All for the Nook

All for the Nook

Lemme show you this bit of furniture that goes by the name “Nook.” It’s a stool object made by award winning dude designer Patrick Frey, who has chosen here to use a kind of high-tech plastic never before used in furniture design. This plastic is called VarioLine®, and it’s totally slick. Each stool is folded out of a single sheet of VarioLine® and fixed with an aluminum catch on the flip flop side. Weather proof, weird, wild, and comes in array of colors.

0 Designer: Patrick Frey for VIAL

Growing Pot

Growing Pot

What a fool I was for not posting this yesterday! Now it’s 4/21 and I’m making a joke about marijuana. But in fact, it’s only a play on words. The project you’re about to take a peek at is called “Growing Up”, and in fact it is, truly, a growing pot. It is a pot that is adjustable for a growing plant, getting bigger as the plant it houses gets bigger, allowing for a longer stay for the plant, and less pots used.

0 Designer: JunBum Park

Never Miss the Key Hole

Never Miss the Key Hole

Lost in the dark! That’s usually what happens when you get home from a long day of working, skateboarding, drinking, whatever! It’s dark outside, you wanna get into your house, but by golly if it isn’t the most difficult thing in the world to get that key aligned with the key hole in order to insert and turn! Here’s the key to this problem. The “V Lock.” It’s got a v. You put the key in the v. You open the door. Perfect.

0 Designer: Junjie Zhang

UPACKS, Fold It, Tape It, Ship It

UPACKS, Fold It, Tape It, Ship It

It seems a box is always too big or small so designer Patrick Sung came up with flat sheets of recyclable corrugated cardboard called the Universal Packaging System or UPACKS. The patterns make it easy to fold and conform to almost any shape while maintaining structural rigidity and protecting the contents. Love the idea of saving on packaging but will this actually work? I suspect each sheet would have to be sufficiently padded; not too thick, not too thin, but just right said Goldilocks.

0 Designer: Patrick Sung

USB Roll-on

USB Roll-on

Check out this USB flash drive designed for Adidas to give to their clients and friends. Color me jealous because I want one! It looks like a miniature roll-on suitcase with the eponymous three stripes. I’m not one for novel flash drives but I know there are collectors out there so do me a favor. If you somehow come across these flash drives, go ahead and grab an extra one for me will ya? Thanks, Love you.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin

Nice See Cups! (Fashionably Loud Headphones)

Nice See Cups! (Fashionably Loud Headphones)

Great Accessories in Music History: Mozart’s powdered wigs, Elton John’s sunglasses, The Ramones’ black leather jackets, Tommy Lee’s “third” drum stick, Kevin Federline. Now designers Min-guk Ji & Hong-joo Kim & In-oh Yoo & for Metatrend Institute have invented what could be the greatest music accessory since the groupie. The “Transparent OLED Headphones” (working title I’m assuming) are made from flexible OLED panels that allow the user to custom design a lighting show or patterns across your cranium.

0 Designers: Min-guk Ji, Hong-joo Kim & In-oh Yoo

Hangers On You Actually Want

Hangers On You Actually Want

Don’t look now but you are about to be invaded by tiny white ninjas. No wait, it’s just a bunch of stick figure pirates taking over your hallway..whew! Whatever they’re mission is, they need to first hold up my damn rain coat! Designer Massimo Battaglia has created this little army of ambiguous acrobats to service all your hanging needs. Calling his design “MagicBeans”, an homage to the Jack and the Beanstalk story, this clever design will be featured at this years Milan Design Week and will no doubt go into production shortly there after.

0 Designer: Massimo Battaglia

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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