Only The Essentials, Haworth LIM Light

Only The Essentials, Haworth LIM Light

We’ve written a lot about minimalism but what is it? To say it’s simply stripped down and devoid of the frivolous is inaccurate. We’ve all seen designs that embody that statement, yet fail in all intentions. When I got my hands on Haworth’s awarding winning LIM Light, I knew minimalism. It’s the removal of the non-esssential to embrace and enhance the functional. The LIM Light embodies it and has become one of my favorite products of the year.

0 Designers: Pablo Pardo and Ralph Reddig for Haworth

Each Hour By A Cyclist

Each Hour By A Cyclist

To pay homage to cyclist Graeme Obree’s amazing career, Mr. Jones Watches just released “The Hour” watch. Each hour of the day is revealed by a cutout with words that have particular meaning to Mr. Obree. For example, the 12 o’clock position reveals the numbers 52.713 which is the distance Obree covered to win the world cycling championship in 1995. Inspired by Obree’s flare for the unconventional, the watch uses design cues normally reserved for children’s watches. It’s playful, allows for intricate illustrations, yet very professional and functional.

0 Designer: Mr Jones Watches

Paper Pot…

Paper Pot…

Did you realize that it’s the attention to detail that always makes a difference? Sure you can just have a bunch of paper napkins sitting on the sideboard or hang out a toilet roll in the loo. But if you want your place to look classy and elegant you need to invest in knickknacks like a napkin holder or up-scale tissue box. It need not be an expensive affair; it just needs to be different…like this Paper Pot!

0 Designer: AI Collection [ Buy it Here ]

For Scenes Above And Below The Sea Level

For Scenes Above And Below The Sea Level

UNDERABOVE is a dual-lens buoy-style camera that can take pictures of the underwater happenings and above the water happening, at the same time. The idea is to experiment and add more dimensions of picture taking while at sea. The clever design incorporates air in the top-half of the body and water in the lower half, to help it stay afloat. An LCD screen gives you a quick preview of the shots taken, and a timer facilitates self-portraits as well.

0 Designer: In Kyung Han

One Component Wind Power

One Component Wind Power

How would you like your very own take-it-home apply-it-yourself wind power generator? How about a whole array of them? This is a design that’s just that, take it home, unpack it, screw it into the wall, connect it to whatever battery you’ve got that can hold generated power, and let it rip! This design is made up of blades, the generator, a telescopic shaft (so that the fan can be extended or “away”, electric power plug, and switch. With an array of 15 of these fans, you can power a household of four people for a month.

0 Designers: Liao-Hsun Chen and Wen-Chih Chang

Dome of Justice

Dome of Justice

This is one fabulous looking concept car, that I must say. Every once in a while a concept comes along that is not only fabulous in its plan, but fabulous in its rendering as well. Take a look at the realism in these digital illustrations and tell me you aren’t impressed by their excellence. Then lemme tell you about this car. It’s called the Astrum Meera, and it features several elements which play a role in safety, sustainability, and what the creators call “practical design.”

0 Designer: John Baltazar

3D Projections for Airplane Learning

3D Projections for Airplane Learning

Winner of the 2011 Gold Design Award of Germany (aka the country’s highest distinction for design, aka the “Design Oscar”) is the following project: Lufthansa Brand Academy 360degree Tower project. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Dan Pearlman, Berlin brand and experience group, and consists of a 360° projection in the tower of Brand Academy. That’s right, a spacial experience consisting of three hundred and sixty degrees of digital projection magic.

0 Designers: Dan Pearlman design agency

Friday Giveaway: Win An Icon iPhone Battery Pack!

Friday Giveaway: Win An Icon iPhone Battery Pack!

Last June we featured the Icon Battery Pack. It got people talking about how much they loved the idea. Well the good news is that Essential TPE is giving you a chance to win this Apple-approved iconic pack for your precious iPhone. Yes, this battery pack works with all iPhone generations. To WIN, tell us which App or phone-function you use drains the most battery!

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Exclusive For The Boys! Gift Ideas For Under $25!

Exclusive For The Boys! Gift Ideas For Under $25!

If you are in this zone with a guy and want to keep this Christmas budget-wise a low-key affair for him, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on getting him something less-meaningful or great. Here are 6 wonderful ideas that stick with your budget of under $25! The goods are awesome with a price to match, so hit the jump and discover what you can get for your guy….

0 Designers: Various

Replaceable Earphones

Replaceable Earphones

DIY is a set of earphones that is very smart. Each and every wire in this set is detachable and hooks up to a central module. This means the left earbud, right earbud, central module and line out are all independent and replaceable when busted. The central module works as a remote control for the player and features basic functions like volume, play and stop. This module is proposed to come in two modes: basic and Bluetooth. Obviously the Bluetooth one connects to the player wirelessly!

0 Designer: Choi Hyong-Suk

Virus Beware, The Spuit Is Here

Virus Beware, The Spuit Is Here

There are two sides to a coin, on one side we have groovy gadgets and on the other we have hidden malware and virus to spoil our fun. To combat it we resort to many protective gears and a futuristic attempt is the Virus Spuit. This handy vaccine device is capable of detecting and removing virus in devices like a Portable Hard Disk. It even features the intuitive action of a syringe that draws in or releases liquid, to extract the malicious content.

0 Designers: Kim Hye-won, Kim Ji-eun & Park Na-hyun

This Phone Hovers in Space

This Phone Hovers in Space

Oh so you’re not satisfied with phones that connect at speeds almost as fast as you can click and hundreds of new applications that do everything under the sun each day? Well here’s something new for you then! It’s a concept design done by two industrious folks In-oh Yoo and Sun-woong Oh who want nothing more than to bring you a phone that spins in mid-air. This phone works in tangent with its charging cradle, its cradle, the phone and magnets creating a space where the phone spins while charging, creating a unique aesthetic experience.

0 Designers: In-oh Yoo and Sun-woong Oh for Metatrend Institute

Emergency Exits of Splendor

Emergency Exits of Splendor

Many gigantic cities in this modern wonderful world of ours have underground transit. Under the ground you’ll find tunnels with trains galore, traveling all around the city and sometimes even under great bodies of water. Required with these underground tubes are emergency exits where people can easily escape or simply walk up in an orderly manner. What Paul Raff Studio and IBI Group Architects have here in Toronto Canada is a series of emergency exits with lovely style: FOLLIES, for your pleasure.

0 Designers: Paul Raff Studio