Mobile Hi-Fi Audio, B&W P5 Review

Mobile Hi-Fi Audio, B&W P5 Review

Listen we’re family right? Can I share something with you? They’re called the P5 Headphones from Bowers & Wilkins. You’re probably familiar with their goods. I’ve reviewed them here and here and only had good things to say. The P5 is no different. It’s ultra-lux, sounds good, and has a built-in mic/volume control for the iPhone! I’m not even gonna make you wait til’ after the jump. I’ll tell you now the P5 is awesome. There, I said it. Ambivalent? Hit the jump.

0 Designer: B&W and Native Designs (Buy it here)

Lights Above, Lights Below

Lights Above, Lights Below

Where do you have all of your lamps? Above? To the side? All around? How about you get some lamps that sit on the ground and some other lamps that sit above your head? How about a collection of lamps that works in basically any position? Take a look at this “7/7 Lights” lamp collection by Albertine van Iterson. Each lamp is made out of its own materials, has its own identity, and require slightly different treatments. Yet at the same time, they’re all part of the same family.

0 Designer: Albertine van Iterson

Specifically for Lobster

Specifically for Lobster

The following post is about a set of utensils designed for you to have an excellent time completely destroying and consuming a lobster. Have you ever eaten lobster? It’s weird. It’s awesome because it tastes so good, but there’s always the possibility that you’ll be sitting there realizing you’re eating something that was alive not 1 hour before you put it in your stomach. So what should be done? A set of utensils should be made to make this process as pleasing as possible, because we have all these shellfish and someone’s gotta eat em.

0 Designer: Svetlana Yorchenko

Speech to Text Glasses

Speech to Text Glasses

So you’ve got a fish in your ear, right? You’re in trouble! Unless, of course, that fish is the same one they introduce in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” in which case that fish, the Babel fish, feeds on communication fed into the ear, pooping it all out in a stream of information that your head can understand. It’s mutually beneficial. So what is this post about? It’s about the “BabelFisk,” a device that works in a very similar manner to the Babel fish, but instead spoken words being fed directly into your brain, they’re turned to text in front of your eyes.

0 Designer: Mads Hindhede

From Noodles To Steamed Cakes

From Noodles To Steamed Cakes

I’m always impressed when a designer transforms an existing structure into something new and exciting without obliterating its character. Such is the case with this old Japanese noodle shop converted into a modern steamed cake house for a modest budget of $30,000 US dollars. The original architectural details are intact but it’s amazing what light, paint, flooring, and an expert command of minimalist sensibilities can do. I absolutely love the unfinished woods and how it juxtaposes the stark walls. The result are steamed cakes worthy of art display.

0 Designer: Kazutoyo Yamamoto / Dessence co.ltd

Dust In Design

Dust In Design

Love this project called Snow Dust. Dust is an inevitable reality, one that we usually sweep away in annoyance but this designer chose to embrace it. A series of everyday household objects like a fan, shutters, and lampshade are constructed to a complex geometric pattern designed to collect dust. Something that is supposed to be gross and dirty is suddenly highlighted and transformed into natural art, unpredictable and possibly beautiful.

0 Designer: Olga Kravchenko

Laser Engraved And Woodchuck Approved

Laser Engraved And Woodchuck Approved

It takes a person with true passion for his comic collectables and movie memorabilia to commission a whole display solution worthy of his prized possessions. The Collection Unit is a beautiful wood and steel cabinet designed and built by Flying Cavalries. The surface is intricately laser engraved with details so clear, it’s a little jaw dropping. It’s not our usual cup of tea but I appreciate the workmanship. Image how this looks at night lit up.

0 Designers: Hasan Agar & Kubra Agar for Flying Cavalries

Bottle Full Of Light!

Bottle Full Of Light!

Look what we have for you, a home-recycle solution for your PET Bottles! Of course you will need the help of the + (Plus) Conjunctive Flash Light, but that really won’t be a problem. For the moment let’s look at what the designers have to offer: an ingenious flashlight (with a flex-tail) that screws onto the mouth of a standard PET bottle. The result is that you get a makeshift lantern-esque lamp ready to be hung-up in a tent or taken outdoors. Nifty idea, what do you think?

0 Designers: Various

James Dyson Awards: The Top 20 Projects

James Dyson Awards: The Top 20 Projects

I’ve been a witness to many squabbles between designers & engineers who can’t seem to look beyond form or function. While engineers are right in their place to comment on the practicality of a project, designers are equally correct in dreaming futuristic scenarios. To cultivate both the workability & alluring aspects of design, the James Dyson Awards encourages students from the world over to “design something that solves a problem.” In an attempt to please both the faculties and to prove my point, let’s look at this year’s Top 20 entries that are shortlisted for the grand prize!

0 Designers: Various

Stand Up Wheelchair

Stand Up Wheelchair

This post is about a wheelchair project which allows the user to stand up easily. “The Leeding E.D.G.E” also features easy drive handles with different gearing options to promote accessibility and combat shoulder injury generally caused by traditional wheeling techniques. Designer Time Leeding proposes this wheelchair alleviates pressure sores and makes moves toward closing social boundaries which “inhibit the lives of the disabled day to day.”

0 Designer: Tim Leeding

Waste Barrel Trade

Waste Barrel Trade

So you’ve got a situation where you’ve got little or no running water. You’ve got a no-toilet sort of place, and that place is also in a community that’s either poor or completely broke. What do you do? You look for a way to get rid that waste, but not only that, a way to turn that waste into energy. What Noa Lerner’s got here is a way to do that, by rolling a barrel full of poop down the road, trading it in for boombox time! It’s the X-Runner!

0 Designer: Noa Lerner

Headphones to Speakers Instantly

Headphones to Speakers Instantly

You’ve got your headphones on, and you hear the greatest song of all time. What do you do? You just chill with it, if that’s the way it affects you. But sometimes a song slides through your headphones that explodes upon you in a way that demands you share it with everyone. What do you wish you had instead, at that point? Speakers. If you’ve got “Dubnium,” speakers are exactly what you’ve got. Dubnium is a pair of headphones until you flip them to position two: high quality multi-person speakers for the whole world to hear what you’d love for them to hear.

0 Designer: Adrian Jankowiak

Whoa! Men To Pee and Wash In The Same Stand!

Whoa! Men To Pee and Wash In The Same Stand!

I’m not a man so I really don’t know how comfortable you guys are going to be with this thought…peeing and washing hands in the same urinal stand! What Designer Yeongwoo Kim has done is incorporated the wash basin just above the spot you take aim to pee. The reason cited is that you’ll save a water flush cycle, coz when you rinse your hand after the job (I hope you guys do that!), the same gray water can be used to cleanse the urinal basin. Tell me, how many of you guys will be comfortable with this? For once, my opinion doesn’t count, but I do find it funny!

0 Designer: Yeongwoo Kim