ABSOLUT BLANK Inspires Creativity & Imagination

ABSOLUT BLANK Inspires Creativity & Imagination

ABSOLUT is not limited to just being an amazing vodka brand, it also has artistic inclinations. Their latest collab is the ABSOLUT BLANK where the iconic ABSOLUT bottle proves to be a challenging canvas for 18 designers from varied backgrounds. The result are 18 exquisite creations that range from cutwork, artwork, lights installations to miniature crafts. We’ve compiled all 18 works into one gallery. You could win a personalized ABSOLUT BLANK piece of art, but rules apply.

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Urban Jungle Ambulance

Urban Jungle Ambulance

Increased traffic congestion in urban areas means loss of crucial time for emergency medical teams to reach those in need (trust me, I’ve seen that Los Angeles is a medic’s worst nightmare). Designed to Roam and Rescue within Reduced-space environments, the R-aid is an ambulance attachment optimized for being pulled by motorcycle (here, the Yamaha Tesseract concept) that can quickly deliver medical attention where its needed.

0 Designer: Angel Lee

Not Just a Smartphone

Not Just a Smartphone

The HTC Evo 4g combines performance and pick-me-up aesthetic into one sleek and powerful Android superphone that makes its business-like counterparts look and act like a total snooze-fest. Though this “performance powerhouse” features a bigger battery, large 4G antenna, and extra-large speakers, its size is counteracted by an adapted exterior form with visual “tricks” like an eyeball-ish camera protrusion and sleek wrap-around side split that not only contrast its bulk but add to its appeal.

0 Designer: Donn Koh with One & Co and HTC

Tactile Cookware for the Blind

Tactile Cookware for the Blind

You’ve probably never tried to cook with your eyes closed, but imagine if you didn’t have a choice. For the blind & sight impaired people around the world, this otherwise simple task can be as daunting as it is dangerous. Sento cookware answers the practical needs of the sight impaired individuals with a variety of safe utensils with unique tactile qualities for easy identification. Not limited to the blind, this flame-resistant, easy to measure, friendly looking design is great for the beginner-cook as well.

0 Designer: Neora Zigler

Toilet 2.0

Toilet 2.0

Toilet 2.0 is ready for the future, it’s made from corian which makes it thinner, lighter and stronger. The shape is deigned to prevent splashes. It cleans with 8 different points with pressurized jets. This regular cleaning cycle makes it possible to avoid using cleaners that contaminate water systems. There’s also a built-in air freshener. It uses grey water to clean the pipe system behind the walls and clean water for flushing.

0 Designer: Dave Hakkens

Power - The Snap Fastener Way!

Power – The Snap Fastener Way!

I think the Convenient Battery Pack style of juicing will work best for DIY kits and projects where one is experimenting with Lab projects. I don’t see a very commercial everyday use for it. Unless you find it fun to power a huge fan or torchlight using a bunch of these snap-fastener batteries. It’s definitely a design exploration exercise in how we can redesign the AA cells and a look into how we can improvise.

0 Designer: Gao Meng

Sexist Washing Machine

Sexist Washing Machine

The idea behind the Almighty Laundry washing machine is that single men are usually busy executives with laundry as the least of their worries. So much so that it gets ignored most of the time. So what this machine tries to do, is cut down a few steps in the washing process so that you can just load in a rack full of stale, stinky shirts and bring out a lineup of fresh no-ironing needed stack!

0 Designer: Won Suk Lee

Tricky Tableware

Tricky Tableware

I love this thought-provoking design. The result of an exploration into how intangible entities can be transformed into useful physical objects that represent their likeness, the Shadow series of cutlery and tableware gives the illusion that each object is being lit from above by a single light source. Each “shadow” is actually a separate protective layer between the object and surface that guards against heat and stain. A great conversation piece.

0 Designer: Kijtanes Kajornrattanadech

Comfort VS Trend

Comfort VS Trend

Simple curves & subtle movements are the philosophy behind this whimsical design by Dutch brand Lonc. The Seaser chair and Teaser stool were specifically designed to minimize effort & physical discomfort while avoiding trend, staying clear of style timelines but maintaining unchanging comfort quality. Upon sitting, the user will find that they are automatically put into an open & extroverted seating position as they are safely embraced by firm armrests. Lightweight & moveable, the design is also completely recyclable.

0 Designer: Lonc

Bend-and-Snap Mouse!

Bend-and-Snap Mouse!

It’s no wonder this design was a 2011 red dot product design Best of the Best winner. A mere 15 mm thick, and composed primarily of flexible silicon, the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse was designed for on-the-go users, and can fold flat when not in use, making it effortlessly portable while achieving necessary ergonomics. Other innovative features include a touch sensitive scroll function, and a blue light tracking system that allows it to scroll on a broad range of surfaces. 

0 Designers: Donn Koh with One & Co. Design Inc, San Francisco, and Microsoft Industrial Design Team

Super Slim PC and iPhone Dock

Super Slim PC and iPhone Dock

The refreshed Mac mini may be making the rounds for slimmest and sexiest desktop computer but if an aluminum slab isn’t your thing, try this – the Slim PC. It’s a little robust looking, almost like a car stereo unit. The front face is capped with a piece of solid wood but the real wig snatching news is the iPhone dock. In an attempt to unite the two computing platforms, they compliment each other nicely – the halo effect.

0 Designer: Chang-Su Lee of Design Hara

Trash Eater!

Trash Eater!

The Cuum is when a vacuum cleaner and the dustbin made love. It’s a good combination of the two, where the top functions like a regular trash bin, and the base like a vacuum. So just sweep the dirt towards the bin and watch it devour it all up! No more bending, no more pails; love it!

0 Designers: Jun-se Kim, Yonggu Do & Eunha Seo

Blend and Mix in a Swoop

Blend and Mix in a Swoop

The Revolvy 2in1 has a very curious shape for a blender and mixer. When not in use, the appliance just folds up to one discreet hanging gadget, freeing up precious kitchen-counter space. I am in awe with the way it turns from blender to mixer…simply fantastic! It’s either the blender-attachment to the top of body or the mixer-attachment to the bottom of it. Super cool and functional!

0 Designer: Wonkook Lee