Drafting Tools for the Serious Designer

Drafting Tools for the Serious Designer

Though traditional drafting is a dying art, it is a common experience that many designers can trace to the beginning of their careers. This collection celebrates how these tools are not just products of engineering, but design objects in their own right. These objects were developed with focuses on quality engineering, usability and placement as premium objects. The elements of each piece are united through a common visual language, while each tool also reflects its unique function.

0 Designer: Philip de los Reyes

One Big Digital Scroll Wheel

One Big Digital Scroll Wheel

It’s inevitable, the television is becoming a computer, at least in the sense that it can now access more than just broadcast information. We’re no longer just changing volume and channels. The Baand Remote is a solution to how one might interact with this evolved TV. It’s basically one big scroll wheel. You flick across your content. The gesture is more fluid and intuitive. Everything else happens on a contextual UI that changes based on what you’re doing. Video after the jump.

0 Designer: Kristian Ulrich Larsen

Hot Tub Beauty

Hot Tub Beauty

Care for a soak in the luxurious Charme Bathtub? It’s got a curvy finish that matches your body contours with perfect sensuality. Designed with purposeful armrests that integrate the water controls, the look of the tub is akin to a comfortable lounge sofa. Ergonomic and dynamic; the only thing missing is some inbuilt massage system to make it a complete spa experience! I want one.

0 Designer: Nuvist Architecture & Design

Enchanting Doorlight

Enchanting Doorlight

There is something very instinctive about finding your way to the door of a room during blackouts. Based on this instinct, it will be so clever to integrate a flashlight into the handle, so that you have an emergency light handy, wherever you need it. I love the LEDoorHandle, which is based on this simple idea! It doubles up as light sensor mood lights for those who like to indulge in fancy fittings. And the system uses the locking-motion of the handle to harness and charge the lithium batteries of the flashlight.

0 Designers: Kun-hee Kim, Kei Shimizu & Nguyen-vu Dang

Nifty Modular Wall Coverings

Nifty Modular Wall Coverings

I’m not a huge fan of wall coverings but there’s no denying that this simple, modular solution is pure genius. Using a combination of cards and connecting crosses, IXXI allows users to make, build, and install their own wallpaper, room divider, or wall covering in any size. Looking for some inspiration? The site also has a special collection of pre-designed works like this charming Girl With a Pearl Earring pixelart covering. Get yours here people!

0 Roel Vaessen, Eric Sloot, & Paulien Berendsen

Virtual Connection

Virtual Connection

For centuries the rope has been a symbol of community, friendship, and interpersonal communication. Inspired by the icon, the designers of Rope Revolution, a rope-based gaming system, identified popular rope games from around the world, incorporating them into a tangible rope interface where the focus is collaborative play. A compact motion-sensing and force-feedback module allows users to jump rope, fly a kite, ride a horse and a number of physical activities that connect players across virtual spaces.

0 Designers: Various

Simple and Timeless Furniture

Simple and Timeless Furniture

When it comes to furniture, I love pieces that are organic in form but sharp enough to fit into the starkest of spaces. This line of furniture by escapefromsofa achieves this balance through style characterized by simplicity, and natural shapes in warm walnut and oak. The bookshelf, stool, side table and chair each have clear Scandinavian influence expressed through phenomenal craftsmanship.

0 Designer: escapefromsofa design studio

Static Dust

Static Dust

Du.Static is the combination of dust and static and its main objective is to rid your room of dust particles. A magic wand kinda stick attracts all dust to it using static electricity and deposits it into the holding trash when the charge is out. The main unit doubles up as an air purifier and indicates the air-quality via the LED indicator. I like it for its sleek looks and moreover my Pottermania isn’t over yet. Maybe I can practice some spells with it…like Repello Dusto!

0 Designer: Won Suk Lee

Detached Water Purifier

Detached Water Purifier

P2 is a water purifier system that dispenses clean water the normal way – through a spout plus has a detachable water-purifying jug that you can carry out with you. So basically you’re not restricted to taking water from the main body unit, which by the way dispenses both hot and cold water. Its ideal for an office environment or maybe hospitals and cafeterias; anything that makes water – queues short!

0 Designer: Jung Hoon Lee

Going Beyond Augmented Reality

Going Beyond Augmented Reality

Taking 1st Place at the Imagina Awards for Best Design and Communication, the Aeon Project is a thoughtful & open-minded exploration into the merging of mobility & 3D applications. Aeon not only incorporates the navigation & general controls you’d expect from HUD, but also becomes an immersive, interactive learning experience through selectable applications, allowing the user to learn about surrounding objects with the swipe of finger, or turning the screen into a visual story about surrounding architecture.

0 Designers: Various

The Mobile Museum

The Mobile Museum

The Mobile Museum is unlike any you’ve visited before! This unique traveling museum is special because it’s full of contributions from people all over the world. The museum’s theme changes at it travels across the globe, dictated only by the location itself. Whether you’re an artist, designer, photographer, or any other creative, you too can contribute anything from digital projects to industrial products. Hit the jump for more info!

0 Designer: FABRICA

Less is More Lighting

Less is More Lighting

“Minimal” and “chandelier” are two words rarely seen together but this design, created for Viennese crystal specialists, Lobmeyr, is a twist on the extravagant classic elegantly expressed through “less is more” styling. The One Crystal Chandelier achieves its minimal form with a cable ran through a curved tube with a single LED light at the end. A lone, dangling crystal is lit from below creating a powerful yet simple shimmer. A thoughtful design sure to be adored by lovers of classic and contemporary design alike.

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner

360º of Sound

360º of Sound

I’m sure from the looks of it, you could decipher how the Bell Tweeter works. Sound radiates 360º from the cone. Change the volume by spinning the body. There are some definite advantages to this setup over the traditional ones, namely being able to evenly fill a room with sound. With multiple bells, one could easily adapt their current setup to accommodate audio delivered in every direction.

0 Designer: Samohvalov Sergey