Speakers Made From Recycled Paper

Speakers Made From Recycled Paper

Check out the TAU speakers; made from recycled cardboard and paper finished in epoxy, the exotic shapes are an exploratory exercise in finding the simplest shape to provide maximum audio fidelity. The result is an organic form suspended on rods designed to hide the cables. I applaud the designer for pushing the envelope to create speakers that audiophiles and designers alike can appreciate.

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha of HANGAR DESIGN FORGE

From Bight Light to Nightlight

From Bight Light to Nightlight

Starrynight is a combination light and nightlight that recreates the starry night sky while being energy efficient. A transparent light-collecting module (provided by Mechanical and Systems Research Laboratories [MSL]/Industrial Technology Research Institute [ITRI]) serves as an exterior lampshade. There’s a photovoltaic layer that charges a battery to power the night light function which is when the “stars light up.” Beautiful idea. Do want!

0 Designers: Dr. Lin Hui-Hsiung, Huang Shao-Wei, Yang Wen-Hsun & Chiang Chung-Kai

I'd Sit & Blow Bubbles All Day

I’d Sit & Blow Bubbles All Day

Few things make me all giddy inside like this chair. The symmetrical faces that make up the Random8′s octogonal form display a spectrum of colors that shimmer & change by interfering with light wavelengths passing through. Similar to iridescent bubbles, light is not only reflected, but refracted into a prismatic display of color that changes as the viewer’s perspective shifts.

0 Designer: David Lesort and Arnaud Giroud of Pitaya Design

The 999 Lb. Car

The 999 Lb. Car

The MX-0 is Mazda’s aesthetically predatory but eco-gentle entry for the LA Auto Show design challenge. This year’s challenge was to envision an efficient, four-passenger vehicle that also addressed society’s shift toward minimizing consumption of the earth’s resources. With the MX-0, Mazda has met consumer demand without sacrificing style.

0 Designers: Derik Jenkins, Tim Brown, Minyong Lee, Carlos Salaff, Jacques Flynn, Greg Lee, Paul Muzio, Dave Coleman, Julien Montousse for Mazda

Single Motion Folding

Single Motion Folding

Diamove is yet another folding bicycle concept but with its own innovations. It’s an easy folding bike featuring front wheel drive to support better posture. While riding, the weight of your body is totally on the pelvis rather than your wrists and feet. It sports a wheel-in-wheel folding scheme with a “single- motion” swoop. The awesome part is that when folded, it’s just a single wheel body that you need to stack-up in a cozy corner, but don’t call it a unicycle!

0 Designer: David Damshek

Cuppa Freedom!

Cuppa Freedom!

All it takes is clever packaging to eliminate wasteful excess. The Coffree is one such smart thang; it’s a foldable disposable cup that comes sealed with the coffee mix. Simply tear off the seal, mix in hot water and your cuppa is ready. If the cup is made from biodegradable materials, then I think we have a winner in our hands!

0 Designers: Young-an Seok, Young-woo Choi & Se-ryung Nam

1 Can, 1 Bulb, 1 Cord

1 Can, 1 Bulb, 1 Cord

The 05.L, named after the repurposed can that makes up its shade, is a lamp with a straightforward design; a 9W energy efficient lightbulb, recyclable shade, and bulky red cord. With only 3 major elements the 05.L is for the user who wants to keep things uncomplicated. ‘Nuff said!

0 Designer: Pieter Bostoen

Complex Metalwork in a Lamp

Complex Metalwork in a Lamp

Crane is an architectural adjustable task lamp with a new typology for Swedish lighting manufacturer Orsjo designed by Benjamin Hubert. The lamp is inspired by industrial engineered metal structures and equipment. A bank of high power LEDS is shrouded in an industrial perforated aluminum casing to create a tube that is uninterrupted by openings. A simple clamp base supports the articulating horizontal arm. The adjustment features are finished with tactile industrial knurled detailing. Beautiful.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Orsjo

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…

Wait, no… it’s just your old stereo flying out the window. I’m not going to school you about vinyl VS digital, but seriously, could it get any better? The Dala vinyl player’s physical form has been adapted to incorporate new flat membrane speaker technology.  The speakers or “fins” make up the wing-like structure on either side of the platter. The Dala is sure to be the center of attention in any room, but if you are going vinyl- go big or go home.

0 Designer: Bradley Paulet

Split Personalities

Split Personalities

There’s a natural human desire to forge ahead into the future but our ideals are shaped by the nostalgic past. Maak Creativity translates this dichotomy into a modern cabinet called DUO. The juxtaposition is played out in a modernist piece harboring an old cabinet. It’s slightly jarring to look at, but like someone with split personalities, you can’t help but look.

0 Designer: Maak Creativity

Do Be Discreet

Do Be Discreet

I have always wanted to put my favorite books on display, hoping someone else would see and enjoy them, but I have struggled with finding a solution that doesn’t look too deliberate… until now. The Piastra is a wall mounted book shelf that brings home the functional simplicity of the magazine rack to create an all-around dynamic interior object that allows quick and intuitive access to reading.

0 Designer: Flussocreativo

Cut n' Snip

Cut n’ Snip

Meet Freecutter, a clever little peripheral for your home and office. It’s a marriage between a cutter and scissor, where the cutter blade retracts into one of the scissor blades. A fine example of how to make things more multifunctional and of course, more than one way to accidentally cut my finger now.

0 Designer: Junho Jin

Lamp No. 4

Lamp No. 4

I love the name.  Lamp No. 4 brings water and light together to create an ever-changing glow. Vibrating the string creates ripples of light that keep the space tranquil and relaxing.  The contrast between the tension in the base and the softness of the H2O filter is something only bare walls could appreciate.

0 Designer: Meidad Marzan