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

Softness for Child Sitting

Softness for Child Sitting

Here’s a project consisting of three different bits of children’s furniture, each of them able to not only accommodate the child’s sitting, playing, and laying, it can also contain a whole batch of toys inside! Each of these bits of furniture is made of light foam so that the kids cannot hurt themselves whilst playing, and leatherette which is eco friendly false leather. Each of the furniture bits can be cleaned easily, and the color schemes are what the designers call “sober.” I must agree.

0 Designer: Creature Industry

CES 2011 Part 3

CES 2011 Part 3

Just three days into CES, the buffet foods, complimentary candies, sleepless nights, coffee and energy drinks are taking their toll on everyone, everyone but me because I came prepared. I’m dressed to the nines, rocking my freshly knitted tabi boots, constantly sucking on my Water Bobble, here to bring you part 3 of our coverage.

0 Exhibition: CES 2011 Part 3

CES 2011 Part 2

CES 2011 Part 2

This year’s CES sees incremental improvements, nothing revolutionary. However Ford has the distinction of being the first automotive company to reveal a new car outside a major automotive press event. Hit the jump!

0 Exhibition: CES 2011 Part 2

From Motorcycles to Sound

From Motorcycles to Sound

In cooperation with Triumph Motorcycle, Omni-Bang was designed for motorcycle enthusiasts. Music is a major element for people who like to march to their own beat. Omni-Bang is a high performance speaker with digital dock. the down-shot speaker design creates 36oº of sound. It’s a little retro and a whole-lotta rebel, totally fetch.

0 Designer: Chang Sung-Ching

Tree House Camping

Tree House Camping

The Tree House (awarded with honorable mention by Susdesign and a subsequent exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belém) is a project created under the premise of innovation and sustainability made entirely of cork. Cork is rich in thermal insulation characteristics. The main difference from other materials, besides being 100% free of dangerous chemicals, is that it’s not environmentally detrimental. It’s lightweight and quite portable too.

0 Designers: Ana Correia, Vasco Lopes, Vera Gomes and Bruno Guerreiro For Dideia

Some Serious Packaging

Some Serious Packaging

You’ll never guess what’s inside that box. It’s some kind of miniature vault or something. Whatever’s inside must be really special. Hit the jump.

0 Designer: Mathias Och - Och Design

Draining Your Peas

Draining Your Peas

Look at this clever idea, a flexible strainer mesh embedded in a rubberized mold that fits snuggly on the rim of any pot or pan. This allows you to drain off the liquid while holding back food. Not that we can’t use a regular strainer to do the job, but it’s cool to try practical stuff like the “Comfort & Not Leak – Pan Strainer.”

0 Designer: Wei Min

Chemically Powered to Charge

Chemically Powered to Charge

The Eco Power Strip is an alternate energy production source that bypasses traditional oil and the new-age hydrogen alternatives. Electricity is produced by electrolysis – the combination of oxygen with hydrogen in bio-ethanol (DEFC: Direct-ethanol fuel cells); using energy without carbonic acid gas. The tech is viable but will we ever see this in practical applications?

0 Designers: Jun Hyuck Choi, Jooyeon Kim & Sungi Kim

Sleek Cradle for My iPhone

Sleek Cradle for My iPhone

There seems to be a deluge in iPhone stands this year. I say the more the merrier! What’s cool about this Smarthone Stand for cars is that it goes on sale by the end of this month. The stand has video-out, charging dock, external function touch-keys, clock and display. Sang-hoon, reserve one for me please!

0 Designer: Sang-hoon Lee for PPYPLE Company