Techno-Organic Lighting

Techno-Organic Lighting

This new collection of suspended LED lamps by Integral Studio Vinaccia utilize an overlay of hard wooden slats to create volume and soft familiar shapes. A cloud of wood blades form the Cumulus lamp as it seemingly floats while spreading soft light and the Frame lamp’s wood slats hold an interchangeable central screen that casts elaborate shadows on the surrounding space. The entire collection is available in natural wood, or painted white or black.

0 Designer: Giulio & Valerio Vinaccia

Dangle Lamp

Dangle Lamp

This friendly looking lamp by Enrico Salis supports a single shelf for books and other objects while it’s adjustable upper arm holds a paper chandelier- almost as if it’s presenting an offering of light to the user. The adjustable upper arm  can be set in two positions while the electrical wire remains hidden within the simple but rigid supporting structure.  This straightforward design makes a great lighting solution bedside or near a comfy chair; perfect for late night reading.

0 Designer: Enrico Salis

Combination Memory

Combination Memory

The Collector USB Flash Drive is one awesome concept that I’d love to see on shelves. The idea is simple. A USB Stick accommodates small capacity memory cards. Custom configure the stick or simply keep expanding, just do your techie thing and be happy! What a great way to use all those smaller cards laying around the house. Not sure how it deals with partitioning unless there are some smarts built-in to deal with hot swapping.

0 Designer: Fang-Chun Tsai

Stealthy Speakers

Stealthy Speakers

I’m not keen on the design because it looks like some military grade weapon but I suspect there are some audiophiles who could appreciate the Stealth | Four loudspeaker concept. It’s minimal in design, isolating each driver unit for maximum quality of sound reproduction without the need for bulk.

0 Designer: Gorden Fraser

Balancing Blocks

Balancing Blocks

Ah the simple joy of stacking objects to see how high they can go before the whole thing collapses. Fort Standard, a design studio based in New York created Balancing Blocks, an homage to a timeless form of entertainment for all ages. Each $70 set is handmade. A bit pricey but I love the simplicity.

0 Designer: Fort Standard

Mathematically Timing

Mathematically Timing

The deceptively cool looking Clockus is one heavy-duty brain-drain that takes off from where the IQ Clock left us. It presents you with a rudimentary math problem every hour so if you want the time, brush up on your addition, subtraction and multiplication tables. For you math geniuses, Clockus can serve up questions in the 24hr format. Oooh double digits!

0 Designer: Noh Ji Hun

Succession Furniture Collection

Succession Furniture Collection

The eccentric pieces in this new upholstered furniture collection by Fredrik Färg stimulate the imagination with their animal-like form and feeling of movement. The textile and leather shelving and stools even have all the markings of a beast of burden. Individual pieces are bound in rope, heated, and then cut loose to produce a seamless pattern that is as harsh as it is civilized. According to Färg, they’ve become the family he “never knew he had.”

0 Designer: Fredrik Färg

Liquid to Light

Liquid to Light

Designer Ed Chew takes a green step in the right direction with the TetraBox lamp, a light object made from discarded drink packets that would have otherwise ended up in landfills already packed to the brim. The design is achieved by unfolding the packets and refolding them into hexagonal and pentagonal sections that are then pieced together to form a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape. Here, the Epcot-like ball makes an attractive overhead light and casts an impressive web of shadows and shapes on the surrounding space.

0 Designer: Ed Chew

Sauna of Mammoth Proportions

Sauna of Mammoth Proportions

Everyone’s favorite ice age creature is the focus of this sauna by AtelierForte. The last in a series of huge animalian sculptures that aim to join art and positive industrial construction, Mammuthus Belli features a 10 meter high body and support structure made of spruce as well as 6 meter long iron tusks. Water flows under the belly as well as through the trunk from a tank located inside the iron head. See the making of the mammoth on April 15th!

0 Designer: AtelierForte

Tea Party

Tea Party

I’m not a fussy tea drinker and don’t give a rat’s tail about blend, brew or steeping, but I have this tea connoisseur cousin who has painstakingly mastered the art of brewing his perfect cuppa. For the impatient and the perfectionists alike, we have the Tesera Teemachine. It is an automated tea machine that dishes out the perfect cup by controlling the brewing time, water temperature and the amount of tea, depending upon the blend being used. This is how it should be!

0 Designer: Tobias Gehring

Digital Camera with an Analog Experience

Digital Camera with an Analog Experience

The last time I bought a roll of film was probably in 2002 and quite honestly I don’t really miss the experience of changing rolls and getting photographs developed. What I do miss is the suspense! Suspense in wondering how the pictures will come out. Did we get good shots? Well, that thrilling experience can be duplicated with Digital Film; an analog-styled camera with a digital twist! Quite clever if you ask me!

0 Designer: Park Hyun Jin

An Eco Friendly Kiosk

An Eco Friendly Kiosk

The aptly named Ecokiosk uses a number of techniques to flash that ever important “green card” in today’s culture. Companies are looking for new ways to move their businesses towards more Earth friendly practices. The Ecokiosk aims to solve many of the lingering issues regarding mobile retail/service setups.

0 Designer: S Fahmi Yusoff from Bizarreka Design

The Ultimate Touch Tablet PC?

The Ultimate Touch Tablet PC?

Digital development tools are an integral part of design and construction processes. m • pad is a Tablet PC that is optimized for the needs of designers and developers. It combines the advantages of intuitive multi-touch operation with the precision of a pressure-sensitive pen. Ooh! hit the jump for more.

0 Designer: Volker Hübner