Spirograph in Three Dimensions

Spirograph in Three Dimensions

For four days at the end of October 2010, the folks at Cohda Studio offered up a testing ground for a brand new concept in furniture creation. Using the 1960s engineering tool Spirograph along with newly developed computer programming and the latest in 3D printing tech, they’ve created a DIY stool station! All you do is draw your spirals using a plastic disk onto the provided Wacom tablet, adding the third dimension by slowing down or speeding up your movements.

0 Designer: Cohda Studio

A Town Under Cup

A Town Under Cup

This is the lovely Flowing City Coaster brought to you by the fine folks at MEGAWING. Designed by Liu Chenhsu and coming in either clear or black, made entirely of Silica gel and sized at approximately W3.5 x L3.5 x H0.2″. Made to realize the age-old idea of a micro city, how strange it would be to have little objects finding us humans so very gigantic. A single drop becomes a flood in these itty bitty streams.

0 Designer: Liu Chenhsu of MEGAWING [Buy It Here]

Environment of Understanding

Environment of Understanding

This project is called “Hope Tree” and it aims to encapsulate you in a world of light and help you to fully immerse yourself in the essence of our natural environment. As the designers put it, “Lately, we are bombarded with products that try to deal with the consequences of environmental damages throughout the world, but occasionally we overlook the roots of these occurring problems by not fully understanding our environment.” With that problem in their path, they set to work creating a tree.

0 Designers: Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova of 24° Studio

Loopy Home

Loopy Home

This stunning architectural piece called the 360 House in Madrid, Spain eschews standard conformity by looping in on itself. The roof is at once protective and accessible as a walkway. Of course this means that almost no wall inside is flat but I suspect interior designers are up for a new challenge nowadays. Congrats to Andrés Silanes, Fernando Valderrama and Carlos Bañón. We must visit this house! Want to give us a tour Subarquitectura?

0 Designer: Subarquitectura

Iron Doggy

Iron Doggy

The I-dog is a part of a limited edition sculpture series created by Elda Bellone designed to explore how sculptures cross into function. Made of white iron, it’s strong and gentle at the same time. Awww! Use it as an umbrella stand or anything else you can fit inside its structure. It’s adorable!

0 Designer: Elda Bellone Studio Architetture

Tweet and Like Me Even When I’m Dead!

Tweet and Like Me Even When I’m Dead!

I guess the E-Tomb makes complete sense for people like me who spend endless hours tweeting, Facebook-ing and blogging. It’s the kinda tombstone with Bluetooth and solar panels and stores your logs; friends and family can come over and access your virtual life from it and keep each other updated with anecdotes about you by uploading their stories to the tombstone. Sounds a bit spooky right now, but since RFID Tags for this are already popular, the next best thing has to be updates from the gave, and the world beyond!

0 Designers: Huang Jianbo, Zhao Ting, Wang Yushan, Ran Xiangfei & Mo Ran

Double Drum Wash

Double Drum Wash

What a clever thing…imagine using a washing machine with two drums, the first is a regular bloke that does its usual business and the second is convenient compartment in the front-loading-door that washes delicates or whites separately. The idea proposes at saving water, time and electricity by combining the two cycles. I think its brilliant!

0 Designer: Yoon Hyung Woo

That's No Newspaper for Rain

That’s No Newspaper for Rain

It’s a well-made piece of water-resistant canvas made for rain. It’s called the “Newspaper Rain Bag” and it’s 45.5 x 30.5cm of ironic rain-blocking paper for your everyday use. It’s also a bag that can carry your books! You’ll note not only the cleverl real-world sizing, but the well-placed strap and cover story (complete with a picture of the news paper ON the news paper.) It’s everything you need in a newspaper sized bag that also block the weather. Everything in the world!

0 Designer: Koan Design of MEGAWING [Buy It Here]

Preserving The World Through Electronics Upgrades

Preserving The World Through Electronics Upgrades

We’ve got all this tech, right? And we use lots and lots of energy to make it all. When we switch to a new phone or drop our laptop, breaking the screen, getting a whole new laptop, we waste via the new energy we’re using creating a whole new set of objects. Instead, what designer Dominic Muren hopes to do is to create an environment where not only are our minds changed on the way we interact with our devices, but the way those devices are able to be fixed and upgraded.

0 Designer: Dominic Muren

Back to the Typewriter

Back to the Typewriter

Now here is a media center project unlike any I’ve ever seen before. Inspired by the iconic typewriter he has at his desk, (a Lettera 22,) thinking about the futuristic world we live in and will live in in the future, this designer decided to combine the aesthetics of the typewriter with the guts of a modern day media center. A media center, for those of you who’ve get to get on board, is a computer specially equipped to act as your television hookup.

0 Designer: Carlo Convertini

Sumo Sway, Beanbags Are Comfy

Sumo Sway, Beanbags Are Comfy

There’s the trashy looking beanbag that only looks right in a kid’s room or college dorm and then there’s the more sophisticated beanbag that says you’re a little more mature now. That’s why we like Sumo Lounge’s plushy and stuffed offerings. We’ve mentioned them before and they’re back with a new product called the Sway Single and Sway Couple. Both come in microsueded or corduroy shells and the new curved back makes it even more comfortable.

0 Designer: Sumo Lounge (Buy it here $249-$279)

Meanwhile, In The Agricultural Sector...

Meanwhile, In The Agricultural Sector…

This work was created for the exhibition Beeld Hal Werk in Amsterdam which included some 59 sculpted works. The idea came from Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s ‘Death on credit’ in which a pseudo scientist tries to increase the size of his crops by radiating the land, only to harvest small rotten, maggot-infested potatoes. Needless to say, it didn’t work. This modern version looks like a 1980′s crash landed sci-fi prop. Lasers on stun PEW PEW! All made possible with the help of the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

0 Designer: Paul Segers

Phallic Much?

Phallic Much?

Rise and Shine is a tribute to the Edison lightbulb which helped accelerate us into industrial era but after 130 years, it seems the light is finally dimming. The lightbulb will soon be banned from the EU and similar measures are taking place all over the world. In honor, this cheeky presentation shows the powerful rise of the lightbulb in a symbolic way – the brevity of existence.

0 Designer: Joost Wever