The Power of Footsteps

The Power of Footsteps

A team of college students came together to design a new traffic intersection that transforms the power of footsteps into energy. The theories behind piezoelectricity, or the conversion of movements and vibrations into electricity, have existed for over 100 years. Very few applications of piezoelectricity exist in this modern age. Upon researching this technology, they immediately realized a multitude of different avenues one could take to utilize it.

0 Designers: Ian Jaye, Jovan Popovic & Patrick Houin

Moire Seconds

Moire Seconds

This watch concept by designer Zoltan B. Kecskemeti gets it’s name from the moire animation style that it uses to create the illusion that the image on the face is changing. The mask replaces the second hand and gradually reveals different parts of the clock face as time passes. Clock faces come in the form of a blinking kitty, roman to arabic numerals, or my personal favorite- the beating heart.

0 Designer: Zoltan B. Kecskemeti

Sniffing Out Allergens

Sniffing Out Allergens

Those who have severe food allergies know that  a single bite of the wrong substance could be their last. This home food scanner known as the Allergen Beagle enables users to screen foods for potential allergenic contents with a straightforward process so that allergen sufferers feel some amount of relief from constantly being at risk of an allergic reaction. 

0 Designer: Sebastian Goudsmit

Alfred Sold Separately

Alfred Sold Separately

At first glance the Bat Mirror seems like your usual pretty French rococo wall mirror, until you gaze just a little closer and see it’s darker pop-culture reference. It wasn’t until I took a fourth or fifth look that I even noticed the gigantic 3 foot bat. The second mirror in this series, Eroteme, again reflects classic baroque style met with coathanger functionality. A little oddball, but perfect if you’re wanting to snaz up your batcave or mannerist closet.

0 Designer: Stanislav Katz

Super Sexy Roll

Super Sexy Roll

Say hello to the Rollerphone concept! At first glance it’s merely a wrist band that projects time, much like the Alessi Concept we saw earlier, but then you realize it’s actually a phone with a retractable transparent screen at the base. How high-tech! It features perfect ergonomics and anthropometry in design thanks to customization – meaning the screen unfurls only to the tip of your fingers, so basically it give you a good fit between the ear and the mouth.

0 Designer: Alexey Chugunnikov

Light Baby

Light Baby

I know you’ve heard of or maybe even met the white stork, but have you heard of the black stork? It’s the inspiration behind designer Rainer Bachschmid’s “Ciconia” light. Two symmetrical segments bear a reflective stainless steel strip opposite it’s thirty LEDs seamlessly and are encased within an aluminum powder-coated body that very much resembles a beak.  This minimalist light sculpture will grace any space with luminous elegance.

0 Designer: Rainer Bachschmid

Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities

Using the stories of their materials to create new and strong narratives, the M.&Mme series of cabinets aim to provide a functional and relational experience for the subject. The porthole and repurposed bankirai wood ship-plank doors give a nod to their watery roots and present a nostalgia toward their previous lives. Even if Spanish-Mediterranean isn’t your style, you’ll love the craftsmanship.

0 Designer: Valentin Loellman

Cow Table

Cow Table

I’m all for quirky design, especially when it’s inspired by something natural or animal. At first I thought this peculiar table, called Office, was feline-inspired- but come to find out, it’s a cow. I can’t say it would be my first choice for a desk, but I do like the clean and simple form. Hmmm… maybe with some refinement Chick-Fil-A would be interested. I hear their cows play tennis too.

0 Designer: Kevin Krumnikl

Oil Gulping Sea Monster!

Oil Gulping Sea Monster!

The Oil Cleaning Guard is designed to contain and prevent the spread of oil while simultaneously cleaning it up. It even signals avians and fish to stay away with a series of light beams. Although it’s not very clear on how it works, the designers say the system performs a filtration process onsite by separating the oil from the water.

0 Designers: Hu Tingting, Li Ran, Zhao Xiaoyang & Zhu Yi

Mortar & Pestle Kitchen Tools 2011 Winner

Mortar & Pestle Kitchen Tools 2011 Winner

Rough and smooth, rounded and rectilinear – these forms bridge an ancient process with enduring glass, oak, marble, silver, cast iron and porcelain. This mortar and pestle collection is gorgeous. They simultaneously invoke a primitive form of food prep while ostentatiously define modern design. I love no. 2 for the contrast, the simplicity and the silhouette. It’s the only one in the collection looks good both in use and at rest.

0 Designer: Shira Keret

Go Tea

Go Tea

Combining the ancient game of Go along with ritualistic tea can lead to disastrous results but Arthur Xin carefully masters that fine line in this homage tea set. The tray looks like a Go board. The teapot and cups look like oversized chess pieces. It’s the whimsicality mixed with minimalism that keeps this design from veering close to a thematic mess.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

Stool Boom

Stool Boom

Art nouveau meets contemporary production with a new set of chairs and stools by modern designer Michael Stolworthy.  Elegant and organic, formidable and whimsical, they offer not only a place to rest, but an opportunity to reflect.  Contemplative pieces like dripping tar that welcome a new attitude in home decor.

0 Designer: Michael Stolworthy

LeafBed

LeafBed

The recent news of global tragedies like the tsunami in Japan and earthquake in Haiti really emphasize how much need there is for innovative relief products. LeafBed, Humanitech’s 2010 first prize winner for innovation in humanitarian emergency situations, is a sustainable bedding solution that explores the concept of adaptability by providing ready-made designs using local resources.

0 Designers: Juan Pablo Naranjo and Jean-Christophe Orthlieb