Fancy New Orchidee

Fancy New Orchidee

Look at this amazing desk. It’s designed by a designer with a most fabulous name: Marc Fish. The desk, called Le Orchidee, is highly influenced by a desk at Musee d’ Orsay in Paris – a desk by the same name. Many cues were taken from the designer of the original desk (Marorelle,) not the least of which was using groundbreaking techniques utilizing design research and experimentation. One of the results is the fabulous seamless tambour roll top – appearing to be one solid piece of wood this top is actually veneered canvas layered upon strips of wood.

0 Designer: Marc Fish of Fish Contemporary Furniture

This is Future Living

This is Future Living

The Future Living house is a testament to the will of design. It took twenty six designers (a feat in itself) to create it. Every technologic leap was analyzed to make sure anything proposed was possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location. Water uses gravity to generate pressure. Energy is harvested from solar and wind apparatuses. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall and everything is recycled when possible.

0 Designers: Various

Check Yourself

Check Yourself

A reaction to a reaction, that’s what this is. I’d even go so far as to say this is a reaction to a reaction to a reaction. That’s where it gets really good in art, especially good in design. This project goes by the name “Reputation Check” and it comes in two parts: Acoustic and Graphic. Both are inspired by what designer Hayeon Yoo calls the side-effects of internet communication: anonymous, malicious comments tied with people’s obsession with checking their online reputation.

0 Designer: Hayeon Yoo

Wood, Plastic, and Light

Wood, Plastic, and Light

It’s a fabulous link between plastic and wood. Yes, plastic and wood, the most amazing two materials in the world! But look – in this case the plastic is flexible and the wood is rigid. The plastic embraces the light to protect you from it and to diffuse the warm color. The wood… it’s natural. The lamp is sold unassembled to save space during transport and so that at the end of the life of the lamp, each piece can be separated and recycled in the most pure way. No glue or nails needed.

0 Designer: Damien Urvoy

Slow and Steady Wins EDL 2010, The Snail!

Slow and Steady Wins EDL 2010, The Snail!

Eight amazing designers from around the would took turns presenting their ideas to a panel of four very tough judges. We were taken aback by the amazing mockups Electrolux provided. This was a dream come true for many as it is often rare to see a physical model of your design. We felt nervous at the pit of our stomachs for them. The judges scrutinized every nuance of each concept. They praised what needed to be praised, but made sure each designer knew where the flaws were – perhaps a good lesson.

0 EDL 2010 flickr gallery

15 Amazing Bicycles For The Future of Seoul

15 Amazing Bicycles For The Future of Seoul

Seoul is one city that is conscious of the fact that we need to ride more bicycles and loosen up the traffic congestion. To advocate their intent Seoul Design Fair hosted the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010, where entries from around the world we welcomed. The mission was to provide a cycle for the city dweller, so that he can adopt cycling into his daily routine and lead a healthy lifestyle. The city on its part, promises to provide all the infrastructure needed to promote it. Let’s take a look at main features of 15 of the best entries in random order!

0 Designers: Various

Men & Women – We Pee Together

Men & Women – We Pee Together

There was this scene in the movie History of the World where Mel Brooks plays the Piss Boy and the royalty pay him the fee for his “bucket service” by dropping his tip into the bucket! Funny scene; but the truth is women can’t pee in the same bucket or urinal! Not unless everyone is peeing in the “We P Unisex Urinal”. The design is self-explanatory, so I’m leaving you boys for a loo-break! Too much of P talk here!

0 Designer: Michal Farago

Seconds Moving Hours

Seconds Moving Hours

On our never-ending travels from the birth to the grave, there’s lots of minutes, hours, waiting for years to pass, all the loveliness and ickiness of the world traveling about us. But then there’s the seconds. The tiny ants carrying the picnic of our lives unto the future. Daniel Will-Harris knows this, and seeks to show us every day time moving forward being pushed by seconds. The numbers move, the moment stays the same. This is the “Rush Hour” watch, a highly modern sort of watch.

0 Designer: Daniel Will-Harris [Buy It Here]

Sitting on Transparency

Sitting on Transparency

Designer Zbigniew Strzebonski set himself up a challenge: to translate a piece of urban architecture into a small bit of interior architecture. In this case, a seat. A seat to start with and a seat to finish. The start was a lovely row of seats sitting in the tram stations of Dublin. The end product is a fabulous see-through seat called “The Arc Chair,” with a surprising splash of green! Made out of a 10mm thick acrylic sheet, 20mm plywood, foam, and felt. Straight outta Poland AND Ireland.

0 Designer: Zbigniew Strzebonski

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Row Your Landlubbing Cart

Made for adults as well as children, this is the row-tastic exercise tool, similar to a city bike, where you’re able to rent, ride, and return without worry. Intended for low traffic areas, woodlands, beach, park and residential areas. Great for all sorts of forms of golf, row your way into the future of exercise and shared vehicle usage. It’s called the “RowRay,” and it’s made to sit at the back and row with your arms. This vehicle’s stripped down to the bare essentials so that you can use it, or carry it over a river if you’re on the Oregon trail, or row REALLY FAST if you’re in a RowRay race.

0 Designer: Troels Øhman

Emotional Backpack For Cyclists, What Fun!

Emotional Backpack For Cyclists, What Fun!

Here is a totally cool backpack that goes by the name of SEIL Bag. It’s a backpack meant for cyclists and features an LED Display (flexible PCB) on its face. The bag is designed to work in two modes: Driving Mode and Emotion Mode. In the Driving Mode it shows left and right turn signals for the rider, which is controlled via a detachable controller. This makes it easy for the following traffic to know the riders intent. The cool-quotient is upped with the Emotion Mode; here you can display a variety of emoticons, just for the heck of it.

0 Designers: Lee Myung Su, Park Geun Wan & Park Okhee for Leemyungsu Designlab

Woody Phone

Woody Phone

The MINIMA is a classic example of how important form is in the design process. The adorable lattice style for keypads and the wood finish, relay a completely organic look. Specific attention to details like the camouflaged secondary display on the outer flip and bamboo look, make this an object of desire. It looks like a refined version of the Maple Phone, don’t you think?

0 Designer: Seung-Hyun Yoon

Electrolux Design Lab Finalists Get Mocked!

Electrolux Design Lab Finalists Get Mocked!

Socked! Well don’t be, because this time the mocking is for a good reason. As a part of their competition procedure, Electrolux Design Lab finalists’ designs get fabricated as mock-ups and are displayed at the Electrolux Design Lab booth at the 100% Design London fair. Here is a look at how glossy and sleek these futuristic products can look in our homes. As sketches and renders, it’s difficult to judge how any product will adapt to its environment. Life-size replicas give us a peek at how they will look at home.

0 Watch Webcast Of Electrolux Design Lab @ 100% Design London Here