Squishy Chair

Squishy Chair

I love the Bounce chair  by Véronique Baer. It’s a foam sculpture which transforms into a soft and comfortable seat at the moment when someone sits on it. When the person stands up, it’s built-in memory resistance restores the original shape. So fun and playful and looks darn comfortable too. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Véronique Baer

Let’s Rethink The Battery

Let’s Rethink The Battery

When you are changing batteries in your remote control, one of the primary concerns is to make sure that they don’t roll off the table and fall down. This may sound like a comic situation right now, however it happens to almost every one of us. So is coming up with a hexagonal shape the answer; is Hive the answer to this problem? According to the designers, Hive’s unique shape make them roll-safe and save a lot on packaging and shelf space. I believe there is a reason why those AA’s are round, if there were merit to the hexagon, Duracell and the likes would have picked up on it. What do you think?

0 Designers: Jin-young Yoon & Seong-hoon Jeong

A Blooming Cuppa Tea

A Blooming Cuppa Tea

Cuptea is a delightful integration of a disposable cup and teabag packaging. Basically the cover of the teabag blooms into a beautiful disposable cup for tea. No doubt the packaging is a bit elaborate for a simple cup of chai, but I see this more from the ‘love of design’ point of view. I recently witnessed a marketing strategy for an eminent coffee brand, where they went door to door with a hot cuppa brew for select few winners. Place that kind of strategy versus this teacup kind of thoughtful brand integration. Hands down the latter makes a lasting impression.

0 Designer: Lee Seo-jin

Baaaaaa-eutiful Seating

Baaaaaa-eutiful Seating

Gotta love this animal inspired furniture series by designer Tomas Ekström! The influence of the cloned sheep, goat, and lamb inspired designs is quite clear in its presentation but the series maintains a softness and elegance that will compliment both modern and classic spaces. The designer’s clever description of the evolution of the individual furniture pieces is as fun to read as the designs are to look at- so it hit the jump and check em out!

0 Designer: Tomas Ekström

Paint Brush to Coat Hook

Paint Brush to Coat Hook

Currently featured in London’s KK Outlet exhibition, “Object Abuse,” this coat hook design is the result of a challenge to take an everyday object & remold, rebuild, & repurpose it to create an entirely new item while using as little additional material as possible. If you’ve ever felt an old, stiff paint brush then you know how rigid and useless they can seem. As he admired brushes in an art shop, this is precisely what inspired designer Dominic Wilcox to repurpose the tool into the appropriately named Brush Hook.

0 Designer: Dominic Wilcox

Wall Sculpture Made for Touch

Wall Sculpture Made for Touch

French artists Ora-ïto’s entry into the Wallpaper/Reebok exhibition in London this interesting wall installation composed entirely of the natural acrylic stone material HI-MACS. The material was chosen for its thermoforming capabilities that allowed the artist to work without restriction to create this stunning, 3D creation. According to the artist, the visual and tactile effect of sculpture’s surface are a representation of the “iconic sneaker soles” of the Reebox RealFlex shoe.

0 Designer: Ora-ïto

Virtual Architecture

Virtual Architecture

A recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Greg Tran’s thesis prize winning concept, Mediating Mediums, provides a thought-provoking glimpse into the future functionality and application of augmented reality. According to Greg, digital 3D is currently confused with the digital 2D representation of 3D material like that of Pixar animations or computer models. As he sees it, true digital 3D has potential to converge what is real and what is imagined

0 Designer: Greg Tran

EDL 2011 Interviews: Adrian Mankovecký

EDL 2011 Interviews: Adrian Mankovecký

Electrolux Design Lab 2011 finalist Adrian Mankovecký is the Slovakian designer behind the Spot Cleaner, a portable cleaning concept. Adrian is a student at Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava. We go one-on-one with the designer before he was announced winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2011. Hit the jump!

0 EDL 2011 Interviews: Adrian Mankovecký

Houndstooth Wall Shelving

Houndstooth Wall Shelving

You a houndstooth lover? You might like the Pied-de-Poule. A modular wall shelving unit that puts your favorite woven pattern up on display. It’s just a concept for the FLY design competition but careful thought was put into how it could be ecological manufactured and sold a low price. The units come in two colors made of laminated composite wood. Each piece is hung using only two screws and I suspect this would be a great way to bring interest to a sparse wall.

0 Designer: Julia Quancard

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

Lean Dish for the Crispy Toast Lover

A nice concept for a minimal yet functional dish that keeps your morning toast crispy. The  Lean Dish has two subtle ridges raised just high enough, and spaced just far enough apart, to support a varying range of bread slice sizes. This prevents it from touching runny eggs and butter (unless you love that sort of thing). It saves plates because you only have to use one dish. Cheers to crispy toast!

0 Designer: Jon Liow

UFO Fans

UFO Fans

Dyson Clone your time is up, UFO and aliens are the current flavors of the season. I am referring to the Giko Electrical Fan, which is a close take on spider legs and imaginative UFOs. A part of the INART Company initiative, this fan stands around 90 cm high and has unique blades. The reasoning behind their overly circular form is that air circulation is faster and more powerful thanks to their curves. Apparently research is on to see how manufacturing costs for this design can be reduced. Before you know it, the Giko will be available in stores! Now the aliens have truly landed.

0 Designer: Erjon Hatillari for INART

Gluing The Edges

Gluing The Edges

The glue stick is a fine innovation but what the creators didn’t anticipate is the mess that happens when you try to apply glue to the edges of a sheet of paper. I place an old newspaper beneath the sheet to prevent accidental gluing of other stuff. InGlue Stick resolves the issue with a clever redesigning of the cap. A slight cut in the cap and an innovative twist-to-open system, allows you to slide a sheet into the gap. I think it’s a problem-solved design! Hurrah!

0 Designers: Dohyung Kim, Sewon Oh, Yunehee Baek & Hyunchul Choi

Looking As Loud As It Is

Looking As Loud As It Is

The Levitating Superconductor Speakers by James Coleman has got to be one of the coolest I’ve seen! The concept works by housing a superconducting element inside a transducer, which can be suspended in a superdiamagnetic field by an electromagnet. Changing the electromagnetic field strength will cause the transducer to oscillate, which will impart sound directly into the air. Crossing my fingers that superconducting technology advances quickly because I want both the black/gold and blue/silver versions!

0 Designer: James Coleman