Peugeot XB1

Peugeot XB1

It’s 2025. Cities have outgrown themselves, shifting mobility as we know it. Public transportation is more efficient than ever (ok, maybe it’s 2225), but car use is limited to long distance travel outside urban districts. Q: How do you make those short distance travels that are too long to walk? A: The Peugeot XB1. Ok, so it might just be hypothetical, but can we start getting ready, please? If for nothing else, just so we can zip around town on this cute, human size, wheeled exoskeleton reminiscent of Johnny-5?

0 Designers: Various

Not Your Grandmother's Doily

Not Your Grandmother’s Doily

Love a good doily y’all. Characterized by intricate crocheted doilie fabric, it’s become a cultural staple in many households. As one friend puts it, “they’re old timey,” and grandma puts them underneath everything. LACE-ER takes the traditional craft and turns it into a functional tool for the kitchen – a strainer, a sieve, table mats and even wall decor when not in use. This modern doily is grandma approved.

0 Designer: Magdalena Szwajcowska

Bring Luck

Bring Luck

There are bowls that cannot be used because of small defects. And there are people around us that need these bowls. Bring Luck was made to make these bowls usable for people who need them, with a little birdie. By sticking the product onto the cracked areas, the bowls can be used even more usefully than new ones.

0 Designers: Huh Ka-young & Choi Jin-ah

The Cooling Effect Gets Fancy

The Cooling Effect Gets Fancy

Global warming or not, inevitably every season in my city seems like summer! It’s great to see how designers are trying to evolve the air con by making it blend into the home environment, just like another piece of furniture. Here are two projects: the Eco Shelf Zenstyle & the Natural Pot. The former is a wall mounted shelf cabinet and the latter a flowerpot. Both feature green patches to nurture plants that are fed off the excess water discharged by the AC unit! Clever, real clever!

0 Designers: Various

Toolkit for Impact Sounds

Toolkit for Impact Sounds

This collection of leather tools is purposed for sound designers in the fields of theater and cinema. The varying combinations of size, leather type, and shape create a wide range of percussion sounds from the thud to the shwud. Lightweight materials wrap up easily in a canvas folding pack, making the toolkit handy and portable. Personally, I’m a fan of the whump.

0 Designer: Chiara Onida

Stylish Step Counter

Stylish Step Counter

The Strap’hand by Valentin Sollier is a pedometer targeted for high performance runners.  The ergonomic hand-strap design and oversized on/off toggle button is designed for simplified use without sacrificing accurate results. Connect the Strap’hand to a computer via the sleek USB dock to compare your competing stats.

0 Designer: Valentin Sollier

Kinetic Effect Clock is Hypnotic

Kinetic Effect Clock is Hypnotic

Kinetic Effect Clock is a minimalistic clock that offers a fabulous kinetic effect depending on the position of 3 foils representing the hour, minutes and seconds. There are two versions, the first being a back-lit model that creates a monotone kaleidoscopic effect as light passes thru it. The second works on the same premise except each foil is a color from the CMKY model, K being the odd-man out. Hit the jump for a video.

0 Designer: Florin Busuioc

A Design School in Israel

A Design School in Israel

Bezalel Academy in Israel was chosen to showcase 45 works from 37 under-graduate and post-graduate students, alongside work from the Royal College of Art in London, the School of Art and Design in Poland and the Academy of Art Maastricht in The Netherlands. Bezalel’s students prove they can hold their own among the top art and design schools in the world. Two of the projects stand out. Hit the jump!

0 Designers: Various

Laptop Case with a Hidden Compartment

Laptop Case with a Hidden Compartment

Plug.in bag is an innovative system consisting of a laptop case and hidden compartment. The laptop case also serves as a convenient stand. Accessories, such as power supply or mouse, are transported in the separate compartment. Whether with or without a table, with Plug.in you can use your laptop anywhere. Functional? Yes. It’s a bit of an eyesore though and I’m never in need of so much power that I have to bring an external power source.

0 Designer: Viola Kosow

Moving Library

Moving Library

The Giro One is a shelf + side table stand, where you can flaunt your library, rest your coffee cup and show off your knick-knacks. I love the way you can interact with the modules by twirling them up and down the center axis, making it much easier to adjust the height to suit your style. Complimenting the design is a set of LED lamps at the top. It adds just the right amount of sophistication and functionality.

0 Designer: Juil Kim

Zip Up Tangle – Part Two

Zip Up Tangle – Part Two

Seems like adding a zipper to the earphones is one of the easiest ways to manage them. A refined version is seen in Fasna; the zipper looks sturdy and attention to detail like magnets in the earbuds hold them in place; makes them far more functional too. Just be careful with your shirt if off. Hair, skin and zippers don’t go well together.

0 Designer: Hirotaka Matsui

2011 Skyscraper Competition, Top 35

2011 Skyscraper Competition, Top 35

The 2011 Skyscraper Competition is an endeavor to revolutionize efforts, vision and passion that architects put into building our future infrastructure. The projects have been adjudged for their use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. Hosted by the eVolo Magazine, the focus of the jury has been to pick out those ideas that understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

0 Designers: Various

That's a Really Low Table

That’s a Really Low Table

If you really like low profile tables, you’ll love the Lowbay by Han Koning. I’m actually very smitten with how it looks. There’s a simplicity in the design that I love and yet the exposed ridges of the table top lend confidence in the construction because you can see how he bent the layers of wood. It’s a “complex simplicity” if you will.  It’s 118×60 in size and technically a limited edition called “white”, although I don’t see anything white about it, except Mr. Koning… and his shirt… and his glasses.

0 Designer: Han Koning