Crafty Ceilings

Crafty Ceilings

Gotta love the craftsmanship of this woodwork! Los Tres Juanes’ dedication to the perfection of their signature woodwork shines in their Mudejar art inspired coffered ceilings. The dominant characteristics of the art emerge conspicuously in the ornamental panels which form a series of geometrical shapes made of finely intertwined wood. The intricate pieces are unsurpassed in sophistication but the design team has maximized time efficiency while maintaining attention to detail by streamlining their custom production process.

0 Designer: Los Tres Juanes

Leather Leftovers

Leather Leftovers

Pepe Heykoop’s Skin Collection of furniture is a response to the excessive 25-30% of leather waste produced by the furniture industry each year. The leftover scraps of material are hand stitched in seemingly random patterns over recycled old furniture,  producing a revitalized skin for objects that would otherwise become unused. Each piece of furniture is unique and the scraps very in size, color, and texture, ensuring that no two designs are exactly alike.

0 Designer: Pepe Heykoop

Let's Get Dirty!

Let’s Get Dirty!

Unlike the conventional quad, the TrakRok all-terrain trike concept features an independent track system similar to that of a snowmobile. High powered electric motors propel the segmented rubber track plates, enabling maximum traction in both the mud & snow. The system is powered by renewable energy using hydrogen fuel cell technology & the hard yet lightweight ribbed exoskeleton is composed of anodized aluminum to protect the internal components from the harshest of seasonal conditions.

0 Designer: Alexei Mikhailov

What a Plump Chair!

What a Plump Chair!

There’s a huge movement of ultra minimal chairs made of wood, metal, plastic and glass. Yes they’re gorgeous to look at but some would say, not as inviting to sit in. The Jamirang (loosely translated to “sleep” in Korean) is one comfortable looking chair. It maintains the unobtrusive lines I like, yet beckons to be sat on. Plump, is it alright to refer to a chair as plump?

0 Designer: Bora Kim

The CKIE Exposure

The CKIE Exposure

Red Dot President in Asia, Ken Koo, has quite the right insight on CKIE. “Most designers are not good marketing people. In fact, most people are not good marketing people! It requires a really “thick skin” to be a good marketer, especially when you have to praise and sell your own design. This is why even good ideas often fail to take off commercially. CKIE is a wonderful addition to the design community as it provides an effective marketing platform to help designers sell. CKIE makes all designers seem like they can be a super salesman!”

0 Designers: Various

Never Too Old for a Computer

Never Too Old for a Computer

There’s this perception that the silver generation gets intimidated by technology and can find it difficult to get savvy with gadgets. Four of my family members…all above 65 years and only one of them is comfortable with computers. So maybe the perception is true, and this is why designers like Ryan Klinger are spending hours on designing a laptop especially for them. Personal Computing for Older Adults can be a solution, and it has my support!

0 Designer: Ryan Klinger

Hubless Bike

Hubless Bike

I’ve seen a handful of hubless concept bikes but the Synapse Bike goes one further with integrated electric motors to assist the rider. The design opens up the entire bike, giving the designer control over structural elements (in this case, lack thereof). It’s minimal, elegant, slightly aggressive, but overall dynamic. It’s like riding on no support structure at all.

0 Designer: Sylvain Gerber

This Coffin is to Die For!

This Coffin is to Die For!

Okay, so… I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but this is one sexy coffin. I always thought I wanted to be cremated, but Jacob Jensen’s Diamant Coffin Series has made me have a change of heart. The design, a winner of the prestigious 2011 Red Dot Award, combines sustainable materials and stealthy aesthetic into a resting place that would even make Dracula jealous. On a softer note, the diamond inspired shape’s highest point lines up with the deceased’s heart, signifying love and eternity. 

0 Designer: Jacob Jensen

Gravity Defying Table

Gravity Defying Table

I love a design that makes you second-guess what you’re seeing. The Gravity Table by Simone Savini is one of those head-turning designs that will make a fantastic yet refined creative statement.  Its abrupt transparent feet give the illusion that it’s floating on air, while its ghostly minimal body makes it almost seem possible. A great conversation piece that only gets more fun after a few drinks.

0 Designer: Simone Savini

Compact Water Purification

Compact Water Purification

NextOfKin Creatives goal in designing the EcoWater CES purification system was to deconstruct and reduce the system to its core components and simplest form to create the most compact design available. Three main cylindrical shapes make up the core and house the primary components: the filtration column, hot water tank, and re-engineered compact water pump. The cylinders are angled forward to create a sense of motion and play for the user, while paying an homage to the classic pitcher.

0 Designer: NextOfKin Creatives

Cutting Edge Time

Cutting Edge Time

The CuTime Wall Clock is a metaphoric representation of the circular saw. If we think about it, time is like a malleable element that can bend and shape into different meanings for different people. For some time is money, for some it is an eternity of solitude. So tell me, what would a cutting edge design like this mean to you?

0 Designer: Flussocreativo

No Ordinary Water Purifier

No Ordinary Water Purifier

This isn’t your typical Brita or PUR water filter, this is an innovative reverse osmosis purifier, but it actually looks like a piece of art, not an appliance. The design is minimal and meant to be slightly organic – fluid like water. I LOVE the little spout. Hot, cold or room temperature – serve it up however you like.

0 Designer: Nicola Loi

The Invader Lamp

The Invader Lamp

Inspired by the movie War of the Worlds, the Invader lamp is the DIY thang that I’d like to get for my table. Just for the sake of fantasy, imagine walking down the DIY section in a store and my cart telling the Invader Lamp, “Get in, Lampy, or you’re gonna die!” Now that’s a cool story to tell!

0 Designer: David Zhang