Mortar & Pestle Kitchen Tools 2011 Winner

Mortar & Pestle Kitchen Tools 2011 Winner

Rough and smooth, rounded and rectilinear – these forms bridge an ancient process with enduring glass, oak, marble, silver, cast iron and porcelain. This mortar and pestle collection is gorgeous. They simultaneously invoke a primitive form of food prep while ostentatiously define modern design. I love no. 2 for the contrast, the simplicity and the silhouette. It’s the only one in the collection looks good both in use and at rest.

0 Designer: Shira Keret

Go Tea

Go Tea

Combining the ancient game of Go along with ritualistic tea can lead to disastrous results but Arthur Xin carefully masters that fine line in this homage tea set. The tray looks like a Go board. The teapot and cups look like oversized chess pieces. It’s the whimsicality mixed with minimalism that keeps this design from veering close to a thematic mess.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

Stool Boom

Stool Boom

Art nouveau meets contemporary production with a new set of chairs and stools by modern designer Michael Stolworthy.  Elegant and organic, formidable and whimsical, they offer not only a place to rest, but an opportunity to reflect.  Contemplative pieces like dripping tar that welcome a new attitude in home decor.

0 Designer: Michael Stolworthy

LeafBed

LeafBed

The recent news of global tragedies like the tsunami in Japan and earthquake in Haiti really emphasize how much need there is for innovative relief products. LeafBed, Humanitech’s 2010 first prize winner for innovation in humanitarian emergency situations, is a sustainable bedding solution that explores the concept of adaptability by providing ready-made designs using local resources.

0 Designers: Juan Pablo Naranjo and Jean-Christophe Orthlieb

Pedestal Lamp

Pedestal Lamp

L.OOD is a pedestal lamp, a concept based on creating open forms and functions from a single refined object. It’s an assemblage of recycled things like lampshades, glass vases, pots, candy dishes and fruit trays. By layering these odd bits and ends together, you create a new form with new purpose purpose.

0 Designer: Elda Bellone

UNO 24 Watch, No Relation

UNO 24 Watch, No Relation

The UNO 24 wristwatch presents the entire day at a glance! The precise hour hand completes one full rotation every 24 hours. The dial is visually separated into day section and night sections. The position of the hand corresponds to the course taken by the sun – in the morning the hand appears above the horizon, at mid day it reaches its zenith and in the evening it sinks to the horizon. A delicate line at midnight marks the day change. Once the hand crosses this line, the date moves onto the next day.

0 Designer: Klaus Botta for Botta Design

16.5 Lb Room

16.5 Lb Room

The Light-room is a conceptual interior that addresses the underestimated idea of lightness as a sustainable solution. Composed of materials such as kevlar, silk, aluminum, and woven dyneema, individual pieces were designed to reduce energy consumption during production and transport, and minimize the use of materials without sacrificing style.

0 Designer: Bram Greenen

Ten Innovative Ways to do the Laundry

Ten Innovative Ways to do the Laundry

Ask anyone what is the most dreadful household chore they have to do, and unanimously we hear, it’s the Laundry! Washing dishes comes a close second, but we’ll deal with that later. For now lets take a look at ten innovative and futuristic methods of doing laundry, with the possibility of making them a fun chore! Yeah right!

0 Designers: Various

The iEveryting Stand

The iEveryting Stand

iMac – check; iPhone – check; iPad – check; iPod – check; looks like anything prefixed with an “i” has found its way to my desk and to organize them is thePolyply. Technically Andrew Kim should be calling it the iPoly, but never mind! The stand holds iEverything in a manner that makes it easy to charge and orient as secondary (and subsequent) displays. I love the way the keyboard can be teamed up with the iPad in the forefront and the iMac in the background.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim [ Minimally Minimal ]

Post-it Get's a New Dimension

Post-it Get’s a New Dimension

With the million things on my to-do list I need handy Post-it reminders everywhere. I even use digital Post-it notes on my phone because I’m a scatterbrain! I like Dongyeon Kim’s idea of a Post-it printer with re-usable sticky notepaper. Sync it with the phone or computer and get notes printed in a jiffy!

0 Designer: Dongyeon Kim

Blood Pressure Bracelet

Blood Pressure Bracelet

Tensio is an electronic blood pressure reading bracelet designed to keep tabs on your vital signs without appearing to be an medic-alert device. The core is cushioned with inflatable foam to take the reading and results appear on a display or through a tactile, braille surface. In case of emergencies, Tensio can wirelessly call for help.

0 Designer: Diana Dumitrescu

Woven Lamp

Woven Lamp

The AURA is a series of woven lamps designed to reinforce the warmth of light with texture. The wafer, saucer shape speaks to modernity without diluting the design. Anything woven usually feels “crafty” but the AURA feels almost alien origin. They’re hand-made in France with loads of attention to detail – the couture of lighting.

0 Designer: Béatrice Durandard

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