Humanoid Robot

Humanoid Robot

It’s no surprise that designer Jason Falconer took 1st Place at this years PAL Robotics’ REEM-C design challenge. Being the editor of robot-blog PlasticPals, the designer naturally developed inspiration from various designs over time. Understanding the dos and don’ts of humanoid robot design, Falconer payed close attention to the approachability of the robot by smoothing out the face, emphasizing the eye area, and designing the overall proportions of the figure to be as similar to the human silhouette as possible.

0 Designer: Jason Falconer

Herman Miller Showcases 5 California Architects

Herman Miller Showcases 5 California Architects

Herman Miller recently launched a new section of their website called POV (point of view). The website includes stunning photography and exclusive video interviews with architects Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, Kim Coleman, James Meyer, Jim Jennings and John Friedman. What a beautiful way to check out these inspired spaces. I may have to visit them all. There’s also a contest to win Julius Shulman’s “Modernism Rediscovered”- a collection from the photographer’s personal archives.

0 Website: Herman Miller POV

Spacey MoonWatch

Spacey MoonWatch

Adrian Castro originally conceived the MoonWatch in 2004 and decided to update it for 2011 using new materials and tech. Made of high-strength plastic, lacquered in different colors and equipped with an LED screen that displays time via numeric codes and digital hands. Other variations include titanium, gel silicone, leather and carbon fiber straps. The unique shape of the MoonWatch is supposed to better fit the wrist and the overall design is pretty unisex.

0 Designer: Adrián Castro Design

Induction Cooking with a Twist

Induction Cooking with a Twist

If it’s compact tabletop cooking you’re looking for, then please do consider the Jumble. It’s a flexible set of induction cooking plates with individual temperature zones, controlled by a remote control. It’s easy to juggle the dishes from one zone to another, depending upon the cooking time and technique used. Freeing up prime counter space, the appliance is as practical as it gets.

0 Designer: Zahira Ivelisse Crespo

Energetic Windows

Energetic Windows

Solar Window is quite a clever design especially if appropriately placed. A transparent solar panel glazes the window and helps in harnessing the sun’s energy. Conveniently located plug-sockets and multi-tap, help hook up appliances and gadgets. A simple concept that can have very positive implications. Awesome!

0 Designers: Jun-se Kim, Yu-jin Cho & Yu-jin Lee

The Beat Kicks Butt!

The Beat Kicks Butt!

Check out Beat, the ultimate, all-in-one running accessory! This gesture controlled device will play your music, monitor your heart rate, count your strides, and even call you fat when you’re about to give up (I kid! But hey… it might as well.). Beat uses an innovative gesture interface that seamlessly integrates into the running experience. No more sweaty fingers or touch displays. Flick your hand right/left to switch songs, twist it to pump up the volume, or play your power song by punching forward! Do want!

0 Designer: Adrien Guenette

The Search for Simplicity

The Search for Simplicity

Designer Nicola Loi’s goal in creating the Mirtillo table was to achieve a clean shape with maximum simplicity while maintaining recognizable originality. The polarizing design features two sides with hard lines & an unsupported corner that provides a light & an open view into the core of the table. In contrast, the opposing sides feature soft, flowing curves & a shaved corner with a narrower, more curious view into to the table’s lower center. I’d love to see this piece in pure white or clear polycarbonate.

0 Designer: Nicola Loi

Explorer Yacht

Explorer Yacht

The Open Water 60 M combines the amenities of a luxury yacht & the storage capabilities of a long-distance cruiser into one superyacht with an explorer-ship aesthetic. The exterior is straightforward & follows a modern expression of form, an upcoming trend in yacht design. In the cabin, modern interior design, traditional elements, & surfaces of wood, stone, & metal fuse to create a strong contrast in texture & color while floor-to-ceiling windows emphasize the open living arrangement.

0 Designer: Motion Code: Blue

Edition29 ARCHITECTURE iPad App

Edition29 ARCHITECTURE iPad App

For all you architecture buffs, there’s this wonderful iPad app called Edition29 ARCHITECTURE. It’s a visual showcase of stunning, minimal and modern homes from all over the world with audio interviews with many of the architects themselves. The current issue (006) features the work of Ben Van Berkel’s VILA NM in upstate New York. This classic example of a modern glass house led to an era of sculptural modernism.

0 iPad app: Edition29 ARCHITECTURE ($2.99)

Wrench Open The Door

Wrench Open The Door

What do you do when your door handle gives way? Grab a wrench and try and open the door using it? Bingo! The same idea is being applied to the Wrench Handle; the only difference is that it’s a gilded, up-scaled version rather than a makeshift quick-fix.

0 Designer: Tirdad Kiamanesh

Your Next Charger Could Be A Ball of Yarn

Your Next Charger Could Be A Ball of Yarn

Not a real ball of yarn but close enough to elicit “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from neighborhood cats. Seriously, spools of yarn are like kitty crack to them. The Wool Ball Charger is an ultra long charging cable disguised as a ball of yarn. You get the length when you need it all in a tight little and dare I say… cute package.

0 Designer: Yuchen Liu

Between The Lines

Between The Lines

Inspired by the emotional connection between object and user, designer Camilla Fucili has created Between The Lines, a collection of dining objects that aim to inspire a sense of play and storytelling at the dining table. The collection includes common dining objects such as plates, utensils, glasses, and a tablecloth, but each presents a unique and articulate twist on the familiar.

0 Designer: Camilla Fucili

A Great Apartment Piece

A Great Apartment Piece

Pelago, the latest from designer Johan Lang, is a multi-functional table with a mid-century feel that uses hinged legs to allow the user to easily adjust the height depending on their needs. Perfect for compact living spaces, the table can be adjusted to 40cm, 45cm, and 53cm, functioning as a small dining table, coffee table, or console table.

0 Designer: Johan Lang