fANTastic Table

fANTastic Table

In case my title wasn’t obvious enough, this is the Ant Table by Oliver Nikolic – a modern take on a coffee table that emphasizes simplicity and functionality by using simple materials; wood and glass. Two tabletops at different levels are connected with gently curved legs. Look closely and you may see how it got its name. It’s an ideal compliment to any contemporary living space and every aspect of the design expresses a simplicity that gives it a timless qualitty.

0 Designer: Oliver Nikolic

Blackbird Mercedes Goes Tron

Blackbird Mercedes Goes Tron

This is no run-of-the-mill Mercedes. This is a design exercise that pays homage to Mercedes-Benz’s racing history. The streamlined body is supposed to evoke airplanes, speed and movement. I love looking at exploratory sketches because you can get a feel on what designer Peter Vardai was thinking. As he evolved each shape, the decision to “TRON” out the design seemed like a good idea. Audi just released an official concept so why not Mercedes too?

0 Designer: Peter Vardai

Refreshing Bench at Your Service

Refreshing Bench at Your Service

It’s taken a lot of designers to come up with this idea, so I guess we better humor them! What we have here is a public bench called Fresh Chair, a place where you can stop and rest. An integrated plant-world coexists with the comfort zone and is used to trap and harness energy to power LEDs as night lights. They also provide a cooling mist during the summer heat. Maybe they can replace the lush palm trees dotting Dubai with Fresh Chair, what do you think?

0 Designers: Yi-Miao Chen, Je shin Wang, Ssu chen Liu, Yun Chang, Yu jay Chen, Ching-Chang Chuang, Shaio-Chung Cha &Yu-Hung Chien

Mopping with Spiritual Light

Mopping with Spiritual Light

No I’m for real, “External Light” is a concept floor lamp that relies on you to mop your floors regularly to store kinetic energy to power the lamp integrated into the entire length of the stick. Novel idea but there’s a deeper meaning. Designer Arthur Xin is one designer on spiritual journey and his work represents a symbolic way of mopping up the bad to create positive energy.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

Water Weighs All

Water Weighs All

Instead of using all that precious and energy-wasting metal in the construction of a scale, why not use water? That’s what the designer of this fabulous project thought, then he brought it to life – Water Scale, a scale that uses Archimedes’ Principle in a simple container to create just what he thought of in his mind.

0 Designer: Muzaffer Kocer & Ayca Guven

Hammock O Water

Hammock O Water

This design is called Vessel, it’s a bathtub that without a doubt uniquely floats above the ground, letting you bathe in an environment unlike anything you’ve been in before. What’s the benefit? You mean what’s the benefit other than it’s completely amazing and there’s nothing else like it? This new design uses carbon-fibre technology developed for the autosport and aerospace industries to bring you fine surfaces unlike any comfortable place you’ve been to with your bare butt.

0 Designer: SplinterWorks

Case for my Bike Butt

Case for my Bike Butt

There can never ever be too large an amount of inventions to work with the greatest of these – the bicycle. Today’s design is a very simple case that attaches to the pole underneath your seat. This design is called BelowFour and can contain any number of different things, coming in a variety of colors, too! Perfect for you hipsters and hipsters at heart, as well as the rest of the working world.

0 Designer: Ilya Fridman

Watercolor Rainbow Basin is a Good Idea

Watercolor Rainbow Basin is a Good Idea

Dugata or The Rainbow Washbasin is specifically designed for children’s bathrooms, but I can see it being endorsed by people who are young at heart. The arc body of the basin signifies the bow but sadly instead of a pot-of-gold, we find the two drains at either end! Not fair, I totally want mine in VIBGYOR with the works!

0 Designer: Vasil Velchev

USB Drive Has Another Electrifying Side

USB Drive Has Another Electrifying Side

So you have a USB drive that you use quite often, so often that you keep it hooked to your computer most of the time. What added value can we give to that USB stick drive? How about doubling as a AA battery! Yes, the kind that recharges in USB mode and turns into a functional AA when the need arises; rightly calling it the AA USB.

0 Designer: Wonchul Hwang

Ironing with Ceramic

Ironing with Ceramic

The precepts of ironing hasn’t changed much. Take a hot flat surface and apply it to textiles to relax the fibers. Sometimes you use steam to crease and set them but if you step back, there’s still room for improvement. The “Easy Ironing” concept lets you define how much ironing you want to do and in turns tells you how much water to use; no waste. It also uses a ceramic glass panel which has superior thermal stability and makes it easier to clean. One of the top 25 finalists in this year’s Philips Award.

0 Designer: Mohsen Ahi Andy

Transmutive Tableware

Transmutive Tableware

There’s a vintage paradigm of tableware that may need to be reinvented to better suite modern living. “Slice” adopts the idea of transmutive tableware – soft plastic that can change form from cups to plates to bowls by using agraffes. It’s space efficient and much easier to clean when everything is essentially the same shape when unfurled. I love the idea.

0 Designers: Qing Ji & JiaYue Wu

An Illuminating Idea

An Illuminating Idea

The Book Light is made from a solid translucent plastic body with integrated LEDs and doubles as a bookmark. You can recharge it and set the illumination intensity using touch controls. Like any polite night owl, partake in joy of reading without disturbing others.

0 Designer: Mikhail Stawsky

A Twisted Outlet Extension

A Twisted Outlet Extension

Plug too big? Just flip it. AC adapter don’t fit? Just flip it. No idea what I’m talking about? I’m talking about the Flipi, an outlet extension with three sockets that pivot at a press of a button. Attach glowing stickers too so you know what’s actually plugged into each socket.

0 Designer: Shlomi Platzman