A Lamp of Fireflies

A Lamp of Fireflies

This is a complicated lamp masked so well as a simple lamp, you might even think it’s graced with the magic of nature. This lamp is called “Geometric Romance”, also to be known as the Firefly’s Nest Lamp. What it appears to be: a globe of light, filled with nature’s fabulous, curious flies of light. What is is: a lamp filled with a fluid moved by a pump that moves electronic “fireflies”, powered by a wireless system located in the base, similar to a cellphone wireless charger.

0 Designer: Tommaso Gecchelin

Danger Alert Enabler

Danger Alert Enabler

A view of the ambient noise is what this device hopes to give people with less than a perfect sense of hearing. The fashionable bit of the Danger Alert Enabler, is the wristband, but it also comes with a “micro device.” The way these two bits work together is: sound goes in one, comes out the other. But as the micro device, which sits on your belt, hears sound, it interprets it and translates it to a corresponding pictogram and in some cases, a vibration for warning.

0 Designer: Konstantin Datz

Book Journals My Shrinking Waistline

Book Journals My Shrinking Waistline

To lose weight you must decrease caloric intake and increase physical activity. Simple equation but damn hard to follow. Motivation is the all important and invisible variable and very few products on the market address it. Workbook 001, the Food & Fitness Diary flip book logs 26 weeks of nutrition and exercise. Following every two weeks you measure yourself and by the end of the year, even Kate Moss will envy you. Don’t believe me? Just flip thru the book and watch that shrinking waistline.

0 Designer: New Text Studio

KitchenAid Variable Grill

KitchenAid Variable Grill

The KitchenAid Variable Grill is Tempur-Pedic bliss to your burgers. The top surface of the grill is split into more than a hundred individual surfaces that completely envelope food. This provides a fuller grilling experience from all sides. The cool thing is each unit only turns on when it senses food thereby saving energy (sic). Interesting concept. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Roberto Bertran

Illuminating Cells

Illuminating Cells

It doesn’t really take a lot to be creative in the way you illuminate your home space. From the outlandish Etirement lamp to the sophisticated elegance of the d°light Bubbles, all it takes is a little knack of picking out the best. The Cell Lamps here, easily fall into the “cute idea” category. Bunch-up a couple of them, just like the leaves of a tree, and see how awesome they look together. As a single piece, they give a healthy competition to the Soap Light.

0 Designer: Jun-bum Park

Pressing Out The Bacteria And Grime

Pressing Out The Bacteria And Grime

Lupe is this innovative iron which can cut down the 3 steps of doing laundry into 1. The 3 steps being: washing, drying and ironing. Swipe it over that blob of dirt on your favorite Tee, and watch it dry-clean, sanitize and iron it at, all at once. Am I being to futuristic about this? No ways! I think if appliances like this are made available, then Carrie Bradshaw and her single friends will have no issues with doing the dirty laundry!

0 Designer: Il-seop So

Nasty No-Touch Agreement

Nasty No-Touch Agreement

When you need to show the world that you represent street-warfare, you need to get a clown tattoo. When you want to show the world that you’d like to make PEACE with it, you’re going to need the “Pre-Handshake Handshake Device” by Dominic Wilcox. This handshake device is a made, one of a kind device that’s already been on display during the 2010 New York ICFF, now even photographs of it are flying off shelves. It must be a good idea.

0 Designer: Dominic Wilcox

LSA: Personal Pan Airplanes

LSA: Personal Pan Airplanes

Welcome to the future of aviation, if flying cars don’t have their way first. Marty! Where you at? Designers of this project tell of this new class of airplane that’s taking the private world of aviation by storm, that being the LSA “Light Sport Aircraft.” This class is between existing microlight and private pilot classes, and aims to make it easier and cheaper to get your smooth flying butt in the air!

0 Designers: Oyvind Roar Berven and Tomas Brodreskift

Cutting Back the Hills

Cutting Back the Hills

Designers at 24° Studio were given a task to create a structure for a pretty specific area of wetlands, a structure that not only provided passage through and safe space for people to enjoy, but one that did not present a danger to the wetlands now or in the future. The area: wetlands along Old Pacific Highway 101 in San Diego California. The solution: Cut Back Hills.

0 Designers: Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova of 24° Studio

Pencil Sharpener?

Pencil Sharpener?

Apparently I’m out of the loop but some people grind their pencils against cement flooring to sharpen it so this handy dandy device called the Re-knife makes it a bit easier with a portable stone. One side is rough, the other smooth. Who knew? Would any of you use this?

0 Designers: Yitu Wang & Joy Zhang

A Vase Full Of Plugs

A Vase Full Of Plugs

I’d like to think of the “Draw Rose” project as a vase full of Rose Plugs! I doubt there are many who like having wires around; Bluetooth and wireless peripherals are the way to go. But if we do need to resort to extension cords, plugs and sockets and the wires-drama; may as well make it as appealing as rose plugs!

They’re Cute!

0 Designer: Han Hye-jin

Jazzing Up The Indian Piano

Jazzing Up The Indian Piano

Those of you who follow Indian music will know that the Harmonium plays a very integral part in Bollywood music compositions. The instrument per-se may not be used in the songs but when the movie director, music composer, singers and the hero of the movie, sit for “music sessions”, they rely on this instrument for composing the melody. Designers Amandeep Singh gives this dowdy wind instrument a fresh lease of life, by making it look as good as any swanky Yamaha piano!

0 Designer: Amandeep Singh

Time Telling Poles of Doom

Time Telling Poles of Doom

Actually these poles of doom are known as “Attrito” which is Italian for “friction.” Attrito is designed by Shane Roepe to be time bars indeed, each of them sitting parallel to the other, both of them identifying to you that moment in time you look upon them. Each bar has house and minutes (the minutes being listed in increments of 5) laser etched into the enclosure with an LED backlight. As the enclosure slides over the light, the light shows the time as it is then, precisely.

0 Designer: Shane Roepe