The CKIE Exposure

The CKIE Exposure

Red Dot President in Asia, Ken Koo, has quite the right insight on CKIE. “Most designers are not good marketing people. In fact, most people are not good marketing people! It requires a really “thick skin” to be a good marketer, especially when you have to praise and sell your own design. This is why even good ideas often fail to take off commercially. CKIE is a wonderful addition to the design community as it provides an effective marketing platform to help designers sell. CKIE makes all designers seem like they can be a super salesman!”

0 Designers: Various

Never Too Old for a Computer

Never Too Old for a Computer

There’s this perception that the silver generation gets intimidated by technology and can find it difficult to get savvy with gadgets. Four of my family members…all above 65 years and only one of them is comfortable with computers. So maybe the perception is true, and this is why designers like Ryan Klinger are spending hours on designing a laptop especially for them. Personal Computing for Older Adults can be a solution, and it has my support!

0 Designer: Ryan Klinger

Hubless Bike

Hubless Bike

I’ve seen a handful of hubless concept bikes but the Synapse Bike goes one further with integrated electric motors to assist the rider. The design opens up the entire bike, giving the designer control over structural elements (in this case, lack thereof). It’s minimal, elegant, slightly aggressive, but overall dynamic. It’s like riding on no support structure at all.

0 Designer: Sylvain Gerber

This Coffin is to Die For!

This Coffin is to Die For!

Okay, so… I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but this is one sexy coffin. I always thought I wanted to be cremated, but Jacob Jensen’s Diamant Coffin Series has made me have a change of heart. The design, a winner of the prestigious 2011 Red Dot Award, combines sustainable materials and stealthy aesthetic into a resting place that would even make Dracula jealous. On a softer note, the diamond inspired shape’s highest point lines up with the deceased’s heart, signifying love and eternity. 

0 Designer: Jacob Jensen

Gravity Defying Table

Gravity Defying Table

I love a design that makes you second-guess what you’re seeing. The Gravity Table by Simone Savini is one of those head-turning designs that will make a fantastic yet refined creative statement.  Its abrupt transparent feet give the illusion that it’s floating on air, while its ghostly minimal body makes it almost seem possible. A great conversation piece that only gets more fun after a few drinks.

0 Designer: Simone Savini

Compact Water Purification

Compact Water Purification

NextOfKin Creatives goal in designing the EcoWater CES purification system was to deconstruct and reduce the system to its core components and simplest form to create the most compact design available. Three main cylindrical shapes make up the core and house the primary components: the filtration column, hot water tank, and re-engineered compact water pump. The cylinders are angled forward to create a sense of motion and play for the user, while paying an homage to the classic pitcher.

0 Designer: NextOfKin Creatives

Cutting Edge Time

Cutting Edge Time

The CuTime Wall Clock is a metaphoric representation of the circular saw. If we think about it, time is like a malleable element that can bend and shape into different meanings for different people. For some time is money, for some it is an eternity of solitude. So tell me, what would a cutting edge design like this mean to you?

0 Designer: Flussocreativo

No Ordinary Water Purifier

No Ordinary Water Purifier

This isn’t your typical Brita or PUR water filter, this is an innovative reverse osmosis purifier, but it actually looks like a piece of art, not an appliance. The design is minimal and meant to be slightly organic – fluid like water. I LOVE the little spout. Hot, cold or room temperature – serve it up however you like.

0 Designer: Nicola Loi

The Invader Lamp

The Invader Lamp

Inspired by the movie War of the Worlds, the Invader lamp is the DIY thang that I’d like to get for my table. Just for the sake of fantasy, imagine walking down the DIY section in a store and my cart telling the Invader Lamp, “Get in, Lampy, or you’re gonna die!” Now that’s a cool story to tell!

0 Designer: David Zhang

Ferrari Head Protector

Ferrari Head Protector

Listen, if I have to risk helmet hair I’m gonna do it in style – Ferrari Helmet Style. An homage to the historic Maranello tradition, the Ferrari Helmet Style exudes luxury and oozes with presence but a helmet, no matter how luxurious, needs to protect your head.  Satin-finish aluminium details protect and surround the edge of the padding, making it even more abrasion-resistant and easier to clean.

0 Designer: Vinaccia Integral Design

Custom IKEA Furniture... For Real

Custom IKEA Furniture… For Real

I have a loose no-IKEA rule at my home. It’s not that I don’t like some of the practical designs, I just cringe at the obviousness. Apparently I’m not the only one who shares this love/hate relationship! Mykea works together with designers and artists from around the globe to produce unique redesigns via graphic decals specifically molded for select IKEA models. The super easy-to-use site makes customizing your favorite pieces a cinch, and will leave you wondering, “why didn’t I think of that!”

0 Designer: Mykea

Enchanted Clothing Rack

Enchanted Clothing Rack

From the imagination of designer Albert Brogliato comes this unusual coat rack that references both the natural and fantasy worlds in the organic and abstract shapes hidden in its branches. Equipped with a curious hollow for stowing away items and interchangeable hangers of different colors, this design combines a touch of whimsy with clothes-hanging functionality to create an aesthetically charming piece sure to make a dramatic statement against any backdrop.

0 Designer: Albert Brogliato

Mercedes-Benz Concept Sizzles

Mercedes-Benz Concept Sizzles

Under the careful watch of the design chiefs at Mercedes-Benz, Slavche Tanevski’s Aria concept targets Mercedes’ vision of luxury cars in year 2030. The sleek silhouette of the Aria was inspired by sex appeal, the toss of a lady’s hair, and corsets, as well as the elegance of instruments like the piano and violin. The sultry curves of both the interior and exterior are supported by tense and articulated lines, giving the car definition and further polishing its character.

0 Designer: Slavche Tanevski