Public Spaces and Not So Boring Furniture

Public Spaces and Not So Boring Furniture

The Furniture Collection by Arco da Velha, a Portuguese design furniture brand, has launched a new set of products for public spaces and and domestic environments. There’s a consistency in the minimal design which quite frankly looks better than most public space furnishings. There’s something juvenile about the way the color palette jumps off these very linear lines. It feels lighter, less cosmetic because if all this stuff were in black and white, it would look like my dentist’s office.

0 Designer: Arco da Velha

Cosmic Time

Cosmic Time

One of our favorite companies ZIIIRO just released the latest star from their cosmic laboratory called “Celeste.” The instantly recognizable design combines 2 previous concepts into one so the hour and minute demarcation is more clearly defined. It works by two overlapping transparent discs to create a fluid gradient as time passes. It comes in 4 different colors but 2 are already sold out. Why am I not surprised. This is a hot item which is also why it’s included in our holiday gift guide.

0 Designer: Robert Dabi

Virtual Touch for Designing

Virtual Touch for Designing

Haptic Intelligentsia merges hand craftsmanship and computerized technology into a single 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive a virtual object before transforming it into a physical one. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object. 

0 Designer: Joong Han Lee

Tension Table

Tension Table

Dock is the result of designer Alexandre Pain’s reflection on the themes of simplicity and lightness. The stripped-down side table avoids glue, screws, and dowels and instead uses elastic bands and tension to fix the legs to the body. The unconventional construction not only cuts back on hardware costs but also means that assembly and disassembly can be repeated without compromising quality. 

0 Designer: Alexandre Pain

If a Scooter & Bike Had a Baby

If a Scooter & Bike Had a Baby

As you might have guessed by the name, the Scoobike combines push and pedal power to form one perfectly minimal and super-accessible system of public, hybrid bikes for getting around the urban jungle in a jiffy. Pedal-powered LED lights provide added safety beyond generic reflectors and an adjustable seat means one size fits all!

0 Designer: Ardhyaska Amy

Modern Representation of the Deceased

Modern Representation of the Deceased

This project, titled The Last Minute, was inspired by rituals and traditions honoring death from various cultures. The objects are symbolic as well as functional, representing modern interpretations where ritual and tradition meet. The series deals with the concept of memory and transience in the form of urns and other objects used in this sacred rite of passage.

0 Designer: Patrycja Domanska

20 Best of Best red dot award : design concept 2011

20 Best of Best red dot award : design concept 2011

As expected this evening here in Singapore has turned out to be magical! I know most of you are curious to know which designs bagged the Best of Best honors. So before I sign out for tonight, here are my pick of 20 Best of Best red dot award : design concept 2011. Congratulations winners!

0 Designers: Various

The Tamagotchi Effect

The Tamagotchi Effect

This clever device, called PowerPlant, gives users a visual (and organic) reward for using less energy at home. Wireless transmitters fitted to the main power and water supplies regulate the amount of water the plant receives- the less energy used, the more regular watering the plant receives! The emotional link people have to the living plant (AKA the Tamagotchi effect) is sure to motivate awareness of their individual carbon footprints and help them track their environmental progress. 

0 Designer: Liam Higton-Shirt

Rewarding DIY Lamp

Rewarding DIY Lamp

MyLamp combines Scandinavian design simplicity with Japanese folding functionality into a beautifully basic yet eye-catching desk lamp that’s a piece of cake to assemble. Made from recycled cardboard and capable of being cut in near waste-less batches, MyLamp is a great solution for efficient production and transportation that also includes the user as part of the process. It doesn’t look half bad either!

0 Designer: Terkel Skou Steffensen

Benefits of CO2

Benefits of CO2

Fresh CO2 uses the carbon dioxide in the air to prolong the life of refrigerated food from 7 days upto a month! It basically controls the oxidization process and wilting of vegetables in a very controlled manner. Methinks it’s a pseudo plant mimicking the photosynthesis process and respiration functions. What do you think?

0 Designers: Feng Cheng-TsungWang Bo-Jin & Lin Yao-Chieh

Titanic Needed This!

Titanic Needed This!

One of the biggest fears while evacuating a sinking ship is the possibility of survivors being carried away by the tide, and people getting lost at sea. The Network Tube is a rescue tube with magnetic properties and aims to form a floating cluster, bringing people together via GPS. When people huddle together, they not only boost each other’s morale, but they also increase their chances of survival.

0 Designers: Various

The Power of Time

The Power of Time

Eco Clock is a brilliant way to make sure we extract every bit of juice from a discarded AA battery. There are 12 slots on the face of the clock to host the used batteries and collectively they power the device. The design also includes a really fun feature where the different levels of juice in each battery are represented by color. Totally cool and something we really want to see in the market, the Eco Clock well deserves the Liteon Award that it won this year.

0 Designer: Bor-Ru Huang

Full Spectrum Lamp

Full Spectrum Lamp

The simple yet functional Kenkolight by designer Young-Il Park features an extendable arm that allows it to easily switch from work light to night light. When the arm is closed, the built-in diffuser creates a faint glow perfect for subtle lighting. Just for kicks, the base also integrates a digital clock display as well as a timer that can activate the light at specified times to replicate sunrise or dawn.

0 Designer: Young-Il Park