The Delta lamp’s slim, sleek appearance and straightforward functionality make it a great desktop lighting solution for the minimal office. The modern aesthetic is complimented by a classic chevron shaped “shade” that houses its ultra-thin but powerful LED light strip. The chevron wing can be rotated up, down or 360 degrees around to cast light in any direction without moving the entire unit. Love it in white!
Designer: Michael Samoriz
UFO is concept phone that takes advantage of flexible LCD screens and cloud computing. In its usual form the phone sports a widescreen display that enhances user experience. I love the way it moves from a simple phone to an extensive media device. SMS, projector, music player, movies or phone, use this device just the way you want!
Designer: Jeong Jaewan
Going weak knees outta love and romance is a good thing, but when age (or aching gym-tired muscles) catches up, even simple tasks like sitting on the toilet seat become a pain. The Stand-helping Closestool Toilet Seat features a seat with a hydraulic-powered lever function, which helps you to stand up with ease. I’d be more comfortable if the design included a hand rail to stabilize the standing-up process. Tippling over will be such a shame!
Designers: Prof Zhu Zhongyan & Zhou Jingwen
Inspired by books, the Pages chair allows the user to adjust the seat height and backrest cushioning simply by turning its colorful padded “pages.” The imaginative design encourages interaction with the user and has a unique, fun and colorful aesthetic that is sure to be a conversation starter!
As the trend of at-home fitness expands to gaming platforms like Wii and XBox, it’s easy to imagine that the future holds even more exciting advancements in the physical relationship between man and machine. The Gymbot is one example of how our home workouts might evolve. If my trainer wasn’t so hot, I’d totally invest in a prototype!
Designer: Massimo Battaglia
Gotta love this fun, multifunctional design by Paulo Corceiro. The colorful Flippo chair doubles as a table by utilizing a simple folding back. Simply lay it down and you’ve got a side table with the perfect height next to another chair of its kind. Convenient built-in shelves under the seat make it a great chair for small spaces and allow for easy access to magazines, books or other objects.
Designer: Paulo Corceiro
An architect maybe the drawer of dreams, but the art acts most slowly and surely on the soul. In what is described as the science of drawing and erecting buildings and other physical structure, it is the unwavering vision and imagination of the creators that adds the human feeling to mortar and steel. Presented here is a recap of the 25 most outstanding designs and concepts of the 2012 evolo Skyscraper Competition. Each one as breathtaking as the other!
The Afrodite aims at igniting passion with its range of sensual cookware. Based on the idea that food cooked with love and passion is a personal representation of us, it looks at delving into a journey filled with discovering pleasure in a unique way. Homage to the Greek goddess of love and beauty, the set is a refreshing new approach to culinary bliss.
Designers: spooon - Monica Albini, Benedetta Leonardi & Cara Judd
One of the greatest pleasures of summer is to find a busted fire hydrant and experience the cooling water spray; simply enjoying the moment. With this proposed new design, taking advantage of a hydrant won’t be so easy thanks to the tamper proof top, which requires a deep socket to operate the valve. Like the design team explains, “The goal was to apply a contemporary and functional design aesthetic, creating a form that would be instantly recognizable.” Well done!
Designer: Tangent Design Group
The U-CAN, inspired by the elephant’s super-functional trunk, features an extended tactile spout and built-in wheels on either side of its reservoir that make it easy to pull from gardening area to gardening area. Usable by adults, children and seniors alike, this functional design is particularly useful to users with limited mobility or strength by preventing injuries and exhaustion.
Designer: Diane Dupire
I cringe every time I see an ice skate in a horror movie… you know that thing is going in someone’s head! You’d think that would be a reminder to be extra careful, but accidents still happen with those super sharp blades. Kootsu’s new skateguard protects both the blade & the user with a patented spring-activated catch & release mechanism that allows the unit to be installed on the skate blade with minimal contact & effort. A widened rubber sole also enables the user to safely walk in the them as if they were shoes.
Designer: Aki Hirano & OHM
The Urbanspeed bike-share system aims to not only reduce the carbon footprints of urban societies, but also the overall physical space that other systems often overlook. A sliding frame combined with folding pedals and rotating handlebars allow the bikes to compress to 22% of their size, minimizing the space they occupy in public spaces.
Designer: Hamish Tennent