Lifebook or Voltron?

Lifebook or Voltron?

This Lifebook concept merges multiple portable devices together to form a single computer. ‘Lifebook Frame Series’ features an integrated and detachable multifunctional unit – the ‘Lifegear’ device, and a clear structured frame-based layout for each component to slot into. Within the Lifebook, the Lifegear serves as a number pad, touch pad, graphics tablet as well as a social network interface. When one is on-the-go, it can be used as a smartphone.

0 Designers: Patrick Decker & Florian Langer

Immersive Digital Experiences

Immersive Digital Experiences

Imagine a digital experience that is intuitive and holistic, where your interface is not reduced to a mouse click and two-dimensional analog of a writing desk. A surround display dome complemented by the sophisticated motion-sensing software that inspired the technology depicted in the film ‘Minority Report’. With natural, intuitive movements, your entire body becomes the interface.

0 Designer: Tino Schaedler with NAU

Kitchen Waste Heat the Home

Kitchen Waste Heat the Home

The Celcius re-thinks the purpose of waste disposals and recycling units in the kitchen. The idea is to have a workflow where enzymes breakdown the organic waste to create energy, which is sufficient to heat up your home. Filed under the Re-Source project for Domus Academy, the concept is in sync with the dynamic expectations of our evolving kitchen appliances.

0 Designer: Marcela Vanesa Céspedes

Glass Full of Radio

Glass Full of Radio

Have you ever tried this: take a glass (wine glass is better) and fill it more than half with water, then dip your finger in the water and rub it on the rim in a circular motion. Soon a very peaceful rhythm, more like Buddhist chants, can be heard. Playing on this physics is the radi_O, a concept radio that hopes to keep the intuitive bond between the music-box and humans, intact. And just like the finger on the glass, a good swirl on the radi_O rim controls the volume and the music station. Awesome!

0 Designer: Sunyung Yang

Single Cup Special

Single Cup Special

Oh boy, this Plug Cup is going to make me lazybones. Ever since I’ve laid my eyes on it, I have wanted this concept to come to life. It’s perfect for this instant coffee and green tea glutton that I am. A simple 180° rotating 2-pin plug at the base of the cup hooks on to any power source; so imagine this hanging off the powerstrip where my computer plugs are hitched! A tight lid ensures no spills and a clamp lock keeps the cup upright at the base. The good thing is that the heating element detaches so that the cup can be cleaned easily. Coffee mix, tea, water bottle….all will sit right next to my printer!

0 Designers: Various

Cup’o Lights

Cup’o Lights

I have used disposable paper cups for my daughter’s craft projects with some really funny outcomes, but this Brady-bunch of designers have given paper-craft a new lease of life. Cutting paper cups into half and then gluing them in a roof-tile pattern, they’ve created the enigmatic Rays lamp. I just hope they aren’t made from fresh cups, sterilized-used-cups is the better route to take. What do you say?

0 Designers: Chengyuan Wei, Guanyun Wang, Ye Tao, Jianxing Cai, Chao Chen & Xuanxing Yang

Fire Extinguisher for Dummies

Fire Extinguisher for Dummies

I’ve never had to use a fire extinguisher (knock on wood), & to be honest, I’m not sure I’d know exactly how to work the thing. Whether they’ll admit it or not, the truth is most people are like me & would need a sec to look over the instructions. Understanding that a split second can mean life or death, designer Markus Arnold developed  Xtinct, an easy to use extinguisher that signals the device’s operations awith LED lights &  features an extended hose for improved accuracy, both maximizing functionality & providing a more aesthetically appealing solution for home use.

0 Designer: Markus Arnold

Minimal Rigid Desk

Minimal Rigid Desk

The first product available in the L&Z line, The Sinus Trestle, is a simple and smooth design who’s interesting shape still sets it apart from ordinary table designs. Each side of the base is made of a single piece of tubular steel that is bent into its static shape, making for a robust and fairly lightweight design that will blend effortlessly into both modern and classic settings. Hit the jump to catch it in the making!

0 Designer: L&Z

The Fontable

The Fontable

This new series of modular furniture by Alessandro Canepa & Andrea Paulicelli features alphanumeric elements A-Z and their lower case counterparts as well as 0-9 as the table top, making for a whimsical design with a pop art feel. The graphic 3 dimensional letters and numbers can be completely customized in color and finish, and users can select a single letter or personalized mix to spell out any combination imaginable. Eclectic and whimsical, this design is definitely for those wanting to make a big statement! Get it here!

0 Designers: Alessandro Canepa & Andrea Paulicelli

VANDEYK Nightstream, Hand Built and Artful

VANDEYK Nightstream, Hand Built and Artful

VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles is a collaboration of renowned creative professionals dedicated to a simple mission; designing and building the most ravishingly beautiful bicycles – and not compromising along the way. The result? A perfectly handcrafted and strictly limited objects of art – 25 bicycles per collection worldwide. The first collection: “Nightstream”.

0 Designer: VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles

CKIE Supports Independent Design

CKIE Supports Independent Design

When it comes to selling “the next big idea” we’ve been taught to reason with people using emotional appeal or rationale. To convince them to believe in our cause and to support us unconditionally. It’s not a question of just parting with a dollar or saying encouraging words, it’s the question of having a vision and finding the right resources. When a project goes live on CKIE, its not just about showcasing a product, it’s also about supporting independent design and to make it a success.

Dignified Toilet for the Chaos Station

Dignified Toilet for the Chaos Station

The recent spate of natural and man-made disasters has put a stress on relief work being carried out by rescue agencies. One of the most predominant issues is that of human-waste management in temporary shelters. It’s easier to set up tents on fields than accommodating makeshift toilets for displaced people. The D.R. Toilet System looks into this issue and solves it with a flatpack toilet that comes with an encompassing tent for privacy and a unique waste-disposal system.

0 Designer: Rahim Bhimani

Simple Workstation That Looks Great Too

Simple Workstation That Looks Great Too

Aside from being just plain cute, Mobi is a also demonstration of how a desk can be adaptable & portable while occupying a minimal amount of space. The functional design has independent hinges for the top, base, and seat, allowing the desk to fold down to a fraction of its standing height. Perfect for small spaces, Mobi can be tucked away under the bed or in the closet until the user needs it, but even when it’s expanded the size is unobtrusive.

0 Designer: Peter Copenhaver