Heliboarding Copter?

Heliboarding Copter?

Have you heard of heliboarding? I haven’t but apparently it’s the hot new thing with adventurists. The AvA 299 DROP is a helicopter designed to take crazy snowboarders to locations not accessible by normal lifts. The entire cabin can lower them just enough to leap out and carve their stake across a mountain. The coaxial rotor blades spin in opposite directions to provide more power and negates the need for a tail rotor for stabilization. The design also addresses a number of problems with single blade rotors. Hit the jump!

0 Designer: Timon Sager

Prophecy

Prophecy

Jerome Olivet is a man who loves his curved surfaces so when it came time to design a watch that properly suggested his design ethos, the Prophecy was born. Futuristic, organic, maybe even a little elitist, the Prophecy’s design is a continuous movement expressed by the tense curves of its surfaces. It feels fluidic and quite original. A polarizing design but I like it.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

Bottle O' Shavings

Bottle O’ Shavings

Designers, parents and anyone with a creative mind will love this Bottle Cap Sharpener. It’s a simple contraption, a sharpener fixed into a bottle cap so that it screws on top of an empty bottle. Sharpen your pencils and collect the shavings. Great way to reuse a plastic bottle. Designers and creative minds will love for the artistic value this raw material will create. I can already picture myself using colorful shavings for my little girl’s next art project.

0 Designer: Yuchen Liu

Green Luxury Wares

Green Luxury Wares

At the 2011 Paris Maison and Objet trade show, the authority on luxury tableware, Pigment France, debuted a new collection of products made from sustainable material. Sustainable and high-end service ware are two concepts rarely presented together, but this event marked not only the cardinal introduction of the banana plant derived material Green Blade to the market, but also showed that luxury can be ecoconscious.

0 Designer: Pigment France

Get a Grip

Get a Grip

I’ll admit, I’m not a chopstick sensei, and when it comes to salad I still haven’t mastered the traditional fork and spoon method.  Now, if I had the SL27 LINK I could hide it in my palm and trick everyone into thinking I was a one handed pro at both. Even if you’re not worried about your pride, the handy LINK makes serving food super easy by turning any 2 pieces of flatware, including chopsticks, into a versatile instrument that anyone can use.

Car With Split Personalities

Car With Split Personalities

Inspired by China’s densely populated urban areas, designer Colin Pan sought to design a conceptual vehicle that would satisfy young people who like the accessibility of electric bikes as well as older adults with families who prefer compact cars. The result is this years entry into the Michelin Challenge Design showcase, MBOLIC, a modern modular family car that can separate into 2 gyro-balanced personal vehicles for easy maneuvering in city traffic.

0 Designer: Colin Pan

Shrink Your Water Footprint

Shrink Your Water Footprint

Introducing Mywell, an innovative and easy to use faucet seamlessly integrates water filtration into the fixture. Mywell features a multi-stage water filter that provides fresh, clean drinking water of premium quality, and a built-in Smart Controller that signals the user when it’s time to exchange the filter cartridge. An easy and attractive way to decrease plastic bottle waste and conserve water. Get it here!

0 Designer: Orsodesign

A Phone That Speaks Your Language

A Phone That Speaks Your Language

The Transducer Mobile Phone Concept breaks down the language barrier by being the perfect translator between you and the other caller. It has this cool function that allows all incoming calls to be translated to your preferred language and vice versa. Amongst other features like GPS, transparent LCD and mesmerizing color effects, you can use the phone to communicate with the hearing & sight impaired folks. Far-fetch but a concept we’d love to see become reality.

0 Designer: Jasper Hou

Spiral Makes a Difference

Spiral Makes a Difference

Think about it, instead of having a straight tube ink refill, how about fashioning it as a spiral? Agreed it occupies a bit more space so the pen can’t be sleek and slim, but it holds double the amount of ink! There’s a reason why our DNA is structured in a double helix. I guess it will work like a charm for those disposable types, making them last longer. I won’t call this project 100% eco-esque but it’s a step towards it!

0 Designers: Various

Get Eggcited!

Get Eggcited!

Similar in form to the iconic 1960s Ovalia Egg Chairs, this egg cup design of the same name by Anima Dinamica is both playful and functional. The Egg Chair is oven, microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe, and can withstand temperatures from -50 C to 300 C.  The resting back ensures an even heat spread and adds stability to the upwardly concave seat to ensure that your egg experiences maximum comfort… right before you eat it. After all, a happy egg is a tasty egg. Get it here.

0 Designer: Anima Dinamica

Creepy Crawly Seating Creature

Creepy Crawly Seating Creature

When it comes to unique seating, the Millipede by Michael Samoriz takes the cake. This arthropodic stool looks like a science experiment that escaped and headed straight for the bar. I’m still not sure how many legs it has, but it’s a lot, and the user will feel more like a “rider” than a “sitter.” Though the legs look randomly placed they are situated to provide maximum stability, so unless the rider is rocking to and fro with wild abandon they should be just fine. Me likey.

0 Designer: Michael Samoriz

 ZIIIRO Aurora & Orbit Watches

ZIIIRO Aurora & Orbit Watches

Just months after the successful launch of the original Gravity watch, Ziiiro is back with two additions to the lineup; the Aurora and Orbit. The Aurora displays time using two transparent gradient discs, blue indicating the hour and yellow – the minute. The overlapping colors create green and the effect creates a clear definition between “hours” and “minutes”.

0 Designer: Robert Dabi

Amazing Window Display

Amazing Window Display

Hong Kong based design group Special Projekt were commissioned to create one-of-a-kind window displays for the the Aqua restaurant in London. The goal was to drive awareness through the development of interactive brand installations. Large interactive screens are suspended inside a mirrored and lacquered box. The red one features meiji inspired motifs while the black display features castilian motifs. The final effect is three dimensional, timeless yet ephemeral.

0 Designer: SpecialProjekt for Aqua