Yakima QuickBack is Bike Rack Easy

Yakima QuickBack is Bike Rack Easy

James Owen is well known around these parts for his stunning cat scratching post so when I found out he designed something as utilitarian as a trunk mounted bike rack for Yakima, my cat ears perked up. I’m not an avid bicycler but as the owner of a smaller car, a removable portable rack is perfect to getting me to and from trails around Los Angeles. Hit the jump for my review of the Yakima QuickBack.

0 Designer: James Owen (Buy it here)

Not a Stool, Not a Chair

Not a Stool, Not a Chair

A young Italian designer by the name of stefanO soavE (with those capital letters) has made a place to sit for the ages. It’s not a chair, it’s not a stool. It’s what soavE calls an ischiatic sit with 3 legs. It’s the bones. A support for the body 70cm from the floor. For the rest. An oddity.

0 Designer: stefanO soavE

Make Your Time

Make Your Time

I just hate to make the title of the post so similar to the title of the design it’s about, but this is the internet, and it’s only my most sacred duty to continue one of our most essential moments in history: All Your Base Are Belong To Us. That said, look at this watch. It’s called “Lock Your Time.” It’s made as a metaphor for the perfect moment. One you wish you could lock down forever.

0 Designer: Andy Kurovets

Less Emissions than a Narwhal

Less Emissions than a Narwhal

It’s true! Even narwhals let some gas go once in a while. This boat we’re about to talk about has zero! When the beans don’t go in one end, the beans don’t come out the other! It’s called “ZEMBO” because it is a zero emissions boat. How does it get around then, you might ask? It’s got a wave generator! And a fuel cell, too. I’m totally pumped up about the wave generator though, most of all.

0 Designer: Simon Gorski

Monitor Your Power Diet

Monitor Your Power Diet

Diet charts are hard to monitor, but keeping a tab on what your power-hungry gizmos is not so cumbersome, easy in fact. You need stuff like the DIET WATT system to do the calculations for you. The DIET WATT_Sub keeps a tab on the plug of the gadget and displays consumption info in real time. It transmits the readings to the DIET WATT_Main, which is the hub of info and calculations for all your appliances. The idea is that the results will put you on this guilt trip and encourage your to conserve rather than squander our resources.

0 Designers: Hyun Joo Lee & Eu Tteum Lee

Love Pot is HOT!

Love Pot is HOT!

A brilliant design with good intentions is always a winner. For the design part, Love Pot is a non-electric humidifier plus aroma dispenser. It has this tissue ball made from laminated wool felt to maximize evaporation in limited volume. Another point in favor of the wool felt is that it absorbs water fast, and launders well. For the intentions part: this $30 pot is for the Nanum project, where 100% of the profits go as charity to provide educational scholarships to impoverished children. That’s what I call Design with a Conscious!

0 Designers: Sangmin Bae & ID+IM Design Lab. Members

The Rest Goes to the Dry

The Rest Goes to the Dry

These water bottles are missing some water! Approximately 50ml out of every 500ml bottle. The rest is collected and sent to countries that have the little-helped but terrible problem of a lack of clean water. Can you imagine life without clean water? No showering, drinking makes you sick, cooking food is out, et-cetera, et-cetera. Terrible. This water’s all about the graphics.

0 Designer: Je Sung Park

Saloon with No Drinks

Saloon with No Drinks

This car is a wild missile for heck. It’s the 2017 Alfa Romeo Executive Fastback Saloon. What a mouthful! What an eyeful, you’re about to witness. Designer Jacob McMurry’s whipped up this magic machine to compliment the Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione in Alfa Romeo’s return to the North American market.* In this project, inspiration’s drawn from Carnevale di Venezia, aka the Carnival of Venice.

0 Designer: Jacob Mcmurry

Foldable and Re Chargeable

Foldable and Re Chargeable

Employing its very own lithium-ion-polymer battery, the “BiCX” recharges with human power. Both with pedaling and with free-riding (as in when you’re just coasting your way down a gigantic hill.) Using the power is the fun part though, of course. You reap what you sow. Both a cruise mode and a booster button. A booster button!

0 Designer: Jeongche Yoon

Just A Matter Of Habit

Just A Matter Of Habit

Bad habits die hard, especially the ones where you have to go switch off your electronics from the mains. Doing their bit to resolve this issue, designers Daun Yun & Junil Choi have come up with the “Switcle”, the plug-point and the switch married into one! Dang, only one tiny flaw, you still need to remember to switch OFF.

0 Designers: Daun Yun & Junil Choi

Disposable Handles Are Cookie Friendly

Disposable Handles Are Cookie Friendly

We have disposable cups so why not disposable handles? The Clean Cup holder slides onto most disposable cups instantly turning them into a proper mug. You can even write on the neck so people know what you’re drinking and who it belongs to. But perhaps the most interesting tidbit is the offset design of the rings enabling one to securely hold their cup while manipulating a delicious cookie

0 Designer: Dmitry Boyko

What Winsome Ceramic Speakers

What Winsome Ceramic Speakers

I’ve spent a good month+ with Joey Roth’s Ceramic Speakers purposely avoiding all other reviews of it. I wanted nothing to influence me. I was steadfast in going with my gut. No cerebral analyses or intellectualizing what a modern $400+ speaker should look like. Sound isn’t tangible. You have to feel it to know it and that’s how I approached this review. These speakers enabled me to “experience” resplendent audio.

0 Designer: Joey Roth (Buy it here)

Book Pills

Book Pills

So you’ve got all the book shelves, yes? I bet you don’t have a stack of pill-shaped bookshelves. Take a peek at this stack of shelves right here. Made of flexible inner materials (aluminum or iron) and a little bit more flexible material (rubber or sponge), plus the outer shell of plastic. That’s a recipe for a good time. A good time with amazing bookshelves.

0 Designer: Je Sung Park