Serendipitous Curiosity

Serendipitous Curiosity

Serendip is a portable device that helps you explore the world in a… for the lack of a better word, serendipitously. The design revolves around personalization and interaction. There’s a small screen, a wireless communication aspect and a camera. The user is to go around snapping, recording and cataloging everything. The skin even changes in pixel density to represent how much memory is left.

0 Designer: Thomas Troch

Adidas Automotive Industry

Adidas Automotive Industry

United Kingdom designer Chris Duff reminds us of our potential future, the one where the entire world is run by several parent corporations, most of them once small, direct idea-drivin groups, now just a name. Or is that the present? This project presents a future in which the sneaker brand Adidas will produce automotive vehicles. This project is called “Adidas Mobility” and gives us the first roller, a lightweight adaptable vehicle to epitomize the former shoe brand, current world brand.

0 Designer: Chris Duff

Plastic Beach Sucka

Plastic Beach Sucka

When the Gorillaz put out their newest album, “Plastic Beach,” did you know what they were talking about with the title? Do you know what the plastic beach is? It’s an occurrence in the sea where garbage from every direction comes together to form an island of trash. The largest of these islands sit in the Pacific Ocean, the same location where this project by Electrolux, “Vac from the Sea,” aims to turn that garbage back upon itself. Yes, they’ll be transforming these floating conglomerates of plastic back into something useful – vacuum cleaners!

0 Designer: Electrolux

Story Of Needles And Thread

Story Of Needles And Thread

Call it the aging process or lack of dexterity, but there will come a time when threading the needle will become a difficult task! That’s the time “Little Helper” will be the real help in getting the job done. No automatics or robotics here, but simply a magnifying glass that fits neatly into the center of the thread spool so that you can magnify the eye of the needle and thread it conveniently.

0 Designers: Chugunnikov Alexey and Alexander Trofimenko

Digital Picture Now Comes Stamped

Digital Picture Now Comes Stamped

Why would you want a digital camera that doubles up as a rubber stamp? Why? The answer is simple….just for fun! As of now digicams offer a variety of options and modes (sepia, landscape etc.) to take pictures and edit them. Stampy Digital Camera gives you the option of creating a rubber-stamp version of your photograph, so that you stamp it onto any sheet of paper or surface. If you ask me, the best way to tweak this concept will be to have it stamp out pictures in multi colors instead of the single red. What do you think?

0 Designer: Jinhee Kim

My Doggy Bestest!

My Doggy Bestest!

Cute as a button, the DIY Doggy Lamp for your desk is super convenient and awesome! Besides being a lamp, the doggy also is a holder for all your desk-stuff like pens, pencils, stapler, ruler etc. The basics include stamped wooden sheet for the dog-design, screws, washers, bulb-socket and wire. However, you will need to buy your own bulb. My only concern will be wiring the socket, coz an untidy job done there can be dangerous.

Good news is that you can actually buy this pooch!

0 Designer: David Zhang

Urban Seeds for Story Planting

Urban Seeds for Story Planting

Not a cake! It might look like a cake a little bit when there’s plants growing out of this project, but it’s not a cake! This project, “Urban Seed,” comes from an overarching concept made by designer Ruedee Sarawutpaiboon. This overarching concept is futuristic public play. In the future, we’re gonna have some fun. This Urban Seed project is inspired by public secret storytelling and apology traditions. Urban Seed works with citizens, citizen to citizen, person to person, seed to blossom.

0 Designer: Ruedee Sarawutpaiboon

Hanging High And Dry

Hanging High And Dry

The way we Indians do it is we hang our towel out in the sun, every day, right after our bath. That’s the routine mom taught us when we were young, but the nextgen is too lazy to follow that. The laundry cycles is usually set for a weekly change in towels at most homes, so a system like the “Towel Hanger” suits the situation. It dries, deodorizes and sanitizes the towel, when you hang it on the rail. As an added attraction, ambient lights switch on, creating a sweet environment when indulging in an aroma therapy soak!

0 Designer: Kim Jin Yeong

Ultimate Modular Kitchen For 2050

Ultimate Modular Kitchen For 2050

Modular kitchens of the future seem to have the basics in place but little can be said about the supporting technology. For example the Elements Modular Kitchen has wall mounted appliances that range from fridge, air-conditioner, lighting and cooking modules. You can add or choose the modules that are best suited for your home. Each unit works independently but can be seamlessly work together via wireless smart networking. They draw power (wirelessly) thru ‘powermat’ technology applied to the wall, and this is supplemented with solar energy when required.

0 Designer: Mathew Gilbride

Umbrella Does A Smiling Wheelie!

Umbrella Does A Smiling Wheelie!

Do you recollect the two umbrella posts I did a while back? One had a calligraphy tip and the other a wheel so that you could drag the thing around. The Wheel Umbrella seen here is a mix of these two, but the only difference is that the target audience for this is children. A delightful play element has been included to the design, where you can drag the umbrella trough puddles and leave behind smiles! When opened up, the umbrella doesn’t look bad, and the kid in the picture looks like he can handle the added weight.

0 Designers: Various

Chemistry Cooks

Chemistry Cooks

Check out this novel yet totally functional salt, pepper, oil and vinegar set called Earl. Inspired by the iconic Erlenmeyer chemistry flask, Earl brings a scientific element to sophisticated dining. I had a chem teacher in high school that would have flipped over this.

0 Designers: Kevin Champion & Duncan Taylor for Mode Product Design

Bike Courtesy of Aircraft Manufacturing Technology

Bike Courtesy of Aircraft Manufacturing Technology

This doesn’t happen every day. A Tbilisi based aircraft manufacturing company contacts you and asks for a proposal on a bike that utilizes aluminum square tubes. It has to look modern, out of the ordinary, aerodynamic and turn heads. The result is the Spider. The main frame is made by welding aluminum tubes and the chain stays are cold stamped together. The spokes are purposely kinked to look like our arachnid friends. Hmm…

0 Designer: Zviad Tsikolia for Tsikolia Design R&D Ltd.

Buzbox Review, Cool As Ice

Buzbox Review, Cool As Ice

You wouldn’t think much more could be done for an ice cube tray but when one wins a Good Design Award, we have to investigate. The Buzbox by Raaya Design takes a very simple idea and improves it just enough to make life even simpler and it’s priced just right at $15. Hit the jump for my review.

0 Designer: Raaya Design for Buzbox (Buy it here $15)