This Vacuum Sucks... in a Good Way!

This Vacuum Sucks… in a Good Way!

I’ll be the first to admit that my cleaning lady, Claudia, is my best friend. Call me lazy, but one of the reasons is that I (& my dog) despise the cumbersome, loud, rolling vacuum that hides in my storage. Now, if vacuuming were as easy, cute, & just plain fun to use as the Magic Glove then I just might have a change of heart. This miniature sized aspirator is powered by a rechargeable battery & is able to brush & vacuum simultaneously, cleaning & dusting all while attached to your hand. Move over Claudia!

0 Designer: Christian Sallustro

In Betwixt Modular Storage

In Betwixt Modular Storage

SAI is a modular storage solution with small silicon cubes which have unexpected tactile sensations when touched. The object consistd of silicon blocks that holds things such as books, papers, clothes, whatever you want. People can also lean on it while reading book or pin a message on it. It can be use in multiple ways and provides a opportunity personalization as you can arrange the blocks in any pattern.

0 Designer: Jiyoung Seo

New Store Promotes Post Graduate Design

New Store Promotes Post Graduate Design

Itchin’ for something new and different instead of the mass produced stuff on the market? Check out ContemporaryLab, an online store dedicated to promoting the very best post-graduate design. All of the products are unique and most are sustainably produced. The online concept was set up by Emma Brocklesby; an undergraduate, who worried about how she and other undergraduates, could work in design if employment opportunities remained scarce. With this in mind, she took the decision to start up her own business. Smart Girl!

0 Designers: Various

Steampunk Rotary Smartphone in Digital Era!

Steampunk Rotary Smartphone in Digital Era!

Is there space for old school guises in the digital revolution? I think there is, which is why steampunk is alive. Settling the Digital v/s Mechanical dispute with his Rotary Mechanical Smartphone, designer Richard Clarkson gives us a smartphone that is so very tangible that its aura speaks for itself! Stalling the ‘digital-take-over’, the phone features two interchangeable brass dials, a true rotary dial and a button dial. WHats really clever is that the act of changing these is inspired from changing the lenses on a camera!

0 Designer: Richard Clarkson

Power Knowledge of Cells

Power Knowledge of Cells

My father never trashes any old batteries because he knows that combined with another used one, a few weeks later, it can juice up the wall clock any such device. I know its not recommended, but bottom line is that people DO it! So if you can’t break them, may as well join them; provide them with a Digital Measuring Paper. It features soft OLED screen and paper-thin IC that displays the amount of backup juice in a cell. At least two like-powered batteries can be used together more effectively.

0 Designer: Wang Gang

Precise Orientation

Precise Orientation

One of the biggest advantages of a laptop is its portability feature. Using this as its premise, here is a very sleek version of how we should be really using a digital notebook. Ironic that it’s a leaf out of the journal kind, the Anderson’s main USP is the practical way of handling the book. Dual hinge system makes it possible to use the notebook in portrait and landscape mode. Realistic and do-able, I’d like one Anderson just for me!

0 Designers: Ma Yiwei and Tao Ying

Kinetic Coffee Table

Kinetic Coffee Table

Inspired by the work of kinetic sculptors Theo Jansen & Reuben Margolin, the Kanagawa Coffee Table is the result of a merge between the warm aesthetic of wood and cold feel of mechanics. The table is constructed of 298 pieces of laser cut Baltic Birch plywood, oak dowels, rubber “o” rings, and conduit that are set into an elegant & complex wave motion with a turn of the hand crank. The clear glass top makes for the perfect window to view the inner workings & measures at 50″x30″, offering plenty of usable space.

0 Designer: William "Alex" Mecker

Hidden Vacuum

Hidden Vacuum

Raise your hand if you think most vacuums and trash cans are ugly! I know I do. Here is yet another unorthodox but clever vacuum design, this time from designer Jocelyn Sie. The Vacbin (if you didn’t gather from the name) is a waste bin/vacuum combination for those who don’t like the obvious look of the conventional trash can and rolling vacuum, which can sometimes be a real eyesore. Hidden within the inconspicuous body of the bin is a hand held vacuum that easily stores and releases for quick tidying up.

0 Designer: Jocelyn Sie

One Go-Kart 2 Go Please

One Go-Kart 2 Go Please

Launch of a whole new electric go kart that can fold up and fit in the back of your car. Designed and engineered to look and feel like a formula one car, this go-kart only weighs 65 pounds. The entire chassis and body work are made from carbon fiber, and lightweight lithium batteries power this racer to a top speed of 60 mph. The chassis is designed to fold up into a package of only 30” x 30” x 15,” this is achieved by quick disconnects of the rims and steering wheel and folding the chassis in half. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Beau Reid of Beau Designs

The Flow of Time

The Flow of Time

The Time Flows clock is an “interesting” clock because it’s haunting how the hours and minutes trail behind. Problem is, even with the animation (hit the jump), I still have no idea how to read it. Any ideas? Here’s what the designer said; “This clock lets us know the hour and the minute but all the unncessary things. There is a circle board in the middle. Only the 1/4 part of the whole is colored. The hour and minute hands do not exist. The only thing that turns is the circle board. Through that we can know the time.”

0 Designer: Byung Min Kim

Water My Weight

Water My Weight

After its useful life, a weighing machine generates a lot of wasteful scrap that can be limited, if we revisit the design. An out-of-the-box solution is the Water Climb; a scale that uses water, a watertight bag and cylindrical marked glass tube. Using the laws of physics for its functioning, the project calls for an Archimedes moment and maybe some applause. My only worry is that the scale shouldn’t wobble too much under my heavy weight!

0 Designers: Jaeyoon Park, Dajeong Kim & Jeong Heo

Book Wrap

Book Wrap

The Scroll Bookshelf is one of the most basic ways of managing your books in a tidy fashion. A metal sheet covered with a plastic sleeve and two sturdy end-rolls is what its all about. Unfurl the sheet and stack em books! And look! The ends have secret chambers to hold pens and other trinkets. Cute!

0 Designers: Various

Addicted to Information

Addicted to Information

What will the future of information technology look like? Sound like? Behave like? Designer Lukas Franciszkeiwicz envisions a minimal, shape sorter, toy-like instrument adapted for the social networking revolution that also makes a profound statement about our modern addiction to digital interaction & how computers already dictate our decisions. Fusing mind & machine, Beta is one glimpse into how our future relationships might be with such technological concepts that may be able to predict our responses.

0 Designer: Lukas Franciszkiewicz