Shove the Shovel

Shove the Shovel

A show of hands please, all those of you dreading shoveling the sidewalk this winter! It’s quite a task and the toll it takes on your wrists … the less said the better. Xovel is an ergonomically modified shovel that promises to be easy on your body. It comes with a double-grip handle at the neck so that the forces are distributed in a more balanced and effective way. An integrated torchlight in the arm is quite a thoughtful addition. Snow on sidewalks, here I come!

0 Designer: Jaeseok Han of Ahhaproject

If I Could Have Sex With a Car

If I Could Have Sex With a Car

Set aside all your humility for just a moment and imagine yourself behind the wheel of this sexy beast! Designer Aldo Schurmann imagines the Ferrari Celeritas concept as not only a performance power-horse, but a red carpet-ready luxury toy for the unapologetic millionaire. Its style is quite shameless… and I love it. Simply put- it will always look hotter than the other guy’s. I’ll take the red one, of course.

0 Designer: Aldo H. Schumann

One Handsome Chair

One Handsome Chair

Inspired by the human form, the beautiful Klassiker lounge chair was designed to comfortably hug both the back and bottom of the seated person. A polished oil finish and high back make it an elegant choice for classic and contemporary rooms alike.

0 Designer: Minwoo Lee

An Angel in the Morning

An Angel in the Morning

There’s nothing quite like a steaming hot cup of coffee to start the workday- but it’s easy to neglect once you get wrapped up at your desk. The HALO heating spoon is a nifty little gadget that’ll keep your drink piping hot as long as you’d like. Intuitive controls and light/color signals make it super-easy to use. Just pop it in, switch on, and let it do the rest!

0 Designers: Burcu Bag, Amalia Monica, & Vinay Raj Somashekar

The 45-Degree Neck

The 45-Degree Neck

What will happen if we shift the mouth of the bottle from the top to a 45-degree angle? You may not be able to fill it to the brim, and drinking from it may be a bit weird, but filling the bottle from a water cooler or fountain will surely become easy. This simple placement difference can do a heck lot for the packaging design and I think it’s radical and awesome.

0 Designers: Hsu Hsiang-Min, Liu Nai-Wen & Chen Yu-Hsin

The Simplified Camera

The Simplified Camera

For a point-and-shoot girl like me, navigating through high-tech cameras with their various options is kinda overwhelming. I want my camera to be with all the frills, but be simple enough for me to keep the handbook away! The solution lies in the Rotor 360 Camera, a concept devised to keep menus and sub-menus easy. The design consists of a spine tabular column that brings together all the key functions in one place for optimum use.

0 Designer: Charlie Nghiem

One Dolla Lamp

One Dolla Lamp

Even though it may look complex, this pendant lamp is made from just a single piece of paper! Designer Herald J. Ureña – Umaña achieved the unique form by cutting lines into the paper and folding the remaining slits into themselves. The concept: that anyone in the world can have a one-of-a-kind design that is also fun to create for under $1.

0 Designer: Herald J. Ureña - Umaña

Human Hampster Wheel for Energy

Human Hampster Wheel for Energy

Green Wheel by is an exercise machine that transforms kinetic energy produced by the human body into electricity. Multiple machines are connected to a central energy storage unit where electricity can then be supplemented to road lights and traffic lights. Designer Nadim Inaty imagines that units could be placed in public spaces, and that users could donate some of their jogging time in exchange for a place to run. If you’re running anyway- why not?!

0 Designer: Nadim Inaty

Seamless Bathroom Concept

Seamless Bathroom Concept

This bathroom concept by Barcelona’s Art-Tic Design Studio features customized pieces molded to give the illusion that bathroom elements like the sink, toilet, and bathtub are fused with the surrounding structural elements like the floor and walls. Pictured here, elements blend seamlessly with the concrete floor almost as if they have pushed their way up from the ground.

0 Designer: Art-Tic

Nooka x Mesh01 Design Competition

Nooka x Mesh01 Design Competition

Hey kids. Want an opportunity to design a “noo watch” and win up to $2,500? NOOKA is partnering with MESH01 to create a competition exploring what new expressions the form of a time keeping device can take. I know a lot of you have wonderful ideas just waiting to leave that brainy brain of yours. You’ve got until October 11 so get to designing! It’s last minute but I know all of you are used to working under pressure. In fact, some of your best work probably comes from there. Hit up MESH01 for full contest details.

0 Competition: MESH01

A New Look at Drains

A New Look at Drains

At a time when we see most designers concentrating on personal products, we have here InHo Lee who is concerned about the ways to improve public drains. His Filter Sewer is system that segregates trash (like leaves) from wet waste and allows drains to remain clog-free. The system also allows the authorities to place odor-removing (or absorbing) tablets, and keep the streets fragrant. Now the latter half may be a tall order to consider, but on the whole I think the idea is neat.

0 Designer: InHo Lee

Morning Raga

Morning Raga

I can’t make up my mind about the Light Bulb Radio, I think it borders between cheesy and sleek and am unwilling to write it off so soon. What I like most is its clever designing and the way the radio + nightlight combo has been given a new vibe. The light bulb influence and simple user interface makes it even more appealing. What do you think?

0 Designer: Na Yoon-mi

Beyond Building

Beyond Building

The Art Wall project by designer Yongpeng Shen aims to become the community heart of the vibrant and creative Southbank area of Melbourne, Australia. The mixed-use building would house an art library, studios & galleries, as well as residential & commercial spaces. What about the name? The Art Wall’s facade facing Sturt Street is articulated by a series of indents drawn from nearby architectural fragments. More importantly, the structure would complete the void created by the Westgate freeway that currently divides the community.

0 Designer: Yongpeng Shen