Gymbot!

Gymbot!

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!

0 Designer: Massimo Battaglia

Super Space-savin' Chair

Super Space-savin’ Chair

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.

0 Designer: Paulo Corceiro

25 Amazing Skyscraper Concepts

25 Amazing Skyscraper Concepts

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!

0 Designers: Various

Eat Something Sexy

Eat Something Sexy

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.

0 Designers: spooon - Monica Albini, Benedetta Leonardi & Cara Judd

Putting Out Flames in Style

Putting Out Flames in Style

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!

0 Designer: Tangent Design Group

Gardening for All

Gardening for All

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.

0 Designer: Diane Dupire

Blade Bodyguard

Blade Bodyguard

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.

0 Designer: Aki Hirano & OHM

Ultra-Compact Bike Share

Ultra-Compact Bike Share

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.

0 Designer: Hamish Tennent

Tattoo with a Purpose

Tattoo with a Purpose

The Arrow concept looks at starting a trend amongst teens, where they get hooked to sticking these glow-in-the-dark arrow-tattoos, which double up as hand signals for night time cycling. The socially responsible message is evident and I think the ‘cool quotient’ is good enough to lure sensible and safe riding practices. Love it!

0 Designers: Weiche Wu & Kwang Hyun Ahn

New Bathtub Obsession

New Bathtub Obsession

I am going to assume that the Lotus is a Bluetooth speaker that syncs with your smartphones and devices, to provide sublime auditory satisfaction while taking a soak. Float it next to your yellow duck and simply take in the ripple sensations as they stir the water in rhythm to the beats of the music. Waterproof et al, the Lotus has in it the makings of a brilliant new bath toy! I want one now.

0 Designer: Lim Loren

Prismatic Storage

Prismatic Storage

Peep is a unique series of lightweight, portable storage units is composed of sheer panels that come in a number of different hues. The semitransparent sides give the design a feeling of lightness and allow your most prized tchotchkes to be admired from any angle. In 4 different shapes and sizes, they’re a colorful option for an endless variety of functions.

0 Designer: Note

Hold the Phone

Hold the Phone

Gotta love the über-cool iLoop iPhone holder! The designer was inspired one day while playing with an phone in one hand and an old exercise hand grip in the other. The resulting design has a playful aesthetic and is a nifty solution for stabilizing your iphone when you’re recording videos, FaceTiming with friends, or playing music.

0 Designer: PROVOCO

Fighter Inspired

Fighter Inspired

Though the brand may be nearing its end, Swedish automaker SAAB will always be remembered for producing and advancing the technology of jet fighters still in use today. An ode to SAAB’s rich history, this coupe concept takes inspiration (and name) from the Viggen fighter, mimicking its lines, glass cockpit canopy and overall clean design.

0 Designer: Feliciano Ruy-Díaz