Simple Umbrella Solution

Simple Umbrella Solution

The folding umbrella is an incredibly useful and quite simple way of protecting us from the elements, but after making it in from the rain they can be a bit messy and tedious to store. The POPI umbrella provides a simple solution for quick, dry, and easy storage. The handle doubles as sealable housing making it possible to store anywhere, even when wet! Simply pop the cap to release or contain the umbrella, throw it in your bag, and be on your way.

0 Designer: Massimo Battaglia

Comfort Bone for Lonely Pups

Comfort Bone for Lonely Pups

While I was crate training my pup, I got some great advice for keeping him calm when I was away- simply place a worn shirt or other article of clothing that had your scent in the crate. Sure enough, it did the trick… but only at the cost of ruined shirts! The WithMe Bone was designed to keep lonely dogs at ease and clothes in-tact – just place a small article of clothing (like a sock) in the hollow bone, twist the cap shut, and voila!…. your dogs will think you never left. Now if only it fixed crooked tails…

0 Designer: Yunfan Tan

Whoa! Good Looking Tape Dispenser

Whoa! Good Looking Tape Dispenser

Being innovative means moving beyond old habits and inventing something new. The Notchless tape dispenser achieves this with its unconventional design making it instantly recognizable as a tape dispenser. The form is reminiscent of a small snail with the roll of tape apparently floating weightlessly inside. The roll is held in place by a clear module which can easily be removed when replacing the tape. Made of aluminum and plastic. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Kikuchi-Yasukuni Architects Inc.

Mobile Communications for the Deaf

Mobile Communications for the Deaf

The Communicaid is a whole system of products designed to facilitate communication between deaf and hearing people.  The Visual Sound Station and Glasses are portable devices for indoor and outdoor use. It catches important sounds from the environment and alerts deaf people visually. The Mobile Communicator is a handheld communication device to communicate with hearing people more efficiently and conveniently. Intrigued? Hit the jump.

0 Designer: Jae Pyung Lee

Fridge That Knows It All

Fridge That Knows It All

Smart Fridgerator is the mother of all smart fridges! It keeps the goodies ultra cool and conserves energy, but don’t they all? So what is the deal behind this concept; for starters, it has eyes! Yes two strategically placed pin cameras that keep a track of what is stored in each compartment, so that when you want an apple, you know exactly which door to open. Why all the fuss; to keep doors shut and conserve as much energy as possible. Also to make you look cool with a Jetson-esque appliance which features a touch panel, recipe options and smartphone connectivity.

0 Designers: Jeong-hun Yang & Gyeong-chan Han

Shove the Shovel

Shove the Shovel

A show of hands please, all those of you dreading shoveling the sidewalk this winter! It’s quite a task and the toll it takes on your wrists … the less said the better. Xovel is an ergonomically modified shovel that promises to be easy on your body. It comes with a double-grip handle at the neck so that the forces are distributed in a more balanced and effective way. An integrated torchlight in the arm is quite a thoughtful addition. Snow on sidewalks, here I come!

0 Designer: Jaeseok Han of Ahhaproject

If I Could Have Sex With a Car

If I Could Have Sex With a Car

Set aside all your humility for just a moment and imagine yourself behind the wheel of this sexy beast! Designer Aldo Schurmann imagines the Ferrari Celeritas concept as not only a performance power-horse, but a red carpet-ready luxury toy for the unapologetic millionaire. Its style is quite shameless… and I love it. Simply put- it will always look hotter than the other guy’s. I’ll take the red one, of course.

0 Designer: Aldo H. Schumann

One Handsome Chair

One Handsome Chair

Inspired by the human form, the beautiful Klassiker lounge chair was designed to comfortably hug both the back and bottom of the seated person. A polished oil finish and high back make it an elegant choice for classic and contemporary rooms alike.

0 Designer: Minwoo Lee

An Angel in the Morning

An Angel in the Morning

There’s nothing quite like a steaming hot cup of coffee to start the workday- but it’s easy to neglect once you get wrapped up at your desk. The HALO heating spoon is a nifty little gadget that’ll keep your drink piping hot as long as you’d like. Intuitive controls and light/color signals make it super-easy to use. Just pop it in, switch on, and let it do the rest!

0 Designers: Burcu Bag, Amalia Monica, & Vinay Raj Somashekar

The 45-Degree Neck

The 45-Degree Neck

What will happen if we shift the mouth of the bottle from the top to a 45-degree angle? You may not be able to fill it to the brim, and drinking from it may be a bit weird, but filling the bottle from a water cooler or fountain will surely become easy. This simple placement difference can do a heck lot for the packaging design and I think it’s radical and awesome.

0 Designers: Hsu Hsiang-Min, Liu Nai-Wen & Chen Yu-Hsin

The Simplified Camera

The Simplified Camera

For a point-and-shoot girl like me, navigating through high-tech cameras with their various options is kinda overwhelming. I want my camera to be with all the frills, but be simple enough for me to keep the handbook away! The solution lies in the Rotor 360 Camera, a concept devised to keep menus and sub-menus easy. The design consists of a spine tabular column that brings together all the key functions in one place for optimum use.

0 Designer: Charlie Nghiem

One Dolla Lamp

One Dolla Lamp

Even though it may look complex, this pendant lamp is made from just a single piece of paper! Designer Herald J. Ureña – Umaña achieved the unique form by cutting lines into the paper and folding the remaining slits into themselves. The concept: that anyone in the world can have a one-of-a-kind design that is also fun to create for under $1.

0 Designer: Herald J. Ureña - Umaña

Human Hampster Wheel for Energy

Human Hampster Wheel for Energy

Green Wheel by is an exercise machine that transforms kinetic energy produced by the human body into electricity. Multiple machines are connected to a central energy storage unit where electricity can then be supplemented to road lights and traffic lights. Designer Nadim Inaty imagines that units could be placed in public spaces, and that users could donate some of their jogging time in exchange for a place to run. If you’re running anyway- why not?!

0 Designer: Nadim Inaty