If Bang & Olufsen Made a Sink Faucet

If Bang & Olufsen Made a Sink Faucet

Designer Jessica Hunt answers with a rather interesting concept. Her take is a sleek brushed steel tube with a long notch along one side for water to flow. No knobs or taps; a simple swipe across the arm turns it on. It offers various levels of hot and cold water through lateral touch points and comes with a handy spray. It even includes a pyramid base, which doubles as a soap dispenser. How very B&O – stark and highly functional.

0 Designer: Jessica Hunt

Plug on Plug

Plug on Plug

The Plug Socket is quite the brilliant design. It’s basically a multiplug that can hook up three plugs at a time and take care of the wiry mess for you. It ain’t pretty to look at but this is a case of function over form.

0 Designer: Xie Chen Chen

Folded to Make a Perfect Home

Folded to Make a Perfect Home

Someone shared this video of how a tiny apartment in Hong Kong transforms into 24 rooms! This is a challenge faced by designers world over; converting shoeboxes and irregular grounds to something majestic and spacious called home. Have a look at one such challenge called the Fold Place. As the name suggests, it is a narrow irregular plot of 20′x60′ that’s converted in to a spectacular home for the Campbells.

0 Designer: Linebox

imm Cologne 2011 Photos Galore

imm Cologne 2011 Photos Galore

Missed imm Cologne this year? Don’t worry. Our contributing editor and photographer Roberta Mutti took some great captures. The fair totally had some amazing designs showcased this year. Hit the jump for the massive gallery.

0 Photography: Roberta Mutti

A Nuclear Health Spa for the Year 2030

A Nuclear Health Spa for the Year 2030

Could Embracing the Possible Health Benefits of Toxicity Persuade Society to Accept Nuclear Power? Radiance Resort is a work of future fiction, it investigates a society obsessed with youth and medical miracle cures. Mammals living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone receive 8 to 15 msvs of radiation every day. When these mammals were analysed, it was found that they were less likely to develop cancer, suggesting that small amounts of radiation might be good for us.

0 Designer: Rachel Harding

The Most Elaborate Security Gate Ever

The Most Elaborate Security Gate Ever

Typical gates are just rows and columns of aluminum  tubing with no frills but iGate sets the standard in premium functionality and security. The well balanced lightweight structure and the use of aluminium ensures the high-tech gate’s outstanding performance and it’s environmental friendliness. Next to the free choice of colour of the frame and the filling, illuminated by colour changing LED’s, there is a large choice of frame fillings for the architect, from conventional beams to artistic patterns in perforated plating, adapting to any kind of architecture.

0 Designer: Mathis Heller of WeLL Design for HERAS

Printed by a Book

Printed by a Book

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to print where ever you go? The Book Printer is a super compact printer in the shape of a book. It uses Bluetooth to connect with compatible devices and measures a modest 50 X 257 X 182 mm. A very smart book I tell you. Ink and paper?

0 Designer: Moonhwan Park

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