Chopstick Training Wheels

Chopstick Training Wheels

Using chopsticks requires a kind of dexterous finesse that can take months to master so if your hands are about as coordinated as two left feet, check out the Gori. It’s a gorgeously designed napkin ring that just so happens to function as a spring and tension point when place on top of a pair of chopsticks. I just want one because it looks so damn pretty.

0 Designer: Sang-Gyeun Ahn

Hold On to Your Handlebars

Hold On to Your Handlebars

Yet another air compression powered motorbike concept from our fellow Frenchmen. The Saline Bird was designed for the quirky speed record holders, Les Triplettes de Bonneville. The air tanks and other elements are nestled snugly within it’s carbon fiber frame. Riders sit in a skier-like position to minimize air resistance and the optional leather body panel adds a nice aerodynamic finish. I hope that hand-stitched hide is ready for some serious bug gut-splatter.

0 Designers: Various

A Chair for Clingy Lovers

A Chair for Clingy Lovers

If you’ve ever had someone sit in your lap, you know that 15 minutes is about the max your legs can handle. It’s really not fair. The Hug chair brings simple design and human gesture together for that extra time you want to sit with your significant other. When you’re away from your special someone the extra seat doubles as a convenient space, perfect for catching up on video chat.

0 Designer: Ilian Milinov

Concrete Plates

Concrete Plates

Two of my favorite materials: concrete and wood. What’s not to love about these concrete plates by Nir Meiri. Albeit, they have got to be heavy… but nobody’s talking about throwing out the china. No matter the food displayed, it is sure to provide the perfect accent, completing the combination of textures and natural colors. Just tell your Greek brother in-law to be careful where he’s smashing plates with this one. OPA!!

0 Designer: Nir Meiri

What Big Hands You Have!

What Big Hands You Have!

Love it, love it, love it! The Zoomin Watch is such a brilliant concept, not only is the idea of magnifying nubs on the hands a superb idea, but also the design execution is sleek and sophisticated. Not for a single moment does it look like a watch intended for the Silver Generation…if anything it looks like cool wrist gear that will appeal to all generations. Designers, take a bow!

0 Designers: Gennady Martynov & Emre Cetinkoprulu

Yoga at The Lights

Yoga at The Lights

Any bustling metropolis faces loads of pedestrians waiting at busy intersections for their turn to cross the road. Designer Li Ming feels that there is a lot waiting time wasted and we can utilize it as “meaningful time”, perhaps with some exercise and fun. A stretch here and a pull there… like synchronized yoga asana! By the time the lights turn green, you’re the next Jane Fonda!

0 Designer: Li Ming Hsing

Fascinating Kinetic Architecture

Fascinating Kinetic Architecture

This is one of the most interesting building concepts I’ve seen in a while. The Kinetower’s exterior window elements respond to sunlight or user control much in the same way a flower blooms in the morning, transforming it’s hard facade into a softer and almost unrecognizable version of it’s former self. The metamorphosis is made possible by the use of material that is rigid when taut but flexible enough to bend. This is dynamic design at it’s best.

0 Designer: Kinetura

Le Moto

Le Moto

The Saline Airstream, designed for Les Triplettes de Bonneville, has all the markings of French peculiarity and boldness. The raw, utilitarian, stripped-down appearance has more than a hint of cafe racer. This motorbike certainly showcases the “savoir-faire” of the designers- fingers crossed that the rider has the same know-how.

0 Designers: Vincent Montreuil, Julien Clément, Thomas Duhamel, Benoît Ponton, Pierrick Huart

WTF is that?

WTF is that?

A coffee mug… duh.  Sip your favorite cup o’ joe in one of these ceramic sculptures by Jerome Olivet, appropriately named Speed, Flight, Skin, Attraction, Snake, Abstract, and Bimbo. Match the name to the mug.

0 Designer: Jerome Olivet

A Hanger with an Extra Talent

A Hanger with an Extra Talent

The Tree Hanger hanger not only hangs clothes but the design also facilitates easy air drying. The base of each hanger has an extendable bit to snap more hangers together. The extra width is perfect for flat drying before you hang them up. The geometric cutouts provide just enough surface area for stability without disrupting airflow.

0 Designers: Jhih-Jie Liou and Wei-Lun Wang

Catch That Cap!

Catch That Cap!

There are several ways to open a beer bottle but where do those bottle caps end up? Flung across the floor, someone’s forehead, trapped between the couch cushions? This clever device opens the bottles and catches the caps until you decide to release the prisoners by removing the flexible base to make room for more victims. Super Bowl Sunday will never be the same again! Think of the caps as badges of honor. Get drunk people.

0 Designer: Stefano Di Lollo for Trudeau Corporation

This Glue Won’t Stick!

This Glue Won’t Stick!

A simple tweak in the body and proactive action of saving the cap, two good reasons to redesign the Glue Stick! The tear-shaped tube won’t roll off the table and the darn thing works ONLY if you latch the cap to the end. My office supply staff is going to be so happy!

0 Designer: Noh Ji Hun

The Magical Bend

The Magical Bend

I have seen tons of elegant flatware but none of them as ingenious as this! The Magic Spoon is a delightful set of spoons, knives and forks that have built-in clasps at the end. Yes, exactly the hairpin kind! You can cleverly cling it to your plate while clearing out the dishes, seal pouches or simply be this show-off with cool cutlery!

0 Designer: Ivan Erkic