Paint Brush to Coat Hook

Paint Brush to Coat Hook

Currently featured in London’s KK Outlet exhibition, “Object Abuse,” this coat hook design is the result of a challenge to take an everyday object & remold, rebuild, & repurpose it to create an entirely new item while using as little additional material as possible. If you’ve ever felt an old, stiff paint brush then you know how rigid and useless they can seem. As he admired brushes in an art shop, this is precisely what inspired designer Dominic Wilcox to repurpose the tool into the appropriately named Brush Hook.

0 Designer: Dominic Wilcox

Wall Sculpture Made for Touch

Wall Sculpture Made for Touch

French artists Ora-ïto’s entry into the Wallpaper/Reebok exhibition in London this interesting wall installation composed entirely of the natural acrylic stone material HI-MACS. The material was chosen for its thermoforming capabilities that allowed the artist to work without restriction to create this stunning, 3D creation. According to the artist, the visual and tactile effect of sculpture’s surface are a representation of the “iconic sneaker soles” of the Reebox RealFlex shoe.

0 Designer: Ora-ïto

Virtual Architecture

Virtual Architecture

A recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Greg Tran’s thesis prize winning concept, Mediating Mediums, provides a thought-provoking glimpse into the future functionality and application of augmented reality. According to Greg, digital 3D is currently confused with the digital 2D representation of 3D material like that of Pixar animations or computer models. As he sees it, true digital 3D has potential to converge what is real and what is imagined

0 Designer: Greg Tran

EDL 2011 Interviews: Adrian Mankovecký

EDL 2011 Interviews: Adrian Mankovecký

Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Adrian Mankovecký is the Slovakian designer behind the Spot Cleaner, a portable cleaning concept. Adrian is a student at Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava. We go one-on-one with the designer before he was announced winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2011. Hit the jump!

0 EDL 2011 Interviews: Adrian Mankovecký

Houndstooth Wall Shelving

Houndstooth Wall Shelving

You a houndstooth lover? You might like the Pied-de-Poule. A modular wall shelving unit that puts your favorite woven pattern up on display. It’s just a concept for the FLY design competition but careful thought was put into how it could be ecological manufactured and sold a low price. The units come in two colors made of laminated composite wood. Each piece is hung using only two screws and I suspect this would be a great way to bring interest to a sparse wall.

0 Designer: Julia Quancard

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

A nice concept for a minimal yet functional dish that keeps your morning toast crispy. The  Lean Dish has two subtle ridges raised just high enough, and spaced just far enough apart, to support a varying range of bread slice sizes. This prevents it from touching runny eggs and butter (unless you love that sort of thing). It saves plates because you only have to use one dish. Cheers to crispy toast!

0 Designer: Jon Liow

UFO Fans

UFO Fans

Dyson Clone your time is up, UFO and aliens are the current flavors of the season. I am referring to the Giko Electrical Fan, which is a close take on spider legs and imaginative UFOs. A part of the INART Company initiative, this fan stands around 90 cm high and has unique blades. The reasoning behind their overly circular form is that air circulation is faster and more powerful thanks to their curves. Apparently research is on to see how manufacturing costs for this design can be reduced. Before you know it, the Giko will be available in stores! Now the aliens have truly landed.

0 Designer: Erjon Hatillari for INART

Gluing The Edges

Gluing The Edges

The glue stick is a fine innovation but what the creators didn’t anticipate is the mess that happens when you try to apply glue to the edges of a sheet of paper. I place an old newspaper beneath the sheet to prevent accidental gluing of other stuff. InGlue Stick resolves the issue with a clever redesigning of the cap. A slight cut in the cap and an innovative twist-to-open system, allows you to slide a sheet into the gap. I think it’s a problem-solved design! Hurrah!

0 Designers: Dohyung Kim, Sewon Oh, Yunehee Baek & Hyunchul Choi

Looking As Loud As It Is

Looking As Loud As It Is

The Levitating Superconductor Speakers by James Coleman has got to be one of the coolest I’ve seen! The concept works by housing a superconducting element inside a transducer, which can be suspended in a superdiamagnetic field by an electromagnet. Changing the electromagnetic field strength will cause the transducer to oscillate, which will impart sound directly into the air. Crossing my fingers that superconducting technology advances quickly because I want both the black/gold and blue/silver versions!

0 Designer: James Coleman

KwickScreen Wins 2011 James Dyson Award

KwickScreen Wins 2011 James Dyson Award

A winner of the 2011 James Dyson Award, this incredibly useful design called the KwickScreen is already finding its place in hospitals around the world. Inspired by the tongue of a frog, the retractable, portable screen uses innovative fiberglass tubes (originally designed for use in space) to bring flexibility to care environments, allowing better space management while helping prevent infection and providing added privacy.

0 Designer: Michael Korn

EDL 2011 Interviews: Matthew Schwartz

EDL 2011 Interviews: Matthew Schwartz

We interview Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Matthew Schwartz, an American designer behind the concept The Onda -a portable microwave oven. He is a student at California State University Long Beach in USA. Hey, our neighbor! Hit the jump for his interview and this incredibly compact microwave oven.

0 EDL 2011 Interviews: Matthew Schwartz

Dog Walker's Best Friend!

Dog Walker’s Best Friend!

The BBone’ Strap is a very clever integration of dog leash and disposable poop bags. The handle of the strap holds rolled up bags that can be easily snapped out for poop-scoops. A very thoughtful design considering the fact that all you need to walk the dog is held in one hand!

0 Designers: Yeran Ji & Som Choi

EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden

We sit down to interview Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Kent Madden, a Canadian (YAY!) designer behind the Salvé Bagel Toaster. Kent is a student at Carleton University in Canada. Hit the jump for the interview and Kent’s very unique bagel toaster. Mmm I’m hungry.

0 EDL 2011 Interviews: Kent Madden