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

A Chair With a Twist

A Chair With a Twist

This felt chair puts a new twist on sustainable ecodesign. The FF1 by designers James van Vossel and Tom de Vrieze at Fox and Freeze is comprised of only two components: one solid synthetic felt sheet and flax rope. The felt is coiled and recoiled to form the base, seat, and back while the flax rope holds the form and provides a nice finishing touch.  Aside from drilling holes there is no loss of material and the structure is completely self supporting. Total potential for DIY. Felt follows function in this symmetric yet asymmetric design.

0 Designers: James van Vossel & Tom de Vrieze

Pulse

Pulse

The beginning stages of wearing a hearing aid can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Pulse is an auditory system aimed at improving this transition by providing interactive activities such as memory games and recording challenges that the entire family can engage in. Pulse uses audio induction loop technology with colorful aid receivers and conical transmitters. Replica aids for non hearing aid wearers offer audible as well as visual positive reinforcement for children who not only hear but see the benefit of wearing the hearing aid.

0 Designer: Simon Smith

Moon Table Isn't Just for Looks

Moon Table Isn’t Just for Looks

The dining table is the hub of family life. The Moon table, inspired by Moon Type (an alternative to braille), was designed to encourage those who are blind or partially sighted to develop workable systems at the dinner table. Aluminum inlays map the essential paths, intersections, and spheres of use at a dining table. The integration of color and material contrast, edge tracking for navigation, and aluminum feet provide feedback when approached with a cane, make Moon 100% compliant with standard way-finding methods.

0 Designers: Various

Is it a Megaphone?

Is it a Megaphone?

The ‘Megaphones’ appear to be an eponym but they’re actually speakers. One of the ideas behind the Megaphones was to bring back “nobility” to the object: let’s replace the cheap electronics with hi-fi components. Let’s replace the plastic with wood but let’s keep the iconic shape. The final product is unique and has a distinct Dutch quality to it. Love the craftsmanship.

0 Designer: Corentin Dombrecht