Stumped By A Tree

Stumped By A Tree

The idea behind the Tree & Root Lamp is to make us aware of the fact that we are cutting down way too many trees. So how does Kitae Pak translate this into motion? When positioned inverted in the pot, the lamp signifies a dead root, with the tree cut-off. Upright the lamp and it illuminates the room, depicting the true virtues of a tree and its importance in our lives. Besides the poetic garble, I simply think it’s an elegant design that can find pride in many homes.

0 Designer: Kitae Pak

Desks with the Clampdown

Desks with the Clampdown

So you’re at the library, you’ve got all your stuff spread out, and bam! You’ve gotta potty. You need to use the bathroom but you can’t leave all your stuff there! You’ve got like 16 mp3 machines and 4 laptops and 8 bars of gold! What do you do! You have to gather it all up and put it back in your rucksack and by the time that’s happened, you don’t have to potty anymore! Just say no! No more of this! We need desks that lock down! Choi Minaa has the solution to that!

0 Designer: Choi Minaa

Furniture for a New Design School

Furniture for a New Design School

What simplicity is this? This set of furniture, seats and tables, is made by students of the school of art and design Saint-étienne in France. What’s fun? It’s made for a new construction of the school of Arts and design of Saint-étienne in the Cité du design. In and beyond that, this is a set of seats and tables with designers in mind.

0 Designers: Sophie Françon and François Mangeol

Pride of Street Cleaners

Pride of Street Cleaners

Dignity and pride in whatever you do, even if it’s cleaning the streets. Someone has to the dirty job of cleaning up your litter, and why not equip them with the perfect gear so that they can do a perfect job. With this contention in mind, we have Youn-il Lee designing the Green Fox Street Cleaning Kit for the road sweepers of Seoul. However, it’s something that the street-sweepers from the world over can do with. A standard 100-liter bin with special care to the peripherals makes this an ideal design.

0 Designer: Youn-il Lee

Step Onto The Manhole

Step Onto The Manhole

Don’t worry you won’t fall in. This is the “Eco Sign” for you, a digital manhole cover that harnesses the rainwater to power it. Tap a foot left or right and it gives you instant info on the nearest train station or bus stop. Maps and signboards be damned! A multifunctional manhole with a rocking display…and all the thieves vying for it!

0 Designers: Cheolyeon Jo & Youngsun Lee

100% Design Tokyo 2009 – Part I

100% Design Tokyo 2009 – Part I

The 100% Design Exhibitions are a great time to mingle with the cream of the Design Industry and I really had a great time covering the Tokyo Edition. The theme this year was “Love Green” and the Exhibitors did a great job interpreting and weaving in the sentiments into their designs. The theme was well reflected in products made using alternative energy sources and natural materials. In short everything looked green too, I mean the color green!

0 100% Design Tokyo

One Liter Racing Madness

One Liter Racing Madness

What kind of vehicle race would you see if each driver were limited to only one liter of gasoline? Thats what Moritz Martin is asking right here. Inspired by growing interest in speed and energy efficiency races, Martin’s concept challenges the driver to summon their tactical intelligence and skill to finish the race using only the energy of one single liter of fuel. Setting the race on thin water film areas and projecting the track on in interior display of the vehicle, this type of racing’s only been seen thus far in science fiction arcades.

0 Designer: Moritz Martin

Welcome Blocks of Power

Welcome Blocks of Power

So you’re driving along in your electric car, right? And you’re thinking gosh, now that I have this Hybrid or whatever I am driving today, I feel like I should go another step. How can I generate more power? How? I need to not only generate enough energy for me to drive, I need to generate power for the buildings I’m driving past. “Carbon Zero” road block system has the answer for you!

0 Designer: Jaeyong Park

Stir Fry Kids

Stir Fry Kids

No, we’re not cannibals; and kids are precious too. I just wanted to introduce you to a new lineup called Wedo – a table top induction cooking system that allows children to learn the art of Stir-fry cooking without the risks. The system includes a chopping board, individual insulated cooking pods with anti-spill lid, and an induction cooking plate. The external temperature in this system doesn’t exceed 35ºC, which is good enough for Stir-frying.

0 Designer: Jonny Freeman

Disposable Paper Laptops

Disposable Paper Laptops

I quite agree with Je Sung Park when he says that disposable cameras and cell phones have gained acceptance, so why don’t we take the next step and bring out a disposable computer. His Recyclable Paper Laptop is quite a raw version and could do with some refinement. It uses recycled paper or pulp material all packed in layers. This is so that you can easily replace the damaged portions (even corrugated paper will tear easy). The vibe of a Paper Laptop is intriguing, I kno eventually someone will figure out the tech bit, so let’s see who will take the bait.

0 Designer: Je Sung Park

Tea Time, Modenn FLO Review

Tea Time, Modenn FLO Review

Love me a cup of homemade tea, don’t you? I haven’t heard much about this Canadian brand  Modenn but one of my favorite design studios (OHM) designed it and were kind enough to send me one for review. Hands down it trumps any generic tea set and it was a good excuse to put aside my Sorapot (which isn’t a tea set) and steep the traditional way. Hit the jump and come join me. I gots me a story to tell.

0 Designer: OHM (Buy it here)

INU YOCHI Dog Pod, Hound Heaven

INU YOCHI Dog Pod, Hound Heaven

SCORE ONE for the designer and for MUJI if they ever intend to manufacture it. The Dog Pod takes the Japanese minimalist aesthetic and serves up a cozy mound of mindfulness for your favorite pooch. The wrinkled blanket may look a mess but I can attest having owned 2 dogs they love to mess up their beds before plopping down. Supersize it and I may want one for myself. Just an excuse not to make my bed.

0 Designer: Liron Tzanhany

Squishy Drain Plug Wrings Itself Out

Squishy Drain Plug Wrings Itself Out

I was once referred by a friend as “unnecessarily complicated” because I always look for products that continue to improve or enhance my way of life – even if it’s just on the aesthetic front. The Octor drain plug is just that. There’s nothing wrong with current drain plugs but are they as cute? NO. Are they as colorful? VERY FEW. Functionally it does wring itself out when you press down on the tubby top before returning to its normal shape. The designer calls it a finger hole, yes kids A FINGER HOLE. Draw your own conclusions.

0 Designer: Min Seong Kim & Jiye Park