Do Be Discreet

Do Be Discreet

I have always wanted to put my favorite books on display, hoping someone else would see and enjoy them, but I have struggled with finding a solution that doesn’t look too deliberate… until now. The Piastra is a wall mounted book shelf that brings home the functional simplicity of the magazine rack to create an all-around dynamic interior object that allows quick and intuitive access to reading.

0 Designer: Flussocreativo

Cut n' Snip

Cut n’ Snip

Meet Freecutter, a clever little peripheral for your home and office. It’s a marriage between a cutter and scissor, where the cutter blade retracts into one of the scissor blades. A fine example of how to make things more multifunctional and of course, more than one way to accidentally cut my finger now.

0 Designer: Junho Jin

Lamp No. 4

Lamp No. 4

I love the name.  Lamp No. 4 brings water and light together to create an ever-changing glow. Vibrating the string creates ripples of light that keep the space tranquil and relaxing.  The contrast between the tension in the base and the softness of the H2O filter is something only bare walls could appreciate.

0 Designer: Meidad Marzan

Apple Fanboys Here’s Your Chance To Win Beyza Cases Gear Worth € 500

Apple Fanboys Here’s Your Chance To Win Beyza Cases Gear Worth € 500

YD’ers, you are a lucky bunch and I’m flushed with envy! Here is an amazing opportunity to win classy Beyza Cases gear for your Apple goodies. To win an iPhone 4 “ID Slim” Case, iPhone 4 SlimLine “Classic” Case, iPad “Slim Bag” Series Sleeves & Slim Messenger Bag – collectively worth € 500, simply tell us two words that describe this collection. Elegant and uber-chic come to mind but unfortunately I can’t participate in this giveaway; YOU CAN!

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Just Do It, Yourself

Just Do It, Yourself

The Creo Shoe Concept focuses on user integration by allowing the wearer to become a part of the production process.  The footbeds, shoelaces, outer soles, and sewing pattern are sent to the user in a leather envelope that doubles as the inner part of the shoe. I am all for anything DIY or that supports local commerce and I love that the wearer can stitch the inner shoe themselves or hand it over to a local shoemaker for tailoring. The Creo’s real value is knowing exactly where it came from.

0 Designer: Jennifer Rieker

American Classics Reimagined

American Classics Reimagined

In their vernacular forms the country cabin and beach house are most often envisioned as rough and woody as well as shingled and white-washed, respectively.  Finding inspiration in Woodstock, NY and Fire Island, NY, Italian architect Andrea Salvini’s conceptualizations of the classics have been updated aesthetically and to the era of eco-efficiency.

0 Designer: Andrea Salvini

Wii Robot?

Wii Robot?

Now that everybody and they momma are doing motion controls, what’s Nintendo to do next? Ask designer Florence Boob (yes for serious) and you’ll get the Wii-Robot. OMG Wii-bot! Working under the assumption that everybody and they momma loves robots (true), the Wii-Robot is the little R2-D2 companion you’ve always wanted. It flies and follows you around, inviting you to play games it projects onto any flat surface. The controller is a sphere laced with motion controls. Loves!

0 Designer: Florence Boob

A Loom of Light

A Loom of Light

Loom is a collection of organic textile pendant lamps utilizing a new 3d woven polyester material designed by Benjamin Hubert for Swedish manufacturer Zero. Originally used as a source of comfort in the bedding industry the 3d textile has never before been used in the lighting industry. The textile can be stretched around complex forms and diffuses the light through its dense network of warp woven polyester fibers. The textile is offset and contrasted with a brightly lit polymer lens at the heart of each pendant.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert for Zero

Construction Just Got Cozier

Construction Just Got Cozier

Crane operators spend countless hours in position with limited break time. The FEZA tower crane cabinet seeks to minimize discomfort and increase efficiency with its ergonomic interior. There are panoramic views, user-friendly controls, and advanced security features for work action, while comfort settings like AC and electronic seat adjustment are available at the push of a button. Other creature comforts include food refrigeration, custom shelving, electronic curtains, and extendable leg room for kicking back on those extra long shifts.

0 Designer: Fatih Evyapan

If Eneloop and the Sun Were in Cahoots

If Eneloop and the Sun Were in Cahoots

The Light Catcher is a simple photoelectric battery where a transparent body coated with an antireflective layer houses solar cells. So every time your battery dies, just pamper it with some good ole’ fashioned sunshine to recharge. Comes in AA and AAA variants, both capable of powering another device via a 3.5mm jack, though I had no idea those could provide power.

0 Designers: Yung-Hsaing Chang Ming-Shien Lin & Chang-Ting Lu

On an Aqua Diet

On an Aqua Diet

Meet WAT, a lamp powered by water. Wait what!?! A few drops of water kick starts the process where it combines with a hydroelectric battery (composed of a carbon stick coated with magnesium powder) to generate an electro chemical reaction to create power. No idea how efficient it is but color me intrigued.

0 Designer: Manon Leblanc

Wireless Multitouch Wacom

Wireless Multitouch Wacom

I use a Wacom everyday and love the experience except why not just make it a screen with multitouch? I was delighted when a twitter follower tipped me off on this concept by Derick Schweppe. Let me preface by saying this is an unofficial concept. The Android OS  Wacom tablet can be used as an input for fully featured software like Photoshop and incorporates a dual digitizer with both active pen and touch input. When sketching with the pen, palm rejection is activated. The tablet utilizes a high quality IPS display. Do want!

0 Designer: Derick Schweppe, Hat tip to @marchedesign

Fussy Yet Minimalistic

Fussy Yet Minimalistic

It’s easy to dismiss a simple table when there’s a superfluous design element, but I like the architectural form of this Side Table. The randomly placed rails also constitute the legs. There’s a fluidity in the design, emphasized by the softly curved wood surfaces. What appears to by unnecessarily complex makes total sense.

0 Designers: Stefan Jäger & David Laudert