It’s Summer But Some Still Need Heaters

It’s Summer But Some Still Need Heaters

It’s so damn hot where I live that I can’t think of anything else but an air conditioner at the moment. But since we have readers from across the globe, this one’s especially for those who experience snow in summers. LASKO Home Innovations commissioned a space heater, and this is what they got. It’s a special one that sucks in air from the perforated silver piece on the bottom. The internal oscillation varies from 90 degrees, 170 degrees to a full 360 degrees, thereby making it convenient to place centrally in a room.

0 Designer: Matthew Catrino

I Just Don’t See The Time

I Just Don’t See The Time

Let’s call this a Swiss Watchmaker’s worst nightmare, a clock where you can barely see the time. We are so caught up in our own time-warps that we rarely get an excuse to pause and ponder. The Soft Clock here is best described as “an incessantly twisting art-object than a proper instrument for time measurement.” For those who want constant reminders of the persistent tick-tok, get a real clock. Let this Soft one be for us dreamers……

0 Designer: Egor Myznik

Self-Stirring Pot

Self-Stirring Pot

The kind of pot you put sauce in. And self-stirring in that it’s got its own mechanism built in to the pot. You put your sauce in there, start to heat it up, put the cover on, and turn the crank. Turn the crank and laugh! Laugh at the industrial genius of this mechanism! Ah haaa! Yes! Sauce! Sauce forever!

0 Designer: Cem Tutuncuoglu

Future of ID

Future of ID

Pratt students are making their mark at the “Design for a Dollar” exhibition, International Contemporary Furniture Fair. However I’m here to showcase how enterprising their ID students can be. Three projects: Grind by Dana de Vega, Loop End Table by Carla Franciose and Array Series by Jason Pfaeffle; reflect how simple thinking and industrious application can prove to be winning designs. Take a look at them after the jump.

0 Designers: Dana de Vega, Carla Franciose and Jason Pfaeffle

Interview with Jon Kolko of Frog Design

Interview with Jon Kolko of Frog Design

Having met Jon Kolko at the Bounce IDSA conference I was pleased as punch to get him to sit down for an exclusive YD interview.  Acting as Senior Design Analyst at Frog Design in Austin and Editor-in-Chief of Interactions Magazine, Jon brings dizzying insights to the worlds of interaction design and its ramifications to industrial design and research.  Click through to our interview after the jump, but also check out some of his excellent talks like the recent Austin Creative Confab or his presentation on design synthesis.

0 Designer: Jon Kolko

10 Unique And Creative MP3 Players

10 Unique And Creative MP3 Players

The wires are abuzz with the Zune HD News, and many are wondering what Jobs has in store for the iPod this summer. However, the thread that ties both these MP3 players together is their form. Besides the obvious rectangle shape, very few people like Sony have ventured into a daring cylindrical shape for the MP3. Here’s a look at the adventurous folks who broke away from the mold and gave us Unique And Creative MP3 Players

0 Designers: Various

Buried Treasure For Real

Buried Treasure For Real

One sorry soul has to always stay back ashore to take care of our belongings, while rest of the family is out there having fun on the surf and sand. Beach thefts are a reality and it’s not just about losing your valuables, but about the violation of trust in mankind. Gigga Clam is a water proof safe that kinds tries to ease your day on the beach. Ergonomically designed, the Clam is meant to be pushed under the sand’s surface for safekeeping and has some pretty cool high-tech features.

0 Designer: Chris Stratton

Richard Serra Sculpture Redux

Richard Serra Sculpture Redux

You know the giant metal sculptures of the world-renound sculptor artist Richard Serra? Well get on that! Read and roll! Then come back and see this direct homage (NOT DIRECTLY AFFILIATED) to Serra through room dividing walls. Hangers and all kinds of stuff too! Don’t put these on carpeting or clay. That would just plain spell disaster. Also be wary of hanging any long artwork or photographs.

0 Designer: 2-B-2 Architecture

The Great Escape Pod

The Great Escape Pod

Escape pods are nothing new to our collective consciousness. Hollywood writers have used this concept to save presidents from crashing planes to landing R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine. Now designer Alp Germaner (coolest name today) has dreamt up an escape pod that may not take you off planet but will certainly take you off road like never before. The “Peugeot Capsule” is a one person, off-road, electric vehicle inspired by the KLR 650 motorcycle.

0 Designer: Alp Germaner

Salad Served Fresh And Cold

Salad Served Fresh And Cold

The “Outdoor Party Platter” is quite modest in terms of design and presentation, but that doesn’t come in its way of it being a winner concept. It’s a dish-in-dish design, with the bottom insulated part made from cork and the upper platter part made from bamboo. Place sufficient ice in the bottom half and serve cold cuts or salads from the top platter. The thoughtful (optional) inserts allow you to serve more than one food item at a time, without them running into each other. A handy-dandy for those who like to plan picnics and outdoor parties.

0 Designer: Vicki Runnegar

Natural Tree Chair

Natural Tree Chair

Oh, the Swiss. Look at what Michel Bussien’s made. It’s called the “Growing Chair” and it’s potted just for you! Sit on your favorite tree and think about how elvish you are. You can see it growing like it’s an ant-farm! Potted and on rollers here, but if you plant it with the right elements in nature, remove the box and the plant is treeish!

0 Designer: Michel Bussien

IDSA Mideast Conference: Barbecues, Arthritic Murder and an Argyle Lamb

IDSA Mideast Conference: Barbecues, Arthritic Murder and an Argyle Lamb

As some of you may know, the Industrial Designers Society of America plays host to a collection of conferences every spring, and this year Long, our magnanimous editor, saw fit to send me off to the mid-east conference in Pittsburgh to report back to you all.  The long and short of it?  If you don’t have a job, don’t worry, nobody else does either.  

0 Conference: IDSA

Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 3

Tokyo Fiber 2009 SENSEWARE PART 3

Part 3 of this fantastic exhibition. Makoto Azuma, Mint Designs, Nendo, Nissan Motor CO. LTD.

Part 1, Part 2

0 Exhibition: Tokyo Fiber