Chair Inside A Chair

Chair Inside A Chair

I’m not so keen on the Pull & Pushi’s design but the idea that a chair can be pulled out of smaller chair to give you a wider chair and side table is intriguing. It’s a great space saving idea and continues to explore compact furniture with multiple functions and dare I say, personalities?

0 Designer: Flavio Scalzo

A Bench with 5,000 Stories

A Bench with 5,000 Stories

I love anything with familiar fragments, which is why I love the Metrobench. Recycled from 5,000 NYC Metro cards, this intelligent design transforms a symbol of movement and speed into an object of rest and reflection. With help from Craigslist, designer Stephen Shaheen amassed all 5,000 cards, each with their own little untold story, in under a week. The sculpture was then assembled completely by hand, card by card. Expect more from this thought-provoking designer.

0 Designer: Stephen Shaheen

Reptilian Roadster

Reptilian Roadster

Long is right, vehicles are getting more and more lifelike! Check out the crocodilian face from the front view of the Reptile and you’ll see what I mean. This race car crosses over to the streets with it’s hybrid 4-pole electric induction/27000CC Wankel engine that develops more than 700HP at 9000 RPMs. Rawr.

0 Designer: Arturo Arino

Infinite Configurations from Similar Proportions

Infinite Configurations from Similar Proportions

Our innate longing for uniqueness and individual identity is something deep rooted and naturally expressed in the things we choose to have around us. Designer Caterina Tiazzoldi’s Parametric Bookshelves are a response to this desire. The production process has been streamlined as such that user can input just 3 parameters (length, height, & color) and receive a custom tailored piece based on a single model. The result is formal complexity that is compatible with the standards of contemporary industry.

0 Designer: Caterina Tiazzoldi

Modular Phone and Dualities

Modular Phone and Dualities

Combination is a mobile phone concept with a steady front-end faceplate and modular components for the backend. The modular parts ensure you have the latest upgraded components. It even comes with a charging dock that doubles up as transmission hub and transforms the mobile phone into a regular home phone! So now you get a two-in-one combo deal!

0 Designers: Wen-Tsung Lin & Wan-Rurng Hung

Handlebar Bike Lock

Handlebar Bike Lock

Well lookie-here, isn’t this clever? Handlebars is a bike lock built into… you guessed it, the handlebars. Push the handlebars down and pull out to engage the steel cable wires. Although clever, the system doesn’t address the theft of individual bike components when not properly locked down, e.g. wheels.

0 Designer: Bach Nguyen

Just Pure Water

Just Pure Water

Look at the irony in nature, the very same river that quenches your thirst turns into a toxic monster once it floods your city. The Health Light is a solar powered system that looks at alleviating such situations. You simply need to set up the purifier in bacteria contaminated water and let it do its work. Pretty soon it detoxifies a considerable amount of water through a filtration process and makes it fit enough to be consumed.

0 Designer: Liu Yun

Paddle Task Light Inspired by Canoe Oar

Paddle Task Light Inspired by Canoe Oar

Just ahead of its debut at Salone Del mobile, Paddle is a collection of adjustable LED task lights designed by Benjamin Hubert for Italian lighting manufacturer Fabbian. Named for a canoe blade wading through water inspired by the 360º movement; the framework is available in lacquered aluminum or warm ash timber, but both feature touch controls to adjust brightness. It’s utilitarian, architectural and tactile. Kudos Benjamin!

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian

Meditate On This

Meditate On This

Remember those egg-shaped Henrik Thor-Larsen chairs that were all the rage in the 60s? Well, this is kinda like that but a tad minimal and a whole lot more nimble. It’s the ZzZen chair and it rocks… literally.  There isn’t a single straight edge allowing it to roll back-and-forth or side-to-side. Durable and lightweight plastic make it functional as an indoor or outdoor chair while it’s low reclined seating position optimizes comfort. Yogis are sure to love.

0 Designer: Niels de Greef

Squizits

Squizits

I’m totally one of those people who’s gotta keep moving to focus on mundane tasks. I’m constantly fidgeting with pens, paper clips, or even just moving my mouse around while I read. As a kid, squirminess was by far my teachers’ biggest complaint. Squizits was made for kids like me!  Developed in collaboration with a child with OCD and ADHD, Squizits provides children with a way to release excess energy through repetitive hand motions and various fidgets. Not just for kids- I think I may need the kit now!

0 Designer: Lavinia Chu

Miter Lounge

Miter Lounge

This piece by designer Tom Fereday features clean lines, clear functionality, and an overall look of simplicity. The hand crafted American oak veneer with miter detail wraps perfectly around the natural wool felt upholstery, and the color is fantastic. It also happens to be perfectly compact.

0 Designer: Tom Fereday

Our First Show and We've Got Prizes!

Our First Show and We’ve Got Prizes!

Surprise! We’re now coming to you in a series of web videos hosted by yours truly and the amazing Troy Turner. What was supposed to be a live show ended up being pre-recorded because of technical difficulties. Good thing too because there were about 101 f*cks-ups along the way. How the hell does Oprah do it?!? I think it turned out pretty well. Be gentle and hit the jump!

0 Episode 1: Huge Thanks to Herman Miller

30 Days of Simple, Win simplehuman Products!

30 Days of Simple, Win simplehuman Products!

There’s design and then there’s smart design. simplehuman falls into the latter. I’ve been a huge fan ever since I decided my daily menial tasks could be more efficient simply by getting “simple.” When objects take up too much space and design isn’t used to improve one’s quality of life, you end up with stressors. simplehuman “gets” it and they’ve launched a new campaign where all of you can get it too – 30 Days of Simple.

0 Learn & Win: 30 days of simple