The tradicional porcelain piggy bank has always been broken by its owner. Now armed and ready it wants revenge! Unfortunately for the pig, the brass hammer just makes it easier for you to smash it apart. Cute.
Designer: Furf Design Studio
The antenna issue of the iPhone 4 is legendary and making light of the situation is the Icon iPhone Case with its not-so-subtle antenna extension! On second thoughts it’s a stark reminder of those bulky phones we used to use. Anyways if the icon doesn’t catch your fancy, you can splurge on the colorful hues of the Iro Cases. Incidentally Iro means “color” in Japanese and love the taxi version!
Designer: Essential TPE
The prolific design hub Art Lebedev is out with another of its creation and design-wise it’s got a major Philips hangover! I’m talking about the Optogan LED Lamp. To quote the studios, “the lamp combines classic ideas with advancements in microelectronics.” Anyways, the lamp features a radiator encasing that is designed as a set of ridges, which help in dissipating heat. These energy saving bulbs come as 40 & 60 watts. Simply love their organic form!
Designer: Art Lebedev Studio
Iterations and iterations! If there’s one thing a tech and design writer cannot possibly ignore or resist, it’s Tron. With this brand freaking new movie Tron: Legacy out now, the folks at Disney have basically a sure shot as far as the internet crowd goes, and for the most part, everyone riding on the wave has their own shot at fifteen minutes of fame. Here’s a designer taking that opportunity to the max with some alternate Light Cycle designs made for your pleasure!
Designer: Wallace Campbell
Love for a design for such a specific purpose, that’s what I’ve got here. Designer Bradley L. Bowers found himself intrigued by the idea of a desk/surface as an artifact that engages and enlivens its environment. Should all desks and tables and such seek to activate the space they sit in? That’s a big question. What Bowers decided to do here is create a desk that’d alter the space it’s in: perception, interaction, and interpretation. This is a desk for writing haiku.
Designer: Bradley L. Bowers
Modular systems are taking over the world. If you’ve got an item, it’s only an item. If you’ve got an item that can sit by, connect to, or fit in a system of similar items, you’ve got something so much more. The project we’re taking a look at right here is MPS, or Modular Plant System, and it’s a completely open system of poles and bowls for you to go wacky with combinations of for your very own hanging garden.
Designers: Urban Nature
Flutter In Pinhole is a zero-fuss cardboard pinhole camera. It works like a Polaroid camera e.g. instant pictures. The idea behind the project is radically different from its kitsch appeal. It’s aimed at the traveler who’d like to stay in touch via postcards. The photographs are captured into a pre-drawn frame, which you can then add a message to and post.
Designers: Yoo Geun-hyuk & Yoon Bo-jung
Now this is clever. The Reading Ruler is a tape measurer with a digital display and reads out the units of measurement. It even works in the dark. For the life of me I can’t imagine why we would need to measure anything in the dark unless it’s in the dungeons of Malfoy Mansion, but then we would just summon Doby for help no?
Designers: Ho Sung-woon & Woo Moo-bum
The WaterDisxx makes it possible to plant seeds almost anywhere. It provides the seed with everything it needs to grow, and makes reforrestation of desert areas possible in a economical way. It’s designed to be easy to manufacture, transport and installed. The advertising on the product is a good way to fund it and makes it possible for companies to show environmental effort. It’s based on the work of groasis, the international initiative to re-green the planet.
Designer: Roel Verhagen Kaptein
This unique piece aptly called the Playground is designed for star gazers – children who have an affinity with the sky. The geodesic domes and the whole facade are covered in star shaped cutouts. Day or night, the cutouts illuminate from the sun and moon to create a glowing, surreal atmosphere. Nice idea. Hey, I’m a big kid and I’d love to play in it.
Designer: Sungkuk Park
Let me tell you before I even begin to describe this design that it’s brilliant. There are such things as heated roads (ones that stay warm enough that a certain amount of snow will never even survive its fall), and there are such things as shovels and snowblowers for sidewalks. Why not heaters for sidewalks instead? Do it! Fantastic!
Whenever a bit of tiny design draws inspiration from gigantic architecture, it almost never goes wrong – and almost certainly goes so very right. This is an example that’s completely lovely. A light switch that draws inspiration from traditional Korean architecture (and clothing!) These switches (for electricity) are capable of not only switching the lights on and off, they can deliver detailed info about the energy usage of the room they’re installed in via free web or smartphone applications.
Designers: Frostdale Co., Ltd.