Copy Cat

Copy Cat

From boosts in IQ scores to improvements in self esteem,  music is a valuable activity  that can contribute immensely to the development of a child. Copy Cats is an early education tool that brings playtime and learning together in the form of interactive stories, or “cat-tales,” introducing kids to basic music elements such as singing, playing, listening, and even composing. I don’t even think I could resist pushing those cute kitty-cat-buttons.

0 Designer: Robert Zhang

Pine Cone Pendant Lamp

Pine Cone Pendant Lamp

The semitransparent veneer of this beautiful pendant lamp by designer Pavel Eekra mimics the shape of the pine cone and creates a soft and inviting glow. Each of the 56 thin overlapping scales made of natural maple are held together with a single screw hidden beneath the preceding scale, adding to it’s organic and clean form without the need for an internal skeleton. From the log cabin to the minimal studio, this design is perfect for warming up any room. Even better is that it’s flat-pack ready and you can put it together yourself! Get it here.

0 Designer: Pavel Eekra

Explore Your CKIE

Explore Your CKIE

I asked Henrik Otto, SVP Global Design of Electrolux, his thoughts on CKIE. “CKIE represents an exciting opportunity for designers and consumers alike. As the consumer, the chance to participate in a unique project and help realize the production of a design heightens the value and satisfaction that comes from ownership of that particular piece. As a designer, to see the fruits of your work rewarded by the faith of others and especially through to production is incredibly rewarding.”

0 Designers: Various

When a Knife and Fork Get Together...

When a Knife and Fork Get Together…

I spent several minutes staring at the Twin One knife and fork companion set. It’s a nice modern design by Adrian and Jeremy Wright (omg are you guys brothers?). Minimal, appears well balanced and definitely made for durability thanks to the nylon and over moulded rubber but the “awesomist” feature is the two can connect to form a sort of spring-loaded chopstick. I WANT ONE just to try it out. How about it guys? Oh, question… what’s up with the missing spoon?

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lékué

iPhone Case is a Polaroid Printer

iPhone Case is a Polaroid Printer

The Sophie is another concept from the venerable Mac Funamizu. The iPhone dock/case prints photos just like a Polaroid. A QR code and geo tagged map can also be printed to link it to a digital version somewhere on the web like Flickr. Clever and simple. This is a much better evolution of Polaroid technology. A certain company should take notice.

0 Designer: Mac Funamizu

A Different Kinda Fold

A Different Kinda Fold

The Feno is a folding notebook. Typically we expect a hinge between the display and keyboard, but the Feno has an additional hinge within the display! This not only makes the size more compact but also explores future use of flexible OLED screens. The pièce de résistance is the pop-out mouse! Just pop it out and you are good to go! Brilliant!

0 Designer: Niels van Hoof

Twisted Illusion

Twisted Illusion

Even though it’s back has been severed and three of it’s legs have been slashed, this design is still standing pretty. It’s called the Cut Chair, and it’s is the latest victim of designer Peter Bristol’s wonderfully twisted imagination. A reinforced beam anchored to a plate beneath the rug stabilizes the cantilevered seat while three cleverly placed dismembered legs give the illusion that the chair has just been magically sliced apart. A story-inspiring and striking design.

0 Designer: Peter Bristol

The Ecotoy

The Ecotoy

The AEMU Ecotoy reimagines the portable gaming system as an eco-friendly, educational, and psychologically developmental tool that encourages the child to rely on renewable energy to power the unit. The AEMU can accumulate electricity through it’s included solar panels, a wind turbine driven generator, or even by simply rolling it down the sidewalk. The gaming interface utilizes evolving personalized profiles suited to the individual child to promote not only fun electronic gaming, but an environmentally educational experience.

0 Designer: Albert Llort

Origami Shade

Origami Shade

The Miura Ori screen is a lightweight, sturdy, and systematically textured window covering that utilizes the genius rigid origami Miura folding process to achieve it’s functional & elegant form. A Miura fold can be packed into an area no larger than one of the segments that make up the overall shape & it’s thickness is only restricted by the thickness of the folded material thereby reducing it’s overall weight & complexity. The user can “scrunch,” if you will, a desired section for an attractive pulled-back style or collapse the shade to make it all but disappear.

0 Designer: Lim Ruiwen

DNA Stamper, Identities and Genism

DNA Stamper, Identities and Genism

The D.N.A Stamper offers the public the chance to contemplate the impact of granting someone access to their biological data. The aim of this project is to challenge them to think about how much they value their identity. Who should have access to this information? It simulates extracting a sample of the user’s D.N.A. and uses this to stamp a consent form, to verify the user’s identity and offer tissue for hypothetical testing. The owner of the sample will have to fill in the consent form expressing how much of the information in the D.N.A. the holder will be privy to.

0 Designer: Jamie Thoms

Time in an Eclipse

Time in an Eclipse

Wall clocks, these days, are not just meant to be used to keep track of time. CAUCA produced this unique and interesting wall clock called the Eclipsion. It’s intricately designed to measure time in a path that meets at a certain point to give the illusion of a solar eclipse. The movements of the clock leaves a lasting impression.

0 Designer: Jay Jiwoong Baek for CAUCA

Super Clean Surfaces

Super Clean Surfaces

The effervescent Andrew Kim is back again with yet another brilliant concept. This time it’s Warp, a cleaning system for your digital medias coupled with a system that hides wires and docks your iPhone. I simply love the clever attention to detail like the hidden USB ports in the underbelly of the dock. And not to miss the indents in the cleaner to reach the cracks and crevices of your keyboard and phone ports. Keep it up boy!

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Strap-on Some Groove

Strap-on Some Groove

The GROOVESTRAP is a T-shaped handy thang that hooks onto an external 2.5-inch external Hard Drive and converts it to a useful interim MP3 player. Kinda getting you back into the groove with your music on the go. It features a knob on both the sides of the T, to be used as controls for volume and track shifting. Totally digging its minimal style coupled with utilitarian approach.

0 Designer: Jaineel Shah