Puzzle Chair

Puzzle Chair

The Pallares chair by designer Carlos Cordoba is the result of a research to develop new materials from natural fibers. Each chair is composed of 3 identical parts cast from a natural fiber tetera and polyester resin composite. The interchangeable parts can snapped together like puzzle pieces for easy assembly, disassembly, and storage.

0 Designer: Carlos Cordoba

Lemme See You Percolate

Lemme See You Percolate

If your caffeine addiction is anything like mine, you too will appreciate this hybrid coffee maker by VeneriDesign. While I like the idea of single serving capsules that offer different blends that can be mixed up depending on your morning-to-morning craving, I always find that they aren’t as robust as the percolated coffee I usually opt for. The Moka Loca combines the best of both worlds with it’s capsule extractor that adapts to the standard percolator.

0 Designer: Luca Veneri

Bronze Kinetic Robots

Bronze Kinetic Robots

Let me tell you about the “kidult” factor – a play off  the words kid and adult. It’s a philosophy that encourages play in interactions with objects adults use. The Kinetic Robots look like bronze toys but each one performs a utilitarian function and requires simple action to work. The Lamp has a manually controlled cable winder. The Music Box works by turning the little guy’s arms and the Sharpener has a butterfly winder. Shavings are saved in the lower compartment. They are adorable!

0 Designer: Monocomplex

For The Weary Traveler

For The Weary Traveler

The frequent traveler knows having the right accessories can keep a trip from becoming a disaster. Neck pillows are notorious for promising more than they deliver. However something high-tech like the Digital Neck Pillow is worth exploring. Its supposed to be soft and temperature controlled and with gimmicks like an integrated MP3 player and digital sunglasses. Perfect to keep you entertained or lull you to sleep. I want one!

0 Designers: Jung Hwan Song & Joo Young You

Water Heaters Get a Makeover

Water Heaters Get a Makeover

I had to shop for a new water heater this past weekend because mine decided to go on strike right when I wanted to take a shower. I walked away from the store with tons of new information about water heaters but ultimately concluded they are all seriously fugly. Yes FUGLY! Leave it to Art Lebedev (say it with a Russian accent please) to come up with one that looks sexy and makes water heaters a whole lot easier to operate with electronic controls.

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

At Home in the Trees

At Home in the Trees

OMG OMG OMG I love these treehouses! Or Treehotel, rather. Located in Harads, Sweden, this unique collection of hotel rooms is sure to bring you back to your childhood days of club-housing and hide-and-go-seek. Nestled high in the woods, there is a room for every personality: the Cabin, Blue Cone, Bird’s Nest, and most intriguing of all, the Mirrorcube (if you can find it).

0 Designers: Various

The Idea Bench

The Idea Bench

Great craftsmanship went into making designer Craig Siebeneck’s Idea Bench. The dramatic curves are achieved by cutting Baltic birch plywood into a general figure, laminating layer upon layer, free-hand carving, and hours of sanding and smoothing. Phew! Originally prototyped  in bright blue paint, there’s no denying the warm and inviting touch of the  hand-rubbed oil finish seen here.

0 Designer: Craig Siebeneck

An Angle on the Fruit Bowl

An Angle on the Fruit Bowl

In its history, the fruit bowl has always been a central object of table culture. This “bowl” by Thomas Feichtner is a step beyond the traditional rounded body. The open design stabilizes the fruit in position and keeps surface contact to a minimum. In keeping with traditional Austrian design, the structure is composed of solid silver and contrasts nicely with the texture of any fruit.

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner

The Propel Watch Gets a Price Slash

The Propel Watch Gets a Price Slash

You just woke up to one of the best deals ever; Propel Watch by Projects @ YD Store is up for a great price that’s just too good to let it pass by. Don’t just go by the price factor, the oomph is good enough to entice you. Check it out; the watch has a hypnotic display based on how turbines work. The second hand’s turbine blades expose a heartbeat pattern which hides the red face and creates a mesmerizing display of constant motion. These blades cover and reveal the hands, a reminder that every second contains the seeds of change.

0 Prices Slashed from $115 to $69.95 [ Available Here ]

The Keypad Issue

The Keypad Issue

Ever since  using an iPhone, I haven’t really thought about how keypads can make a difference. When I saw the Elastic Phone Concept, it brought back memories of my Sony Ericsson and Nokia days! A time when the kind of keypad and display were the decisive factors for me. What the Elastic Phone is trying to do is give us best of both the worlds, an enigmatic OLED touchscreen display with the convenience of a flexible keypad. Opt for a full-view display with the keys shifted to one corner of the phone or rearrange them to suit game mode. What fun!

0 Designer: Sung-Ching Chang

Power to The Fast Tracks

Power to The Fast Tracks

T-box is a power generator that harnesses wind-energy when a train moves across the tracks. The box kind of merges with the sleepers on the tracks and houses all the components necessary to harness, store and supply converted power. What makes this project really cool is that it doesn’t rely on nature to be a source, instead it optimizes a human activity.

0 Designers: Qian Jiang & Ale Leonetti Luparini

Monocomplex

Monocomplex

I’m always on the look out for new design talent and many of them are coming from groups, like Monocomplex from South Korea. These four young designers are creating new ideas in the realms of product design, furniture and lighting. Their collaborative efforts have created some of the most interesting modern pieces I’ve seen.

0 Designer: Monocomplex

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