Samsung HD3 Console Concept

Samsung HD3 Console Concept

If Samsung decided to dip its toe into the portable gaming market, would it look like the HD3 concept? Although it looks very similar to another portable currently out, it’s a completely different beast packed with enough technology to make one’s head spin. The OS driving this technology is Android (of course). I like the highfalutin specs but you should never let technology drive innovation. In that sense, this seems more like a fanboi’s pipe dream about the ultimate gaming machine. Hit the jump for the full specs.

0 Designer: Dumary Joseph

Inspired by Fire

Inspired by Fire

When an accidental fire wiped out the greater part of this Parisian loft, the owner of 10 years didn’t get down… he got inspired. Designer Frederic Flanquart accepted the challenge of redefining what was left of the existing elements into what you see now: a creative, open, and inviting space. While the lines are sometimes geometrically irregular, the utilization of natural light is anything but random, and each, in their own respect, helps highlight every detail of the loft.

0 Designer: Frederic Flanquart

Design with Unseen Waves

Design with Unseen Waves

This year, Milanese design fair Salone De Mobile turned 50 years young, & to celebrate, Ezri Tarazi & the d-Vision Group looked 50 years to the future to waves of a frequency currently undiscovered by man. This frequency, as they imagine it, is called the “ultra-gamma ray.” The five giant lighting structures represent the ray & change in hue & light intensity via the central station. Sure it’s whimsical, but it’s also a profound reminder that we’ve only just scratched the surface of possibility.

0 Designers: Ezri Tarazi & the d-Vision Group

Cocoon Lamp

Cocoon Lamp

There’s not a whole lot to the Mecacocoon by Wuithier Gael… and that exactly what I like about it. This visit on the pendant adopts contemporary form using ecological material. The simple structure acts as a slitted border that showcases the light source within the space, as well as it’s sunburst shadow effect.

0 Designer: Wuithier Gael

Volvo Unveils Concept Universe Car

Volvo Unveils Concept Universe Car

Today, at the Shanghai Auto Show, Volvo Cars visualises a masterpiece of Scandinavian design, inspired by Chinese philosophy. Concept Universe is Volvo’s most luxurious creation ever, and the brand’s answer to the question: “What is a beautiful car?” With this sculptural and luminary design study, Volvo wants to test a possible new design direction for the brand since it was acquired by Geely.

0 Designer: Volvo

Infinite Combo Longboard

Infinite Combo Longboard

The Downhill Machine isn’t your conventional longboard. With the adjustability of a race car packed into a skate, the DM was made for speed. Each of the deck-mounted aerospace grade aluminum trucks can be fine-tuned independently so adjusting the width, angle, wheelbase, ground clearance, lift, and downforce are all possible without the need for multiple decks, trucks, and risers of conventional skates. Whether the user chooses to ride a drop deck, top mount, drop trough, or evo setup,  one thing is sure- they’ll be riding a mean downhill machine.

0 Designer: Nuno Pereira for Powa

Some Like it HOT

Some Like it HOT

Piping hot, tepid to lukewarm…there are many ways to drink your coffee, but the best way is your way! And to keep the temperature in control is the Boog Coffee Warmer. Like a magic stick, it maintains the ideal temperature for your brew, allowing you to savor the drink. Pull on the tab at the top and a chemical reaction inside the spoon between water and calcium chloride generate enough heat to bring your drink to 90º F. Just another scientific way to enjoy your cuppa!

0 Designer: Jung Eun Park

Smell on Display

Smell on Display

How do you show a smell?  No, I’m not talking about mirrored shelves at Sephora. I’m talking pure scent. En Esencia is an olfactory exhibition that seeks to answer this question by showcasing smells in two ways. In the first, the Pure Perception Room, “sniffers” stand under isolated boxes that are designated to specific scents. The perfume is then released, creating an untainted and pure olfactory experience for the user. The second showcase, the Lab Room, is the analytical and descriptive space of the exhibition where visitors can see the inspirations and formulas for individual scents.

0 Designers: Javier Alejandre & Julia Jorge

Diagnostic Camera

Diagnostic Camera

Diagnostic technology is an important element in the healthcare industry as it provides improved workflow, physician productivity and time savings. This easy to use diagnostic camera by Studio Lama is operated by a set of buttons on the apex, as well as a double sided roller. This workflow solution allows medical snapshots to be quickly transferred, displayed on an external screen, or sent to another physician or department for further examination.

0 Designer: Studio Lama

Lamp Generates it's Own Energy

Lamp Generates it’s Own Energy

The ZEN light promises to free you from plugs and cables. It’s doesn’t even need an external power supply because it generates its own. The trick is a sophisticated “magnetic engine” inside the ZEN. The magnets naturally create enough force to keep the lamp spinning to power a series of LED diodes. It’s only a concept but the idea is intriguing. The design is polarizing but in today’s sea of “me too” designs – I like it.

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha of HANGAR Design Forge

Keep Your Hair Brush Clean

Keep Your Hair Brush Clean

Let’s get paranoid for a minute. Worried someone might steal a strand of your hair and clone you? With the Easy Comb and its removable rubber base, DNA snatchers are kept at bay and your brush stays clean. Seriously, someone should have thought of this a long time ago. I’ve seen similar concepts but this one seems to be the most basic and sometimes that’s the best way to go.

0 Designer: Juhyun Lee for KOI & Insix Design Studio

Puzzle and Play USB Tron

Puzzle and Play USB Tron

You’ve heard of ‘Plug n Play’ for USB, but this time – a fun twist has been added to the hub. We have here the Puzzle USB Hub, which is like a cool Tron puzzle that need not be solved! Twist the caps to the outside and load in the key for it to complete the circuit and charge. More like Tron memory for your devices and gadgets that look hip! Love it!

0 Designer: Wu Jiemei

Best of Best – Red Dot Product Design 2011

Best of Best – Red Dot Product Design 2011

I can give you hundreds of definitions of what is a good design, right from Dieter Rams to Jonny Ive. The bottom line I think is just this, a good design is what appeals to the individual at that particular moment and if it solves a purpose for him/her, then even better! Red Dot Product Design is one jury that looks at all the angles and aspects of a design. For 2011 they have summed up their Best of Best designs and here is a small recap of my pick – 21 Good Designs in all!

0 Designers: Various