Hidden Vacuum

Hidden Vacuum

Raise your hand if you think most vacuums and trash cans are ugly! I know I do. Here is yet another unorthodox but clever vacuum design, this time from designer Jocelyn Sie. The Vacbin (if you didn’t gather from the name) is a waste bin/vacuum combination for those who don’t like the obvious look of the conventional trash can and rolling vacuum, which can sometimes be a real eyesore. Hidden within the inconspicuous body of the bin is a hand held vacuum that easily stores and releases for quick tidying up.

0 Designer: Jocelyn Sie

One Go-Kart 2 Go Please

One Go-Kart 2 Go Please

Launch of a whole new electric go kart that can fold up and fit in the back of your car. Designed and engineered to look and feel like a formula one car, this go-kart only weighs 65 pounds. The entire chassis and body work are made from carbon fiber, and lightweight lithium batteries power this racer to a top speed of 60 mph. The chassis is designed to fold up into a package of only 30” x 30” x 15,” this is achieved by quick disconnects of the rims and steering wheel and folding the chassis in half. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Beau Reid of Beau Designs

The Flow of Time

The Flow of Time

The Time Flows clock is an “interesting” clock because it’s haunting how the hours and minutes trail behind. Problem is, even with the animation (hit the jump), I still have no idea how to read it. Any ideas? Here’s what the designer said; “This clock lets us know the hour and the minute but all the unncessary things. There is a circle board in the middle. Only the 1/4 part of the whole is colored. The hour and minute hands do not exist. The only thing that turns is the circle board. Through that we can know the time.”

0 Designer: Byung Min Kim

Water My Weight

Water My Weight

After its useful life, a weighing machine generates a lot of wasteful scrap that can be limited, if we revisit the design. An out-of-the-box solution is the Water Climb; a scale that uses water, a watertight bag and cylindrical marked glass tube. Using the laws of physics for its functioning, the project calls for an Archimedes moment and maybe some applause. My only worry is that the scale shouldn’t wobble too much under my heavy weight!

0 Designers: Jaeyoon Park, Dajeong Kim & Jeong Heo

Book Wrap

Book Wrap

The Scroll Bookshelf is one of the most basic ways of managing your books in a tidy fashion. A metal sheet covered with a plastic sleeve and two sturdy end-rolls is what its all about. Unfurl the sheet and stack em books! And look! The ends have secret chambers to hold pens and other trinkets. Cute!

0 Designers: Various

Addicted to Information

Addicted to Information

What will the future of information technology look like? Sound like? Behave like? Designer Lukas Franciszkeiwicz envisions a minimal, shape sorter, toy-like instrument adapted for the social networking revolution that also makes a profound statement about our modern addiction to digital interaction & how computers already dictate our decisions. Fusing mind & machine, Beta is one glimpse into how our future relationships might be with such technological concepts that may be able to predict our responses.

0 Designer: Lukas Franciszkiewicz

Subatomic Table

Subatomic Table

Inspired by quantum physics, the Quantum table is an interpretation of what the movement or path of subatomic particles might look like. The lacquered orange corian top is supported in sharp contrast by the turbulent flux of the hand formed steel wire base in powder-coated black.

0 Designer: Jason Phillips

The Apple Arrow

The Apple Arrow

The Feccia Mela wall-suspended dish by designers Andrea Maffezzoni and Nicola Loi makes for a great decorative way to put your fruit on display. Made of corian or aluminum this playful design has a humorous quaity and is sure to be a conversation starter. Kinda reminds me of William Tell!

0 Designers: Andrea Maffezzoni & Nicola Loi

Alarm Everywhere

Alarm Everywhere

The Cicadidae Click is an interesting concept. It functions as a traditional alarm clock named after one of the most annoying families of insects (IMHO), but has a tiny bluetooth dongle with a 3.5 mini jack. Plug it into anything with a 3.5 mm plug with speakers and you could get some really amplified sound when it goes off. Talk about being JOLTED awake! Would anyone use anything like this?.

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Clean Babies

Clean Babies

The Gloob project is a children’s bathtub that fits in perfectly with today’s bathrooms and can be used in a variety of ways. Use it as a traditional tub and changing table. Stand it on its pedestal or go low and sit it on the floor. I love the design but the stand does look like it could wobble. BTW, clean babies are the best kind. Just sayin’.

0 Designer: BabyHome Design

Compact Cooking

Compact Cooking

Dreaming of a decent kitchen in student quarters is like an irrational fantasy! Addressing this need to be able to whip up a decent meal, even though you lack the space, is this Cookease. It is a compact integrated cooking system, which contains a heater and 2 bowls. The heater works on magnetic induction and is made from silicone, while the bowls are color coated stainless steel. Much like a compact lunchbox, I’d much rather have a small setup than none.

0 Designer: Liew Ann Lee

Untangled Tangles

Untangled Tangles

The easy way out to combing my daughter’s hair is to simply snip it short. But the girl likes her lustrous mane long and in two tight braids for school! The 2way comb should end my struggle for taming her tangles. It allows the user to clasp and comb entangled hair, using several locking positions. Easy on the wrist and made from wood, this comb is simply awesome!

0 Designer: Yuhan Ng

Mass Production Gets Personal

Mass Production Gets Personal

Mass manufacturing doesn’t mean that products must sacrifice variation & individuality. Focusing on this concept, designer Thomas Hunt developed Mea, a line of ceramic tableware that allows users to personalize individual pieces through the use of ceramic additive manufacturing. Upon ordering, users simply input the date, time, location, & a personalized message which is then codified in an attractive & unique pattern onto the exterior of the object. An outstanding gift idea that won’t be soon forgotten.

0 Designer: Thomas Hunt