Regarding Beauty in Audi

Regarding Beauty in Audi

A fabulous design comes to my internet doorstep today, Amar Vaya, a designer who takes extra philosophical time in designing a car, one called Axiom in this case. Branded with the Audi name, the Axiom is an exercise in emphasizing the idea of “beauty” within the tradition of Audi’s idiom. What’s that mean? It means it’s gotta look like an Audi. People HAVE to know that it’s an Audi when they first peek at it. But right before or right after that, their next thought has to be “wow, that is quite the sight to behold, wouldn’t you say so? Yes, yes I would.”

0 Designer: Amar Vaya

Five Weapons of Such Devious Design

Five Weapons of Such Devious Design

Let me show you these fantastic toy weapons. Made by designer Shira Nahon for the ever-narrowing line between adults and children. Simplicity both masks and IS the genius in these fantabulous destructors. In this project you will find the Clip Gun, the Beak, the BoomBall, the Rubber, and the OneShot. All of them truly rockin. This set of objects goes by the sound children young and old will make with them: “PIU PIU!”

0 Designer: Shira Nahon

3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

3 Firms, 3 Visions For The Future Of Los Angeles

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Angels. I’ve lived here since 2002 and in that short time have come to accept some of L.A.’s defining qualities. Sure the traffic gets to me, the pollution and the ever looming threat of the “big one” but what will it really be like in 2030? Newsweek has a cool interactive feature offering glimpses called The Future Of Work. Three visions by three firms – Michael Maltzan Architecture, Gensler and cityLAB.

0 Website: The Future Of Work by Newsweek

A Light Made Of Hangers?

A Light Made Of Hangers?

Wire hangers were really my first tool and resource to build all sorts of things when I was kid so it’s no surprise someone thought to turn a bunch of them into a chandelier called Light MI. You basically have a series of fixed hangers around a bulb. The shape becomes abstract but familiar in a whimsical way. Cool thing about this product? It’s real if you want it. Info after the jump.

0 Designer: Miriam Zink

Super Teeny Tiny Robotic Printers

Super Teeny Tiny Robotic Printers

Envisage a future where printers are microscopic and an army of robots print anything you want. It’s called RO. At least 100 nanobots are stored in four base stations which also serve as ink cartridges for each of the four printing colors (CMYK). The base stations adhere to every surface. By relocating the stations, the printing area can be set and scaled to size. When the printing system ist activated the print job is projected onto the designated area by a laser beamer. During the printing process the nanobots merge together and form printing grids.

0 Designer: Daniel Kussmaul

Power Line-up

Power Line-up

Spike-busters and power strips usually sport their set number of sockets regardless the shape of the plugs to be used. Unless you go in for the expensive Belkin ones, “extension cords” here in India are standard and sport limited sockets. Something like the Slot-Type Power Outlet will be handy for us and the world over. The idea is not to have “holes” or set number of “sockets”, but just a swipe-in slot to hook up the plugs. This ways different shaped plugs reside comfortably next to each other plus accommodate more than the regular strips.

0 Designer: Chen Yinfeng

Cut With Attraction, Repel With Force

Cut With Attraction, Repel With Force

90% Magnetic Scissors is an awesome tool for folks who go snip-snip all day. The scissor-head houses power-magnets in their internal seam, which uses the repel action to cut an easy snip. A good thing is that you can change the poles at the flick of a button, to keep the blades locked into place. Apparently 90% of the force used for cutting is sourced from the magnetic power, and 10% comes from your end. Easy cut-cut I say!

0 Designers: Sang-in Lee & Yun-je Sung

Color Time Keeping Identification

Color Time Keeping Identification

How would you like to keep time with not hands, not digits, but with colors? How about we keep the numbers, and instead of pointing to them, we light them up? How about that?! Designer Daniel Will-Harris has just the watch you’ve been searching for all your life, you lovers of blue and red and silver tones, yes! This is the “Iridium Watch” and you’re about to identify lunchtime with the power of color tone. And what’s this? We’ve got it in the store? How handy!

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

Make a Square Clock Your Own

Make a Square Clock Your Own

Design A Clocks! We got Design A Clock here- peek at em! They’re called “Design A Clock” and they’re here for you to paint on. That’s what they do, they let you paint on em and they tell the time. What else could you possibly want from something so square? A multi-canvas clock is what this is, allowing you to produce you own unique design. Pine frames and primed canvas, make it big or make it small. Count the time, paint the time.

0 Designer: Sarah Beth Harrison

Organic Seat of Sharpness

Organic Seat of Sharpness

Let me introduce you to this lovely, organic chair. I say organic because of the aesthetic of the whole thing. Look at it! Or rather, look at them, there’s more than one. This is the “Zeren Chair” designed by Njegos Lakic of Belgrade. The Zeren Chair is characterized by it’s low weight, thin structure, and high hardness. Each of these chairs is made of magnesium and wood and magic. It reminds me rather of something the master surrealist artist H.R. Giger would make.

0 Designer: Njegos Lakic

YD Store Offers 5% Discount On The Orb Pestle & Mortar by Joseph Joseph

YD Store Offers 5% Discount On The Orb Pestle & Mortar by Joseph Joseph

It’s Monday and you really need to add zing to your day, because a drab day will result in a damp week! Start this week with a refreshing new offer; spice your treats with the Orb Pestle & Mortar by Joseph Joseph! Nothing like some hand-crushed ingredients to make your cooking finger-licking-tasty! The Orb Pestle & Mortar is being offered at a special 5% Discount at the YD Store; hit the jump to get the details.

0 5% Discount Offer Closes: 21st July 2010, 11:59pm PST

Washing Machine Goes Wall Mount

Washing Machine Goes Wall Mount

As promised, I’m here with the details on the Dismount Washer. It’s a concept that looks at space saving and hygiene at one go. The way it works is like this, you have your own personal tub for your laundry that can be mounted on an “energy stick”. Using high-pressure steam as its source for cleaning, the washers does its job, and gives a fresh batch of washed clothes. A touchscreen display is integrated for easy navigation and menus. Ideal setup for those who prefer using Laundromats or don’t have space for a washing machine at home.

0 Designer: Lichen Guo

Gloves For Women, We're Not Sexist

Gloves For Women, We’re Not Sexist

NordicPul outdoor gloves are used for light duty outdoor work during the winter season.  Designed specifically for women, the elastic cord sewn into the top of the glove controls tension around the hand, individually fitting every woman’s hand.  The thin layers of Thinsulate and Hipora materials make the glove both flexible and waterproof.  The bright colors and graphic palm design mimic images of winter but also stand out to easily identify.

0 Designer: Heather Bybee