Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box

Jack in the box was created for the course “Homo Ludens” (trans. The Playing Man) hosted by the School of Arts and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden. The goal was to create a playful piece of furniture for the school’s exebition at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. By cranking the handle, a frequent tapping sound will start and the shelfsystem hidden inside the solid body will appear beneath the box. The system contains of three 40x20cm (dubbelkolla) shelves of oak wood. Loving it!

0 Designer: Niclas Andersson

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) invites YOU!

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) invites YOU!

IDSA’s 2011 International Conference Community: You. Me. We. in New Orleans is the hotspot you want to earmark in your schedule. The event is taking place from 14th September to 17th September and is set to be the event of the year! Focusing on the Community theme, speakers like Clay Shirky and Grant McCracken will give you insights on how consumers are shifting the conversation through engagement and participation. Other speakers include folks from YouTube, SENO etc. On the cards is a chance for YOU to win free registrations and stay.

0 Conference Dates: 14-17 September 2011

Safe Journey at Night!

Safe Journey at Night!

SafetyDistance is a solar powered road signs that line the outer edge of the highway. Their presence increases nighttime visibility and ensures road safety. The cylinders detect passing cars via infrared sensors and trigger off the warning lamp. Cars tailing the first are forewarned and can pace their distance accordingly. Depending upon the distance between the two cars, the lamp glows from red (too close) to yellow (close) to green (safe distance), and then ultimately switches off when no cars are around. The idea is to increase road safety via a self-sustainable design.

0 Designer: Da Wei Xing

Split Personality Notebook

Split Personality Notebook

Of all the words in the dictionary, you never associate elegance with Notebooks. But a look at the Split Concept, and I’m sure you will agree with me. Über elegant with a chic cover, the notebook is split into the various components like a tablet screen, independent keyboard, mouse and reading remote pen. All assemble together to become one great notebook or can be used individually. I really dig the sexy styling that Jung Dae Hoon has created. Not many can come up with such tasteful looking devices.

0 Designer: Jung Dae Hoon

Missing Pieces

Missing Pieces

In a world taken over by electronic games and virtual entertainment, the Missing Pieces table stands as a reminder of the days of patience, tangibility, and interpersonal synergy. The 4800 jigsaw puzzle pieces that make up this table are from a compilation of the Arc de Triomphe, Winnie the Pooh, the Taj Mahal, and a night sky, and serve as familiar fragments that invite us to play and enjoy life despite what we feel may be missing.

0 Designer: Rupert McKelvie

Grab and Go Soup Warmer

Grab and Go Soup Warmer

The Cortina rechargeable heating system by designer Gergő Kassai is perfect for warming a quick bowl of soup. The user simply pours cold soup into the upper container and within minutes has a piping hot meal waiting in the lower portable compartment. Using induction technology, heat is generated directly in the pot opposed to being generated on the stove-top, making for faster and more energy-efficient heating than the traditional stove.

0 Designer: Gergő Kassai

Plant/Computer Hybrid?

Plant/Computer Hybrid?

Combining the computer world with the natural environment, Omer Deutsch’s design, Secondary Growth, gives insight to what the future fusion of electronics and mother nature might look like. Complete with soil and germinated seeds, the system functions not only as a computer but as a home for the user’s favorite plant, creating an interesting contrast between a constantly changing organism and an unchanging object of permanence.

0 Designer: Omer Deutsch

Custom Nooka Zub Zirc YD Giveaway

Custom Nooka Zub Zirc YD Giveaway

Hey kids, hope you had a wonderful weekend, but don’t let Mondays get you down because we’ve been hard at work with the awesome elves at Nooka to bring you this custom Nooka Zub Zirc watch monogrammed with the YD logo. There are only FIVE in the world and here’s your chance to win one. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me which Nooka watch and color is your favorite. You have until Friday the 15th.

0 Sponsor: Nooka, Contest ends 07/15

A Little Control Can Boost Imagination

A Little Control Can Boost Imagination

The latest collection from designer Emily Gunning, MonsterMake, MetaMorphasuit, and Mothershape, aims to discourage obsolescence and maintain their appeal to the child over a prolonged period of time. The designer’s research found that children are more likely to maintain satisfaction with their toys if they have some level of control over what that toy becomes. This encourages them to keep the product longer while helping them tap into their innate affinity for using their imagination.

0 Designer: Emily Gunning

The red dot gala Wrap Up!

The red dot gala Wrap Up!

We’re baaaa-aaaack!! Thanks for following our live feeds on Facebook & Twitter on July 4th as we reported directly from the 2011 red dot product design awards ceremony and Designers’ Night after party in Essen, Germany. We had a blast this year and hope you did too! Ah, now what other juicy info can we give you about this year’s red dot awards!?

Making A Big Deal Out of Lights & Trash

Making A Big Deal Out of Lights & Trash

Solar power and waste disposal is always a winning combination with the green brigade, but unlike some loft concepts, the City Context is a very practical and utilitarian design. It’s the combo of solar powered streetlamps with color-coded dustbins within the shaft of the lamp. Icons on the bin indicate its use and help in garbage segregation in its first level itself.

0 Designers: Various

My Next Coffee Machine

My Next Coffee Machine

I am totally smitten by this simple exploration of basic shapes like rectangle, cylinder and hole. The resulting coffee machine is a stunning design that is bare-minimal and intuitive. The only thing different is the operations; the brew is made by pressing the cylinder inside. Hope Nespresso likes the concept too!

0 Designer: Danna Kazir

Dentistry Gone Mobile

Dentistry Gone Mobile

The Dentris mobile dental treatment system ensures that bed-ridden patients & others unable to visit the clinic are able to receive the dental treatment they need by providing a way for dentists to bring care to their patients’ homes. The complete dentist station is packed into a lightweight, robust case that includes all the necessary tools for cleanings, fillings, & other operations. Not just for immobile patients, Dentris also offers a solution to those who have a phobia of the dentist’s office. Sign me up!

0 Designer: Clemens Auer