That's a Light Switch?

That’s a Light Switch?

Yes it is. Remork Design Studio worked with Belgian Switch company Lithoss to come up with a series of unique switches for what normally is considered a trivial element in interior design. Ultimately they ended up with a frameless switch called the Piano. Clean, sober and simple. Hit the jump to see some of the other design projects. We’ll keep an eye out as these are supposed to launch next month.

0 Designer: Remork Design Studio

Stick It In, Correct!

Stick It In, Correct!

My iMac is placed facing its back to the wall and plugging in any USB wire is kinda shot-in-the-dark for me. Unless I turn the entire monitor to one side…you get my drift, right? As my struggle continues, I often wonder why couldn’t they design the plug-head to be more instinctive to hook-up. Something like the Eidetic USB; very obvious which way this plug goes in. Plus a random touch to the slot can confirm the way you slide it in. Superb!

0 Designer: Lim Jae Min

Triple Flash Just For Bond

Triple Flash Just For Bond

Given the tight situations Agent 007 finds himself in, handy objects like the Rescue Flashlight make a perfect gift for him. Too bad the thang is only in a concept stage for now, however it’s intention and functionality are very much desired by all. The torch splits into three and can be used in different colors and purposes, as per the intuitive icons displayed. After the Swiss Knife, a flashlight like this is a must in every handy kit!

0 Designer: Kim Seok Jin

Swing Along Green Power

Swing Along Green Power

Giraffe Street Lamp is a very cute self-sustaining swing design that provides illumination at night. It harnesses kinetic energy each time you swing and as a double back up, utilizes the solar panel hood to soak some more energy goodness. It’s a very clever design that interweaves play and eco sense into the urban environment. Something that our future generation may as well get used to!

0 Designers: Chen Wei & Lu Yanxin

Traditional Camera Shapes are Wrong

Traditional Camera Shapes are Wrong

Listen to designer Jean-michel Bonnemoy and he’ll have you believe traditional camera form factors were dictated by the need to hold a roll of film in the back. Now that we’re all digital, why are still maintaining that archaism? He maintains the new form factor should be a cylinder – ergonomically better for the hand. The D-CAN concept significantly reduces volume while still providing all the finite controls professional photographers are used to. Hit the jump for the “specs”.

0 Designer: Jean-michel Bonnemoy

Modular Paint Brush

Modular Paint Brush

It’s a standard 4″ paint brush but the width can be varied by removing or adding 1/2 modular bristles. The synthetic hairs are attached to a stainless steel ferrule that mounts onto a spring steel handle. This actually look like it might work although it begs the question, why wouldn’t you just buy a good disposable brush in the first place?

0 Designer: Virang Akhiyaniya

The Easy Plug Switch

The Easy Plug Switch

Switch Socket has multiple useful facets all in one go. The design makes it easy for you to glide in the plug, and the rotary switch ensures that you exercise the good sense of switching off a plugged appliance, when not in use. This saves you the trouble of yanking out a plug! LED lights round the socket passively remind you that you can save energy. What I like most about the lock and rotate feature is that it kinda makes it a child-safe socket, unless your kid is over smart and work his way around this one too!

0 Designer: Liang Li-Hsin

Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed

hotspot / breakfast is an excellent way to pamper yourself or a loved one. The setup is a fully functional breakfast tray with components like a toaster, a kettle and an espresso pot; all designed with a classic touch. Too bad it didn’t hit the market during this past Valentine’s week. It sure would have made many of us ladies happy…. being served breakfast in bed!

0 Designer: Stefan Otzelberger

The Djokovic Watch

The Djokovic Watch

The N1 watch is a tribute to everyone’s favorite tennis pro, the top ranked (and totally shaggable) Novak Djokovic. The inspiration from the sport’s signature racket pattern is reflected on the inner surface in the form of a net that provides a delicate touch in contrast with its other bold, masculine features, including the No.1 insignia- a nod to Djokovic.

0 Designer: Marko Petrovic

Neat Pizza Fingers

Neat Pizza Fingers

I love the Paper Dish concept and hope that Dominos or Pizza Hut take up on this idea ASAP. The thang is only a well-cut paper with appropriate perforations, that allow you to slice and devour a pizza slice, without getting your hands messy. The idea is very clever, more like a makeshift paper plate, but worth including in my next box of hot takeaway!

0 Designers: Yu Kyung Ha, Won Min Jung & Kwon Young Hee

Ken Koo & red dot design concept 2012

Ken Koo & red dot design concept 2012

This can easily be one of those regular ‘call for entries’, urging you to participate in the most coveted design award of ‘em all. But I’m on this swing to do things differently; so instead of a subtle reminder that February 29th is when the Early Birds registrations close, I’m going to tell you why Ken Koo, red dot design award Asia President, feels that designers need to be 20% Business-minded and think less like artists. And one more thing, if you miss the early bird be sure to register by 27th June 2012; that is the absolute last date.

MacPad!

MacPad!

The evolution of the MacBook Pro, as imagined by designer Jules Moretti, is this hybrid design, the MacPad Pro, that integrates the touchscreen functionality of the iPad into both the keyboard and primary display. In other words, you basically have two super-iPads hinged together that work in tandem! Simply rotate the lightweight unit in a “spine up” position to read it like a book.

0 Designer: Jules Moretti

Rockin Socket

Rockin Socket

Earlier today I was tearing apart my office looking for an extension cord (unsuccessfully). If only I had this wall socket design by Nguyen Tuan Anh. The primary feature is an integrated extension cord that allows the user to easily pull and return the plug to the wall. This unique universal socket caters to travelers, gadget-lovers, and home owners alike, making power conversion easier, intuitive and definitely more convenient. This is thinking outside the box at its best!

0 Designer: Nguyen Tuan Anh