Age of the Notebook Kitchen?

Age of the Notebook Kitchen?

The Electrolux Mobile Kitchen Concept combines three basics of modern-day kitchens: a 4-tier induction cooking element, an efficient cutting board and a touchscreen computer for your recipes, downloads and nutrition facts. The placement of the three as a tribute to the laptop makes it a truly portable design. My only concern is the functional relationship between the three. Although the renders make the placement of pots, chopping board and the tablet look synchronistic, but in reality will they hold good? Oil squirts, fumes! Nevertheless, as a camper or travel companion, it fits the bill!

0 Designer: Dragan Trenchevski

Organic Jewelry

Organic Jewelry

Concept X is a conceptual bracelet designed to create jewelry that mixes sensual organic forms with the strength of industrial, almost medical silhouettes. Its curvilinear body and undulating elements form a cincture-like cast – as if it naturally evolved there. The designers believe the evolutionary organic image fits well into modern life. They describe their project as “the re-definition of the spatial order of  jewelry”.

0 Designers: Limin Wang & Xiaoyi Lu

Chair in a Chair

Chair in a Chair

Armchair “IN” isn’t the first of dual-combi chairs. In fact I’ve seen a handful of variations this past year but this one seems to nicely hit a balance between aesthetic duality and versatility. Playing with the idea of “internal content”, you can pull out the core and use it as a foot rest. Pull it out slightly to the side and you have an instant side table with convenient storage opportunities for CD’s (so 90′s) and magazines on the opposite side.

0 Designer: Renzo Menegon

Bonfire for Indoors, But No Marshmallows Allowed

Bonfire for Indoors, But No Marshmallows Allowed

The beautiful Cozy Bonfire is a cute reminder of camps and exudes the same kinda warmth indoors. A select number of light logs assemble on this charging station and replicate the bonfire setup. Take one with you to warm up the knuckles or just keep them on the spot, and relive camping memories!

0 Designers: Eun Ah Kim, Moon Seon Hwoi & Kwang Ku Jeong

Children Need A Bear Hug!

Children Need A Bear Hug!

Apparently pressure applied to the torso of autistic children helps keep regulate the sensory system to relieve anxiety, reduce unwanted behaviors, and help increase focus to complete daily tasks. The BearHug is a simple vest that inflates around the torso to give this support. The pressure of the jacket is controlled via this cute teddy bear’s paw plus the supervisor can monitor the pressure gauge settings. The good news is that this vest is available for beta testing and should prove to be a great help!

0 Designer: Lisa Fraser

Ear Candy!

Ear Candy!

These Skullcandy inspired earphones are drop-dead gorgeous! I love the intricate way the structure of it mimics the human bone joints. Well those joints are there for a reason; they provide flexibility in adjusting the earphone for a perfect fit. Do want!

0 Designer: Catherine Wong

New Taipei City Museum of Art

New Taipei City Museum of Art

The New Taipei City Museum of Art should propose a new paradigm for celebrating art in Taipei, one that brings lifestyle, art, recreation and education together to celebrate a vibrant cultural identity for the community. The existing park located at the meeting of the Yingge and Dahan rivers within which the Museum sits, is one that immediately reveals a dynamic juxtaposition between the constructed nature (the park environment) and the density and “urban” scale of the surrounding hillside context.

0 Designer: Zerafa Architecture

Sonic Wave Technology

Sonic Wave Technology

Ever the minimalist, the CINOS Sonic speaker concept by Cologne design agency Frackenpohl Poulheim combines harmonious design with a redefined sound experience thanks to sonic wave technology. It’s an omnidirectional speaker with an ideal linear frequency response for balanced discreetness. On other words, it’s thin, it’s compact and really fills a room with sound.

0 Designer: Oliver Thiele

Simple Slits for Phones

Simple Slits for Phones

This design rings home a bell because right this minute, the inside flap of my iPhone case has a sticky-note to-do list stuck to it! If it was not enough to expect zillions of functions from our smartphones, apparently now their protective covers need to come handy too! This clever silicone rubber case has five slits that are good enough to tuck in bills, pen, stylus or credit cards. Elasty is an awesome thought and has even won the Korean Belkin Design Awards!

0 Designer: Yoori Koo

Dumbbells With Strings Attached

Dumbbells With Strings Attached

The ReCoil is a workout system where you can train with plain dumbbells or up the act with resistant bands. The bands are cleverly coiled up inside each pod so that you can use them in various stances and have a totally customized workout. The pods are detachable and can be screwed onto the specially designed dumbbell or curl bar. I almost forgot, the resistant bands are color-coded and offer different levels of resistance. Superb!

0 Designer: Emron Jackson Henry and Professor Bryan Howell

Mouse Feel for Pressing

Mouse Feel for Pressing

One look at the Iron concept by Adam Wendel and it gives me the Apple Magic Mouse vibe. The smooth FOLED interface and ergonomic grip gives you a very ‘using-the-mouse’ feel. I like the fact that components have been kept to a minimum, just a ball joint, which doubles up as a water reservoir. Interestingly a standard model is also proposed, one where the FOLED screen is replaced with an intuitive knob dial.

0 Designer: Adam Wendel

Spot Cleaner Claims 1st Place at 2011 Electrolux Design Lab!

Spot Cleaner Claims 1st Place at 2011 Electrolux Design Lab!

Once again, Electrolux pulled out all the stops at this year’s Design Lab finals!! Eight incredibly talented designers gathered with industry leaders and the who’s who of London – presented their designs to a panel of four tough-as-nails judges who’s critiques even made US blush!  A whopping 1300 submissions were received this year, but only 3 walked away with the coveted Electrolux Design Lab Star award.

0 Event: Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

Curved Phones are More Pocket Friendly

The AXIO Power, is a smart phone with a very unique warped design allowing it to slide in and out of a pocket with ease. The phone’s shape reduces the amount of pocket bulging because of its curved shape. Conversely, the shape also molds to the face better, cupping the cheek if you will.

0 Designer: Christos Ragias