Flair Trade Coffee

Flair Trade Coffee

The first release in HJC Design’s new line of kitchenware is this elegantly crafted coffee machine, Peel. Inspired by the drip of flowing coffee, the stainless steel base plate simulates ripples and helps guide the user’s mug to the proper location.  Satin matte-black body construction, LED accents, and a straightforward user interface simply leave little to be desired. 

0 Designer: HJC Design

Read, Conquer and Share

Read, Conquer and Share

It’s the digital age and social media is our new friend. Sites like Facebook already let our friends know what online newspaper or article we are reading, so it’s only natural for technology to want to bridge the gap between the surreal and paper. The next time you have a book in hand and want to immediately tweet a quote; you’ll probably have something like the Kuote to help you out.

0 Designers: Xu Tao, Wang Junfeng, Christina Yang & Gong Yanyan for Orange Labs Beijing

Solid Wood Splendor

Solid Wood Splendor

Intuitive functionality meets unpredictable geometric styling in this solid wood lamp by Amitrani. To turn on the embedded LED light, simply graze a finger across the metallic button at the base. A super-extended arm balanced by a weighted base make this a sturdy desktop lighting solution that won’t obtrude workspace. 

0 Designer: Amitrani

Syringe for Safe Injection

Syringe for Safe Injection

The One Time Injection Needle aims to help prevent accidental and intentional misuse, both of which contribute to the spread of disease such as HIV And Hepatitis C. In this design, the safety cap must be pulled back to insert the needle. Once retracted, the cap will stay in place to indicate prior use. Additionally, liquid-activated letters read “USED” once in contact with blood or another fluid.

0 Designer: Gyeongwan Koo (Oliver)

Electromagnetic Propulsion Bikes

Electromagnetic Propulsion Bikes

The Pandur 2L and Modelul Le aren’t quite motorcycles but we can’t call them “two-wheelers” either. In fact, “two-ballers” would be a more appropriate name. The vehicles are based on an electromagnetic propulsion system that involves the movement of a sphere inside a shell and suspension given by the electric field between the body and each sphere. Contact is only found between rider and vehicle body as well as the spherical rubber exterior and road.

0 Designer: Lucian Popescu

Ear Tentacles

Ear Tentacles

Inspired by the suction cups on an octopus’ tentacles, red dot design concept winning designer Donghee Suh created this pair of cool earbuds that are easy to manage. The Octopus earbuds are fitted with a silicon flap, which retract to become an impromptu suction cup. This ways you can easily wrap the cord around your phone/device and hook on the earbuds to the screen, in a neat fashion.

0 Designer: Donghee Suh

Black Diamond Watch

Black Diamond Watch

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but this watch is definitely a man’s. What’s hot: a raised glass pyramid face, subtle harlequin pattern detail on the strap, and an über-cool dot matrix display. What’s not: Grrr!! Only that this concept isn’t for sale!

0 Designer: Emir Rıfat Işık

Hip To Be Square

Hip To Be Square

THE BOX “quadracycle,” as designers James Brooks and Richard Bone refer to it, is aimed at providing an inexpensive, easy to maintain, ride-sharing solution in metropolitan areas. Stripped of everything except the basic interior necessities, BOX is similar in size to a Smart Car and weighs only 750 pounds, but it can pack up to 4 people with all that extra room. It can even accommodate wheel-chair users who currently account for a large proportion of society that cannot utilize ride sharing.

0 Designer: Brooks & Bone

Green Thumbs Up for Kids

Green Thumbs Up for Kids

In a world full of mesmerizing indoor toys like computers and video game consoles, it’s easy to lose sight of the bright sun and blue sky found in our own backyard… especially if you’re a kid! Inspired by this idea, these child-safe gardening tools were designed to help promote an active lifestyle, health-conscious attitude, and overall respect for nature. The Parrot pruner, Watermelon watering attachment, and Snail shovel combine whimsical aesthetic with intuitive functionality that will turn gardening from a chore into a fun and exciting outdoor activity.

0 Designer: Chris Armstrong

Friday Giveaway: Crumpler Dry Red #3 Travel Bag

Friday Giveaway: Crumpler Dry Red #3 Travel Bag

The very elegant and stylish Dry Red Collection by Crumpler is a complete suite of travel gear for the Business Traveler. Five impeccable bags offer durability and sleek looks without compromising storage space and accessibility. What’s more, they are feather light, semi soft, structured travel bags that promise never to let you down. To win the sexy Crumpler Dry Red #3 Travel Bag, simply tell us your most memorable travel story involving your bag.

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The Heat Coil Knows Best

The Heat Coil Knows Best

The Spiral Burner is quite a nifty design that reminds me of mosquito coils that we get here in India! The plot behind this design to have a burner that saves fuel when using small utensils, conversely increase fuel efficiency when using big pots. The knobs are simple and the burner boasts clean lines, I think I’m already in love with it! Oh my!

0 Designer: Alireza Alavi

Big Time Dental Alert!

Big Time Dental Alert!

I’d much rather get hit by a car than pay my dentist a visit! The noise of the drill machine and the sterile probes are good enough to freak me out. Hence this Tooth Guardian is a good way to keep a check on my teeth cleaning routine and ensure that I don’t need any dentists. The high-tech toothbrush integrates a camera and UV system to monitor and display photographs of one’s teeth while cleaning. Basically, the camera helps you thoroughly clean your teeth and the UV light sterilizes the brush. So far it all sounds good!

0 Designers: Yu-Hsin Lin, Chu-Che Chang & Shang-Hsuan Lu

From Boring to Beautiful!

From Boring to Beautiful!

From 2×4 wall studs to plastic light switches, common American construction tends to use predictable, albeit utilitarian materials, methods, and dimensions. Peter Bristol’s American Standards Lamp is a clever nod to this archetype that derives its character directly from this set of rules but also stands alone as a modern icon that is both familiar and intuitive to the user… that is, if you’re American!

0 Designer: Peter Bristol