Rub a Stick to Make Light

Rub a Stick to Make Light

Our ancestors rubbed two twigs to make light (fire) but to kindle the Lightstarter you just need to work on one. The embedded accelerometer determines if your rubbing is good enough for 30 seconds or 10 minutes of torchlight. Essentially one second of kindling time is equal to 10 seconds of light! I’d definitely take it on my next camping trip.

0 Designer: Michael Kritzer for Simple Artifact

Hair Trapping

Hair Trapping

My mother has this really annoying habit of washing her hair in the kitchen sink. She says it’s a quick-fix when you’re running out of time… I call it being lazy. The downside is that hair usually clogs up the sink and cleaning the sink stopper is plain yuk! I guess it’s for this reason that I love the Crown Pop-up sink stopper idea; the exposed top end stays clean while the root-ish tail end catches the hair and goop. I so need this!

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Future Cars Inspired by Snails and Brains

Future Cars Inspired by Snails and Brains

Although designer Omer Sagiv designed the CYBERSNAIL for his first comic book “Cyberman,” the design is too interesting to pass up. The story arch revolves around the discovery of bio-cyberspace existing in human brains (kinda like subspace in outer space). Groups of people and even the brain dead serve as bio-cyber platforms, essentially turning them into biological hardware. The CYBERSNAIL is an allegory for firing neurons and hyper synaptic activity. I want to read this comic!

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Nikon D800 Turns Me Right Round

Nikon D800 Turns Me Right Round

The Nikon D800 concept is a new approach to ergonomics reflex camera for recording video. It has a rotating handle so you can hold it like a traditional camcorder. The rubber grip is removable and the texture is very soft – adapting its shape to that of the fingers. The display is wireless, making better use of LiveView at angles difficult to reach.

0 Designer: Abel Verdezoto

The Perfect Small Apartment Chair

The Perfect Small Apartment Chair

Chair D by Kako.Ko Design Studio combines traditional structural elements and modern innovation to create uniquely versatile seating. The deceivingly sturdy seat and back are composed of felt that has been cleverly modified to fold from armchair to stool or footrest in a matter of seconds. Together the raw materials of wood and felt create an inviting seating arrangement that is not only attractive but also perfect for compact spaces.

0 Designer: Kako.Ko

Knock On Wood

Knock On Wood

Gordon Cormack Kedslie’s design, Touch Wood, is a fresh take on both the doorbell and the classic knock. Instead of ringing the bell, or banging on the door, visitors knock on any (or all) of the touch sensitive pads to trigger a limitless amount of customizable bells and other sounds. Personally, I dig it because I’d have my own personalized knock, and, of course, because it would make ding-dong-ditching that much more fun.

0 Designer: Gordon Cormack Kedslie

A Chair Deserving of the Name Green

A Chair Deserving of the Name “Green”

Javier Mariscal, the man behind some of the most iconic designs of this generation, aims to improve quality of life and reduce carbon footprints with the rightfully named GREEN chair, a 100% recycled and recyclable design. Presented by Mobles 114 at this years Salone del Mobile in Milan, the chair is constructed of recycled plastic scrapings that make up the seat and back while the base is made of optional wood or metal.

0 Designer: Javier Mariscal

Time in a Bangle

Time in a Bangle

Leaves is a concept watch inspired by women’s fashion. Look closely and you’ll see the shape of two leaves, hence the name. One leaf indicates hour while the other – minutes. Other than that, there’s nothing revolutionary about the concept but it seems to be a nice balance between fashion and tech gadgetry which is actually rare in women’s accessories. Kudos Andy Kurovets.

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

Aqualicious Clock

Aqualicious Clock

The Aqua Clock is designed to show time in a new way. A mechanism inside moves the water up and down and apparently water is the perfect non-resistant element. I’m not exactly sure how to read it. Seems the demarcations around the ring help indicate time or it could be the water level just abstractly represents how much time is left in the day.

0 Designer: Branislav Sipka

Green Thumb Gets The Light

Green Thumb Gets The Light

Eco-Lantern is a hand-held lantern that doubles up as a terrarium for tree saplings using a growth light as the light source. The idea of combining a useful object with a secondary purpose is quite interesting, especially if the purpose requires a certain level of commitment. I may not be inclined to grow a green patch, but if something as innovative as this comes along, who knows – it may motivate me enough!

0 Designer: Franklin Gaw

One Shot Espresso Gun

One Shot Espresso Gun

Just like loading your double-barrel gun and taking a shot at the monster down the alley! I get the same kinda vibe with the il Tiro – One Shot of Espresso; a gun shaped dispenser that delivers the perfect shot of cuppa delight. The video explains the workings and if you ask me, it will definitely be a conversation starter with your local barista.

0 Designers: Stefan Riegebauer, Christina Carli, Florian Kainz & Niko Schwarz

Reflective Yacht Interior

Reflective Yacht Interior

Combining fluid contours and reflective, polished surfaces, this concept yacht interior by designer Adelina Popescu reflects the natural beauty in the shapes and textures of the ocean environment. Aquatic blue reflects in glossy finishes adding to the oceanic theme, while creative use of embedded linear LED lighting highlights the overall space while providing relief from the wavy interior.

0 Designer: Adelina Popescu

Origami Inspired Wingback

Origami Inspired Wingback

Either origami is in right now or I’ve just been noticing it more in product design lately. Usually I find it as an inspiration that focuses on the actually folding techniques (usually for space saving) versus the finished origami paper construction. The Oru Armchair is a breath of fresh air as it clearly takes inspiration from the latter which is clearly expressed in it’s abrupt angles and deliberate creases. In contrast with the sharp exterior, the core of the chair, the seat itself, is both cushy and relaxing.

0 Designer: Ramon Esteve