Fast and Furious in 2025

Fast and Furious in 2025

The Aerius concept is a high performance electric vehicle for 2025. The concept combines the performance of race cars with emerging sustainable energy sources and materials. It’s driven by Michelin Active in-wheel electric motors at the rear and on-board electric motors in the front for instantaneous acceleration and agile handling. The aerodynamic body to reduces energy consumption and solar panels re-charge the carbon nanotube super-capacitors to extend its range while emitting zero carbons. Time travel will cost extra.

0 Designer: Pei-Cheng (Patrick) Hsieh

Water is Money

Water is Money

The +-water meter is a digital device that attaches to faucets and gives you accurate feedback about usage. It stands out from other meters by converting the consumed liters into actual cost! Now you’ll know your water bill in advance, sort of!

0 Designer: Young-Suk Kim

Write on a Table

Write on a Table

The Writable is a fun and interactive look at how we can spark up the conversation around the coffee table. Three flip panels at the centre house chalkboards on the underside with a chalk discreetly held in place. I love the way it changes the outlook of a simple structure to something more eloquent. Definitely a conversation starter!

0 Designer: Tianyu Xiao

Beautifully Disposed Trash

Beautifully Disposed Trash

The sight of ugly trash bins in scenic parks certainly mars the natural beauty. Bryant Park Litter Receptacles and Recycling Bins put an end to the eyesores and appear as inspirational pieces that urge us to be responsible citizens. The bins come in three variations, one for general trash, one for papers and one for cans and bottles. The linear detailing, colors and operational slits match the function of each bin.

0 Designer: Ignacio Ciocchini for the Bryant Park Corporation in New York

For The Single Person Family

For The Single Person Family

Meet MET, a two-person vehicle for the single person family of the future. The need for massive cars is dwindling so MET was designed to address the social constructs of future families to meet the needs and possibilities of an electric future. Instead of massive and heavy battery backs, the rear wheel is the battery. It can be swapped for a charged one from public stations or home charging units.

0 Design: Kyu-Hyun Lee & Sol Lee

Wartime Decor, Modern and Upscale

Wartime Decor, Modern and Upscale

The KALAB Exhibition features military surplus and “souvenirs” turned into enigmatic furniture and home decor. Born out of the Israeli conflict, there’s a strong mixture between military and civilian life – defining the culture. Vases made out of bomb shells, ashtrays made from extinct bullets and a sofa stacked like a dugout. It raises questions of security and confronts the idea of civilians playing the part of the soldier.

0 Designer: Tarazi Studio

Fork, Knife and Spoon Go Where?

Fork, Knife and Spoon Go Where?

The plastic cutlery set JOIN has a very unique and playful joining mechanism inspired by an old Japanese game. It challenges the classic table setting and toys with proper etiquette. It’s absolutely brilliant. I want it bad – functional and whimsical. Explains why it was awarded the Design Plus award.

0 Designer: DING3000 with Konstantin Slawinsk

If Bang & Olufsen Made a Sink Faucet

If Bang & Olufsen Made a Sink Faucet

Designer Jessica Hunt answers with a rather interesting concept. Her take is a sleek brushed steel tube with a long notch along one side for water to flow. No knobs or taps; a simple swipe across the arm turns it on. It offers various levels of hot and cold water through lateral touch points and comes with a handy spray. It even includes a pyramid base, which doubles as a soap dispenser. How very B&O – stark and highly functional.

0 Designer: Jessica Hunt

Plug on Plug

Plug on Plug

The Plug Socket is quite the brilliant design. It’s basically a multiplug that can hook up three plugs at a time and take care of the wiry mess for you. It ain’t pretty to look at but this is a case of function over form.

0 Designer: Xie Chen Chen

Folded to Make a Perfect Home

Folded to Make a Perfect Home

Someone shared this video of how a tiny apartment in Hong Kong transforms into 24 rooms! This is a challenge faced by designers world over; converting shoeboxes and irregular grounds to something majestic and spacious called home. Have a look at one such challenge called the Fold Place. As the name suggests, it is a narrow irregular plot of 20′x60′ that’s converted in to a spectacular home for the Campbells.

0 Designer: Linebox

imm Cologne 2011 Photos Galore

imm Cologne 2011 Photos Galore

Missed imm Cologne this year? Don’t worry. Our contributing editor and photographer Roberta Mutti took some great captures. The fair totally had some amazing designs showcased this year. Hit the jump for the massive gallery.

0 Photography: Roberta Mutti

A Nuclear Health Spa for the Year 2030

A Nuclear Health Spa for the Year 2030

Could Embracing the Possible Health Benefits of Toxicity Persuade Society to Accept Nuclear Power? Radiance Resort is a work of future fiction, it investigates a society obsessed with youth and medical miracle cures. Mammals living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone receive 8 to 15 msvs of radiation every day. When these mammals were analysed, it was found that they were less likely to develop cancer, suggesting that small amounts of radiation might be good for us.

0 Designer: Rachel Harding

The Most Elaborate Security Gate Ever

The Most Elaborate Security Gate Ever

Typical gates are just rows and columns of aluminum  tubing with no frills but iGate sets the standard in premium functionality and security. The well balanced lightweight structure and the use of aluminium ensures the high-tech gate’s outstanding performance and it’s environmental friendliness. Next to the free choice of colour of the frame and the filling, illuminated by colour changing LED’s, there is a large choice of frame fillings for the architect, from conventional beams to artistic patterns in perforated plating, adapting to any kind of architecture.

0 Designer: Mathis Heller of WeLL Design for HERAS