Moving Library

Moving Library

The Giro One is a shelf + side table stand, where you can flaunt your library, rest your coffee cup and show off your knick-knacks. I love the way you can interact with the modules by twirling them up and down the center axis, making it much easier to adjust the height to suit your style. Complimenting the design is a set of LED lamps at the top. It adds just the right amount of sophistication and functionality.

0 Designer: Juil Kim

Zip Up Tangle – Part Two

Zip Up Tangle – Part Two

Seems like adding a zipper to the earphones is one of the easiest ways to manage them. A refined version is seen in Fasna; the zipper looks sturdy and attention to detail like magnets in the earbuds hold them in place; makes them far more functional too. Just be careful with your shirt if off. Hair, skin and zippers don’t go well together.

0 Designer: Hirotaka Matsui

2011 Skyscraper Competition, Top 35

2011 Skyscraper Competition, Top 35

The 2011 Skyscraper Competition is an endeavor to revolutionize efforts, vision and passion that architects put into building our future infrastructure. The projects have been adjudged for their use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. Hosted by the eVolo Magazine, the focus of the jury has been to pick out those ideas that understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

0 Designers: Various

That's a Really Low Table

That’s a Really Low Table

If you really like low profile tables, you’ll love the Lowbay by Han Koning. I’m actually very smitten with how it looks. There’s a simplicity in the design that I love and yet the exposed ridges of the table top lend confidence in the construction because you can see how he bent the layers of wood. It’s a “complex simplicity” if you will.  It’s 118×60 in size and technically a limited edition called “white”, although I don’t see anything white about it, except Mr. Koning… and his shirt… and his glasses.

0 Designer: Han Koning

Superstition in Design

Superstition in Design

You’ve heard the old rules. Don’t walk under a ladder. Be wary of a black cat. Never spill salt. It’s all superstition but many people today still follow those axioms so designer Stefano Oliva decided to have a little fun with it in creating Sale, a salt container you roll across the table. I wonder how they’ll react to this.

0 Designer: Stefano Oliva

It Just Pops Up Like Toast!

It Just Pops Up Like Toast!

I’m on a perpetual quest finding innovative solutions for power strips and plug-yanking! This time around I’ve chanced upon the Single Hand, a power strip where sockets pop up like toast! Yes, simply push those green buttons and up pops the plug! Simple, easy and colorful!

0 Designer: Lu Zhaoliang

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Love Card, Your Shopping Guide!

Although it sounds like a love meter, the Love Card is actually a digital card that helps the blind and elderly shop in supermarkets independently. It’s basically a device that hangs around the neck and when activated, communicates with the wearer with audio feedback. It uses RFID technology to “read aloud” the prices of groceries, vegetables etc. Take your pick and keep moving down the aisle.

0 Designer: Shen Ming

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

Wait, Fiskars Audio Products?

What if Sony made cars, Apple made dishwashers and Google made furniture? This poses a unique opportunity for a designer to take a company’s brand identity and apply it to a market they don’t currently serve. Designer Edouard Urcadez took the Fiskars brand aesthetic (known for shears and garden tools) and translated it into a HDD headphone amplifier called the “88.”

0 Designer: Edouard Urcadez

Keeping the Barista Art Intact

Keeping the Barista Art Intact

Don’t you love the artwork a barista creates in your coffee? I adore it and try to keep the foam intact until the last drop. Unfortunately mixing in the sugar always ruins it, but if I have something like the “Mix”,  I could savor my drink and enjoy the art. It’s a ceramic stirrer that funnels the sugar to the bottom without disturbing the delicate foam. It may seem frivolous to some, but I look at it from a coffee-lover’s perspective; anything to make my cuppa perfect!

0 Designer: Luis Carlos Hernani Junior

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