It Just Pops Up Like Toast!

It Just Pops Up Like Toast!

I’m on a perpetual quest finding innovative solutions for power strips and plug-yanking! This time around I’ve chanced upon the Single Hand, a power strip where sockets pop up like toast! Yes, simply push those green buttons and up pops the plug! Simple, easy and colorful!

0 Designer: Lu Zhaoliang

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Although it sounds like a love meter, the Love Card is actually a digital card that helps the blind and elderly shop in supermarkets independently. It’s basically a device that hangs around the neck and when activated, communicates with the wearer with audio feedback. It uses RFID technology to “read aloud” the prices of groceries, vegetables etc. Take your pick and keep moving down the aisle.

0 Designer: Shen Ming

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

What if Sony made cars, Apple made dishwashers and Google made furniture? This poses a unique opportunity for a designer to take a company’s brand identity and apply it to a market they don’t currently serve. Designer Edouard Urcadez took the Fiskars brand aesthetic (known for shears and garden tools) and translated it into a HDD headphone amplifier called the “88.”

0 Designer: Edouard Urcadez

Keeping the Barista Art Intact

Keeping the Barista Art Intact

Don’t you love the artwork a barista creates in your coffee? I adore it and try to keep the foam intact until the last drop. Unfortunately mixing in the sugar always ruins it, but if I have something like the “Mix”,  I could savor my drink and enjoy the art. It’s a ceramic stirrer that funnels the sugar to the bottom without disturbing the delicate foam. It may seem frivolous to some, but I look at it from a coffee-lover’s perspective; anything to make my cuppa perfect!

0 Designer: Luis Carlos Hernani Junior

Lid with Wings

Lid with Wings

The Lid with Wings is pot with a lid designed to remain stable even when placed slightly ajar. The product addresses cooks who prefer displacing cookware lids for ventilating and emptying their pots. I like the idea and I volunteer to sell this stuff on the home shopping network. Seriously, this would sell like crazy on QVC.

0 Designer: Vitaliy Gnatenko

Hone Your Handyman Skills

Hone Your Handyman Skills

The Repair-Ware Series are a group of household appliances designed for easy maintenance and urges you to be self-reliant. For example, the Steam Iron is assembled in simple layers and is held together by two screws. These screws are a prominent feature on the surface of the iron serving as a semiotic of repair.

0 Designer: Samuel James Davies

Pathway to Safety

Pathway to Safety

Illumine is an emergency lighting system built into an electrical outlet cover. It’s low-profile design is more effective and less aesthetically distracting than existing ceiling mounted lights. As smoke billows upward in a fire, overhead lighting is rendered useless while Illumine lighting casts unobstructed lighting to the floor, guiding people to safety. Long lasting rechargeable lithium ion batteries charge when not in use and power illumine during an electrical outage.

0 Designer: Wesley York

Light Forest

Light Forest

Light Forest by OntwerpDuo is a ceiling light system that has endless possibilities. The design consists of  numerous connecting parts that are fully customizable. Light Forest animates the space with it’s vine-like metal casing that looks like it’s overtaking the ceiling and walls. Users can get picky choosing which areas to illuminate- a cool alternative to track lighting.

0 Designers: Tineke Beunders & Nathan Wierink

Doggy Bag for Dogs

Doggy Bag for Dogs

Packing food for my pup, Nugget, is sometimes the last thing on my mind when we’re on the run. I inevitably buy more food than I need and have always wished there was a quick portable solution for packing dry food. Alas! Top Paw dog food packaging makes dog food to-go a much easier experience. Top Paw combines a handled, travel-size dog food container with a convenient built-in folding bowl to make feeding-time possible wherever you are.

0 Designer: Benjamin Yi

Time is Squishy

Time is Squishy

Someone said that even a broken watch shows the correct time twice a day. With that “glass half full” mentality in mind, check out the Vague Clock. It’s not broken or anything. In fact it runs with GPS precision and can never be wrong. What’s unique is the dial and supporting intention. It’s meant to signify that time, although precious, is often the cause of stress. The pressure to keep up with our deadlines is abstracted and replaced with a playful distraction. To be able to read the time, you have to touch its squishy surface.

0 Designer: Sejoon Kim

Blind CC Gets Refined

Blind CC Gets Refined

Braille Credit Card is a refined version of the Blind CC, but from a different designer. The card is much sleeker and easier to carry and is akin to regular credit cards we use. It displays the transaction in braille and reconfirms it with audio feedback. Innovation comes in the form of calculation tips and conversion facilities. It’s a practical solution for the visually impaired who loves plastic money as much as I do!

0 Designer: Young-suk Kim

Congrats on Your New Embryos

Congrats on Your New Embryos

Based on a set of life-sized statues that were shown at the Coarse solo exhibition in Chicago in 2010, Coarse now introduces their latest “oop” series. This first vinyl toy release in 8 months is a milestone — the start of the very first 7 inch series by coarse. This version goes back to the beginning of life, showcasing signature coarse characters in embryo form, a chance to experience them at their purest. OMG this is creepy cool!

0 Designer: Coarse

iPad 2 Window

iPad 2 Window

I was once referred as “loopy” by a group of designers because I wanted a house with giant displays in lieu of actual windows. The displays could provide a real view of the outside world or provide any kind of scenery I wanted. Fast forward 8 years later and someone else is thinking the same using the iPad 2. Doable yes? But will anyone do it? Doubt it. I still think it’s a cool idea though.

0 Designer: John Leung