House Noise

House Noise

All the world’s my Stage, and bottles, tins and glasses are my actors! Forgive the twist in Shakespeare’s famous quote, but it fits apt for the “Stage Speakers”. Fun and contemporary, place any object like an empty glass bottle or a tin on the “Stage” platform and hook it to your iPod. Enjoy weird sound enhancements and discover music vibrations like never before. Surely not for the Bose-types, so party-poopers stay out of here!

0 Designer: Hyunsoo Kim

Swing Pro Solo Auto

Swing Pro Solo Auto

This rather wildly designed concept car is called the “Swing Beginner” – it’s what’s the start of what’s probably going to be a spectaculalrly fabulous line of Swing cars, this one acting as sort of training wheels for the whole line. It’s designed by Yanchao Wang to act as a solution for the future world of infinite population and zero room for gigantic cars and trucks. Welcome to the future of simply “inside and outside” – Wang’s way of saying we can no longer afford to drive in a car with any more room inside and out than we need.

0 Designer: Yanchao Wang

Illuminate Your Influenza

Illuminate Your Influenza

How would you like to be able to blow into a device and know what you’ve got, no matter what it is, anywhere in your body? We’re not there yet. What we DO have here is a device that, with genetically modified bioluminescent bacteria, can visualize traces of the influenza virus in your body. To do this, you’ve just gotta collect some spit in this special container. In 15 minutes, if the special bacteria inside stop emitting their continuous flow of bioluminescence, you’ve got it.

0 Designer: Jan van der Asdonk

Romanova Solar Powered Streetlights

Romanova Solar Powered Streetlights

An idea that should’ve been off the ground ages ago: self-sufficient lights on the streets of every city. Natalia Romanova presents this project with the very to-the-point title “Self-Suffieient Streetlights.” Romanova says we only use lights along the streets 20% of the entire day. Pretty accurate, I’d be willing to bet. So what about the other 80%? Solar panel collection. Romanova aims to use the sun to cut on cost, improve sustainability, make the world a better place with hot aesthetics, and keep the world alight until the apocalypse.

0 Designer: Natalia Romanova

Glass Flower Pot

Glass Flower Pot

Botanists have secrets and we must learn them. Did you know some plants perform better when their roots are directly exposed to sunlight? A common example is the popular orchid. Every time I buy one, it dies within weeks. The Life Pot is a clear glass container that shows subsoil growth. That plant’s roots become part of the sculptural element. Don’t worry about breaking it because it’s made from Pyrex glass.

0 Designers: Jomi Marco & Josep Armengol

Coffee For One Please

Coffee For One Please

Need that delicious espresso to start your day? The Arietta is coffee for one. Made from materials familiar in the kitchen like wood, ceramic, and metal, the Arietta works like a stove stop espresso maker. Hot water from a pressure chamber is forced through another containing ground coffee and directly into a cup. A dial helps concentrate how strong you want it too. Quite svelte and sexy. I want one.

0 Designer: Christian Peder Torget

Rolling Up The eBook

Rolling Up The eBook

Love it or hate, eBooks and Readers are here to stay. Hardcore paper-buffs like me find it hard to embrace the sterile, cold feel of glass and metal (or plastic), when all we want to do is curl up with a warm book. However for the sake of evolution, I take it upon me to present to you a concept that could be the future of e-reading; eRoll!

0 Designer: Dragan Trenchevski

On The Death Of A Teabag

On The Death Of A Teabag

I have this friend who keeps collecting all her used teabags to add to her henna mixture (hair dye) and it always grosses me out. Different strokes for different folks, what do you do with your dead-used teabag? Mine goes straight into the bin, haha I’m lying, I use loose tea leaves! But seriously, would you want to create artwork with a dripping bag like seen in the “Teabag Coasters” packaging or would you just dump it?

0 Designers: Yuree S. Lim & Jieun Yang

Yee! Flyin High Again!

Yee! Flyin High Again!

That’s what you’ll be yelling when you actually ARE flying high again in your own brand new “Yee” vehicle from designers Zhu Wenxi, Lai Zexin, and Pan Jiazhi. It can fly. Oh my goodness it can fly. Small and versatile, this YEE was made for white-collared men and ladies around the world who have the need to be relaxed at the same time as having excellent reliability and speed. You’ll certainly be speeding in this. It’s the future! Finally!

0 Designers: Zhu Wenxi, Lai Zexin, and Pan Jiazhi

Projections for Autism

Projections for Autism

Choosing to be a teacher for kids and adults on the Autistic spectrum for your profession is a fabulously noble thing to do. It can be frustrating though, for the same reasons being any sort of adventurer, archeologist, or scientist can be frustrating: there are things we just don’t know. More research is being done every day on Autism, and new things are being discovered daily, too! How should we continue to latch on to an understanding of this disorder all night and party every day? Sixthsense!

0 Designer: Timothy Byrne

Dozer for Asleep at Wheels

Dozer for Asleep at Wheels

This is a bulldozer. It’s also known as a digger to some people (see: 5 year old version of myself.) The one you’re about to look at here is dubbed “Electric Dozer” by its designer Jin Namkung. While modern conventional big machines for moving weight like this are run on diesel, this one runs on electricity. It’s got heavy duty rechargeable batteries and 4 individual motors, one for each wheel. And. AND. It has SCANNERS!

0 Designer: Jin Namkung

Hoops And Rings

Hoops And Rings

Tracing wheels don’t need a redesign but the Stacking Rulers by Ek Design turn up the sex factor just enough to warrant buying a whole new set. I use a very standard plastic sheet with various diameters cut out but the Stacking Rulers can be arranged into various patterns with other polygonal shapes. They’re also tick-marked to making drawing precise segments easier. If you really wanna get creative, slap on some clip-ons and you’ve got big ‘ole ghetto hoop earrings – at least 2 pair.

0 Designer: Jung-Woo Lee for Ek Design

KitchenAid Grand Cooker Trump Card

KitchenAid Grand Cooker Trump Card

Short of kitchen staff? I know I am. I can’t remember the last time someone cooked for me, but when left to my own resources, I’m pretty good. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t appreciate appliances that help make meal times easier. The KitchenAid Grand Cooker does it all. The retro styling is offset by a number of accessories that enable you to fry, roast, grill, simmer, and saute to your mouth’s content.

0 Designer: Roberto Bertran