Making Yearly Calendars Obsolete

Making Yearly Calendars Obsolete

I am totally impressed with the Puzzle Calendar! What an ingenious idea with an easy to follow system. You simply keep shifting the tiles each month to keep pace with the changing days! You can even jot down notes on the side using a whiteboard marker. I’m so going to replace my desk calendar once this hits the market.

0 Designer: Yan Yunyong

Mercedes-Benz Embraces Sculptural Experimentation

Mercedes-Benz Embraces Sculptural Experimentation

The designers at the big MB are pushing the limits of automotive design by embracing sculptural experimentation. It permeates every aspect of their design process, from collaborative sketches to workgroups. The resulting sculpture titled Aesthetics No. 2 is stunning – deceptively complex and being ingeniously organic. I can only image which future Mercedes-Benz interiors will benefit from this awesome workflow.

0 Designer: Mercedes-Benz

Don't Shred Your Paper - Disappear Your Ink!

Don’t Shred Your Paper – Disappear Your Ink!

Take a peek at this, paper shredder that doesn’t shred – this is the electromagnetic erasing system. The idea for this project came to the designer from observing the destructive effect of electromagnetic radiation on color pigments. Scary! This project aims directly at utilizing electromagnetic radiation in a fully controlled reaction inside a machine to break all bonds of color pigments that absorb only a particular range of the electromagnetic spectrum. What’s that mean? Maybe… reusable paper?

0 Designer: Mohsen Saleh

Electric No Seater on Two Wheels

Electric No Seater on Two Wheels

Behold one wacky bike for the further excellence of trick tracking across the X-Games world! The designer of this project has pulled out all the extras on this trick bike – even going so far as to remove the saddle seat! Because the designer recognizes that a bicycle is small enough to do some crazy tricks but limited by the power the rider can exert, while motorbikes have a bunch of power but are limited by their size, this project aims to cross the two.

0 Designer: Charles-Edouard BERCHE

The Tiniest Tron

The Tiniest Tron

So you like strips of bright light aside blackness, greenness, or grayness, yes? You must love the heck out of this Tron: Legacy wave of items coming out as of late! I know I love it. Not because all of them are good (excluding the one I’m about to show you, of course,) but because they’ve got that one singled-out limit that ties them all together. Let’s have a group show! Someday maybe. Now check this little thing out – it’s a Tron Ring!

0 Designer: James Thompson

Minimalist 3D Camera is All Smiles

Minimalist 3D Camera is All Smiles

If I came away with one one conclusion from this year’s CES, it’s 3D. For years companies have been talking about it but it seems 2011 is when it all comes to fruition and leading the initial wave are 3D cameras. The STEREOO concept gave us deja vu but this form factor and effervescent aesthetic is exactly what’ll get the general public excited about 3D. I love the minimalism and the humor of seeing a camera smiling back at you. The large display is capable of displaying 3D images and doubles as a touch interface. I want one now.

0 Designer: Michal Bonikowski from MINDSAILORS

20 Questions with Benjamin Hubert

20 Questions with Benjamin Hubert

We met Benjamin Hubert at last year’s Electrolux Design Lab event and although familiar with his work, came away with even more respect. Born in 1984, Benjamin studied ID at Loughborough University graduating in 2006.  A year later he founded his own studio that includes a diverse range of furniture and lighting products. He’s laid back and has an awesome sense of humor so we decided to play 20 questions.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert

iPad Case Flips and Folds for Your Benefit

iPad Case Flips and Folds for Your Benefit

The EOps P Series is a multi-functional protective carrying case for the iPad. The polycarbonate hard case provides protection while the fabric shell folds back to provide a platform for the iPad to rest on. The contrasting red strap keeps things together when closed and doubles as a document holder. Simple and elegant.

0 Designer: Michael Young

3D Glasses That Don't Look It

3D Glasses That Don’t Look It

It’s clear from this year’s CES how important 3D will be and that means 3D glasses. For the most part, they’re still quite “techie” looking and definitely not for the discerning fashionista. The Del Rey & Co. 3D classes draw upon the classic lexington shape, properly disguised as high-fashion specs.

0 Designer: Del Rey & Co.

The Water Vapor Project

The Water Vapor Project

This year’s IIDA has some pretty interesting entries. For example the Water Vapor Project is an attempt to hydrate the parched desert landscape of Africa. It proposes to build an environment where greenery thrives thanks to the basic principles of water vapor. 

0 Designers: Sangwook Park, Sinjeong Lee, Hoyoung Lee & Hyeonju Jo

Wood Chair Has Human Heart

Wood Chair Has Human Heart

Behold a chair with a real big story of intent inside it. This is a project by designer Shawn Weiland and it goes by the title “Affectual Chair.” It’s made of plywood and offers a relationship between materials, between user and object, and amongst the people interacting with the chair. This chair disposes of extra, superfluous, or otherwise decorative elements and goes for what the designer calls a purist formal language. Decide for yourself in the gallery below.

0 Designer: Shawn Weiland

The New Flip Phone

The New Flip Phone

Here’s a flip phone that could put the “cool” back into clamshells. When you receive an incoming call, the corner dog-ears up and if need be, opens up (book-style) using actuators like artificial muscles in its elastomeric cover. Awesome! Motorola StarTAC 2.o maybe?

0 Designers: Miyazawa Tetsu & Ichimura Shigenori

Bubbly Wall Hook Tiling

Bubbly Wall Hook Tiling

Check out this lovely new system for hanging up your stuff directly on the wall. This is a project by the name of “Illusion Wall” and it’s made to provide a pleasant atmosphere to otherwise frequently visited but oft forgotten flat blank walls. Each shape in this project is inspired by sketches based on potato roots and are meant to hold every bit of your day-to-day items such as coats, purses, hats, etc. Each tile is composed of three different lumps that, when combined with the rest, form a sense of movement as each tiles bumps are irregular.

0 Designer: Dideia