Powerful Branches

Powerful Branches

The Ramo Branch Multi Tap is a dramatic representation of power consumption and how gadget-dependent we are. It looks more artistic than practical and can literally grow to branch out by simply fitting in modular socket stubs. The tree may look good but I won’t promise beauty in the ensuing wiring chaos.

0 Designer: Eunsung Kwon (Enzo)

Rocking Two Times Harder

Rocking Two Times Harder

The Roly-Poly 2 Lamp is a step up from its previous version the Roly-Poly 1. This new iteration rocks in the looks department and sways with equal spring, just like the previous one. What’s cool is that it transforms to a lamp from a coat hanger by simply adding on the shade. It’s crafted from birch plywood, maple and Korean paper. Remember those wobbling punch bag clowns?

0 Designer: Jung Jae Yup

Modern Take on a Classic

Modern Take on a Classic

Meet Stoool; I love this modern interpretation on a classic design. We normally see it rendered in metal but in naturally finished woods and brightly colored seats – it takes on a whole new life. Hey, I’ll take all three if you’re giving them away… cough, cough.

0 Designer: Pierre Duthoit

Hikers Fall but They Can Get Up

Hikers Fall but They Can Get Up

The Survival Hiking Bag creates a protective barrier in the form of an air bag which envelopes the body when a hiker falls. It releases automatically due to acceleration via CO2 compressed air. The bag extends the survival chances by reducing the level of injury when one falls off a cliff. The polyester material is waterproof and brightly colored to make it easier for rescuers to spot.

0 Designers: Wong Hok Pan Sam & Lo Man Chun

D3 Contest Top 28 at imm Cologne

D3 Contest Top 28 at imm Cologne

The international young talents competition D3 Contest has developed into an established feature for both trade visitors and exhibitors at imm cologne. D3 Contest offers young designers a forum in which to present to an international public their ideas for furniture, lighting and furnishings of the future. This year, 862 products from 45 countries were sub- mitted to the competition. Check out the top 28 pieces in the gallery.

0 Photography: Roberta Mutti

Winding Power

Winding Power

I am very grateful for the presence of the eneloop glitter edition in my life. If it were not for this rechargeable set, then I’d be at the store every other day, buying stock for my iMac peripherals! In an alternate situation, I wouldn’t mind giving these Spark Winners, Charge Battery a chance. They’re like the old fashioned winding toys; a few good twists to charge and I’m ready to go. So simple!

0 Designers: Yeon Kyeong Hwang & Mieong Ho Kang

Three Wheelie Urban Pleasure

Three Wheelie Urban Pleasure

The commute of the future is more like a three-wheel thrill ride aptly called ‘Three Wheel Electric Scooter’. The joyride is full of spunk in the looks department with a detachable rechargeable battery pack to the left of the bike, displaying energy levels conspicuously. The magnetic, rubber encased locking cable adds security to the parking system. Moreover the two small front wheels guarantee equilibrium and a glorious ride.

0 Designer: Hyun-Seok Kim

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

Slide ‘n’ Touch is a programmable multi-touch remote control that syncs with your TV. The smooth-as-silk touchpad is easy to use and the sleek body is crafted from stainless steel and aluminum. Besides its user-friendly size, I totally dig the slim, chic minimal design. I’d pick the gold bezel one for me, what about you?

0 Designer: Mike Flache

The FLUD is Here

The FLUD is Here

We finally made it to my personal favorite iPad reader app The FLUD! Make sure you grab the latest update and add our feed because it is lookin’ mad sexy. It’s awesome to be included amongst our friends at Notcot and Fubiz. If you prefer to FLUD on the go, the iPhone version should hit the streets in a few weeks.

0 Designer: The FLUD download iPad edition

Breathe Easy Tonight

Breathe Easy Tonight

Easy to use CPAP – Therapy System or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is an aid that eases breathing for folks with sleep apnea. The device doubles up as a humidifier as well and integrates easily into the home environment. Although I like what it’s trying to do, it looks a little too medical for home use and I suspect it’ll put a damper on home relations too if you know what I mean.

0 Designer: Andreas Ruesch

Flameless Outdoor Cooker for Campers

Flameless Outdoor Cooker for Campers

The Outdoor Chef is a shortlisted entry in the 2011 Australian Design Award-James Dyson Award. It’s an all-in-one camp cooker designed for portability, storage, food prep and of course cooking. The flameless induction cooktop is perfect for fire restricted camp sites and considering this is from a country recently ravaged by fire – it emphasizes safety without compromising the joy of being outdoors.

0 Designer: Jessica Damsma

Side Hung

Side Hung

Unlike most lamps, Floo is suspended from one side. It remains level because the center of gravity has shifted to the shade’s unique conical shape. Aesthetically, without the central cabling in the way, you get an even circular disk of light uninterrupted by wires. I love when design is as simple as moving a seam or line to create an entirely new yet enigmatic silhouette.

0 Designers: Liran Levi & Gilad Karlshtadt

A Vest of Power

A Vest of Power

The construction industry suffers from one of the highest work-related accidents across the board with nearly 60% of those injured having to leave indefinitely. The H3 is a vest with integrated accumulators on the back and supporting arm. The design improves physical efficiency using artificial muscle technology. It’s meant to assist the human operator, not replace him/her.

0 Designer: Martin Gschwandtl