Back to the Typewriter

Back to the Typewriter

Now here is a media center project unlike any I’ve ever seen before. Inspired by the iconic typewriter he has at his desk, (a Lettera 22,) thinking about the futuristic world we live in and will live in in the future, this designer decided to combine the aesthetics of the typewriter with the guts of a modern day media center. A media center, for those of you who’ve get to get on board, is a computer specially equipped to act as your television hookup.

0 Designer: Carlo Convertini

Sumo Sway, Beanbags Are Comfy

Sumo Sway, Beanbags Are Comfy

There’s the trashy looking beanbag that only looks right in a kid’s room or college dorm and then there’s the more sophisticated beanbag that says you’re a little more mature now. That’s why we like Sumo Lounge’s plushy and stuffed offerings. We’ve mentioned them before and they’re back with a new product called the Sway Single and Sway Couple. Both come in microsueded or corduroy shells and the new curved back makes it even more comfortable.

0 Designer: Sumo Lounge (Buy it here $249-$279)

Meanwhile, In The Agricultural Sector...

Meanwhile, In The Agricultural Sector…

This work was created for the exhibition Beeld Hal Werk in Amsterdam which included some 59 sculpted works. The idea came from Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s ‘Death on credit’ in which a pseudo scientist tries to increase the size of his crops by radiating the land, only to harvest small rotten, maggot-infested potatoes. Needless to say, it didn’t work. This modern version looks like a 1980′s crash landed sci-fi prop. Lasers on stun PEW PEW! All made possible with the help of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

0 Designer: Paul Segers

Phallic Much?

Phallic Much?

Rise and Shine is a tribute to the Edison lightbulb which helped accelerate us into industrial era but after 130 years, it seems the light is finally dimming. The lightbulb will soon be banned from the EU and similar measures are taking place all over the world. In honor, this cheeky presentation shows the powerful rise of the lightbulb in a symbolic way – the brevity of existence.

0 Designer: Joost Wever

Wheels Of the Cycle Give Me Power…

Wheels Of the Cycle Give Me Power…

Power to juice up my gadgets, power to spike up my laptop! The idea behind re:energy concept is this: you ride the cycle and the wheels function as a generator to convert kinetic energy to power, and store the juice. When you run out of battery for your gadgets, recharge them by hooking them up to this unique cycle. A very do-able idea so you tech-specialists should have fun talking about this…on similar lines, we do have a pedal-driven washing machine invented!

0 Designers: Jinsik Kim and Boseung Seo

Look…My Phone Has A Tail!

Look…My Phone Has A Tail!

The cute little Mobile Tail instantly transforms your phone to a viewing display. The heartening inspiration behind this tail is One Hundred and One Dalmatians; thus the Dalmatian tail. It’s crafted from flexible liquid silicone rubber (LSR) – a non-reactive, high-purity material and attaches to any device via the suction cup. More than anything else, the idea of the tail and its sweet packaging makes it a must-want in my list!

0 Designers: Sangwoo Park & Jongwon Park

Podlings of Light

Podlings of Light

Behold a lovely plug-n-play lamp, one where you decide how it looks based on how you put the pieces together. It’s called ChromoSoma and it’s designed by Javier Alejandre. It’s a brilliantly simply yet hugely and decidedly thick lamp made for those with a taste for the floor-sitting nature it inflicts. Made up of two pieces: base and branch, each new piece creating a new bit of tree, creating your own personal forestral moment.

0 Designer: Javier Alejandre

Composting in Muted Tones

Composting in Muted Tones

It’s the funny situation we’re in as a society, one where we’ve got lovely green resources such as plant “waste” that ends up going to waste each day of the year simply because our day-to-day lives don’t have room for collecting and using. Instead that waste does indeed go to waste, but designers Patrice Mouillé & Alain Tessier want to put a hand toward ending that with Vertuo, a Worm composter.

0 Designer: Patrice Mouillé & Alain Tessier

Suspension of Some Strong Colors

Suspension of Some Strong Colors

Once you’re inside this post, scroll down to the gallery and check out the color selections you’ve got when you’re going to consider your brand new Plera lamp. Power! Strength! That’s what’s going on here. This Plera is a new suspension lamp concept, the word plera meaning to funnel in Friulan, a language spoken in northeastern Italy. It’s a strange touch of two disparate materials for an excellent feel – not to be left crashing down!

0 Designer: Enrico Zanolla and Andrea Di Filippo of DZStudio

Coffee For My Dervish Darling!

Coffee For My Dervish Darling!

The Dervish Coffee Cup takes inspiration from the Sufi Saints and their attire. Flowing robes that spin around as they twirl to their enchanting music! This essence is captured perfectly in the coffee-cup set of two. The double-walled porcelain cup gives a safe grip, making the cup handle an unnecessary attachment. Thanks to the curvilinear form of the plate, it is very easy to hold and carry. Once together, the two parts transform into a single, fluent form, preventing any risk of spilling. I’d love to have a set for myself!

0 Designer: Kunter Sekercioglu for ZULAStars

Blind CC

Blind CC

The Credit Card for the Blind looks complicated but is quite simple to use. It uses the cardholder’s fingerprint (using fingerprint recognition software) as their signature and the Braille on the display for transaction details. An inbuilt speaker rattles-off the kind of products being paid for, thus giving the blind a complete account of the transaction autonomously. Giving them a completely secure and safe transaction.

0 Designer: Kwon Ki Nam

A Soapy Solution, One At A Time

A Soapy Solution, One At A Time

Conservationists are few and far between, so sometimes it really depends on how cleverly you design a product to get the desired eco-green results. It’s quite natural for us to keep the water running while we lather our hands, so how about designing a faucet that allows you to do only ONE thing at a time! Presenting the Anti Waste Faucet: it holds a soap dispenser on the top half and the water-tap in the bottom part. Pump the lever down to dispense soap and raise it up to turn on the water. Basically you squish some liquid soap into your hands, lather up and then pull the lever up for water to rinse your hand.

0 Designer: Junjie Zhang

Beastly Bike at 40MPH

Beastly Bike at 40MPH

This is a fast bike. It’s called “The Beast” and it’s designed and executed by M55 Bikes and it goes 40 miles per hour. One charge on this electric bike and you’ll go as far as 75 miles even off-road. That’s impressive, yes? It’s made of custom parts created by M55′s seasoned engineers, using technology and materials used in Formula One cars and supersportscars alike. Titanium, carbon fiber, CNC machining, and a brushless motor mechanism, plus more!

0 Designer: M55 Bikes