Live Anywhere Lamp

Live Anywhere Lamp

Linda Allen, interior designer turned lighting designer, noticed a hole in the market for portable, cordless lamps, and decided to take things into her own hands. Her first line of lamps, the Live Anywhere collection, features a series of attractive lamps that are not only portable and cordless, but also rechargeable, multi-setting, and weather resistant. To perfect the enduring design, Allen created a customized battery system and special long-lasting light bulb for the collection. The lamps, named Ava, Corra, Persia, Seraphina, & Eleanora are a great outdoor lighting addition with a feminine touch.

0 Designer: Linda Allen

Recycled PET Felt Chair, The Pod

Recycled PET Felt Chair, The Pod

The Pod is a large privacy chair for breakout areas in offices or residential projects. Pod is an environmental alternative to large upholstered furniture. Most upholstered is difficult to recycle as it’s a fixed combination of timber, glue, foam and textile. Pod tackles this by replacing the large upholstery with moulded felt created from recycled pet bottles. In addition the entire design is knock down with the shells stacking for minimum carbon footprint in transportation and storage.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert

Joey Roth and His Furry Mouse

Joey Roth and His Furry Mouse

I’m for real. Designer Joey Roth made a Felt Mouse. I first heard about it last year and instantly loved the idea. It isn’t until now that Joey is showing the world the first prototype. It took that long to overcome the limitations of felt but from the looks of it, this prototype is pretty much ready for production. I LOVE Joey’s disciplined execution of minimalism. See it May 13th in the “USE ME” exhibit by the American Design Club which coincides with this year’s ICFF show in New York.

0 Designer: Joey Roth

Reading Braille Aloud

Reading Braille Aloud

The Snail is a Braille reader that works smooth as silk on a surface that’s predictably bumpy! It can record the text as it reads for future playback and it even syncs with a Bluetooth headset so the visually impaired can listen to the book without disturbing others. Features like kinetic recharging and pressure sensitive reading make it the ideal companion for a bookworm!

0 Designer: Wonkook Lee

Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking!

Win an Apple iPad 2 Just for Liking!

Thinner, lighter and faster, the Apple iPad 2 is on people’s wishlists for plenty of reasons here’s your chance to WIN one! The rules of the game are simple and involve socializing of the Facebook kind. A lucky fan from the first project on CKIE that gets 1000 Facebook “Like’s”, stands a chance at winning the iPad 2! The odds are in your favor.

0 Contest Ends: 1000 "Likes" or May 31st, 11:59 pm PST, whichever first

Easy Cap!

Easy Cap!

One of the things with refrigerated soda bottles is unscrewing the cap can be a bit tough. A little bit of physics applied to a cap redesign does the trick to making things easier. The teardrop shaped Easy Access Bottle Cap is perfect. I can’t see why we can’t standardize this across all bottles. It’s ergonomic and smooth. Looks kinda cool too.

0 Designer: Shao-Nung Chen

TriMove

TriMove

I get it- the hubless wheel has yet to reach its full technical potential, but set aside your speculation for just a moment to admire this striking trike concept. Most three 3-wheelers combine the worst of motorcycles & cars: no leaning into corners, exposure to the elements, & no lane splitting- but the narrow, tilting 3-wheeled TriMove has all the agility & aerodynamic styling you’d expect from a fierce motorbike. It’s triangle footprint provides balance even when it’s not moving.

0 Designer: Mohammad Ghezel

Robo-Giving

Robo-Giving

Why is it that I would trust giving my money to a cute robot before a human?  Take a look at DON-8r (pronounced donator) & you’ll see what I mean. This coin-powered fundraising robot is a friendly little guy who only needs a passer-by to chip in so he can keep moving. DON-8r is already at work in Scotland, raising money and awareness by encouraging playful and empathetic support by engaging strangers in a fun and memorable way. Designed to be rebranded to suit different charities, I can definitely see this catching on… and I’m all for it. (Does not include defense lasers or anti-theft forcefield.)

0 Designer: Tim Pryde

The Duga Chair

The Duga Chair

I love this modern take on a traditional form. The curvaceous Duga chair is reminiscent of the classic contours of steam molded Viennese bentwood furniture. It’s familiar shape also takes inspiration from the distinctive tubular curves and wonderful craftsmanship of vintage bicycles, making for a graceful and overall elegant design with a modern touch.

0 Designer: Oleksandr Shestakovych

Nooka Great Egghunt Winner Announced!

Nooka Great Egghunt Winner Announced!

Congrats to Callum Collie. You’ve won a prize pack valued up to $500 from Nooka. Thank you to everyone who entered. We received over a thousand entries and most of you correctly located where the 5 eggs were. Big ups and HUGE thanks to our friends at Nooka. There’s more to come from them very soon so keep your eyes peeled.

0 Sponsor: Nooka

Perfect Geometric Ice Cubes

Perfect Geometric Ice Cubes

The Lékué ice cube tray creates perfect cubes of ice every time. Inspired by an industrial moulding technique, the cubes are formed at an angle to avoid the need to taper any of the faces. And here I thought ice cube trays couldn’t really evolve to improve any further. These remind me of the cubes used in TRON Legacy. Ice is so beautiful when cut to strict proportionate geometry.

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lékué

Dance to Your Heart Beat

Dance to Your Heart Beat

Heartbeatz is a revolution in wearable visual dance tech. Utilizing infrared reflection technology the device detects the heartbeat of its user and mimics the very movement of the blood in your veins with light via a length of Electro Luminescent wire. When listening to a song with a strong, constant bass rhythm the HeartBeatz will tune and begin to beat in time with it. The conception of Heartbeatz will allow any onlookers to be able to observe this process. When applied to a large crowd amazing patterns of light can appear throughout a club or event.

0 Designer: Michael Skillings & Allan Aikman

Laced with LED

Laced with LED

Tiny little LEDs dotting the inner realm of a lampshade, you can only imagine the mesmerizing effect it’s going to create. The LED Shade Lamp is just this; no bulbs, no holder, but a handful of twinky lights doing their thing. I love the way Peter describes it, “the shade itself becomes the source of light.”

0 Designer: Peter Bristol