Setting Sail with Bloom

Setting Sail with Bloom

Bloom is a yacht concept that earns its eco-friendly chops by including a wind driven power source and solar panels. We know alternative fuels like hydrogen are being used but a neater idea would be to make sure all building materials come from recycled and sustainable resources. Now rich people don’t have to feel guilty (do they ever?) about wasting petrol cruising around.

0 Designer: Xiang Yu

The Red Cross Needs This

The Red Cross Needs This

Easy access to water during a fire in the subway is next to impossible. The interim solution is to hold a soaked rag to your face. The Crack Mask is a set of emergency masks you crack open, breaking the water capsule inside. Hold the soaked mask to your face and proceed with the evacuation.

0 Designers: Han Chi-hoon & Kim Yeon-soo

Cook The Food and They Will Come

Cook The Food and They Will Come

Presented here are two projects by Sandra Haak that envisage future technologies like Polytronik to help develop her concepts. The first project is 101° Degree, which is a water boiler and the second project is GUADO, a cooking and tableware set consisting of a hibachi and unique bowls with flatware. Check out the finger-tongs that allow you to pickup bite-sized nibbles without getting your fingers dirty. So kitsch!

0 Designer: Sandra Haak

Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Devour if you will this escape from urbanization, the XSCAPE is from a time and place unknown to us as of yet, a concept car for 2030. Daily commuting is what this lady is for, flexible and narrow for the condensed spaces of the future. Flexible materials are mixed with solids for a safe ride and trip – this car can also extend horizontally to accommodate more than one rider.

0 Designer: Shengjie Wang

A New Grip, A New Steam

A New Grip, A New Steam

What many beginning designers, especially those with big dreams and aspirations, don’t realize that it’s the little things, the littlest parts of things, that matter the most. When you take a tiny piece of something and improve it immeasurably, that’s when you’ve made a magnificent difference in the world. If you’re able to work inside the system and change it from the inside out, you’ve just created a pathway. That’s what this Steam Machine has done with its handle.

0 Designer: Yuree S Lim

Flashlight for Open Air

Flashlight for Open Air

This project asks the question – why do we hide all of our objects? Why do we keep away our possessions in cupboards, drawers, and the like, when these objects are so beautifully crafted, so useful on the instant? This is a flashlight that deserves its own special out in the open place as its attractiveness cannot be shut away from its light! This is the Handlight Project, a flashlight sitting on a base, what the designer calls a green project just waiting to be held.

0 Designer: Raphael Morais

Reading Material, Predictable Magic

Reading Material, Predictable Magic

We love the tangible side of ID, but the majority of designs will never move beyond concept because there’s a dark area in ID everyone hates to wrestle with – the business side. Predictable Magic empowers you to face the challenge, to make you a better leader and business owner. It’s full of examples of how one creates products that resonate with consumers by making emotional connections. $19 on Amazon but US Kindle owners can download it for free. Exp January 15.

0 Authors: Deepa Prahalad, Ravi Sawhney (Buy it on Amazon)

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