housing a superconducting element inside a transducer, which can be suspended in a superdiamagnetic field by an electromagnet. Changing the electromagnetic field strength will cause the transducer to oscillate, which will impart sound directly into the air. Crossing my fingers that superconducting technology advances quickly because I want both the black/gold and blue/silver versions!

0 Designer: James Coleman

KwickScreen Wins 2011 James Dyson Award

KwickScreen Wins 2011 James Dyson Award

A winner of the 2011 James Dyson Award, this incredibly useful design called the KwickScreen is already finding its place in hospitals around the world. Inspired by the tongue of a frog, the retractable, portable screen uses innovative fiberglass tubes (originally designed for use in space) to bring flexibility to care environments, allowing better space management while helping prevent infection and providing added privacy.

0 Designer: Michael Korn

EDL 2011 Interviews: Matthew Schwartz

EDL 2011 Interviews: Matthew Schwartz

We interview Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Matthew Schwartz, an American designer behind the concept The Onda -a portable microwave oven. He is a student at California State University Long Beach in USA. Hey, our neighbor! Hit the jump for his interview and this incredibly compact microwave oven.

0 EDL 2011 Interviews: Matthew Schwartz

Dog Walker's Best Friend!

Dog Walker’s Best Friend!

The BBone’ Strap is a very clever integration of dog leash and disposable poop bags. The handle of the strap holds rolled up bags that can be easily snapped out for poop-scoops. A very thoughtful design considering the fact that all you need to walk the dog is held in one hand!

0 Designers: Yeran Ji & Som Choi

EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

We sit down to interview Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Kent Madden, a Canadian (YAY!) designer behind the Salvé Bagel Toaster. Kent is a student at Carleton University in Canada. Hit the jump for the interview and Kent’s very unique bagel toaster. Mmm I’m hungry.

0 EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

Cook The Perfect Rare

Cook The Perfect Rare

I don’t cook meat so I really don’t have this perception of cooking with timer and temperature. But for those of you who do, the Electrolux Slice Concept makes perfect sense. This cooking tool is a combination of a sensor and timer that monitors food as it cooks. As the meat turns from raw to rare the sensor changes color, indicating that the desired temperature has been reached. I love the sleek finish given to the overall device, very minimalistic and clean.

0 Designer: Kyle Hay

The Mother of Split!

The Mother of Split!

I thought my ultimate phone fantasy ended with Seunghan Song’s Window Phone Concept. I was wrong; Space 3 is my latest hitch. The device takes the idea of a transparent touchphone one step forward with its twin splitting transparent displays! Although the designers focus only on the navigational aspects, I think the interaction can be explored further to involve videos, photographs or even surfing the Internet! Totally rad!

0 Designers: Wenhing Chu & Kok Keong Wong

Unmanned Flight of Fantasy

Unmanned Flight of Fantasy

The D.F.O is an unmanned helicopter to spray meds or pesticides on farm produce. For an industry where airplanes do the bidding, RC Unmanned choppers sounds too Star Wars-ish, nonetheless a fathomable concept. It makes me wonder if it will be the farmer or his son who takes on this job. Hell, I’ll do it for free mister…. Just gimme the darn controls!

0 Designer: Bakji Su

Fusioon And The Tea Bag Story

Fusioon And The Tea Bag Story

Coming from a country where tea is not so much of a ceremonial process but just a necessity of life, concepts involving the right amount of steeping and fussing amuse me no end. Adding to my list of fascinating tea stories is the Fusioon Spoon Concept, where an appropriate niche holds the green teabag for centralized dipping, so that it receives an equal amount of water from all sides. The clever design also takes care of the used bag efficiently. Maybe it’s time I acquired some international tea drinking skills, or maybe I should just stick to instant coffee!

0 Designer: AMOR DE MADRE