Utensils That Just Hang Around

Utensils That Just Hang Around

Muuto’s new cooking set and salad servers combine form, function and craftsmanship. The elegant wooden tools are precisely designed and crafted for a sleek modern look. The innovative extrusion cut in the back of the cooking set HANG AROUND lets you work freely in the kitchen, while your utensils hang out on your pots or pans. TOSS AROUND, the salad servers, tell the same story of craftsmanship used for centuries but with contemparty design and modern ergonomics.

0 Designer: KiBiSi for Muuto

The New Social Video Game Console

The New Social Video Game Console

Njoin is an ultra portable video game system specially designed to play videogames and run multimedia applications – capable of simultaneous, differentiated and private interaction between two or more users without reducing the characteristics required for individual use. Confused? Interest peeked? Hit the jump!

0 Designer: Xavier Torres Gómez

One to Five

One to Five

One to Five is an installation comprised of ten previously unreleased chair designs by Viennese designer Thomas Feichtner. All of these are presented as printouts of 3D models done at a scale of 1:5, and they will be shown at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011 in Milan’s Zona Tortona district. This is an experiment which seeks to present designs not as finished projects but rather as processes which have yet to be concluded allowing producers to become part of the development process almost from the very beginning.

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner

Revolutio

Revolutio

This simple and modern watch by designer Mickaël Chrost presents a new perception on time telling. Minutes and hours are displayed on Revolutio’s rotating rings and are powered by a standard watch engine. The magnetic locking system is perfectly discreet. I’m really digging the center-less design- the loop, versus the standard circle, is an interpretation of eternity and reminds that time has no real beginning or end.

0 Designer: Mickaël Chrost

Backpack Creates Renewable Energy

Backpack Creates Renewable Energy

Unlike my camping buddies who will poke fun at me for this, I will always bring along every electronic device that I can fit in my pack. Gotta have the phone, the camera, and I’ve even been known to sneak a laptop on occasion. Problem is, the batteries are dead within the day and I inevitably regret the extra weight. The Alppac is for anyone like me. It uses a suspended load mechanism to produce an electrical charge when the user is walking. Plug in your phone, iPad, or any other electronic device and get a renewable, clean charge between stops.

0 Designer: Joel Lim YM

Lamp with No Joints or Screws

Lamp with No Joints or Screws

The Tweety table lamp, designed by Bonaguro Giorgio has a simple and intuitive design, made up of two main parts – the bulb and body. These two elements are combined without using screws or joints but by simply letting the bulb hang from body, making it easy to clean, assemble and package. The lamp is made of eco-friendly polycarbonate and comes with an energy A class light bulb. It’s adorable!

0 Designer: Giorgio Bonaguro

Sun & Solar Powered Clock

Sun & Solar Powered Clock

Light Gap is a concept clock with solars cells on its backside. You stick it on a window so sunlight can illuminate the slit on the face to form the hour hand. As day moves into night, batteries kick in to illuminate a row of LEDs in the slit, thanks to the aforementioned solar cells.

0 Designers: Various

Rolling Bookshelf

Rolling Bookshelf

The Patatras is a new way to store books – a wheel of knowledge if you will. Made of expanded polypropylene in a range of colors, each one contains cells for which you put books in. It’s actually not that large. At only 122 cm in diameter, you won’t need to worry about it accidentally rolling over the family cat.

0 Designer: Michaël Bihain

Best of Digital and Analog Reading

Best of Digital and Analog Reading

Digital books are here to stay but there’s still a disconnect with people who prefer the tactile experience of paper. The Smart Bookrest Docking System hopes to bridge the gap by giving you the best of both worlds. It works by reading a QR code printed on the page. Relevant media is then displayed on the tablet. Twice as much of fun!

0 Designers: In-oh Yoo & Tae-soon Nam for Metatrend Institute

For All You Hot Messes

For All You Hot Messes

I’ll admit, I can be a huge one myself, which is why I’m happy to Introduce Release, a series of urban stress relieving and preventing products from designer Adhirath Bali.  This eclectic group of aesthetically charming devices help prevent chronic anxiety in an equally broad but creative number of ways. One wakes the user up with a pleasant aroma in the morning and another even recreates the oddly relieving feeling of breaking glass. I’m a little worried that I think I could use each one  multiple times a day. Sign me up!

0 Designer: Adhirath Bali

Break It On Down

Break It On Down

Let’s be honest, there’s kinda this unspoken understanding that products that are made for efficient transportation will usually reflect it in their design… and not always in a good way. The Complect coffee table is a union of simple home assembly and high quality construction that merge to create a practical flat-packing table without sacrificing style. Complect features bent plywood legs and a solid walnut table top that break down to a height of under 3.5″ and can be assembled within minutes using a common screwdriver. Gotta love this one!

0 Designer: Matt Finder

All in One, Two Three, Four

All in One, Two Three, Four

This puzzling design by designer Sanjin Halilovic isn’t your average shelving unit.  It is, however, a modular furniture collection that become a table, chair, or lounge when broken down from the completed arrangement. The set’s four elements are constructed of wooden plaques fixed together with drvofix adhesive and finished in acrylic mat paint in fitting primary colors. While it seems more practical as a side table and chair set for my purposes, I love having options of alternative use for those times you’re itching to switch things up.

0 Designer: Sanjin Halilovic

First & Last Impressions from a Clothespin

First & Last Impressions from a Clothespin

When Keith Magruder decided he was ready for branch out and interview for a position at the GAP Inc. headquarters, he needed a way to make his candidacy stand out. He tinkered with several ideas and ultimately settled with a clothespin. The end result is humorous, functional and very memorable. His “calling card”  thumb drive containing his portfolio is a testament to what we, as designers must do to prove ourselves. Be creative and bold like Keith. Question is, did he get the job?

0 Designer: Keith Magruder for CreativeSESSION