Eco-Decor

Eco-Decor

These wall covering panels by WallArt are made out of bagasse, the fibrous residue of sugarcane, making them 100% recycled, compostable, and completely biodegradable. Every year more than 1 billion metric tons of sugarcane are collected for raw sugar. With up to 3 harvests per year, it is one of the most renewable sources available. The first to introduce this technology to the wall-decor market, WallArt provides an eco-friendly 3d effect that’s sure to sweeten any space.

0 Maker: WallArt

Tactile Green Heater

Tactile Green Heater

This design by Younes Duret takes inspiration from Eastern oriental graphics and the traditional Moroccan hearth to create a transportable and calming space heater. Canoon relieves tension by heating compact cherry pit-filled pillows that can be applied to any part of the body to ease pain and provide comfort. The unit is composed entirely of recycled plastic, uses less energy than the average space heater, and is easily controlled by a simple stroke of the hand on it’s top or lower components which vary in color between turquoise and red to indicate the units temperature.

0 Designer: Younes Duret

Re-Source - Better Kitchens for the Future

Re-Source – Better Kitchens for the Future

Here is a very special sneak-peek at what the students of Domus Academy have been up to. Electrolux commissioned the product design students to come up with ideas that support a better kitchen environment using existing technologies. Re-Source perceives appliances to be the best kitchen mate! Here’s a look at 9 exciting projects, some of which we will be looking at in-depth at a later stage.

0 Designers: Various

Turkish Coffee Set

Turkish Coffee Set

The 40 Years coffee set concept is a play off the Turkish proverb “a cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship.” The set is designed to facilitate the proper steaming and preparation of Turkish coffee by allowing the dregs to settle into the bottom of the ceramic tumbler. The glass cup beneath holds the all important liquor for a real kick. Everything neatly stacks together for storage. Turkish Coffee sets are usually ornate so it’s refreshing to see a modern version.

0 Designers: Alize Cetintas & Burak Kure

One Sexy F1 Car

One Sexy F1 Car

Aryton Senna’s 1986 Lotus 98T is probably one of the most iconic Formula One cars. It’s the last in a long line of cars in the beautiful John Player Special colors of black and gold. This concept reinterprets these colors for Team Lotus in the F1 season 2011. It celebrates the pure beauty of F1 cars with matte black sponsor logos instead of bright obnoxious branding. Black carbon fibre is left unpainted to reduce weight. The top surfaces are coated with a matte finish to improve laminar flow reducing turbulence and increasing aerodynamic efficiency.

0 Designer: Sonny Lim

KINECTed Conference

KINECTed Conference

The Kinected Conference project utilizes sound sensors and, you guessed it, the world’s fast selling consumer electronics device to implement some really cool features into videoconferencing.  Freezing Former Frames stop the current frame, “freezing” a chosen area so you can text or complete another task without offending the person on the other end. Talking to Focus recognizes the speaker and blurs out the rest when there are multiple people in frame. I might need that one for our video blog (jk Long!). Catch the vid for more on KC!

0 Designers: Various

Techno-Organic Lighting

Techno-Organic Lighting

This new collection of suspended LED lamps by Integral Studio Vinaccia utilize an overlay of hard wooden slats to create volume and soft familiar shapes. A cloud of wood blades form the Cumulus lamp as it seemingly floats while spreading soft light and the Frame lamp’s wood slats hold an interchangeable central screen that casts elaborate shadows on the surrounding space. The entire collection is available in natural wood, or painted white or black.

0 Designer: Giulio & Valerio Vinaccia

Dangle Lamp

Dangle Lamp

This friendly looking lamp by Enrico Salis supports a single shelf for books and other objects while it’s adjustable upper arm holds a paper chandelier- almost as if it’s presenting an offering of light to the user. The adjustable upper arm  can be set in two positions while the electrical wire remains hidden within the simple but rigid supporting structure.  This straightforward design makes a great lighting solution bedside or near a comfy chair; perfect for late night reading.

0 Designer: Enrico Salis

Combination Memory

Combination Memory

The Collector USB Flash Drive is one awesome concept that I’d love to see on shelves. The idea is simple. A USB Stick accommodates small capacity memory cards. Custom configure the stick or simply keep expanding, just do your techie thing and be happy! What a great way to use all those smaller cards laying around the house. Not sure how it deals with partitioning unless there are some smarts built-in to deal with hot swapping.

0 Designer: Fang-Chun Tsai

Stealthy Speakers

Stealthy Speakers

I’m not keen on the design because it looks like some military grade weapon but I suspect there are some audiophiles who could appreciate the Stealth | Four loudspeaker concept. It’s minimal in design, isolating each driver unit for maximum quality of sound reproduction without the need for bulk.

0 Designer: Gorden Fraser

Balancing Blocks

Balancing Blocks

Ah the simple joy of stacking objects to see how high they can go before the whole thing collapses. Fort Standard, a design studio based in New York created Balancing Blocks, an homage to a timeless form of entertainment for all ages. Each $70 set is handmade. A bit pricey but I love the simplicity.

0 Designer: Fort Standard

Mathematically Timing

Mathematically Timing

The deceptively cool looking Clockus is one heavy-duty brain-drain that takes off from where the IQ Clock left us. It presents you with a rudimentary math problem every hour so if you want the time, brush up on your addition, subtraction and multiplication tables. For you math geniuses, Clockus can serve up questions in the 24hr format. Oooh double digits!

0 Designer: Noh Ji Hun

Succession Furniture Collection

Succession Furniture Collection

The eccentric pieces in this new upholstered furniture collection by Fredrik Färg stimulate the imagination with their animal-like form and feeling of movement. The textile and leather shelving and stools even have all the markings of a beast of burden. Individual pieces are bound in rope, heated, and then cut loose to produce a seamless pattern that is as harsh as it is civilized. According to Färg, they’ve become the family he “never knew he had.”

0 Designer: Fredrik Färg