NEWSFLASH: it's no longer hip to be square.

NEWSFLASH: it’s no longer hip to be square.

In a world of metal and glass rectangular slabs, the circular Sero smartphone stands alone! The design appeals to audiophiles, offering an ingenious place to wrap headphones as well as a 360 degree hi-fi speaker system. Other peripherals, including a hi-def ProCam and boosted ProSound speaker, can be swapped out depending on each user’s specific needs. As for its compact size, the smart OS apps “grow” in size on the screen the more they’re used, making it fast and easy to navigate. Do want!

0 Designer: Daniel Lau

Let Us Google DRAW

Let Us Google DRAW

Google DRAW is a stylus for GLASS and it uses virtual reality to simulate spray painting. In essence it can turn everything from air to surfaces into a white canvas. The DRAW is aimed at generation Y and allows one to you use their deepest imagination, transforming it to urban art. It helps find paintings through Google maps, and share them through social media.

0 Designer: Jorge Trevino Blanco

Brooklyn Heritage Meets Modern Design

Brooklyn Heritage Meets Modern Design

I wanted to support this Kickstarter effort by Design Unsanctioned of their Spencer Collection because it illustrates how modernity does not necessarily mean stark. Modernity is just a reflection of our aspirations of what we want the “now” to be. Any material can be used to articulate modernity. This collection of bottle openers and key straps uses heritage materials but through modern technology like laser cutting – gains a neoteric purpose. It’s not my style but I appreciate the beauty in its warm minimalism.

0 Designer: Design Unsanctioned, Kickstarter

Modern Take on the Tube Lamp

Modern Take on the Tube Lamp

Dutch design firm V3RS starts its premier series of lighting with this modern take on the tube light, the UTL floor lamp. Two stainless steel rods rise from the floor, connected by a U-shaped bulb at the ends. Its slim silhouette makes it perfect for those smaller, in-between spots in the home.

0 Designer: V3RS

Minimalist Minute-Counters

Minimalist Minute-Counters

Julien Guenning’s GREYHOURS watch duo is a statement of minimalism and modern style. Both the black/blue and white/red versions have a soft aesthetic but a combination of super-strong sapphire glass and Italian leather make them highly durable. Simplistic yet elegant, it’s a perfect timepiece for casual daily wear. Check out the lifestyle vid after the jump —>

0 Designer: Julien Gueuning

Tram-tastic Transportation!

Tram-tastic Transportation!

If you’ve ever been on a tram tour then you know that it’s all about getting the right seat… and ending up with a sorry seat can make a slow ride even longer! With the AIR-LEBEN tram, however, there’s not a bad seat in the house! This suspended sky lounge rotates 360 degrees so every passenger gets the same breathtaking view. For added thrill, panoramic windows put riders in the center of the scenery, all from the comfort of a climate controlled cabin.

0 Designer: Philipp Divitschek

Refreshing Bike Ride

Refreshing Bike Ride

The Air-Purifier Bike addresses the problem of air pollution in the city by filtering air and generating oxygen. The design integrates an air filter that screens dust and pollutants from the environment. It also includes a photosynthesis system that uses an embedded water tank that produces oxygen. Other specs include electric motor and a battery.

0 Designers: Silawat Virakul, Torsakul Kosaikul & Suvaroj Poosrivongvanid

Chic Cycling Shoe

Chic Cycling Shoe

The Urbanized Cycling Shoe was designed with two goals in mind: keep riders dry and look good while doing it. With standard cleats riders must carry a second pair of shoes to change in to after riding, but this concept is less rigid while being more waterproof, making them comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Built in LED lights at the heels also provide a layer of safety not offered by current cleats. Minimal, sleek and stylish, you might find yourself wearing them even when you’re not cycling!

0 Designer: Jillian Tackaberry

Smart Kitchen TV

Smart Kitchen TV

Smart Kitchen TV is a concept design that merges LG Electronics’ smart TV and projector technology. It brings home the smart media technology that transforms a typical dead zone to a digital information and media hub.

0 Designers: Kim Kyoung-Joung & Park Bo-Yeun

Funky Outdoor Fireplace

Funky Outdoor Fireplace

This wild looking concept is at once a sculptural centerpiece and functional fireplace for your outdoor area. The modern wood-burning design differs from other fire pits in that it encourages people to lean on and touch its surfaces to warm their body while observing its internal spiral flame created by an air flow rotation system. The copper strips that fan outward are also warmed to provide heat to the user’s feet.

0 Designer: Leu Aurelian

Flood Fighter

Flood Fighter

As the risk of flooding increases with environmental change, so does the potential for human disaster. Unfortunately, those currently at risk must rely on predicted data rather than real-time information. The Flood Beacon aims to address this issue by detecting water surges and issuing widespread alerts to not only the appropriate rescue teams but the general public via mobile phone notifications. Genius! More in the vid after the jump —>

0 Designer: Sam Cox

I've never wanted to sit in a chair so badly...

I’ve never wanted to sit in a chair so badly…

Take a little bit of Eames and mix it with a handful of harlequin and you’ve got yourself a “Tiles” chair! This innovative design is the fruit of rethinking fabric furniture. Each section is hinged together by a strong fabric as part of its construction. The unique structure gives the chair slight flexibility, allowing it to form gently to the user’s back. Functional and beautiful! Look closer to see if you can spy a hidden Escher-style illusion —>

0 Designer: Jonas Søndergaard Nielsen

Another iWatch!

Another iWatch!

Just when you thought the iWatch concepts had died a natural death, we spied yet another concept that is based on the current Apple iOS7 and other “leaked” information. Take a look, drool a bit and get back to normal life!

0 Designer: Edgar Rios