Drag That Dress

Drag That Dress

Look, if you’re a chic, nomadic traveler, you can’t be bothered with traditional luggage and bags. The Dragging Dress is some strange rolling skirt hiding a pretty substantial carrier in a big ass bustle. Only captain oblivious wouldn’t notice this mass protruding from your rear but hey, at least you can really live up to that saying, “girl got a lotta junk in her trunk.” Fo’ real tho.

0 Designer: Miya Lee

Caution! Not Slippery When Singing!

Caution! Not Slippery When Singing!

Come weekends and street bands are out in full force, trying to impress and maybe cajole a Dollar or two out of you. Besides carrying an array of equipments, have you noticed how they try and add a zing to their show with wee bit of histrionics? The Look! Speakers can add the zing without much fuss, naturally you’re going to notice the caution-sign, but only this time, it will be hooked up to the mike / instrument of a performer! Awesome!

0 Designers: Lin Ding Yuan, Yeh Lan Hsing & Shao Wei Jhe

Pen Is Mightier Than The Bullet

Pen Is Mightier Than The Bullet

Being in the writing business I know the power of words and at times, the pen is mightier than the sword. Inspired by this is Choose Your Bullets – a desk accessory that is a constant reminder of the corruption, bad decisions and violence, which plague our society and everyday life. Currently retailing in Mexico, each serial-engraved piece is awaiting your decision for the day…violence or the pen?

0 Designer: Jorge Diego Etienne

Ball Pillow Conglomerate

Ball Pillow Conglomerate

This is a ball pillow project like I’ve never seen before. It’s probably the best ball pillow project I’ve had the pleasure of writing about all year. It’s the “Daydreamer” furniture piece by Feng, Cheng-Tsung and Lin, Kai-Ting. Made from artificial fur, low-density foam, high-density foam, and canvas, these balls, like most balls in all forms of course, are made to work with one another.

0 Designers: Cheng-Tsung Feng and Kai-Ting Lin

Like a Mass of Firebugs

Like a Mass of Firebugs

Here’s an interactive lighting project you’ll love to wash your body in. Run through it, wave your hands around in it, and do some pretty ballet twirls around it. It’s called “Firefly” and it’s designed by Kkristen and Vincent Moreau. You can dance around in it and it will dance right back. This, what I’d call installation art, plays with you as if it were a mass of firefly insects flying about you, reacting in real time to the movements you make. Installed currently at Shanghai World Expo 2010.

0 Designers: Kkristen and Vincent Moreau

Water Zoomin with Personal Propeller

Water Zoomin with Personal Propeller

Do you ever get tired of floating along on your water raft, having to use your hands and feet to get around? Here’s the key for you! This is the “Inflatable Water Propeller” by Chao-yang Chou and Sian-Zong Chen. It propels you through the water. It can also sit still while you chill in the water. This first one includes the inflatable air cushion that attaches to it. Burn your skin all day, floating about, or use this device to rock and roll. What you do is hold on tight and let the propeller JAM you through the waves. Speedily!

0 Designers: Chao-yang Chou and Sian-Zong Chen

The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

The Vitamins In Google Are So Good For You

Brand power is everything in business and some people know how to milk it best. Sony, Microsoft, Apple, and our favorite Google…powerful names that carry a lot of weight. In the concept-design-world, the trick to get noticed is not to associate the brands with the obvious. For example, concept  Sony gadgets have been done to death, but a Google Envelope will attract more attention. Likewise having jaded Hollywood actresses sell fountain of youth pills pales in comparison to Google selling Vitamins.

0 Designer: Andrew Seunghyun Kim

Kitchen Worthy of a Starship Captain

Kitchen Worthy of a Starship Captain

It’s easy to spend a fortune on a kitchen – especially if you want to show off your spending power by splashing out on prestigious, German or Italian brands with their awe-inspiring price tags. A young Hamburg-based family thinks differently – and commissioned KINZO, three young Berlin-based Designers, to create a bespoke kitchen that you won’t see anywhere else.

0 Designer: KINZO

iPhone Makes Coffee FOR REAL

iPhone Makes Coffee FOR REAL

Browse the iTunes App store and you’ll see there really is an app for everything. Take for instance the Make Coffee app, a slick virtual coffee maker. If you can’t make that real cup of joe, well this is next to the best thing. In fact it was so wildly successful with more than 10,000 downloads, the makers are working on a REAL ITALIAN STYLE COFFE MAKER wirelessly controlled by your iPhone. HELLO NURSE!

0 Designer: Mario Baluci

Flat And Folding

Flat And Folding

The Flexible Speaker for the iPhone is quite a departure from conventional speaker styles. More like a pretty hanging charm on the phone, this device makes use of “Flat Flexible Laminated, (FFT) Loudspeaker technology” to its advantage. Read: paper-thin & foldable. The folding aspect is relevant; coz with each un-fold of the connecting speaker, the volume goes up. Charming!

0 Designer: Chun-Chieh Yang

Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

Illusion For Hot Chocolate?

We have been exploring the various ways to get the perfect coffee fix while completely ignoring our other addiction, CHOCOLATE! My apologies. It wasn’t till Ahmad Bittar brought to my notice the Maya Machine. Now Maya means illusion, so let’s get swept up in this fantasy express. Maya is completely dedicated to the chocolate cause, it’s similar to the espresso machine, but doesn’t use crass powders to bring out the choco-licious flavors. It uses special pods of real chocolate that melts & blends into steamed fresh milk. Giving you the perfect velvet-chocolate experience.

0 Designer: Cambridge Design Partnership

Melting Away Lights

Melting Away Lights

I’ve had a bitter experience with a 200-watt bulb and here’s my story: when I dunked my phone accidentally into a mug of water, like a bright person I decided to evaporate the excess moisture by placing the phone under my table lamp. The 200-watt heat melted & disfigured the plastic interface and now I’ve cursed the bulb….and melted it! True story, but the Melt Bulb here is actually a reflection on how eco-conscious we are getting by replacing bulbs with LEDs. Just a gentle reminder by Keita, about precious electricity and how melted bulbs can make chic decor!

0 Designer: Keita Ogawa

Your Liquid Email Box

Your Liquid Email Box

I was going to nickname this something along the lines of Flowmaster but then I realized that was sort of… inappropriate if you know what I mean. What this project IS titled is “Go with The Flow.” What it does is control the amount of email communication you get via a real-world water container and valve system. Depending on the amount of communication you wish to receive from any group of sources, you loosen the valve accordingly. Keep them spam mails all corked up!

0 Designer: Filippo Cuttica