Gold and Rainbows

Gold and Rainbows

The Aurum collection by designers Ryan Brown and Katya Jovkovic is one very unique series of sculptured lighting designs ranging from 1 lb t 1000 kg that will make you feel mega-rich with the flip of a switch! Hand cut, polished crystal bricks in the classic shape of tapered gold bars sit atop a base of American black walnut just waiting to be illuminated. Refracted light rainbows make it enchanting when it’s off, but its electric golden glow is what really makes this design shine.

0 Designer: Endesigns

Biomass Home Heating

Biomass Home Heating

The Insuatherm Symphony water stove addresses the language of functionality in true partnership with aesthetic beauty in a central heating biomass unit. With a heat output of 30 kw and a boiler capacity of 74 liters of water, it is unparalleled in comfort as well as environmental consideration.

0 Designer: Acácio Viegas

It’s Folding Time!

It’s Folding Time!

The Japanese wrapping cloth Furoshiki and the art of Origami inspire the F.O. Clock. It is made from 18 tessellated pieces and is constructively folded into a sleek modern artwork. The complex internal structural ribs belie the simplistic external design. Quite impressive!

0 Designer: Shiping Toohey

EZ for All!

EZ for All!

The outstanding EZ Opener is a clever redesign of the can opener, simply because too many of us end up chipping our nails! Just kidding! The real intention is to make it easier for the silver generation and those with can-opening-issues, pop them open in a jiffy. The lever looks a bit elaborate to twist into place, but I guess if it works for grandma…it works for me!

0 Designer: Ju-yeon Kim, Jin-beom Kim & Jin-seung Lee

Recycle That 1st Gen Apple TV

Recycle That 1st Gen Apple TV

Got a first generation Apple TV laying around and wondering what to do with it? Daniel Kurt came up with the idea of recycling it into the 1 Nixie Clock. Every structural element is reused along with new components like an integrated nixie controller board and tube holders.. The heavy duty tissue cable doubles as a power cord and wall mount string.

0 Designer: Daniel Kurth

Inkblot Inspired E-Ink Watch

Inkblot Inspired E-Ink Watch

The Rorschach inkblot test is famous for gauging one’s perception and imagination so designer Samuel Jerichow decided to use it tell time. The Rorschach watch has an e-ink display that generates inkblots to tell time. It’s a little difficult to read but once your eye is trained to recognize the patterns, it should become second nature. Hit the jump for the animations!

0 Designer: Samuel Jerichow

Move Over Swivel Wheels

Move Over Swivel Wheels

While the swivel wheel is the most common for multi-directional movement, its biggest disadvantage is leaving the track when changing direction from forward to backward. After experimenting with different omni-balls for a robot design, Dr. Helmut Fritz discovered that combining the omni-ball with the cantilever of a swivel roller yielded an entirely new wheel. One that keeps a straight line even when direction is changed from forward to backward… introducing the Excenterball.

0 Designer: Dr. Fritz Helmut

A Well Balanced Knife

A Well Balanced Knife

The sleek Sharko chef’s knife by EMAMIDESIGN is not only elegantly crafted but incredibly ergonomic. The broad forged steel blade curves perfectly toward the tip while the back is thick for weight and strength. A super comfortable Corian handle means you can rock through fine chopping, mincing, and straight cutting.  Sure to be a kitchen workhorse.

0 Designer: EMAMIDESIGN

No More Fender Benders

No More Fender Benders

When it comes to passenger safety the airbag is one of the most significant devices to be introduced to the automobile in the last 50 years, & is responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. The frontal airbag design has broadened to include side, curtain & even knee airbags, but why not exterior airbags? Easpace is an exterior airbag system that uses radar to detect potential collisions, preventing minor structural damage. Simply replace the airbag & voila, you’re on the road again!

0 Designers: Da Wei Xing & Mei Yuan

Renewed Life for Lenses

Renewed Life for Lenses

As an avid photographer, it is quite possible that you have some of your old-in-working-condition camera lenses from the analog era. If this is so, then the Edna can give a new lease of life to the lenses from the good old celluloid days.

0 Designers: Vuk Jakovljevic, Marko Doblanovic, Szilveszter Buzasi & Bernhard Ranner

Bathtub Just for You!

Bathtub Just for You!

The Bathe is a very well thought-out and planned bathtub design. It has accessories and attachments that can be customized as per each family member’s requirements to suit their needs, without any additional fuss. The amazing number of storage and accessibility options makes it the ultimate space-saving fitting! Simply superb!

0 Designer: Justin Wagemakers & Blue Sky Design Group

No More Kitchen Cooking!

No More Kitchen Cooking!

I envy Nigella Lawson when she shows off her cooking skills outdoors and calls it soul cooking! Getting the ingredients and dishes out to my backyard isn’t so much of a problem as is getting the burner. An easy remedy is the Free Cooker. It’s a pair of detachable burners on a cooking counter-top that can be taken around to any place for creative cooking! It doubles up as a food warmer and can keep food warm for up to two hours. Something I’d totally invest in!

0 Designer: Ahhaproject

Office Supplies with a Twist

Office Supplies with a Twist

I love a design that not only puts a twist on the unsurprising aesthetic of its predecessors but also adds fun functionality to rid items of their mundane stereotypes. The REconstruction kit of desktop accessories does just that! The concrete (you heard me) stapler, calculator, tape dispenser and pen holder are not just formed from an unconventional material, but present an additional fun function to transform overlooked tasks like stapling and taping from tedious to entertaining.

0 Designer: Sung-Ching Chang