Inspiring Installation

Inspiring Installation

A winner at the 2011 Shitsurai Art International Competition, Crater Lake is an environmental installation that serves as a meeting place to visit with friends, contemplate the surroundings, or simply sit for a moment. The design was inspired by the social revitalization of the city of Kobe, Japan after the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake of 1995.

0 Designer: 24° Studio

Fun Twist on the Espresso Maker

Fun Twist on the Espresso Maker

Functionality meets funky in this stylish and contemporary take on the espresso machine. The ANIMO OptiBean features a combination of stainless steel and subtle color details that give it a touch of whimsy, while color-adjustable LED lights can be set to the user’s preference. Aside from looking cool, the OptiBean also brings high quality parts like a Swiss made grinder and Italian espresso system together to ensure a long life of use.

0 Designer: Mathis Heller & Thamar Verhaar

Bop Bag Lamp

Bop Bag Lamp

I’m sure you remember Roly-Poly toys or “Bop Bags” as they’re known in the States. They came in many forms and shapes but all had a weighted curved based that always returned the object to an upright position. Take the same idea and make a lamp out of it, and you get the Roly-Poly lamp. The shape is somewhat reminiscent of a matryoshka doll but less “self-centered” if you get my drift. Love the idea since it’s pretty much kid and dog proof. No more shattered lamps.

0 Designer: Estiva Design Studio

Chopstick Gardens

Chopstick Gardens

The “To Be Nature Wood Chopstick” has a convoluted name but presents an interesting contribution to the “grow from waste” ethos that’s so popular these days. It starts life in your hands just like an ordinary set of chopsticks except it’s tipped with a starch cap hiding a seed. When you’re done with it, stick the starch end down into the ground and watch as new life climbs up your sweet and sour chicken coated chopstick.

0 Designer: Gyeongwan Koo (Oliver)

Sharp Twist that Ive will Love

Sharp Twist that Ive will Love

A pencil sharpener cannot get more basic than this! Twist is a stainless steel sheet, bent with one sharp side, mimicking a pencil shaving. Simple, functional and fantastic! In short, Steve Jobs approved!

0 Designers: Tianyu Wu, Yinbin Shuai, Mingya Wei & Zhengyu Lin

The Easy Mouse

The Easy Mouse

Adapta is an ergonomically designed mouse, based on the feedback obtained from orthopedic doctors and user research. This grip-shaped joystick-esque design promises to ease the stress on your wrists and forearm caused due to prolong use. I spend a good amount of time on the computer and use a Magic Mouse, the only stress I feel is the urge to crack my knuckles every now and then. Eventually the only way to beat any kind of medical complications arising from computer usage, is to moderate our time and do regular exercises.

0 Designer: Ryo Yoshimi

Love at First Write

Love at First Write

The day is coming when people are judged for their choice of stylus as much as they are for their favorite pen. The Architect Stylus is sort of like the Mont Blanc of the stylus world, only it doesn’t have the price tag and… your grandfather probably isn’t interested in owning one. The dual purpose cap protects the silicon tip and can also be tethered to a lanyard so the user can take it anywhere. An anodized, aircraft grade aluminum surface has a smooth, matte finish that gives it an appealing, tactile feel. Get yours here!

0 Designer: Pedro Gomes

The Time Guards

The Time Guards

Every year at the Festival of Lights, Berlin’s world-famous landmarks and monuments are dressed in spectacular light by international artists and lighting designers. Featured at this year’s event is this installation by designer Manfred Kielnhofer- the Time Guards play with the concept of space and sculpture and are an ominous and enchanting reminder of the power of mysticism

0 Designer: Manfred Kielnhofer

Upside Down Top Light

Upside Down Top Light

I’m all for anything inspired by familiar fragments, like this design by Minwoo Lee. Top Lighting is an attractive pendant lamp that subtly takes the form of the traditional Korean spinning top toy. The ash wood accent connecting the electrical wire and steel shade makes a great accent that transforms an otherwise generic aesthetic into an elegant and harmonious blend of materials.

0 Designer: Minwoo Lee

Because I Love to Scan

Because I Love to Scan

I love the idea of taking the scanner to the book rather than the other way around. Let me explain, my children have to often scan and print images and information for school projects. Many a times the books are these heavy encyclopedias (downloading from the internet is not the same as hardcopy books), and trying to scan fat books is troublesome. The concept Scan Board offers an easy solution; it captures the image of the page and transfers it to the computer via USB. Easy and no trouble at all!

0 Designers: Jo Jae-hwan and Shin Se-hwa

Ergonomic Chopp-ing

Ergonomic Chopp-ing

I hate the process of chopping ingredients while cooking so I rely heavily on those German contraptions that you see on teleshopping networks. However there are times when I envy the kitchens of Masterchief and all those glossy tools and equipments that the participants get to use. The Chopp – chopping board looks fit enough to be in one of the shows. It’s a board with interchangeable functionality and features a hollow base to hold all the chopped food.

0 Designer: Alastair Crompton

It's All In the Name

It’s All In the Name

I’m loving this design! Featured at Moscow Design Week 2011 with other objects showcasing organic architecture, Alexander Ceron’s Beautiful Mess chair represents symbiosis between technology and nature. Completely unrecognizable as a chair, it looks almost lifelike, that is… until someone’s sitting. Hmmm, I think I just got inspiration for the next place I furnish!

0 Designer: Alejandro Cerón

Don't Mess With This Tea Set

Don’t Mess With This Tea Set

This tea set has got a nasty attitude in all the right ways. Designer José Paulo Alves Corceiro was inspired to design a set of china that wasn’t boring or dainty, and the Nasty Set is anything but. The porcelain set’s grimacing faces and unorthodox shape recall the iconography of comics, animated film, and video games. Look a little Pac-Man to me!

0 Designer: José Paulo Alves Corceiro