Innovative Observation Tower

Innovative Observation Tower

The result of a study into the application of Ultra High Performance Concrete, this 25 meter high observation tower by UNStudio really puts the material to the test. The innovative concrete differs from the norm in that it is extremely dense, has steel fibers, and maintains a fine grain structure. Its use in the tower makes it possible to achieve the fluid, eye-catching shape with minimal obstruction of the views.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Simple Mobile Furniture

Simple Mobile Furniture

The Mobile Room series of furniture by designer Yu Juiting provides a quick way to assemble/disassemble, transport, and store its multifunctional pieces. The flat-pack-ready wood components easily slide into place and are simple enough to assemble that the user won’t even need to glance at the instructions. With four versatile pieces, this design is great for the apartment jumper or those with a small studio.

0 Designer: Yu Juiting

Beck's Green Box with Stephen Burks

Beck’s Green Box with Stephen Burks

Thirty internationally acclaimed artists are working round the clock to grace Beck’s Green Box with their works. We are talking about folks from London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Rome and Milan! An incredible 2m³ acrylic sculpture designed by the much-admired Jason Bruges, each box will house an exclusive work from each artist, one of which belongs to Stephen Burks. The thirty Green Boxes will form the world’s first Augmented Reality Gallery and in turn inspire creatives the world over to submit their own ideas for the project. YD caught up with Stephen for a quick chat and this is what he has to say…

BBQ Special

BBQ Special

Barbecues are as much fun as they are headaches. When the party’s over, the cleaning process and stowing away is always such a big problem. Inspired by the retro video game cartridge, we have here the Cartridge Grill, a seamless combination of heater and grill-plate. It promises to be as much fun with an easier cleaning process. The good news is that you won’t have to wait till summer for some BBQ action, this baby works all year round!

0 Designer: Sangwon Jung

What A Wide Mouth!

What A Wide Mouth!

Ease is a washing machine specially designed for the silver generation and for those living with aches and pains. The ergonomics in design and clever 45-degree angle of the drum mouth make it easy to reach in for the clothes. If only it could look a bit slimmer and occupy less space, it would be perfect!

0 Designer: Peng Shanzhong

A Table So Skinny it Makes Mary-Kate Olsen Look Fat

A Table So Skinny it Makes Mary-Kate Olsen Look Fat

Only kidding! But seriously, the minimal Chiuet table’s über-thin surface is supported by an equally lanky 3-legged base that, from some angles, is so thin that you might wonder if it has disappeared altogether! Not to worry though, unlike some celebrity starlets, the solid steel Chiuet is as strong as it is skinny.

0 Designer: Design-Jay

Every Last Drop

Every Last Drop

It’s bad enough that, each year, millions of printer ink cartridges end up in landfills and incinerators. What’s worse is that most aren’t even empty! To make the most of the remaining ink, this smart design transforms from ink cartridge to handy stamp with a quick and easy removal of the cap. Not only does it help to cut back on wasted ink, but it also serve as a reminder to reduce, reuse, and recycle items that are often taken for granted.

0 Designers: Various

Charming Coat-Rack

Charming Coat-Rack

Gotta love this minimal coat-rack by the designers at Smartwoodhouse. Designed for easy assembly, storage, and transport, the S02 is composed of interlocking round wood pieces of different size that are connected by hidden hardware joints. Geometric shapes and lines complimented by the round, warm wood make this piece perfect for both minimal and classic atmospheres.

0 Designer: Smartwoodhouse

Candid Camera with a Sling

Candid Camera with a Sling

Don’t smile, don’t say ‘Say Cheese’ and definitely don’t strike a pose! All these are a taboo when you are using the Sling Shot Camera, a real fun concept that aims to capture the real you…. when you are digging your nose, sticking your tongue out and scratching your butt! What ever happened to lighter side of life; thankfully this camera will bring back the spunk to natural photography! And as you guessed it works like a slingshot; yippee what fun!

0 Designers: Sung Young Um & Jung Eun Yim

Raise Safety Quotient While Snowboarding

Raise Safety Quotient While Snowboarding

Daredevil acts while snowboarding offer their fare share of thrills, however one can never be too cautions and thus accidents occur! In such an event, especially when it’s getting closer to sunset, the friendly slopes soon turn hostile and every bit of survival skills need to be harnessed. Keeping this situation in mind, the trio designers have conceptualized a snowboard/post with an OLED Safety Light embedded into the surface. The light is easily activated and is incorporated in such a way that it doesn’t cause any hindrance during snowboarding or run the risk of breaking. A simply superb idea!

0 Designers: Jung Hoon Lee, Jung Eun Kim and Hyun Min Lee

Adidas' New Sporty Office

Adidas’ New Sporty Office

I thought my office was cool until I saw the exterior of Adidas’ new corporate headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The part that really stung though, was seeing the interior… thanks to the design teams at KINZO and Kadawittfeldarchitektur, I now officially hate my office!! The new working environment features a custom, sporty, and functional furniture system they like to call “WORKOUT” … a perfect name considering the design is purely Adidas in both form and function. Hit the jump to see for yourself!

0 Designers: Various

Urban Seating with a Twist

Urban Seating with a Twist

Composed entirely of the hardwearing and visually seamless HI-MACS material, the S Urban bench by designer Veronica Martinez isn’t just a twist on public seating but a perfect demonstration of HI-MACS’ unique malleability. Inspired by spiral movements found in hurricanes, chains of DNA, and other natural elements, the fluid shape of the bench appears to shift as it captures the essence of movement between abrupt lines. Made from a single mold, the bench is as efficient to produce as it is nice to look at.

0 Designer: Veronica Martinez

Gladiator's Bike

Gladiator’s Bike

I have no words really. The title says it all. The renders… are just so brazen. Here’s the brief. In the 22nd century, the gap between rich and poor widen and life expectancy doubles. All that extra cash and time means people get bored. Enter the Gladiator’s Bike. A craft designed for a futuristic race where competitors battle it out to the finish line and win the people’s admiration.

0 Designer: Jaewan Jeong