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

Wireless Headset Even Tho I See Wires

Wireless Headset Even Tho I See Wires

The Mousse Earpiece is a bit of an oxymoron. It is a wireless headset even tho we can clearly see wires. The wireless bit comes from the little metal control unit. It transmits the Bluetooth signal but also doubles as a cord retractor because tangled wires piss me off and they should you off too. Aside from that, designer Ming Yi says noise reduction and volume control are a given. We will see since this is just a concept and since when does Braun make headsets?

0 Designer: Ming Yi

Design is Best with Stomping

Design is Best with Stomping

I said that and I’ll say it again. Stomping. Design is best with stomping. If you have to stomp to make the device work, then it’s good. Unless it’s a television. This is what you throw the tiny broken tv into. Then you stomp it. With the ironically titled “Armstrong Bin” compression dustbin, you can compact your trash and get a total thumbs up from the earth that the garbage is inevitably going to fill up!

0 Designers: Hyunsoo Kim, Young min Yoon, Seunghee Son, Sukwon Park & Sungwoo Park

Communal Stinky

Communal Stinky

Trash bins on the street?! Oh we already have that. But wait. This is for recyclables? This concept, the “Olla” waste management system, is for the home and the streets. You collect your disposables and recyclables at home, fill up your travel bags, bring them to these community bins, and empty-em out! And look: pretty colors!

0 Designers: Romaric Le Tiec & Olivier Kimyon

This Bike is a Lock

This Bike is a Lock

So you need a bike. You need a bike that’s also a lock, and that’s all you need. It’s black, and it’s metal, and that’s about it. But I’ll tell ye what, it’s darn secure. DARN secure. When the thing you’re trying to lock up is the lock, what more do you want? It’s the “Freelock.”

0 Designers: Bong Hokuen & Ko Yoenjung

To Relax, Climb A Wall

To Relax, Climb A Wall

Now that’s some sound advice! Most often folks depend on power-naps, yoga and stretching to combat stress in office. Here’s a look at an innovative way that combines “active rest with physical stretching of the entire body.” Just flip around this extraordinary Vitra Whiteboard to indulge in an impromptu session of wall climbing. The awesomeness doesn’t end here; this “man-made, movable climbing wall” is meant for the entire office staff. Individual stats and levels for difficulty can be maintained coz the system hooks up to a comp.

0 Designer: Petr Kubik

How About A Shower In Your Backyard

How About A Shower In Your Backyard

For no apparent reason, for camping or simply summertime funk; the idea of a backyard shower sounds cool and sublime. Carry the canister out and hang it from a tree and indulge in some unadulterated fun! Fashioned as a plastic molded box, the can of the Portable Shower has a capacity of 12 liters. To enhance the pressure of the water flow, one can kick-start the pump with the touch of a button; which is powered with a detachable rechargeable battery. Pull out the spout end and get going wet!

0 Designer: Petr Hampl

Confuse Time, All The Time, Every Time

Confuse Time, All The Time, Every Time

If you live in the land of confusion, lemme confuse you more! Designer Johan Bisse Mattsson is testing my limits as a writer and yours as a reader. Let’s see if you can comprehend this: A clock, where the Second’s Hand rotates from the tip of the Minute’s Hand. The Minute’s Hand rotates from the tip of the Hour’s Hand. Confused? I know I am…so give it up for Einstein here and head over to the Hand in Hand Clock webpage, where you can experience this mesmerizing design first hand.

0 Designer: Johan Bisse Mattsson

Ambidextrous Wacom Intuos 4 Review

Ambidextrous Wacom Intuos 4 Review

Once upon of time the Intuos line of drawing tablets from Wacom were designed for creative professionals but with the Intuos 4 line, I would go out on a limb and say it’s inclusive of everyone’s needs. Traditional artists who complained of pressure sensitivity (or lack there-of) will be happy to know it’s twice as sensitive so all the nuances from hand to paper (figuratively) are far more accurate and in real time.

0 Company: Wacom [ Buy it Here ]

Really Really Dry Pair Of Gumboots

Really Really Dry Pair Of Gumboots

Being a hardcore Urbanite, I don’t think I really appreciate the need for really dry shoes. Not that it doesn’t rain in my city; we do get our fair share of monsoons, but it’s just that I can’t fathom the need for a specialized drier for my shoes. On the other hand folks who tend to spend much time outdoors (like farmers) and work in damp environments would really value the Windry Boot Drier. This device works by directing air into the boot, accelerating the evaporation of moisture, thus drying the gumboots pronto.

0 Designer: John Lee for The Ideas Foundry