Psychedelic Bubbles

Psychedelic Bubbles

Do you remember blowing soap bubbles and chasing after them? Give me a set now, and you’d find me doing the same…. even at this age! I guess for such fun-stuff we get stuck in a time warp or something. And since this is the next-gen, imagine adding some neon-psychedelic colors to the suds and blowing glow-in-the-dark light bubbles! The next big thing!

0 Designers: Wang Qiubo, Shen Lingyan, Zou Yujuan & Shi Tenggao

Shower Flower!

Shower Flower!

The River Flowing System doesn’t give you the chance of wondering if you have it set to flow or tap. The design is such that the showerhead is placed above a basin-esque bowl and the water flows down as a stream. Water pressure and temperature settings are controlled via a centralized knob and showerhead is held into place via magnets. So basically you just turn the shower on and the water cascades down the bowl-lip, giving you the best of both the worlds!

0 Designer: Choi Hyong-Suk

Well Timed Sockets

Well Timed Sockets

Every little step towards saving energy is a good thing; and thus we have the Ring Socket. The design is based on how a timer works. Set the ring for an hour, two-hours, more-hours; and at the end of it, the power supply shuts off.  A thoughtful design but I guess suitable only for single sockets; as a long strip it would look too comical!

0 Designers: Cheng-Hsiu Du & Chyun-Chau Lin

Watchers in Darkness

Watchers in Darkness

Behold shrouded figures standing watch over us all, each of them covered in light in all places both light and dark. These are a set of sculptures called “Light Guards,” designed and executed by designer / artist Manfred Kielnhofer. Each of them is a lamp sculpture, fabric draped over an invisible human-like shape. Each one of them is also polyester matched with energy sensitive lamps glowing at 32 W each.

0 Designer: Manfred Kielnhofer

A False Arm that Doesn't Appear So

A False Arm that Doesn’t Appear So

It’s the strangest thing, and it owes a lot to the advancement of medical research and history, that while eyeglasses have been fashionable almost from their inception, prosthesis have barely evolved at all in the hundreds of years they’ve existed. This situation has been addressed by Stephan Merkle in this project, AWEAR SERIES Prosthesis. It is through artificial skin and fashion elements that cover up advanced mechanical elements that make this project the leap into normality we should have made long, long ago.

0 Designer: Stephan Merkle

Playground O Tires

Playground O Tires

When I was a young lad, we had a local playground with a giant playset made entirely of old rubber tires. The giant ones, four feet or more in diameter each. This playset was eventually torn down because a combination of weather, animals, and homeless people ended up making it an unfavorable environment for kids. Let David Barry show you now what the people who designed that piece of junk SHOULD have done with the tires instead. Take a glance, if you will, at the Big Foot play equipment project.

0 Designer: David Barry

Travelling with a Closet

Travelling with a Closet

One of the first things to do when I check into a hotel is to unpack my bags and inspect the closet. I hate to leave my suitcase messy and prefer to arrange clothes neatly in drawers. The flipside is unpacking takes time. The Traveler’s Closet is intended to solve this problem. The case is designed as drawers and the handle lengthens to host hangers. The only thing is I hope it doesn’t end up wrinkling my clothes.

0 Designer: Psychic Factory

Cutting Up in Style!

Cutting Up in Style!

The ORCA Saw looks complicated but I’m sure it’s ergonomically comfortable to hold. One of the unique features is a thumb scroll switch instead of your typical trigger and its distinctive curved blade guard allows more working angle. Not that I own any saws, but if I were to get one, this would be it! It’s even gorgeous on display.

0 Designer: Jon Nguyen

I’m Pregnant, I Need Your Help!

I’m Pregnant, I Need Your Help!

The Help-Shirt may seem like a farfetched idea, but put in a situation, it could be a lifesaver. It’s a shirt meant for pregnant women where “HELP” is invisible till they pull the trigger and a specialized ink reveals the words. Seems pointless but it’s just one way to cover all your bases.

0 Designers: Wang Qiubo & Hu Xinyuan

Robbins Corvette

Robbins Corvette

Take a peek at this brand new vision for the future form of the Corvette. This is a project worked on by a Transportation Design student James Robbins, one where the entire history of the Corvette was researched and the design language and progression was noted and accounted for. The images you’re about to see are what this designer sees as the next logical step in the long line of super sleek, fashionable, ultra sporty vehicles.

0 Designer: James Robbins

Terror at Top Speed!

Terror at Top Speed!

Ever since way back in the 1990′s when I saw Cool Runnings, I’ve been terrified of downhill super-speed sports. This gives me horrible flashbacks! It rocks so hard, I can barely believe it. I’ve got such a reverence for people who are able to do this sort of sport that I can barely contain my excitement at this clearly professionally designed downhill sports board on four wheels. Zoom!

0 Designer: Nuno Pereira

Kitchen for Entertaining, Kitchen for Living

Kitchen for Entertaining, Kitchen for Living

Behold a step into the world of making the entire house useful for a party. This is “The Dynamic Kitchen” by Darren Morgan, one made to transform from your everyday kitchen to be used by every family fellow across the nation to a multifunctional place of drinks and eats for all! This kitchen is designed to not only flows with the surrounding architecture, it transforms itself into “a stunning backdrop to any social occasion.” And you can buy it!

0 Designer: Darren Morgan

Multiple OS's on a Smartphone

Multiple OS’s on a Smartphone

The Smartphone market is definitely going to be more competitive in 2011 with five platforms competing for the crown, but designers Michal Bonikowski and Rafal Pilat feel there’s no need to choose just one so they’ve come up with three concepts sure to appease most of you. Project one is an HTC model that can run multiple operating system (not gonna happen) but an intriguing idea nonetheless. I’d actually go for a phone like that. Projects 2 and 3 are more standard fare. Hit the jump

0 Designers: Michal Bonikowski & Rafal Pilat - Mindsailors