Alarm Everywhere

Alarm Everywhere

The Cicadidae Click is an interesting concept. It functions as a traditional alarm clock named after one of the most annoying families of insects (IMHO), but has a tiny bluetooth dongle with a 3.5 mini jack. Plug it into anything with a 3.5 mm plug with speakers and you could get some really amplified sound when it goes off. Talk about being JOLTED awake! Would anyone use anything like this?.

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi

Clean Babies

Clean Babies

The Gloob project is a children’s bathtub that fits in perfectly with today’s bathrooms and can be used in a variety of ways. Use it as a traditional tub and changing table. Stand it on its pedestal or go low and sit it on the floor. I love the design but the stand does look like it could wobble. BTW, clean babies are the best kind. Just sayin’.

0 Designer: BabyHome Design

Compact Cooking

Compact Cooking

Dreaming of a decent kitchen in student quarters is like an irrational fantasy! Addressing this need to be able to whip up a decent meal, even though you lack the space, is this Cookease. It is a compact integrated cooking system, which contains a heater and 2 bowls. The heater works on magnetic induction and is made from silicone, while the bowls are color coated stainless steel. Much like a compact lunchbox, I’d much rather have a small setup than none.

0 Designer: Liew Ann Lee

Untangled Tangles

Untangled Tangles

The easy way out to combing my daughter’s hair is to simply snip it short. But the girl likes her lustrous mane long and in two tight braids for school! The 2way comb should end my struggle for taming her tangles. It allows the user to clasp and comb entangled hair, using several locking positions. Easy on the wrist and made from wood, this comb is simply awesome!

0 Designer: Yuhan Ng

Mass Production Gets Personal

Mass Production Gets Personal

Mass manufacturing doesn’t mean that products must sacrifice variation & individuality. Focusing on this concept, designer Thomas Hunt developed Mea, a line of ceramic tableware that allows users to personalize individual pieces through the use of ceramic additive manufacturing. Upon ordering, users simply input the date, time, location, & a personalized message which is then codified in an attractive & unique pattern onto the exterior of the object. An outstanding gift idea that won’t be soon forgotten.

0 Designer: Thomas Hunt

Sustainable Mercedes Roadster

Sustainable Mercedes Roadster

Combine modern power with classic Mercedes styling reminiscent of the 1930s Silver Arrow and you’ve got this dynamic electric concept sports car, the latest from designer Ali Khanzadi. The lightweight modern roadster’s body is formed using a composite of recycled plastic & carbon fiber & the chassis a composite of carbon fiber & aluminum. Lacking traditional brakes, it utilizes the same electricity & magnetic system in braking that is used to propel the vehicle.

0 Designer: Ali Khanzadi

Purposefully Incomplete

Purposefully Incomplete

Sara Roxana Melvinson’s line of product displays has a unique way of engaging the user. The Vivid collection consists of  ”half completed” components, encouraging the utilization of one’s own creativity while simultaneously encouraging the user to become a part of the presentation process.  The table, podium, jewelry tree, and clothes hanger can be customized and adorned with any material to fit the user’s individual aesthetic. 

0 Designer: Sara Roxana Melvinson

Sharp Dressed Man, ShirtsMyWay Contest

Sharp Dressed Man, ShirtsMyWay Contest

One of the most commonly asked questions regard my advice to new, fresh faced, dough-eyed designers. INVEST in a tailored dress shirt! It’s an ironic piece of menswear because it’s conformist yet can set you apart from a sea of ubiquity, plus there’s nothing sharper than a man with a custom tailored shirt. We’ve teamed up with ShirtsMyWay to give one $200 gift certificate to use on their site. To enter, go to ShirtsMyWay, pick a fabric you like and leave it in comments here. We’ll announce the winner June 17. Open worldwide!

0 ShirtsMyWay $200 Contest

Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Top 25 Entries of Electrolux Design Lab 2011

Intelligent Mobility, Scandinavian Design Sensibilities and Existing Technologies were the key words for consideration while designing the Electrolux Design Lab entries for 2011. For booty of 5,000 Euros and six-months paid internship, thousands of designers set to the task of designing appliances that can be used at home and beyond. Looking at the shortlisted 25 entries it’s really hard to predict which one will wear the crown. Last year’s winner Peter Alwin pitched the bar up high with his Snail Concept; this year the competition gets tougher, so good luck designers!

0 Designers: Various

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

Wireless Electricity from a Bus Stop

This project aims to develop and simplify the operational logistics of electrically wireless public transport infrastructure. A new Bus Stop wirelessly charges up any electric bus as it passes by integrating the technology from WiCity. Designed as a final year project, designer Gavin Harvey looked at real sized rigs and researched the reduction in stored electrical capacity to create a concept we could start building out in the near future.

0 Gavin Harvey

Chess Caps

Chess Caps

Almost everyone has some memory of playing chess in their childhood. The first time you decided to try because someone explained it as “complicated checkers.” Fun and great experience! It’s a game played all over world. Poor, rich, near and far. Chess Cap recycles bottle caps into chess pieces. Accompanied with some chalk, and you’ve got yourself a proper game. Chess for poor kids.

0 Designer: Guanyun Wang

One Arm Food Prep

One Arm Food Prep

Enamor (an anagram of “one arm”), by designer Grace Lim, gives users with only one arm the opportunity to expand their cooking skills by making food preparation a cinch. The simple, easy to clean kit consists of both vegetable and meat cutting units that hug tightly onto any counter top. The set for vegetables has been modified to make intricate slices and julienne cuts while the meat set uses sharp, gripping shears to cut through the toughest of  meat and fat. 

0 Designer: Grace Lim

Limitless Modular Storage

Limitless Modular Storage

Container is a modular system that, unlike stationary sideboards, offers users a customizable storage solution that conforms to any unique space, becoming a dresser, media cabinet, tv stand, or anything else imaginable. The solid elm base acts as a “landing dock” for the MDF containers that can be stacked, interchanged, or removed altogether, adapting to the user’s needs. The modularity of the structure is further highlighted by the application of varying materials & finishes on each unique storage compartment.

0 Designer: Alain Gilles