Pour Me a Glass of Coin

Pour Me a Glass of Coin

This is the Teapot Coin Bank, and it’s definitely not the LEAST strange bank I’ve seen all day. Heck, it’s not the least strange bank I’ve seen the entire course of my life. I’ve seen more normal banks to be sure. But I have not seen a more excellent bank today. This bank allows you to insert coins through its top, then when you need a few back, just pour them out through the spout. The spout is big enough to let you have just a few at a time (just enough for some ice cream.)

0 Designer: Yi Weishen of MEGAWING [Buy It Here]

BFF Watches for Overseas Lovers

BFF Watches for Overseas Lovers

You know the sacred bond that is made when two people hold separate parts of a heart. They are Best Friends Forever. Or married. Whichever it happens to be, here’s a watch for them. This is “Dual Time,” a unisex GMT wristwatch with a unique feature: complimentary hour hands. Where normally three hands would mean hour, minute, and second, here they mean second, your hour, and your friend’s hour.

0 Designers: Chiyu Chen and Han-Hsi Chen

The Fascinating Legacy of the 2010 TUDOR Heritage Chrono Watch

The Fascinating Legacy of the 2010 TUDOR Heritage Chrono Watch

If it’s not the celestial bodies, man has depended on earthly resources (sand-clock) to keep an account of the precious moments that tick away. With age and technology, refinements to the system gave us pocket watches, grandfather clocks and even the humble wristwatch. Subtle significance in fictions like Paths of Glory, where a watch played the crucial evidence that rocked Edmund Hillary’s claim to Everest, or real-time standstills found at ground zero, a watch is a Precious Heritage that we all identify with. The 2010 TUDOR Heritage Chrono Watch is one significant addition that you’d like to inherit.

A Clean Shirt Everyday

A Clean Shirt Everyday

I actually enjoy doing laundry because the results always leave me in some warm, cuddly, lethargic relaxed state. Maybe it’s the combination of heat and dryer sheets; does it to me every time. But, if you told me I could leave it all behind and have clean clothes each time I opened my closet, I’d hand you my credit card.

0 Designer: Minsung Bae

The Smartphone Bicycle

The Smartphone Bicycle

Safety protocols say to keep both hands on the handlebars but they also say use hand gestures to signal turn intention. Contradiction! The Ecodrive has integrated lights and turn signals controlled via the handlebars. And no concept is complete without some form of smartphone integration so this little guy has a nice cubby hole for the iPhone. Keeps it charged and in return, the iPhone gives you access to its magical GPS and navigation abilities. It’s animal symbiosis people.

0 Designer: Juil Kim

iDrop Information, Simple!

iDrop Information, Simple!

i dropper this wonderful stylus pen for an intuitive connective experience on mobile devices. Gadgets like smart phones, laptops, and PDAs form the essence of our environment these days and the intuitive i dropper interface allows you to connect fast and move data between devices in a jiffy. Modeled on the eyedropper, this new-age thang allows you to “suck in” and “drop out” information such as a mobile application, text, or an image.

0 Designers: Heo Jaeyoung, Jin Hoyoung & Jung Han-Bi

Fingers For Food Feelings

Fingers For Food Feelings

The See With Fingertips is a specialized plate for the blind, to help them feel around the food-plate with hands and eat confidently, without spills. The thoughtful shape of each niche is quite interesting and I feel this idea can be extended to toddlers getting their grips on independent eating. What do you think?

0 Designers: Keum Eun-byeol & Park So-mi

Dosh Wallets 2.0 Review

Dosh Wallets 2.0 Review

We reviewed the original Dosh wallet in 2008 but the Aussie company is back with more styles, more colors, and a series of bespoke art wallets to choose from. I also want to introduce you to our new review editors Bret and Greg. Both switched from traditional wallets to give the Dosh a spin. Hit the jump for their review.

0 Designer: Dosh (Buy them here)

Spirograph in Three Dimensions

Spirograph in Three Dimensions

For four days at the end of October 2010, the folks at Cohda Studio offered up a testing ground for a brand new concept in furniture creation. Using the 1960s engineering tool Spirograph along with newly developed computer programming and the latest in 3D printing tech, they’ve created a DIY stool station! All you do is draw your spirals using a plastic disk onto the provided Wacom tablet, adding the third dimension by slowing down or speeding up your movements.

0 Designer: Cohda Studio

A Town Under Cup

A Town Under Cup

This is the lovely Flowing City Coaster brought to you by the fine folks at MEGAWING. Designed by Liu Chenhsu and coming in either clear or black, made entirely of Silica gel and sized at approximately W3.5 x L3.5 x H0.2″. Made to realize the age-old idea of a micro city, how strange it would be to have little objects finding us humans so very gigantic. A single drop becomes a flood in these itty bitty streams.

0 Designer: Liu Chenhsu of MEGAWING [Buy It Here]

Environment of Understanding

Environment of Understanding

This project is called “Hope Tree” and it aims to encapsulate you in a world of light and help you to fully immerse yourself in the essence of our natural environment. As the designers put it, “Lately, we are bombarded with products that try to deal with the consequences of environmental damages throughout the world, but occasionally we overlook the roots of these occurring problems by not fully understanding our environment.” With that problem in their path, they set to work creating a tree.

0 Designers: Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova of 24° Studio

Loopy Home

Loopy Home

This stunning architectural piece called the 360 House in Madrid, Spain eschews standard conformity by looping in on itself. The roof is at once protective and accessible as a walkway. Of course this means that almost no wall inside is flat but I suspect interior designers are up for a new challenge nowadays. Congrats to Andrés Silanes, Fernando Valderrama and Carlos Bañón. We must visit this house! Want to give us a tour Subarquitectura?

0 Designer: Subarquitectura

Iron Doggy

Iron Doggy

The I-dog is a part of a limited edition sculpture series created by Elda Bellone designed to explore how sculptures cross into function. Made of white iron, it’s strong and gentle at the same time. Awww! Use it as an umbrella stand or anything else you can fit inside its structure. It’s adorable!

0 Designer: Elda Bellone Studio Architetture