Softness for Child Sitting

Softness for Child Sitting

Here’s a project consisting of three different bits of children’s furniture, each of them able to not only accommodate the child’s sitting, playing, and laying, it can also contain a whole batch of toys inside! Each of these bits of furniture is made of light foam so that the kids cannot hurt themselves whilst playing, and leatherette which is eco friendly false leather. Each of the furniture bits can be cleaned easily, and the color schemes are what the designers call “sober.” I must agree.

0 Designer: Creature Industry

CES 2011 Part 3

CES 2011 Part 3

Just three days into CES, the buffet foods, complimentary candies, sleepless nights, coffee and energy drinks are taking their toll on everyone, everyone but me because I came prepared. I’m dressed to the nines, rocking my freshly knitted tabi boots, constantly sucking on my Water Bobble, here to bring you part 3 of our coverage.

0 Exhibition: CES 2011 Part 3

CES 2011 Part 2

CES 2011 Part 2

This year’s CES sees incremental improvements, nothing revolutionary. However Ford has the distinction of being the first automotive company to reveal a new car outside a major automotive press event. Hit the jump!

0 Exhibition: CES 2011 Part 2

From Motorcycles to Sound

From Motorcycles to Sound

In cooperation with Triumph Motorcycle, Omni-Bang was designed for motorcycle enthusiasts. Music is a major element for people who like to march to their own beat. Omni-Bang is a high performance speaker with digital dock. the down-shot speaker design creates 36oº of sound. It’s a little retro and a whole-lotta rebel, totally fetch.

0 Designer: Chang Sung-Ching

Tree House Camping

Tree House Camping

The Tree House (awarded with honorable mention by Susdesign and a subsequent exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belém) is a project created under the premise of innovation and sustainability made entirely of cork. Cork is rich in thermal insulation characteristics. The main difference from other materials, besides being 100% free of dangerous chemicals, is that it’s not environmentally detrimental. It’s lightweight and quite portable too.

0 Designers: Ana Correia, Vasco Lopes, Vera Gomes and Bruno Guerreiro For Dideia

Some Serious Packaging

Some Serious Packaging

You’ll never guess what’s inside that box. It’s some kind of miniature vault or something. Whatever’s inside must be really special. Hit the jump.

0 Designer: Mathias Och - Och Design

Draining Your Peas

Draining Your Peas

Look at this clever idea, a flexible strainer mesh embedded in a rubberized mold that fits snuggly on the rim of any pot or pan. This allows you to drain off the liquid while holding back food. Not that we can’t use a regular strainer to do the job, but it’s cool to try practical stuff like the “Comfort & Not Leak – Pan Strainer.”

0 Designer: Wei Min

Chemically Powered to Charge

Chemically Powered to Charge

The Eco Power Strip is an alternate energy production source that bypasses traditional oil and the new-age hydrogen alternatives. Electricity is produced by electrolysis – the combination of oxygen with hydrogen in bio-ethanol (DEFC: Direct-ethanol fuel cells); using energy without carbonic acid gas. The tech is viable but will we ever see this in practical applications?

0 Designers: Jun Hyuck Choi, Jooyeon Kim & Sungi Kim

Sleek Cradle for My iPhone

Sleek Cradle for My iPhone

There seems to be a deluge in iPhone stands this year. I say the more the merrier! What’s cool about this Smarthone Stand for cars is that it goes on sale by the end of this month. The stand has video-out, charging dock, external function touch-keys, clock and display. Sang-hoon, reserve one for me please!

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee for PPYPLE Company

CES 2011 Part 1

CES 2011 Part 1

I’m as giddy as a school girl at CES because I’m literally going to be living in the future for the next few days. The annual Consumer Electronics Show has so many products to offer that I’ll just play curator. Hit the jump!

0 Exhibition: CES 2011 Part 1

A Laptop so Minimal, it Hides

A Laptop so Minimal, it Hides

If you thought Apple couldn’t possible simplify the aesthetics of the MacBook Pro line any further, take a look at the HIDE laptop. The ultra minimalist design hides all ports when closed. Aside from the small hinge and indentation to help lift the cover, it just looks like a solid aluminum block. It’s naive and utilitarian. I really like it.

0 Designer: Youri Hong

A Watch for Automotive Enthusiasts

A Watch for Automotive Enthusiasts

Shift Hybrid is a watch based on automotive engineering featuring elements like disc brakes, speedometers, seat belts, and gear shifts. The materials used are also found in cars. Parts like aluminium, carbon fibre, stainless steel, rubber, and glass. Take a look after the jump and see if you can spot all the automotive influences.

0 Designer: Menghsun Wu

An Analog Fan

An Analog Fan

I often like to guess what concepts are before reading descriptions because I enjoy the surprise in being totally off-base. This Analog Fan uses an old trick with gears and pulleys to generate enough power for 5 minutes of hair blowing wind. Not meant to cool a room down but it keeps air moving and all without electricity. By the way, I originally thought it was a clock.

0 Designer: Luc van Hoeckel