Remembrance

Remembrance

I have a strange pet peeve- I hate when people display things on top of their coffee tables. Doesn’t matter if its books, photo albums, or knickknacks… it drives me crazy. Problem solved! Ok, so maybe it’s not really a prob to anyone else, but it’s exactly why I appreciate Mitch Steinmetz’s Rememberance coffee table. Instead of acting as a medium for the user and their entertainment, it becomes the entertainment…

0 Designer: Mitch Steinmetz

Wood and Waves

Wood and Waves

Look at your keyboard. Now look at the Engrain. See a difference? The Engrain Tactile Keyboard by Michael Roopenian (say his last name repeatedly please) “uses nature’s tactility to strengthen the relationship between user and interface.” His words, not mine but I I agree. It certainly looks “touchy feely.,” just begging for my fingers to glide across its undulating surface. Whoa whoa! This post is getting dirty. Tell me, what do you guys think of it?

0 Designer: Michael A. Roopenian

How Many Cups Can You Hold?

How Many Cups Can You Hold?

Two, three? Four is like pushing it too much; I can picture you spilling that hot beverage! The Smart Holder is exactly what we need. The sleeve has an interlocking system that allows you to hook up multiple cups of beverages together. A well thought-out idea that I hope works as well in practice.

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Love Letter to Alan Li

Love Letter to Alan Li

Dear Alan,

Apple will love you for your Gaming Pod concept and gamers like me who can’t live without the iPhone for this very reason, will worship you. I hope you can refine it enough to make it a CKIE project. It looks fit enough to protect the device and work in sync with it. I look forward to enhancing my racing-game experience using this sexy contraption. Loads of love, YD.

0 Designer: Alan Li

Modernist Wood Bike

Modernist Wood Bike

You should know, we love wood bikes. The Giuliano city bike is made of sandwiched teak wood. It pays homage to nature while maintaining some serious “bikey” gears. There are parts of the prototype I think should be refined, like the exposed bevels but other than that, I think this bike is ready.

0 Designer: Raffaello Ape

Purification on Wheels

Purification on Wheels

Feeling like today’s electric vehicles aren’t maximizing their full potential, Gunwoong Kim & Suji Kim’s submission for the 2011 Michelin Challenge Design Showcase, the Vieria, aims to expand upon the development of electric and other eco-friendly vehicle designs by incorporating it’s own advanced air purification system to rid the environment of carcinogens and other pollutants. The open-air intake at the front of the vehicle “inhales”  smog and “exhales” clean air through the filtered outtake.

0 Designers: Gunwoong Kim & Suji Kim

2 Lights that Win

2 Lights that Win

These two lighting designs, Big by Lievore, Altherr and Molina and Link by Ramon Esteve, were featured at the 2011 Salone del Mobile in Milan by RED Association of Spanish Design Companies member Vibia. The Link light allows components of 4 varying shapes to be linked together to share an electrical charge. The result is a customizable modular lighting system that provides pleasant ambiance as well as geometric volume. Alternatively, the Big light is soft, round, and well… big!

0 Designers: Various

Reading Sanctuary

Reading Sanctuary

The Nautilus shelving system, showcased at Northern Michigan University’s first ever exhibit at the Salone Satellite, was designed to be a cherished family heirloom that, like markings of a child’s height on the wall, represents the advancement of personal knowledge as well as the coming of age. Inspired by the need for growth through learning, the ascending shelves symbolize the lifelong pursuit of discovery. Placed in line, the shelves act as a playful room divider, but when closed Nautilus becomes an adapted reading sanctuary.

0 Designer: Alicia Bastian

Rub a Stick to Make Light

Rub a Stick to Make Light

Our ancestors rubbed two twigs to make light (fire) but to kindle the Lightstarter you just need to work on one. The embedded accelerometer determines if your rubbing is good enough for 30 seconds or 10 minutes of torchlight. Essentially one second of kindling time is equal to 10 seconds of light! I’d definitely take it on my next camping trip.

0 Designer: Michael Kritzer for Simple Artifact

Hair Trapping

Hair Trapping

My mother has this really annoying habit of washing her hair in the kitchen sink. She says it’s a quick-fix when you’re running out of time… I call it being lazy. The downside is that hair usually clogs up the sink and cleaning the sink stopper is plain yuk! I guess it’s for this reason that I love the Crown Pop-up sink stopper idea; the exposed top end stays clean while the root-ish tail end catches the hair and goop. I so need this!

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Future Cars Inspired by Snails and Brains

Future Cars Inspired by Snails and Brains

Although designer Omer Sagiv designed the CYBERSNAIL for his first comic book “Cyberman,” the design is too interesting to pass up. The story arch revolves around the discovery of bio-cyberspace existing in human brains (kinda like subspace in outer space). Groups of people and even the brain dead serve as bio-cyber platforms, essentially turning them into biological hardware. The CYBERSNAIL is an allegory for firing neurons and hyper synaptic activity. I want to read this comic!

0 Designer: Omer Sagiv

Nikon D800 Turns Me Right Round

Nikon D800 Turns Me Right Round

The Nikon D800 concept is a new approach to ergonomics reflex camera for recording video. It has a rotating handle so you can hold it like a traditional camcorder. The rubber grip is removable and the texture is very soft – adapting its shape to that of the fingers. The display is wireless, making better use of LiveView at angles difficult to reach.

0 Designer: Abel Verdezoto

The Perfect Small Apartment Chair

The Perfect Small Apartment Chair

Chair D by Kako.Ko Design Studio combines traditional structural elements and modern innovation to create uniquely versatile seating. The deceivingly sturdy seat and back are composed of felt that has been cleverly modified to fold from armchair to stool or footrest in a matter of seconds. Together the raw materials of wood and felt create an inviting seating arrangement that is not only attractive but also perfect for compact spaces.

0 Designer: Kako.Ko