Blooming DSLR

Blooming DSLR

I remember borrowing a professional camera from a cousin for my African Safari Honeymoon. You would expect me to capture some really gorgeous pictures of lions making their kill, well to cut a long story short, I had no clue how to work the thing, so I ended up overexposing some pictures and taking out-of-focus shots. Thankfully the current generation of DSLRs is more forgiving towards amateurs. But basics like lighting and exposure can still intimidate some, hence the need for the Flower!

0 Designers: Rhie Hyi Joong & Lee Sang Hwa

Tree-hugging Bike

Tree-hugging Bike

Designed for short-range use, this compressed air powered two-wheeler is perfect for the urban environment. Designer Jurmol Yao imagines the Transport Hornet as a viable means of getting around for businesses like the postal service that move at low-speed and could refill at stations between stops. The benefits: zero-pollution, reusable quick-fill air cylinders, and no noise!

0 Designer: Jurmol Yao

Humane Veterinarian Solution

Humane Veterinarian Solution

The Equine Exhale Breath Condenser provides a new, innovative method of collecting respiratory samples used to diagnose health conditions effecting the beautiful beasts that also avoids the current invasive, expensive (because of sedatives), and traumatic procedure involving difficult restraint and the insertion of large tubes. The animal’s warm exhale enters a chamber as condensation which is then cooled, transforming it into information packed liquid drops that slip into a microtube for immediate analysis.

0 Designers: Cleber Niels and Rodrigo de Freitas Wolf

Ergonomic Aviation Headset

Ergonomic Aviation Headset

I know I’m not alone when I say I want my pilot on my next flight to be as comfortable, rested, and confident as possible. Understanding the importance of clear speech, hearing, and comfort of a pilot’s communication headset, BMW Group DesignworksUSA created this customizable system that fuses ergonomics, audio functionality, and a streamlined interface for a comfortable, relaxed, and safe flying experience.

0 Designer: DesignworksUSA

Timely Steeping

Timely Steeping

I am in love with the Tea-time tea steeper for its intuitive design and simplistic interaction between tea leaves, water and steeping time! A flipping action, akin to starting the timer, sets the tea making process into action. Loose tealeaves and hot water do their steeping business and the ready tea slowly trickles down to the bottom beaker. The timer/filter hold back the leaves and your cuppa is ready to sip!

0 Designer: Pengtao Yu

Ant-proof Your Bin

Ant-proof Your Bin

Inspired by how a moat can keep enemies at bay, designer Shu-Hsuan Chang has come up with the Anti-Ants Trash Can to keep the ants and other pests away from the bin. The wide base of the bin is designed like a moat and is lined with disposable sticky tape. So when the pests try to crawl up the bin, their tiny legs get stuck onto the tape and are hence trapped! How clever! You can easily tear off each layer of insects-stuck-on-tape, to expose a fresh new layer of sticky tape! For flies I guess we can place a Venus Flytrap nearby.

0 Designer: Shu-Hsuan Chang

Bike of Prey

Bike of Prey

I love a wild-inspired design, especially when its influence is so obvious. The BMW Ghost is a glimpse into what the next generation of motorcycles will look like, and it goes without saying that animate-aesthetics are already starting to trend especially when it comes to vehicles and bikes (love it). Don’t let the gentle snowy white with blue detailing fool you- there’s a 1600 cc, 6 cylinder engine wrapped in that complex body. I’d name mine Hedwig.

0 Designer: Marko Petrovic

Squish, Splash, and Waft Lighting

Squish, Splash, and Waft Lighting

This series of interactive light objects by Viktor Alexander Kölbig aims to strengthen the relationship between object and user through light sources that not only illuminate the space they occupy but capture the users interest through a variety of unique interfaces and physical interactions like “smooshing” the smooth textile surface of the Seide lamp or stirring water in the Water Light to control power, color, and intensity.

0 Designer: Viktor Alexander Kölbig

Drafting Tools for the Serious Designer

Drafting Tools for the Serious Designer

Though traditional drafting is a dying art, it is a common experience that many designers can trace to the beginning of their careers. This collection celebrates how these tools are not just products of engineering, but design objects in their own right. These objects were developed with focuses on quality engineering, usability and placement as premium objects. The elements of each piece are united through a common visual language, while each tool also reflects its unique function.

0 Designer: Philip de los Reyes

One Big Digital Scroll Wheel

One Big Digital Scroll Wheel

It’s inevitable, the television is becoming a computer, at least in the sense that it can now access more than just broadcast information. We’re no longer just changing volume and channels. The Baand Remote is a solution to how one might interact with this evolved TV. It’s basically one big scroll wheel. You flick across your content. The gesture is more fluid and intuitive. Everything else happens on a contextual UI that changes based on what you’re doing. Video after the jump.

0 Designer: Kristian Ulrich Larsen

Hot Tub Beauty

Hot Tub Beauty

Care for a soak in the luxurious Charme Bathtub? It’s got a curvy finish that matches your body contours with perfect sensuality. Designed with purposeful armrests that integrate the water controls, the look of the tub is akin to a comfortable lounge sofa. Ergonomic and dynamic; the only thing missing is some inbuilt massage system to make it a complete spa experience! I want one.

0 Designer: Nuvist Architecture & Design

Enchanting Doorlight

Enchanting Doorlight

There is something very instinctive about finding your way to the door of a room during blackouts. Based on this instinct, it will be so clever to integrate a flashlight into the handle, so that you have an emergency light handy, wherever you need it. I love the LEDoorHandle, which is based on this simple idea! It doubles up as light sensor mood lights for those who like to indulge in fancy fittings. And the system uses the locking-motion of the handle to harness and charge the lithium batteries of the flashlight.

0 Designers: Kun-hee Kim, Kei Shimizu & Nguyen-vu Dang

Nifty Modular Wall Coverings

Nifty Modular Wall Coverings

I’m not a huge fan of wall coverings but there’s no denying that this simple, modular solution is pure genius. Using a combination of cards and connecting crosses, IXXI allows users to make, build, and install their own wallpaper, room divider, or wall covering in any size. Looking for some inspiration? The site also has a special collection of pre-designed works like this charming Girl With a Pearl Earring pixelart covering. Get yours here people!

0 Roel Vaessen, Eric Sloot, & Paulien Berendsen