Purposefully Incomplete

Purposefully Incomplete

Sara Roxana Melvinson’s line of product displays has a unique way of engaging the user. The Vivid collection consists of  ”half completed” components, encouraging the utilization of one’s own creativity while simultaneously encouraging the user to become a part of the presentation process.  The table, podium, jewelry tree, and clothes hanger can be customized and adorned with any material to fit the user’s individual aesthetic. 

0 Designer: Sara Roxana Melvinson

Sharp Dressed Man, ShirtsMyWay Contest

Sharp Dressed Man, ShirtsMyWay Contest

One of the most commonly asked questions regard my advice to new, fresh faced, dough-eyed designers. INVEST in a tailored dress shirt! It’s an ironic piece of menswear because it’s conformist yet can set you apart from a sea of ubiquity, plus there’s nothing sharper than a man with a custom tailored shirt. We’ve teamed up with ShirtsMyWay to give one $200 gift certificate to use on their site. To enter, go to ShirtsMyWay, pick a fabric you like and leave it in comments here. We’ll announce the winner June 17. Open worldwide!

0 ShirtsMyWay $200 Contest

Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Intelligent Mobility, Scandinavian Design Sensibilities and Existing Technologies were the key words for consideration while designing the Electrolux Design Lab entries for 2011. For booty of 5,000 Euros and six-months paid internship, thousands of designers set to the task of designing appliances that can be used at home and beyond. Looking at the shortlisted 25 entries it’s really hard to predict which one will wear the crown. Last year’s winner Peter Alwin pitched the bar up high with his Snail Concept; this year the competition gets tougher, so good luck designers!

0 Designers: Various

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

This project aims to develop and simplify the operational logistics of electrically wireless public transport infrastructure. A new Bus Stop wirelessly charges up any electric bus as it passes by integrating the technology from WiCity. Designed as a final year project, designer Gavin Harvey looked at real sized rigs and researched the reduction in stored electrical capacity to create a concept we could start building out in the near future.

0 Gavin Harvey

Chess Caps

Chess Caps

Almost everyone has some memory of playing chess in their childhood. The first time you decided to try because someone explained it as “complicated checkers.” Fun and great experience! It’s a game played all over world. Poor, rich, near and far. Chess Cap recycles bottle caps into chess pieces. Accompanied with some chalk, and you’ve got yourself a proper game. Chess for poor kids.

0 Designer: Guanyun Wang

One Arm Food Prep

One Arm Food Prep

Enamor (an anagram of “one arm”), by designer Grace Lim, gives users with only one arm the opportunity to expand their cooking skills by making food preparation a cinch. The simple, easy to clean kit consists of both vegetable and meat cutting units that hug tightly onto any counter top. The set for vegetables has been modified to make intricate slices and julienne cuts while the meat set uses sharp, gripping shears to cut through the toughest of  meat and fat. 

0 Designer: Grace Lim

Limitless Modular Storage

Limitless Modular Storage

Container is a modular system that, unlike stationary sideboards, offers users a customizable storage solution that conforms to any unique space, becoming a dresser, media cabinet, tv stand, or anything else imaginable. The solid elm base acts as a “landing dock” for the MDF containers that can be stacked, interchanged, or removed altogether, adapting to the user’s needs. The modularity of the structure is further highlighted by the application of varying materials & finishes on each unique storage compartment.

0 Designer: Alain Gilles

Body Control

Body Control

Turn your body into a motion based controller for software on your Android mobile phone with Second Nature, a concept hardware/application combination that uses motion sensors attached to the body to detect the user’s activity. The user can define gestures to perform whatever function they like, including volume control, exercise training, or any other context-specific function.

0 Designers: Various

Calling All Divers, Micro Algae Scuba

Calling All Divers, Micro Algae Scuba

Inadequate air supply is one of the top complaints from divers. They want to stay under water longer. There are rich marine resources, and therefore the combination of micro algae characteristics and a “rebreather” are applied in the Micro Algae Scuba concept.

0 Designer: Liu Chia-Wei

Ebony and Ivory in Switches

Ebony and Ivory in Switches

The gorgeous Remorkable Piano Switches fashioned as elegant piano keys give a new meaning to ebony and ivory. Made from Corian the keys can be customized in two tones or kept singular color. What’s neat is that you can engrave or screen-print text and symbols on them. The LED Module of switches embeds the lights within the frame, upping the glam-quotient. A voltage version, the 250V model also allows the product to be used for renovation work.

0 Designer: REMORK DesignStudio

Nimble Foot on the Scale

Nimble Foot on the Scale

I’m not BFF with weighing machines, so much so that I keep ignoring the one in my room everyday! An overwhelming sense of desperation engulfs me when I step on it, and often juggle my frame, in the hope that it may show just an ounce lesser than before. Resonating this sentiment of mine, Jinsik Kim has designed the artistic Salopsy Scale. Molded from either concrete or clay, the scale is the shape of two feet, when perched as tiptoe. I love it more for the emotional value that it aims to provide than its actual function.

0 Designer: Jinsik Kim

RX Re-envisioned

RX Re-envisioned

The RXFE electric concept represents how a modern successor to the iconic rotary powered RX7 might take form. Four hub mounted electric motors work in tandem with the rotary engine forming a hybrid power drive. The RXFE’s facelift emphasizes hard lines and masculine detail but maintains the low profile of the two door 90s icon.

0 Designer: Henry Wang

Lamp is a Man-eater!

Lamp is a Man-eater!

Looks like I’m not the only one with a crazy little shark obsession! I am IN love with this lamp by Aleksandr Mukomelov. The sweeping form of the Shark lamp is subtle enough to blend into both elegant spaces and casual rooms alike. An articulate design with touch of whimsy that will make you chuckle.

0 Designer: Aleksandr Mukomelov