Lean, Mean, Green Machine

Lean, Mean, Green Machine

This racing bike is sure to turn heads whether you’re tearing up the asphalt or carrying it in-hand. This concept by Allen Chester G. Zhang was designed to be easily transported between work and play. It can be stowed quickly as it folds at the center to create a barely-there yet aesthetically pleasing accessory. Unfold to expose it’s natural suspension shape and gear-to-gear spokeless wheels. Fluorescent copper-zinc components add not only to it’s aesthetic appeal but the rider’s safety. The color choices on this model are a beautiful combination.

0 Designer: Allen Chester G. Zhang

Naut Your Average Yacht

Naut Your Average Yacht

Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids (kidding!). But seriously, the Bairim luxury-yacht by designer Timon Sager is enough to make you want to leave it all behind and hit the high seas. It’s no-resistance design is hydrodynamically optimized for cutting through rough waters. Below deck, the polished interior is enhanced by advanced comfort features and water-level floor-to-ceiling windows on the port and starboard sides. Gotta love the classic wooden deck that opens to the interior and that center stairway leading to the water.

0 Designer: Timon Sager

A Handsome Chair

A Handsome Chair

Now THIS is a proper armchair. Designer Jonas Lindvall had softness in mind when he crafted this lightweight stackable. The seat, back, and armrest are made from a fiberglass/synthetic rubber composite and the legs are aluminum, making this piece 100% recyclable. With legs resembling equine-esque stockings and an elegant backrest to boot, this armchair concept is both practical and refined.

0 Designer: Jonas Lindvall for Johanson Design

Thin is in, Even for Faucets

Thin is in, Even for Faucets

The Kross faucet claims to be the thinnest faucet on the market but there’s a tradeoff. Its profile is quite large to compensate for the diminished width. Still, the chunky profile somehow works. Aesthetically it’s minimal without being visually conflicting. The German made rectangular aerator  produces a uniquely shaped stream of water. The strength and temperature of this flow can be smoothly controlled via the easily reachable handle and high quality ceramic cartridge. Available in black, nickel and white but I would love to see it in matte red, blue and grey too.

0 Designer: ISMA Creative Faucets

Sit on Ten Legs

Sit on Ten Legs

I have a strange obsession with cuttlefish and it seems I’m not the only one fascinated by these creatures. The Sepii, named after the cuttlefish order sepiidae, is an ten-legged chair made from ash wood. Designed by K to N Studio in collab with Yoho, the chair is a gorgeous modern reference to its muse. Only three of the legs ever touch the ground at one time so feel free to “rock” it back and forth – perfect for my chair dancing routines. Yeah… I’ve choreographed chair dancing routines but I’ll save that for another post.

0 Designer: Kristian Lindhardt Nørhave for K to N Studio

Linear Harmony in a Chair

Linear Harmony in a Chair

The influence behind this royal thrown of neoplasticism was work by artist Piet Mondrian. Mondriz is the result of design team Dideia’s understanding that the line has almost become a work of art in itself. They have taken great veneration to ensure that no line was superfluous or misplaced, and the color chosen was in reverence of it’s inspiration. Mondriz verifies that linear, vertical and horizontal arrangement is inherently harmonious. It’s pure symmetry and powerful coloring make it an eye-catching addition to any space.

0 Designer: Dideia

If Obama Had a Scooter

If Obama Had a Scooter

In response to growing urban environments, the Fuse electric scooter aims to provide quick, sleek transportation while being spatially efficient. This single-person concept reduces the size of the already compact scooter by auto-collapsing vertically in park mode. For public parking the Fuse charges via electromagnetic induction on it’s shared smart-charging mat. Other highlights of the Fuse include a touch-screen display, integrated GPS, and open wireless technology. Not just for Obama, but any young urban professional.

0 Designer: Lance Cassidy

Saved by the Glow

Saved by the Glow

The scene is a fire in a highrise and the ensuing chaos can make it difficult for people to locate exits. In such scenarios, the Light Emitting Door could mean the difference between life or death. A bright LED located at the foot of the door  directs people to a hinged shutter, kinda like a doggy door. I think its a neat idea and worth installing.

0 Designer: Hsu Chih-Jung

One Too Many Flips

One Too Many Flips

The 360 Compact Folding mobile phone has multiple touch screens hinged together to become a clamshell or a fully functioning tablet device. It’s an attempt at convergence between the compactness of a mobile phone with the utilitarian real estate offered by tablets. Any larger than this and it would be extremely awkward to hold up to your ears.

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun

Alternating Current Table

Alternating Current Table

Drawing inspiration from the steel lattice of electric transmission towers, the Pylone series of tables incorporates the interwoven support structure of an industrial icon into it’s robust design. The tinted glass top allows the viewer to catch a glimpse of the underlying sharp lines and abrupt connections that shape it’s bare-bones framework.

0 Designer: Linn Kandel

10 Paradigm Shifting Battery Concepts

10 Paradigm Shifting Battery Concepts

The quest to make batteries last longer has led to some interesting concepts. The focus haa narrowed mainly to two areas: capacity and recharge. Here is a look at 10 paradigm shifting battery concepts, many with some added whacky functionality.

0 Designers: Various

Speakers Made From Recycled Paper

Speakers Made From Recycled Paper

Check out the TAU speakers; made from recycled cardboard and paper finished in epoxy, the exotic shapes are an exploratory exercise in finding the simplest shape to provide maximum audio fidelity. The result is an organic form suspended on rods designed to hide the cables. I applaud the designer for pushing the envelope to create speakers that audiophiles and designers alike can appreciate.

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha of HANGAR DESIGN FORGE

From Bight Light to Nightlight

From Bight Light to Nightlight

Starrynight is a combination light and nightlight that recreates the starry night sky while being energy efficient. A transparent light-collecting module (provided by Mechanical and Systems Research Laboratories [MSL]/Industrial Technology Research Institute [ITRI]) serves as an exterior lampshade. There’s a photovoltaic layer that charges a battery to power the night light function which is when the “stars light up.” Beautiful idea. Do want!

0 Designers: Dr. Lin Hui-Hsiung, Huang Shao-Wei, Yang Wen-Hsun & Chiang Chung-Kai