New Bike Carrying Culture

New Bike Carrying Culture

Designer Faris ELmasu is about to change the entire world of bike baskets. Up until now, the bike basket has been entirely lame. Made for the littlest kids and those who wish to steal puppies and turn into witches.* Now, all of that is changed. Yes, this is the “Bent Wood Basket.” Made specifically for the neo-hippy aka Hipster culture, this basket is beyond trendy. It’s downright cute and useful.

0 Designer: Faris ELmasu

Two Wooden Curves

Two Wooden Curves

Here we’ve got two projects, a chair, and a door, both made by “FORMBOTEN.” They might seem disparate, but they’re hella the same. They’re both super excellent. They’re both made to make your life more interesting. They’re both made with molded wood. Not THAT kind of molded, I mean shaped, turned into curves. There’s a door that’s got all your pockets, then there’s a stackable chair that’s got your butt.

0 Designer: FORMBOTEN

Ride This Pram

Ride This Pram

Walk On Air won an iF Concept Design 2010 Award and I’m sure babies everywhere cheered on. The pram adjusts to different heights and seat positions facilitating different activities from sleeping to eating. The trapezial wheel distribution offers greater mobility in small places without losing stability. The base of the chair turns 180° and a pendulum compensates for the irregurality of sidewalks. We’re talkin’ a smooth ass ride here people. I’m almost jealous of babies.

0 Designers: Fabio Yuji Matsuda and Leonardo Hatamura

A Really Flat Chair

A Really Flat Chair

Kök is a flat-pack chair inspired from a blue chair, a common staple in Mediterranean and Aegean culture. Simple to make and easy to assemble, no adhesives or complicated joints. From my understanding, the weight of someone sitting reinforces the tension at the joints making the bond even stronger.

0 Designer: Erdem Selek

What Da Tree!

What Da Tree!

Just like “Whose Line is it Anyways”, two million points for guessing what this is! No prize money, but a big round of applause from us! Hint: It’s not a TREE!

0 Designer: Xu Yan Xiang

The Heating Element

The Heating Element

At first glance you can easily mistake the Toolip for a hand blender, but surprise-surprise, it’s a hand-held heating rod! Yup, the sorts that can be used to make a cuppa coffee or re-heat baby’s food. A sleek panel on the handle sports the display, which tells you the stats like temperature and a red button at its base, releases the element so that you can wash it separately. Apparently the Toolip heats up faster than your regular electric kettle and hardly displaces any liquid during this process. It’s been designed to be used in any container that has a diameter of at least 3” and a filling height of at least 2”.

0 Designer: Anja von Oppeln

Regarding Beauty in Audi

Regarding Beauty in Audi

A fabulous design comes to my internet doorstep today, Amar Vaya, a designer who takes extra philosophical time in designing a car, one called Axiom in this case. Branded with the Audi name, the Axiom is an exercise in emphasizing the idea of “beauty” within the tradition of Audi’s idiom. What’s that mean? It means it’s gotta look like an Audi. People HAVE to know that it’s an Audi when they first peek at it. But right before or right after that, their next thought has to be “wow, that is quite the sight to behold, wouldn’t you say so? Yes, yes I would.”

0 Designer: Amar Vaya

Five Weapons of Such Devious Design

Five Weapons of Such Devious Design

Let me show you these fantastic toy weapons. Made by designer Shira Nahon for the ever-narrowing line between adults and children. Simplicity both masks and IS the genius in these fantabulous destructors. In this project you will find the Clip Gun, the Beak, the BoomBall, the Rubber, and the OneShot. All of them truly rockin. This set of objects goes by the sound children young and old will make with them: “PIU PIU!”

0 Designer: Shira Nahon

3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Angels. I’ve lived here since 2002 and in that short time have come to accept some of L.A.’s defining qualities. Sure the traffic gets to me, the pollution and the ever looming threat of the “big one” but what will it really be like in 2030? Newsweek has a cool interactive feature offering glimpses called The Future Of Work. Three visions by three firms – Michael Maltzan Architecture, Gensler and cityLAB.

0 Website: The Future Of Work by Newsweek

A Light Made Of Hangers?

A Light Made Of Hangers?

Wire hangers were really my first tool and resource to build all sorts of things when I was kid so it’s no surprise someone thought to turn a bunch of them into a chandelier called Light MI. You basically have a series of fixed hangers around a bulb. The shape becomes abstract but familiar in a whimsical way. Cool thing about this product? It’s real if you want it. Info after the jump.

0 Designer: Miriam Zink

Super Teeny Tiny Robotic Printers

Super Teeny Tiny Robotic Printers

Envisage a future where printers are microscopic and an army of robots print anything you want. It’s called RO. At least 100 nanobots are stored in four base stations which also serve as ink cartridges for each of the four printing colors (CMYK). The base stations adhere to every surface. By relocating the stations, the printing area can be set and scaled to size. When the printing system ist activated the print job is projected onto the designated area by a laser beamer. During the printing process the nanobots merge together and form printing grids.

0 Designer: Daniel Kussmaul

Power Line-up

Power Line-up

Spike-busters and power strips usually sport their set number of sockets regardless the shape of the plugs to be used. Unless you go in for the expensive Belkin ones, “extension cords” here in India are standard and sport limited sockets. Something like the Slot-Type Power Outlet will be handy for us and the world over. The idea is not to have “holes” or set number of “sockets”, but just a swipe-in slot to hook up the plugs. This ways different shaped plugs reside comfortably next to each other plus accommodate more than the regular strips.

0 Designer: Chen Yinfeng

Cut With Attraction, Repel With Force

Cut With Attraction, Repel With Force

90% Magnetic Scissors is an awesome tool for folks who go snip-snip all day. The scissor-head houses power-magnets in their internal seam, which uses the repel action to cut an easy snip. A good thing is that you can change the poles at the flick of a button, to keep the blades locked into place. Apparently 90% of the force used for cutting is sourced from the magnetic power, and 10% comes from your end. Easy cut-cut I say!

0 Designers: Sang-in Lee & Yun-je Sung