Grenade Alarm Deluxe

Grenade Alarm Deluxe

As complicated as it can be, getting up in the morning has several really simple solutions, supposing you’re one not apt to be waking. One of them is TUI-AC, the Tangible User Interface Alarm Clock, a lovely little bomb that you set with a pin, turn, crank, and arm by releasing, and go ahead to sleep. Once the bomb’s set time is reached, BOOM! And alarm goes off that you’ll never miss. Why? Because of how complicated it is to get up, find the bomb, find the pin, and place the pin back in the bomb to stop the noise.

0 Designer: Huang Wei

Take Whats There and Make Energy

Take Whats There and Make Energy

One of the greatest things you can do as an industrial designer with earth-saving aspirations is to find a source of free or nearly-free energy. That’s what Luís Castanheira appears very much to have done here. This is Voltair, a wind power generator comprised of an array of fans set on the median of a highway, each of them turned by the air pushed past by the cars speeding by. The cars that’d be going by one way or another. Brilliant!

0 Designer: Luís Castanheira

Not Just Shells

Not Just Shells

The project you’re about to lay eyes on is not a nut. It’s not a shell either. Nor is it even organic. Nay! It is a nut cracker, and it has a name: Handy Nut. This lovely and elegant piece of industrial design sculpture is made our of a full porcelain cast, made to be conveniently ergonomic and smooth and gentle to the touch. Have you ever in your whole live seen such a classy cracker of nuts?

0 Designer: Michal Farago

Elegant Solution to Cable Management

Elegant Solution to Cable Management

Our buddy Dean Heckler of his eponymous Heckler Design has something new up his sleeve called OneLessDrop. It’s a simple, elegant solution to cable management. The top groove keeps your computer’s power cable at the ready while the bottom groove continuously anchors your mobile phone cable. It’s minimal, inconspicuous and C2C- just how I like things. Want one? Just hit the link to find out how.

0 Designer: Dean Heckler of Heckler Design (Get one!)

A New Kind of Aluminum Can

A New Kind of Aluminum Can

106,000 aluminum cans are discarded every 30 seconds in the United States. Efforts to recycle the mounting heaps have met with mild success so Haoshi Studio in cooperation with PLA Studio have created a new kind of can called TIN CAN. It’s made of PLA yet it’s fully insulated and can be heated up to 110ºF. It even squishes like an aluminum can except it’s 100% organic and biodegradable.

0 Designer: Haoshi Design Studio

By the Heat of the Desert

By the Heat of the Desert

Hot Liner is a flexible panel that is rigid enough to form a stovetop. It’s intended for the deserts of Africa where sunlight is aplenty. A couple of belts together can increase the intensity of heat for cooking and accommodate huge pots and pans.

0 Designers: Yonggu Do & Eunha Seo

Finally A Phone That has it ALL!

Finally A Phone That has it ALL!

The concept of slender phones with large faces was tossed out of the window thanks to iPhone and brigade. We like our phones meaty with healthy real estates and all the nuances; nothing short of a super-powerful computer in our palms. So here’s The “perfect phone,” one with a huge display, slide out keyboard, mouse-esque controls and Windows 7.

0 Designer: Lin Jian Feng

Wordy and Doodlely Ammo

Wordy and Doodlely Ammo

Ortie Design is proud to introduce the first object of their poetic-offbeat catalog. Bullet is a pencil in natural beechwood, with a graphite lead HB, in shape of M-16 bullet. Your life at work is hell? Your neighbors get on your nerves? Unsheat Bullet for a series of vengeful doodles… Or leave it carelessly lying around your desktop, in a conspicuous way…

0 Designer: OrtieDesign

Pen in Crack

Pen in Crack

Can you guess where the pen goes? That’s right! Right in the middle there, right in the crack. This project is known simply as “Notebook with Pen Holder,” and is designed by Teo Song Wei, a designer who, on the whole, enjoys automobile design the best. How does this lend to the design of a notebook? Simplicity above all else, then style, then aerodynamics. Not that this book is going to be racing a 500 anytime soon.

0 Designer: Teo Song Wei

Many Layers of Foot

Many Layers of Foot

Take a look at or just think really hard about the shoes you’ve got on, if you’ve got any on. How many layers of material do you think they’re made of? Maybe 5? Take a look a project here by the name of DYNAMIC FOOTWEAR HX1, a pair of shoes with 7 layers of shoe. It must be a world record. There’s the medial layer, support web, lateral layer, inner bootie, sockliner, PHYLON midsole, HEX TECH outsole, and TPU heel counter for good measure. What could possibly be the reason behind such a complicated set of feet?

0 Designer: Christoph Döttelmayer

Twisted and Molded for Sitting

Twisted and Molded for Sitting

The following is an exercise in sculpting. A project of carbon fiber proportions, one made when the designer Allen Chester G. Zhang was experimenting with shapes and materials. The project Zhang set for himself was a chair for hotels and cafes, and indeed that’s what’s appearing in the gallery inside this post. A lovely black and hopefully charcoal gray can be seen in each image. This is a chair made for sitting back and drinking up a cold soda or coffee all day long.

0 Designer: Allen Chester G. Zhang

Bookshelf Chess

Bookshelf Chess

Part of the “Imprints: Designing for Memories” exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, “VERY BIG” is a bookshelf with accompany Chinese chess pieces. The joints are fitted with strong magnets to hold the chess pieces and offers a unique way to constantly change the visual display of books and whatever else you usually put on a bookshelf. Clever.

0 Designer: Kittichai Reawsanguanwong (Naa)

Solaris Watch

Solaris Watch

A concept watch for Tokyoflash, the Solaris features solar cells as an integral part of the design. It definitely has that almost “too hard to use” quality found on most Tokyoflash watches but theres something about this design I find extremely appealing. Perhaps because it looks like a device a sci-fi hero would use to jump through time.

0 Designer: Olivier Demangel