Breaking Boundaries for the Blind

Breaking Boundaries for the Blind

As someone who’s had a string of eye problems since childhood, I feel incredibly lucky to have my sight and have truly come to appreciate designs that benefit the visually impaired. The G-Navi is an interactive guide dog system that aims to break boundaries & improve the independence & mobility of the sightless. G-Navi combines GPS navigation & a hands-free voice control system as well as vibrating-calibration technology to steer the guide dog to any waypoint the user selects. The pup’s harness even features a solar panel for constant charging. 

0 Designer: Shawn Youndong Kim

Modern-day Gentleman's Tray

Modern-day Gentleman’s Tray

The design team at Hekseskudd re-envisions the classic gentleman’s tray as not just a convenient container for loose change and keys, but one that also caters to the modern user by providing a place to recharge and house electronics like the iPhone and Apple keyboard. 3 configurations of varying size, capacity, and functionality are available in a number of handsome wood finishes for a custom made feel that compliments the heritage of the classic product.

0 Designer: Hekseskudd

Solidify Your Creativity To Win Fame and $5000!

Solidify Your Creativity To Win Fame and $5000!

I envy you designers and your creative flair when using 3-D software like solidThinking. Some of those natural renders are so amazing that you can actually win some worthy accolades! For sure it’s that time of the year when solidThinking is running their Design Competition! The only thing standing between you and $5,000 USD, a solidThinking 8.5 Inspired commercial license, is you creative intent! Hit the jump for Rules and Info.

0 Competition Closes: September 30, 2011, 11:59 pm ET

CKIE Spotlight: OneLessTV

CKIE Spotlight: OneLessTV

I have a TV mounted on the wall. It looks great but there are times when I want to physically move the unit because I also use it to hold meetings. This means either replacing the mount with an articulating arm or using a mobile media cabinet. OneLessTV by Heckler Design accommodates both my minimalist aesthetics and functional requirements by placing it on a mobile pedestal.

0 Designer: Dean Heckler for Heckler Design on CKIE

Sexy Feet in Fancy Slippers!

Sexy Feet in Fancy Slippers!

The Aero unisex slippers collection is a cross between kitsch and uber functionality that can give your feet a new reason to smile. I love the fact that you can mix and match between two colors and they look reasonably comfortable on paper. All I’m waiting for is the final version to arrive on my doorstep, so that I can head out into the sun…. just me and my sexy looking slippers!

0 Designer: Andrej Čverha

New Meaning to Light Washes

New Meaning to “Light Washes”

Be a sport and just look at the pre-picture and try and guess what this is. If you’ve spied the Electrolux logo and have concluded it’s probably an appliance, you’re right! Indeed it’s a dishwasher combined with a dining table light! The idea is to have a functional light stationed right above the dining table, so that you have easy access to routine dishes like plates and spoons.

0 Designer: Kim Joonmin

No Ticks or Tocks, Just Timeless

No Ticks or Tocks, Just Timeless

Mhin documents time with ambiguity so as to compliment the relaxing atmosphere of the home and aid your free time. In giving a vague approximation (~) of time, Mhin contrasts the specificity and scheduling associated with our daily lives. The unrelenting tick-tock and minute by minute progression is replaced by absolute silence and a slow consistent linear motion. Video after the jump!

0 Designer: James Tobin

LEGO Audio Comic

LEGO Audio Comic

The concept designed by Jonathan Robson is based on a LEGO helmet with a gold space visor. The helmet acts as a headset for listening to the audio for LEGO comics as well as a role-playing toy. Once subscribed to Audio Comic, you’ll receive the LEGO comic through the post with your activation code to download the audio onto a USB brick. Simply slot the brick into the back of the helmet, put it on and enjoy the exciting LEGO Audio comic experience!

0 Designer: Jonathan Robson

Spontaneous Design

Spontaneous Design

This Log Chop Bench is a one-off piece defined by one very unconventional process (to say the least). Designers David Long & Antoine Morris avoided concrete blueprints & lent their ax, log, & minimal sketches to a professional Lumberjill (you heard me) who carved out seat spaces with surgical precision. The rough hollows were then clad in fine, hand-sewn upholstery by a motorcycle saddle maker. A little unorthodox, but pretty damn sexy.

0 Designers: David Long & Antoine Morris

Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Written Sound for the Hearing Impaired

Acoustic Poetry is an exploration in the design of  products for deaf culture that focus not only on simple functionality but also offer an emotional connection to the acoustic environment that would otherwise be limited. Through the device, the user broadcasts the sounds of the environment that has sparked their curiosity to an interpreter who then responds with a brief verse describing the atmospheric noises. The result is an enriched connection to both everyday experiences and special occasions.

0 Designer: Michail Vanis

Sculptural Impulse

Sculptural Impulse

The name may leave little to the imagination, but the beauty of the Curved Dovetail Console Table lies in the process. The intricate dovetail joinery and unpredictable curves that highlight this piece were achieved by designer Nico Yektai’s willingness to let spontaneity take over. Using only a rough 3D model for the general shape, Yektai hand-carved the joints, legs, before applying his unique clamp wood-bending process to the supporting structure, yielding a design that blurs the lines between designer and sculptor.

0 Designer: Nico Yektai

Two Prongs of a Wall Socket

Two Prongs of a Wall Socket

Sometimes trying to plug a cord into a wall socket is like an adult version of that children’s toy where you have to match the shapes up to get them to fit. No, it shouldn’t be difficult but imagine what it’s like for the disabled and vision impaired. Baek Kil Hyun’s solution is modifying the traditional prongs into two half-hemspheric rings. Theoretically, this makes it much easier to use and actually slightly resembles the universal power icon.

0 Designer: Baek Kil Hyun

Redesign the Kitchen Knife

Redesign the Kitchen Knife

Designer Jongwoo Choi believes traditional knives are not suitable for elderly because the center of mass is located at the rear when people push down. His solution – the Swing Capsule kitchen knife. The handle can rotate up and over the blade creating a more centered balance while keeping your fingers safely away.

0 Designer: Jongwoo Choi