For Efficient Straining

For Efficient Straining

I fancy this particularly thoughtful strainer that attaches to any pan or dish at its rim and drains off the liquid without letting any solids slip away. Crafted from silica gel, the Food Filter comes in different sizes and drains, fitting almost any size pans and for multiple purposes.

0 Designers: Yu Zhigang, Chen Chao, Lv Changfu, Yuan Chenxin & Wu Jia

The Ultimate Green Hotel

The Ultimate Green Hotel

The Urban Hotel is a very well thought-out solar-powered ‘green’ hotel. It features rainwater recycling system and a bicycle in each room, to help visitors explore the city. Now the cool thing here is that there is a specific slot in the room to place the bike and you can use it as an exercise cycle. Stored kinetic energy from it gets converted to electricity and helps power small gadgets and lights. If you get enthusiastic enough, for all you know, you could end up renting the room for free! Apparently all your pedaled miles get converted to energy savings and can be redeemed against the room rent. Sweet!

0 Designers: Various

Symbiotic Facade

Symbiotic Facade

The team at in square lab noticed that the Historical Pushinsky Cinema is in need of a major facelift- one that will not only reinvigorate the architecture but also one that will revitalize its presence as a focal point of central Moscow. Their corian & glass recladding proposal is seen as a solid cellular structure that grows, at first scarcely from the square onto the steps & then gradually covering parts of the facade, constantly revealing glimpses of the building’s history.

0 Designer: in square lab

Endless Expression of Information

Endless Expression of Information

For 350 years the Unversitylibrary Breman has organized and structured information to make it accessible to visitors. As you can imagine, the library has been witness to the incredible evolution of information sharing from paper to digital. To celebrate, this installation titled Wandern im Wissen (Wandering in Knowledge) serves as a representation of the endless flow of shared thought over the years. Hit the jump to catch a detailed vid of the process!

0 Designer: Manuel Dreesmann

The Total User Experience

The Total User Experience

Designer Victor Johannson’s mobile phone concept focuses on ease of use by providing multiple input controls that the user can customize to their liking. Features like dual sided scrolling and volume control as well as side a back-side keyboard, clock, or place to dock apps are definitely bonuses. The coolest feature by far, however, is piezoelectric feedback technology that gives tactile signals in four different directions that makes it possible for the user to ‘feel’ the direction to travel.

0 Designer: Victor Johannson

YD Showcases: Born in Sweden

YD Showcases: Born in Sweden

When Pascal Charmolu, an innovative designer and Kim Vejsholt, a keen businessperson, decided to work together, the resulting partnership gave birth to ‘Born in Sweden.’ Driven with a passion to combine highly innovative design with unexpectedly simple product solutions, the company has grown to accommodate a mix of creative individuals who see and do things differently and have a wealth of international experience. We’ve handpicked for you a collection of their best works; and with this season of giving round the bend, maybe you end up being gifted one!

0 Born in Sweden: Available at Urban-Butik

Liquid Measure with a Precise Tilt

Liquid Measure with a Precise Tilt

The Angle is a handy measuring jug based on the property of liquids taking shape of their containers. So instead of keeping the jug on a flat surface and filling contents till eye-level, you can easily pour out the required measure. Basically the design features diagonal lines that indicate quantities during pouring.

0 Designer: Umut Demirel

Radio Controlled Lifesavers

Radio Controlled Lifesavers

Adding a dash of technology to the traditional lifesaver ring is this intelligent concept called RC – Controlled Life Buoy. As the name suggests, it is a saving ring that can be controlled by the lifeguard using radio controllers. The idea is to help make the rescue operation swifter and lessen the stress of the person in the water.

0 Designers: Peng Shanzhong, Li Weilin & Ju Xinxin

Lamp is a Knockout

Lamp is a Knockout

The Light Form is more than just an ordinary desk lamp, it’s a way to personalize the unique taste and feel of lighting for every different person while simultaneously strengthening the bond between user and object. Simply punch your fist into the LED wiring to leave an impression only you could make! Though it appears imbalanced, the form of the frame was taken from Buckminster Fuller’s geometric dome and is composed entirely of triangles, making it completely and evenly weight balanced. 

0 Designer: Scott Young

Bathtub Scultpures

Bathtub Scultpures

The organic form of the Bagno Sasso Ocean Wing and larger Ocean Wave bathtubs is made possible by using thermoformed Corian. Here, the versatile material’s shape emulates water waves and is an elegant textural and visual contrast to the natural,warm wood base. 

0 Designer: Manuel Dreesmann

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