Smiling Stool Gives Hope

Smiling Stool Gives Hope

The Smile Stool is the result of a study on the declining Indonesian furniture industry, that in recent years has had incredible difficulty competing its handmade craftsmanship against China’s mass manufactured products. In addition, the more than 3500 Indonesian companies often end up with huge amounts of excess material that often ends up as firewood. Using the waste in the construction & streamlining a simple assembly process, this sustainable design gives hope to the industry & provides a solution for the survival of the local craftsman.

0 Designer: Fitorio Leksono

Ancient Puzzle Meets Modern Table

Ancient Puzzle Meets Modern Table

Inspired by Japanese puzzle games, this simple table solution, appropriately named JOIN, can be assembled in a matter of minutes (without any tools!) by linking its 3 oak legs into a combination devil’s knot. The untreated base supports a circular smoked glass top measuring 750mm in diameter and can be quickly disassembled for storage or shipment. A DIY flat-pack design that’s as easy as it is fun to put together.

0 Designer: Ding 3000

When Noise is Good for Lights!

When Noise is Good for Lights!

C’mon noise can never be good or pleasant for anything! This pollutant give me enough grief when they tear down an old building and bring in them drill machines and saws! The only way I’m going to like them is if something useful like sound harvesting is done! Something like the Eco Noise, where these special tiles absorb the noise and convert it to energy to power up the gates with mesmerizing lights display. The idea is sweet, but I’d much rather power just one lamp than have a fancy fence.

0 Designers: Luo Lide, Chen Songrong, Li Daiyan, Lin Haoting & Xu Junwei

Flexible Notebook Has Sexy Features

Flexible Notebook Has Sexy Features

I call myself a concept technology glutton because I can devour the most bizarre and hypothetical features, in the hope that someday we will make those advances and sexy, psycho gadgets will rule! My hope is kept alive with concepts like the Flexbook that sports key features like a flexible joint that allows you to fold and configure the laptop to become tablet or a notebook in a jiffy.

0 Designer: Hao-Chun Huang

What a Tweeter

What a Tweeter

Don’t you have a love/hate relationship with your alarm clock? It’s probably one f the most reliable friends you’ll ever have yet we despise them. Error is the “little alarm clock that could.” To emphasize how annoying it is, Error looks like speaker tweeter. Now, it doesn’t necessarily function as a clock, but designer Niek de Kort wanted to create something that epitomizes the classic love/hate – happy/angry relationship, ultimately leading to Error’s destruction.

0 Designer: Niek de Kort

Sensual Interior Design: The Shade Club

Sensual Interior Design: The Shade Club

SquareONE’s latest renovation, located in the basement of a residential building in the center of Bucharest, was once home to some of  the most successful and downright sexy clubs of the 90s, some of which carried a notorious and even dark past. After 5 years of vacancy the Shade Club has opened its doors to reveal a sultry modern design that reflects the scandalous history of the venue.

0 Designer: SquareONE

Sly Lamp

Sly Lamp

This pendant luminaire, designed by Ding 3000 for online design retailer SKITSCH, is the latest member of the mega-successful family of 2D LED lamps. Like the original table and floor lamps, the shape mocks traditional lamp forms. The structure is deceivingly bare and even looks unfunctional, but recessed into its framework are inconspicuous strips of bright LED lights. A clever design that’s sure to make a great conversation piece.

0 Designer: Ding 3000

SNAP! Pen

SNAP! Pen

It’s interesting that a commonplace item like the pen can really tell a lot about a person, because as I’m sure you know, people can be very particular about their pens. Focusing on this idea, the Turtle SNAPback series of work and play pens incorporates both sophistication and fun into an innovative design sure to have its fair share of devotees. The casings, which are finished in either refined steel or vibrant plastic, are pulled rather than pushed to let it “snap back” and expose the nib. Get your Turtle here!

0 Designer: Turtle

In One Week, This Apple iPad 2 can be Yours!

In One Week, This Apple iPad 2 can be Yours!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Skye Burgess Selbiger for winning the iPad2!

We are on the final leg of the Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking, and the countdown has begun. In exactly a week from now we will be announcing the winner from the project most liked on CKIE. In case you’re wondering about the status of your favorite CKIE project, then allow me to help you out. Here is a recap of the TOP 5 CKIE projects with the most Facebook Likes. If you want to win, then network and make sure that your fav project wins the top-spot! Rules can be found here.

The Double Bath

The Double Bath

Nessie is a take on the classic cast iron baths from yesteryears. It features two shells made from recycled aluminum that are wielded together. The beauty about this design is that you can create color contrasts for the two tubs. The current blue and white combo is very Greek and relaxing feel to it.

0 Designer: Moreno Ratti

Tima Watch Gets Sporty

Tima Watch Gets Sporty

Tima was original concept by designer Julien Bergignat, but now it’s back with a sporty overhaul. Features include digital and analog display options that work simultaneously. The wide face and integrated apps make it easy to access almost any social mediums right from the screen. This e-paper watch is the ultimate social sports tracker! Not half bad looking either.

0 Designer: Julien Bergignat for Jonathan Cohlmeyer

Customized and Colorful Headphones

Customized and Colorful Headphones

There’s no need to keep looking for the perfect earbuds that are just the right color you want. StanleyNg and Wai Chiu, designers from Hong Kong, are giving you the opportunity to create your own customized colorful (or just one solid color) headphones by using the application on their site. MIYA headphones are customizable and of course they work with all MP3/Media players and phones. I can’t vouch for audio quality but it’s kinda cool if you’re itchin’ for another way to express your personality.

0 Designers: Stanley Ng and Wai Chiu

Simple Safety for Mountain Climbers

Simple Safety for Mountain Climbers

Designer Malcolm Russell’s innate affinity for rock climbing is the source of inspiration for his latest design, Salus, a mountaineering safety tool that makes for quick and concise correspondence between climbing partners. The lightweight device latches onto the user’s harness and uses simple colored lights as basic commands, providing a safe and easy way to communicate invaluable information like danger warnings or a notification of a successful climb.

0 Designer: Malcolm Russell