Free Form Ruler

Free Form Ruler

The Free Form Ruler enables you to measure the length by “drawing” an invisible line, straight or curved. The unit of measurement is displayed and can be adjusted at the top. What a brilliant idea! Where was this when I was in design school? I studied fashion design and all the straight edge and french rulers in the world probably couldn’t have given me measurements as accurate as this concept proposes.

0 Designer: Monocomplex

More Than a Cyber Café

More Than a Cyber Café

I’m embarrassed to admit it but I was one of the first people to criticize the concept of cyber cafés and even bet they wouldn’t last. To cut the story short, I had to swallow my words and I’m here to make amends. What we have here is the Biz Café – a concept targeted towards the jet-set workaholics who need gadget ready environments even while relaxing with a cup of coffee.

0 Designers: Youri Hong, Moonhwan Park & Hyoshin Kim

Find Your Bike

Find Your Bike

Have you ever paced up and down a rack of bicycles trying to remember where you locked yours up at? The Acousto Optical Lock is a steel ripe style cable lock that sends out an audio signal and lights up when you press a key fob. Great idea!

0 Designer: Liu Yu

Dear Diary on The Table

Dear Diary on The Table

Remember the Watch Diary, yes the very one that pointed out your current chores with a bright red pointer and sheepishly reminded you of ones you missed, plus the upcoming ones? Well the hardbound diary has now been upped to a Whiteboard Cutout. You can plan your daily timetable on its face and maybe even attach pictures using the magnet. I prefer this use-and-rub version. What about you?

0 Designed by Wonjune Song for Connect Design

Imaginative Architecture in Natural Seclusion

Imaginative Architecture in Natural Seclusion

This swanky villa has got it goin’ on. Located in Phuket, Thailand, Villa Amanzi combines the best of contemporary design and ultra modern architecture to create a sublime cliffside sanctuary. Built into the granite rock face, Amanzi features panoramic views of the Andaman Sea, an open-plan living area that stretches from the garden entrance to to the infinity pool, and even it’s own mountain stream. This is where modern design meets natural beauty.

0 Designers: Various

Puzzle Chair

Puzzle Chair

The Pallares chair by designer Carlos Cordoba is the result of a research to develop new materials from natural fibers. Each chair is composed of 3 identical parts cast from a natural fiber tetera and polyester resin composite. The interchangeable parts can snapped together like puzzle pieces for easy assembly, disassembly, and storage.

0 Designer: Carlos Cordoba

Lemme See You Percolate

Lemme See You Percolate

If your caffeine addiction is anything like mine, you too will appreciate this hybrid coffee maker by VeneriDesign. While I like the idea of single serving capsules that offer different blends that can be mixed up depending on your morning-to-morning craving, I always find that they aren’t as robust as the percolated coffee I usually opt for. The Moka Loca combines the best of both worlds with it’s capsule extractor that adapts to the standard percolator.

0 Designer: Luca Veneri

Bronze Kinetic Robots

Bronze Kinetic Robots

Let me tell you about the “kidult” factor – a play off  the words kid and adult. It’s a philosophy that encourages play in interactions with objects adults use. The Kinetic Robots look like bronze toys but each one performs a utilitarian function and requires simple action to work. The Lamp has a manually controlled cable winder. The Music Box works by turning the little guy’s arms and the Sharpener has a butterfly winder. Shavings are saved in the lower compartment. They are adorable!

0 Designer: Monocomplex

For The Weary Traveler

For The Weary Traveler

The frequent traveler knows having the right accessories can keep a trip from becoming a disaster. Neck pillows are notorious for promising more than they deliver. However something high-tech like the Digital Neck Pillow is worth exploring. Its supposed to be soft and temperature controlled and with gimmicks like an integrated MP3 player and digital sunglasses. Perfect to keep you entertained or lull you to sleep. I want one!

0 Designers: Jung Hwan Song & Joo Young You

Water Heaters Get a Makeover

Water Heaters Get a Makeover

I had to shop for a new water heater this past weekend because mine decided to go on strike right when I wanted to take a shower. I walked away from the store with tons of new information about water heaters but ultimately concluded they are all seriously fugly. Yes FUGLY! Leave it to Art Lebedev (say it with a Russian accent please) to come up with one that looks sexy and makes water heaters a whole lot easier to operate with electronic controls.

0 Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

At Home in the Trees

At Home in the Trees

OMG OMG OMG I love these treehouses! Or Treehotel, rather. Located in Harads, Sweden, this unique collection of hotel rooms is sure to bring you back to your childhood days of club-housing and hide-and-go-seek. Nestled high in the woods, there is a room for every personality: the Cabin, Blue Cone, Bird’s Nest, and most intriguing of all, the Mirrorcube (if you can find it).

0 Designers: Various

The Idea Bench

The Idea Bench

Great craftsmanship went into making designer Craig Siebeneck’s Idea Bench. The dramatic curves are achieved by cutting Baltic birch plywood into a general figure, laminating layer upon layer, free-hand carving, and hours of sanding and smoothing. Phew! Originally prototyped  in bright blue paint, there’s no denying the warm and inviting touch of the  hand-rubbed oil finish seen here.

0 Designer: Craig Siebeneck

An Angle on the Fruit Bowl

An Angle on the Fruit Bowl

In its history, the fruit bowl has always been a central object of table culture. This “bowl” by Thomas Feichtner is a step beyond the traditional rounded body. The open design stabilizes the fruit in position and keeps surface contact to a minimum. In keeping with traditional Austrian design, the structure is composed of solid silver and contrasts nicely with the texture of any fruit.

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner