Shibori Fabric Light

Shibori Fabric Light

This line of lamps by designer Hiroyuki Murase for Suzusan Luminaires combines soft luminescence and textile art to produce refined pieces of light artwork. The collection’s lamp shades are produced using an age-old traditional Japanese technique called shibori in which cloth is patterned by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing it. The result is tridimensional artworks of light with a truly sophisticated look.

0 Designer: Hiroyuki Murase

Rotation Water Therapy

Rotation Water Therapy

The first thing that comes to my mind when I see the Disambigua – Unambiguous, is roast meat! The reason behind it is simple, the way you need to keep rotating the meat on a skewer for uniform cooking, likewise rotate this concept for uniform cleansing. One turn it’s a bathtub, another turn and it’s a washbasin. Now this is what I call a complete wash!

0 Designer: DiciannoveDieciDesign

Enlighten Chair

Enlighten Chair

You don’t need to sit under the Bodhi Tree to attain enlightenment. Sitting on the Hidden Lights Chair may suffice. It provides you more than the proverbial halo, so be sure you make the most of it. A simple swing of the frame makes all the difference between darkness and light! So choose your reading material carefully!

0 Designer: Giha Woo

Serendipity in Social Networking

Serendipity in Social Networking

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For designer Hoang Nguyen, it came from Orwell’s “1984″. He noticed similarities with modern social networking. Abstractly, we can use a social network like Facebook in a “big brother” type of way. Question is, is there a way for surveillancing to be experienced equally? Would we all be jaded and freely living socially? Hit the jump and watch the video. Thoughts?

0 Designer: Hoang M Nguyen

KANVAS Home Stereo

KANVAS Home Stereo

A simple wall mounted home stereo system featuring a fold down turntable and wireless audio streaming. Additional details include; record brush with nesting storage and placement for displaying record sleeves – all of which are seamlessly integrated into an elegant system and audio experience. Who wanna get phonographic?

0 Designer: Matt Pugmire

Do It Your Damn Self

Do It Your Damn Self

Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for flat-pack and DIY designs that aren’t so obviously DIY or flat-pack. Alternatively, the PrimO chair by Petyo Ivanov Denev offers no excuses or apologies for it’s bare-bones, self-assembled style… and it’s still rad.  This multipurpose chair maximizes the efficiency of production, transportation, storage, and price with it’s 18mm thin plywood flat-pack design that you can put together yourself, because after all… you’re a big kid now. My new favorite expression: DIYDS.

0 Designer: Petyo Ivanov Denev

Eco-Decor

Eco-Decor

These wall covering panels by WallArt are made out of bagasse, the fibrous residue of sugarcane, making them 100% recycled, compostable, and completely biodegradable. Every year more than 1 billion metric tons of sugarcane are collected for raw sugar. With up to 3 harvests per year, it is one of the most renewable sources available. The first to introduce this technology to the wall-decor market, WallArt provides an eco-friendly 3d effect that’s sure to sweeten any space.

0 Maker: WallArt

Tactile Green Heater

Tactile Green Heater

This design by Younes Duret takes inspiration from Eastern oriental graphics and the traditional Moroccan hearth to create a transportable and calming space heater. Canoon relieves tension by heating compact cherry pit-filled pillows that can be applied to any part of the body to ease pain and provide comfort. The unit is composed entirely of recycled plastic, uses less energy than the average space heater, and is easily controlled by a simple stroke of the hand on it’s top or lower components which vary in color between turquoise and red to indicate the units temperature.

0 Designer: Younes Duret

Re-Source - Better Kitchens for the Future

Re-Source – Better Kitchens for the Future

Here is a very special sneak-peek at what the students of Domus Academy have been up to. Electrolux commissioned the product design students to come up with ideas that support a better kitchen environment using existing technologies. Re-Source perceives appliances to be the best kitchen mate! Here’s a look at 9 exciting projects, some of which we will be looking at in-depth at a later stage.

0 Designers: Various

Turkish Coffee Set

Turkish Coffee Set

The 40 Years coffee set concept is a play off the Turkish proverb “a cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship.” The set is designed to facilitate the proper steaming and preparation of Turkish coffee by allowing the dregs to settle into the bottom of the ceramic tumbler. The glass cup beneath holds the all important liquor for a real kick. Everything neatly stacks together for storage. Turkish Coffee sets are usually ornate so it’s refreshing to see a modern version.

0 Designers: Alize Cetintas & Burak Kure

One Sexy F1 Car

One Sexy F1 Car

Aryton Senna’s 1986 Lotus 98T is probably one of the most iconic Formula One cars. It’s the last in a long line of cars in the beautiful John Player Special colors of black and gold. This concept reinterprets these colors for Team Lotus in the F1 season 2011. It celebrates the pure beauty of F1 cars with matte black sponsor logos instead of bright obnoxious branding. Black carbon fibre is left unpainted to reduce weight. The top surfaces are coated with a matte finish to improve laminar flow reducing turbulence and increasing aerodynamic efficiency.

0 Designer: Sonny Lim

KINECTed Conference

KINECTed Conference

The Kinected Conference project utilizes sound sensors and, you guessed it, the world’s fast selling consumer electronics device to implement some really cool features into videoconferencing.  Freezing Former Frames stop the current frame, “freezing” a chosen area so you can text or complete another task without offending the person on the other end. Talking to Focus recognizes the speaker and blurs out the rest when there are multiple people in frame. I might need that one for our video blog (jk Long!). Catch the vid for more on KC!

0 Designers: Various

Techno-Organic Lighting

Techno-Organic Lighting

This new collection of suspended LED lamps by Integral Studio Vinaccia utilize an overlay of hard wooden slats to create volume and soft familiar shapes. A cloud of wood blades form the Cumulus lamp as it seemingly floats while spreading soft light and the Frame lamp’s wood slats hold an interchangeable central screen that casts elaborate shadows on the surrounding space. The entire collection is available in natural wood, or painted white or black.

0 Designer: Giulio & Valerio Vinaccia