Bento Box Kinda Like Voltron

Bento Box Kinda Like Voltron

Bento is quite an exceptional and forward thinking concept by René Woo-Ram Lee. It’s quite a plausible scenario that most of use/own a tablet, a PC, external hard drives and a smartphone. Now combine the power of these to have fully customizable Bento Laptop! The Box accommodates all the gear to work as one whole unit or individually; as you see fit.

0 Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee

Spin Recharging

Spin Recharging

A close cousin of the Mechanical Mobile, the revOlve cellphone loves to spin. A notch up as far as physical design goes, the main differentiating factor are the detachable components that can be upgraded and recycled when necessary. I love the sleek holster and the way you can buckle the phone to your waist loop. Let’s spin and wait for the magical mechanics to take over!

0 Designers: Da Deng, Chandra Baker, Chris Platt & Jason Schuler

Beautiful Vinyl Figures, noop and nism

Beautiful Vinyl Figures, noop and nism

Executing another exhibition style piece in vinyl, Coarse brings their latest figure series, “Casting Shadows” to light. It includes an original sculpture of Coarse character, noop, huddled and his new shellbound pet, nism. noop clings to a fabric kite reminiscent of a long time friend, paw!, which soars above casting his shadow onto the two characters. We’re not much for vinyl figures here but this is really beautiful. We just had to share it with you guys. Hit the jump for the full story.

0 Designer: Coarse

Be Your Own Radio Station

Be Your Own Radio Station

The Siara is an amazing concept that lets you broadcast your own radio station. Stream your private station using 3rd parties services like SONOS or with the Siara box. The possibilities are really endless since it all works wirelessly. Hit the jump to see a video about one scenario. Kudos to designer Navid Gornall.

0 Designer: Navid Gornall

Unusual Inspiration for a Yacht

Unusual Inspiration for a Yacht

Designer Alex McDiarmid’s challenge in creating this 150 foot yacht concept was to combine unusual inspirations with seaworthy practicality to produce a megayacht that exhibits adventurous styling and still maintains sportiness and agility. While guests enjoy an open plan interior, fully integrated entertainment, and accomodations for twelve visitors and eight crew members, the exterior is the truly the highlight of this luxury yacht. Influenced by non-nautical elements such as origami, it is the Sydney Opera House that is most apparent in it’s modern expressionist design.

0 Designer: Alex McDiarmid

Kid's Drum-able Desk

Kid’s Drum-able Desk

This brilliantly colored table by designer Carlos Pendas is a whimsical kid’s desk that uses tensed fabric as a surface rather than an ordinary hard top. The stretched fabric also doubles as a drum for an added touch of fun and interaction. Hangoo’s simple assembly can be completed in minutes and is so easy that even kids can participate in the process. Using stretched fabric reduces the overall weight, and a minimal amount of components means this design is cost efficient in both material and shipment.

0 Designer: Carlos Pendas

Live Anywhere Lamp

Live Anywhere Lamp

Linda Allen, interior designer turned lighting designer, noticed a hole in the market for portable, cordless lamps, and decided to take things into her own hands. Her first line of lamps, the Live Anywhere collection, features a series of attractive lamps that are not only portable and cordless, but also rechargeable, multi-setting, and weather resistant. To perfect the enduring design, Allen created a customized battery system and special long-lasting light bulb for the collection. The lamps, named Ava, Corra, Persia, Seraphina, & Eleanora are a great outdoor lighting addition with a feminine touch.

0 Designer: Linda Allen

Recycled PET Felt Chair, The Pod

Recycled PET Felt Chair, The Pod

The Pod is a large privacy chair for breakout areas in offices or residential projects. Pod is an environmental alternative to large upholstered furniture. Most upholstered is difficult to recycle as it’s a fixed combination of timber, glue, foam and textile. Pod tackles this by replacing the large upholstery with moulded felt created from recycled pet bottles. In addition the entire design is knock down with the shells stacking for minimum carbon footprint in transportation and storage.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert

Joey Roth and His Furry Mouse

Joey Roth and His Furry Mouse

I’m for real. Designer Joey Roth made a Felt Mouse. I first heard about it last year and instantly loved the idea. It isn’t until now that Joey is showing the world the first prototype. It took that long to overcome the limitations of felt but from the looks of it, this prototype is pretty much ready for production. I LOVE Joey’s disciplined execution of minimalism. See it May 13th in the “USE ME” exhibit by the American Design Club which coincides with this year’s ICFF show in New York.

0 Designer: Joey Roth

Reading Braille Aloud

Reading Braille Aloud

The Snail is a Braille reader that works smooth as silk on a surface that’s predictably bumpy! It can record the text as it reads for future playback and it even syncs with a Bluetooth headset so the visually impaired can listen to the book without disturbing others. Features like kinetic recharging and pressure sensitive reading make it the ideal companion for a bookworm!

0 Designer: Wonkook Lee

Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking!

Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking!

Thinner, lighter and faster, the Apple iPad 2 is on people’s wishlists for plenty of reasons here’s your chance to WIN one! The rules of the game are simple and involve socializing of the Facebook kind. A lucky fan from the first project on CKIE that gets 1000 Facebook “Like’s”, stands a chance at winning the iPad 2! The odds are in your favor.

0 Contest Ends: 1000 "Likes" or May 31st, 11:59 pm PST, whichever first

Easy Cap!

Easy Cap!

One of the things with refrigerated soda bottles is unscrewing the cap can be a bit tough. A little bit of physics applied to a cap redesign does the trick to making things easier. The teardrop shaped Easy Access Bottle Cap is perfect. I can’t see why we can’t standardize this across all bottles. It’s ergonomic and smooth. Looks kinda cool too.

0 Designer: Shao-Nung Chen

TriMove

TriMove

I get it- the hubless wheel has yet to reach its full technical potential, but set aside your speculation for just a moment to admire this striking trike concept. Most three 3-wheelers combine the worst of motorcycles & cars: no leaning into corners, exposure to the elements, & no lane splitting- but the narrow, tilting 3-wheeled TriMove has all the agility & aerodynamic styling you’d expect from a fierce motorbike. It’s triangle footprint provides balance even when it’s not moving.

0 Designer: Mohammad Ghezel