Sustainable Running Shoe

Sustainable Running Shoe

Transition is a “back to basics” sustainably made running shoe that follows the barefoot style principle. Traditional running shoes are made of 52 components. This shoe is only made of 5. By avoiding glues and complex co-moulded parts, components are easily assembled and more importantly, recycled.

0 Designer: Nicholas Couch

Apt For Apple

Apt For Apple

One of the definitions for good design is to remove the unnecessary, and this is exactly what the Minus 1 Speakers Dock for Smartphones is all about. The focus is on ‘making sound’ which is faithful to the natural function of a speaker, rather than obtrusive designing. A natural flow of elements and fluid sound! I’m enthralled.

0 Designer: Jung Hoon Lee

iFancy Coffee Art

iFancy Coffee Art

I’m no longer fascinated with the exquisite coffee art that my local barista offers. I’m more intrigued with the possibility of impressing my guests with pseudo skills acquired by the iCoffee Machine. A dot-matrix kinda attachment syncs with your smartphone via Bluetooth to dish out creative artwork onto of coffee foam. From Hello Kitty to the latest fad…designer coffee is right at home! Definitely my kind of cuppa!

0 Designer: Huang Guanglei

DIY, Flat-Pack, and Awesome

DIY, Flat-Pack, and Awesome

Respect and love this flat-pack, do-it-yourself design! The Mudo table is the result of an effort by designers Patrick Carmody and Kfir Shetrit to create a 3d structure out of flat sheets of material to minimize waste and reduce the overall energy use in the fabrication process. Pieces are cut out of a 1/4″ thick sheet of Masonite with plastic laminate, and because each is the opposing tessellation of its neighbor there is very little material loss in production.

0 Designers: Patrick Carmody and Kfir Shetrit

Intuitive Remote

Intuitive Remote

This TV remote, a winner of the 2011 red dot design award, was optimized for the revolutionary, easy-to-use SFR “Neufbox Evolution” TV service. The minimal set of buttons helps to intuitively navigate through  entertainment features such as live TV, time shifting, video on demand, apps and more – even without need to look at the device or user manual. A dream come true for remote-dummies.

0 Designer: NDS

Designing for Social Stigma

Designing for Social Stigma

Designer Alexandre Pain spent an extended amount of time in a wheelchair to better understand the challenges of the disabled. The one he perceived as being the most difficult was not the limited mobility as you’d think, but the stigma associated with the easily identifiable wheelchair. The Tandem scooter may serve the same purpose, but with additional seating for one and a  simple, fun, and sporty aesthetic, this electric vehicle aims to reduce the negative perception of disability by erasing the taboo of the wheelchair.

0 Designer: Alexandre Pain

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