Modern Tram with Ancient Influence

Modern Tram with Ancient Influence

This electric passenger tram was designed to link the Libyan cities of Benghazi and Tripoli, two areas currently plagued with traffic congestion. The tram is characterized by a simple, modern aesthetic but also takes inspiration from Libya’s cultural heritage, incorporating shapes and patterns like the moucharabieh, a common element of traditional Arabic architecture since the middle ages.

0 Designer: Ahmed Smaali

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. I’ve looked at thousands of products this year so it was harder than usual narrowing down the group into this curated gallery of what I think are the most beautiful, interesting, unique, mind blowing and innovative products in the market. Give a little to yourself, give a lot to others. Happy Holidays!

Vacuum Packed Suitcase

Vacuum Packed Suitcase

It’s quite the trend to have suitcases with an expandable hood to accommodate more clothes and stuff. However very few have stopped to consider vacuum packing clothes, to make more space. The Pumpack is one such suitcase design where it includes a pump that helps to compress clothes to make more packing room. For those who are going to complain about creases, I suggest you carry a travel iron. I for one think we need to develop this design thoroughly!

0 Designers: Various

Pedal Your Way to Fitness and Light!

Pedal Your Way to Fitness and Light!

The idea behind Healthy Electricity, a stationary bike, is nothing new. It converts kinetic energy into electric energy, to juice up your gadgets and maybe work small lamps etc. What’s cool is the implementation of the idea and the final outcome of the bike. The sleek form makes it easy to fit into any household and tempt you enough to at least get fit and electric!

0 Designers: Cao Yuan, Wu Hao, Xu Wen, Xiong Luyao, Cao Wenqi & Zho Una

Public Spaces and Not So Boring Furniture

Public Spaces and Not So Boring Furniture

The Furniture Collection by Arco da Velha, a Portuguese design furniture brand, has launched a new set of products for public spaces and and domestic environments. There’s a consistency in the minimal design which quite frankly looks better than most public space furnishings. There’s something juvenile about the way the color palette jumps off these very linear lines. It feels lighter, less cosmetic because if all this stuff were in black and white, it would look like my dentist’s office.

0 Designer: Arco da Velha

Cosmic Time

Cosmic Time

One of our favorite companies ZIIIRO just released the latest star from their cosmic laboratory called “Celeste.” The instantly recognizable design combines 2 previous concepts into one so the hour and minute demarcation is more clearly defined. It works by two overlapping transparent discs to create a fluid gradient as time passes. It comes in 4 different colors but 2 are already sold out. Why am I not surprised. This is a hot item which is also why it’s included in our holiday gift guide.

0 Designer: Robert Dabi

Virtual Touch for Designing

Virtual Touch for Designing

Haptic Intelligentsia merges hand craftsmanship and computerized technology into a single 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive a virtual object before transforming it into a physical one. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object. 

0 Designer: Joong Han Lee

Tension Table

Tension Table

Dock is the result of designer Alexandre Pain’s reflection on the themes of simplicity and lightness. The stripped-down side table avoids glue, screws, and dowels and instead uses elastic bands and tension to fix the legs to the body. The unconventional construction not only cuts back on hardware costs but also means that assembly and disassembly can be repeated without compromising quality. 

0 Designer: Alexandre Pain

If a Scooter & Bike Had a Baby

If a Scooter & Bike Had a Baby

As you might have guessed by the name, the Scoobike combines push and pedal power to form one perfectly minimal and super-accessible system of public, hybrid bikes for getting around the urban jungle in a jiffy. Pedal-powered LED lights provide added safety beyond generic reflectors and an adjustable seat means one size fits all!

0 Designer: Ardhyaska Amy

Modern Representation of the Deceased

Modern Representation of the Deceased

This project, titled The Last Minute, was inspired by rituals and traditions honoring death from various cultures. The objects are symbolic as well as functional, representing modern interpretations where ritual and tradition meet. The series deals with the concept of memory and transience in the form of urns and other objects used in this sacred rite of passage.

0 Designer: Patrycja Domanska

20 Best of Best red dot award : design concept 2011

20 Best of Best red dot award : design concept 2011

As expected this evening here in Singapore has turned out to be magical! I know most of you are curious to know which designs bagged the Best of Best honors. So before I sign out for tonight, here are my pick of 20 Best of Best red dot award : design concept 2011. Congratulations winners!

0 Designers: Various

The Tamagotchi Effect

The Tamagotchi Effect

This clever device, called PowerPlant, gives users a visual (and organic) reward for using less energy at home. Wireless transmitters fitted to the main power and water supplies regulate the amount of water the plant receives- the less energy used, the more regular watering the plant receives! The emotional link people have to the living plant (AKA the Tamagotchi effect) is sure to motivate awareness of their individual carbon footprints and help them track their environmental progress. 

0 Designer: Liam Higton-Shirt

Rewarding DIY Lamp

Rewarding DIY Lamp

MyLamp combines Scandinavian design simplicity with Japanese folding functionality into a beautifully basic yet eye-catching desk lamp that’s a piece of cake to assemble. Made from recycled cardboard and capable of being cut in near waste-less batches, MyLamp is a great solution for efficient production and transportation that also includes the user as part of the process. It doesn’t look half bad either!

0 Designer: Terkel Skou Steffensen