Glass Full of Radio

Glass Full of Radio

Have you ever tried this: take a glass (wine glass is better) and fill it more than half with water, then dip your finger in the water and rub it on the rim in a circular motion. Soon a very peaceful rhythm, more like Buddhist chants, can be heard. Playing on this physics is the radi_O, a concept radio that hopes to keep the intuitive bond between the music-box and humans, intact. And just like the finger on the glass, a good swirl on the radi_O rim controls the volume and the music station. Awesome!

0 Designer: Sunyung Yang

Single Cup Special

Single Cup Special

Oh boy, this Plug Cup is going to make me lazybones. Ever since I’ve laid my eyes on it, I have wanted this concept to come to life. It’s perfect for this instant coffee and green tea glutton that I am. A simple 180° rotating 2-pin plug at the base of the cup hooks on to any power source; so imagine this hanging off the powerstrip where my computer plugs are hitched! A tight lid ensures no spills and a clamp lock keeps the cup upright at the base. The good thing is that the heating element detaches so that the cup can be cleaned easily. Coffee mix, tea, water bottle….all will sit right next to my printer!

0 Designers: Various

Cup’o Lights

Cup’o Lights

I have used disposable paper cups for my daughter’s craft projects with some really funny outcomes, but this Brady-bunch of designers have given paper-craft a new lease of life. Cutting paper cups into half and then gluing them in a roof-tile pattern, they’ve created the enigmatic Rays lamp. I just hope they aren’t made from fresh cups, sterilized-used-cups is the better route to take. What do you say?

0 Designers: Chengyuan Wei, Guanyun Wang, Ye Tao, Jianxing Cai, Chao Chen & Xuanxing Yang

Fire Extinguisher for Dummies

Fire Extinguisher for Dummies

I’ve never had to use a fire extinguisher (knock on wood), & to be honest, I’m not sure I’d know exactly how to work the thing. Whether they’ll admit it or not, the truth is most people are like me & would need a sec to look over the instructions. Understanding that a split second can mean life or death, designer Markus Arnold developed  Xtinct, an easy to use extinguisher that signals the device’s operations awith LED lights &  features an extended hose for improved accuracy, both maximizing functionality & providing a more aesthetically appealing solution for home use.

0 Designer: Markus Arnold

Minimal Rigid Desk

Minimal Rigid Desk

The first product available in the L&Z line, The Sinus Trestle, is a simple and smooth design who’s interesting shape still sets it apart from ordinary table designs. Each side of the base is made of a single piece of tubular steel that is bent into its static shape, making for a robust and fairly lightweight design that will blend effortlessly into both modern and classic settings. Hit the jump to catch it in the making!

0 Designer: L&Z

The Fontable

The Fontable

This new series of modular furniture by Alessandro Canepa & Andrea Paulicelli features alphanumeric elements A-Z and their lower case counterparts as well as 0-9 as the table top, making for a whimsical design with a pop art feel. The graphic 3 dimensional letters and numbers can be completely customized in color and finish, and users can select a single letter or personalized mix to spell out any combination imaginable. Eclectic and whimsical, this design is definitely for those wanting to make a big statement! Get it here!

0 Designers: Alessandro Canepa & Andrea Paulicelli

VANDEYK Nightstream, Hand Built and Artful

VANDEYK Nightstream, Hand Built and Artful

VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles is a collaboration of renowned creative professionals dedicated to a simple mission; designing and building the most ravishingly beautiful bicycles – and not compromising along the way. The result? A perfectly handcrafted and strictly limited objects of art – 25 bicycles per collection worldwide. The first collection: “Nightstream”.

0 Designer: VANDEYK Contemporary Cycles

CKIE Supports Independent Design

CKIE Supports Independent Design

When it comes to selling “the next big idea” we’ve been taught to reason with people using emotional appeal or rationale. To convince them to believe in our cause and to support us unconditionally. It’s not a question of just parting with a dollar or saying encouraging words, it’s the question of having a vision and finding the right resources. When a project goes live on CKIE, its not just about showcasing a product, it’s also about supporting independent design and to make it a success.

Dignified Toilet for the Chaos Station

Dignified Toilet for the Chaos Station

The recent spate of natural and man-made disasters has put a stress on relief work being carried out by rescue agencies. One of the most predominant issues is that of human-waste management in temporary shelters. It’s easier to set up tents on fields than accommodating makeshift toilets for displaced people. The D.R. Toilet System looks into this issue and solves it with a flatpack toilet that comes with an encompassing tent for privacy and a unique waste-disposal system.

0 Designer: Rahim Bhimani

Simple Workstation That Looks Great Too

Simple Workstation That Looks Great Too

Aside from being just plain cute, Mobi is a also demonstration of how a desk can be adaptable & portable while occupying a minimal amount of space. The functional design has independent hinges for the top, base, and seat, allowing the desk to fold down to a fraction of its standing height. Perfect for small spaces, Mobi can be tucked away under the bed or in the closet until the user needs it, but even when it’s expanded the size is unobtrusive.

0 Designer: Peter Copenhaver

Italian Pleasure Boat

Italian Pleasure Boat

MAS 36, the latest concept from Designers Manfredi Conforzi & Filippo Biagi of KEYFRAMEStudio, is a far cry from their more gentle designs but still maintains the fine Italian styling they’re known for. Inspired by the lines of mid-20th century Italian car designs, the 10 meter yacht combines modern elegance with the strong Italian tradition of the shipyard. The vessel, soon to be introduced to the market by builder MAS Srl, will have room for 8 passengers who will enjoy an opulent sundeck & interior that can quickly be converted from dinette to sleeping quarters.

0 Designer: KEYFRAMESTUDIO

The People's Bandstand

The People’s Bandstand

A bandstand is always the center, ornamental focal point and usually the most exciting area of any good celebration. The People’s Bandstand, a design by a mix of architecture students from across Britain and commissioned by RIBA and the Southbank Centre, incorporates two distinctly British structural icons as inspiration: the bandstand & maypole. The unforgettable modern twist on the classic has a playful aesthetic that will host live performers, public gatherings, & playing children throughout the summer. Check out the construction timelapse after the jump!

0 Designers: Various

Toys That'll Make Them Meow and Woof!

Toys That’ll Make Them Meow and Woof!

Starting this month, AbsolutelyNew, Inc., a next generation consumer products company that develops the best ideas from independent inventors, is introducing four new pet toys into PetSmart stores. All four are designed to keep our feline and canine friends physically and mentally engaged, using interactive elements and natural encouragement. Two of the toys are for dogs and two are for cats. Below are descriptions of each.

0 Designer: AbsolutelyNew