Break It On Down

Break It On Down

Let’s be honest, there’s kinda this unspoken understanding that products that are made for efficient transportation will usually reflect it in their design… and not always in a good way. The Complect coffee table is a union of simple home assembly and high quality construction that merge to create a practical flat-packing table without sacrificing style. Complect features bent plywood legs and a solid walnut table top that break down to a height of under 3.5″ and can be assembled within minutes using a common screwdriver. Gotta love this one!

0 Designer: Matt Finder

All in One, Two Three, Four

All in One, Two Three, Four

This puzzling design by designer Sanjin Halilovic isn’t your average shelving unit.  It is, however, a modular furniture collection that become a table, chair, or lounge when broken down from the completed arrangement. The set’s four elements are constructed of wooden plaques fixed together with drvofix adhesive and finished in acrylic mat paint in fitting primary colors. While it seems more practical as a side table and chair set for my purposes, I love having options of alternative use for those times you’re itching to switch things up.

0 Designer: Sanjin Halilovic

First & Last Impressions from a Clothespin

First & Last Impressions from a Clothespin

When Keith Magruder decided he was ready for branch out and interview for a position at the GAP Inc. headquarters, he needed a way to make his candidacy stand out. He tinkered with several ideas and ultimately settled with a clothespin. The end result is humorous, functional and very memorable. His “calling card”  thumb drive containing his portfolio is a testament to what we, as designers must do to prove ourselves. Be creative and bold like Keith. Question is, did he get the job?

0 Designer: Keith Magruder for CreativeSESSION

Two Halves of Time

Two Halves of Time

Many watch innovations come from the digital neophyte camp. The possibilities are limitless but what about the analog peeps? The Ikku is a watch project aimed squarely at innovating how time is read using traditional movements. The face is divided into half spheres. The left half signifies hours while the right tells minutes. Each of the half spheres are demarcated into 12 points with its own needle. To read time, just look at the hours on the left, then minutes on the right. Beautiful design and it’s certainly different. Should be in stores soon.

0 Designer: LÖYTÖ ESINEIDEN

The Lunar Effect on Faucets

The Lunar Effect on Faucets

I am totally captivated by the Luna Faucet! It is such a super sexy curve that has the audacity to compete with the crescent edge of the moon! And guess what, it succeeds in its efforts and is quite a design inspiration. Available in polished chrome and brushed Steelnox satin nickel finishes, I’ll be picking up the faucet and shower combo when I remodel my bathroom.

0 Designer: Graff

What a Cute Cushion!

What a Cute Cushion!

Cute as a button, the adorable iCushion is the perfect seat for your iPhone. It gives you a great viewing angle while watching videos and keeps your earphone cable and USB charging cord neatly organized. It’s made from silicone and features a suction cup to that iPhone from slipping. Totally Want!

0 Designer: Chris NG for Fadtronics

Bee Charmin' Shelving

Bee Charmin’ Shelving

This modular shelving unit by Sam Holmes focuses on the use of a simplified metal connector to combine equally sized planks together to form it’s honeycomb compartments. The finished product is a geometrically efficient structure that uses the least amount of material possible to create a lattice of hexagonal cells that can be modified for the perfect fit within a space. Mmm, I’m suddenly hungry for honeycomb cereal.

0 Designer: Sam Holmes

Pushy Handle

Pushy Handle

Unlike traditional door handles, the UltraLatch doesn’t twist or turn.  Instead, this functional hardware simply pushes or pulls to open an interior door, making it possible for small children, physically challenged adults, or anyone who’s arms are full to enter and exit safely with a mere 1/2 inch push or pull. Inspired by the auto gear shifter, the Ultralatch was designed to conform to the shape of the human hand and is not only ergonomic, but retrofits to most existing cutouts on standard doors.

0 Designer: SOSS

A Take on the Carafe

A Take on the Carafe

This reinterpretation of the Lebanese water carafe is the eye-catching work of designer Vrouyr Joubanian. Beeq’s layers are composed of 6mm thick concentric DuPont Corian that appear seamless, making the joints in between them completely invisible. The smooth and transparent traditional form of the carafe has been transformed into a jarring, opaque, and fragmented sculpture with Lego-like style.

0 Designer: Vrouyr Joubanian

Not Afraid of Color, Interview with Karim Rashid

Not Afraid of Color, Interview with Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers today. He has over 3000 products in production, countless awards and an ever growing list of collaborations; exhibitions, restaurants, banks, automative and electronic companies to name a few. He is an enigmatic designer with accessible taste. That’s a rare and precious combination. There’s something rebellious about his vision, yet refined. His bold aesthetic and penchant for pushing boundaries makes him worthy of a singular moniker – Karim.

0 Designer: Karim Rashid

City Compost Bin

City Compost Bin

Composting is an important, vital part to creating a sustainable city but few urbanites engage in the activity because of stigmas. The idea of having a heap of organic trash slowly decomposing away inside a hot box doesn’t seem very sanitary but to change that perception, the C/N concept aesthetically improves the appearance and ease of use of city compositing bins.

0 Designer: La Seconde d'Après

Balloony Lightsaber

Balloony Lightsaber

Don’t look so puzzled; this concept is pretty simple actually. Balloon Flashlight is a flashlight with some extra lining to it. Pump up the inners to engulf the lightbeam and transform it to a suspended lamp. So what you get is a wonderful, handy tool for your camp outs. One moment it’s a flashlight and the next, it’s a lamp in a tent!

0 Designers: Moonchul Kim & Ko Tae Hun

DIY Pendant Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

DIY Pendant Lamp by Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert is at it again, this time with a DIY pendant lamp series called Roofer for Fabbian. Inspired by roof tiles in Marrakech; you “shingle” up a circular steel frame. The tiles come in various colors enabling the consumer to customize their own design. The tiles are made of silicon polymer, flexible enough to form around a compound curvature framework while allowing some light to pass through. Even within each color group, I love the gradation. Truly this is a lamp about options. Brills!

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian