Plate Watches What You Eat

Plate Watches What You Eat

What if there was a way to make food intake more visual and track all of it? What if there was a way to embed data directly in food? Printable RFID tags will replace barcodes on food packaging, enabling this concept called Nutrismart. A plate reads out our food and works as an invisible diet management system. When placing a cupcake on the plate, it’s scanned by an RFID reader inside the plate. Feedback can be sent to a computer or mobile device where one can witness an infographic of sorts about their eating habits.

0 Designer: Hannes Harms

Soft, Light and Wind Friendly Car

Soft, Light and Wind Friendly Car

VENTILE takes everything we know about cars and throws it out of the window. The powertrain starts off innocently enough being a gas/electric hybrid but there’s a third system – a giant fan. Air comes rushing in through the front, spins the fan situated beneath the battery and drives the car. How is this possible? The VENTILE barely weights 350 kg thanks to its translucent, soft shell and small rubberless wheels. I love when designers go out on a limb, far-fetched or not. I’d drive it!

0 Designer: Thierry Dumaine

And This Mouse Got Away!

And This Mouse Got Away!

A show of hands those of you who got emails about carpal tunnel syndrome. Well the gory images sure put me off, but only for a while. After a couple of days it was back to the same old routine of working on the keyboard and mouse for hours on end. Till the time self-discipline doesn’t kick in, I guess we need to realize concepts like the Run-chy Mouse. Every now and then, the mouse just runs away from your grip, to make sure that you take a break and give your hands some rest. You can set the timer for timed breaks, or simply keep it random.

0 Designer: Jung-eun Park

Staple by the Date

Staple by the Date

Computers have made me such a lazy person that managing paperwork has become a difficult chore for me. It gets worse when the filing needs to be done chronologically. No magic wand to help me out here, but something like the Date Stapler will surely work. It’s the combination of a stapler and date stamper. Nifty organizer I tell you, every office should have one!

0 Designer: Gonglue Jiang

Atypical Lamp

Atypical Lamp

Gotta love this beatnik lamp design, appropriately named Atypical. The simple triangular shade directs light downward, highlighting its three tapered  legs. The cleverly positioned, triangular shape of each leg gives the illusion from any angle that a single, sharp beam of light is being cast directly from the center of the shade. 

0 Designer: Willie Tay

The Science of Food

The Science of Food

When we sit down to eat we rarely consider the actual physical & chemical processes that occur in order to make our food as tasty as it is. If you think about it, a kitchen isn’t all that different from a laboratory. With this concept in mind, the Eating Objects series of “tableware tools” encourages diners to interact with their food on a multi-sensory level. Used in combination with an animation guided table, the user is instructed step by step to create their unique dish, creating a more in depth & challenging eating experience.

0 Designer: DesignGoat

Domestic Tote

Domestic Tote

Home Traveller is the result of an exploration into the relationship between two items rarely fused together: clothing and furniture. Inspired by handbags and storage chests, designer Anne Lorenz experimented with the form and function of both to create this unique one-off combination carryall. More of a home accessory than an everyday bag, it’s a playful and intuitive piece perfect for storing laundry, blankets, and many other household items.

0 Designer: Anne Lorenz

Survival of the Fittest Chair

Survival of the Fittest Chair

A project commissioned by Creative Scotland, Nick Ross and Fraser Reid created a series of unique chairs each altered from a set of identical archetypes. Inspired from evolution and the implication of man’s hands. Analogous to domestic selection, these chairs take on new identities. Through this process, a never-ending variety of forms, colors, materials and functions evolve over time. Unlike the design process nature cannot start from a blank canvas but instead must work with what already exists to try and develop improved variants. Everything is a work in progress.

0 Designers: Nick Ross and Fraser Reid

Sterilize and Clean Your Fresh Food

Sterilize and Clean Your Fresh Food

The other day I went to pick up some dishwashing detergent when I noticed they were selling food detergents now. I’ve always just used water to rinse off my foods but sometimes you need something harsher. The WOW Water Sterilizer uses electrolysis to eliminate harmful bacteria in everything from fruits, veggies, kitchen appliances as well as baby bottles and chew toys – all without chemical detergents. Sign me up.

0 Designer: Sang Keun Sim & Kyowon L&C Design Team

Safer Plugs Come With A Switch

Safer Plugs Come With A Switch

Switch Plug is a redesign of the plug to accommodate a switch and an LED strip. Why? So that we can switch on/off the device right from the plug-head, get a good grip whilst removing the plug and avoid sparks while unhooking it from the socket. The LED is an added bonus reminder, just to ensure that we practice green etiquette. Simple and effective!

0 Designer: Gonglue Jiang

The Prewash Wash

The Prewash Wash

In a country obsessed with handwashed clothes, convincing someone to buy a washing machine is quite a feat. Yes Indians can do without machines, we want to scrub our collars and cuffs with plastic bristle brushes and dip our soaks in buckets of water. If only my friends knew about methods like the Wave Wash! The idea is superb for our situation. Stubborn stains need not be brushed off, urtrasound vibrations and little amount of water can do the same job in a jiffy.

0 Designer: Kim Min Seok

Cutting Edge Electric Concept

Cutting Edge Electric Concept

The Zeleritas electric racing concept by designer Willie Tay combines current & future driving technologies with hard styling into a single passenger roadster with a straight-from-the-track feel. A monocoque carbon fiber body, retractable glass hard top, & exposed wheels give it an Indy car edge while modern features like the HUD active matrix windscreen, paramagnetic body paint, & discreet integrated lights enhance both the visual and driving experiences. One of the most attractive racing designs I’ve seen since the Ford Indigo.

0 Designer: Willie Tay

The Real Man's Shaving Kit

The Real Man’s Shaving Kit

Though it’s something I’ve only been able to appreciate in the last year or so, I believe the right shaving kit is a man’s best friend, & can also speak volumes about someone’s personality. Hail Perret is a sexy & stylish kit by designer Niclas Andersson that celebrates the art of the traditional straight razor shave in a minimal yet natural looking roll-up pack stripped down to the bare necessities: razor, lather, bowl, bristle brush, aftershave, & face towel. Perfect for the grooming craftsman or renaissance man.

0 Designer: Niclas Andersson