Sitting Pretty in Nagoya City

Sitting Pretty in Nagoya City

That’s right! Nagoya! Do you know where that is? The exact location of this project is 3-38-10 Osu Naka-Ku Nagoya City – Aichi, Japan. The project? A cafe! Yay for coffee and snacks! This place of business, art, and design goes by the name “AG Cafe” and aims to tend to artists and consumers of Osu Shopping Street in the center of Nagoya City. Why are we looking at it? Because it’s super lovely! At the direction/request of the future owner of the cafe, this was designed and built to be organically connected to the environment around it.

0 Designer: Kidosaki Architects Studio

Sew Color What

Sew Color What

Sew all your colors, matched! The genius, as in most my favorite things, is in the simplicity of it all. This sewing machine right here is made for everyone, but fits right in with those who wish to enter the craft of attaching clothing to itself with thread. New sewers! This is for you. But for you perfectionists, you might want your paws to seek. Electromagnetic need drive. Filigree upper arm design. Openness. The workspace is wide open. Backlit work area, with the stitch pattern projected on to the fabric it’s about to be sewn onto. PLUS!

0 Designer: Monika Jakubek and Anna Müller

The Future Fire

The Future Fire

Imagine the letter lowercase o with a flame in it. Add a little bit of the ol’ zazz and a fabulous designer Acacio Viegas, some real rules of the physical world and a square behind it. What have you, we, us, got? We’ve got the “EVO2″, an ethanol fireplace that’s based on denatured ethanol, creating a lovely fire with no smell and no smoke. That’s what’s up. This denatured ethanol is a solvent composed of ethyl alcohol. That’s not the kind you aughta be downing on Saturday night. It’s a Sunday night sorta deal.

0 Designer: Acacio Viegas

Tok Took Toggling

Tok Took Toggling

Ooo I am loving this idea. Tok Took (say it fast!) Power Plug is a better and safer plug. The entire system works like a retractable pen with a toggle system. The prongs are hidden from touch until you lock it into the socket and press down. I imagine a hearing a satisfying “click” when doing so. It’s supposed to reduce the risk of electric shock and is a great way to “unplug” devices when not in use. Save energy people! Ooo and look at the cute little caddy. It’s adorable!

0 Designer: Soon Mo Kang

A Spot Of Tea

A Spot Of Tea

A better and bolder teacup set. The T-Win Demitasse Cup looks strangely alien to me for some reason yet the only things different about it are very subtle. The ringlet handles are oddly placed. I’m not sure I like it because having a handle so high up means the rest of my hand touches the cup which if filled with hot tea won’t be a pleasurable experience. On the other hand, I love how the center of the saucer rises up into the cup to prevent it from slipping.

0 Designer: Karl Baxter

Last Chance! Win A bobble For Earth Day!

Last Chance! Win A bobble For Earth Day!

In case you’ve been under a rock, we’ve been giving away 5 bobbles a week until Earth Day April 22nd. We’re now in the final week so this is seriously your last chance. bobble is a new water bobble with a built-in and replaceable carbon filter good for 300 refills. I know the water companies don’t want us to stop buying disposable water bottles but this is just one small thing we can all do and there’s no better time than now for Earth Day. Want to win one? Hit the jump to find out how but hurry, give-a-way ends April 22nd.

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Floored By The Sonic Emotional Pulse Of Music

Floored By The Sonic Emotional Pulse Of Music

What do we have for our audiophiles today? A glorious, sleek and majestic player called the Sonic Emotional Pulse Of Music designers by Chen Guoheng. Going by the norm of transparent covers showcasing the disk spinning fast, this one goes a step ahead and partially exposes the spinning disk. Fiber optic cables are used to hook this baby up, with shimmy blue LEDs emitting a soft glow right below the speakers. The highlight of course is the equalizer waves that move in sync with the beat of the music.

0 Designer: Chen Guoheng

One Cute Top

One Cute Top

It’s not a tank! It’s a pot. It’s a pot top. It’s for cooking with! It’s called the “FUNction” It’s got a dolphin tail on it! Or I suppose you could call it whatever kind of tail you want, but designer Sangyoon Kim says it’s a dolphin. I’m inclined to agree! Under the tail, also called the knob in this situation, is a heat-resistant silicone mat which represents the ocean. And like the ocean, it keeps the users from touching the pot. Because the pot? It is hot. Do not touch the pot.

0 Designer: Sangyoon Kim

Bringin' Baby Back

Bringin’ Baby Back

What weighs a little over 25 lbs. and whines incessantly about everything it sees? No, not Victoria Beckham. It’s that baby you have strapped to your back in what is being called the “JoinUs” by designer Robert Jurgens for Dadanana. Simply put, it’s what Native Americans once called a “papoose”, but we Yanko-vittes will just call it a backpack for babies. This slick design is light, practical and comes with both a kick-stand and weather guard.

0 Designers: Philippe Soeters & Robert Jurgens

Simple Light, All Wood

Simple Light, All Wood

How simple a light do you want for your desktop? How about one with a couple joints, a base, a wire, and a bit of shine? Well hay! We’ve got that right here! Designed by Swedish design and architecture studio TAF for Scandinavian design company Muuto. One of the most prominent hopes for this project was to project the idea of Honesty. That’s why all bolts, joints, and screws are emphasized.

0 Designer: TAF for Muuto

Floating Above the City on Rails

Floating Above the City on Rails

Here’s something I believe I’ve seen in Gotham City, that mythical magical city of futuristic proportions you’ve all glanced upon in the series Batman. But this is more real! Depending on how you look upon it. It’s a train system designed by two loving designers who want to make transport for the people also above the people and looking upon the people. Transparent sides!

0 Designer: Elisa Sayuri Freitas Irokawa and Rafael Osmar de Oliveira e Costa

Lap Eating Is The 21st Century Way

Lap Eating Is The 21st Century Way

Lapware exists in the realm between traditional tableware and cheap plastic/paper plates. There’s a contemporary approach to this eating style. It’s suggestive of a more casual experience that’s highly focused on social interactions. Each piece looks awkwardly shaped but exquisitely molded to fit the unique nooks and crannies of the human body. It’s adaptive and functional and I’m hungry.

0 Designer: Andrea Marin

Grade School Learning In The Future

Grade School Learning In The Future

What will education be like in the 21st century? The “Conceptual Age” has just begun. In this era, the creative and sensitive, conceptual thinkers will play a major role and in their education, school plays the most important role. Human intelligence produces technical and social change at a pace the traditional classroom can no longer deny. Since students have the opportunity to research online, teachers no longer have mastery over knowledge. They become mediators and facilitators, they need to promote the students‘ ability to work scientifically.

0 Designer: designaffairs STUDIO