Origami Inspired Wingback

Origami Inspired Wingback

Either origami is in right now or I’ve just been noticing it more in product design lately. Usually I find it as an inspiration that focuses on the actually folding techniques (usually for space saving) versus the finished origami paper construction. The Oru Armchair is a breath of fresh air as it clearly takes inspiration from the latter which is clearly expressed in it’s abrupt angles and deliberate creases. In contrast with the sharp exterior, the core of the chair, the seat itself, is both cushy and relaxing.

0 Designer: Ramon Esteve

Play With Me Lamp

Play With Me Lamp

This lamp was made to be played with! Lamp E by Kako.Ko design studio is made of tough extruded aluminum and a single side of LED lights that line each of the three rectangular multi-directional branches to direct light to different places. The orientation of the LED strips means the lights will always be visible no matter what position the user places it in. Gotta love this clever interactive lighting sculpture.

0 Designer: Kako.Ko

Keeping Your Wheels Secure

Keeping Your Wheels Secure

The Senza system makes a bike completely secure. The whole system is incorporated into the bike itself making it easier to simply grab and go and also provides safety for quick stops. The handlebars separate into three pieces. The central piece remains in place on the frame, while the two handles lock together, offering more space, and versatility than a standard U-Lock. If a thief were to cut the lock off, it renders the bike virtually immobile, as there are no handle bars. In addition the lock on the rear of the bike is used to secure the back tire and seat post.

0 Designer: Jaryn Miller

Not Your Average Mobile Phone

Not Your Average Mobile Phone

The ENSEMBLE explores new ideas about mobile phones. A metal skin protects a vegetal core. A spin unfolds to dispatch its “digital sap.” An organic and intimate relationship is established through this staging technology. The controls are voice command enabled and information is displayed through a micro screen. The phone is not an inert object placed on your cheek, but a succession of colored skins and sensitive materials that open to spread messages.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

Intimate Wash with Wanda

Intimate Wash with Wanda

Wanda is not a person but a bathtub designed by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Antoniolupi. It’s been designed to make sure couples can get cozy and comfy enough when they take their bonding session into the bathroom. The tub features a border that rises up to create a backrest that protects and supports without occlusion. Shiny curved surfaces and sleek finishing just adds to the sensual outlook of the design.

0 Designer: Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri for Antoniolupi

Unveiling Light

Unveiling Light

I love the interactive way you can use the Secret Lamp. Just peel off the topcoat to reveal the radiance! Magnetic tacks at edge of the glow-face allow you to peel or stick back the upper layer, emitting enough light to suit your needs. It doubles up as a night light. It’s neat!

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Interactive Urban Prairie

Interactive Urban Prairie

Urban Prairie is an intuitive and interactive motion recognition installation that seeks to recreate a 1000 square meter sea of prairie grass within a 5 meter shop window. The design aims to promote well-being and recreation in an urban setting while driving focus to the space through the intelligent use of motion sensing technology. Passersby can engage with the prairie and generate varying “wind disturbances” by simply adjusting their walk speed and other movements. Hit the jump to see it in action!

0 Designer: In Square Lab

Seamless Modularity in a Table

Seamless Modularity in a Table

The Nzela table isn’t just easy on the eyes, it’s also a picture perfect model of simple yet intelligently executed modularity. The table can be rearranged in multiple combinations to suit any space. No-tools required means only 3 minutes to put together, making for quick, seamless assembly and equally easy disassembly and storage. I think it looks great in the neoplastic color scheme shown here, but hues and variations in glossiness can also be personalized from Kayiwa.

0 Designer: Kayiwa

Quantum Physics Meets Product Design

Quantum Physics Meets Product Design

What if you could see what your life would have been like if you had chosen a different path, made a different decision, or taken the road less traveled? What if you could see what a copy of yourself is doing in an alternate universe? The Quantum Parallelograph is an exploratory project developed by Patrick Stevenson-Keating that examines the scientific and philosophical ideas of quantum physics and multiple universes and how they might be explored by individuals.

0 Designer: Patrick Stevenson-Keating

Uniquely CKIE

Uniquely CKIE

In today’s mass produced and mass consumer market, it’s harder to find unique items. Design is/has become “common” and the really original pieces are priced far beyond what the average person can afford. Product design should be a vehicle for great utility and art accessible by everyone. Projects on CKIE like traditional ceramic making with a modern twist and upcycling a discarded sofa to an exceptional ping-pong paddle case are unique, rare and remarkable. We need to support these kinds of designs.

0 Designers: Various

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