New Meaning to Light Washes

New Meaning to “Light Washes”

Be a sport and just look at the pre-picture and try and guess what this is. If you’ve spied the Electrolux logo and have concluded it’s probably an appliance, you’re right! Indeed it’s a dishwasher combined with a dining table light! The idea is to have a functional light stationed right above the dining table, so that you have easy access to routine dishes like plates and spoons.

0 Designer: Kim Joonmin

No Ticks or Tocks, Just Timeless

No Ticks or Tocks, Just Timeless

Mhin documents time with ambiguity so as to compliment the relaxing atmosphere of the home and aid your free time. In giving a vague approximation (~) of time, Mhin contrasts the specificity and scheduling associated with our daily lives. The unrelenting tick-tock and minute by minute progression is replaced by absolute silence and a slow consistent linear motion. Video after the jump!

0 Designer: James Tobin

LEGO Audio Comic

LEGO Audio Comic

The concept designed by Jonathan Robson is based on a LEGO helmet with a gold space visor. The helmet acts as a headset for listening to the audio for LEGO comics as well as a role-playing toy. Once subscribed to Audio Comic, you’ll receive the LEGO comic through the post with your activation code to download the audio onto a USB brick. Simply slot the brick into the back of the helmet, put it on and enjoy the exciting LEGO Audio comic experience!

0 Designer: Jonathan Robson

Spontaneous Design

Spontaneous Design

This Log Chop Bench is a one-off piece defined by one very unconventional process (to say the least). Designers David Long & Antoine Morris avoided concrete blueprints & lent their ax, log, & minimal sketches to a professional Lumberjill (you heard me) who carved out seat spaces with surgical precision. The rough hollows were then clad in fine, hand-sewn upholstery by a motorcycle saddle maker. A little unorthodox, but pretty damn sexy.

0 Designers: David Long & Antoine Morris

Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Acoustic Poetry is an exploration in the design of  products for deaf culture that focus not only on simple functionality but also offer an emotional connection to the acoustic environment that would otherwise be limited. Through the device, the user broadcasts the sounds of the environment that has sparked their curiosity to an interpreter who then responds with a brief verse describing the atmospheric noises. The result is an enriched connection to both everyday experiences and special occasions.

0 Designer: Michail Vanis

Sculptural Impulse

Sculptural Impulse

The name may leave little to the imagination, but the beauty of the Curved Dovetail Console Table lies in the process. The intricate dovetail joinery and unpredictable curves that highlight this piece were achieved by designer Nico Yektai’s willingness to let spontaneity take over. Using only a rough 3D model for the general shape, Yektai hand-carved the joints, legs, before applying his unique clamp wood-bending process to the supporting structure, yielding a design that blurs the lines between designer and sculptor.

0 Designer: Nico Yektai

Two Prongs of a Wall Socket

Two Prongs of a Wall Socket

Sometimes trying to plug a cord into a wall socket is like an adult version of that children’s toy where you have to match the shapes up to get them to fit. No, it shouldn’t be difficult but imagine what it’s like for the disabled and vision impaired. Baek Kil Hyun’s solution is modifying the traditional prongs into two half-hemspheric rings. Theoretically, this makes it much easier to use and actually slightly resembles the universal power icon.

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun

Redesign the Kitchen Knife

Redesign the Kitchen Knife

Designer Jongwoo Choi believes traditional knives are not suitable for elderly because the center of mass is located at the rear when people push down. His solution – the Swing Capsule kitchen knife. The handle can rotate up and over the blade creating a more centered balance while keeping your fingers safely away.

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Press and Heat In One Appliance

Press and Heat In One Appliance

The trend is multifunctionality and totally hi-tech, which is why the Folding Iron Concept doesn’t surprise me. It’s a folding iron that works wirelessly. The broad coated faceplate can be used as a handy warmer for your favorite cuppa brew or soup too. A refined version is sure to find a place in my travel case.

0 Designers: Cai Ze Zhou & Wu Wenjun

Light and Shadow, Minimalist Clock

Light and Shadow, Minimalist Clock

The Pure+Clock by Darren Lin for a.cerco is a beautiful example of raw functionality extrapolated into a visually engaging design. The clean, monochromatic appearance is meant to soothe and go easy on the eyes. The arms cast a shadow on the clock face complimenting the ambient light around the rim. A wonderfully softening effect.

0 Designer: Darren Lin

Wind Energy Watch

Wind Energy Watch

This interactive watch by Julien Moise uses the wearer’s own renewable wind energy to power it’s icy blue display.  To read the time the user simply blows on the propeller mechanism to generate just enough electricity to activate a short visual sequence. You might get some strange looks blowing on your wrist, but this watch’s cool minimal style totally makes up for it.

0 Designer: Julien Moise

Farmpunk

Farmpunk

While I think industrial style is becoming a little played out (thanks to big nationwide retailers), I do appreciate an authentic reclaimed piece especially when it’s been sourced locally. The guys over at Unite Two Design have got it down! Using re-purposed materials, ranging from farmhouse beams to old machinery, the Farmpunk line of furniture is a modern twist on the style but also maintains a rough industrial charm unique to each piece.

0 Designer: Farmpunk

I'd Kill for this Office

I’d Kill for this Office

Industrial/product design consultants No Picnic have outdone themselves with their new office/studio in downtown Stockholm. Enjoying the highest level of historical protection, the 19th century buildings required that architect Elding Oscarson be super meticulous about conservation, even down to each new screw hole. The result is a 21st century office with bright and creative interior design that also displays the structural materials of the building while owning its unique imperfections.

0 Designer: Elding Oscarson for No Picnic